On the Otherside of the Lens

As a photographer, it’s rare for me to actually get my picture taken.  Saturday was a different day, though. I had a photo shoot with an friend/fellow photographer, Lisa.  We had a blast!  She is just starting her own photography business, and is building her portfolio. 

We stuck to a nearby town that she lives in, complete with greenery and abandoned buildings.  She brought along a few old cameras, and I brought my great-grandfather’s B&H camera to be included in the shoot, too. 

I had a great time, so hat’s off to Lisa!  Her unique vision is awesome.  Well, now!  Let’s see some pictures!  Please take a look at her blog, where you can see some of the highlights of our day.

Check out Blessed Be Photography, LLC on Facebook, as well.

Amanda 11


Amanda 11 by Jenn Dixon, 2009

Last of model photos from the shoot on the 7th, and now featuring the fourth and final model, Amanda.

This is one of my favorite photos from that session…how the light catches the sweatshirt…the light in her eyes.

Back to fractals tomorrow.

Gretchen 2


Gretchen 2 by Jenn Dixon, 2009

This is Gretchen, the third model from the Saturday photo shoot I attended. She has a very unique look with her dark hair and very light eyes. I also love her taste in shoes. Her knee high tight boots rock!

Model: Nicole

Nicole 1 by Jenn Dixon, 2009

Yes, another one from this past Saturday’s model/lighting/portrait/studio shoot. I’m really proud of my work that day and I want to show it off.

To get the effect here, I turned the RAW into Monochrome and shot the contrast WAAAAY up.

Kelly 3

Kelly 3 by Jenn Dixon, 2009

Saturday was the first time that I really had a chance to work with models. I belong to the Lancaster County Photography Meetup.com Group and we had a session on portrait and studio photography this past Saturday.

I learned so much at this meet up. I want to thank our wonderful models, like Kelly here, for their patience and hard work. This shoot also made me want to go out and buy a ton of studio lights and equipment. A girl can dream…….

If you a looking for a bunch of like-minded individuals who are interested in the same stuff you are, I recommend giving Meetup.com a good look. There is something for everyone in just about every area of the country.

Anna May Wong: Vintage Photo Restoration


Got something a little different for today…sometimes I like to dabble in vintage photo restoration in Photoshop. The above example is one of the best pieces I’ve ever done. The process involves the Hue/Saturation tool for coloring, lots of saving, and lots of detailed erasing. If you want a more exact detailed process on how to do it, e-mail me.

I downloaded the original vintage picture from an online friend of mine. You can view the original picture here. This is a public domain photo.

Now about the lady in picture…that is Anna May Wong, and is the first Asian American to become an international movie star. She was also known as a fashion icon. Her breakthrough performance was with beside Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express in 1932. Read more about this amazing and trailblazing actress here.