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Charleston Architectural Details

by Blake Robinson

March 31st, 2019    4 Comments     Add Comment
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Recently we spent a few days in one of our favorite cities, Charleston, South Carolina. I love shooting in the historic district, and on this trip I focused on just parts of houses and small architectural details. In the image above, we have three iconic Charleston ingredients: a flag, a palm tree and a piazza (or porch in non-Charleston lingo).


Mercury, was the Roman god of shopkeepers, travelers, thieves and tricksters. (He must have been very busy!) This statue of Mercury is in the garden of the Calhoun Mansion. During Hurricane Hugo (1989) it was thrown a few blocks away in the storm and both arms were broken off. When it was repaired, the arms were mistakenly reversed, so the dagger is now held aloft, rather than in the arm behind him. No one seemed too concerned about the change.

A couple more flag images, above and below.

I always marvel at how well-maintained the houses are in the historic district, South of Broad Street. Hard to imagine the expense of keeping these houses looking sharp, especially with regular storms and floods hitting the area.

In the photograph below, I could have moved slightly to get the sun behind the house, but I kind of like the effect of the sun’s rays wrapping around the house.

The people of Charleston are always so gracious and welcoming to visitors. To me, this open doorway below is a good symbol of their openness and friendliness.

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.

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Island Living

by Blake Robinson

September 1st, 2017    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Gentle Reader – it’s been too long since you’ve heard from me! My only excuse is that we have spent the last few months selling our Connecticut home, and buying and moving into our new home on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. We are pretty well settled and now I’m earnestly back shooting again!

Please click on each of these images to see them in a larger and clearer size.

In our big entrance hall/dining room, we have four floor-to-ceiling windows and I wanted to make three photographs to go on the walls in between the windows. These are the images I created. I wish I could say I found all these shells on the beach but I bought them at a local shell store – most are not native to South Carolina. 

I photographed these with two Nikon Speedlights with umbrellas, for fairly flat lighting. The prints are 16 inches square and will be about 24 or 25 inches with the frames. 

As always, your comments and questions are welcome. 

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

Beauty Shoot with Nadia


Last week, we had a fun shoot with Nadia, an aspiring model. In part, these are typical beauty headshots, but with a classic, old Hollywood aesthetic. Nadia’s wonderful makeup artist friend, Averi, helped us create the look.

Please click on each image in the post to see it LARGER and clearer.


In going over the pictures and editing them, I was amazed to see the variety of hairstyles Nadia came up with, without a lot of fuss or muss. Well, in a few of the pictures we went with a purposely mussy look – see the last photograph, below.


With several of the images, we created both black & white and color versions. As shown in the two images above, you can sense a very different feeling in the two photographs. In the black & white conversions, I used Silver Efex Pro, a fabulous plug-in program to Photoshop, that can replicate many old film styles. Which of these two images do you like best? I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks, Nadia, for a great shoot. Hope we can work together again!

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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