Posts by Larry

Off The Record: 2014

Off The Record We are entering the last few months of the Off The Record Project. If you are new to the project, you can read about it here. Back To The 80s The latest addition to the series is one of the most-recognized album covers from the 80s – Van Halen’s iconic 1984.  The album went to #2 on the Billboard charts and remained there for five weeks!  Any guesses which album held the #1 spot? The famous smoking Cherub was created by artist Margo Nahas.  Anyone who grew up in the 80s will instantly recognize this image.  It was not without controversy – in fact, it was censored in the UK with a sticker covering the cigarette.   The Model I’ve been wanting to do this album cover since the beginning of the project.  When I saw Christopher with his curly blonde locks, I knew he was the perfect model.  The only remaining obstacle was to get him into such an unusual pose- and keep him from eating the candy cigarette. After a little trial and error, we finally got the shot. The Process Once the photographic images was arranged and composited, the next task was to get
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Off The Record: Rock and Soul

Its time for another installment in my Off The Record Project and this time – its personal!  If you are new to the project, you can read more about it in the original Off The Record Post. Band Of Brothers I’ve always been a big fan of Hall and Oates.   They’ve had so many great albums, but my favorite will always be Rock and Soul Part 1.  I think I owned this album in LP, cassette and eventually DVD format – so I’m very familiar with the striking, graphical cover art.  These songs have always been on heavy rotation in the Lourcey cars, so it is not surprising that my boys both like the songs very much.  Darryl Hall and John Oates have had this band going since 1970 and you have to pretty good friends to stick together for that long.  That’s why I knew it was a perfect cover when Heather suggested it for Dean and Beau’s contribution to the series. The Album The photography portion of this one was pretty easy.  I just had to get the boys in a pose that somewhat followed the original. The difficult part was the post-production-specifically, how to get that drawing-type
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Print Competition DVD Now Available

Ready To Up Your Game? There is no question that photographic competitions are one of the best ways to improve your photography. The bad part is, there can be a bit of a learning curve. I’ve seen both sides of the process, both as someone who enters competitions and as someone who judges competitions. After several years of judging, I’ve noticed that new photographers tend to make the same mistakes over and over again. I put this video together to help you get a good start.  Basically, it is all the stuff that I wish I knew when I was starting out.  Trust me, if you watch these videos – and follow my advice- it will save you a LOT of frustration! Check it out and let me know what you think!   Print Competition 101 DVD on Square Market
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Off The Record: Adude Insane

Bowie Time The time has come to release another addition to my Off The Record project.  This time, we decided to take a crack at David Bowie’s iconic “Aladdin Sane” album cover from way back in 1973.  Brian Duffy’s original creation featured a startling portrait of makeup-clad Bowie in a version of his Ziggy Stardust persona. Seemed like a good one to work on! The Plan When I first started planning this series with my project partner Julie Spero, she told me she had the perfect person for a Bowie album cover.  Jeff is a friend of hers – and a musician to boot.  This guy jumped head-first into the project by dying his hair red for a more authentic look.  Julie then worked her makeup magic to transform Jeff into Aladdin Sane.  It was quite a transformation. The Portrait Since the original portrait has a very flat, almost clinical feel to it, I decided to go with the cool, flat light of my trusty ringlight.  It definitely provided an excellent, even light that showed off the makeup and styling.  From there, it was into Photoshop to take the image to the next level.  I tweaked the colors a bit
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Off The Record: Les Adorables

The Next Album As we work our way through the Off The Record Project, I thought it was time to mix in a fairly modern album – a movie soundtrack actually.  While the Les Miserables soundtrack isn’t necessarily an “iconic” album, it is definitely a very recognizable cover.  On top of that, it is actually a pretty cool portrait. The setup was pretty easy- light the model and hit her with some air to make the hair fly around.  Turns out it took a little more air than I had thought.  By the time things were finished, we had her mom using a blow dryer from the side and my assistant using a leaf blower from the front!  Through it all, she managed to keep her eyes open and focus on the camera.  Quite the trooper!  There was hair flying all over the place- I’m not sure how she survived. The Title The only part that I was unsure about was how to handle the title.  Luckily my model had already figured that one out.  We changed “Miserables” to “Adorables” – which worked perfectly.  If you’ve ever been in front of my camera, you know I love to use that
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Time To Smile

It is that time of year! This year, our studio is once again participating in Celebration of Smiles- a promotion to raise money and awareness for Operation Smile.  The Professional Photographers of America have participated in this for the past several years and this will be our third Celebration. Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe.  $240 can help provide a cleft lip or cleft palate surgery. This surgery can change a child’s life forever and can take as few as 45 minutes. Contributions in excess of surgical costs are invested into our sustainability programs, which empower our partner countries to treat more children on their own. The surgeries cost $240 to perform, so I’m trying to raise enough money to pay for 30 of these surgeries this year. Its a lofty goal, but definitely a worthy cause. How YOU Can Help You can help out by passing this link along to as many of your friends as possible!  A few tweets or Facebook updates can make a huge difference. We’ve setup a site to collect the money and you can find it at:  http://www.donationto.com/Smiles2014 If you live in
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Meet The Beatles Fans

With The Beatles When I first started this Off The Record Project, I knew one of the albums I needed to include was the iconic cover of the Beatles first US album, “Meet The Beatles”.  It is a very distinctive look that most rock and roll fans recognize instantly.  I thought it would be fun to recreate the cover using photographer friends who were big Beatles fans. The Original Album The setup was pretty easy, just a simple split-light portrait in a very low-key setting. I didn’t even have to have them all here at once- which was nice, since these guys all have crazy schedules. From there it was just a matter of working out the layout and the album graphics.  I think the simplicity of the cover is what made it such a cool album to recreate. The Remake When I say these guys are big Beatles fans, I mean they are REALLY big Beatles fans.  In fact, one of them actually brought a copy of the original LP album with them as a reference.  I was shocked to see that the image had a slight blue tint to it.  From the many images I had seen online,
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Award Winning Monochrome Image

Back From The UK Well, I’ve fallen a bit behind on my blogging lately and realized that I never really mentioned something BIG that happened to me earlier this year! I had the opportunity to speak in London at the Societies’ 2014 convention- which was a blast.  The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers is the top photography organization in the UK – bringing together top-notch photographers from all over the world. It was truly an honor to be surrounded by such talented artists! I brought my wife and kids and we had an incredible time exploring this fascinating city. One of the highlights that I WASN’T expecting, was to be a winner in their photographic competition.  Over the past year, I had entered several images in their online photography competition and was thrilled to find that I was a finalist for the monochrome category.  At the Awards Banquet, I practically fell out of my chair when they called my name for Monochrome Photographer of the Year.  I even got a kick-butt trophy! The Image The image that won for me was a self portrait from my 40@Forty Project.  It was created in the parking garage of a museum in
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Off The Record: Pink Lady

Pink Lady This next image in my Off The Record Project is a tribute to Pink’s “The Truth About Love” album cover. While it might not be quite as iconic as some of the other ones we will be tackling, it was certainly a fun one to create.  After all- isn’t that what it is all about? The Concept When Karen contacted me about doing this album cover, we had one big problem.  Her hair wasn’t blonde!  We discussed a few options- one of them being her bleaching her hair- but determined that to get the real pink hair look, we would have to go the wig route.  Karen went to work putting together the outfit.  She even went so far as to sew buttons onto the sleeve of the top to match the album cover.  She is really a detail person!!! The Session After an expert hair and makeup treatment from my Off The Record accomplice Julie Spero, we set out to recreate the cover image.  Karen was a real trooper- as I can imagine it was pretty tough to squat in those heals for more than a few seconds.  She had clearly practiced the pose, however, because she
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Off The Record: Cris Joel

Off The Record For this cover, I took on the album cover of one of my all-time favorite albums:  Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Vol 1 and 2.  When photographer Cris Duncan suggested the cover, I knew it was one that I wanted to work on! How It Happened Cris is located in Lubbock, Texas – which would have normally made things kind of difficult.  However, we both spent this past weekend in Richmond, Virginia – speaking and judging at the VPPA Annual Convention (which was a BLAST by the way!).  Although the days were pretty busy, we managed to find some time to squeeze in a quick photo shoot for the cover. The Cover The original cover featured Billy leaning on a piano.  Since Cris plays guitar, we decided that substituting the guitar for the piano made sense.  We found a blank wall in hotel and setup a single monolight to try and emulate the look of the original image.  Unfortunately, we setup right outside an elevator and had a constant parade of hotel guest passing through.  However, Cris was a trooper and we managed to capture a great image.  I thought it was a very nice shot – similar
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