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55 Degrees Opening

Had a great time at the opening of my art show last night at 55 Degrees. Thanks a bunch to everyone who came out! In addition to some of my previous paintings and black&white prints, I had an extra bonus: three preview images from my upcoming 40@Forty Exhibit. (Details soon!) If you are near Plano this month, I hope you will stop in. Aside from the chance to see my work, its also a great wine bar. The food is awesome and the wine selection is excellent – you can’t beat it for a relaxed night out. http://www.55degreesplano.com/
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Guest List

Ok, I’ve fallen a bit behind on the blog lately – so I decided it was time to kick it back into action. I came across this blog entry called “Life is a Guest List” today. A friend from high school wrote it and I was really stunned by how moving it was – I just had to pass it along. http://www.lushclick.com/lush-mommy-blog/91-life-is-a-guest-list.html
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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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Kicks on Route 66

Heather and I just returned from a wonderful weekend in Albuquerque – figured it was a great time to catch up on the blog. I was speaking and judging at the New Mexico Professional Photographers convention, so we arrived a day early to see the sites. We ended up in Old Town and happened upon a fundraiser book signing. Four of the Navajo “Code Talkers” from WWII were setup in this gift shop, meeting with people and signing books. How lucky were we to stumble onto this? We bought one of the books and stood in line to talk to them. They really had some incredible stories. After our day of shopping and eating all day – it was off to the convention. Everything took place at the Route 66 Casino – just outside of Albuquerque. What a fun place to have a convention!! I did a program on Print Competition Saturday night, judged the print competition on Sunday morning – then did a program on Sunday afternoon. I’m sure by Sunday afternoon everyone was quite tired of hearing my voice! I got to see a lot of fabulous images and was lucky enough to be on a panel with
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Rebecca Boatman, Artist

Finally…. the second installment of the “Portrait of an Artist” series. I’ve fallen behind a bit on these, but I’ll catch up – I promise. **** I met Rebecca several years ago when I took her Art Appreciation class. In addition to teaching college art classes, I knew she also created and sold her own art. I knew she would be a great addition to the Project. My original plan was to create an image of her creating at her pottery wheel. There was great light in the room and it was a joy to shoot in there. After I had created a few images of her working (and after I thought I had created the image I wanted) – she asked if I would photograph a couple of items for her. She brought out these very cool statues she was creating for an upcoming exhibit and I knew that THIS was going to be the shot. She sat down behind one of them and started working on it and the whole shot just fell into place. I added some texture and worked it over in Photoshop a little bit and voila – the final image. I loved the interplay
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The Blizzard of 2010

Wow- what a weekend! Without question, that had to be one of the best snows in recent Dallas history? Now for those of you up north, it probably doesn’t sound like much – but here in Texas, anything more than an inch of snow is pretty much a bona-fide blizzard. We got somewhere around 6-8 inches here in Plano and it was truly an amazing sight. I finally got around to posting some of the images of the Lourcey’s playing in the snow- enjoy! Snow-covered lawn. The winter wonderland backyard. I loved this shot of Beau working on a snowman as the snow was falling. Heather and Beau with the snowman base. Posing with the completed snowman- complete with a straw cowboy hat!
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Tennessee Images

Never got around to posting these shots from my recent trip to Tennessee. The whole family travelled to Nashville for Imaging USA – the national convention for Professional Photographers of America. We got a shot of Deano standing next to my print of him flying a kite, then Heather got one of me posed with my Loan Collection print. After I received my Craftsman degree, we went out to dinner. Heather took this picture while we were waiting out on the porch of the restaurant.
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