Posts by Larry

Celebration of Smiles 2017

It is back- Celebration of Smiles 2017! Every year, we do free portraits to support Operation Smile.  For a donation of merely $25, we photograph you and give you the digital file.  No strings attached.  For every 10 we do, enough money is raised ($250) to pay for a child to have surgery.  What a deal! Find out more here:  Celebration of Smiles I guarantee you can’t watch the video and not want to help out.  Go on… I dare ya!
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Western States District Judging

Just returned from a fun weekend in Yakima, Washington where I judged images at PPA’s Western States District Image Competition. If you’ve never entered photographic competitions, you are missing out on one of the best educational opportunities available.  It truly forces you to hone your craft and take your photography skills to the next level. As a judge, it is also a great learning experience because I’m exposed to so many fantastic images over the course of the weekend. You can learn more about image competition at PPA Competition Info. While I was there, I had a chance to visit a little bit of Washington – including a beautiful drive from Seattle to Yakima.
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Big Milestone For My YouTube Channel

Ok, I’ve fallen a bit behind in my blogging, but  had to take a second for a “shameless self-promotion post.” Several years ago, I started a YouTube channel to share tips on photography, Photoshop, etc.  It started out as just a fun project and just continued to grow.  Recently, the channel reached a crazy milestone – ONE MILLION VIEWS! So hard to believe.  That’s over 2.5 million minutes of viewing time. As I try to wrap my head around those numbers, it occurred to me that I need to post some new content. If you’ve got some things you would like to see, post them in the comments and I will try to get to them when I have a free minute or two.  Gotta start pushing for the 2 million mark now!   If you would like to check it out for yourself, be my guest!:  Lourcey Photography YouTube Channel
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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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