Wednesday, January 27, 2010

100 Portraits Project

I have decided to dedicate 2010 to the art of portraiture and in this vein I am embarking on a new project: the 100 Portraits Project.  This will require a new portrait every 3 days or 8-9 portraits a month for the year.  I am excited and a little nervous at how challenging this will be.  My goals in undertaking this project are to hone my portrait taking skills, to branch out and find new subjects and to amass an interesting and varied portfolio of portraits.  The project will last up to a year but only as long as it takes me to complete 100 portraits I am truly happy with.  It gives me deadlines and benchmarks throughout the year that I can exceed but should not fall behind on.  Invariably Rowan will show up in these portraits as he is my ever changing and amazing model, but I plan on half of the portraits being of people outside of my family.  This will certainly push me outside of my comfort zone!  Before I even conceived of this idea I had set up some photo shoots to take portraits for a portfolio to build a business on, and so with the first month of the year I should be off to a good start.  I will kick off the project with a recent portrait of my newly sitting Rowan....

Portrait #1: Sitting Up

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Visit from the Fog God

I shared a few of my oak photos with the group of artists I meet with every month.  This one evoked the most feedback, though they liked some of the others as well and thought the series was a good idea.  Now I am waiting for another visit from the fog god so I can head out to take more photos with this lovely ethereal glow.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Orlando Oaks

The first thing that captivated me when we moved to Orlando were the huge live oaks growing throughout the city.  They are majestic, gnarled, old trees with vines, ferns and epiphytes growing all over them.  They are the elephants of the plant world; they live long, grow large and forget not.  I often find myself wondering in their presence what they have witnessed over the decades it has taken them to reach their branches so wide and blanket me in the much needed shade they provide. 

Monday, January 11, 2010


It has been unusually cold here in Florida for the past week and a half. I had figured we'd arrive home from the holidays to some nice warm sunny weather, but just the other day it snowed in central FL for the first time since 1977. My father, mother and in utero self were down here trying to escape the cold that year and actually experienced that long ago snow. We have spent the past chilly week recovering from travel and the holidays and catching up on some work. Rowan's sleep schedule had been thrown out of whack, but we are getting back on track. I had a maternity shoot just before the holidays and I had some post production work to complete on those. This was one of my favorites from that shoot.