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Back From Brasil – Fotografar 08 Convention



Sao Paulo Brazil is the largest city in Brazil and fifth in the world by population. It is also the richest city of Brazil. The name means Saint Paul in Portuguese.

From Toronto International the flight took approximately nine hours but was worth every second once we arrived. I had the pleasure of speaking at the largest Photographic convention in Brazil to over 900 photographers. It was a very humbling experience to speak with such a receptive audience. At the completion of my talk I received a standing ovation. A first at the Paulisto Da Foto Convention! What stood out for me was that the Brazilian photographers are so thankful and appreciative for knowledge. Attendees came from as far away as the Amazon. Chantal and I met so many people and thank all those that took time out of their busy schedules to attend. We have been invited back for 2009 and are in the planning stages of taking fifty photographers along with a bride and groom for a shoot on the streets of a nearby quaint town, followed the next day with in class Photoshop techniques and work flow. Should be an exciting time. Carlos and Leopoldo of FHOX magazine were exceptional hosts, arranging a tour of the city along with taking us to some of the finest restaurants in Sao Paulo. Thank you for your excellent hospitality.

Two other photographers from the United States also made the trip. John Solano is a Los Angeles based photographer who’s lens has captured the images of numerous celebrities throughout the years including Andre Agassi , Brooke Shields, Slash of Guns ‘n Roses, Tracey Gold and recently the marriage of Brittany Spears and many others at a wide variety of events. John Solano is a NikonNet “Legends Behind the Lens” featured photographer.

Brian Marcus along with his dad Andy Marcus also attended the event. Brian held a workshop on the streets of Sao Paulo and from what I heard was a great success. Andy is a Canon Explorer Of Light and has continued the family business from a studio in New York. As the President of Fred Marcus Studio, Andy has established a clientele comprised of the most prominent families and business leaders in the country. Their strong loyalty, that spans generations, is derived from an ethic of non-compromising quality and customized service. Marcus has photographed the weddings of Eddie Murphy, Donald Trump, Mary Tyler Moore, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Billy Baldwin and Chynna Phillips and the daughter of Mario Cuomo, former Governor of New York State.






Leopoldo & Tamara


This building wins my award for the highest graffiti application in Brazil. Can you imagine the dude hanging off the window frame spray painting the edge of the top floor…..NUTS!


some funky architecture


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FELIPE REZENDE - Hi Mark, Hi Chantal!! Can you believe that just now I had a little time to check out your blog! I just read now at the FHOX Magazine and discover that you guy’s are really coming back next year! That’s FANTASTIC!!! I pretty shore that i’ll go to your presentation!!! And our Studio still doors open for your, was very nice to receive you guys here and we loved the tips!!! I like the picture that we took! Well, I hope to receive news…have a nice weekend!!! FELIPE REZENDE

Hélio Júnior - WOW…
Fantastic Job mate….
We went already on your “show”, showing about slide show… fantastic…
Hugs from Brazil…
and maybe you coment on my flickr.,..
thanks a lot about your help…

Jackson - Lindas fotos parabéns pelo grande proficional que você e .
tudo de bom .

Camila Máximo - You are great !!!I love your work !!!
We wait you and Chantal again !!!
Camila Máximo de Moraes

Idemar José - Maravilhoso trabalho de um tremendo profissional.

Wagner Martins - Parabéns pelo seu trabalho! Mostrou um outro lado de trabalho e divulgação do Slide Show . Isso nos mostra que em apenas 30 segundos consegue-se despertar a atenção e fazer perder o fôlego pelo modo em que inicia a apresentação. Esperamos você de volta para outras novidades ! Abraços de quem pela primeira vez esteve no Congresso e foi espetacular. Foi melhor do que eu podia imaginar. Atenciosamente, Wagner Martins, MTB 30.816.

Congratulations for your work! It showed another side of work and the spreading of the Slide Show. You showed in one sample that in only 30 seconds how to awake the attention and take our breath away! We wait for you to return for other new features! Abraços of who was in the Congress and was spectacular for the first time. It was better then I could imagine. Yours truly, Wagner Martins

TAMARA - Hi Mark, Hi Chantal!!
Can’t believe you actually posted pics of me here… 😉
I loved them… loved them all!!!
U 2 are great!!!! hope to see you soon!!!!!

Jes - Is that street cleaner giving someone back a banana they dropped? I think that is a really cool thing to catch on camera

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