Posts by Larry

Ready To Make Someone Smile?

It is that time again.  Time to take on a huge charity venture to help some kids smile.  My son Dean is helping me promote again this year, so here he is to tell you more…. WHAT IS IT? Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. It is a wonderful charity that is able to make a HUGE difference in a child’s life. The Professional Photographers of America have teamed up with Operation Smile to present the Celebration of Smiles. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with facial deformities. Our work creates a lasting global impact. We train local doctors in developing countries and strengthen healthcare systems so more children in some of the poorest areas in the world can be treated. But don’t take MY word for it.  I DARE you to watch this video and not want to help.  Really… I dare you! HERE’S WHERE YOU COME IN! $240 can help provide a cleft lip or cleft palate surgery. This surgery can change a child’s life forever
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Want To Grow As An Artist?

Ready to get your learn on??? I’ll be doing a presentation tomorrow for the 2016 Digital Art Summit.  My program is on “Growing as an Artist” and there are plenty of other presenters doing some amazing programs as well.  You have the option of just purchasing my program or they have some packages that include multiple programs. It is quite an educational bargain- considering the people who are offering the webinars. If you are in the mood for some education, you might want to check it out! Click here: DIGITAL ARTS SUMMIT “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” -Nelson Mandela
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Could This Be The Best Way To Learn Photography?

Is there a photographer out there who doesn’t want to get better?  Isn’t everyone looking for the ultimate learning platform for photography?  Well, Trey Ratcliff of “Stuck in Customs” fame may have just found it! A few weeks ago, I was introduced to a new learning community called The Arcanum.   This thing is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.  It is based on the Master/Apprentice concept where people sign up to be apprentices and are chosen by a Master to join their community.  The interaction and educational potential is incredible.  What you have is a group of like-minded people who are pushing each other creatively while supporting each other through the learning process. According to their website: Our Mission is to unlock the Creative Awesomeness within every individual Art and creativity has a profound affect on our lives. We have more fun when we’re creating and sharing art. Life simply tastes better. We want to enrich the world by bringing more art and artists into it. How cool is that??? You get one on one critiques from your master, in addition to constant feedback from your fellow apprentices.  On top of that, they have a fantastic library that is growing
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Judging The Best of The Best

A Week Of Inspiration I just returned from Altanta after spending the week at Gwinett Technical College judging at PPA’s International Photographic Competition.  Every year, judges from around the country get together for a week to judge the best photography from around the world.  It is truly an exciting and inspiring week. Over the course of the week, we judged over 5,200 images – then judged the top images again for the PPA Loan Collection. There was live streaming of the judging and even an internet TV show – IPCLive.  In case you missed my appearances on there, I’ll see if I can find a link!  
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Imaging USA 2015

ImagingUSA is right around the corner!   For those who don’t know, ImagingUSA is the once-a-year photography extravaganza, hosted by the Professional Photographers of America. This thing is HUGE with loads of great educational programs and a mind-blowing trade show.  If you are anywhere near Nashville, this is can’t-miss.  If you aren’t near Nashville, you should GET to Nashville.  It is THAT cool! Senior Program As if things weren’t exciting enough, I will have the great honor of being on of the speakers at this year’s convention.  I’m doing a program on Senior Portraits (program details) and can’t wait to talk shop with so many great photographers.  I will talk about how I approach senior portraits – and portraits in genera, for that matter – and walk you through my process.  I assure you, it will be educational AND entertaining. Hope to see you there!  
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Off The Record: Mamma Mia!

OFF THE RECORD:  Mamma Mia! This one has been in the work for months!  I’ve been photographing Skyler her whole life and wanted to include her in the series, we just kept running into obstacles.  We couldn’t decide on a cover, then couldn’t locate the right dress.  Finally, the stars aligned and we were able to recreate the cover of the Mamma Mia broadway soundtrack.  The album itself isn’t super well-known, but the fact that the image has loomed over Times Square for so many years certainly inches it closer to iconic status. The Original The original album cover is pretty simple.  The bride-to-be is in her wedding dress with a huge, laughing smile on her face.  The bride has a painted/texture type look to her, but the rest of the cover is a very clean, hi-key design.  The only thing needed is a model with the right look, a wedding dress and getting the same pose/feeling of the subject.  So here we go… Our Take For our recreation, the plan was pretty simple.  Skyler managed to borrow the dress and we photographed the scene on a high key background.  We played around with the posing a bit, but she
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Off The Record: Wife Scratch Fever

OTR- Nugent Style For this installment of the Off The Record Project, we are going all the way back to 1977 for the third album by guitarist/singer/songwriter Ted Nugent.  Cat Scratch Fever was a big hit for Nugent, going multi-platinum.  His crazed look helped to make the album cover very memorable. The Original The original album actually has a wrap-around cover – with the cover image continuing on the back of the album- but more on that later. The photo was a very basic setup.  Just find a guy with crazy hair and an even crazier expression.  The simple grey background helps to draw all the focus to the subject.  Pretty cut and dried- no photography tricks or elaborate lighting involved at all. The OTR Version My friend Chris Varney came up with the idea for this one very early on.  We struggled with how to handle the hair and finally settled on a wig.  It doesn’t look terribly realistic, but with this image, it almost makes it funnier.  This one is really all about the crazed expression- and Chris pulled that one off perfectly. From there, the only issue was replicating the faded, lo-tech look of the original 70s
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Off The Record: Donnadele

Getting Modern Welcome back for another addition to the Off The Record Project.  We’ve been doing a bunch of older album covers lately.  This is probably due to the fact that the 80s produced so many iconic cover images.  For this one, however, we decided to get a little more modern, with an homage to Adele’s classic “21” album cover.  Let’s take a look at how things unfolded…   The Original Adele’s “21” cover is a great one for the project because it is very recognizable and it is a wonderful, old-school portrait.  A classic black and white study, with the retro beauty of a George Hurrell photograph.  It is a pretty simple design, with dramatic light and not too many other elements.  The shadows provide plenty of wonderful passive space, which draws the viewer’s eyes right to the subject’s face.  This one is definitely a study in precision and control. Our Take My good friend- and fellow photographer- Donna GoodHale came up with this suggestion.  We were at a photography meeting in Atlanta and created this image in her hotel room the morning before the meeting.  We didn’t have much equipment at our disposal.  In fact, she is just
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Off The Record: Mommy Crue

The Age of Glam Metal The 80s were know for a lot of things, but “heavy metal bands with big hair” would certainly be high on the list.  For this addition to the Off The Record Project, we decided to explore the work of one of the biggest hair bands of the 80s – Motley Crue. Released in 1983, the band’s second album “Shout at the Devil” made it all the way to #17 on the Billboard charts. The album cover, however, was even MORE memorable. When someone proposed the cover for my project, I knew it was one that had to be done! The Original The original Motley Crue cover featured very dramatic portraits of the band members.  They used a lot of smoke, gelled lights and a very contrasty overall look. The biggest part, of course, was getting the models to look right.  For those of you who weren’t born in the 80s, trust me – rock bands REALLY dressed like this in the 80s.  I can’t explain why.  Just trust me on this one. The New Crue Four brave moms volunteered to take the challenge and put together their best rocker outfits.   My project partner, Julie
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Off The Record: Control

Janet’s Control For the next installment of the Off The Record project, we are staying in the 80s for another memorable album cover- Janet Jackson’s “Control”.  The album went to #1 in 1986 and sported a very memorable red cover.  It even ranked #28 in Rolling Stone Magazines “Top 100 Albums of the 80s”. We decided it would be a great addition to the project and enlisted Suyin to help us out. The Original The cover features Janet in a black outfit – complete with 80s shoulder pads.  Her hair is piled up high and swept to the side.  I loved the clean red background and the gold squiggly lines add a nice graphic element.  It was a fun cover to try and reproduce because it has such a unique style.  The only issue was finding the right model and getting the right hair. Control 2014 The model was one of my son’s classmates.  I’ve known her since she was little and thought she would make a great Janet.  She had the perfect look for this image. Once again, hair guru Julie Spero managed to get that big, 80s hair- but still make it look nice.  From there, the image
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