Archives for Portrait

Senior Portrait: Lara

Last month, I did a senior portrait session with Lara – who has been one of my favorite models since she was little! We did a lot of traditional senior portraits, then decided to work on something a little more artistic.   We went with much more dramatic lighting and played around with some more unconventional cropping. We ended up with this incredible image. I loved the timeless look of the shot- especially the lighting.  It reminded me of Vermeer’s Girl With A Pearl Earring.  Truly a beautiful image.
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Garrett

Last month, I did a senior portrait session with Garrett. This guy is super-involved and we got tons of great images in his various sports uniforms. He is also a musician and wanted a nice portrait with his trumpet. After trying out a few different poses, we ended up with this – We also had one where he was looking down, but everyone decided the eye contact made this one stronger. I went with a more dramatic lighting ratio and really close cropping. It produced a portrait that was very traditional, but also had lots of impact. I’ll tell you what I really love about this portrait… Have you ever looked back at pictures of yourself from your teenage years and been so embarrassed by how you looked, what they were wearing, etc? I think this image has a very timeless feel that will look cool no matter how far down the road you look at it.
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Photography Camp

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of teaching a photography camp at the Westwood School in Dallas. We learned about photography, did some photo scavenger hunts – and even did a little modeling! I put together a slideshow of some of the camp highlights- hope you enjoy it!
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Opening Night at the Courtyard

Thought I would post a few images from tonight’s opening of my 40@Forty Show at the Courtyard Theater in Plano. I was worried the rain would keep people away, but was thrilled to see we still had a great crowd. Hanging out at the refreshment table! Such a great venue for a show. Hanging out with the Westwood gang. A shot with my friend and mentor Gail Nogle, in front of the portrait she inspired. —– It was so nice to finally see all the images enlarged, framed and hanging in one place. The best part was find out each person’s favorite image. It was so interesting how everyone seemed to have a different favorite. The show will be on display through the end of the summer, when it moves to the Goodrich Gallery in Dallas. If you are in Plano during July or August, I hope you will stop by and check out the images.
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Setting Up

Just got back from setting up my exhibit at the Courtyard Theater in Plano. The show contains 25 images from last year’s 40@Forty Project. It was quite an undertaking – trying to figure out where to hang everything and getting them spaced out properly. Luckily I had a couple of helpers available to assist! The show officially opens next week with a reception Thursday night. Click HERE for the details. Also, its not too late to be a part of the show. Wanna know how?
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Personal Portrait

During last year’s 40@Forty Project, I decided to create a portrait of my darling wife, Heather. Of course, the bar was really high for this one. I kept coming up with concepts, then eliminating them because I didn’t think they would be good enough. If finally decided to do something in the style of one of my favorite artists, Pino Daeni. What I love about Pino’s work is that he would take very ordinary scenes and elevate them to extraordinary with his amazing color and brushstrokes. It was a scary undertaking, but I figured I would give it a shot. I started with with a very simple setup – Heather standing at her vanity putting on an earring. There was nothing extra spectacular about the setup or the lighting – in fact, her back is to the camera and you can only see her face in the mirror. I started adding color, then applied lots of very loose brushwork. I finally ended up with a portrait I really liked… Back several years ago – when I started trying to earn my Master Photographer degree from PPofA, I decided I would try to get a merit with every member of my
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Source of Inspiration

A photographer friend recently asked me about the inspiration behind my image, “Meet Me On The Trolley.” She had seen George Joy’s image, “The Bayswater Omnibus” and figured that was where I got the idea. “The Bayswater Omnibus” by Joy Amazingly, it is not where the idea originated. A client had requested a portrait in the style of her favorite artist – Frida Kahlo. We decided to recreate one of her most famous pieces, “The Bus.” When the day came to create the image, she decided she didn’t like how she looked in the traditional Indian outfit, so she opted for her wedding dress. It turned out great because it gave the shot such a sense of oddity and contrast. “The Bus” by Kahlo (top) my image below    If you look in the upper right corner of my painting, you will see a small version of Kahlo’s “Bus” – A subtle tip of the hat to the original image. The crazy thing is… as I look at all the images, mine actually looks more like the Joy painting than the Kahlo. There is a person in black standing at the edge of the image and a man with a
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Cubes and Curves

During last year’s 40@Forty Project, I created a self-portrait in the Cubist style. It ended up being one of my favorite images from the whole year. I thought it would be fun to do another one -but with a twist. I set out to create another Cubist image, but with a female subject this time. Basically it would play off the contrast between the hard, square style of the genre vs the soft, curvy lines of the female model. I found a willing model, then shot a series of images. Here is what I came up with: I photographed the model in a variety of different poses and angles, then selected the best 4 or 5 images to work with. From there, I chopped the images up into pieces, warped them a bit, then assembled them onto one canvas. The hard part was figuring out exactly where to put them. I had to find a balance between keeping it more or less abstract, but not so scrambled that you couldn’t tell what it was. Once I was satisfied with the arrangement and composition, I adjusted the colors, added some texture overlays and ended up with the final layout. We had
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Finishing Touches

Next month, I will have an exhibit of 25 of my favorite images from last year’s 40@Forty Project . I met with the framer today to review and sign the prints before they finish the framing. It was very exciting to see all these images and I can’t wait to see them all hanging on the wall together. If you would like to help out with the exhibit, you can sponsor your favorite week and keep the framed print after the exhibit. All of the profits from the print sales will go to charity – so you’ll get some good Karma too! If you are interested, call the studio at 972.596.8888 or send me email. So which was your favorite image!!???
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Preparing Your Child For A Portrait Session

After putting it off for months and months, you’ve finally scheduled your child for a portrait session with a local photographer. What now? Believe it or not, the things you do BEFORE the session can have a huge impact on the results of the session itself. As a professional portrait photographer for over 14 years, I’ve seen it all – from very well-behaved kids to wild, crazy, out-of-control kids. The biggest problems, however, were usually caused by things that had nothing to do with the kid. Coaching Whatever you do, resist the urge to coach your child before the session. Working with them on their smile is just about the worst thing you can do. Chances are, your child already knows how to smile. By trying to teach them how to do it on command, you are increasing your odds of getting a really fake expression in the portrait. A good photographer knows how to get expressions out of kids – by interacting with them and making them laugh. If the child says “CHEEEEEEZE” every time I step behind the camera, I know I’m in for a long session. Haircuts Another popular strategy is to take your child in for
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