December 2009


Here are a few more portraits from the Self-Portrait shoot on December 12th.

It was hard not to spend a lot of time with Lyndsey, who is beautiful inside and out. Lyndsey was working in the gallery on the 12th, so in between people coming in for shots, we had a lot of fun shooting her. These are just 3 more of the shots we took; have several more that will be part of the Amore-Infinito “People of 2009” video to go up on the site shortly after the New Year.

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Keith was walking by the gallery when he noticed the flashes, so he popped in to see what was going on. We suggested that maybe he’d like some photo’s taken; and he jumped at the opportunity.

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What is Help-Portrait?

The goal of Help-Portrait is simple: 1. Find someone in need 2. Take their portrait 3. Print their portrait and 4. Deliver their portrait. Help-Portrait was held December 12, 2009 and if this first year was any indicator, this will become an annual event.

Help-Portrait was formed by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart as he contemplated using his skills and expertise to give back to those who may not have the opportunity for a professional photo. The idea is that a photographer has the unique ability to help someone smile, laugh and return their dignity- it is a movement, a shift in photography.

The families and individuals I photographed were representative of a vast majority of people who work hard to sustain themselves in today’s economy. To be photographed by a professional photographer is something that is just not in their budget, and I felt honored to take their pictures.

I would also like to acknowledge and thank Lighthouse Gallery in Victoria for giving me the space to set up and take the pictures. As an aside, at time of posting this blog, all artwork in the photographs are available for purchase [and are on sale for 50% off!!].

Thanx also to Loupe Imaging in Victoria for printing the photographs which will be given to the people whose pictures I took.

Finally, many thanks to all who came in!! And thank you for allowing me to share your beautiful portraits!!

Here are a few of the images taken; a few more will be posted tomorrow.

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copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

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copyright 2009 amore-infinito photography

Received an email from Help-Portrait at 8:30pm Dec 12th, and they reported that with only 43% of the locations reporting, 17,200+ pictures taken, 1400+ photographers had participated, & there were 2720+ volunteers!! It’ll be interesting to see the final totals as pretty much every country in the world had participating professional photographers.

I don’t know that there is a genre of photography I love best … when I’m at events I believe I could be a photojournalist forever; when I shoot weddings I’m in my glory; creating concept shoots pushes my creative envelope. The genre that I keep going back to is product and still life. How to make an object look bigger and better than it is? How to create something that hasn’t already been created, or for that matter, how to re-create something that has been created before?

Having set up a small studio and obtaining additional lighting, softboxes, and equipment gives me more ‘play time’, as I call it. With the ability to set up a shot, work on it for a few hours [often I wonder how 6 hours just disappeared], walk away from it till I get the ‘ah-ha’ moment, and go back to get the shot, is what it’s all about for me.

And in todays age of ‘oh, just fix it in photoshop’, my goal with product is to shoot it the way I want it to look, in camera, without using photoshop to mimic any of the lighting. Just one more challenge thrown into the mix.

Here’s one of the shots I completed; over the next little while I’ll post some more.

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