Wednesday, February 27, 2008

On Campus

Monday of this week I had the opportunity to do some really fun photography. I met a wonderful family on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge for some very special photographs. We attracted quite a few onlookers during our session, and that may or may not be due to the antics the mothers pulled for smiles. The children were all dressed in beautiful traditional Korean clothing. This clothing is usually worn for the celebration of the child's first birthday. In Korea, first birthdays are a major event. Although these little ones have all already celebrated their first birthdays, their mothers wanted photos of them in their outfits together. It was my pleasure to capture the images!!!

The clothing makes for some very colorful images that seem to pop from their surroundings. Aside from the vivid colorations, intricate details make the clothing very interesting. The clothing, however, is only a part of the images, and these children had upbeat personalities to give the photographs what is needed to transform them from snapshot to keepsake.

Even though the weather is still somewhat hit and miss this early in the year, we were blessed with a beautiful afternoon for this session. Signs of impending spring are everywhere. Azealias are beginning to bloom and clover is sprouting up everywhere. The campus of LSU is loaded with locations for portrait work. The archetecture and landscaping make it a very picturesque backdrop for any type of photography.

Book your spring session now!!!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Old School!!!

In case no one has noticed, I have a deep appreciation for old cars and trucks. Whether they are pristine restorations, or rusting away peacefully beyond repair makes no difference to me. Saturday night was the annual twerp dance at our local high school. This year's theme was the 1920's. My daughter made a comment that she had seen an old "model T looking car" that would be cool to take photos with in their outfits. Unfortunately she did not remember where she had seen it.

On a whim, I had her turn the car around and pull it into a stranger's driveway. This "stranger" keeps a beautiful old coupe in his garage and I have noticed it over the years. He happened to be in his garage doing some woodworking when we arrived. After introducing ourselves, I asked if he would be willing to meet us and let the kids take pictures with his car. He was more than willing, and even seemed to enjoy that we had asked. So, we arranged to meet down the street in the parking lot of the electric company that evening with my daughter and a group of friends.

Right on time, Mr. Jim came rolling up in his beautiful car. He explained that it is a 1948 Desoto, and that he knows of only 4 others like it in the United States. It is the epitome of classic from its deep wide gracefull fenders and split windshield to its wide whitewall tires and art deco trim. He intends to redo the car soon with new chrome and new paint among the plans. As for the photos, they wouldn't have been the same without using the car as a backdrop. Thank you Jim, all of the kids were thrilled, and appreciate your generousity.

Here are a handfull of the photographs that were taken with the car.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Sorority Formal On The Capitol Grounds

Last weekend my son's sweetheart of a girlfriend had a formal mixer for her sorority. He manages to avoid having himself photographed as often as possible. She, however, asked me to do some photos of them dressed for the event. I took advantage of that by meeting them downtown on the state capitol grounds for some afternoon portraits.

There are many ancient live oak trees on the grounds that have protected the greenery beneath from frost. This has preserved the greenery that provides such a nice backdrop for outdoor portrait photography.

I am very excited about the possibility of using this brick wall for senior portraits. It serves as an excellent background that doesn't distract from our all important subjects.

It was a beautiful afternoon, and many other photographers were on the grounds posing their clients while we did our own thing. Here is a sampling of the other shots we were able to capture that afternoon.

Thursday, February 7, 2008


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