Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vintage dress | Rebecca Lewis - RLStudioPortraiture.com

div style="text-align: center;"> One more picture of my niece…two versions.
I love looking for vintage clothing so when I found this vintage handmade dress weeks ago I knew right away I wanted to use it in a photo shoot. Lucky for me, my niece was happy to make my day. 




Monday, July 14, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

At the threshold of her own Journey | Rebecca Lewis - RLStudioPotraiture


I love paintings; particularly, those from the American Art movement. One of my favorites is "The Voyage of Life: Youth" by Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School. 
"Youth" is said to depict the stage of life when the young individual takes the tiller of life to start their journey. While the trip may appear to be smooth going from the start there will be challenges ahead bringing great experiences as they go forth. 
Fitting as the perfect complement to an image of my niece at the threshold of her own journey.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Short and sweet - Recuperating from the 4th of July | Rebecca Lewis - RLStudioPortraiture

The 4th of July is over and we all had an wonderful weekend. I admit freely I really wanted to get this post up yesterday, but it took me all day yesterday to recuperate from all the activity that took place.
I am still tired.
  Crazy beautiful weather, sailing, fun with family, and visiting with a friend that I haven't seen in 24 was absolutely the icing on the cake! 
I couldn't be more happy and grateful. 

Hope your weekend was filled with just as much fun and happy memories. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

A day just for Mother | Rebecca Lewis -RLStudioPortraiture.com



Tell her thank you for all she's done. Tell her you love her. Tell her she's beautiful.
Tell her with a gift that speaks volumes.
A day full of pampering, just for Mom.
They will be memories that she will cherish for a lifetime. 


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Introducing what's new | Rebecca Lewis - RLStudioPortraiture

I am very particular about the quality of products I offer as a photographer so I spend a lot of time on my search for that perfect item. It's kind of like buying that perfect gift for someone really special and right now I am pretty excited to share that I have added a new product to my line.

Introducing - The Little Black Book and it's just in time for Mother's Day and any other special occasion worth celebrating!

This luxurious hand crafted book made to order will give enjoyment for years to come.  I have put together a short video to share what they look like. Enjoy!



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"The Poppy Queen" an experimental photographic art piece | Rebecca Lewis - RLStudioPortraiture




This image in the bottom left corner has been in my collection for some time. It was taken during a session with my daughter last year. You might remember this post if you have been following along.
At that time I had given another treatment to the image but I kept coming back because I also wanted to do something else with it. 
I do that some times - I leave an image alone to give some time to think about it and let it marinate for a while not really sure of what direction it will go in.
Recently re-inspired by Brooke Shaden and Miss Aniela (two of my favorite Photographer/Artisans) I have decided to try a more conceptual artistic approach with some of my work by stretching my imagination and the imagination of others by creating something a little more experimental in addition to my regular work. 
I understand it's not my norm. 
Some of you may not like it however I believe that there are those of you who will and will understand that I must do what I am drawn to to feed the artist inside me. 




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Freelensing in the studio today | Rebecca Lewis - RLStudioPortraiture

Perhaps you have heard of it and maybe you even use it in your photography but if you don't I wanted to share with you some images from my first experimentation with it. I am by no means and expert but as a newbie learning this method I am very excited and hooked on the process. I cannot wait to try this out in more of my work and sessions.
If you do not know what freelensing is simply put it is the process of taking photographs without the lens attached to the camera body.
Having read about it on several occasions and I finally decided to give it a go. It's not difficult to do but I did find it a little tricky to stay still enough to capture images that weren't completely out of focus while holding the camera in one had and moving the lens around in the other.

These first few images were taken using a Canon 50D and my 50mm lens. I found this process was much better to do with the camera set to manual.


Here you can see what I mean. Don't get me wrong, you do want some amount of blurring. Without the lens attached you will get what looks similar to the effects made by using a tilt shift lens but you still want an area of focus to be clear. 


Here I am getting better. You can see that the beaded hand bag has more definition.

Now this is where I think it got pretty cool. I moved the lens around and tipped/angled it around a bit. This allowed for more light to leak in through the gap between the lens and the body creating a pretty gorgeous flare and colorization. 




And for even more fun you can flip the lens around to create a macro effect like this one here. I still need some work on moving while snapping the shot. 



The images below were taken using my kit lens, a 28-135. 




And one last image. A macro shot of the beads on the small hand bag. 


I love the look and cannot wait to do this more. I see lots of practice and the experimenting with other lenses in the future as well. 


A quick reminder, always be extra careful when photographing with this method. It certainly has the opportunity to cause damage to your camera or lens. Accidents happen and you certainly do not want to drop anything. I recommend that you use your strap around your neck for extra security and that you do not do this outside in the rain or on windy days where dirt and debris is flying around to keep anything from damaging the sensors. 














Sunday, March 9, 2014

Porcelain Beauty | So excited I finally get to share

 You may remember that I recently had a session with three beautiful young women. Today we met again for the big reveal. So I'm excited to now be able to share a few more with you too. 




Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rolf - A portrait session with my son

February and it is winter break week. As of Tuesday I still hadn't taken portraits of my son to mark his 9th grade school year. Fortunately, I was able to pull him away from the game console and he wasn't too terribly disappointed to be taken away from his Piloting homework yesterday. 













Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A personal project

It has long been a desire of mine to learn how to paint a portrait using oil paints. 
Always busy, I never thought that I really had the time. Fortunately during a conversation with an artist friend early last year (2013) that all changed.
I finally came to the conclusion that "if I didn't try now I would never do it" so I asked him if he would teach me. 
He agreed. Since then, one day each week we meet and we paint.
I started with small projects. 
On days when the mood to paint wasn't quite with me, we would draw instead but we have always worked on a project. 
One morning I arrived to be greeted with a large canvas and was told I would start on something new. I had recently taken some pictures of my daughter and we had discussed how nice one of them might look painted. 
You can see them here
He told me why should it not be me to take on the task and told me to get to work. That was seven months ago. 



It is not finished and I know it won't be anytime soon. 
It is a work in progress. 
But as I have learned time after time, all artwork takes time, inspiration, and a great deal of patience. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The making of a dress




It's a dream of mine to upgrade my camera to a more advanced, full frame camera. One that also does video, because it's not easy as the only one in the studio, trying to capture ideas and work that I want to share. However, until the time comes when I can make that kind of investment, I have been trying to figure out how I can use both my camera and my iPhone for video simultaneously. I've tried making devices but they haven't worked very well so I returned to the internet. About two weeks ago I came across a smart phone holder made to clip onto my hot shoe mount and today was the first day that I was able to test it out. Happily, I am excited to say that I loved the way it worked! I bought it at Amazon and for only $14.95.

After attaching my camera to my tripod I easily attached the clamp to the shoe mount.
The phone clamp is plastic and made to be quite sturdy.
It has a nice rubber coating that grips the phone well, so no sliding or slipping about.
The smartphone mount is also designed for various phone models so if you don't have an iPhone thats okay. I even left my phone in it's case.
The clamp pivots or swivels on a ball joint that moves easily.
My only negative feedback (and it really isn't negative) is, I noticed if I adjusted the angle of the clamp too low (say tipping/pointing the phone down towards the floor) I would get the top edge of my lens in the video frame.  Again, this isn't terrible. I had already considered the possibility of that and made sure to pay extra attention to my set up before filming.

All that said, here is what I put together quickly using Animoto . If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

THE MAKING OF A DRESS






Thursday, January 23, 2014

A new frock.

After sorting through bags and bags of fabric this morning I started with this. Not quite sure what I would end up with - but I knew it would be lovely.



And lovely she is! 


Yards and yards of lace


add a ribbon, a silk rose too….


and can I tell you a little secret? There was absolutely NO Sewing involved! 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Give the perfect gift. Any time. Any occasion.

Every woman deserves beautiful portraits. 
Excited to share that you can now give the perfect gift. 
Good for - Just because. Any occasion. Any celebration. 
Gift Certificates are now available. 


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Things I do when I'm not taking portraits.

I'm very fortunate to live in the country and be near the family homestead. With some free time I had yesterday, I ran up to visit and help my father pick apples. It's so wonderful to have access to freshly grown produce, and practically in my own back yard! 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

It's only Thursday!?!?

Here's something to get you up and moving......only ONE more day till the weekend!



Sunday, July 21, 2013

True Love

Another beautiful weekend in the Finger Lakes. Much deserved after an exhausting week. 
Saturday and Sunday at the lake. Saturday was not much good for sailing however Sunday came with a cool and calm morning and an afternoon surprise of perfect conditions for those who were a bit more adventurous and seasoned in the sport. 


I decided to stay on dry land and captured some pictures of those who did go out and I was even fortunate to get some really nice images of Seneca Lakes Schooner "True Love" . 
She is such a beautiful vessel with such a rich and interesting history.  













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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Good ol' summer time.


We are into the fourth day of a heat wave here in the North-East and we are finding anything we can do to stay cool. We don't have air conditioning because typically the weather isn't this uncomfortable for long periods and we don't find it practical to have it. So to deal with the heat the doors have been opened in the early morning while still cool, then the house is closed up to run the fans until it is cool in the evening once again. 
Time hasn't been spent entirely indoors. Fortunately, we have been able spend lots of time at the lake sailing and swimming, have been catching up on some reading, and even spent some some time picking berries. My oldest son has had a bumper crop of currants and raspberries at his home so we have been enjoying their sweetness. 






Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Beauty Video from Jesse Brass

I stumbled upon this video while searching for music. I love how seemingly random acts come together to create meaning and inspiration.
This video titled 'Beauty' shares what drives Melanie Norris to paint and why she loves what she does.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Seeing someone's spirit.

There is no definition of beauty, 
but when you can see someone's spirit coming through, 
something unexplainable, 
that's beautiful to me.
- Liv Tyler



Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Photo iPhone apps

I love photo iPhone apps. At last count I had 30 of them and I recently learned of a couple of more iPhone apps and just had to try them out so now I have 32 and...I have been playing with my phone even more. Whats really cool is that most apps will work on my iPad too; which is great for times that I want/need to work on a larger screen. 


Over time I have realized a couple things:
1. That I still enjoy some of my original apps as much as I did in the beginning 
and 
2. I have out grown some apps because they just don't have enough functionality as I had hoped or I have become a more advanced user/creator. 

The ones that fall into the second category get removed from my phone so that I may move on and find others that work as I want. Which is what I have been doing lately.

My most recent purchase was Superimpose. I finally had the time to sit and play with it last night... Love it!
I have been wanting an app that allows me to bring in more images with layers and ease of use. I love that it allows me to create a more artistic looking piece of work without the need of my computer; simply because sometimes creativity strikes at the craziest of times and in the strangest of places and I need to be able to be creative wherever - whenever. 
iPhone images used in final "Strength and Peace" below

Another new favorite app is the NoCrop app which allows you to share full size images on a white background. It is designed for posting on Instagram in their square format and I love how it makes my images look more artsy. 

"Strength and Peace"
Also edit and processing with Snapseed

I can see so many possibilities with these apps. Right now I am  looking forward to incorporating them into my Women's Portrait Photography sessions right along with my Canon. 









Sunday, June 30, 2013

Friendship

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. - Aristotle