Beauty and the Butterfly

beautiy and the butterfly

beauty and the butterfly 

Working in Photoshop with layers and textures has always been fascinating to me. Starting with a simple portrait and layering graphics, textures and words creates a one of a kind portrait; an art piece for people. I am looking for people in the Calgary area who are interesting in collaborating on this very personal project.

Learning from people like Kate Klassen who has textures and tutorials, and who creates lovely vignettes of everyday life

 

Jillian in Black and White

Jillian

Jillian, Black and White Portrait

It has been an incredibly busy summer, and posting to the blog has dropped down on the list of priorities! that may not be a bad thing, it means I am too busy “doing” than talking!

I have one more image of Jillian to share with you. I had not planned on posting any more images from this session, but after sharing the images with her last week I received a beautiful facebook message from Jillian and thought I would share it with you.

Janice,

I cannot get over how beautiful these pictures are! I think I sent them to everyone I know last night. The one of me looking back in the yellow dress (and the black and white) is the most stunning picture I have of myself. Thank you so much I truly apprecate it,

Jillian

I love giving people portraits they are happy with, and when they are this happy, it is a great day!

Saturday, and Jillian in the Garden

Jillian in the garden, Saturaday portraits, Calgary Alberta

More portraits from my session with Jillian a couple of weeks ago.  The photos taken in the garden a couple of weeks ago. I use the term “garden” for my backyard loosely, those of you who have been to the house will understand.  We have the back deck which is rather small, the arbour acts as a gate, as you step down off the deck you are in the yard, really the green space for our area, and it is open to the street.  There are some mature trees, but once you leave the deck there is no pretty flowers, and while the area works great for portraits, there is no real garden.

Jillian was wearing a beautiful red dress, that in black and white contrasts nicely with the green arbour. The sun to her left just peaking through the arbour was beautiful, a small fill light was added to brighten her eyes. She is the perfect girl next door!

Jillian: high-key black and white portrait

Jillian: high-key black and white portrait

Jillian: high-key black and white portrait, Calgary Portraits

Jillian was at the studio a couple of weeks ago now, I am slowly getting caught up on processing the images taken over the month of July! I recently purchased Nik Software, and while it is reasonably intuitive to use, and came with a a book by Tony Corbell and Joshua Haftel.  I have to admit that this has probably slowed me down a little, as I experiment and play, and I am not sure I am using the programs to their fullest advantage, that will come with time.

Jililan in the sunshine

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One of the best parts of doing a portraits session is chatting with people, Jillian is a great example, we spent a couple of hours together, chatting about her move to the city, a little about her work and her life in between shots, and during clothing and set changes!  It seems everyone I meet has some fascinating stories.

For a short time Jillian lived in New York City and work/studied at the United Nations. I think that would have been an amazing experience, I love visiting NYC, I can only image what it would be like to live and work there for a while….

Figure and form; an experiment with light, shape and texture

I have been experimenting with figure and form, shape and light; here my lady is standing in front of a sheet of thin white paper, with the light behind her. during processing I added a textured rock layer.

Where ever I go I will shoot small detail pictures of stone walls, bricks, stucco, anything that could be an interesting texured layer and can be added to photos.

I am interested in your thoughts on my experiment, your comments would be appreciated.

this and other photos are available at jmeyersforeman photography.

Submitted for the UE’s Weekend photochallenge “brick”  Not sure how it will be interpreted, or accepted as brick work, what do you think?

Taleeta, waiting to smile……..

She’s a pretty girl;                                                                                                                                                                                                              her eyes smile just like she does:                                                                                                                                                                                     softly and often,

haiku by Ociel Guadalupe.

While Taleeta was not smiling in this picture she did smile often and easily during our photo session, and the haiku by Ociel seemed appropriate. Poetry can be an inspiration for photography, or a photo can be an inspiration for a poem,  either way there does seem to be a complementary aspect.

Keri and the Hat

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
– Dr. Seuss

Keri helped us out on Sunday with our portrait workshop, one of the other photographers brought a couple of hats! It was a little big but it was a great prop!  Of course the hat is enough to trigger thoughts of Dr. Suess, his books are not only full of great entertainment they are full of life lessons for kids of all ages. Best of all, they are fun to read out loud!