Posts by Larry

Caitlin

I had a great session with Caitlin last week.  She came in for a headshot and we came up with a nice, simple image. After that, we decided to try and create something with a little more personality.  I started with a stark, infrared portrait.   The cool skin tones, combined with the close cropping, really made this image an eye-catcher. From there, we took it an entirely different direction – from a hi-tech, modern look to a simple black and white glamour look, reminiscent of the old 30s hollywood portraits.  The image we came up with was absolutely beautiful.
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Picture Perfect

It is always a lot of fun when we can incorporate hobbies or interests into a portrait session.   I photographed Bri last week and she just happened to be into photography!  At the end of the session, we decided to try something different.   We put her camera on a tripod next to her and I set up my camera with a cable release- allowing Bri to actually trigger the camera.   She took a series of self-portraits, which I incorporated into this series. It made for some fun images that really help to show her personality and go beyond just a recording of what she looks like.
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Little Sports

We had a couple of brothers in for sports collages this week.  We always end up taking more shots than we will actually use in the final piece.   I’m not sure if these two images will be used or not, but thought you might enjoy seeing them anyways. I loved the intensity on the older brother’s face in this shot.   He is a pitcher on his little league team and I wanted to capture what the batter sees right before the pitch. His younger brother was photographed in his soccer uniform.   Although we ended up with a lot of smiling shots, I loved the mood of this image. To me, it is a classic portrait of a little boy.  He isn’t trying to pose for the camera.  It is just a simple, honest image that really has a sense of drama.   His casual glance is what makes it work.
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Opening Night

Last night we had the opening of my fine art show at Vino100 downtown.  It was quite a big undertaking.  In addition to all the printing, matting and framing, the wall layout had to be planned.  I spent 3 hours that morning hanging prints – with the help of my pals Jenina and Mary Anne.  After getting everything just right, we took a second to pose in front of the main wall. If you happen to be downtown, you should stop by (www.vino100dallas.com).  It really is a very cool wine bar – not to mention the fabulous art on the walls!!! (sorry – couldn’t resist) The opening night artist reception was a huge success.  I was so excited by the large crowd – other than when I had to get up in front of them for a short intro speech.  The fine art work has been a hobby of mine for many years and it was great to see all the different pieces hanging on the wall together.  Part of the money from all of the print sales is going to a great charity – InSync.  If you’ve never heard of them, you should check out their website…. www.insyncexotics.com .  I really
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Storming Through Orlando

This weekend, I was in Orlando to judge their state photography convention.  Unfortunately, Tropical Storm Fay was putting a big dent in the weather.  The first day the wind and rain really picked up and the sky looked very ominous.  I only brought my point-and-shoot, so I set it on the table behind me for a shot of the storm. I pulled a chair up to the window and just sat there watching the storm while I was talking on my cell phone.  It was quite a sight to behold – I was certain the trees were all going to blow over. Luckily, most of the weekend was spent inside the hotel, looking at photographs – one of my favorite pasttimes.  I was a on a judging panel with some very talented photographers and we had a great time arguing the finer points of all the entries.  Afterwards,  I spent a couple of hours walking through the exhibit answering questions for some of the people who entered the competition.  I know I’ve asked a million questions during my photo career, so it is nice to have a chance to give back to those who are just starting to enter competition.
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A Tale of Two Faces

It was a sad time for Lourcey Photography this week.  My favorite model – who has been a fixture in several of my prints and Christmas cards- moved away to Florida.  Before he left, I made sure to drag him in for one last session.    I printed up one of the images to give him as a going away gift and left it sitting on my entry hall table.  It just happened to be sitting next to a portrait I painted of him earlier in the year.  It certainly made for a very interesting pairing… The painting on the left was done early in the year – when I was trying out a new painting technique.  I was going for a soft, Old Masters look – ala an old Rembrandt painting.  The black and white image on the right is a much more detailed character study.  I was just so surprised how different the same person can look with different photographic approaches.
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Two Weeks Til Wine

The details are starting to come together for my fine art show at at Vino100 in Dallas (http://www.vino100dallas.com/)  It is exactly two weeks away and I’ve got a TON of stuff to get ready before the event.  This will be the largest exhibit of my work that I’ve ever assembled- we are planning to fill the walls!  There will be several items from the fine art site (www.lourceyfineart.com) as well as a bunch of new pieces – both paintings and photographs.  Of course, this means lots of prep work – several pieces need to be matted, framed, priced….whew.  The good news is there will be plenty of wine in the building that night, so the light at the end of the tunnel is promising!  The reception is Thursday, Aug 28 at 6:00 – please swing by and say hello!
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Outer Banks Adventure

We just got back from a relaxing week in North Carolina at the Outer Banks.   Although I tried my best to not spend my time toting the camera around everywhere – there were a few locations that I just couldn’t resist! Not far from the beach, there is a large national park that is made up of huge sand dunes.   It was almost as if we were in the middle of a desert – very strange. I got up early one morning and go to the park when they opened – then trudged through the sand with all my gear.  It was such an unusual setting that it was worth the trouble!  The shot above was one of my favorite color shots – with an intesting line and very simple composition.  The one below is an infrared black and white of another part of the dunes.
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Loan Collection

Every year, I submit my four best prints to the Professional Photographers of America’s International Print Competition.  I found out this week that I had a very big year! For starters, all four of my prints were accepted into the General Exhibit, which will be on display at the national convention next year.  It is pretty tough to do and I’ve only done it once before – so that was exciting. The even bigger news was that TWO of my images were selected to be in the PPA Loan Collection book.   The Loan Collection is made up of the top 10% or so of the entries – so its tough to get one accepted.  I couldn’t believe I ended up with two! I’ll eventually add these to the gallery section of the site, but thought you might like to see what they looked like. The top image is titled – “Silent Cypress” – it was an infrared shot I took at Caddo Lake in East Texas.  The bottom image is “Take A Bow” a fun art piece, featuring a ballerina I photographed last year.  Both images were a lot of fun to create – I hope you enjoy them!
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Fun With Sports!

We have been doing a lot of Portrait Collages this summer.  I like them because they offer a more creative look than just having the kid kneeling in front of a fence, holding a soccer ball.  I thought you might like to see a few of the newest creations: I created this for my son’s baseball coach.  We were looking for a cool thank-you gift and thought this would be the perfect item.  I created the portrait of his son without him knowing, then the team pitched in to get it framed for him.  One of the interesting elements of this piece is the faded scorebook in the background.  The boy’s grandfather kept score at most of our games this season, so the handwritten scorebook in the background is actually his grandfather’s handwriting.  How cool is that? For this high school senior, we were looking to create something that highlighted her swimming and gymnastics involvement.  She was so easy to photograph and I was thrilled with the images we had to work with.  I think the final piece really tells her story.
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