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Renovation – Part One

by Blake Robinson

September 13th, 2014    2 Comments     Add Comment
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We’re in the middle of a renovation of our house. Like most renovations, it started with a seemingly simple plan – let’s knock down the wall between our kitchen and family room, open the area up and replace our appliances.

Well the project has gotten bigger! It includes a whole new HVAC system for the first floor, all new furniture, a nifty audio/video/internet system, new hardwood floors, and a bunch of other goodies. But first – the view above features our current meal preparation options. We have a coffee pot and microwave in our dining room (and the old fridge in the garage), paper plates and plastic cups and forks. It works fine.

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We’re still in our dining room in this image. We have this snazzy plastic doorway with a zipper to keep the dust of the renovation out of the rest of the house. It works pretty well.

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The is view from our old kitchen space, now opened up to the family room.

 

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This is part of the kitchen design plan. The new kitchen extends into the family room a bit. As shown, we’ll have two islands.  These plans are hard for me to read, but I have every confidence that our builder knows how to read them! The general contractor is Brian Dean of Bryan and Brian.  Brian and all his subs are doing a terrific job for us.

 

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This is a side view, with the old kitchen space to the left and the family room to the right. The support beam that was installed where the old wall stood starts in the upper right corner. It is a sandwich of wood-steel-steel-wood, 17 feet long. I took a very long walk when they were getting this baby in place. You can see some of the crafty electrical and plumbing work in the ceiling – lots of stuff had to be rerouted.  About the only things is this photo I comprehend are the broom and the shovel.

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We have a lot of scenes like this. These wires will all find something useful to do before long, right Brian?

 

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This is the view from the family room looking back towards the old kitchen space. The pink sponge painting on the wall will be covered over with something more grownup in a few short weeks.

The view out to our backyard, below, remains the same. But now, we’ll be able to enjoy it from a more more comfortable and classy space.

Stay tuned for some pictures of everything finished – sometime in October.

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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Flo – The Casual Look

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CLICK on each image to see in a LARGER SIZE.

This is the third and last blog post of images from a recent photoshoot in the studio with my friend, Florena. If you missed the first two, please click on the links in the upper right under Recent Articles for “Flo – Beauty Images” and “Flo – The Black Dress.”

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In these images, we used a blue paper background, to complement the bold colors of Flo’s casual wear. These images were just about fun and energy and enthusiasm.

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Flo was a terrific model to work with. I’m hoping to shoot with her again!

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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Flo – The Black Dress

by Blake Robinson

September 9th, 2014    0 Comments     Add Comment
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In a recent shoot with my friend, Florena, we did some pictures with this gorgeous black dress. By the way, if you missed my earlier blog post with beauty images of Flo, please click here.

We used a fan in this picture – you can see a bit of movement in the bottom of the dress. Also, Flo’s hair was blown out slightly by the fan.

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Flo smiles naturally; she’s a genuinely happy woman. So it was a challenge for her to put on a serious or contemplative look, which is out of character for her! But we got a good look in this image. See the color version above and the black and white image below. Faithful readers will recall I often try to work hands into my my portraits.

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Thanks, again, Flo for a terrific shoot! Stay tuned, gentle reader, for one more blog post coming in the next few days, with Flo wearing casual outfits.

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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