Portraits and Photography

Portrait: defined by webster’s dictionary as:

  • “a painting, drawing, or photograph of a person that usually only includes the person’s head and shoulders”

  • “a detailed description of something or someone”

  • “a way of printing a page so that the shorter sides are on the top and bottom and the longer sides are on the left and right”

Portrait: as most people think of it:

  • a photo of one person taken by a professional photographer meant to be displayed either at home, at work, or on social media (or all of the above–depending on the individual).

Portrait: as I see it as a photographer:

  • a depiction of a person as they are in today’s present state or as they wish to be seen.

What do I mean by that (“as they wish to be seen”)?

  • people have many talents. Some are happy with a self portrait.
  • Others wish to be better photographed to catch a more flattering view of themselves than a selfie on a smart phone.
  • Others wish to showcase a talent or career or activity that they have a passion for…something that gives their life meaning. Some hear the word “portrait” and think of a Family Session. Others think of the old time portraits that were painted and hung on a castle wall…(such as depictions of Eleanor of Aquitaine, King Richard the Lionheart, the Tzars of Russia, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa)…

For those that wish to be showcased in the talent or career or activity that gives their life meaning (be that motherhood, fatherhood, swimming, golf, baseball, cosplay, re-enactments, hockey, ice skating, skate boarding, botany, horticulturist, executive, non-profit leader, photographer, etc) it represents a challenge to represent that person in their passion. That is the portrait I love to help create. Portraits are a team effort for without the client there to share their passion, their career, their life, I have no canvas on which to create a portrait….

Such a creation should be shared. Most of us share EVERYTHING on social media. I love social media. It is a great way to share life and passion…especially with those you don’t see every day. However, it is not the ultimate goal. The goal of a photographer when wik_elizabeth-i_rainbow-portraitcreating a portrait is to help you create something that you can personally share with all who enter your home. Not just those who are on social media. To personally share art with those that matter, Portraits are hung in your home to show your Passion, your love for life, to showcase YOU, Your FAMILY, to show what matters to YOU.

For ┬áthis reason, cd’s are given with purchases of photographs purchased. Not given as a collection of an entire session to be lost in cyberspace. Art is not digitally stored on a device to get shoved away in a drawer or a box or a closet. Art and Love are meant to be shared… to be part of your home. So please understand when a photographer says “I don’t offer cd’s”…what they are truly saying to you is I want you to have something special for your home that shows the love you have for your journey through the adventure we call LIFE. You deserve something unique and something to display. Not something to hide on a device in a drawer or closet or box in that closet….because YOU are special.

More examples of past Art/Portraits from the past…which demonstrate art, presence, passion, and define WHO they were and HOW we see them….

Eleanor of Aquitaine (left) and Nicholas II-the last Tzar of Russia (right).

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Holiday Cards 2015

Yes! It really is that time of year (again). But don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! Check it out!┬áIf we have taken your photo and it is in one of our galleries online, then you can make a custom Christmas Card for the holidays!

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Haven’t had your photo taken? It’s not too late!

Want to send out cards any way? See what the galleries have to offer! There are some beautiful nature photos and landscapes which you can use to create cards with as well! Happy Holidays!

ICE: edition 2

“Ice” by Elissa Lewallen

Well, the cover project for and with author, Elissa Lewallen is now complete.

The results you have been waiting for….

Back Cover, edition 2 of “Ice”

Don’t forget to read more about the author on her website and blog…and be sure to check out her book “Ice.”

Holiday Seasons!

Happy Holidays!

I know it has been a few weeks….but it was posted that through the months of November and December of 2013 YOU could get a free shoot….and here is a reminder on HOW to do just that!

Check Facebook.com to find out where a shoot is already taking place…if it is posted…and YOU can get to THAT location….YOU can get a 30 minute┬áfree┬ásession. This is just a session…it does NOT include any photos, extra’s or additional times or locations. IT is just a shoot session. Find us on Facebook!

Photos make the perfect holiday gift also. Pick a nice frame, add that current portrait or family photo, then pick a few snapshots from the year that might be a favorite for someone special….and you have a unique gift to give someone special this holiday season. ­čÖé Memories are priceless! Share one with someone close to you…what are you waiting for?? Want a new Canvas Portrait to put on your wall? Contact us…we can help with that too!