03Sep/09

Nature Photo Exhibit

The Beauty of Nature’s Forms

The Landscape

The Landscape

I’ve been asked to display my flowers again this Thursday, September 3rd at Gallery 741 in San Pedro (see previous post).

On Friday, September 4th, I will have yet another photo exhibit on First Fridays in Long Beach on Atlantic Ave., where we’ll have several of my favorite flower and female form studies on display at Elise’s Tea Room. You can find us in the Grand Tea Room and French Blue Room where Jean-Luc will set the mood on his classical piano. I will be there and hope that you will join me at this fun Long Beach event.

Septmember 4, 2009
6:30 – 10:00pm

Elise’s Tea Room
3924 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90807-3502
(562) 424-2134

05Aug/09

Flower Photography

I am known primarily as a portrait photographer. Many people don’t know that I have a secret passion for flower photography. The secret’s not so secret anymore.

photo by Flower photographer, Linnea Lenkus.
What began as a way to show my children the beauty of light and form in the garden as they were looking at our array of strange looking garden bugs became my creative release and obsession and now, to my surprise and delight, is being welcomed into art galleries.

I continued past the teaching phase with my children and starting going into the garden alone, amassing thousands of images from my garden, my friend’s gardens, my neighbor’s gardens and on our nature walks. My family is patient with my constant sidetracking so much that the kids now know that if mommy is not with them, I’m photographing one of the beautiful blooms that evolve over the seasons, obsessed with getting the right portrait of a flower, with the same determination that I use in my portrait sessions. So now I can say I join the minions of flower photographers, but I tend to think of my self as a flower portrait photographer.

I hope you join us tomorrow night, August 6, 2009 as my biggest showing of my flower portraits will take place. I share Gallery 741 with two other nature artists. Thank you Gallery 741 for asking me to be a part of the show.

Flower photography by Linnea Lenkus
The exhibition, titled En Plein Air, is comprised of still life and landscapes carefully selected to celebrate the beauty and form of the outdoor environment. In the tradition of the “plein air” movement, the artists have stepped out of the studio to create each piece using natural light. While the subject matter of the artwork ranges from flowers to seascapes, the unifying theme is the glory of the world around us.

Please join us for the opening reception of En Plein Air during San Pedro’s famous First Thursday Art Walks:

Thursday, August 6th, 2009
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Gallery 741
741 S. Pacific Ave, San Pedro CA 90731

25Jul/09

Familiar Faces

I’m still thinking about my portrait session with the Wu family today. It was so wonderful catching up while creating family photography that fits to their life. The Wu’s have been my clients for several years now and I have photographed their growing family many times. I can’t tell you how honored I am to be a part of really wonderful people’s lives.

You know, most times that people are new to a studio experience they are nervous. I understand that. You are in the center stage with someone staring at you, what a self-conscious feeling! Having been a model many years ago I worked through that feeling. I have been there so I get that and I help my clients through that awkward feeling.

At this point, photographing the Wu’s felt like just hanging out. There is a magic that happens when we get to that familiar place. . . art. . .personality. . .connection. It all happens and it was meant to happen. I can’t wait to sign their wall portraits.

These are the things that get me so jazzed.

20Jul/09

Pet Photography

Who Let the Dogs Out!?

dog-photographers

I photograph lots of families. And of course, pets are a part of every growing family. For some reason dogs just love me. Maybe it’s because I’m a giant kid. Maybe because the feeling is mutual. And so, pet photography is just a natural extension of family photography. I’m really excited because of a special promotion and fundraiser that we are going to do.

The sounds of barking dogs will be bellowing from our Pasadena studio on August 8th as we hold our first “Dog Days of Summer” fundraising event for the Pasadena Humane Society. Bring in a large bag of dog or cat food and you’ll receive a free 15-minute session and 5×7 portrait of your furry friend. It’s going to be a howling good time!

pet-photographers

WHO: Linnea Lenkus Fine Art Portrait Studios, by appointment only so PLEASE CALL

WHAT: Dog Days of Summer

WHERE: 545 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 91105 (corner of California Blvd.)

WHEN: Saturday, August 8, 2009 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHY: To raise donations for the Pasadena Humane Society

By appointment only. I hope to see you there!

24May/09
Military Photo Project

Memorial Day: Photo Project

This post was from a few years ago:

Join me tomorrow, Monday May 25th at 10am at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Universal City/Hollywood Hills for the Memorial Day Program.

Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills is located at:
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068

I have been asked to display my military photo project during the program and I am honored to do so. I am very honored to have been in the presence of the military families who I photographed for this project.

We Americans tend to think of Memorial Day as a day off from work, but I do believe that we need to remind ourselves that this is a day of remembrance of those who serve and who have served, and those who have put their lives on the line for our freedom and those who have lost their lives so bravely.

Please read more about my military photo project here.

17May/09
Photography Project

Photography Project for The Steel Magnolias of Long Beach

I’m so honored to be partnering with Long Beach’s “Steel Magnolias,” a non-profit organization that raises funds for the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center at Miller’s Children Hospital on a photography project. Over the last several weeks, I’ve had the enormous pleasure of photographing some of the children and their families who’ve greatly benefited from the services provided by the Stramski Center. This is a charity that is very close to my heart.

The children who’ve stood in front of my camera have conditions including autism, Asperbeger’s syndrome, high risk infant development delay, craniofacial deformity and attention deficit disorder. I was simply blown away by the strength, determination, courage and love that these families share. Listening to their stories moved me in a way that is hard to describe, especially as a mother of three healthy children.

The fine art portrait exhibit will be on display at the final destination of the Steel Magnolia’s Home Design Tour from 11am to 4pm on May 17th, 2009. Below is more information about the Home Design Tour.

Steel Magnolias of the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center
Style of Long Beach 2009, Home Design Tour

Sunday, May 17, 2009, 11am – 3pm

View inspiring interiors and fabulous furnishings

Tickets will be available beginning at 10am. $35.00

Tickets are available and the tour will begin at 11am at

Coldwell Banker

1650 Ximeno Avenue, Suite 120

Long Beach, CA 90804

For further information please call (562) 533-1992

www.TheSteelMagnolias.org

The Stramski Children’s Developmental Center, under the guidance of the Center’s Medical Director Dr. Gary Feldman, include Behavioral Neurodevelopment Programs, The Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center, High-Risk Infant Follow-up, Sleep Disorders and the Stramski International Adoption Program.

04Mar/09

Fine Art Photography

I’m very excited that the upcoming Azul Gallery’s 2nd Annual
Redefining Femininity: Women who Dare Exhibit
will include a series of fine art nude portraits from my personal fine art photography art collection. In celebration of Women’s Heritage month, Azul Gallery has assembled local artists’ work that “pays tribute and represent women who have exhibited the courage and determination to reach beyond the ordinary and expected, often braving seemingly insurmountable sexual and political tyrannies in the process.”

Fine Art Nudes
I chose to submit a fine art nude series of three art pieces which feature a woman posing nude on a dance pole. In the images, I captured her in a sophisticated way performing erotic “pole dancing” moves which she does regularly as part of her fitness regimen. The fitness phenomenon which incorporates yoga, Pilates and other strength building moves helps women build their self-confidence by giving them the freedom to be their naturally sexy and erotic selves without social restraints. The series of images captures the beauty, joy and strength of a woman empowered by her own sexuality, and I love that she exhibits grace and strength through what has historically been perceived as a demeaning and degrading activity.

Art Gallery Show dates are from March 1st – April 17th, 2009

Come join me at the

Special reception:
Thursday, March 5th from 5pm-10pm during San Pedro’s first Thursday art walk.

and Formal reception:
Saturday, March 21, 2008, 5pm-10pm
Light hors d’ouvres, wine and music by DJ CEE-BO.

at Gallery Azul
731 S. Pacific Ave.
San Pedro, CA 90731
310-831-2116

See more nude photography which has a elegant, sophisticated edge on my website or my new nude art portraits website.

09Feb/09
Brooke Burke photographed by Linnea Lenkus

Time to say Thanks

I haven’t blogged in a while. Sorry. Writing is just not my forte and I’ve been very busy with the holidays and treasuring family time.

I have so much to be grateful for and so I want to say thank you to all of my wonderful clients and to the people who are on my team. Being a photographer means I get to be a part of so many families and I love knowing that I can create something that reminds you of your love for them. Each moment is priceless and we all need to stop once in a while to capture those moments for posterity to remind us what adds true meaning to our lives.

I recently received the sweetest Thank You card from one of my favorite people, Brooke Burke. She sure warmed my heart by writing in her note: “The Photography Book you made for my family is Incredibly Beautiful! And Priceless! It has become a Ritual during story time. The Kids call it our Family Book. What a generous gift that we all enjoy!

Thank you Brooke. Thank you to all of the wonderful people in my life. Here’s to a new year and a new era. Here’s to creating beauty and love everywhere.

I’m a photographer and my photography website is at LinneaLenkus.com

26Nov/08
Brooke Burke and baby, portrait studio

Dancing with The Stars Results

Tonight’s the big night for Brooke Burke on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars!” She’s on top and it looks like she’s going to take the trophy home! She put on the most amazing performance last night in the free style dance. She actually put John Travolta and Olivia Newton John to shame.

And I still can’t get over what an incredibly fit body she has. I’m looking forward to having Brooke back into my Pasadena portrait studio to photograph her whole family, especially her son who is growing so fast! I can’t wait to congratulate her. My whole staff is so excited because we all love her so much.

 

This is Brooke Burke just 8 months ago and look at her today!

This is Brooke Burke just 8 months ago and look at her today!

It’s been such a joy doing pregnancy and newborn photography for Brooke and David, and I can’t wait to see her perform tonight! And remember if you want to see how Brooke got that beautiful figure after four children go to her website BabooshBaby.com where she shows you how to get a tight tummy after pregnancy.

For more Brooke Burke photos that I created of her family, go to Los Angeles Photographers.

11Nov/08
photography, photo events

Linnea’s Photography Showcased at Two Photo Events

First Photography Event

Linnea Lenkus and her photography exhibit “Images From the Homefront” will be on Display at the following locations on

Veterans Day
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Click here to read story about Linnea Lenkus in Orange County Register about Linnea’s family photography, military portraits and celebrity photography.

Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills
Forecourt of the Birth of Liberty
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
11 a.m.

More Photography!

In addition to the photography of Linnea Lenkus, the free community event will feature World War II Veteran and KTLA-TV anchor Stan Chambers as the Master of Ceremonies. The annual event will also feature skydivers; a military vehicle display; patriotic musical arrangements; a presentation of the Presidential Proclamation, and more than 100 local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will serve as volunteers for guest services.

Equinox Gym
19540 Jamboree Road
Irvine, California
5:30 p.m.

Special Guest Appearance by
The Real Housewives of Orange County:

See more family photography here.

 

07Nov/08
family portrait

Family Portrait Displayed at Irvine Fine Arts Center

I’m very excited to announce that one of the portraits from the “Images From the Homefront” exhibit has been selected to go on display at the Irvine Fine Arts Center as part of its All Media 2008 Show. The image below will be on exhibit from November 14, 2008 – January 22, 2009 at 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine, CA , 92604. There will be a reception on November 14th from 6:00 – 8:30pm and the awards ceremony takes place at 7:00pm.

This family portrait titled “Serving Double Duty” features a husband and wife who are both on active duty in the U.S. Navy. In the portrait the father is cradling his 9-day old daughter, while his wife gently kisses her on top of her head. This artwork is one of 12 from the “Images From the Homefront” collection, a project I proudly worked on with “Operation Homefront,” a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance and morale-boosting programs to military members, their families and our nation’s wounded warriors.

<strong>“Serving Double Duty”</strong><br>Both serving in Navy combat teams, this dynamic duo has been on several deployments – each at least 6 months in duration as a result of the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the last four years they’ve been physically apart for more than two years.  Their daughter was just nine days old when this portrait was taken.

“Serving Double Duty”
Both serving in Navy combat teams, this dynamic duo has been on several deployments – each at least 6 months in duration as a result of the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the last four years they’ve been physically apart for more than two years. Their daughter was just nine days old when this portrait was taken.

The mother in this portrait wrote:
“The strains on dual military marriages are tremendous because we’re apart so often. We keep our marriage strong through constant communication whether it’s through e-mail or letters – as long as we have each other’s words. It’ll be very difficult when it comes time to say ‘goodbye’ to our little baby girl, but we proudly wear this uniform because we know we’re an important part of what it takes to keep our nation free.”

This portrait photography features one of the nine military families I took portraits of for “Operation Homefront” which has become a traveling photography exhibit to increase awareness about the issues facing our country’s military families and to help raise money for the organization. Other images in the exhibit include a maternity portrait, newborn photography, family portraits and pair of desert combat boots which serves to represent our nation’s fallen.

On Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 I will also be Click here to see more of this creative family photography.

01Nov/08
Long Beach Photographer

This Long Beach Photographer Wants You to Vote

Not only am I a Pasadena photographer, but I’m also a Long Beach photographer and I’m proud to live here and even more proud to associate with other local businesses doing good things in the community. That’s why I’m excited to announce that I’ll be the photographer of the winner of the first ever “Miss Morry’s Vintage Pin Up Contest” for Morry’s of Naples.

I started as a commercial photographer so it’s a hoot to return doing something that’s a challenge combined with something I photograph often. The vision I had when I discussed this with Morry’s team was a combination of my brand of tasteful nudes combined with glamorous “Ava Gardner/Veronica Lake” inspired photography at my Long Beach portrait studio.

nudes

The great fun about this contest is that it’s a popular online vote – no judges. So you too could help decide who I’m going to photograph, voting goes until November 7th, 2008 at midnight. The winner will be crowned at the “Morry’s 70th Anniversary Soiree” on November 9th to benefit our local Historical Society of Long Beach. Yes, that’s right, Morry’s is a local wine store and wine and cheese bar that has been here in Long Beach for 70 years.

For more information and to vote on which beauty will be crowned Miss Morry’s.

01Nov/08
family portrait

Linnea Lenkus Artwork to Be Displayed at Irvine Fine Arts Center

I’m very excited to announce that my fine art photography from the “Images From the Homefront” exhibit has been selected to go on display at the Irvine Fine Arts Center as part of its All Media 2008 Show. The image below will be on display from November 14, 2008 – January 22, 2009 at 14321 Yale Ave., Irvine, CA , 92604-1901. There will be a reception on November 14th from 6:00 – 8:30pm and the award ceremony takes place at 7:00pm.

The portrait titled “Serving Double Duty” features a husband and wife who are both on active duty in the U.S. Navy. In the portrait the father is cradling his 9-day old daughter, while his wife gently kisses her on top of her head. This image is one of 12 from the “Images From the Homefront” collection, a project I proudly worked on with “Operation Homefront,” a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance and morale-boosting programs to military members, their families and our nation’s wounded warriors.

fine art photography portraits

“Serving Double Duty”
Both serving in Navy combat teams, this dynamic duo has been on several deployments – each at least 6 months in duration as a result of the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the last four years they’ve been physically apart for more than two years. Their daughter was just nine days old when this portrait was taken.

Serving Double Duty

Both serving in Navy combat teams, this dynamic duo has been on several deployments – each at least 6 months in duration as a result of the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the last four years they’ve been physically apart for more than two years. Their daughter was just nine days old when this portrait was taken.

Mom says:
“The strains on dual military marriages are tremendous because we’re apart so often. We keep our marriage strong through constant communication whether it’s through e-mail or letters – as long as we have each other’s words. It’ll be very difficult when it comes time to say ‘goodbye’ to our little baby girl, but we proudly wear this uniform because we know we’re an important part of what it takes to keep our nation free.”

This image features one of the nine military families I took fine art photography portraits of for “Operation Homefront” which has become a traveling exhibit to increase awareness about the issues facing our country’s military families and to help raise money for the organization. Other images in the exhibit include a maternity portrait, newborn photography, family portraits and pair of desert combat boots which serves to represent our nation’s fallen.

12Oct/08
Brooke Burke photo studio

Dancing with the Stars Brooke Burke

Have you been watching Brooke Burke on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” Season 7? Aren’t you just in absolute awe of her? I know I certainly am! Although I must say, I’m not at all surprised that she’s winning over the hearts of the judges and fans, because she absolutely deserves it. Not only is she drop-dead gorgeous and talented, I can honestly tell you she’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the opportunity to photograph. And I’ve photographed many, many beautiful women, including celebrities, and Brooke is genuinely one the kindest and most sincere people I’ve met.

When she recently did a Viennese Waltz with her dance partner to the John Mayer song “Daughters” I started to sob when she kissed her daughter Neriah while the words, “So mothers be good to your daughters too” because I know how important family is to her. She’s a very “hands on” mom and I know it’s probably hard to be away from her family while she is doing this show. I sent her one of our new custom coffee table books of all of her family photo sessions with me to remind her of her wonderful family while she is away from them.

 

Brooke Burke with Her Older Daughters Neriah and Sierra

Brooke Burke with Her Older Daughters Neriah and Sierra

Brooke has been to my Pasadena portrait studio on several occasions – pregnant and not pregnant –and I’ve seen first hand just how incredibly in shape she is. She’s very dedicated to fitness and the way her body looks and the way she moves it on the dance floor is proof of her commitment to having a fit body.

Brooke Burke came back to my photo studio post pregnancy for baby photography shortly after her fourth baby was born. I asked her to show me her belly, and I have to admit my admiration for how great she looked was sprinkled with a bit of envy. I mean, really, can you imagine looking so good after being pregnant for the fourth time?

Well if you want to know one of the ways she does it, go to Brooke Burke Baboosh Baby at www.BabooshBaby.com to find out one of her biggest secrets to her wonderful figure – her belly wrap or tauts. As a key eyewitness, I’m here to tell you they work!

So vote for Brooke Burke on Dancing with the Stars while you watch the show (Google Dancing with the Stars 2008 website for the phone number) because she’s certainly going to be this season’s winner!

Go Brooke go!

 

10Sep/08
Los Angeles Photographer Photography Exhibition

Photography Exhibition by Los Angeles Photographer

I’ve recently had the life-changing opportunity to give back to a community of people, for whom, I’ll admit, I knew very little about up until a couple of months ago. A good friend of mine, who has been involved with a number of grassroots non-profit organizations that provide support to our country’s military men and women and their families, told me about a group called “Operation Homefront.” Being a Los Angeles photographer, we contacted this great organization which is nearby and asked to do a photography project.

Operation Homefront is a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance and morale-boosting programs for family members of our military, especially those who have a family member deployed overseas. My friend asked me if I’d be interested in taking photographs of military families as a way of saying “thanks” for their service. Over the course of a month, I had the honor to photograph nine military families from the Southern California region. In addition to donating varied family portraits to each of the families, I also donated several portraits to “Operation Homefront” which they will use in a “traveling exhibit” titled “Images From the Homefront.” The purpose of the exhibit will be to help increase awareness about the service of our military men and women and their families and help “Operation Homefront” in their fund raising efforts. The exhibit will debut in San Diego, California.

Each one of these families I photographed has a story of strength and courage that’s hard to put into words, so I set out to capture them visually. I was amazed and moved deeply to get to know a group of people who too often are associated only with war, and unfortunately, with politics. I saw and experienced them as people who proudly and dutifully serve our country when called upon to do so.

Linnea Lenkus and Operation Homefront present:
“Images From the Homefront” Portrait Exhibit
Thursday, September 11, 2008 in Balboa Park
at the Veteran’s Memorial Museum (Garden)
On Display Beginning at 4:30 p.m.
I’ll be there!!
There will be important speakers and I will give a short speech as well.
There will be a candlelight vigil in the evening.
Some of the stories and images that are in the exhibit are below:


Protecting My Son
This new father was among the first Marines to enter into Baghdad during, what has become known as, “Shock and Awe” in 2003. He has an amazingly gentle soul, and his love for his newborn baby was awe-inspiring. He departs for his second tour to Iraq in January 2009.

 

Los Angeles Photographer Photography Exhibition
Mommy Goes Back Out to Sea
As a mother of three, I can’t comprehend leaving my children behind for months at a time, but this mother will do so when she leaves for deployment in November 2008. She will be separated from her husband and baby girl for at least 6 months.


Hidden Wounds of War
This incredible father of three girls has served in the Marines for 18 years and he’s been deployed seven times. While serving on his fourth deployment in Iraq, he was hit by a improvised explosive device that left him deaf in one ear. He has since been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury – medical conditions often referred to as the “hidden wounds of war.” His family demonstrated to me how they felt when he left home and how isolated from them he has felt.


“Daddy Doll”
This mother cradles her daughter who is holding her “daddy doll” which got her through many nights while her father, was on deployment in Iraq. To provide stability and normalcy in her life, this young girl attended deployment support groups for kids and listened to her daddy read books to her recorded on disks. I’m happy to report that her father has returned home safely from Iraq.


The Uplifting Family of a Wounded Warrior
Severely injured in July 2004 when he was hit by a double-stacked anti-tank mine in Iraq this new father sustained multiple fractures to his right foot and angle. His foot and the lower part of his leg were amputated in January 2008. He was one of the first Marines to be re-enlisted on permanent limited duty in 2006 by then Commandant of the Marine Corps.

His wife is the key volunteer for the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Balboa Naval Medical Center. The have such an incredibly positive attitude about his injury, and love for the military way of life that many wounded warriors and their family members are referred to them for support and guidance.

I have a profound respect for these honorable Americans who daily define grace. I personally want to thank all the members of our military services and their families for their service and sacrifice. I look forward to the day when all of you are back home safe and sound with your friends and families. I also want to thank “Operation Homefront” for helping me to find these incredible families and for the wonderful support they provide military families across the nation.

I want to thank my staff for their incredible patience and devotion to this project with me, and to my friend, who continually enlightens me.

I am a portrait photographer, just one Los Angeles photographer, and hopefully I have done my job right.