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Looking Back – Portraits of Women

by Blake Robinson

October 5th, 2019    0 Comments     Add Comment
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In this blog post, I’m looking back at some of my favorite portraits of women – of all ages. Most photographers will tell you that when they look at older work, they can find many things they’d do differently if the opportunity arose to take the same photograph again. And so it is with me. Hopefully, as our experience and skills grow, we get better at this craft, and so we easily find fault with the older pictures.

I chose these seven portraits because – for me – they still hold up under my usually harsh self-critical eye. In each of these pictures, something serendipitous happened to make the photograph “work.” These are portraits I’m still proud of.

The first image above is a corporate headshot for Michele, a principal in a marketing firm. Michele is a true professional and very good at what she does. But she is also personable, approachable and a joy to spend time with. These were the qualities I was aiming for in the pose and the facial expression.

The portrait above is of a 16-year old model I worked with in Sante Fe. She was a confident, serious young woman with a penetrating gaze. You will note in both the first two pictures I show part of the subject’s hands. Hands can be tricky but if used properly can be very expressive.

This is my wife, Marjorie, taken at Lincoln Center in NYC, just before we went into a performance at the Metropolitan Opera. The picture was taken quickly with an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera. I posed her in front of the ballet poster for many reasons – the romantic feel, the blue matching the blue of Marjorie’s outfit, and because ballet is another love of hers. I like her expression of joyful anticipation for the performance. This is a favorite image of Marjorie’s and of many who know her because it captures something of who she is.

Wilhelmina in this picture is a senior in high school and an experienced ballet dancer. Perhaps some would argue this is not strictly a portrait – a matter of opinion. I was going for a dream-like quality. One wonders – if she was actually dreaming – what the dream looked like!

This adorable 2-year old, Elora, was going through her “terrible” stage during most of our shoot. But she is a joyful and adventurous and playful young lady, and when she showed me those qualities, I was lucky enough to grab them.

Martha, age 8, and Margot, age 10, are full of fun and exuberance. This picture shows a lot about the relationship of these sisters – little sister looking up to big sister, big sister taking care of her but also looking straight ahead- literally and figuratively. This image was the family Christmas card.

The last portrait below is of my friend, Christina, a professional singer and voice coach. We shot together several times and I made a video of some of those images, with Christina singing a classic Buddy Holly song in the background. You can view the video here.

In all of these portraits, I’m trying to capture something of the subject’s personality. I’d love to know what you think and answer any questions you might have. Now, I’m ready to take my next portrait!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

 “Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

Great Egrets – Part Two

by Blake Robinson

March 26th, 2019    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Well, I’ve continued to go out to Pinckney Island to photograph these gorgeous great egrets in mating season. Here are some more photographs, but if you missed my first blog post, be sure to see Great Egrets.

It’s amazing to compare how the egrets look at rest, as in the image above, versus in flight, as in the first picture. At rest, the wings are pulled in tight to a sleek, compact package, but when they take flight, the huge graceful wings open up – it looks like a completely different bird (to this neophyte birder, anyway!)

In the image above, I shot on an overcast day, and it was hard to pick out the birds against the flat, dull sky. Their legs also camouflaged well with the branches they stood on. This one is just coming in for a smooth landing.

That same dull day, some of the images came out with very little color. So, with this one, I took the little bit of color out and made a black and white photograph.

Stay tuned for more images. I post them first on Instagram, at #blakerobinsonphotography. Also, I’ve just started a newsletter covering a variety of topics related to photography. Please email me if you’d like to be on the mailing list.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

 “Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

Window Light – and more!

by Blake Robinson

July 31st, 2018    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Last week I shot in the studio for a second time with my friend, Katie. Some of the images were with window light, such as the first photograph, above. By the way, click on any image to see it LARGER and clearer.  Window light can be beautiful – and has a quality that just can’t be reproduced with artificial lights. 

In this closeup shot, I asked Katie to look right into one of the studio lights. I used a very narrow depth of field. Note that her left eye (right as we view it) and her lips are in sharp focus but most of the rest of the image is soft.  This matches our perception when we look at someone – often our focus/attention is just on parts of a face. 

This photograph is shot in a typical fashion lighting setup, with pretty even lighting all around, but with the main light coming from the right. 

With some of the images, I converted to black and white.  In this one, we have nice, soft window light coming from the left side. 

If you missed my first blogpost of images of Katie, check out

Katie is a joy to work with – I told her we make a great team!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”




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