Category : portraits

Photography with Friends

Last week three of my photographic soulmates joined me in Vermont for a wonderful week of image making. We worked with a number of local models including Gavin, pictured here with one of our hens.

Last week three of my photographic soul mates joined Leslie and me in Vermont for a wonderful week of image making. We worked with a number of local models including Gavin, pictured here with one of our hens.

 

Gavin has a love of botany and being outdoors. Here he identifies a frog from our pond.

Gavin has a love of botany and being outdoors. Here he identifies a frog from our pond.

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Hana contemplating the world. A natural light portrait in one of our barns.

Hana contemplating the world. A natural light portrait in one of our barns.

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One of Leslie's blouses that I snagged for Hana to wear. You probably noticed that we had to roll up the sleeves.

One of Leslie’s blouses that I snagged for Hana to wear. You probably noticed that we had to roll up the sleeves. A lot.

Liam at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire.

Liam at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire.

Vermonters may recognize Liam as the Tinman in this year's Circus Smirkus rendition of The Wizard of Oz.

Vermonters may recognize Liam as the Tin Man in this year’s Circus Smirkus rendition of The Wizard of Oz.

Yes, he really balanced the phlox on his nose.

Yes, he really balanced the phlox on his nose.

Liam in a rare moment not balancing, juggling, or walking on his hands.

Liam in a rare moment not balancing, juggling, or walking on his hands.

Some of you will recognize Ferne from previous blogs and my high school senior portraits website. Ferne and Liam are fellow New England Circus Arts friends, and she joined us for the Saint-Gaudens portrait session.

You may recognize Ferne from previous blogs and my high school senior portraits website. Ferne and Liam are fellow New England Circus Arts friends, and she joined us for the Saint-Gaudens portrait session.

Ferne can walk on her hands too, but I love this image of her standing on her own two feet.

Ferne can walk on her hands too, but I love this image of her standing on her own two feet.

We finished up the week with Julia at an abandoned (yet still remarkably sturdy) railroad trestle.

We finished up the week with Julia at an abandoned (yet still remarkably sturdy) railroad trestle.

Julia loves vintage clothes, and I love vintage images. For you techies, these images were made with a Zeiss 85mm/1.4 lens, probably THE primo portrait lens, and my favorite.

Julia loves vintage clothes, and I love vintage images. For you techies, these images were made with a Zeiss 85mm/1.4 lens, probably THE primo portrait lens, and my favorite.

Beautiful light in the early evening.

Beautiful early evening light.

This is my favorite image of Julia. The hem of the dress creates a little smile.

This is my favorite image of Julia. The hem of the dress creates a little smile.

It was a rich and fun week! Look for one of Leslie's images of Julia at the upcoming Insight Photography Auction—it is hauntingly amazing. I'm still trying to decide which image to include in the auction. . . .

It was a rich and fun week! Look for one of Leslie’s images of Julia at the upcoming Insight Photography Auction—it is hauntingly amazing. I’m still trying to decide which image to include in the auction. . . .

 

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Children

 

I’ve had some great opportunities to make images of children lately. Kids are so fun— they haven’t learned to be self-conscious yet, and are so full of energy.

Avery was very comfortable in front of the camera! By the end of the portrait session, we were all convinced that she has a bright future in modeling.

Avery and her mom had picked out this new outfit just for the photoshoot.

The studio floor is heated, so there were no cold feet!

Avery dressed up as an Inuit princess.

It was obvious during the session that Avery and her mom Jessica have a close and fun relationship.

Amalie was just a few weeks old when these images were made with her mom and dad.

Roberto speaks Spanish to little Amalie, and Radka speaks Czech. The rest of us speak English, so Amalie will grow up trilingual, or just very confused.

Amalie is always peacefully content. Almost always.

There are few things more wonderously beautiful than a newborn child.

Devi came for a portrait session with her mom and grandma, and, as you can tell from this image, she is full of life!

Steven Meyer, of Mary Meyer Toys, asked me to spend a day with a group of five-year-olds playing with Mary Meyer's delightful stuffed toys. Yes, I got paid to play with kids for a day

We were doing the shoot at a home that had a chalkboard wall. What a perfect backdrop!

One of my favorite images from the day.

At one point we were all focused on a shoot at one end of the playroom. When we turned around, Phoebe had arranged this complete set-up and was patiently waiting for me to take her picture.

I love the nostalgia and timelessness of this image.

This was the last shot of the day, and the kids were tired, so I asked one of the dads to cheerlead. Within a few seconds the children started to smirk, then smile, then burst into laughter. Amazed by the quick turnaround, I looked to see what Dave was doing, only to discover that he was wiggling his backside right above my head.

 

 

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