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Archive for the ‘Dance’ Category

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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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”

 

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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