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.
Oh sure, you can wait. You can wait to book your summer session. The only problem is, there won't be any dates left. If you are looking for a sunset session over the summer, you cannot book too early. Every year, every single available night of the summer gets booked. When they are gone, they are gone.
So many families and even high school senior call me in July or the beginning of August and hope for a location date. We always do our best to accommodate, but sadly, I have to tell an number of families each year, I can't get your on the schedule until...September, or maybe next year. My best recommendation, if you are at all interested in having a family or high school senior session the months of May through October, get on the schedule right away.
For our second Lorei Portraits Model shoot we went to the Erie Art Museum. And, just like the first time, hair and makeup was done flawlessly by Panache and Bridal Elegance provided some beautiful prom dresses. Sarah Peach helped us with all of her crazy good talent. And, we welcomed yet another portrait artist, up and coming guest artist, Max Lorei.
We had full access to the art museum, both first and second floor and even the old, underground displays. While the Warner dazzled us with its richness, its elegance and all its finery, the art museum has a modern simplicity, almost stark barren-ness. I had to adjust my shooting style, not relying so much on tapestries, curtains and an elegant balcony. Instead, I had to go back to the most basic elements of composition, line, form and light. And, if there was not good light, I created my own. It pushed us creatively to deliver the stunning and beautiful with less. But, as they say, less is more.
To say that we had fun is an understatement. Our models were delightful as always.