Portraits

Fall Family Portrait Session by Craig Roberts

I was hopeful that before the final days of 2015 passed I would actually compose at least one blog posting for the past year  ...
That didn't happen - but maybe this will kickstart my creative thinking (and writing) for 2016!

Back on an early Sunday morning last October I joined our friends Leanna, Phil, their daughters Bryn and Kylie, and two of the sweetest golden retrievers, Ben and Bowie, for a family photography session.   

This location was a bit of an after-thought, as I had another location that I ah scouted the day before, but the tall grasses and magnificent morning light, the tranquil river and the first fallen leaves of the season, combined with a sense of purpose & vision culminated easily in one of the most relaxed and fulfilling sessions.

These folks are so darn photogenic, we couldn't help but produce a varied selection of poses and locations, and deliver some great results! 

Artist Portrait: Ken Gerberick by Craig Roberts

I happened upon Vancouver artist Ken Gerberick at a local vintage car show last fall, as he set up off the main roadway against the flow of spectators and other showcars on this day with two of his 'art cars' on display.  I've encountered a couple of these art installations at VW shows over the last decade, but this was the first time I was introduced to this as an actual medium - I just figured people liked sticking things on their cars to attract attention. Chatting with Ken, I learned that there was a healthy interest in this form of artistic expression and in fact these were two of the five 'art cars' he's completed in a varied artistic career spanning several decades.  The one I was most drawn to was known as the "Emblem car", for completely obvious reasons. Every square inch of this 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder is adorned with chrome emblems and name badges that Ken sourced by scouring through auto wrecker yards; by his own admission the display contains nearly 6000 separate emblems and took over 2500 hours to complete back in 1990. In addition the car teems with gleaming chrome hub caps and chrome rear tail lights stuffed onto the rear window ledge - you can honestly get lost in the "Where's Waldo" search of your favorite car maker's emblems.

I'm glad that I had the foresight, as I was beginning to leave his area, to ask Ken if would allow me to make a portrait of him beside his car artwork.  Despite the hasty request, I really enjoy this resulting image of him, processed with a black and white treatment to celebrate the mostly monochrome "palette" he established with this art car.  An honest portrayal of the artist I had the pleasure of discussion for a brief period on that Saturday morning.

My few words here hardly do justice to Ken's artistic history - his website has far more detail about his range of artistic endeavors.

Vancouver artist Ken Gerberick

Vancouver artist Ken Gerberick

The artist: Ken Gerberick

Vancouver artist Ken Gerberick's 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder "Art Car"

Vancouver artist Ken Gerberick's 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder "Art Car"

Vancouver artist Ken Gerberick's 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder "Art Car"

Vancouver artist Ken Gerberick's 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder "Art Car"

Vancouver artist Ken Gerberick's 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder "Art Car"

Vancouver artist Ken Gerberick's 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder "Art Car"

Vancouver artist Ken Gerberick's 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder "Art Car"

Vancouver artist Ken Gerberick's 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder "Art Car"

1957 Pontiac Pathfinder

Sim Janjua, Make-Up Artist: Portfolio Images by Craig Roberts

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Back at it again this past weekend, working alongside my colleague Brian Vo, creating some promotional shots to highlight the great techniques of new make-up artist Sim Janjua, from 'Studio Elle' here in the Lower Mainland. Very fortunate to be working again with Rani Hayden, with whom we had a blast doing some casual photographs with her and husband Matt back in the summer.  She has a truly engaging personality, and Sim's work really cut through in so many of these images with Rani in her traditional Indian wedding dress!

Just goes to show that you can take great portraits, but it is that attention to detail that working with a MUA provides that really takes those images to the next level!

More images from this series can be seen on my companion flickr site here.