Wednesday, January 26, 2011

3 Dozen Roses

Early in the week I was assigned to take a portrait of Rose, who is retiring from the Baum School of Art in Allentown. In celebration of her retirement there will be an exhibition of some of the dresses she has made over the years. The show, 3 Dozen Roses, features 36 hand made dresses, each with their own story.

It's amazing the details Rose remembers about each dress, such as the actual sewing process and the occasion that she made it for. This dress in particular she remembers wearing to a function at the Museum and when a musician complimented the dress she eagerly showed off the colorful under-layers.

The two dresses directly behind Rose, the blue and green, and pink and purple, are even made with fabric that she hand dyed in the 70s!

It was great to do a portrait session on location, since it's been a while since I have done so. It was even better to hear all the wonderful stories and have the time to do several different angles.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

High School Sports

I covered several high school sporting events this weekend, all in terribly lit gymnasiums and behind schedule. With both of these situations I need to be my toes a lot more. To handle the bad lights I needed to use a flash, which makes me more selective of that specific moment to hit the shutter since I can't fire off multiple frames a second. The events being behind schedule just puts pressure on the amount of time I have to shoot before I need to edit and transmit back for deadline.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Royals Hockey 2

Photographed the Reading Royals again yesterday. The first period was a little slow, no goals. I like the faces on the players and the woman watching in this one.

For the second period I sat up at the top of the arena and I found it easier to follow the plays this time then I did the last time I photographed from up there. It was the perfect angle when the fight broke out.

Back into the box for the third period. The box for photographers is a small space between the home and visiting benches, so you hear all kinds of profanities and anger.

I must be jinxed, again this game went into overtime.

Still tied 1-1 after the over time the game went into a shoot out. Royals goalie Michael Hutchinson stopped the first shot.

Unfortunately the royals lost in the shot out to Trenton, the last seeded team in the ECHL.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Moravian Basketball

Photographed Moravian basketball double header against Drew Univeristy yesterday. I was pleased when I walked in and saw the gym was pretty well lit. It was a good day, full of great expressions.

The coach was quiet most of the game, until Moravian only led by two points with less then two minutes left to play.

Since Moravian's mascot is the greyhound, there were several greyhounds in attendance. Between the games I spent some time with the dogs who are retired race dogs looking to be adopted, and this precious one year old, Camryn, who found them very exciting.

The women's game was just as high paced and intense as the men's game.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Headshots 2

While I was growing up I was very musical and theatrical which led to many close friendships with a lot of time spent together. Though we all grew apart through the college years I've been seeing a lot of friends in the last few weeks. It's exciting to hear everyone moving forward with their talents, and it's great when they think of me to help them with the photography side of their goals.
My friend Angela is currently working with a casting agency to find roles in independent films and asked me take some new headshots.

She is looking for powerful women roles, so we did all poses with smiles and more serious looks.

I find headshots to be all about the eyes and inviting the viewer to get to know the subject.

Hopefully these headshots help to land Angela a gig!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Royals Hockey

I recently got the opportunity to photograph the Reading Royals Hockey team. My dad is the official photographer for the team so he was able get me a pass to photograph with him, which was good he could show me the in and outs of the arena. For the first period I stood in a small space between the two benches. Shooting hockey for the first time in over a year I thought the first period went really well.

For the second period I decided to stay in the same position since I was pleased with angle, especially to capture the players faces and emotions.

For the third period I went up to the top of the arena to try a different angle. I found it more difficult to follow the players and the glass often got in the way.

I'm looking forward to photographing the Royals again, and hopefully the Flyers too.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy Holidays!

As the holidays come to an end I hope everyone enjoyed the season!

The holidays brought a lot of photos of my family and flowers. My boyfriend sent me 2 dozen gorgeous red roses for Christmas. The morning they bloomed the light coming through the window led to some great photos.

My Dad and several of us visited the Longwood Gardens one evening. The gardens have been advertising their holiday lights and poinsettia displays. As we walked through the conservatory we came across my favorite flower, the hibiscus. The rooms were dark, since they are usually lit by the greenhouse ceilings, but when I found flowers that had light on them I shot away.