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Ceramics Art

by Blake Robinson

July 23rd, 2015    0 Comments     Add Comment
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I had the pleasure last week of photographing some beautiful ceramics artwork for Chris, a rising high school senior. Chris needed the pictures to show his work in some college applications as well as to make up a printed book displaying the pieces.

Please click on each image to see it in a LARGER and CLEARER view.

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We transported (carefully!) all the work from Chris’s home to my studio. For a few hours on Saturday, we photographed the work together. It was very helpful to have Chris at the shoot so we could get just the angles and views that he wanted.  At the end of the shoot, we went through about 200 images and Chris chose 26 which I edited for him in Photoshop.

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The picture above is the largest work we shot. It’s mounted on a plywood board, roughly 3 feet by 5 feet in size. Below is a detailed view of the lower right part of the board. Chris spent several months making the ceramic pieces, painting and glazing them and mounting them to make this very dramatic statement!

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Although most of my work is taking portraits of people, I love shooting art – paintings, sculpture and ceramics – and helping artists represent their work in the best possible light.

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Chris’s simple bowls are all wonderfully proportioned. I love the pastel colors and subtle textures, many of which bring to mind the Caribbean – at least for me!

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Here’s a much more complicated piece, that included space for four different desert plantings. We shot this piece from several angles – hard to show off all its crazy twists and turns in one two-dimensional photo.

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The hand-bowl is one of my favorites. Chris used a cast of his own hand to make this. Hands can be so expressive, as this one is. I laughed out loud when I first saw it. The little dent across from the fingers was made from pressure from the heel of Chris’s hand.

We photographed the work on a seamless white background. I lit each picture so that we’d show a bit of shadow. This helps to ground each piece, so it doesn’t appear to be floating in space. The shadows of the fingers above are pretty subtle – a viewer may not even consciously see the shadows – but we can sense that the bowl is resting on a surface.

I hope to see more of Chris’s creations in the months and years ahead. This terrific young man has a true artistic talent and special flair, don’t you think?

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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Video Slideshow with Christina

 

 

 

 

For the last couple of months, I’ve been working on a personal project  photographing one person, my friend Christina. Here’s a video slideshow of many of the images we created together. The pictures were taken in the studio, at a park, on the beach – and other locations.

Be sure to turn up the volume to hear Christina’s lovely singing voice on the soundtrack. And expand the picture so you can see it fullscreen size!

The song “True Love Ways” was written and originally performed by Buddy Holly. I’m showing my age by saying this was the first song I remember really being engaged with as a young boy in North Carolina in the late 1950’s. When I first heard Christina sing it in concert with her group “Gunsmoke,” I was blown away by her amazing voice and knew this was just the right music for us to use in our video.

Enjoy!

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”

Thinking through Uses for Headshots

by Blake Robinson

June 28th, 2015    0 Comments     Add Comment

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What will you use your headshots for?

Wendy, pictured here, is an attorney and recently came into the studio for updated headshots. As with each client, I talked with her about the many possible uses for the headshots.  With Wendy, we made three different portraits and a couple of different versions of two of the pictures.

One of the places Wendy wanted to use a headshot was LinkedIn.  So, we took one of the pictures and made a version optimized for LinkedIn – a square shape with the specific pixel size that looks best on LinkedIn.  If you try to upload a picture to your LinkedIn profile that isn’t square, it will often get squished vertically – not a flattering look! Here’s the profile picture Wendy will submit to LinkedIn:

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Wendy writes articles for legal journals and needed a black and white version of one of the pictures. It’s best to have a good, crisp black and white portrait to submit, rather than trusting the publication will do a good black and white conversion of a color photograph. I’ve seen it happen too many times that a color image is submitted to a publication and the black and white version that appears in print is flat, almost milky. Here’s the black and white image Wendy will use for the journals:

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When you have your professional headshots done, think about all the possible uses for the images. This will may well prevent some heartache later on!

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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