A Day at Sculpture Park

My second time to Griffis Sculpture Park. The last time I was there was about ten years ago, following my mom around on her photo walk. A day mostly spent with my other adolecent cousins laughing at all the sculptures while our mothers screamed at us to quit it.

This second time was much quieter, just observing and getting lost. Enjoy.

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"The Beach" Dream Portrait

Theres just something about the beach that gets me every time, even a lake beach. The water crashing on the sand, the way the sky meets the water and when the sun is out its so bright you have to squint. This is a portrait I’ve been seeing in my mind for some time now and I wanted to create it like a dream. Through the use of high contrast black and white as well as the buffalo water front I was able to create the simple vision I see in my head. Enjoy.

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Tulip Study Part II

Back at it again with the tulips, this week taking a chance to focus more on limited editing. That meant silhouetting and manipulating natural light to create back and whites. This also meant being true to the shot, taking more time to set up and shoot. Enjoy.

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Tulip Study

A recharge day is such a necessary day for me in my weekly routine. Today I took that day to the MAX! Started the day off with coffee and banana pancakes, then onto shooting tulips! Using only natural light and working towards a strong contrast. I followed this up with much needed painting time and peanut butter cookies. Couldn’t ask for a better day. :)

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Flower Study/Truths of the week

Over the past few weeks I’ve been watching these flowers change, wilt and loose its petals, soon to be replaced by another bouquet. This is totally how I’ve been feeling the past few weeks, wilting and loosing my ideas. Could be a good thing though, because there’s always a new bouquet to come. Its just so frustrating sometimes, like I’m pulling teeth just trying to take out my camera or sketchbook, but that’s the life of an artist. Sometimes it’s all about taking a step back and going for a walk, picking new flowers and forming a brand new idea.

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Senior Portraits!

Senior portrait session will be here before we know it! Are you wondering “why senior portraits, seems like a cliche?” Because this is the start of your of your seniors life! Out of high school and on to follow those dreams! So now is the perfect time to celebrate with a walk around senior portrait! These sessions include a 1-2 hour photo shoot around the city of Buffalo, multiple outfits, over 35 images, and one framed flush mount print for the mantel, at the limited time price of $175.

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Be you

Can I just say I had such a fantastic time shooting with Johnny Hagan last week! (@thejohnnyhagan) I could feel the confidence coming off him the moment he stepped into the room, more than I have ever felt from him. For a little back story, John and I went to high school together and met through theatre. After school we went our separate paths as most do, but reconnected recently through social media and our new found passions. Mine being photography and him fashion.

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I began the portrait session by asking him what his goals and aspirations were, big question but I needed to know so I could photography accordingly. Honestly I was surprised by the answer, he told me he found fashion and is so in love that he’s moving to LA to pursue it. He said he feels like he’s found his calling so to speak and has never felt so happy. John’s wearing what he wants to wear and fully embracing himself! Thats what it’s all about, doing the things we love, because at the end of the day it’s only us and our state of mind. So why not live life to the fullest following our passions and becoming the confident selves we’ve dreamed of as young theatre kids.

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Thank you, John, for restoring my faith in chasing dreams.

Sunflower Study

What to do when you're in a rut? Return to the basics, so I’ve decided to begin working on my stills. Going back to flowers because they are the basics for me. When I first began to draw, I would draw flowers. Whenever I’m stuck I constantly go back to flowers, just a reminder that it’s important to always return to the simple things. Robert Mapplethorpe used to photograph flowers as well and would capture them in a way I’ve never seen before, really capturing the personality of each individual plant. I’d like to accomplish a similar goal.

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