Santa Fe, Day 3, part one

So we’re still in the studio here, David, our instructor, gave a surprise assignment of photographing  body parts (sounds Dr. Frankenstien I know)  and abstracting them.  I used one light with a medium softbox behind the subject and then tinkered with my angle.   Here’s what came of that.  Thanks to Sarah and Randy for lending their parts and inspiring the shoot.


Jennie Sewell - Ooo this is cool. Nice job as always Chris.

Amanda Manion-Gorman - Chris, the lighting in all the work from Sante Fe is so fantastic!

admin - thanks so much Amanda!

Santa Fe Day 2, Self Portrait

So day two and we get personal.  It’s a strange thing taking pictures of yourself at least for me.  Had an idea and went for it but wasn’t prepared for how personal the images struck me.  Catching glimpses of your parents and your children in your face at the same moment can be a profound thing, it was for me.  here I am.

Carl. - What magnificent images. Im always excited for your trips to Santa Fe because you return with such a fire to share and explore your art. I love these black and whites man!!!

DiAnna DiAntonio - Pictures are amazing things, they can tell your whole life story, just by taking a picture of yourself:) A picture of my face and of myself would definitely scare me….LOL. But, you did an amazing photograph of youself and I can see my beautiful aunt in your face 🙂
Love and miss you

Candis - These are awesome.

Santa Fe Day 1

I’m back from what was one of the best photographic learning experiences to date for me.   I must say the setting of Santa Fe holds a bit of magic,  royal blue skies perfectly compliment brilliant orange adobe.  Everything is radiant in the south western light, the same light that attracted droves of artists from O’Keefe to Weston and Ansel Adams.   A gallery mecca, I had a chance to visits my favorite, The Monroe gallery, where I took in actual Esinstaedt prints as well as Arnold Newman and  Eddie Adams.  History in frames, amazing.  I had perfect cups of coffee in an artist’s atmosphere on Garcia St. and loving every minute of it.  So I would like to roll the photography from the past week in parts.  Each day of the workshop David Robin laid the ground work with great imagery (his and also the masters) and then handed us the challenge of light, intent and composition.  Our first day we photographed each other, sounded easy until we figured out most of us didn’t have the modeling chops.  Here are some from that lesson.  All studio work here, one of my great friend Gil (our third workshop together) and Shevaun, an amazing photographer and person who taught me so much by

just watching her work; missing them both.

Gil HIDALGO - Not sure about my pose. Did I have bad breath? Crooked teeth? Gingivitis? Why the heck was I covering my mouth?
Wait a minute. You can’t use my picture without my agent’s consent. Where can I find an agent?
Never mind….

admin - Gil, the image is all about irony since, how can I say this delicately, you seem to have plenty to say. ( I say smiling) Thanks for lending your handsome mug to a noble cause,
so lets keep the agents out of this. In touch soon.

Santa Fe bound

The time has come!  I’m on my way out west to Santa Fe, NM for what looks to be another great adventure.  The Santa Fe Photography Workshops has become one my favorite places, it’s a sort of photographic spa retreat wrapped an intense learning environment.   I’m taking a class with David Robin, a fine art portrait & fashion photographer with a lot of experience and a sincere passion for educating photographers. So here’s an image from my first trip out, the sky and the light dance out there to say the least and it’s always inspiring.  I’ll keep the posts coming along with the photography and maybe video from the trip.

Sarah Valentine - I am really impressed with your blog and totally and utterly jealous of exactly where you are and what you are doing. Keep up the great work! Wish I were there! Miss you guys! Love, Sarah

Virginia - What a great set of pictures, Chris. Love the natural light ones at Eve’s Ranch (I think it is?) o – just gorgeous. And the shots of Donald are show stoppers. The body parts – especially the neck – are amazing. Lighting rules!!



Virginia Bonesteel - What a great set of pictures, Chris. Love the natural light ones at Eve’s Ranch (I think it is?) o – just gorgeous. And the shots of Donald are show stoppers. The body parts – especially the neck – are amazing. Lighting rules!!



Let there be light, Part 2

As promised I wanted to share some of the student’s fantastic images from the lighting workshop I taught some weeks back.  Again thanks to all who participated and a big bellated thank you to Andrew List, your help, enthusiasm and friendship were invaluable.  Coincidentally, Nick Fancher produced a great short video, a sort of highlight reel from the class, you can check it out here: BRILLIANT LIGHT WORKSHOP.

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