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Student Photo Annual Collaborative Exhibit, Houston, TX

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S.P.A.C.E. Donor Profile

Jerry Flores is a videographer, filmmaker and owner of Dream Lite Production Studios, Houston, Texas. (Photo: Skarleth Velasquez)

Photo and story by: Skarleth Velasquez

Jerry and his team have been shooting professionally for six years. In the beginning, Flores explains he was working out of his house. Business deals were closed and transactions made at Starbucks and local restaurants. “The clients would slide the money across the table and I had to count it and make sure no one was watching, all while the person next to me was watching House of Cards on their laptop. It was a little inconvenient so I decided it was time to get our own place.”

Flores found a location, an empty warehouse. He had a vision of what it would look like. “I’m not good with construction because I don’t know anything about that, so I put it on paper and I gave it to the construction guy” and said, “This is what I need.” Dream Lite Production Studios opened July, 2016. Flores explains that originally the studio was meant to house his production business. A visitor saw the space and asked if it was available for rent. “From then on we started doing rentals and we started trying to figure out ways to bring people in.”

Flores and his team at Dream Lite Production Studios are trying to change the routine that developing artists face. Knowing the challenges that young artists face while trying to establish themselves, Flores recalls his personal struggles. When I was coming up I didn’t have the money to go rent a studio and shoot something really nice. I would ask somebody and they wouldn’t want to help. They saw me as competition.” He understands the importance of opportunity for the young struggling artist,  and the value of giving back to the community. “For anyone who reads this and has questions, I’m an open book. It could be anything from studio time, to building a studio, to what type of equipment we use, how we shoot, etc. Just ask for Jerry and we’ll figure out a time.”

Late summer, 2016, Flores received an email from Andre Hermann, Full time faculty at Houston Community College. Hermann asked Flores to donate studio time as a grand prize for the Second Annual S.P.A.C.E. event. An annual photo exhibit highlighting the photo students work. Flores recalls the email. “I wanted to know how I could help. Hermann [sic] had students that were learning, and doing all these different things. So donating two hours of studio time [sic] seemed like a good idea.

Flores and Dream Lite Production Studios is again donating a two hour studio session as a grand prize this year for the third annual S.P.A.C.E. exhibit. He recalls telling last year’s winner, Giselle Yeung, and explains “I dodn’t want to put an expiration date on it. I don’t want to force it on anybody. I rather have them take their time, just like she did, wait for the right project to come and use it. That way they would be able to get the best use out it.”

Dream Lite Production Studios prides themselves on having a great focus on hospitality, says Flores. “We want to be an example for Houston as far as having better customer service and a better atmosphere. We want people to feel like they’re [sic] home, like they are appreciated and respected, as opposed to other locations where they’re treated like a number. With us it’s more like they’re family.” Flores explains that  Dream Lite Production Studios whole mentality is to do something for somebody else without expecting anything in return. “That’s why when people come here and they ask questions we tell them. If they have ideas, we listen to their feedback and we use that to adapt.”

For more information about Jerry Flores and Dreamlite Productions visit: http://dreamliteproductions.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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3rd Annual SPACE Exhibit

Hi everyone. Welcome to the third annual SPACE event featuring Houston Community College Digital Photo students work. The Digital Photography specialization is part of the Digital Communication program at Houston Community College. This year is again another exciting year. WHCC.com and Dreamliteproductions.com are donating awards year for 1st, 2nd, third, and Best of Show. Stay tuned for more info.

This year there we will also see a change of venue. In previous years the SPACE event was held at the Spring Branch Campus gallery. This year the gallery event will be held at the Alief/Hayes Road campus. This will allow the show to be exhibited for the whole semester rather than just 30 days.

Finally, we have made updates to the submission process and the categories available for submission. Please see the FAQ tab for more info.

The process will remain the same this year. Images submitted will be reviewed by HCC faculty. Awards will be judged by industry professionals, TBA.

Please stay posted for updates on submissions and deadlines. 🙂

Good luck. We look forward to seeing your submissions.

Click here to submit.

Meet the judges for SPACE 2016

As we prepare for the opening reception of the 2nd Annual SPACE event, finding the right judge(s) to choose the final winning images was of the utmost importance. We chose two judges with two different perspectives to review the exhibited work. One judge, Chris Kern from the greater Los Angeles area, Southern California, and Daniel Watson from NYC, East Coast.

They worked together to review the images and choose the final four winning images. See their bios below for more info relating to who they are and what they do.

Chris Kern
 http://www.mrmrskern.com/

Christopher Kern has been shooting and producing commercial photography projects since 2003.  He holds an MFA in Photography from the prestegious Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.  Along with his freelance photography work, he has been utilizing his MFA as a photo instructor since 2009.  His work has been featured in the industry by; PDN, CMYK, IPA, and the APA.  Photographically he is looking to create imagery that is – aspirational, yet attainable.  While his commercial work has taken him all over the United States and Internationally, he calls California home.  His true passion is for the people he encounters; either it be as a portrait subject, fellow creative, student or stranger.

Daniel Watson
www.lividmagazine.com
Daniel Watson, a self-driven entrepreneur with fourteen years of experience within the creative and technology industries. His motto is that professionals in every field, especially creative design must be aware of the constant changes within a demanding industry to possess the flexibility and imagination to stay ahead of the trends. Daniel is founder and Editor in Chief of LIVID Magazine & Creative Director of LIVID Media. Also currently is an Advisory Board Member with Cazenovia College and Associate Lecturer at Mood Art in Verona Italy.

 

 

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