Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dallas High School Senior Pictures - Meet Shelby... Class of 2011...

I remember doing senior portraits of Shelby's mother, Michelle. She loved taking pictures but hated being in front of the camera and let me know that she was doing this for her mom. I was confident that she would have fun with it once she got warmed up. We did all kinds of poses both inside and out. We even did photographs with her camera. I had a great time.

When we were all done, I asked, "Was that so bad?" She replied, "Yes, yes it was."  I was crestfallen.
Later, I got to know Michelle better and learned that she has a very dry sense of humor and was at least partly teasing me with that reply. Only partly, though. She really doesn't like having a camera pointed at her.

Shelby is another story. She comes to life in front of the camera. With her big eyes and model body, the camera loves her. 

She is going to school and working TWO part time jobs to pay for the love of her life: her BMW! I asked her about some of her favorite things and this is what she had to say:
Fav Color: Purple
Fav Food: Mexican
Fav Drink: Mt. Dew
Fav Music: Rap and Raggae
Fav Movie: Fast Five
Fav TV Show: Kendra
After Shelby graduates she will be going to Chemeketa Community Collage and working (to pay off her car, naturally).

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Make Yourself at Home... Photography and Cookies

Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies...........

There just isn't anything else that says home more than that smell when you walk into the house. Just like a cozy fire on a cold winter night. Makes you think of Grandma's house in a Norman Rockwell painting with the kids running in shouting, "Oh boy, is that cookies, I smell?"

That doesn't mean that I am baking cookies at home every week. When Lars suggests that this would be a great night to bake cookies, I usually say, "Go for it!" That is when we find out just how badly he wants those cookies.

I used to try to evoke that homey feeling by burning scented candles in the studio. Then I found out that Otis Spunkmeyer will provide the oven and baking sheets when you order their dough and I was in heaven. Forget the scented candles! How much better is it to come into the studio to the smell of freshly baked cookies......and you get to eat them, too! They are really, really good cookies and sooooooo easy. They come frozen in little cookie sized blobs so we just take out however many cookies we want to bake at that moment and pop them in the little oven. Sometimes I only bake two cookies!

Do I have a stash at home, you may ask? No. That would be way too tempting. Lars will just need to bake his own cookies.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

West Salem High School Senior Portraits - Congratulations Class of 2011!

The first time I met Laryssa, she was three years old and we did a family portrait out by the family duck pond. It was a perfect October day and the sun was just going down so we had the perfect light: a warm glow skipping across the water giving sparkles to the eyes and wrapping the faces in beautiful, soft light. The spot that we had chosen for the portrait was a little hard to get to, however, and Laryssa's dad donned his boots and gave each of us a piggy back ride through the water to get to the spot. My camera at the time, was a Mamiya RB 67 and weighed a ton so another trip through the water was made to bring the gear. That dedication is a sure sign of a man who loves his family!

A couple of years later, we did dress up portraits of Laryssa in the studio and then, much later (in 2006), another fall family portrait at Helmick Park. (No piggy back rides, this time.) The image on the right is from that session.

Now Laryssa is graduating from West Salem High School and looking forward to attending the University of Miami in Florida next fall with an intended major in French Horn Performance and minor in engineering. I wish I had her love of math and physics!

I asked her about some of her favorite things and this is what she had to say:

Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Ribs (yum!)
Favorite Drink: Thai Tea
Favorite Artist: Hanz Zimmer, the composer with a long list of movie sound track credits including Pirates of the Carribean, Dead Man's Chest.
Favorite Movie: Inception (that is a movie that really plays with your mind!)

And finally, a quote that expresses the central place that music has in her life:

"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent." - Victor Hugo

Thursday, May 5, 2011

My favorite Superhero lives in Keizer, Oregon

"Is your favorite superhero the Green Lantern?"
No. I think I'll wait for the movie to come out on DVD.
"How about Batman?"
That would be Gotham City....Guess again.
"Let's go back to a classic. Could it be Superman?"
Oh, I think you are getting warmer....

My favorite superhero is Super Ty. He is a precocious six year old and his mission right now is protecting his new baby brother from mutant monsters, jumping higher than a basketball hoop, and whipping up "out of this world" food in the kitchen with his mom and Tutu.

We had a chance to delve deeper into the character of  the "boy behind the cape" recently and ask him a few questions.This is what he had to tell us:

What is your favorite color? Orange (I wonder if this has anything to do with the OSU Beavers?)
Favorite Food: Bread with jam and butter
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Toy: Buzz Lightyear's Lazer Beam
Favorite Game: Pokemon Black version and White Version
Favorite TV Show: Pokemon
Favorite Movie: Star Wars
What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
  • Ty's answer: "I have never eaten Green Eggs and Ham." 
  • Mom's answer: "He loves to bake and help in the kitchen and doesn't like meatloaf."
  • Tutu's answer: "He is very kind and loves animals."

I have been photographing Ty since he was born. He is regular with the children's contest and has come to Portraits with Santa every year (This portrait is from 2008). Every year except this one. Neither of the days that Santa was here at the studio were going to work into the busy family schedule. So Tutu had to resort to taking him to the Woodburn Company Stores to see Santa. There was just one problem.

As they walked into the mall, he looked up at his grandmother with a concerned look and said, "This isn't the real Santa, the real Santa is at Miriam's!" Tutu had to do some fast thinking. "Santa travels all over, Ty." With that reassurance, Ty was fine.

Now we are celebrating Mother's Day and Mom is the Super hero of the hour. Give your Mom and Grandmother a big hug for me, Ty, and a kiss to your baby brother!