Posts by Larry

View From Above

Every year, we photograph the cast of the Westwood play for their promotional poster.  This year, we ended up with an idea that was a little more complicated than past ideas! The concept was to photograph the entire group (60+ kids) from above.  The people in the Brookhaven theater department were kind enough to let us use their theater for the shot and we arranged the kids on top of each other, near the front of the stage.  Meanwhile, I was shooting from a catwalk way overhead.  I’m not a big fan of heights, so it was a little weird at first. You’ll have to wait to see the final image for the poster, but I thought you might like to see the view from the catwalk. (Look how tiny those seats look!!!) In the end, we got the exact shot we were hoping for.  This year’s poster is going to be one of the best ones yet!
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Scavenger Hunt

This weekend, we hosted a scavenger hunt for some of the students from Westwood.   The kids were given a list of things they had to be photographed with – and they tried to complete as many as possible during the time allowed. I thought you might enjoy a couple of the images: (some of the members of Team Holly in front of a fire truck) (Some members of Team Dayton posing in front of a house) Although Team Holly managed to pull off a 10 point victory, both teams had a lot of fun.  Here is a shot of all the participants proudly showing off their fabulous prizes!!! This was actually the first of two scavenger hunt parties that we are hosting this month.  The second one is coming up this weekend and this time – all the participants are grown-ups.  If you think these pictures were funny, be sure to check back next week!!!
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Daniela

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing Daniela for her senior portraits.  She is a fabulous golfer, so we wanted to include golf in some of the portraits.  Of course, we started out with a very traditional shot – While I was pleased with the image, I thought we could take it a step further.  I wanted to downplay the golf club and focus on Daniela’s face.   We cropped in a little closer and switched to a more dramatic, directional light.  The resulting image was stunning. Her mom went crazy over the image – which is always one of the highlights of my day!  We printed a large gallery-wrapped canvas, which now hangs in their home.  It is always a blast to work with seniors – and Daniela was no exception!
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On Their Toes

I’ve been working on creating more images for my upcoming painting exhibit this summer.  One of my latest creations is “Three Toes” The image was an exercise in composition and color.  I liked the repetition of the pose.  I have no idea how they are able to stand like that – truly amazing.  I took a very pastel subject and added tons of color – I felt like that gave the piece more impact.  The original is pigment and acrylic on canvas, but I will also offer it as a limited edition giclee print on watercolor paper.  
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Westwood High

This weekend, my wife and I attended the yearly auction for the Westwood School.  The theme was “We’re All In This Together” so it was very High School Musical.  I decided to go with the traditional tux, but you should have seen some of the crazy outfits people had on. The shocking event of the night was when I was crowned Homecoming King.  Check out the excellent crown and sash!  Overall, it was a great night and they raised a bunch of money for the school.   One of the items that sold at the event was a Photo Scavenger Hunt with Lourcey Photography.  Rest assured we will come away from that with lots of great pictures – and I will make sure some of them make their way to the blog!
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Telling The Whole Story

Recently, I had the challenging job of trying to capture the personality of Bri.  We wanted to convey her serious attitude, along with her big smile, so the traditional portait just wasn’t going to cut it. Here is what I came up with: The location provided us with a stark, artsy location to serve as a basis for the image.  Bri provided the attitude and we were off to a great start.  I added a smile from a different image and added some texture to the overall shot to make it flow.  The final print was output on metallic paper for a very cool shot that even a teenager will love! I hope you like it.
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Painting Pets

I’m always looking for new subjects for my paintings.  The people at Muttworks were nice enough to let me exhibit a few of my pieces at their store in Coppell – so I created some dog portraits! It is great to have them hanging someplace where they can be viewed by plenty of people who love pets!  If you are in Coppell, be sure to stop in and check them out- since the web just doesn’t do them justice.  Here is a MAP.
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Painting Project

I’ve been having a great deal of fun painting portraits lately.  I decided to try doing something with an old, Rembrandt style to it.  I found the perfect model and set to work creating a piece with an old master feel.  Here is what I came up with… I was really pleased with what we ended up with.  The dramatic lighting, combined with the brush strokes, gives the piece the timeless look I was aiming for.   I’m hoping to put together an exhibit of some of these paintings later this year.  I’ll keep you posted!
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The Color of Life

One of the great things about art is that it is always changing.   Trying something new is what keeps your art fresh.  Lately, I’ve been playing around with adding more color to my paintings.  I created this ballerina image during the workshop last week. I incorporated a LOT more color than usual on this piece, but I think it really worked.  The vibrant color really gives the work a sense of motion and excitement.  I can’t wait to display this at one of my upcoming exhibits.  I’d love to hear what you think!
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Artistic Escape

I just got back from an incredible art workshop.  We spent the week in the historic town of St. Francisville, Louisiana.  The setting was absolutely incredible.  I stayed at the Butler Greenwood Plantation .  If you ever want to get away from it all for a few days, I couldn’t recommend a better place.  The cabin where I stayed was built in the 1790s!!! The week was spent travelling around the area visiting historic sites, taking lots of photographs and then returning to the classroom to create paintings from our images.  It was such an inspiring week!   One of our stops was a tour of the Rosedown Plantation – which dates back to the 1730s!!!  Here is a shot of the driveway leading up to the house. It was a very intense week.  We started each morning around 7 and went until 10 or 11 at night.  There was just so much to see and do – we couldn’t waste time sleeping!  I had a wonderful time honing my art skills and will be adding some of the work to the fine art website soon.
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