Monthly Archives: June 2012
I have another installment of my very exciting portrait project. I love my community and there are some amazing people making Rhode Island a wonderful place to live. I have decided to photograph the people who are really making “IT” happen here in my community in a (hopefully) creative and fun way that tells a story about who those people are and what they are doing for their respective businesses.
This most recent portrait is of Ed Tarbox. Here in our beautiful state of Rhode Island Ed Tarbox is synonymous with CARS! Ed is the owner of Tarbox Toyota and for anyone looking to get a car his dealership is THE place to go here in Rhode Island! Here is a photo of his dealership
I am very pleased with the results of this portrait! I really was going for a late 50’s/early 60’s Marlon Brando or James Dean kind of look. Of course when making a portrait of Ed there absolutely had to be a car involved and when I saw his completely restored and modified 1963 Corvette I knew that was the one! What a ride! I was lucky enough to go for a spin in it and WOW without a doubt that is THE COOLEST cars I have ever been in! We put Ed in the classic jeans and a white T-shirt with a black leather jacket and immediately I was transported back in time! If you have ever met Ed you know he is one of the most friendly, energetic, and hardest working guys around. Those commercials aren’t lying, he really is like that! Tell me what do you think of the portrait?
I photographed Kelsey Kaiser for the Cover of Grace Magazine recently. Here is the cover image and inside spread as well
This was a fairly complicated photo to produce, with multiple conversations and meetings to discuss the photo with Kelsey and the folks that run the Gym where she practices. From the very 1st time I walked into the Gym which is located in New London CT I saw this image in my head. They have a large Flag on the wall next to the ring in the gym and I knew that was the shot. As some of you might know the only formal training I have in photography was from a class I took in highschool. I was lucky enough to have a great photography teacher that taught me some very important fundamentals for creating beautiful images. One of those lessons that Mr. Z imprinted on me was that a photo starts in your mind’s eye. If you can’t see the image before it’s created then how are you going to make it happen? That vision is very important to making beautiful photos but I am getting off topic here.
SO Here is a few photos showing the place and what it looked like with and without my lights
The main photo was taken on my Nikon D700 ISO 560 with a 50 mm lens set at F/5 and a shutter of 1/125th I wanted to get some of the ambient light of the gym to show up so that we could see the flag behind her but I wanted that to be a little dimmer than her. So I set my exposure for that background first and then added lights to create a dramatic feeling photo. You can see I had a large Octabox set up high above Kelsey to drop that sweet soft light down on her this is the main light working on her. From behind her I set 2 lights at 45 degrees pointing at the camera crossing her on either side this light you can see on her shoulders and the side of her face. They were all triggered at the same time using Pocket wizards. Also I wiped her down with baby oil to give her skin a little extra shine. Now that it is over and done I am very proud of the portrait.
Here is the finished photo and another that I really liked that didn’t make the magazine
I have been a big Fan of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys for many years now. I have seen him perform at least 20 times and every show I am touched by his powerful presence and beautiful music, so I was honored when Steve asked me to photograph him recently.
I was proud to photograph the grand opening event for Tarbox Toyota in North Kingstown RI.
Ed Tarbox is a wonderful man who is making “IT” happen here in our beautiful state of Rhode Island. He recently built this beautiful building and put on a wonderful grand opening event. Here are some of the images I made from this great event!