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Connecting through Images Online

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The internet continues to amaze me, even after all these years.

Last week, a designer and university professor at Northern  Kentucky University, Hans Schellhas, sent me an email and asked if he could use one of my photographs for a design competition he was entering. I said “yes.”  The photo, of a ballet dancer, is incorporated into Hans’ design for a street poster, above.

There are over 200,000 images uploaded, just to Facebook, every MINUTE. I forgot to ask Hans how he found my image – I’m guessing he Googled “ballet images” and chose it out of a dizzying multitude of pictures.

Of course, Hans could have just lifted my picture without asking permission – this happens all the time to photographers. I appreciated his honesty in coming to me for permission.

Others from the US and foreign countries have found my work online. A man who writes a blog about clocks asked permission to use an image of mine of the famous clock over the information counter at Grand Central Station. Another gentleman from England saw some images I’d taken of Philip Johnson’s Glass House and hired me to go back to the Glass House and shoot a specific view from the interior of the house for a commercial project.  Increasingly, new clients come to me, have searched online for photographers in our local area here in Connecticut.

We’re connecting more and more with one another through the internet. We take it for granted now, but it still amazes me. Good luck with your competition, Hans!

Here’s the original of my image of Kristen, the ballet dancer. 

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Different Backgrounds and Wardrobe

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When I’m shooting headshots, I always suggest to the client that we try several wardrobe looks. This is for a couple of reasons.

First, we don’t really know how an outfit is going to look in a picture until we take it. So we’ll try two or three outfits to see what works best. And I try different backgrounds as well. Secondly, the client may need different looks for different purposes.

Connor, a college student, needed a fairly formal look as he begins to explore career opportunities after graduation. He’ll likely use the tie and coat image above for this purpose.

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Notice how different the second image looks without the tie and with a white background. His smile and expression are fairly close in the two pictures but the second photograph has a very different feel.

Finally, we shot the informal picture, below. Connor is a very personable and engaging young man. I know he’ll do well out in the job market – and I’m hoping these images will play a helpful role!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Russia through Another Lens

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OK, my title today is a bit deceptive. I really just wanted to get you to have a look! Russia has been in the news a lot lately and Mr. Putin – and by extension his whole country – have mostly been demonized by the U.S. press. It’s beyond the scope of my humble photography blog to voice an opinion about international demons. But I can say that most of the Russian people I’ve met are friendly, engaging and a joy to spend time with. Anastasia, pictured here, is a prime example!

 

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Anastasia came to the U.S. about eight years ago. She grew up in an area near Sochi and attended and graduated from a college in Moscow. In this country, she’s worked as a fashion model and also earned an advanced degree in business. Anastasia is actively seeking a job in the business world and wants to build a life here in the U.S.

We did a photoshoot in the studio recently, working in a variety of concepts. This post has a few of the beauty/glamour headshots from that day.

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Thanks, Anastasia, for a wonderful shoot. I wish you all the best, wherever your life might take you.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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