“Swan Night” 2016 Picture of the Year

This image of my friend Marcelle won Picture of the Year in the Fine Art category at the North Haven Camera Club. Congrats to EVERYONE! It was a fun year of learning and sharing. Here’s a gif showing the different layers. All original photos. Natural window light. I live on a lake with lots of wildlife and was able to get these swans in flight as they started migrating south for the winter.  

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 …

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, …

“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 …

Portrait Photographer Study: Jeanloup Sieff

Jeanloup Sieff had a thing for buns and wide angle lenses. Born in Paris to Polish parents, Jeanloup (1933-2000) made a living shooting commercial photography in NY in the 60s for Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Elle. He loved nudes and often focused on the derriere as the subject. His photographs could also be described as high contrast and very graphic, using bold shapes and strong compositions. These characteristics, coupled with his sensual nudes, and wide angle distortion defined his style, and made him a favorite in the advertising world. He worked in the studio, using one light source (sometimes …

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 …