Juan was incredible to work with. I went in nervous and within a few minutes it felt so natural. He communicates his ideas clearly and creates an environment where creativity and ideas flow, and I stopped thinking about just getting a good shot and more about the actual experience of creating them. Seeing them afterwards I was blown away by the images that he captured and am so grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him!
I chose to work with Juan because his work is more light and shadow and it appeal to my own creativity. I love his vision our using the human bodyscape... Texturally using the light as lines is interesting to me as an artist. He makes every photo beautiful. Juan is very professional and his direction and ideas were fun to work with as he included me in the creative process and outlined his vision clearly. His photos are amazing... They speak for themselves.
My time shooting with Juan was lovely. I figured that I'm only going to look this young and perky once, so I decided to capture that through photographs, and I'm so glad I chose Juan. He was very respectful and never pressured me to go farther or more revealing than I felt comfortable with. By the end of the shoot, I barely even noticed that I wasn't wearing much! The pictures that came out were amazing; tasteful, dreamy and beautiful. It was exactly what I wanted, and it really couldn't have gone better. Would highly recommend.
I selected Juan Gabriel to shoot with because he is a talented Photographer. I really like his style and I thought his "Querencia" project is beautiful! I felt very comfortable shooting with him, he's very professional and very friendly, he gave great direction and shared the raw photos with me. He was quick to edit and send me the final product. I really like the photos we created, he has an excellent eye and it showed with the results of the photo shoot. I am looking forward collaborating with him again.
Being a young couple in Vancouver who have recently gotten married, pregnant and had a baby - we have had our fair share of professional photographers snapping our picture in the past few years. Out of every experience we've had, the one with Juan was the funnest and the best photos came out of it. He was extremely easy to work with from his calm and competent attitude, his great sense of style and his ability to capture the perfect moment! I imagine taking pictures of a baby (and his overprotective mama) has its challenges but Juan did a fantastic job of handling all of our little guy's range of emotions (from sleeping to crying) and avoiding flying bodily functions while making sure that baby still looked adorable in every shot.
We loved all the pictures and we were especially thrilled with how Juan was able to infuse things that were important to us into the photos. For example, my husband is a drummer and we loved Juan's suggestion to include his drums in the picture. This is challenging as there isn't much you can do with a baby and drums (it's not like he can sit up and play them!) but Juan got amazing shots that captured the essence of drumming and our little guy looks great. We can't wait for him to get older so we can show him these photos.
Every photo is a keeper and we are really excited to frame and hang them on our walls. Our newborn baby is the most important thing in our lives right now and we felt it was really important to capture this special time in his development. We trusted Juan to do this and he exceeded all our expectations. We can't wait to continue to work with him and have him capture other important milestones for our family. In fact, Juan's photos were so great that I've already recommended him to my work and friends. Through Facebook and Flickr I've shared the photos Juan took and I have received so many compliments on the gorgeous and professional looking photography. I couldn't agree more!
Juan is adored personally as well as professionally here in Vancouver. He is such a passionate, worldly individual and this translates well into his approach to photography and all his creative endeavors. I love his sense of style, his aesthetic taste, and his personable demeanor. As someone who feels rather awkward about photo shoots and had never participated in one beyond a studio portrait sitting, Juan did a remarkable job of creating an enjoyable experience for me. During our session, he managed to strike a fine balance between offering helpful directions and taking into consideration what I was comfortable doing. I was so impressed with the way he engaged me in the process while making accommodations for some of my own ideas. As for the final product, I think my dear friend in New York City said it best: "You look glorious in these pictures! They really capture your essence - pensive, joyous and sensitive." Indeed, I couldn't have been more satisfied with the range of images that convey nuance in expression and mood, along with dynamic settings of his choosing. His photography is splendid. I wish I could get Juan to work with us in New York, too. Meanwhile, I'll happily spread the news on both coasts!
Working with Juan was a real treat. He was patient and very tenacious, always looking to get a unique and interesting shot. We needed pictures for our strength & conditioning website and we didn't want traditional gym-like pictures. He came in with a vision that melded with ours and took photos that truly represented us as well as our work. He seems to really enjoy being behind the lens and this made the session super fun and easy-going. We laughed the whole time, even when we couldn't hold the pose any longer and he just wanted one more shot! I'd recommend him for sure.
Lynne and Cian
I definitely have no words to describe the blast I had shooting with Juan. Very professional and talented, made me feel very comfortable through the photo shoot, the end product looked AMAZING! Fun and easy going... enjoyed the whole time of the photo shoot. For sure recommend to friends, very passionate and creative photographer. Thank you so much!
Ryan and I had a blast shooting with Juan. We were both nervous about getting pictures done, but he made us feel comfortable and relaxed, and we ended up having a lot of fun. He was extremely professional and creative, giving us lots of tips and tricks. A lot of the time, couples pictures can look too posed or forced, but the photos that we got, especially the ones outdoors, felt playful and easy. I would definitely (and already have) recommend him to friends and family. We really had such a great time and ended up with some beautiful shots. I would definitely get photos done with Juan again.
Morgan & Ryan
My experience working as a model with Juan was a very relaxed and professional experience. Prior to the shoot he was very informative about the variety of locations, looks and props we could work with to create the perfect image. He was extremely attentive and curious about what I expected from the shoot and was sure to incorporate any requests that I had. During the shoot he was very encouraging and accommodating. There was never a dull moment! The results of the photographs where - as you can see for yourself - spectacular. I would gladly work with him again. Thanks Juan!
Working with Juan was both pleasant and entertaining. He was very welcoming when we first met and we had no problem when it came down to discussing ideas. Seeing as I do not model as often as most, he helped me step-by-step and suggested poses for me to do. I definitely felt comfortable throughout the photo shoot, so with that being said, I would be more than happy to do another shoot with him in the near future.
Working with Juan was a pleasure, he's very friendly and doesn't make you feel uncomfortable in any way. He's got great technique and really understand how to light up your best features! I'd definitely recommend him to others!
Juan's personality is a unique combination of grounded and energetic. As a photographer he makes the model feel at once comfortable in the chosen surrounding, and proceeds to take care of any needed details throughout the shoot to maintain this feeling. Having collaborated with Juan as both a model and coworker, he was fantastic on both accounts. He even brought along a photocopied sheet with suggested poses for the models, which proved very useful.
I had an important shoot at an upscale location for my company. Juan was punctual and prepared while setting up, and we finished the shoot on time- a rarity!
He also has a great sense of humour and enjoys what he does every second of the way, which is apparent in the results of the pictures! Always beautifully composed and colourful, his shots have never let me down. I would not hesitate to recommend Juan to a friend, coworker or professional business, as his skills are versatile and his disposition easy for anyone to get along with.
Thanks Juan, and I look forward to working together in the future.
Photography is very much part pure art, part precise science. There are very few that are blessed with the unique combination of gifts allowing them to aptly condense a moment into a cherished memory, to bring an idea into life, to capture the essence of emotion. Juan Gabriel Solorzano is that type of photographer -- flawlessly melding talent and technique, professionalism and passion, humility and humour. His pictures are timeless tales. I love browsing through his classics and his latest work for inspiration, but even more I enjoy teaming up with him for creative and corporate projects. As a marketing professional and as friend I highly recommend JGS for flawless, frame-worthy photography and an energizing experience.
We absolutely love the photos Juan took of our family. He captured so many wonderful, candid moments - which isn't easy when you're dealing with a toddler on the move! Juan was very flexible and accomodating when we were setting up the timing of the photoshoot, which we really appreciated. He was calm, professional and non-intrusive when taking our photos, which helped us to relax, be ourselves and enjoy the moment. We can't help but smile when we look at all the great shots Juan took. We have already recommended him to our friends!
Tanya & Henrique