Parenting: Praising Children, Raising an Intelligent Child

My mother produced a daughter who has always made a big effort. I never realized until now that she did this because I have been too busy working hard. Not only do I work hard daily at being a good parent, but I work daily at being a good photographer. Does it work? I hope it does. All I know is that I have always been driven and happy.

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Hand Portrait Studio

To me, there is nothing more beautiful and revealing as hands that have worked hard, experienced life, and have aged and rippled. And yet, I am awed by the newness of touch, the exploraton of new life and the contrast of that with protective parenting hands.

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The Beginning of an Artist

My father loved to photograph. He owned a Busch press camera, which I inherited from him. He was a frustrated, almost aspiring photographer. He supported our family instead. His love of photography was passed down to me along with many 4×5 negatives of my family. He gave me my first Kodak Instamatic camera which I keep at my Pasadena photo studio to remind me of where I started.

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Los Angeles Photographers

A portrait photographer is even odder in that he or she needs to pull into their brain, their gut and their experience and yet. . .connect. With every portrait I create, I pull in and. . .emerge with a feeling, an emotion or a moment of this family’s life. I connect, I breathe and I express. If I can let my guard done, I can see more than what is in front of me. I see the future, the past and what is, what really is, at this moment.

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Portrait Photography – My Philosophy

My intention, always, when photographing anyone, is to capture a feeling and also to let light and shadow lead the viewer to that emotional place that we universally feel. When someone looking at your portrait can understand how you feel and see the art in your own emotions, then I know I’ve done my job. I am a professional photographer.

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