Frank Ockenfels lll shot by me

May 4th, 2014

Here is a portrait I made of Frank Ockenfels III. Frank is a creative genius who also happens to be a commercial photographer who has shot everything from Breaking Bad promo portraits to big time movie posters (Harry Potter, Men In Black 3) to a wide variety of TV advertisements. He shoots high profile celebrities, actors, musicians and politicians. His works appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Men’s Health, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, New York Magazine.

Palm Springs Photo Festival 2014

May 1st, 2014

I made it back as a volunteer for the second time to the wonderful Palm Springs Photo Festival this year. I reconnected with old friends and made new ones. I met some awesome master photographers like Greg Gorman, Greg Heisler and Frank Ockenfels lll. What I enjoy best about visiting the festival is that you leave with a new found energy, an energy with a desire to be the best you can be. Here are some images that I snapped at the festival.


March 11th, 2014

Listen to comedian Jo Koy speak on Frankie Leal’s Photography durring The Michael Yo and Jo Koy Show and check out some of the photos from the photo shoot.

WINTER WORKSHOP – January 4, 2014

January 30th, 2014

On January 4, 2014 I hosted my 5th natural lighting workshop. My attendees consisted of intermediate level photographers and parents who simply wanted to learn how to take better pictures of their children. We learned the principal functions of the dslr’s manual mode settings, then we went on-location for some live model shooting. Lucky for us, we had a custom motorcycle arrive during our live-shoot so we got some cool still life images.

I love teaching this natural light workshop because my attendees leave with a really good understanding of quality of light. The key to a great photograph is the subjects expression and the quality of light. Once I teach you how to light a photo, you got half the battle won!

The pictures below were taken from the workshop in natural light only. California Sunbounce reflectors were used to kick back natural light into the frame.

RAVES – WINTER WORKSHOP – January 4, 2014

January 29th, 2014

“Frankie, I enjoyed the workshop, you and your team including your lovely wife offered a great workshop. It was great to meet the models and the whole experience of a professional photo-shoot. Even though I took the class at Fresno State, I came home with a better understanding and use of my camera, I also learned new tricks as well.” – Laura P.

“The Frankie Leal Photography workshop was very informative. After the class I was able to utilize my cameras full potential by shooting in manual mode. Frankie Leal was committed to teaching me how to take the money shot.” – Tracy A.

Uncle Romeo 1

December 16th, 2013

Uncle Romeo 2

December 16th, 2013


November 30th, 2013

Palm Springs Photo Festival 2014 is right around the corner. Attending a large photography festival like this is very inspiring. People from all over the world come together with one major thing in common, Photography. Last year I was fortunate to be on the transportation team. I drove the instructors, attendees and even the boss himself Mr. Jeff Dunas to their destinations. Below are photos that I captured during my driving shift.

LL Cool J at the Big Fresno Fair – Oct 12, 2013

October 14th, 2013


October 8th, 2013