A wonderful Labor Day weekend was spent with my friend, artist Ted Nuttall, at his Santa Fe home/studio – enjoying great food, wine, books and music. But most pleasurable was our conversations. We touched on our customary topics, with a little more emphasis than usual on portraiture, or more specifically, on the joys and challenges of capturing moments of human expression.
Of course, we also took time to make a few portraits.
Writer, teacher, philosopher, luminary, friend – Mike Reynolds has been to the studio a couple of times now. Tough customer! I don’t think Mike would take offense by my saying he doesn’t respond well to direction! ;) Though in both instances, I found that posing a question regarding metaphysics was followed by a stream of splendid expression and gesture.
My friend, 2011 Arizona Film Maker of the Year – Brian Skiba, needed photos for the opening credits of his latest film – .357. The main characters, including Brian’s actress wife, Laurie Love, came to the studio to create a few dark and edgy wedding stills to lead into the movie’s first, and ill-fated, honeymoon suite scene. And I have my first (and likely last ;) feature length film credit.
Randy and I were both born and raised in Northern Utah. As young men, we frequented the same haunts, and for a few years both lived in the same bucolic mountain ranching community of Morgan Valley. But it wasn’t until decades later, in Phoenix, that we actually met.
Randy came by the studio with his Taylor this week, and we shared a splendid evening listening to music, sipping pinot and making pictures.
R&B singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer – James Doré, was in the studio last week. Perhaps it’s the fact that he’s an entertainer that made James the ideal collaborator. He made my work easy. James brought a couple of looks and ideas with him, and his responses to the music playing in the studio were exquisite. All I had to do was push the button.
What’s more, James is a genuinely great guy. I hope for the chance to work together again soon. And, I encourage you to check out his work at reverbnation.com or on YouTube.
From the moment I met her, I hoped for the opportunity to photograph lovely Jen and those spectacularly radiant eyes. Jen has been to the studio a couple of times now. She’s remarkably comfortable in front of the camera, and extraordinarily patient with me.
It turns out Jen is also a skilled, and reasonably priced Licensed Massage Therapist doing business independently as Jen’s Healing Room (Warner & 101 area). You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org for a recuperative, or just a blissfully relaxing hour.
My daughter, Alicia, was in Phoenix for a few days recently. While here, I invited friend and stylist, Beth Anne Johnson, over to work together on a session with Alicia. Beth Anne and Alicia discovered my mother’s mink stole in the prop closet, which served as the jumping off point for what you see above.
I don’t anticipate vintage portraiture to become a genre I’ll seriously pursue – though the shoot was, and the results are, a lot of fun. And I know my mother would be tickled.