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Archive for the ‘About Life’ Category

Sixteen Months

Recently I had the opportunity to shoot with this lovely young lady, Elora, who is 16 months old.  Please click on any image in this post to make it LARGER.

Elora was a joy to photograph. She is full of life and joy.  Over two hours of shooting, the meltdowns were, amazingly, few and far between.  Elora came with her mom – keep your eyes out for another blog post with images of the two of them together. But I wanted to give Elora her own place to shine by herself – which she certainly did!

When I shoot with young kids, I always wonder what the world will be like for them when they grow up.  What will college be like for Elora? How will it be when she has her own 16 month old child?

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”

 

 

 

Giving Thanks for BFFs

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Recently, I had the pleasure of taking headshots at a nearby high school. I photographed a lot of people over 3 days – 45 students as well as 12 teachers and staff.  Please click on the image to see it LARGER and clearer – on your phone, tablet or computer.

These two girls came in and asked if I would shoot them together. They were laughing and enjoying themselves – clearly BFFs. (If you’re as old as me – you may need a translation – could be Best Friends Forever or Best Female Friends.)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for many things.  One is the opportunity to photograph young people that are full of life and promise. Another is  – in a world that is supposedly becoming more fragmented and polarized – to see these two beautiful young women enjoying their deep friendship. They are good role models for us all.

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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On Beauty

by Blake Robinson

May 7th, 2015    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Julie Kent, by Elizabeth Lippman, for The New York Times.

Julie Kent, by Elizabeth Lippman, for The New York Times.

 

 

 

In my photography, I try to represent beauty whenever I can. I get kidded by my friends sometimes for apparently only wanting to shoot beautiful women.  A quick look at the flash sequence on the homepage of my website  might reinforce that idea. Although, truth be told, I seek beauty in everything I photograph – flowers, landscapes and even men – we’ll call it handsomeness for men!

Beauty in photography seems to be under attack these days. Fashion magazines are criticized for showing models that have been “over-Photoshopped” to an unrealistic ideal. And pictures that win all the awards are often shocking and upsetting, representing violence, natural disasters and all kinds of ugliness.

Flower (seven), Blake Robinson Photography

Flower (seven), Blake Robinson Photography

Julie Kent, a beautiful person inside and out, is retiring from the American Ballet Theatre this summer, after an amazing 30-year career as a dancer.  Read what Julie said (as reported in The New York Times today).

“I once received a note from the famous Natalia Makarova. She said, essentially, that beauty can save the world — what a big responsibility you have on your shoulders. This concept has meant different things at different times in my life, but it’s been constant in my purpose in ballet: the beauty that is so classically expressed in art and dance.

But there is beauty in everything if you look for it and find it in yourself, and if you contribute it to your world in any way you can. You don’t have to be a ballet dancer.”

Brava to both Julie and Natalia. Not sure if I can save the world, but I’ll keep shooting beauty whenever and wherever I find it.

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”