Inspired by Salmagundi’s New Member Art Show 2017

I feel very honored and humbled to have one of my photographic images in the New Member Art Show at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. The Club is such a treasure filled with amazing artwork, and even more amazing people. I was joined by my friend, Elise Paglino, who was the model in my image, “Uphill Battle”. Elise’s parents and brother also made the trip from CT. A big congratulations to my friend, Mark Battista, for also becoming a new member this year, and to all the winners of this year’s show!  

Over the Moon for Sarah Moon

Sarah Moon is a French photographer born in 1941 into a Jewish family forced to leave occupied France. She went to England and there studied drawing. She modeled from 1960 to 1966, and turned to photography in 1970. In 1972, she shot the Pirelli calendar, the first woman to do so. After working for a long time with Cacharel, her reputation grew and she also received commissions from Chanel, Dior, Comme des Garçons and Vogue. In 1985, she moved into gallery and film work, even making a pop video, Aicha by Khaled. At age 74, she is still living and …

My iBook Portfolio

Here’s the iBook version of my portfolio on iTunes, with a kind review from One9Design. “Irene’s work is magical, whimsical, and surreal. The fact that this caliber of work is available for no cost is unbelievable. Get it now while you can. In a few years you will see this type of work on magazine covers and advertising some of the top brands. Irene is both an incredibly imaginative artist and someone who has the technical skills (behind the camera AND at the computer) to make her vision a reality. Exceptional work.”

Birds of a Feather…

A new image created with the help of my friend Paige, and her pet peacock, Kevin. Behind-the-scenes to come… (update: I got distracted and made an animated gif instead.)

Is Someone Holding Your Feet to the Fire?

Sometimes our feet are held to the fire by others, and sometimes we have to hold our own feet to the fire. I prefer to be in charge of my own two feet. Another image from the series with Abigail Connolly. Featuring hot fire from my friend Ralph’s 40th birthday party, and cool clouds from a storm that blew through Guilford, Connecticut yesterday. Thanks again to Abby for playing the part so well, and to Olivia Liebler for her arm strength. See the setup shots below.  

The Little Bird Has Returned to the Nest

The young woman who left the nest last September to attend Cornell as a freshman has returned. Strong and proud. Rachel is an Engineering/Material Sciences major who aced all her classes while still managing to keep up her busy social life and blog. Now she’s back home, working at a local café, borrowing the car and having fun with old friends. Congrats, Rachel! This image is from a shoot we did a while back. As I did this one, I tried to pay attention to how I blend the hair (because most times I’m not really following a recipe, and …

“Between Two Rocks” Photoshop Tutorial

A 4-minute tutorial showing Photoshop compositing and masking techniques using the brush and pen tools, as well as how to composite flying hair using the Blend – Multiply settings. The “Hair” portion starts around 1:58. Model: Abigail Connolly Music by: KGB – “Call It a Night” Used with permission through Triple Scoop Music. Between 2 Rocks and a Hot Place -Photoshop Tutorial by Irene Liebler from Irene Liebler on Vimeo. Here’s the original image and the original blog post:    

Between Two Rocks and a Hot Place

I’ve had the phrase: “Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place” stuck in my head for a while, and had the idea to do this shot. Thanks to Abigail for posing, and for my friends Ralph and Alisha for the massive bonfire. We were at their house for Ralph’s 40th birthday party last weekend, and they had an enormous fire blazing just as I got there with my camera.