March 27, 2011

The Cookie Cutter and Recipe - and Portraits

One of my favorite things to do is to cook. Last night I had a small dinner party with a few friends and made a lasagna. Made a simple sauce, and then layered Ricotta , Mozzarella, Cheese, Ground Lamb sauteed in Garlic and Onion, a layer of baby spinach, a layer of sauteed cubed eggplant, more cheese and finally filled my pan which is extra deep. We had some lovely local California wine from Laraneta and Shai Vineyards too. Simple to make but takes time to create.

I love setting the stage for a dinner with my best dishes and glassware, flowers and even cloth napkins. If I am going to put out the effort then doing it halfway isn't what I want to do.

Photographing portraits is the same but takes more effort because it's a joint project. I have a brain full of ideas about setting the stage - if it's the studio or a location like the park or beach. I try not to keep any two sessions exactly the same because my clients are all different. Constantly I change out my studio furniture, backgrounds and lighting and accessories. I want to make a unique portrait that doesn't make every session the same.

Clients need to cooperate too, getting their hair done, making sure their nails are clean/polished, make up impeccable. And perfectly accessories clothes that a pressed or matching. I love the family I just finished where I did not know the mom was a stylist. Everyone had coordinating colors in the clothes and her efforts paid off without looking like the white or black tops with all jeans or khaki pants. Style of clothing can make or break your photographs.

If you are going to invest in something you will have in your home for the rest of your life, then let me help you plan the perfect portrait. One that will be uniquely yours. Tasteful and styled to be fantastic.

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