"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
Portrait photography is my great passion in life. I love working with people in creating images that are beautiful, moving and sometimes irreverent. I especially enjoy doing head shots and composing artistic nudes (with a twist!). For me, photography is much more than just creating images with light and pixels; it's about giving back to others.
In my teenage years, I was mostly interested in landscape photography. In 2014, I decided to purchase a professional camera and began taking photos of friends. I soon realized how much I loved portrait photography and decided to work with models. I quickly learned that I had an intuitive ability to work with people in this capacity.
I am a self-taught photographer and continue to take workshops to improve my skills. In addition, I study the work of other classic and contemporary photographers (e.g. Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, Hans de Kort, Chris Knight). In addition I find inspiration in Rembrandt and other artists. While I primarily work inside my home/studio or on location using natural light, I also like using artificial lighting. I handle all of my own post processing using a professional software.
When I am not behind my camera, I spend my time working in the hospitality industry. I love art, travel, cinema, cooking, gardening, hiking, and more.
As an artist seeking my own voice, I will continue to explore the many facets of portrait photography. While I am based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I am quite willing to work almost anywhere (especially NYC). Contact me if you are interested in collaborating with me.
Thank you for taking the time to view my website. I also have a 500px page and an Instagram profile (see links at bottom of page).
Cheers! - Rob
EXHIBITIONS & COMMISSIONS:
2018 New Mexico Artistic Nude Photography Show // Artistic Image Gallery - Albuquerque, NM // March 2018
2017 Albuquerque Area Artistic Nude Show // Artistic Image Gallery - Albuquerque, NM // March 2017
Set Photographer - "Expiry" // Santa Fe, NM // February 2017
I felt totally comfortable and relaxed during the shoot with Rob. I was able to be myself and just throw ideas and poses about without fear of judgment. I had fun and found joy in playing in the nude. Rob was a friendly and casual source of encouragement from start to finish. - Matt, February 2017
Working with Rob was an absolute pleasure. Hes professional and knows how to make a model feel comfortable. He has a great eye and uses natural lighting in a wonderful way. The photos were wonderful and artistic. The Santa fe photography scene is lucky to have him. - Chris W, October 2016
Thank you so much for your work at our wedding! You are a wonderful presence; everyone who met you really liked you. It was a like a friend behind the camera, and during key moments, like the ceremony, you were stealthy as could be. - Melanie and Justin, July 2016
All around pleasant experience for me. I've never done anything like this before and I was a little nervous at first, but Rob made me feel completely comfortable in front of the camera. It was really neat to see his portrayal of me in my "natural habitat" so to speak. I can't thank him enough for the experience! - Derek B., March 2016
Great website! Real people, real expressions. I like the naturalness and ease - the way you capture people. I also like that you let your photographs do the talking. Nicely done! - Vicki M., September 2015
Rob photographed me in Washington, DC. earlier this year. He has an artist's eye for color, background and texture. Rob made me feel very comfortable and relaxed, which is evident in my photos. He captured the "real" me, not the me with the fake smile for the camera. I want to do it again! - Bev M., August 2015
Tuve la oportunidad de conocer a Rob y el placer de tomar una secion de fotos con él, donde me sentí cómodo por primera vez para ser fotografiado él tiene la capacidad de hacer un ambiente donde no persives la cámara lo que permite ser capturado como nunca lo imaginaste, lo recomiendo encarecidamente. - Felipe M, July 2015
Rob Kavalek is easy to be around and that alone makes a photo shoot with him characteristically enjoyable and stress-free. My partner and I both needed professional headshots and we arrived for the shoot ready for a few wardrobe changes, depending on lighting and backdrop. Rob set us up for success against a neutral background filled with luscious natural light. Rob played with the lighting ratio and pattern, and guided us into great facial and angle views to emphasize our better features. Once done with our professional photos, Rob encouraged my partner and I to stand for a few ‘couples’ shots. We love them all! We were so comfortable and having such a nice time that Rob perfectly captured our love and joie de vivre. Our images embody the essence of our personalities as individuals, and as a couple. I wholeheartedly recommend the mightily talented photographer, Rob Kavalek. ~Holly Davis, April 2015
Rob has a passion for photography. His creativity and attention to detail make him a good photographer, and his sense of humor and easy going personality make it easy to work with him. Thanks for taking such great shots of me, Rob! - Max W., April 2015
What I loved about being photographed by Rob was that he put me at ease with his fun, easy-going style. Coaxed by his wit and humor, we got some excellent shots - and we were done in no time! I dressed in layers to get a couple of different looks and was pleased with the quality and professionalism of his work. Debra C., March 2015
The photo shoot was warm and comfortable. Rob's calm ability to get me to be natural and at ease bridged us right into the photo shoot. His 'shots taken unrealized' surprised me with true blue me at my core. Both natural and posed set ups gave photographic variety, creating a hard-to-chose variety of portraits to marry down to select the best of the best. Rob captured the best of me in candid space. I have a great set of photos and enjoy sharing with friends. I'm glad I did the shoot and recommend Rob to bring out your best. You'll be comfortable and pleased. - Edwin L. April 2015
Rob is extremely easy and professional to work with. I feel like he brought the best out of me in front of the camera and that comfort I felt with him really shows through in the photos he took of me. I'm usually awkward in front of the lens, but Rob made it comfortable to have my picture taken. - Mia P., February 2015