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Archive for the ‘Smiles’ Category

Margot and Marta

by Blake Robinson

December 10th, 2015    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Recently I had the great pleasure of shooting with these dynamo young ladies, Marta, age 8, and Margot, age 12. Before we go any further, be sure to click on each image in this post. The pictures will appear LARGER  and clearer! This works on a phone or tablet as well.

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Margot and Marta are budding actresses and needed headshots for their auditions and play programs. But the images will also be used for a holiday card and gifts for the relatives – and also a surprise gift from Mom to Dad of a print in a glass block for their 15th Wedding Anniversary. You remember – it’s glass, right?

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The girls were great fun to shoot with. They could handle anything I threw at them – such as: “Margot – Quick! look to your right and give me a Cat-that-Ate-the-Canary Look!”

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We shot about 300 pictures over a couple of hours. Mom and the girls picked about 90 images to consider and had a tough time narrowing them down to 20. “We like them all!” That warms my heart to hear! And I had a tough time narrowing the 20 down to 7 to put in this blog post.

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I love Marta’s multi-colored braces that suit her personality to a “T.”

Hoping to be able to photograph these girls every year going forward. Will be a treat to see them grow and develop.

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Marta looks up to her big sister – well, at least some of the time. Margot takes care of her, some of the time – but is focused straight ahead – literally and figuratively.  By the way, I’m just making this all up. But these are some of the impressions I get from looking at these adorable and expressive faces.

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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Opening Presents

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We were fortunate to have two girls – ages 4 and 6 – with us for Christmas.  These special ladies come from a tradition that does not celebrate Christmas, so it was especially fun to introduce them to Christmas food, decorations, stockings and GIFTS!

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These photos were taken with available light (no flash) in our family room.  My subjects were pretty excited and moving around a lot, so I had to work fast.  This was a very special Christmas for us!

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We all try to keep up with our big brother or sister, right?

Hope you holidays were restful and fun. All best wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2015.

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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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Be Positive: An Extraordinary Girl

Nicole is an extraordinary young woman indeed. This high school junior has a serious, life-threatening disease. She’s doing well now, but was very, very sick in the fall.

Nicole wears this pendant on her necklace: B+, Be Positive. From what I have leaned about Nicole and what I observed when I was photographing her in the studio, this is not just a nice idea for her – it’s a way of life. She is one confident, courageous and determined young lady. I’m sure her attitude has made all the difference in carrying her through these last few months. Nicole got her pendant from an extraordinary organization, The B+ Foundation, Inc. Check out their great work in supporting kids with cancer.

When she got her diagnosis in September, she cried in the doctor’s office, but has not cried once since.

Nicole is always smiling. This, of course, makes the photographer’s job easy. She was a joy to shoot with and has a wonderful easy and relaxed way about her.

I did catch one expression that was not an open smile. The family did not choose this image as one of their favorites, because it is so unlike Nicole NOT to be smiling. But I liked the picture because it shows her self-assurance and strength. Her blue eyes and gold nail polish are pretty awesome too!

You can read more about Nicole’s story on the Blythedale Children’s Hospital website, Nicole’s Miraculous Recovery. Be sure to see Nicole’s video at the bottom of the article.

 

The evening after our shoot, I got a note from Nicole’s mom, which read in part:

” It was the best medicine to spend 2 hours at Nicole’s photo shoot.  I could tell Nicole felt really at ease with you. The pictures are so beautiful. Thank you so much for taking time to create a beautiful keepsake for her.  I have lots of photos from this time — of Nic goofing around, of her getting chemo, with groups of friends — but none that truly capture her inner glow and spirit, which you have so artfully done.  She came home and was bursting to tell her friends about her adventure.  Moments like these are precious to me. I know we will always treasure Nicole’s photos.”

This is why I’m a portrait photographer. It’s a true blessing for me to take pictures of – and to get to know – inspiring people like Nicole. She and her family are in my prayers – this day and always.

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