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 …

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.”

My First Try at an Animated GIF

I already loved Photoshop before making this animated GIF, but now I REALLY, REALLY love it! The timeline in CC is very intuitive and makes it easy to keep layers organized. The only thing I had to Google, was how to “rotate” key frames in the timeline. Not just change their position, opacity or style. It turns out, that layer in question needs to be converted to a Smart Object first. Then the “transform” option magically appears in the key frame menu, and replaces the “position” option.  This seems a bit silly to me, and hopefully it’s something the PS …

A Bird In The Hand

A photo illustration called “A Bird in the Hand”. This proverb refers back to medieval falconry where a bird in the hand (the falcon) was a valuable asset and certainly worth more than two in the bush (the prey). Other languages and cultures have their own version of this proverb, notably the Czech ‘Lepsi vrabec v hrsti nez holub na strese’ (A sparrow in the fist is better than a pigeon on the roof.). This was a really fun assignment that forced me to drive around my hometown and photograph fields, trees, goats, sheep and flowers. The pheasant head and …

Sister Butterfly

“The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” ~ George Carlin This is Rachel’s portrait, a companion piece to Abigail’s butterfly portrait. Now if I could just get their brother to agree to model as a dragonfly… The stages of a butterfly portrait.

Butterfly Portrait with Rachel Connolly

Last week I did my first butterfly portrait with twelve-year-old Abigail Connolly. This week I had the opportunity to work with her older sister, Rachel, who was on spring break from Cornell. She’s been in my shots many times before (ie: Sign of the Times) and is always willing to model! We had two hours and I had lots of ideas for poses. This image was done with a beauty dish from above, a bare speed light behind Rachel, a speed light with soft box on the right, slightly behind her (which is lighting up her left shoulder). The hair …

Photo Illustration: Abigail with Butterflies

This is Abigail. A talented young woman who is spreading her wings and learning to fly. She’s a singer and musician who plays the piano, upright bass, electric bass, ukulele, drums and sax. She’s also a phenomenal ballet dancer and all-around nice kid. She just celebrated her twelfth birthday on the day this portrait was taken. I created this image for Project 52: Assignment 52 (yes, the last one of my second year!). I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. In fact, I almost nixed it at the last minute because I didn’t think I’d make the …