Tummy Time

Inspiration from a friend:

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I recently had the pleasure of spending a beautiful day in Connecticut  photographing my dear friend Laurie Klein’s son’s wedding. If I am known as the “King of Infrared” photography, I would certainly give the title “Queen of Infrared,” to Laurie.  Her work is amazing and several of her images are some of my all-time favorites.  Her new book Photographing The Female Form With Digital Infrared just came out last week, you can find it for sale here.

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As we arrived at the hotel early that morning, Laurie handed me a wrapped present.  Upon opening, I was thrilled to see an image that won first place in the Departures Photography Contest that I judged!  I did not know it was her image until the award was given.

Art Imitates Art:

While making maternity images the day after I opened the gift, I decided to do a little R & D…not research and development, rip off and duplicate!   After a few studio portraits we ended up in the garage, where many of my best portraits are made.

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We laid the framed portrait next to the sofa that the subject was resting on to create the image titled, “Tummy Time.”

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One of my new favorite toys is the Westcott EyeLighter, it’s like 4 reflectors in one, wrapping the light completely around the subject.

The portrait works so well as it has an uncluttered simplicity that I strive for in much of my work.

The next image was equally special with the subject looking toward the daylight in a soft, confident manor.  Everything that we do in classical portraiture is encompassed in this striking image.   She is positioned in the feminine pose.  Notice her right shoulder is lower than her left and she is turning and tipping her head to the higher shoulder.  The camera position is just between profile and 2/3 view of the face on purpose, as the profile on many Asian faces is not as flattering as the 2/3view in my opinion.  The image is vignetted to draw the viewer the tummy, as well as the beauty of the women anticipating the birth of her first child.

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Consumer Electronics Show 2013!

The past weekend I was in Vegas at CES!

CES!

It was jam packed as you can see in this crowd shot. 

The CES (Consumer Electronics Show,) in Las Vegas is without a doubt the biggest show of it’s kind. The CES showcases the latest trends in new technology in just about every sector of the electronics market.

We were busy in the Tiffen Booth sharing our ideas on film making with several of their stellar products, including the Stedi Cam, Lowel Lighting kits and their world renown glass filters that have been celebrated in the film and photo- industry for over 75 years.

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Stephen, on the right, was the winner of a Tiffen Smoothie! Judyanne, center, was wonderful as the moderator.  She filled in the gaps and introduced the next speaker of events. She really knew her product!

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Of course I made my way over to the Canon Booth, a passionate journey through aisles and aisles of amazing eye catching gadgets, 3D televisions offering 8K resolution, smarter cars, and tens of thousands of other products that are created to make our lives easier. (they think.)

I was thrilled to see that some of my favorite images were being featured in the Canon booth, both in their fine art portfolios as well as their large 100 inch digital display monitors. As an Explorer of Light I am invited to just about every major trade show throughout the year, keeping me  excited and ready to try the latest products in imaging.

Looking at my pic in Canon's Portfolio!

Looking at my pic in Canon’s Portfolio!

My Print!

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Among the highlights for me was the latest in wireless professional cameras, able to upload images directly to the cloud. Better quality LED lighting products, smaller, lighter, faster is the buzz words that you hear at most of the booths. And if you have have a chunk of money to spend, the consumer 3D Televisions at the LG booth were outstanding! In fact they had an entire 3D wall, claiming to be the largest 3D screen in the world. It was colossal!

Speaking of Imaging, we’ll be working with Canon at the PPA Imaging Conference in Atlanta, January 17-19 with several appearances using their latest cameras, flashes, and printers. See you there!