Brandon is 17 and one of my daughter’s friends. He asked me to do some photos with him. Like most millennials, his experience with being photographed involves 1000’s of selfies and the occasional family photo session. I thought he did really well during the photo shoot. It wasn’t hard getting him to drop the “selfie face” and try more genuine expressions. There was some direction  given for posing, but very light direction with emphasis on natural and comfortable postures. My daughter’s generation is more camera aware than any other, and it has become second nature for them to slip into a pretty well-developed persona in front of the camera. The challenge is to persuade them to abandon it, even if just for a few moments.


Hacked Throat In the Woods

My daughter’s latest creation–the hacked throat. She did this makeup by using latex, toilet tissue, and fake blood. I suggested we stage the photo a bit more. Unfortunately, we do not have an axe. I think an axe would have looked better than the knife. So this shot is the beginning of her portfolio. Depending upon what creepy makeup she creates in the future it may or may not  end up in the final portfolio. This fall she is going out to LA and touring the Cinema Makeup School in Hollywood. That’s the program she wants to get into, eventually. She’s only a freshman, so a lot can still happen as far as what she wants to do, but I think she’s off to a good start if this is the direction she decides to go.

Here are the two best shots:
With Flash


Without Flash


I am leaning on the one with flash. It just has a more horror movie feel to it. What do you think?



Contrasty Color vs B&W

Normally, I go for B&W in photos with a strong, angular light and lots of contrast, but lately I am finding I really like the look of contrasty color in certain lighting situations. So here are both versions. I think B&W conveys a certain nostalgia in photography, and sometimes can be seen as more “artful,” but I’m not entirely convinced of that. Oh, and for the record, my husband NEVER irons his shirts. Perfectly pressed clothing is utterly alien to him unless he is picking up his dry-cleaning, lol.

First, the B&W …




Contrasty Color …




And here are the shots side by side …


What do you think? Do you prefer one over the other, and why?




I’ve been going through old files and reworking some shots. One cool thing about digital photography is the ease in which we can “revise” an image. Sure, it could be done in the darkroom as well, but not quite as easily or quickly, and it is certainly cheaper to work an image in many different ways digitally. No paper or chemical expenses. To me, digital imagery is such a huge leap and change in the way images are created–one in which we have not even fathomed just yet because we are still in the beginnings of it.

Anyway, I tried a different conversion with this image. More contrasty, with sharp edges and angles. I liked this image before the revision, but I like it better now.