Recently, I submitted two of my photographs for a yearly photo competition done by NHPPA. First time I ever submitted anything for competition of any sorts. Anyhow, long story short, it was a fantastic experience and to top it off I was awarded three ribbons. Both images scored high and therefore merited and one of them received an additional Judges choice award only given to 7 images out of 180 images submitted for competition. I couldn't be more pleased and it gave me the extra boost of confidence I needed. Already cooking up ideas for photographs to submit for next year.
So as you can see, I'm very bad about blogging. But for a quick update on whats going on at Somayeh Kashi Art. I have several students now for private lessons and talks of doing a camp this summer is in the works. Prepping for my first NHPPA competition, hoping to get two prints submitted, fingers crossed it does well! Also shot beautiful maternity photographs of the loveliest family.
Seems like drawing a pepper can't be that hard but for an elementary school child it is a feat. If you tell them to draw an apple that you place in front of them, without looking at the apple or without hesitation they begin drawing what they think an apple is. Perhaps a circle with a stem, maybe even a leaf hanging from the stem. But I wasn't asking her to draw what she thinks a pepper looks like but a very specific pepper.
I was met with a bit of frustration and a lot of doubt. "But I don't know what a pepper looks like!" So I literally had to lay my fingers on each curve of that pepper. Draw that curve! How about this curve? Is it flat, or bumpy? Which direction does the line go? With a lot of coaxing, she started to understand what i was asking her to do. Literally draw what you see and we finally got to the shading. The whole point of this exercise. Squint your eyes! Which is the darkest area? Which is the lightest? Go darker...go lighter. Eventually she created this beautiful replica of a pepper. As for her assignment for this week: she had to pick a fruit and draw it in her sketchbook and shade it as she sees it.
If anyone knows me at all, they would tell you that I love taking workshops. I mean if there was a workshop every week, I'd seriously signup for all of them. As a stay-at-home mom much of my time is taken by house choirs, kids, etc.. but if I allowed it to consume my whole life, I know for a fact a large part of me would literally die. So workshops is my save all. Putting time aside to perfect my craft. One of the main purpose of me joining NHPPA was for the amount of resources in the form of workshops and the connections it would create. My first workshop was last weekend through NHPPA and it was family portraiture, something I definitely needed to work on. So here is my first image post class, which I will redo today due to some issues with catchlights in her eyes but thankfully my daughter doesn't mind being the model for most of my experiment photography.
In a gorgeous series titled “The Converts,” photographer Claire Beckett captures portraits of the American men and women who have chosen to convert to Islam. Her stunning photos reveal the faces of these new Muslims in the United States, in…
So as an artist I had a very similar idea for a series…having seen this. I’m expanding on the thought. Very excited!!!
Very excited for my new website…took a while due to the fact that along with changing my website. I also changed computers… still working on transferring files. Work in progress…as life always seems to be.
Day 3, 4 and 5 of my 365 Day Photography Challenge
365 Days of Photography - 2014 Resolution starting a few days early. Day 1 and 2
Recent engagement session I did at a secret location. Chris and Holly were amazing, though we were all nervous we were going to end up in jail for trespassing. This was my first time delving into engagement photography. Great first time experience and can’t wait to do more in the future.
Multicultural Festival, Concord, NH
You’re hearing it first. I will officially have my own private studio within a few days. Pictures to follow. :)
Before and after pictures of mommy, siblings, and baby! Really happy with this set…gave me lots of new ideas for future photographs!
Seriously can not believe how big this video has become. My screams have become bigger than me.
This guy visited us on Labor Day weekend at our uncles house. Brought him outside and this is what happened.
Yes that scream you hear at the end is me and now its blowing up on the internet. Even aired on Inside Edition last night.
I love this artist’s work. Very edgy. Gave me some really good ideas for my own work. Enjoy!
I was born in Yuma Arizona in 1980. By the time I was an adult the Arizona desert was far from that once documented by Timothy OâSullivan. Never have I known this landscape without roads, homes, buildings or urban sprawl. This notion of land untouched by the hand of…
Sally Mann - Immediate Family, 1992
“These are photographs of my children … many of these pictures are intimate, some are fictions and some are fantastic, but most are of ordinary things every mother has seen. I take pictures when they are bloodied or sick or naked or angry. They dress up, they pout and posture, they paint their bodies, they dive like otters in the dark river.”
Read more about Sally Mann at Gagosian Gallery.