Resin clogging my sinuses. Great day photographing Jeffrey Devine/Handcrafted. I must say that this was one of the most gracious, hospitable photo sessions ever. Here’s to Santa Cruz shapers!!!
Continuing my Master’s program, I’m taking a location lighting class. This week’s assignment – using color with intent. his week’s assignment: using color with intent. I decided I would focus on analogous colors as the start point for my scene. Also, I’ve recently seen the movie ‘The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus’ by Terry Gilliam, and have had images from that film stuck in my head, with the deep shadows, striking colors, and sense of plasticity and skewed visual reality. I decided to try and create an image that would evoke similar feelings.
Beginning with just the color red and the marionette, I found the image rather flat, so introduced the complementary greens and the gold tones to give a sense of plasticity. I wanted a sense of confusion and busy-ness as well, so layered textures into the image. And of course, it was Valentine’s Day this week, so it all had to be red and roses.
Here are a couple of images from a recent constructed reality portrait session with my model Marcia. The other lady joined us during the session and provided a beautiful contrast and dynamic tension to the series. I’m grateful for these wonderful opportunities that appear magically as I photograph – the vision in my head is so often improved upon by the chance and circumstance of life, and it’s important during sessions to be open to these golden opportunities!
Looking back at my various band photographs, you may notice many are at the same location, a local venue called Don Quixote’s. It’s not the greatest lighting, it’s not the greatest stage, but I just love this place and their support of live music, and it’s always a pleasure to go photograph there. This weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing Hovering Breadcat and Forrest Day there. Here are a few of my favorite images; you can check out the full set at: http://maginei.com/photos/20110812/
I always pause after the end of the school semester to recoup and regenerate, and this summer I’ve been busy road-tripping with hubby and dog in our RV, mostly sans camera. While I certainly feel recharged and ready to go, I’ve also got some great memories to inspire me.
So this month, no photos
This series of women was created for my final class assignment of exploring the works of a photographer and working within their style as a form of homage and learning – for my series, I chose Richard Avedon, who has been a great influence on my personal portrait style.
I chose women in particular to extend the exploration that I began last semester with my series Women in Red. And with this, school’s out for the summer!
I had the fortune to photograph Intel’s George Thangadurai, General Manager of PC Client Services Division, this past week for CIO Digest magazine.
Despite photographing right around 7 a.m. in the extremely crisp early morning air, Mr. Thangadurai was a most gracious subject. I loved the architecture of the Intel headquarters and wanted to infuse the executive portrait with a sense of Intel’s history; there are recollections of co-founder Robert Noyce throughout the building, including the building being named after Noyce, an Intel museum on-site, and a poster of Noyce in the lobby.
The weather finally turned beautiful, and I took the opportunity to photograph Niall Wall, General Manager of Symantec’s SwapDrive business, outdoors on their lovely campus.
While the art director for the CIO Digest magazine likes to stay away from greenery in their executive portraits, the lines of the buildings create some great visual patterns which I wanted to highlight, in addition to that great natural ambient light.
Sometimes background can be a real challenge, especially when you’re photographing multiple sessions in the same location. In this session with Sanjay Saraf and Lenny Alugas (VPs, Symantec’s eBusiness Services Group), it was the opposite problem where this building was going to be closed shortly, and I discovered all kinds of great locations. It was tough to choose the final image, but the art director went with this shot in the lobby, showcasing the great rounded lines of the building.
Another highlight of this session was the two delightful gentlemen – they were great fun to work with, humored my fanciful direction (including a Blues-brother-esque pose) and we came out with some great results in the end.