Red Dress

This young lady in a red dress was promward bound
But first we explored word-poses at Santa Clara University

Playful

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Hush

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Candor

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Elegance

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KO’d

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Joy

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James, 2021

He’s an almost college graduate
An aspiring business pro with big dreams
He’s embarked but not quite
You get the picture
Lots of fun working with James in the field
He was willing to chase light and explore scenes

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Pensive Is Joy

 

Faces without expression interest me.
I like the ambiguity, the pensiveness.
But clients don’t like Pensive.
Not as a general rule.
They like unvarnished Joy.
Always have.
So.
Lately I’m doing something different.
During family photo shoots,
I run participants through a series of prompts.
Together we travel from Pensive to Joy
With many waystations in between.
I’m happy with the results.
I get what I want.
And clients get what they want.
Thoughts and reactions are welcome!

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Urban Chic

When I capture a candid expression like this…

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….and a heartfelt laugh like this…

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…and a bookishly hip shot like this….

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…all in the space of 23 minutes, well, I’m ridiculously happy as a result.
“There’s one thing a photograph must contain,” says Robert Frank.
“The humanity of the moment.”
For what it’s worth, I agree.
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New Yorker Abroad

I’ve shared photos of this NY ballerina before. At the top of the year, we kicked off a half-day collaboration, working deliberately to achieve certain effects. Here are some of my favorite images from the collection, each introduced with a verbal cue only:

Atlas Slave

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Color is Black and White

Curves and Lines

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Living Green Frame

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Life without Beautify is Empty

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau

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Determination

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