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New Website!





I have a new website!

For some time, the site has needed an upgrade. With the new site, we’ve followed the design and colors of my blog.

The old site was cluttered and hard to navigate. Now, I’m just showing my best and most representative work, in four categories: men, women, youth and model and actors. There are links to my Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Twitter pages, and lots more.

Hope you will check it out and let me know what you think.

 Blake’s New Website.

Thanks to Jerry of JR Customization for a terrific job!



Gets the Stink Out!


In addition to my portrait work, I occasionally do product photography. Recently, I had the pleasure of working on some images for an updated website for O-Liminator. This nifty product “gets the stink out.” These wonderful little packets can be dropped into your gym bag or your hockey skates and – the rest is magic. I use them and they work great. Pictured above is the product in various packaging options. Lighting and shooting such a wide variety of textures was a little tricky – and these challenges make the shoot enjoyable for me.


In addition to images of the product by itself, the client asked for pictures demonstrating some of the uses for O-Liminator. So, I had our model, Maria, drop the packets into sneakers, dress shoes, and, as pictured here, a hockey glove. In a photograph like this, you want to feature the product clearly while still showing an effective composition that grabs attention. And we were careful with the colors – note the blue packet crystals, the blue on the glove and blue sleeve, with a bit of red on the glove for contrasting interest.


In this image, we are displaying all four flavors of the product. The one on the right, a new citrus flavor, is still under development.

Some customers put the product on the dashboard of their car. In the image below, I shot Maria through the sunroof of her car, with a wide angle lens, to capture a fairly broad view of the scene.

Great fun working with the O-Liminator folks. Hope you’ll give their product a try!

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.



 the Lighting


The old English proverb says, “The eyes are the windows to the soul.”  Very true. But in photography, the eyes are the windows to the lighting. Let me explain.

If you look at the eyes in a photograph, and especially the catch-lights, you can usually tell how the photograph was lit. In the picture above, of Melanie, I used a beauty dish, over the camera, angled down at about 45 degrees.RPSBDK12 I also used a white circular reflector, held just below the frame of the image, to bounce a little light up from below. Here’s what a beauty dish looks like – a parabolic reflector, with a center piece so that the light does not shine directly on the subject. The beauty dish provides a wonderfully soft light. The round catch lights are a tipoff to the beauty dish and even where it was placed.







If you look carefully at the closeup of Melanie’s eye, you will see the clear circle of light which is the reflection of the beauty dish. You can also see, more faintly, just below the pupil, the reflection of the round reflector I used to bounce a bit of light back upwards.

Let’s look at another photo. This is Catherine.


OK, this is the easiest lighting of all to figure out. See the circles of light, just going around her pupils? This can only be one kind of light – a ring light. In the picture at right, below, is a ring light set up in much the same way that I photographed Catherine. On the side of the light facing the subject is a circular florescent light-bulb, set in the round frame. In my picture, I set the light pretty close to Catherine – probably 18 inches away. The camera was placed right inside the opening of the ring light.

The ring-light provides an even more flattering and soft light than a beauty dish.










The circular catch-lights are not to everyone’s taste. I think they work well in this image. Because the light from the ring comes from every angle, there are almost no shadows on the face.

So, here’s a secret most photographers will not share with you. Sometimes, after the picture is taken, a photographer will change the catch-light in Photoshop to hide the lighting setup he or she used. This seems a little like cheating to me, so I don’t do it.

These are just two examples of ways to light a portrait. These techniques are especially appropriate for women. With men, you want a bit harsher and more contrasty light. 

Let me know how you like them!  I’m ready to take your portrait – with just the right lighting in the eyes to provide good windows to the soul.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.