Darr Family Portraits

Darr Family Portrait

Two postings in two days, but that’s how it goes sometimes. As I said in my last posting, I’ve been shooting more portraits lately and that’s perfect for me. I love doing portrait work. And it was especially fun working with this family.

I’ve been photographing their son since before he made his entrance into the world. And I hope that continues long into the future. He’s such a cute kid and you can see the ornery coming out of his eyes at times. In the image with the park bench, he climbed up on it and went through a series of poses without any inhibitions (of course at his age, he hasn’t learned any).

These images were also taken at the same park where I shot Ian’s Senior Portraits. As I said earlier, this is such a beautiful park. I had to laugh to myself though. It’s senior portrait time and there must have been 10 photographers and their subjects at the park that day. At one point several of us were grouped around the entrance to the park waiting for our clients. It reminded me of a press conference with all that photographic gear. I gotta say though, photographers are a fun bunch to hang around. We’ll strike up a conversation with anyone and if you are carrying a camera we end up talking gear and images.

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Jeffrey Mansion

Jeffrey Mansion Collage

I spent the afternoon yesterday taking photographs of a couple of models at the Jeffrey Mansion in Bexley, Ohio. This is a beautiful building and grounds. It’s part of the City of Bexley Parks department now. We weren’t able to shoot inside the building, but around the mansion there are lots of great spots for getting a great image. At some point, I’d love to do something inside the building. It has beautiful woodwork and great lighting. The front windows remind me of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, with lots of squares of clear white glass. The patterns inside should be outstanding.

We spent most of our time along the rock wall on the back of the house. I loved how there was an archway and stairwell leading up to the lawn. At the top of the stairwell is a small building made from the same rocks looking out onto a large greenspace (today that greenspace is used for playing little league soccer and football.

Layla and Michael, my subjects, are actually a couple so it made capturing these images extra special. I’ve worked with Layla before. She’s a natural. She knows how to move and pose to get great images. This was Michael’s first time in front of the camera and, though he seemed a little shy, he did a great job. I wanted a playful, romantic feel to the images and I think I got some great results. Feel free to comment below with thoughts and suggestions.

The Women in My Life

There are two very important women in my life: my wife and my daughter (OK, there’s my Mother and my sisters, but they are not with me each and every day).   I took this image during dinner for my wife’s birthday.  The funny thing about this image is that the character of the two women is so evident in this image.  First, my daughter–she can be a little wild at times.  She’s very passionate about lots of stuff, such as leaving her alone when she first wakes up in the morning–trust me, you do not want to cross that line.  Or, do not interrupt her when she’s watching one of her television shows, there are only 43 more in the current series to watch, so you don’t want to interrupt that with things like, oh, feeding the cats or cleaning her room.  On the other hand, she can be quite loving and kind, but only on her terms and on her timeline.  I’ve loved her since the day I met her the day she was born.  She means the world to me and I wouldn’t change her for the world.

Then you have my wife.  She kind and loving.  She can be tough and stern.  She manages to bring out the best in our children and anyone who is around her.  She’s a nurse and for those of you who love a nurse, you know that it is not a calling, or a job, it’s who they are, 100% of the time 365 days a year.  They nurture.  They bind up wounds.  They tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.  You get an earful when you are doing stupid things like trying to act like you are still 20 and do yard work like there’s no tomorrow and you know you are going to suffer aches and pains because of that.  She’s also one of the kindest hearted people I know and I used to tease her about her “strays.”  People that she would adopt and help out. She sees the value in each and every person and goes out of her way to bring that value out in each of us.

Yes, I’m blessed with two amazing women in my life (ok, Mom, you are amazing too, you  raised me and I didn’t cause any major disasters in the house as much as I tried).

Go out and think about the amazing women in your life.  I’ll bet you can find one or two.  Yes, you, too, Mom.