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Meet Henry Ramos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Henry Ramos.

Let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started my photography when I was young, I always found myself carrying a camera around. I enjoyed taking the family photos and recording birthday celebrations on VHS camcorders. As I was growing up, I watched all kinds of movies and enjoyed learning how they were made, so in middle school and early high school, I started making short films with close friends. One day my high school counselor noticed my interest and suggested I take a film class or a photography course, so that’s what I did.

After signing up, I bought my first DSLR camera, but sadly the photo course didn’t help my understanding of photography. However, it did inspire me to shoot more images. This caused my interest in sports photography, specifically skateboarding, to blossom. After doing that for a year or so, I spent the day with another photographer by the name of Gabe Montero. He was someone I had known for a few years at this point. We talked and he invited me to shoot more, I did portraits with him and I started to see and learn more about the art of taking a portrait and gained an understanding of how facial expressions influences a photograph.

A few months later I get invited to a photo gallery where I met Aris Jerome, Someone I work from time to time to this very day. Aris was hosting a gallery in downtown LA, there we talked and I helped and he decided to let me help him run the gallery for the week. After that, he asked me to assist him on other shoots and that snowballed into me becoming his full-time assistant. Through this, I learned quickly about how to light a photo, pull expressions from a subject, how to communicate and direct models to give you the exact look you both are looking for. Over the next two years, I assisted and worked under Aris’ lead. He taught me all I needed to know about taking great photos. Today I work on my own taking images for agencies, brands and now working on my own book based around emotions, and memories connected to colors. Most of my work today is done on 35mm and medium format film.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Personally I feel it has been a rough road till this past year, I been through some mental issues, as a creative I spent a lot of time alone in a room either developing film or editing photos for ten hours plus a day, So working this much everyday can put a lot of wear on the mind , making it tired and sometimes unmotivated. Thankfully with time, I found a good group of friends that help with that section of my life.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a portrait/fashion photographer, a lot of the photos I take are based around portraiture, emotions, and trying to show an idea or story from someone’s facial expressions. I’m most proud of my work knowing that I’m able to capture images for my clients or models in any form being Film and/or digital.

What were you like growing up?
As a child it was hard, I was growing up in poverty having no money to eat, only enough to pay rent for a walk-in closet. Thankfully my mother who was my only parent at the time found a way to get me into an apartment and into school. When growing up I would spend all my time with my mother when outside of school. She would buy me disposable cameras when she could reason why I love film today, in my free time I would draw all the time I was a very artistic child. A lot of my interests were based on animation, drawing and movies, one big part of my childhood was understanding or learning how films were made. So in teen years I would film and make short films with friends and classmates, but with time I started to understand the basics of lighting that translate perfectly into photography.

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Image Credit:

– Bella Mahjud (Black/White)
– Domoique Noelle ( Red / Red )
– Rebecca – (Tan background
– Bella Olazabal ( Pink Background)
– Maggie Genzer (purple background)
– Brooke True ( White Background)
– Lydia Campanelli ( Red background/ White shirt )

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