Archives for Portrait

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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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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Two Faces

Sometimes, the best images are a result of just playing around. This week, I was creating a headshot for a Gusi’s theater audition.  We ended up with a very moody, mysterious portrait – which I was thrilled with!  (I hope Gusi likes it too) During the course of the session, I decided to try a few shots with my infrared camera.  This is the camera that I used for the IR shots on the fine art website (www.lourceyfineart.com).  Up to this point, I have only used it for landscape photography – not sure how it would work on a portrait. Needless to say, the image we came up with was stunning: The skin went very pale and her hair turned blue – it was so cool!  What is amazing is to look at the two images together and notice how different she looks.  Probably a little too far out there for most portrait sessions, but we certainly created a very unique image. Post a comment and let me know what you think!
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A Thousand Words

Too many times, we get obsessed with trying to get the “perfect” portrait of our kids.   We drive ourselves crazy trying to get the kids sitting up straight, looking at the camera, smiling (but not smiling TOO much), hair perfect…. in other words, the exact opposite of how they are in real life. What you end up with is a picture that shows you what they look like, but doesn’t necessarily show you their personality.  I had a session recently with a little girl who loved being photographed.  Her brother, on the other hand, was much more reserved.   Although we got several great images of them together, including some nice smiles, this is the shot of the day. Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words!!!  Even if you have never met these kids, this image gives you a pretty good idea of what they are like.   The big sister giggles as her shy brother clings to her arm and cuddles against her shoulder.  It’s images like this that make my job so much fun!
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Creative Weekend

I just spent the past two days at a photography workshop with California photographer Joyce Wilson.  Joyce really takes photography to the next level!  It was a very inspiring weekend and I can’t wait to put a few of the ideas into practice.  It is so great to be in a profession where going to a “work” seminar is actually fun.  I’ve also gotten some great feedback about the new fine art website.  I’m thrilled that everyone likes it so much!  Be sure to check back often, as I will be adding new images over the coming months.   In case you haven’t seen it yet…. www.lourceyfineart.com I was going through some old files and came across this shot I took in San Antonio back in January. I was out on the balcony of the hotel – and very upset that I wasn’t able to get any good pictures of this beautiful town, since it was pouring down rain every day.  I looked across the canal and saw this building glowing in the rain.  I captured a few images, then worked on the image to make it even more surreal looking.    
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