As a little boy I admired my father’s ability to capture great images. He was a diplomat and traveled around the world – I would follow him everywhere. My favourite shots of dad’s were always, without fail, images of people.
In 1985, while studying photography at Claude Watson School for the Arts, I was mesmerized by the most outstanding portrait photograph I have ever seen: National Geographic Magazine’s cover of June 1985 – the Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry. Little did I know that 25 years later, my mission would be to recreate the feeling of the Afghan Girl in every portrait, by capturing the spirit inside everyone who I have the pleasure to photograph.
In the 1990’s, I worked with troubled youth and their families for the Ministry of Children and Families and also with the Vancouver School Board. During those 12 years as a youth worker and family therapist, I always wondered about capturing images of people at their best rather than at their worst.
Counselling taught me to interact with my clients as if it was a session, bringing out their best throughout each interaction. Today, my clients have a mini-session, just like family therapy, but it’s fun, easy and always produces great results.
My father’s passion for photography was infectious. He would have been an extraordinary photographer. In our last conversation he asked me to never quit photography. I never will.
Some of Carlos’s previous clients include Microsoft, 3M, Lions Gate Studios and The Vancouver Art Gallery.
Becky MacQuarrie manages Art of Headshots in Vancouver. Becky attended Dalhousie University and moved to Vancouver in 2004, she worked for Harbour Air as a CSA Supervisor for 10 years. Now the general manager for Art of Headshots.
Having left the corporate world and transitioning into my non-profit work for Mpact, though the values of community, courage and compassion; I have discovered the power of connection.
Everyone always wants their picture to make them “stunning or gorgeous” but sometimes, it’s the shots that stir up your emotions that carry the most weight. Business owners create opportunities to solve a problem, or help rebuild the community – both require clients to “connect” with them on a personal level. A good looking smile can only get you so far, this is why I joined Art of Headshots. I believe in the philosophy behind the company and the photography work speaks for itself.
We are our own deepest critics. We all need to learn to look at our pictures with an open, accepting heart and emotions that will connect to our audience.