Happy Friday, everyone! This weekend is brought to you by our new website and the most fabulous Sangria recipe in the history of the world!! We had the most fun making, photographing, and drinking (!!) it last week in preparation to share it with you now! Click the link in bio to download the PDF!
We hope you enjoy...heaven knows we could all use a beautiful drink with the people we love this weekend...we deserve it!
Oh, and don’t forget to share pics with us and let us know how you liked it! #stsangria...
To tell a story is at the heart of every image that we create.. To tell a story about a visual artist is pure fun. With the freedom of photographing an artist comes the duty of being truthful to her soul and the responsibility of directing a light on her work so that it shines also.⠀
Once all the craziness is over – and yes, it will end at some point – Michael will be resuming his passion project of photographing interesting and creative people in our area. In the meanwhile, you can click on the link in our bio to nominate someone you think would make a great addition to the project!⠀
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The world feels upside down... I've always loved this portrait that Michael Taylor created...it's one of my favorites of his. This artist is a ceramic sculptor and he had this piece stored underneath a freeway overpass. When he sat on it he said, “I am actually sitting on the bottom of the globe.” From that moment on Michael has always displayed it this way.
But this portrait seems especially fitting today. We're all just trying to figure out which way is up in the middle of all this craziness.
But, I've been thinking. It's not just that I have this unexpected gift of time (yes, that's how I'm choosing to view this because if I don’t, the anxiety and fear will be my undoing), it's that the ENTIRE WORLD is being put in some kind of Divine Timeout together. Which then makes me feel like when trying to make sense of the situation we find ourselves in, I need to be thinking beyond just my 'to-do' lists.
So what does that mean? To be honest, I'm not sure. I just feel like I'm trying desperately to listen for what this is supposed to be teaching us. Trying to discern the purpose for such a drastic upheaval to life as we know it...all around the world.
I took a break from the news and social media this weekend and you know what? The world was quiet.
We took a walk in the neighborhood and saw more neighbors in that 30 minutes than we have in the last year-and-a-half. Gentle 'hellos' were exchanged as we passed each other, but it was a strange feeling. This isolation together is possibly one of the universe's greatest paradoxes.
I saw a meme on social media last week that said, " Kinda feeling like the Earth just sent us all to our rooms to think about that we've done." Yes.
I keep asking myself: What are we supposed to be doing, learning, changing? What have we done?
I don’t have the answers, but I do know it's much bigger than our to-do lists, our home improvement projects, our reading lists, our simple survival of the day-to-day New Normal.
Lord willing, we will never have this opportunity again. Let's be gentle with ourselves, each other, and try to make the very most of it that we can.
I'd love to hear your thoughts.
At Home portraits should tell a story of the subject, as well as the space. They don’t need to be formal, but they should show a glimpse of personality and lifestyle. Working at home also allows us to make any outfit adjustments, if needed. We just love this simple portrait created in their comfy sunroom.
At Home portraits don’t need to be boring...in fact, they are an excellent opportunity to really bring some of your personality to the image. Often, people think they need a large fancy house to create an At Home portrait but nothing could be further from the truth. Often @michaelglentaylor works in small areas of the house and brings what he needs into that space. This couple loves collecting art, so he used that as backdrop...something we definitely would not have been able to do in the studio!
Another bright and happy At Home portrait that @michaelglentaylor created last fall for @jamesrivercc Members of the Month, @elishia_lockwood and her husband, Lee. Creating images in your home allows us to add more depth and personality to your finished art. And, we love it when families let us include their pups in their portraits!
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Michael took this portrait in an old antique warehouse while teaching a workshop in Tennessee. The lamps were strategically placed and turned on to add depth and dimension to the setting, but the beautiful subject's expression still commands the scene. He added one strobe behind her, bouncing into the ceiling, and a speedlight bouncing off a bookcase camera right to light her face. But we don’t think it looks artificially lit at all...do you?? This is why so many in the photographic industry still call hm the "god of light"!
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Aaaaahhhhh....still one of our very favorite portraits! These four grandchildren live on two different continents and the planets rarely align that they're all home together at the same time. We were so honored when they planned to have a special portrait session while they were all here. This was one of the very last images we shot, and it was taken in the grandparents' bedroom. What makes this even more special to us is that Monica photographed both of their daughters' weddings years ago...and now we get to see the next generation! ❤️
📸: @michaelglentaylor @monicasigmon
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