Archive for the ‘Smiles’ Category

Ricky and Ryan

One of my favorite shoots each fall is with these handsome young men, Ricky and Ryan. The shoot is partly about creating images for the family holiday card. We’ve usually done the shoot in my studio. This year, we had a beautiful Columbus Day and took the pictures outside, at the boys’ school.

These are terrific and happy kids, who always come up with easy smiles.  We have great fun together, thinking up pose ideas and just enjoying the experience of the shoot. Thank-you, Mom, for thinking of me again this year!

Gentle reader, I’d be pleased to photograph your children – or the whole family!

After seeing the pictures, Mom writes: “Wow! The pictures are gorgeous! The colors are so bright, and I love the background. The boys look so handsome and happy! Thank you so much for all of your time and care.”

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

Fashion and Headshot Images

Recently I had the pleasure of shooting fashion and headshot images with my friend Lindsay, who has been kind enough to model for me since she was 16.  I suppose it’s not gentlemanly to say how old she is now – but she recently graduated from college and is off and running with a great job in New York.  Martha Rebocho was the makeup artist. I’ve worked regularly with Martha and she does beautiful work, as you can see in these images.

In three hours of shooting, we  did quite a few outfits and looks. It was so helpful to have Martha as part of the shoot, not only for makeup, but to suggest pose ideas as we went along. The three of us made a good team!

We’ll close this post with two headshots. You can see more images from our shoot on my website. It’s terrific fun for me to shoot fashion and portraits. Many thanks to Lindsay and Martha for a great day of photography!

As always, your comments and questions  are welcome.

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




Last week, I had the privilege and fun of shooting some portraits with my new friend, Leslie.  In looking over the first three images in this post, I’m amazed with the different looks that we came up with. Leslie was wearing the same dress, the same makeup and the same hair style. And yet, with different lighting, backgrounds and poses, these are three wildly different images.

One thing that I notice is that the backgrounds we chose seem to go with the tone of each image. The green-on-green suits the more serious pose in the image above. The bright blue complements the energy and enthusiasm of the big smile shot. And backlighting works well with the contemplative portrait below.

I wish I could say all of this was intentional – that we planned the backdrops to match to feeling of each image.  Alas, we didn’t. Rather, we just experimented with a lot of backgrounds, lighting and pose ideas. We each contributed ideas on how to shoot these images. Color has a profound impact on how we see an image – and perhaps in an unconscious way how the photographer and the subject respond as well.

I try not to analyze all of this too closely. My best work happens when there’s not too much planning – when both the client and I are relaxed, loose and open to letting the creative spirit takes us on unexpected journeys.

Leslie did wear some other dresses. Here’s one of my favorite images from our shoot, below. Which of the four pictures appeals to you? I’d love to hear from you!