Some of the best portraits are ones I call a Character Study—that is a portrait of one or two individuals that focuses on mostly their faces. These are best done in either very low key color or my preference is to do them in black and white. If you strip out the color the viewer tends to focus more on the subject matter.
Why a character study? What better way to preserve a memory of a loved one than to have a wonderful classic portrait of them. This can be a child, a parent and child, a grandparent or a combination of any family members.
I am a print artist—and proud to be one. My art that I create is not finished until it exists in some type of printed form. There is something very cool about having a custom piece of art created just for you—and that art isn’t finished until it is printed. In most cases for us until it’s printed on either archival museum quality canvas or art paper, matted and framed.
This is the most over photographed generation of all time—in fact more images exist now than in all time before. Much of life is “captured” but not everything is saved. Close to 100% of the images taken today will be deleted—mostly not on purpose but accidentally deleted, hard drive failure, computer crashed etc. Nothing backed up to a safe place. And even if it’s backed up—how do you view it on a regular basis? You don’t. Read More
Black and white portraits come in and out of style. With so many apps that you can click to change the filter/look of an image people are creating black and whites out of most any shot.
What Makes A Great Black and White Photograph?
Can any color shot look great as a black and white? No. You can certainly make any color image a black and white but that doesn’t mean it’ll look great. I remember shooting my first roll of black and white film during my teen years. I photographed some scenes, a few people outside then sent off the film (I didn’t have a darkroom in those days). When I got the images back boy was I disappointed. They were really flat—grays and no real blacks and whites—no contrast. From then on I vowed to learn how to make a greatblack and white photograph—something I’ve been doing for more than 30 years now. I moved from film which I processed and printed myself to digital. With digital people always just assume you just click a button and boom you get a fantastic image. Not true. In fact I usually can tell the amateurs and beginning pros who do this very thing. The resulting image just lacks a certain something. Read More
Photographs are something that any one can create-art is something that can last forever. When it comes time to get your portrait created choose an artist—one who will present you with a finished piece of art. Why? Most amateur photographers will burn you a disk—great you have all the pictures now for a low dollar amount too! What to do now? Okay maybe post a few on social media. Or take it to at the corner drug store to get prints made. Maybe later—you will just slide the disk into a drawer until you figure out what to do with it.
We talk about the archival nature of prints all the time in this blog. We care so much about our clients – that's why we want them to have a piece of something that will last for years to come. Digital image files are nice but unless you backup in 2 or 3 locations you may not be able to retrieve your images when it comes time for you to want to see them again, let alone make prints. Your children will be much happier to receive an archival album or collection of framed prints than a hard drive of digital images. Read More
We love to celebrate relationships and life—in Black and White. Why? Color is great but there is something about black and white that commands attention. It allows the viewer to focus solely on the subject and not be distracted by color.
Some think black and white portraits are pretty easy to create. You shoot in color then you just click a button, right? Well, no. You don't just click a button. Much has to happen both before and after the portrait is created. We plan details from lighting and backdrops—which can be very different from what we use for color –to clothing and posing. What looks great in color doesn't always translate well into black and white. That's why we always offer a free pre-session consultation so that your portrait can truly be a piece of art that you will be proud to hang in your home.
To create a great black and white portrait you need to visualize what the color you are looking at will look like in black and white. Read More
When we talk about seniors at our studio we are talking not about those of advanced age but rather high school seniors. So when we talk about elders we are talking about the 65+ crowd. This the the crowd that normally gets overlooked for portraits. Unless you are doing an extended family session older people are often left out. The children are grown and have children of their own. They are often retired and busy with other activities of their own. We strongly believe in what we call Memory Insurance at our studio. What is that you ask? Read More
Babies are tiny. Parents seems large compared to them, especially newborn babies. For newborn sessions I like the parents and baby to come in the first few weeks after birth. This is a great time as baby is so small and sleepy and we are able to get the baby to really pose well. Babies are tiny. Parents seems large compared to them, especially newborn babies. For newborn sessions I like the parents and baby to come in the first few weeks after birth. This is a great time as baby is so small and sleepy and we are able to get the baby to really pose well. I love incorporating parents into a newborn session.
That trip you've always dreamed of to Tahiti--$10,000
The new sports car you've always wanted - $60,000
The vacation home on the beach $1,500,000
The portrait of your loved ones for your home --Priceless
Creating Lasting Memories
At Tara Patty Photography we like to say we specialize in Memory Insurance. What is that? Well it's helping families preserve the important memories for the future. We do this through creating fine art portraits of your loved ones. Read More
You are thinking of getting a portrait created. Maybe a family portrait. You are not really sure if you want just the children or maybe the whole family. Now you were thinking color because that seems standard. But black and white portraits are kind of cool so maybe you'll go with that. But maybe you'll just do both, after all the photographer can just click a button to make a great black and white, right? Read More
It used to be that if you wanted a black and white photograph you used black and white film. Now with digital much has changed. But has it really? Sure with Instagram and other Apps you can literally push a button and convert that photo to black and white. But is it always a good thing? What exactly makes a good black and white portrait? Read More