Archives for Portrait

Leslie

Last week, I photographed Leslie for her senior portraits.   We ran through several outfits and got plenty of traditional “senior” shots.  However, there were a few images that really stood out – at least in my mind. One of my favorites was this profile shot.  Although it is a very uncomplicated shot, it conveys a lot emotion.  Its elegant simplicity gives it a timeless feel.   Dad chose this one to hang on the wall in his office- and that is good enough for me. For the second image, we went the entire other direction… Leslie plays clarinet and I was trying to find a way to capture that – without just having her standing there holding the instrument.  We toyed around with a few unusual shots and came up with this: My apologies to Apple! 
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Judging

Wisconsin photographer Dan Frievalt sent me these images from the print competition last weekend, so I wanted to add them to the blog.  Here is how this works:  everyone sits in a dark room and the prints come around one at a time under bright lights.  The judges sit at the front of the room and score the prints.  There is usually a good crowd of people sitting in the room watching – most of them are the ones who entered the prints into the competition. Here we are being introduced to the audience. After that, we sat down and got to judging!  It was really a great weekend.  Wisconsin has some very talented photographers!
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Wisconsin

I just returned from judging the print competition at the Wisconsin Prof. Photographers Assoc.  What a cool experience! We stayed at this incredible resort called The Osthoff.  It is about an hour and a half north of Milwaukee. It was the perfect time of year to be there – the weather was cool and the fall colors were all over the place.  The rooms had these little balconies on them and I was determined to have my breakfast out on the balcony the final morning – just to soak up the atmosphere.  Unfortunately, it was about 50 degrees.  I put on 3 or 4 layers, ordered room service and sat down for a chilly – but scenic- breakfast. Once the convention was over, one of the Milwaukee photographers – Paul Owen- drove me back to the airport.  On the way, we stopped by Milwaukee Museum of Art – one of the coolest buildings in the country.  I took this shot in the main foyer. There were all kinds of great photographic locations in this place.  Paul showed me one of his favorite portrait spots and shot this image for me: Pretty cool – huh? I had a wonderful time and
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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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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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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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Arkansas Adventure

I just returned from Little Rock, Arkansas – where I served as a judge at their state photography convention.  I had a great time, but it was really a lot of work.  Imagine sitting in a dark room, staring at photographs all day- then assigning them a score from 1-100.  Anytime there was a disagreement about how a print should score, we had to discuss it – pointing out the good and bad points of the image.   The thing is, all the people who have entered the competition are sitting in the room observing, listening to your comments about their work.  You have to walk a very fine line between giving someone an honest evaluation of their work, while not insulting them or crushing their desire to ever enter again!  All in all, it was a great experience.  There are a bunch of very talented photographers in Arkansas, so we saw plenty of stunning images.  I’m really looking forward to next month, when I will be doing this again in Orlando at the Florida State Convention.   It is truly an honor to have a chance to give back to the photographic community and help other photographers improve their craft. 
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Finale

This week, I was in charge of creating a slideshow for the graduating 8th graders at Westwood.  I had all nine students in my photography class this year, so I wanted to make sure to end the show with a strong image. I came up with this shot while photographing the dress rehearsal of their play, “Shakespeare’s Bedtime Stories.”  I thought an image of them taking their final bow would be the perfect ending to the slideshow.  I setup behind them and we adjusted the spotlights to make sure we had the right ones one and the right ones off.  I was thrilled with the final results.
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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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