Archives for Children

Spring Break Session

I posted this on Facebook a while back, but realized I never actually put it on the blog. For those of you who don’t do Facebook, I thought you might enjoy these images! **** Over spring break, I had a chance to photograph three of my favorite models: Sami, Gusi and Addie. We ran through a bunch of different looks, but these were my favorites: I loved the retro look of this outfit, so we we went with an antique-looking portrait. The soft grain really gives it a timeless look. For Addie, we went the opposite direction. This super-high contrast image really brought out her eyes. I played with a few different colors, then settled on a blue tint. I was thrilled with how it turned out. Sami’s portrait was somewhere in between. It has a little bit of an old-school look to it, but it is also very contrasty and processed. I loved the dark, moody feel we ended up with. Who could ask for three better models!!???
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The Four Seasons

Back in May, I was helping out with the Westwood School’s Shakespeare play and loved how they were doing really complicated makeup on some of the kids. We decided to try and put together a portrait of several girls – all sporting different makeup. The summer, we gathered up a few brave models and my buddies Sami and Gusi went to work on their hair and makeup. Each girl was made to represent one of the four seasons. I photographed each of them individually on different colored backgrounds and intended to combine them later into one piece in Photoshop. At the end of the session, we did a group shot of all four – just for fun. Months later – when I finally got around to working on the images – I realized (for better or worse) that the group shot was actually the best image. I worked some Photoshop magic to give it a more painterly, antiqued look – which unfortunately makes it really hard to distinguish the different seasons. However, I loved the overall feel of the image and decided it was the one to keep anyways. Maybe someday I will go back and work with the individual
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Photo Camp

Last week, I taught a photography camp at The Westwood School in Dallas. We put together a slideshow of some of the images we created during class – self portraits, candids and even some modeling pics! We had a great time and I wanted to share the video. Enjoy!!
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Mr. Personality

Over the past few weeks, I have been working on a DVD project and Reid was kind enough to volunteer to be my model.  I needed someone to demonstrate what we are looking for in the Personality Portrait and he really came through. These are the first few images from the series.  What a great illustration of the many faces of a six year old!  Reid rocks!
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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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Riding The Wind

We had our regional photography convention this weekend in Arlington.  It was great to see so many of my photographer friends all in one place.  One of the prints I entered in the competition was an image I created this summer.  I called it “Riding the Wind.” Our family spent a week at the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  There is a national park in Kitty Hawk that is covered in giant sand dunes.  I thought it would be great to try and use those in an image, so Heather and I dragged Dean out of bed before dawn and we trekked out to the middle of the dunes.  We brought a kite along and had Dean run along the top of one of the dunes.  It was a grueling morning, but we came away with some great images.  I added some color and a little texture to the image, then printed it out on watercolor paper.  I loved the timeless feel of the image.
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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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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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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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Timeless Bond

Photographing babies can be an adventure.  Even the best babies have bad days – and they usually happen at the worst possible time.    The gameplan is usually to just relax and go with the flow – since even the most stubborn babies will generally relax after a while. This week, I had the chance to photograph the ultimate newborn!  Although he was only a few weeks old, he was a pretty big dude.  Best of all – he was a photographer’s dream!  He was about as laid-back as a baby could be and he had wonderful facial expressions. I’m posting one of the images of baby and Dad.  I cropped the image tightly and did some post-processing to give it a weathered/antique look.  I was thrilled with the final image. My goal was to illustrate the bond between this father and his son.  A good portrait should go beyond simply showing what people look like and I hope I accomplished that with this shot.
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