• capture0155
  • capture0069-edit
  • capture0087-closeup
  • capture0076-2-edit
  • capture0154closeup-edit
  • capture0093
  • capture0144for-compositesmall2-edit
  • capture0168highkeysmall-edit
  • capture0124-2-edit
  • capture0013closeup-edit
  • image6a
  • capture0013-edit
  • image1a
  • image2a
  • image7a

Posts Tagged ‘Darien CT Portrait Photographer’

Dog Days at the Beach

_DSC1836-950px-Edit

The dog days, with summer winding down – a good time to visit the beach. These images were taken at Pear Tree Point Beach in Darien, Connecticut.

So, there’s always this question – do you ask someone’s permission to take their picture or just grab it surreptitiously?  With the lifeguard, who was a pretty cool dude, I wanted to get right under his stand, so I asked him and then told him to ignore me, which he did.

_DSC1845-950px-Edit

This girl was pretty wrapped up in her music – I didn’t ask. I shot from over 100 feet away with a long telephoto lens.

By the way, be sure to click on each image to see it in a LARGER and clearer view.

_DSC1822-950px-

I definitely asked this little girl and her grandma as well if I could photograph her. She was mostly interested in her ice cream, but she engaged with me for quite a few shots.

_DSC1825-1000px-Edit

Have you ever noticed how little kids – who normally get bored easily – can happily play for hours on end at the beach?

My last image, below, was not at the beach, but was taken at Rowayton Harbor.  “Mom” helped set this shot up by throwing a tennis ball into the water a few times.

Ah, the dog days…

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”

_DSC1874-Edit-950px-jpg

 

Fitness Inspiration

by Blake Robinson

August 15th, 2015    0 Comments     Add Comment
Tags: , , , ,

MichelleA-35798-1100px-Edit

Recently I had the pleasure of shooting with my friend, Michelle. I first met Michelle some years ago when she was a makeup artist for one of my fashion shoots. In addition to her work as a makeup artist, Michelle is a clinical field specialist for a biotech firm and also owns a fitness and dance studio. She’s one busy lady!

By the way, click on any image in this post to see it in a LARGER and clearer view.

MichelleA-35659-1100px-Edit

Michelle needed images for her fitness business and in particular for a new fitness video that’s coming out soon.

Michelle’s dance and fitness studio is in Norwalk. Check out her website at http://www.workitfit.com/.

MichelleA-36018-1100px-Edit

We shot for about three hours in the studio, with different outfit and props. Michelle chose  20 final images which I edited for her and which she can now use for a variety of purposes in her thriving business.

If you take one of her classes or buy her video – prepare to work hard, get fit – and have a lot of fun!

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”

MichelleA-36081-1100px-Edit

Deal Toys

CMM cover image.-1100px-jpg

Recently, I did some photography for Carter Morse & Mathias, a boutique investment bank based in Southport, Connecticut. Part of that project was creating the image above.  (Click on the image to see it in a LARGER size.)

You may be familiar with “tombstone” ads that appear in the financial press – announcements of deals such as mergers, acquisitions and stock offerings. A “deal toy” is a Lucite block of a tombstone ad – the ones pictured here are about 5 x 7 inches. The client wanted to represent as many of the deal toys as possible, in order to project the breadth of their experience over nearly 30 years in business.

_DSC1325-900px-Edit

This shows how I set up the shot. I used light blue paper as the background. The camera was set fairly close to deal toys – more about that below – fitted with a very wide angle lens. The lighting was all from one “strip box”  placed over the camera – a long, skinny softbox which produced the dramatic lighting.

This all seems pretty simple, right? But it took about 2 hours to set this image up. I’d take a test shot, then see that one of the Lucites had to be moved a fraction of an inch in one direction. I’d move it, then take another test shot.

There were two interesting challenges here.

First, the deal toys were shiny, so I had to figure out how to light them in such a way that we could see their reflective nature but not hide the lettering on each deal toy with reflections from the light source. Having the strip light set up high achieved this and also provided the dramatic lighting the client desired.

Second, we wanted to feature the main deal toy in a large size and have the others taper off on each side to much smaller sizes. To achieve this, I used a very wide angle lens, set quite close (about 18 inches)  to central deal toy. It is a 12-24mm Sigma zoom lens, set here at 13mm. This is very wide, almost in the “fisheye” range, which causes a fair amount of distortion on the sides of the frame. The Lucites were bending sharply at the edges – not good! I straightened them all out in Photoshop so everything lined up vertically.

_DSC1332-950px-Edit

Here’s the view from behind the camera. The sturdy tripod kept the image sharp. The little gizmo on top of the camera triggered the flash.

341 Studios, a marketing and graphic design firm based in Darien, Connecticut, did the website design for Carter Morse & Mathias. To match the image to the home page of the firm’s website, 341 Studios made some further refinements to the photograph. See how the final image looks on the firm’s website at Carter Morse & Mathias.

This was a challenging but fun learning experience – I’m now ready to shoot more deal toys!

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”

 

    Subscribe to This Blog

    Articles by Categories

    Articles by Month

    Calendar

    September 2015
    M T W T F S S
    « Aug    
     123456
    78910111213
    14151617181920
    21222324252627
    282930