Where to Train Next?



An athlete needs the ocasional change of scenery to train, right?...
So we planned an operation to infiltrate the Electricity Museum (Lisbon), so that Vanessa could ride in an epic location!

Needless to say that she had to come adequately dressed and have proper makeup done!

Team Ninja
model: Vanessa Pereira (5x Portuguese long distance triathlon champion)
hair & makeup: Dulce Monteiro and Carolina Ribeiro
photo: Gonçalo Barriga
photo assistant: Renato Melo
bts video: Miguel Barriga

Many thanks to the whole team and to the Electricity Museum for making these images possible!


Vanessa Pereira - The girl behind the athlete


It was a great day, the one I met up with Vanessa for a cup of coffee to discuss “making a few pictures for her”.

Not only did the (5x) triathlon national champion give me total creative freedom, but she also agreed to let me turn this into a longer project, with several sessions in different situations, that would illustrate the girl besides the athlete. An irresistible challenge for me!

Over the next few weeks, expect to see a lot of triathlon photos both here and on my social media. So get ready!


The Matrix


“There is no spoon..."

Some places literally beg to be photographed, and this elevator at LX Factory (Lisbon) had been asking for it for a long time…

I had just finished a studio shoot with Elias for another project (if you’ve been following this blog, you guessed it - athlete’s portraits) and we decided that there was time for a few more photos, “Matrix style”!

Totally nailed it, didn’t he?…

Funny thing is that Elias is the most cheerful, less sinister person you will ever meet, which just goes to show that he is also a good actor!


An athlete’s portrait can take on unusual shapes!

Gonçalo Barriga - Sofia

For one of the most recent sessions of my ongoing project of athlete’s portraits, I invited Sofia who, among many other things, is a fanatical kitesurfer.

We were still warming up, you know: “so this is what were going to do today”, when she pulls off this twist that turns her poncho into a big black disk! A few takes later, to adjust leg position, facial expression and the shape of the disk and we had what ended up being my favorite shot of the whole session!

Sure, it has nothing to do with kitesurf, but it has everything to do with Sofia...

Anatomy of a Photomontage

"How fast do you want to go?”


Step 1: dig up an old (and boring!) photo taken at Marvão (Portugal)

Marvão, Portugal

Step 2: throw it into Photoshop and beat those pixels up until you squeeze the speed out of it!*

As Frederick Van Johnson, host of the This Week in Photo podcast often says “pixels were born to be punished!"

*(in this case, motion blur, noise, contrast, saturation) 

speed road

Step 3: photograph a cool biker


Step 4: join them together and… BAM!

speed bike photomontage (composite)


Sometimes, photographing someone is so much easier if you can add something that is a part of their life. Like a motorbike.

Bruno is a great chef and I’ve shot him in the kitchen several times, but when he told me that he rode a beautiful white Ducati… well, you know… it just had to happen!

By the way, he works at QB Essence in Oeiras, you should really check it out! ;) 

Cool Pet Photo

Smiling Dog Portrait

"Pet portraits? What do you mean?!"

As many of you, I've had pets for as long as I can remember. Actually, when I was a little kid there was a dog that waited for me outside my house and followed me around. It was my "street dog".

I've had dogs, cats, parrots, hamsters, fish...

Pet Photography can be a challenge if you're the owner of the pet...

As I became more and more interested in photography, It was only natural that I started photographing them, of course. Only one small problem… have you ever tried to photograph your own dog?… What happens as soon as you kneel to get to his level?… That's right, he comes straight at you to play!

So… I love animals + I love photography + it's hard to get a decent shot of your pet… hum… Cool Pet Photo in born!

Now I get to photograph different pets all the time! It's sort of like being the uncle that has all the fun with the kids and leaves when things start to get ugly…!

And if you think photographing kids is a challenge, try a cat…

Making the cat look at you at the right moment takes practice and patience

If you want to know more about Cool Pet Photo, head on to our website at http://coolpetphoto.com and join our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/coolpetphoto

Using studio lighting in Pet Photography