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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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Artistic Escape

I just got back from an incredible art workshop.  We spent the week in the historic town of St. Francisville, Louisiana.  The setting was absolutely incredible.  I stayed at the Butler Greenwood Plantation .  If you ever want to get away from it all for a few days, I couldn’t recommend a better place.  The cabin where I stayed was built in the 1790s!!! The week was spent travelling around the area visiting historic sites, taking lots of photographs and then returning to the classroom to create paintings from our images.  It was such an inspiring week!   One of our stops was a tour of the Rosedown Plantation – which dates back to the 1730s!!!  Here is a shot of the driveway leading up to the house. It was a very intense week.  We started each morning around 7 and went until 10 or 11 at night.  There was just so much to see and do – we couldn’t waste time sleeping!  I had a wonderful time honing my art skills and will be adding some of the work to the fine art website soon.
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A Day at the Arboretum

For the past five years or so, I have been teaching a digital photography course at the Dallas Arboretum.   We usually offer the class in the fall, but decided to add a February class this year. Even with the cold weather this morning, we still had a bunch of people come out for a morning of education and walking around the gardens.   We covered all the basics of photography and how they relate in the new digital world.   It is always so fun to be around people who are just starting the photographic journey, because it is easy to forget just how tough the plunge into digital can be.  We had a great time and I think everyone left with a few pieces of useful information.  We will likely have the class again in the fall – hope to see you there!
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Portrait Open House

Well, this weekend was the big Portrait Open House.  I was thrilled to see so many people there – especially some I haven’t seen in quite a while! It was tough to round everything up – but having all those different portrait samples in one place made for a very interesting show.  I really enjoyed looking back over these images from the past several years and chatting with the people who helped make them happen. I’m so glad the Blankenships allowed us to use their home.  It was great to show how the various wall portraits look in an actual home setting. There was also plenty of wall space to show off some of the new fine art work. Thanks to everyone who took the time to drop by for some wine, chocolate and conversation.   We will be having a show this summer to spotlight the fine art work ( www.lourceyfineart.com ) so keep an eye on your inbox for the next Evite!
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Super Cypress

It was an absolutely wild weekend for me at the Southwest Professional Photographers convention.  I was very pleased with how my prints scored – especially my print “Silent Cypress”  I was floored when the image was scored a 98 – making it one of the highest scoring prints of the entire competition.  It was also awarded a Judges Choice ribbon.  Out of more than 700 entries, only 16 received the Judges Choice award – so it was very exciting! The shot (top) was one of my digital infrared images taken in Uncertain, Texas – at Caddo Lake.  I have always liked shot, but never would have dreamed it would do so well.  By the way, the print of the ballerina (bottom) was mine.  It was titled “Take A Bow” and scored a 91 – so that was pretty cool too!
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Back to Blogging

It has been almost two weeks since the last blog entry…. whew!  Things are starting to get out of hand, I guess.  It’s crazy around here these days because of two very big events coming up.  This weekend is the regional print competition and I’ve been running crazy trying to get my prints ready to enter.  Then I get to spend two stressful days sitting in a dark room watching everything get judged.  If things go well, you will get a full report next week.  If not, you probably won’t hear about it …… We also have our big Portrait Open House coming up in a couple of weeks.  We are gathering up all kinds of cool portrait samples to make sure everyone has plenty to look at!  Of more importance to most of you, we are also rounding up wine and plenty of chocolate.   When you drinking wine and eating chocolate, the portraits are going to look that much better! It’s going to be a blast and I hope to see you all there!
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Woman of Many Words

A while back, I had the pleasure of photographing author Marci Mangham for her upcoming book.   To say that Marci was reluctant to have her portrait taken would be a huge understatement.  She was pretty much terrififed for some reason.   We ended up with two potential shots for the book cover – this was one of the favorites.  (if you want to see the other, you have to buy the book!) Marci had her book release party today in Dallas and I had to stop by to get my copy of the book signed.  It’s a great book and you can find it online.  Check out Marci’s site for more info:  http://www.marcimangham.com
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Ride ‘Em Cowboy

This week I had the opportunity to photograph behind the scenes at the Fort Worth Rodeo.  Our host Paul was one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.  It really was quite an experience. One of my favorite images from the night was this shot of a cowboy trying desperately to stay atop a horse.  The close crop and motion gave the shot an almost abstract look.
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Dancing in the Cold

This weekend, we took a group of kids to McKinney for ballet portraits.  Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t 100% cooperative, so it was a little cold.  Actually, it was really cold!  The kids – and moms – were troopers, however, and we came away with some great images. One of my favorite images from the day was this shot of three girls up on their toes.  How they do this, I’ll never know – but it sure made for a great composition.  I softened the whole image to give it a more pastel look.
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A Muscial Portrait

Last week, I had someone come to the studio for a headshot session.  He was a professional cello player and wanted a portrait with his cello.  While most headshot clients are looking for a very conservative, formal portrait, this guy wanted something a little more creative.  We eventually came up with something that was pretty straight-forward, but had a creative edge to it. After he left, I took a few of the other images and started trying to create something even more creative.  I was trying to tell the story of how important music was in this person’s life.  After tinkering around with the images for a while, I finally came up with this image –                               “The Cello Player” Certainly not your typical headshot.  Sessions like this one are what make my job so enjoyable!
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