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Archive for the ‘creativity’ Category

Beauty Shoot with Nadia

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Last week, we had a fun shoot with Nadia, an aspiring model. In part, these are typical beauty headshots, but with a classic, old Hollywood aesthetic. Nadia’s wonderful makeup artist friend, Averi, helped us create the look.

Please click on each image in the post to see it LARGER and clearer.

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In going over the pictures and editing them, I was amazed to see the variety of hairstyles Nadia came up with, without a lot of fuss or muss. Well, in a few of the pictures we went with a purposely mussy look – see the last photograph, below.

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With several of the images, we created both black & white and color versions. As shown in the two images above, you can sense a very different feeling in the two photographs. In the black & white conversions, I used Silver Efex Pro, a fabulous plug-in program to Photoshop, that can replicate many old film styles. Which of these two images do you like best? I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks, Nadia, for a great shoot. Hope we can work together 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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Fitness Inspiration

by Blake Robinson

August 15th, 2015    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Recently I had the pleasure of shooting with my friend, Michelle. I first met Michelle some years ago when she was a makeup artist for one of my fashion shoots. In addition to her work as a makeup artist, Michelle is a clinical field specialist for a biotech firm and also owns a fitness and dance studio. She’s one busy lady!

By the way, click on any image in this post to see it in a LARGER and clearer view.

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Michelle needed images for her fitness business and in particular for a new fitness video that’s coming out soon.

Michelle’s dance and fitness studio is in Norwalk. Check out her website at http://www.workitfit.com/.

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We shot for about three hours in the studio, with different outfit and props. Michelle chose  20 final images which I edited for her and which she can now use for a variety of purposes in her thriving business.

If you take one of her classes or buy her video – prepare to work hard, get fit – and have a lot of fun!

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.

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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”