December 12, 2012

Portrait of Santa

His eyes -- how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow....

January 5, 2012

Long Hair. Beanie.

Meet Dan. He has long hair (or used to, anyway). And a grey beanie that goes well with his shirt.

I created some portraits of Dan to commemorate his long locks before they hit the salon floor.

One more shot, in black and white.

Do you have an event, a hobby, or favorite hat that you want to immortalize? Contact me and we'll throw our hair to the wind.

December 18, 2011

A Little Gift from Me to You in 2011

This December has turned out to be a month of renewed excitement for me. Every time I watch my 16-month-old son's awed face as he experiences the sights and sounds and wonders of the holiday season, my love for the holiday season reaches new heights. It is so cool to see Christmas through his eyes.

In that same spirit of joy and love, I want to give my readers a little holiday gift: your choice of a custom-sized wallpaper/screensaver - photo by me - for your computer. Choose one of the four options below, and then leave a comment with your screen resolution and email address and I will send you some digital holiday beauty!





Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a happy New Year!

July 9, 2011

Kristi. Firefighter. Bride.

I had the opportunity to do the bridal photos for Kristi, a firefighter/paramedic, a month before her wedding. The photo shoot had everything that I could have asked for - beautiful weather, a beautiful bride who was up for trying anything, and killer locations. I shot in a fire station and on a runway at a commercial airport! Still giddy about that. (I guess the only thing that we could have added would have been to have some actual fire on the set, but I've heard that wedding gowns and flames don't typically get along.)

Here are the results from her bridal session:

July 5, 2011

People in the Parking Lot

As I mentioned in my previous post, the other photo subject that you can usually find in an otherwise barren parking lot is people. Because I was at a photo workshop, the other participants were easily accessible for portraits (read: they couldn't really run away) and they were a little more tolerant of my camera aimed at them than a random passerby or visitor to the coffee shop might have been.

It started with Mr. Blue Eyes....

I was going to call him Ol' Blue Eyes (a nod to Frank Sinatra), but he might not appreciate the "old" reference and he might hate to sing. I don't know. But his eyes were definitely the focal point of this photo.

In a similar way, Eleanor's quirky glasses and the layers and texture of her scarf were what inspired me to create a portrait of her.

If I hadn't mentioned it, I'm guessing that you wouldn't have thought that this photo was taken in a parking lot with dead trees and trash and possibly Sasquatch in the background.

Anyway, as this portrait of the super-friendly Dan shows, a shallow depth of field and precise focus on a person's face can create great portraits in environments that are *ahem* less than ideal.

So, don't be discouraged if a photo-creating opportunity doesn't happen in the perfect place, or with a breathtaking backdrop, or during the most perfect light of the day. Sure, that is what  photographers aim for, but if there aren't any other options, shoot anyway! Use your brain, move your feet, and see what you can come up with.'Tis better to shoot and practice then go home with an empty CF card, I say.

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