Red Devil

My kids are working behind the scenes in the lighting department in the high school play this year, and sometimes my daughter comes home with random colored gels that are otherwise destined for the dumpster. I decided to use the red gels that she rescued from the high school for this month’s Camera Club challenge: RED. As I was brainstorming, I had an idea to do a “devil” portrait – I remembered that we had devil horns up in the attic from an old Halloween costume… and a fog machine… My husband modeled for me again, and as we started …

Burning the Candle at Both Ends – Photo Illustration

Burning the Candle at Both Ends. We all do it. We push ourselves to extremes – meeting deadlines for clients, juggling multiple jobs, writing papers for teachers, studying for exams – often working into the wee hours of the night, getting little to no sleep. It’s a viscous cycle that can have devastating effects on our well-being. Take a deep breath… and relax.   I created this image with my friend’s daughter, Jenna, whose dress, expression, posing and newly-dyed hair were perfect! Thanks Jenna! I’m grateful to the North Haven Camera Club for this month’s “candle” assignment. I probably would …

Photograph: Bottles with Smoke

I recently joined the North Haven Camera Club and participated in my first group competition – the theme was “Bottles”. Step one was finding some interesting old bottles, so I called my neighbors Lynne and Deb who used to own Azteca’s Restaurant in New Haven. Their house is filled with wonderful treasures from many years of collecting, and they loaned me a few old bottles with probably decades worth of authentic dust and grime. Bottles with Smoke Below are behind-the-scenes shots. I used black glass for the base, red matte board for the background, and a snooted and gelled flash …

Portrait of a Wanna-Be Cowboy

I recently helped my husband with a ukulele video where he wore his straw hat and freshly grown “Novem-beard”, so I thought it would be fun to photograph him as a cowboy. I used 2 lights: a beauty dish with a 30-degree grid on the left, and a medium softbox on the right pointing slightly onto the grey background.   Here’s the video which is an original song that John wrote. He also played all of the instruments: ukulele, bass, shaky egg and mini theremin.

The Many Faces of Mr. Biggles

Portrait Study: DAVID BAILEY This week’s featured photographer is David Bailey, a “problem” kid with dyslexia in 1960’s East London. After a series of dead end jobs, he served with the Royal Air Force in 1957 where he bought his first Rolleiflex camera. The 1966 film “Blowup”, depicts his life as a London fashion photographer and how he captured the culture of the “Swinging London” scene of the 60s. Some of his more famous photos are of celebrities including Terence Stamp, The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Jean Shrimpton, PJ Proby, Cecil Beaton, Rudolf Nureyev, Andy Warhol and notorious East End gangsters, …

Live Photography Demo at North Haven Camera Club

In early November of 2014, I had my first-ever opportunity to do a LIVE photo shoot at the North Haven Camera Club, to show how I put together a series of images to build a final image. The concept for my proposed image was about college, and whether it was worth it. The idea was to show a teenager (my daughter, Olivia), standing on a stack of books, holding a coin under one arm – with hair flying, of course. Here’s my original sketch: Here are the source files: Here’s a set of images that imcludes the other pieces, including …

“Winterized” Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography Study: DAN WINTERS. Dan Winters is a famous American portrait photographer, illustrator, filmmaker who most recently shot Benedict Cumberbatch for TIME magazine. He knows how to control his light, and does brilliant things with color using film (not Photoshop!) I did my best to recreate his lighting on this first try, but have to admit that I used Photoshop (just a little). Here’s a link to Dan Winter’s website: http://www.danwintersphoto.com/ (Thanks to John and Jack Liebler, and Justin Paglino for modeling!) Here’s my lighting setup showing how Dan Winters used black “flags” to block light and create shadows.

IMAGES 2015: CT Photography Competition

It’s time once again for Connecticut’s 34th photography competition. Artists’ Award Reception: Sunday, March 22, 3pm – 5pm (Awards presented at 4pm) All events take place at the Mill Gallery @ Guilford Art Center, 411 Church Street, Guilford, CT. This year I submitted 6 pieces, and 3 of them got in! Whoo hoo! Here’s a snapshot of the 6 pieces (One of the images, “A Bird in the Hand” got an honorable mention!). Thanks to my models: Rachel Connolly, Abigail Connolly, Marcelle Gosteli, and Paige Cascio. This annual, juried photography competition is open to all residents of Connecticut  and is …

Addicted to Coupon’s Portraits

This week I finished up my 8-week portrait class featuring, photographer, William Coupon. He started out in the Big Apple, shooting the punk scene, and ended up creating portraits of presidents and celebrities like Bush, Clinton, Miles, and Mick. Here’s a summary about Coupon from Wikipedia: William Coupon was born in New York City, but moved to Washington, D.C. and later to San Francisco. He attended Syracuse University and ultimately moved to New York City to begin his photographic career. He began in 1979 to photograph backdrop portraits of New York’s youth culture, to document its “New Wave/Punk” scene at …

Herb Ritts: A Legendary Photographer

PORTRAIT STUDY: HERB RITTS From selling rattan furniture to movie producers in West Hollywood in the late 70s, to shooting glamorous photos of his actor friends in the 80s, Herb Ritts carved out a beautiful life for himself… sadly it was cut short at age 50. We’ve all seen his work, especially if you grew up in with Madonna, Prince, Janet Jackson and Brittany Spears. He’s known for his clean, minimalist, stark, black and white, graphic style. Often using the beaches of LA, and the desert sands as backdrops – creating sharp shadows with full sun. Here’s the result of …