The Envelope was Handwritten
In the US, I have a dear friend that receives my mail. Normally my mail is not exciting.
Last week was different.
She felt compelled to google “how do you do Google Hangout” so she could contact me in real time in France. “Can you receive texts?” arrived on my Google voice number. I’m curious.
“You got a handwritten letter today.”
It was an invitation to a high school graduation from a young lady I photographed oh so long ago.
We made portraits when she was 4 (currently not in my digital archives) and when she made her first Holy Communion, to welcome a new brother and as part of a family Christmas card (She was Thing 1).
I am so touched. Congratulations Rachel!
(I don’t feel old…I don’t feel old…I don’t feel old)
Dave and David 3 of 8
He wandered into my studio unannounced.
He willingly sat for my light testing. A client session would begin shortly.
It was Oct. 17, 2009.
Last minute scramble to submit my assignment of a David Eustace-inspired environmental portrait. Eustace has been referred to as Scotland’s secret weapon, the only non-American invited to participate in USA Network’s Photographic Celebration of America’s Characters. His photography is simple and clean and compelling, something to integrate into my style of “seeing”.
My son Dave’s “In From the Cold” portrait reminded me of Eustace’s style in his Greene Street Project.
Voila! Homework done.
2 Placemats and a Cheese Grater
A bit of sleight-of-hand, a little illusion, these assignments have stretched my imagination…and that’s a good thing! The assignment was to SHOOT THE COOLEST ELECTRONIC GIZMO EVER MADE – so I picked a PC board. Got this crazy idea to make it look the opening scene in the first Stars Wars movie . Do you remember the deep rumbling throughout the theater and then you saw a spaceship pass overhead? So I wanted this Stars Wars cruiser feel with stars in the background, etc.
Instead I managed to make a cool composite that focuses your attention on the chip – the brain inside most of our electronic devices. This board was shot upside down. Those are 2 placemats and 1 cheese grater to make the background.
Imagine this as a double page ad shot to also be used in a brochure. That means the image will be big…
Never in a million years did I think I could pull something off like this. Today I feel I’m just a little bit better than yesterday.
That’s all we can ask for.
#project52pros #upsidedown #microchip #nofear
When you’re Thinking About Leaping
If you’ve thought about making the leap from hobbyist to professional here are a few tips from photographer Julia Kelleher. In preparation for her Studio Systems: A Photography Business Bootcamp, she dished out some tips on the most common questions new and budding photography business owners ask.
Environmental Portraits 1 of 8
First in series of environmental portraits inspired by 8 known photographers. Commercial photographer Don Giannatti has been leading several courses for portraiture and products.
Although I consider myself a lifelong student of photography, I’ve never immersed myself in an in depth study of contemporary photographers.
My friend graciously accepted to be photographed in a style similar/inspired by the work of Diane Arbus. Ms. Arbus explored the edges of society with a marked point of view.
Shiny Object – Never a Dull Moment
Never a dull moment. (groan)
Using diffused natural light helped minimizing harsh highlights or shadows being reflected in the object. These are chrome salt and pepper shakers in a chrome bread basket. The brushed chrome was not so reflective too. A shallow depth of field keeps your attention on the top of the shakers.
That’s me on my balcony surrounded by ways of reflecting softly or diffusing the sunlight.
It is easy to take for granted what we frequently see. Last night, I invited myself to photograph the evening light; if just for a short while. Took my tripod and my wide-angle lens. Didn’t shoot many.
I love to look at the light, to shoot it but I don’t like selecting and editing images afterward. This time I made a point of picking one and working on it. It has nothing to do with portraits but I like.
Today would have been my mother’s 95th birthday. She passed before I became a portrait photographer. Although she was a single working mother she managed to have professional portraits made. I have her to thank for the few childhood images I have today. Feliz cumpleaños Mami.