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!  

“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 …

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.

Photographer, Mary Ellen Mark

And now for something completely different! Mary Ellen Mark is a documentary photographer. Kind of voyeuristic. She comes from a time (not too long ago) when magazines would send her across the globe on assignment for 6 months or 3 years to document prostitution, homelessness, addiction, mental illness or the bizarre subculture of the circus. She photographed people… and the human condition. Reality is always extraordinary. Her pictures tell stories, and don’t need captions to convey ideas. I found this assignment a bit challenging, because it wasn’t as simple as going out onto the street and snapping pictures of people. …

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: (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.