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Trapped!!!

Week 5:  “Trapped!!!” Whew – week five was a tough one.  I started out with a completely different concept.  Planned it out, photographed it, worked it up in Photoshop… and hated it.  It just wasn’t good enough.  I felt like I was mailing it in.  During the course of working on it, however, another idea popped into my head – then it was back to the drawing board for Week Five Take Two…. Many of us feel like we are trapped in front of our computers all day, so I took the next logical step and became trapped INSIDE my computer.  It took a while to figure out just how to shoot it – but I think it was worth the extra effort.   I hope you like it!
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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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And so it begins…

It is now official – the 4040 Project is underway.  I hope you will take a moment to stop by my facebook page and check out this week’s portrait.  It is going to be a long 40 weeks – but you have to start somewhere!  Let me know what you think!!!  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Plano-TX/Lourcey-Photography/46900287842  For more info on the 4040Project: http://www.lourceyphoto.com/4040project.html 
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40 @ Forty Project

On March 16, that dreaded day will finally arrive – I will turn 40. Now the way I see it, there are really two options:  run and hide from it or embrace it and be glad I’m still here.  I decided the latter was more my style. I was looking for some sort of creative project that would really push me to the limit.  I’m a big fan of a musician named Ari Hest who did a project last year where he recorded a new song every week for an entire year.  I decided to take this concept and put a photographic spin on it – thus the 40/40 project was born.  This will involve two of the things people hate the most – turning 40 & having their picture taken… all wrapped into one neat package. Starting March 16, I will create a new self-portrait every week for forty weeks.  Rather than clog up my blog with 40 pictures of me – which nobody would enjoy – I’ll be updating my Facebook profile pic every week with the new image.  Be sure to add me as a friend so you can follow along! (see link below) Now I know there
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Grand Opening

Last night was the opening reception for my exhibit at the Courtyard Theater in Plano.  It is such a spectacular venue!It was quite a thrill to see so much of my work on the walls in one place.  They layout also allowed us to group the work into similar pieces – giving it a nice flow.  For me, the highlight of the night was unveiling everyone’s new portraits and getting to see their expressions.  If you missed the reception, I hope you will find the time to swing by the exhibit over the next few months.  The work will hang through April at the Courtyard Theater in historic downtown Plano.    
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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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Trolley Time

This week, I finished my last session for the “People and Their Passions” exhibit – which opens next month.  Without a doubt, the wildest session was the last one.   Diane is a fan of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo – who created some very unusual paintings during her career.  We decided to do a portrait of Diane, based on Frida Kahlo’s painting “The Bus” To give the piece a retro feel, we chartered one of the McKinney Street Trolleys and asked a few of Diane’s friends to fill in as the other bus passengers.   The resulting session was an absolute blast.  You will have to wait until next month to see the final image – but I thought I’d share a few of the outtakes.  This image was probably the most interesting of all the shots, but was also the most bizzarre.  I just love the way there are so many things going on in the image.  In the end, we decided it was a bit too strange to use for the final painting – but it was certainly one of our favorites. Here we are, relaxing on the trolley, as we head back to our cars.  Of course, we couldn’t have
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Nadine Rocks

This weekend, I photographed Nadine for a painting in my upcoming exhibit.  We ended up with several great images that showed off her love of music.  At the end of the session, we had her play air guitar with one of the Wii guitars.  Although we didn’t use these in the final painting, I couldn’t bear to just throw them out – so I put together this fun series. This collection of images really shows off Nadine’s personality!
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Sami

My buddy Sami came over for a quick photography session while she was in town this week.  We came up with several cool images – but this was one of my favorites. I thought the warm tones and casual pose gave it a very timeless feel.  Its always hard to get the full effect of a painting when you view it on the computer screen – but I hope you can get a sense of what we were going for.  If you’d like to see some of the other images from this session, here is a quick slideshow…
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