We've been tinkering with a new lighting technique. Yours truly was one of the first, followed by a few adventurous clients. It's a very elegant and clean look. Classy. Cool. Timeless. I like the way the light washes down and the background is subdued.
Announcing our new Portrait Park. In planning for over a year, we bring you an amazing new experience--right behind our own studio. Imagine a beautiful stone patio, picturesque brick walls, columns and an abundance of flowers. It is a wonderful new way to love Lorei Portraits. So often we go on location--sometimes great distances--to capture a beautiful scene. Enjoy the convenience of our studio with the garden-like ambiance of our new Portrait Park.
If you have heard Daniel Cabanillas sing, your life has been enriched. A powerful tenor, he has brought me close to tears on many an occasion. Every Christmas eve, with my family in tow, he has electrified us with his singular tour-de-force rendition of Oh Holy Night. But that's not the half of it.
This guy can sing. And I, for the longest time, at least ten years, have wanted to create a portrait of him.
Finally, two years ago, I finally got my chance. We created some amazing images, one of him singing that we have shown proudly as a black & white both on our website and in our studio. Yet, there was another image that I particularly loved. So, I got inspired to repaint the whole thing. And, I wanted to share it with you.
My love for painting goes back to when I was a kid. When I was eight years old I wanted to be a painter. My parents got me a set of oil paints and I set out to take the art world by storm...which never exactly happened. Fast forward about four decades and the world of photography began to merge with the world of paint. Over the last twelve years we (our studio) have been experimenting with paintings. What starts as a photograph gets completely repainted and remade. And, no matter what I do in the world of portrait photography, I find myself always circling back to the world of paint.
Here are two images. The first is a straight photograph I created last fall. The second is a work in progress. I am repainting it. While it is not complete, it gives an idea of where we're taking it and how different the worlds of photography and painting are.
For our third and final test shoot of the pre-season, we really pushed ourselves to photograph in some very challenging circumstances. We had test shoots at Contemporary Motorcar, Roth Cadillac & Audi, in Erie, PA The spacing was tight. The lighting was challenging. The cars were gorgeous. So too were our models. Here is just a sample of images from our Sports/Luxury Car Safari. As before, Panache Salon & Spa did the hair & makeup, Bridal Elegance Prom Shoppe provided the gowns, and portraitists Paul & Max Lorei were on the cameras. This is just a glimpse of the fun.