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Two Weeks Til Wine

The details are starting to come together for my fine art show at at Vino100 in Dallas (http://www.vino100dallas.com/)  It is exactly two weeks away and I’ve got a TON of stuff to get ready before the event.  This will be the largest exhibit of my work that I’ve ever assembled- we are planning to fill the walls!  There will be several items from the fine art site (www.lourceyfineart.com) as well as a bunch of new pieces – both paintings and photographs.  Of course, this means lots of prep work – several pieces need to be matted, framed, priced….whew.  The good news is there will be plenty of wine in the building that night, so the light at the end of the tunnel is promising!  The reception is Thursday, Aug 28 at 6:00 – please swing by and say hello!
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MinuteMaid

We just got back from visiting friends in Houston.  It wasn’t really a photo trip – in fact, the only camera I brought was the point-and-shoot.  We decided to catch an Astro game at MinuteMaid Park – what a cool place.  I couldn’t resist creating this image of the ballpark.   I just loved that huge wall of windows – such a great design! The other image will be the basis for a painting, so you will have to keep an eye out for it in future blog entries.
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The Polo Match

In our never-ending quest to keep the boys occupied this summer, we decided to try somthing different this weekend- a polo match.  It was quite the experience! I got several shots which should translate well into paintings for the fine art site – so stay tuned for those.  In the mean time, here are a couple of images from the day: The highlight for the kids was halftime, when they let everyone onto the field to mash down all the divots.  There was champagne for the adults and  polo gear for the kids to try out.  All in all, not a bad summer outing!
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Toothless

June was a very exciting month for the Lourcey family.   We were convinced that Beau would leave for college without losing a tooth, then right before his 8th birthday, the first front tooth finally fell out (or was knocked out by his brother, depending on which theory you buy into).  The other front tooth held on for dear life until it was finally knocked out in a McDonalds playground incident a week later. I photograph a ton of children and the missing tooth issue comes up all the time.  People don’t want their child smiling because they are missing teeth.  Sometimes they want to hurry and get the session done before they lose any teeth.  My theory is, when both front teeth are missing, it is the PERFECT time to photograph them.  I mean, this is (hopefully) the only time in their life they will look this way, so why not document it?  After all, you can’t tell the whole story of childhood without touching on the issue of teeth! To celebrate Beau’s grand toothlessness, I dragged him into the studio for a quick session.  Now his toothless look will be forever captured: Enjoy!!!
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Deep in the Heart of Texas

Last week, I was invited to speak to the Heart of Texas Professional Photographers Guild.  This group is based out of Waco, Texas, and includes photographers from Waco – as well as the surrounding area.   It was great to spend time with other photographers and see how we all approach the job differently. One of their members was kind enough to snap  a few shots of me… Slideshow presentation Not sure what I was explaining here – but I’m sure it was interesting! Having served as the president of the Dallas Photographers Guild, it was interesting to see how similar groups ran their meetings.  I also had the opportunity to critique some of the competition entries, which is always fun to do. I will be doing some more speaking engagments later this year, as well as judging at some state photography competitions – so be sure to check back often!
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View From Above

Every year, we photograph the cast of the Westwood play for their promotional poster.  This year, we ended up with an idea that was a little more complicated than past ideas! The concept was to photograph the entire group (60+ kids) from above.  The people in the Brookhaven theater department were kind enough to let us use their theater for the shot and we arranged the kids on top of each other, near the front of the stage.  Meanwhile, I was shooting from a catwalk way overhead.  I’m not a big fan of heights, so it was a little weird at first. You’ll have to wait to see the final image for the poster, but I thought you might like to see the view from the catwalk. (Look how tiny those seats look!!!) In the end, we got the exact shot we were hoping for.  This year’s poster is going to be one of the best ones yet!
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Daniela

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing Daniela for her senior portraits.  She is a fabulous golfer, so we wanted to include golf in some of the portraits.  Of course, we started out with a very traditional shot – While I was pleased with the image, I thought we could take it a step further.  I wanted to downplay the golf club and focus on Daniela’s face.   We cropped in a little closer and switched to a more dramatic, directional light.  The resulting image was stunning. Her mom went crazy over the image – which is always one of the highlights of my day!  We printed a large gallery-wrapped canvas, which now hangs in their home.  It is always a blast to work with seniors – and Daniela was no exception!
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On Their Toes

I’ve been working on creating more images for my upcoming painting exhibit this summer.  One of my latest creations is “Three Toes” The image was an exercise in composition and color.  I liked the repetition of the pose.  I have no idea how they are able to stand like that – truly amazing.  I took a very pastel subject and added tons of color – I felt like that gave the piece more impact.  The original is pigment and acrylic on canvas, but I will also offer it as a limited edition giclee print on watercolor paper.  
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Westwood High

This weekend, my wife and I attended the yearly auction for the Westwood School.  The theme was “We’re All In This Together” so it was very High School Musical.  I decided to go with the traditional tux, but you should have seen some of the crazy outfits people had on. The shocking event of the night was when I was crowned Homecoming King.  Check out the excellent crown and sash!  Overall, it was a great night and they raised a bunch of money for the school.   One of the items that sold at the event was a Photo Scavenger Hunt with Lourcey Photography.  Rest assured we will come away from that with lots of great pictures – and I will make sure some of them make their way to the blog!
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Telling The Whole Story

Recently, I had the challenging job of trying to capture the personality of Bri.  We wanted to convey her serious attitude, along with her big smile, so the traditional portait just wasn’t going to cut it. Here is what I came up with: The location provided us with a stark, artsy location to serve as a basis for the image.  Bri provided the attitude and we were off to a great start.  I added a smile from a different image and added some texture to the overall shot to make it flow.  The final print was output on metallic paper for a very cool shot that even a teenager will love! I hope you like it.
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