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The Homemaker

This week, Sarah kicked the Fellow Forties Project up a notch. We were shooting for somewhere between sexy and funny. Believe it or not, this wasn’t the image we were originally trying to create. We spent most of the session doing a different setup – and actually ended up with a cool image. During the last few minutes, we threw together this retro-pinup idea and ended up loving it! I gotta hand it to Sarah – I thought for sure she would chicken out on the project, but she made it happen. Talk about jumping outside your safe zone…. this is what the 4040 Project is all about! As for that other image… fear not, it isn’t lost forever. It will be posted at the end of the project, along with all of my rejected self-portraits. Stay tuned!
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The Rocking Chair

Last week, I had a mother come in who wanted a portrait done with her daughter.  She had an antique rocking chair that had been in her family for a long time – and we wanted to include it in the portrait.  She also wanted to include the pet cat. After making a few adjustments and getting eveyone settled in, we ended up with this image: Everyone looks so relaxed!  I’m sure when the daughter grows up and has kids of her own, she will probably drag that rocking chair into the studio and do a shot like this again.  I just love images like this that really tell a story.
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Just For Kicks

Ok… I’ve gotten a bit behind on the blog – but wanted to include this anyways.  Both boys’ football teams ended their seasons a couple of weeks ago, but Dean’s team added one additional game to their schedule the weekend before Thanksgiving.  The team’s usual kicker wasn’t at the game, so Dean got pressed into duty as the placekicker.  He had two extra point attempts and somehow made both. I really don’t know how he does this, because if you’ve ever tried it you know it is waaaay harder than it looks. As much as I enjoy football season, it is nice to finally have our weekends back.  Not to mention the fact that it was getting way too cold to stand outside for 2 hours.
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Texoma

Monday night, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Texoma Professional Photographers at their November meeting in Wichita Falls.   They meet at a place called the Harrison House Bed and Breakfast.  It was nice to meet in such a warm, intimate environment- especially since the program was on “Optimizing the Home Studio.” The group was very friendly and asked a bunch of great questions.  After the meeting, Heather and I spent the night at bed and breakfast.  It was funny because we stood at the front door as everyone was leaving – just as if we had hosted them in our own home.   It was sooooo nice to be able to just walk upstairs and go to sleep – rather than have to pack up the car and drive home.
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Glimpse of San Fran

This is a painting that I have had on the back-burner for quite a while.  I took this photograph in San Francisco this summer and actually started working on a painting based on it.  I got distracted and never finished it up.  Recently, I came across the incomplete painting and decided to finish it out.  So after “months” of work, here it is: I was trying to capture the fun and motion of life in San Francisco.  It was a beautiful day and the blue sky- with its puffy clouds – gives the composition some balance.  If you look closely, there is a guy at the back of the cable car taking a picture of me.  Kind of funny!
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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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Riding The Wind

We had our regional photography convention this weekend in Arlington.  It was great to see so many of my photographer friends all in one place.  One of the prints I entered in the competition was an image I created this summer.  I called it “Riding the Wind.” Our family spent a week at the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  There is a national park in Kitty Hawk that is covered in giant sand dunes.  I thought it would be great to try and use those in an image, so Heather and I dragged Dean out of bed before dawn and we trekked out to the middle of the dunes.  We brought a kite along and had Dean run along the top of one of the dunes.  It was a grueling morning, but we came away with some great images.  I added some color and a little texture to the image, then printed it out on watercolor paper.  I loved the timeless feel of the image.
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Storming Through Orlando

This weekend, I was in Orlando to judge their state photography convention.  Unfortunately, Tropical Storm Fay was putting a big dent in the weather.  The first day the wind and rain really picked up and the sky looked very ominous.  I only brought my point-and-shoot, so I set it on the table behind me for a shot of the storm. I pulled a chair up to the window and just sat there watching the storm while I was talking on my cell phone.  It was quite a sight to behold – I was certain the trees were all going to blow over. Luckily, most of the weekend was spent inside the hotel, looking at photographs – one of my favorite pasttimes.  I was a on a judging panel with some very talented photographers and we had a great time arguing the finer points of all the entries.  Afterwards,  I spent a couple of hours walking through the exhibit answering questions for some of the people who entered the competition.  I know I’ve asked a million questions during my photo career, so it is nice to have a chance to give back to those who are just starting to enter competition.
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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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