Friday, March 27, 2015

Self Portrait Week 12: Home Studio Portrait

Jodie was home from the university for Spring Break and needed some head shots for her blog and resume. So we set up a photo studio in our living room. Using some of the tricks she learned in her videography classes, we were able to get some very nice lighting effects.

She taught me to have a key light pointing at the subject, which we diffused with an opaque white umbrella. We put a backlight on the floor behind the photo subject to separate the subject from the background. Then we used a mix of sunlight and incandescent lighting as fill light. We used a nice medium grey felt as a backdrop and put the camera on a tripod. I used a remote wired shutter button to take this photo of myself.

We're so pleased with the results!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Self Portrait Week 11: Head Shot

I bought a set of manikin heads so I can display my fun wigs. They looked so great lined up on my dresser, that I felt the urge to get in on the (in)action.

I came up the the concept, the "costume," the framing, and the lighting. But since I couldn't see to make the final tweaks, daughter Jodie finessed the shot and pushed the shutter button for me.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sure Sign of Spring

Now there are 6 crocus blooming by the front door, and more on the way. I love this first sign of Spring.

So nice to get down on my belly with my macro lens for the first time in months.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Self Portrait Week 9: The Seamstress

This week in my Studio, I've been busy at my machines, sewing up a storm. The garment is almost complete! I always feel like I'm channeling my seamstress grandmother and tailor grandfather when I'm in the sewing zone.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Self Portrait Week 8: Put on a Happy Face

Even when I've got the winter blues, I can pull out the polka dots, grab a Cheetos smile, and shine.

How 'bout you?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Self Portrait Week 7: Let Me Speak

It took me a long time to find my voice. I take exception to being silenced.

With endless gratitude to my classmate Kim Barnes who, through word and example, reminded me that my story is sacred.

And to the guy in a bear suit who is my inspiration.


Here's a sillier photo from the session that expresses my rebellion: