Category Archives: Portraits

Fine Portraits on Film in the year 2015?

I do plenty of fine work with my digital equipment.  That said, I hang many prints in my south facing windows.  I have some silver halide (black and white) prints that are some 50 years old, along with some of my own that are past a decade.  They do not degrade, which is something that can’t be said for color and especially color “giclee” (inkjet) prints.  I will continue to make color prints, but always tell the client that UV glass is needed, and display near the sun, should in all cases be avoided.

If you have the inclination, I can, and still do make traditional (silver halide) Black and White Selenium toned prints. I do more than “take pictures,” I make “portraits for the ages,” in more ways than one. These prints also just have a resonance and depth that is very hard if not impossible to beat with more modern digital capture and printing.

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Couples new, or aged like fine wine.

I’m hungry to make great portraits. Couples new, or aged like fine wine. Come on in sit before my lens, no risk, satisfaction assured.CoupleSwp

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Portraits of women

Making portraits that suit the style of strong women,women is something that never grows old to me.  I make them in color too, call for an appointment.  Click image for a closer look.

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Portraits for the ages….

I got the best kind of e-mail last week! I photographed this couple’s wedding 4 years ago, they said they had a newborn son they would like photographed.  I don’t like to make disposable photography.  I strive to create the image that will be a family heirloom, well past the current generation.  I am always attracted to near century-old photography, time is the true editor.  I tender this image as one of many from the sitting that will stand the test of time.

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Confident Portraits, and the Confident Photographer

I photographed Noam Chomsky and Alex Haley back in 1986 as a photojournalism student. My liberal arts education, along with each assignment building on another, now numbering in the tens of thousands; allow me to work confidently. These experiences instil3UPBLOG confidence and trust with all manner of people and personalities, and it comes through in the image.
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Also posted in Editorial Work

Bishop Timothy Doherty

I was honored to receive a call from the incoming bishop of the Lafayette Diocese a couple years ago.
I made a series of portraits, and this friendly view is what the bishop chose as his favorite. Another more sober view made on black and white film was printed in the darkroom by me and now hangs in the chancery.
I have seen this portrait hanging in many churches and halls around Indiana.Bishop Doherty

Lafayette Symphony Director – Nick Palmer

These portraits were created a while back for the LSO. I really enjoy classical music, especially from the Russian composers, Sergei Rachmaninoff is my favorite. Specifically: Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3/2.

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Formidable Portraits -Coach Gene Keady

This is an older portrait created for editorial use in Gene Keady’s last year at Purdue. Working with formidable people, and pleasing an art director at the same time is always a challenge. This isn’t the photograph I would have made if I were untethered, but a fitting portrait of a successful and loved coach. I uncovered it from the huge archive I have while looking for another decade old image.

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Also posted in Purdue

We are dynamic, we have to look that way.

I was retained to photograph a group of cutting edge consultants for a new initiative.  I was given the freedom to do something unexpected and engaging, the client was pleased.  I decided to post this today, because I saw many of these portraits posted elsewhere on the internet, and forgot how much I liked this group of photos.  Click image for larger view>>Purdue Foundry

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Father Kurt

While I was attending graduate school at Purdue University, I was told a couple times, “you photograph Indiana like Vonnegut writes about it.”

Later that year I was commissioned to photograph Kurt Vonnegut’s brother Bernard Vonnegut.  I was touched with Kurt’s mention of his brother in his last novel Timequake.

His brother had recently passed on;  I wondered if he was aware of the photograph I created of Bernard, so I wrote him a note and sent off a couple prints to his agent.

I received this letter just a couple days later.

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