Archive for April, 2010

26
Apr
10

Hand Modeling

Everything in the world is getting more and more specialized. Even modeling.  My friend Ainsley is interested in “parts” modeling – in her case, her beautiful hands.  Here are some images from my shoot with her – or at least “parts” of her!

The last image, below, is likely not one that will convince the advertizing agencies to hire Ainsley to do a commercial for nail polish. But we had some fun at the end of the shoot trying some different looks. In this picture, I used one light on a 20 degree grid spot, a narrow beam of light, to give a somewhat theatrical, dramatic look.not

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25
Apr
10

High School Senior Photo Shoot

I recently had the pleasure of shooting with a lovely (and smart!) young lady named Rachel, an aspiring model. She is also a world-class rower and has been recruited for the crew team of one the leading college crews in the country.  When her rowing schedule at college allows, she’ll be studying biomedical engineering.  here are some more images from our shoot:

25
Apr
10

Photography Exhibit in the Fall !

Save the Date!

I will be having a solo photography exhibit September 15th to October 25th, at the Darien Library. The theme of the show is “Up Close.”  The show will feature images of people and objects.  I’ve been working hard to create new images for the show, which has been great fun.

The opening night reception will be Friday, September 17th, from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. Please save the date – I hope you will all be able to come!

08
Apr
10

Service at Arlington for Ted

In early April, I had the privilege of attending the memorial service and burial of my cousin, Ted Willcox, at Arlington Cemetery. Ted had a very distinguished career in the Signal Corps of the Army, and retired as a Colonel.  He was a true hero, someone I always admired and looked up to. I miss him terribly.

My wife and I had spent the day before walking around the Mall in downtown Washington.  Having seen them on several earlier visits to DC, I was once again moved by the war memorials – Vietnam, Korea and World War II.  It’s overwhelming to think of the sacrifice so many of our servicemen and women have made on our behalf. Then, to go to Arlington on a very warm, bright Spring day, with not a cloud in the sky. Acre after acre of tombstones and monuments.  So many, so many who have served our country selflessly.

There are about 20 funeral and memorial services everyday at Arlington. One might imagine that the chaplains, the honor guards and the bands might fall into a dull routine having to do so many of these services. And yet the team that participated in Ted’s service was outstanding in every way and were fully present to Ted’s family and friends.  In the photo below, the flag in presented to Marilyn, Ted’s widow. 

The careful, kind and considerate presentation of our nation’s colors by one soldier to the wife of another.  Most of us cried.  And finally, Perhaps the image that meant the most to me from that day – the salute of one of the honor guard captains, bidding a final farewell to our dear, beloved Ted.

03
Apr
10

Blog traffic

One of the interesting (and fun!) things about writing a blog is watching the traffic – how many people view your blog each day. In March, I had over 1000 readers – not a big number in the world of blogging for sure, but gratifying for this relative newbie.  I’ve seen a steady growth in my readership over the months.

Hard to know how people find the blog, or even what they are looking for. Some no doubt just Google a phrase like “Beauty Lighting” and came through the door that way. Others know of me and my work and like to follow the blog. For all visitors, I am truly grateful.

Why do I write a blog? First, a selfish reason – it’s just for me. the discipline of writing 2 or 3 times a month helps me to step back and reflect on my work, the creative process and how I’m doing. Second, I’m hopeful it will lead to some client projects – this is happening already. And third, I want to give something back. So many seasoned photographers have helped me along the way; I want to help others in any way I can. I trust some of the blog pieces will be useful – even inspiring – to shooters wanting to get more intentional about their work.

Gentle reader, I’d like to ask two things from you.

1)  Please let me know how I’m doing with the blog. Fine to leave a comment on the blog or email me at blake.robinson@snet.net.  Let me have it – the good and the bad. Tell me if there are topics you’d like me to cover.  Ask a question about how a certain image was shot – whatever is on your mind.

2)  Tell your friends about the blog. I do want to grow the readership and I have an email list I send out a note to once a month or so, listing new blog entries. I’d be happy to add you or any others to this list.

with gratitude,     Blake