Posts by Larry

Weekend in Virginia

I just got back from a wonderful weekend in Virginia.  I spent all day Saturday judging their print competition, then put on a 3 hour program for the members that night.  It was a very long day.  Everyone there was so friendly and welcoming.  I’m trying desperately to find some pics from Saturday to post – but nothing so far.   I was hoping to update my blog while I was there, but free time and internet access kept eluding me.  Even worse, I was stuck inside all day and when I did have a few minutes of free time, it was raining outside.  After a four hour layover in Philly, thanks to mechanical issues – I reached the hotel at 11:30 Friday night.  Since it was so dark out and I was exhausted from travelling all day – I didn’t notice any of my surroundings.  When I got up the next morning and looked out my window, this is what I saw: All I had with me was Heather’s point-and-shoot… and photographing through a hotel window is tough – however, I did manage to take this one image, which was fun: Luckily, the travel home when MUCH more smoothly .
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Grand Opening

Last night was the opening reception for my exhibit at the Courtyard Theater in Plano.  It is such a spectacular venue!It was quite a thrill to see so much of my work on the walls in one place.  They layout also allowed us to group the work into similar pieces – giving it a nice flow.  For me, the highlight of the night was unveiling everyone’s new portraits and getting to see their expressions.  If you missed the reception, I hope you will find the time to swing by the exhibit over the next few months.  The work will hang through April at the Courtyard Theater in historic downtown Plano.    
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The Boys

Its been a while since I’ve done portraits of the boys, so I managed to drag them into the studio for a few shots this weekend.  Gotta get em when you can! Thought I better get one last shot of the winter outfit before the spring gets here. This was my favorite shot of Deano.  I loved the light on his face- plus he had a very “Dean” expression.  Oh well, that’s gonna have to hold me until I can bribe them into the studio again at some point. 
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Hanging Out

I spent the morning hanging paintings at the Courtyard Theater in Plano.  We are in the process of getting everything ready for the exhibit opening in February.  I had no idea it would be so much work! Luckily, I had a couple of people helping – but it still took us over 2 hours. Making sure everything is spaced properly can really drive you crazy. I’m very excited about how everything is going to look.  It is such a spectacular venue – with walls that complement the black and white photography, as well as the paintings.  Hope to see you there on February 9th!
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Trolley Time

This week, I finished my last session for the “People and Their Passions” exhibit – which opens next month.  Without a doubt, the wildest session was the last one.   Diane is a fan of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo – who created some very unusual paintings during her career.  We decided to do a portrait of Diane, based on Frida Kahlo’s painting “The Bus” To give the piece a retro feel, we chartered one of the McKinney Street Trolleys and asked a few of Diane’s friends to fill in as the other bus passengers.   The resulting session was an absolute blast.  You will have to wait until next month to see the final image – but I thought I’d share a few of the outtakes.  This image was probably the most interesting of all the shots, but was also the most bizzarre.  I just love the way there are so many things going on in the image.  In the end, we decided it was a bit too strange to use for the final painting – but it was certainly one of our favorites. Here we are, relaxing on the trolley, as we head back to our cars.  Of course, we couldn’t have
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Nadine Rocks

This weekend, I photographed Nadine for a painting in my upcoming exhibit.  We ended up with several great images that showed off her love of music.  At the end of the session, we had her play air guitar with one of the Wii guitars.  Although we didn’t use these in the final painting, I couldn’t bear to just throw them out – so I put together this fun series. This collection of images really shows off Nadine’s personality!
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Sami

My buddy Sami came over for a quick photography session while she was in town this week.  We came up with several cool images – but this was one of my favorites. I thought the warm tones and casual pose gave it a very timeless feel.  Its always hard to get the full effect of a painting when you view it on the computer screen – but I hope you can get a sense of what we were going for.  If you’d like to see some of the other images from this session, here is a quick slideshow…
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Back In The Saddle Again

Well, the holidays have come and gone – and my beloved Cowboys have been booted from the playoffs already.  Its official – the new year is officially here.  Time for me to get back in the saddle and start up the blog again.  I’m very excited about 2009.  I’ll be speaking at some state photography conventions and having a couple of art shows – at least, that is what we have planned so far!  I’m hoping it will provide an opportunity to catch up with a lot of friends and clients who I haven’t seen in a while.  When I look at the website stats, I’m always amazed at the number of visitors this blog gets.  I’m doing my best to keep it up to date – so I hope you’ll keep visiting. Best wishes for a fabulous 2009! Larry
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The Rocking Chair

Last week, I had a mother come in who wanted a portrait done with her daughter.  She had an antique rocking chair that had been in her family for a long time – and we wanted to include it in the portrait.  She also wanted to include the pet cat. After making a few adjustments and getting eveyone settled in, we ended up with this image: Everyone looks so relaxed!  I’m sure when the daughter grows up and has kids of her own, she will probably drag that rocking chair into the studio and do a shot like this again.  I just love images like this that really tell a story.
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