A new year begins and I take time on the coast of California to reflect upon the new challenges and goals which lie ahead. I welcome the weddings and portrait sessions, each one an exciting adventure , each one unique. I welcome each one ,because the one I am presently doing is always the best. Perhaps that is what makes photography so very exciting.The actual “making of” process pulls one into the here and now into the moment. Portrait sessions may be planned well in advance; location,models requisites,...
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We have all heard or read at one time or another that photography is painting with light. It seems to be an obvious thing and yet this seems  to be the most elusive factor in capturing beautiful images. Especially nowadays….we get lost in seeking out “awesome locations” reminiscent of stage sets, sensational locations and requisites serving as backdrops for our subjects who look nothing less than fantastic. I believe there is a validity for this too, if for no other reason that it liberates the fantasy...
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dayleclavin Leo and the Art of Seeing   May I introduce my new friend, Leo, son of my niece Rachel, a  9 month old citizen of the world, innocent, perfect, joyful,  happy and above all curious! As a photographer, it was a joy to capture a Leo’s radiance,so authentic, so very fresh and truthful that one needs  only  to record it at any given moment in time.. But up and beyond that, I was  aware of the fact that Leo’s attention was  centered around discovery of his world.. And as a photographer there isn’t anything more...
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“Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.” Springtime, warmer days, green grassy meadows, majestic castles,lake side piers and  busy city streets. The best time for a portrait session is now.Are you ready to run across that meadow in your favorite dress, pose on a pier, lean up against castle walls or dance down a city street? Life has to be over the top sometimes… let your fantasy go. Fruehling is da! Die Tage sind wieder waermer,  die Natur hat wieder Farbe. Die schoene Locations sind vielfaeltig, ob das ein Schloss ist,...
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It is the season to get out there and have new portraits taken of yourself . Locations and warm weather invite you to capture yourself in anew light. In  connection with portraiture and the avenues it can open for you , I’d like to relate my own experience with a recent  portraits  session and all that I discovered. Last week I experienced something very new and different. Instead of being behind the camera, I was in front of it, not because I chose to be but because I was to be featured in a magazine story about...
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I recently looked at some images from a portrait session I had  done in the Spring of 2014. We had started the session inside with some very basic lighting , and  afterwards, we progressed to a lengthy outdoors session where the majority of images were taken. Because I was photographing  someone who had never posed before  and she  had only met me once very briefly , I  decided to do  a few inside shots to  ease her  into the session  away from the public so that she could get  the feel for being in front of the...
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