Posted by Christine On October 19, 2012
Four Chinese cardiologists who are training at Princeton Baptist Medical Center received custom tailored physicians coats commemorating their training at the hospital during a reception and fitting at Shaia’s in Homewood. After a bit of socializing, the physicians tried on their coats for the first time. Here are some images Christine captured from the after-hours fitting and festivities.
Posted by Christine On August 1, 2012
What can be better than a day at the farm, or the beach, or the mountains? Relaxing in the beauty of nature brings out the best in most of us and can set an ideal situation for a natural, relaxed, and beautiful photo shoot. And to top it off, the images captured represent the part of life we cherish the most: good times with friends and family. Thanks to Elizabeth Lasseter for the invite to the farm and to Ashley Dulaney for the great energy and music. The company and the blueberries were the best!
Posted by Christine On February 28, 2012
It’s always fun to get to revisit a person you’ve met and photographed before. It was my pleasure and honor to photograph Birmingham Southern College president General Charles Krulak nine months into his presidency. It had been nearly a year since I photographed him as his appointment was announced. This shoot, for The Chronicle of Higher Education story about how Birmingham Southern College is faring since Krulak began his duties, was a blend of candid shots and portraiture. General Krulak is a “people” person. He is upbeat and friendly to everyone he meets; deftly maneuvering through a crowd, yet genuine and immensely likable. He is very hands on, and has hit the ground running on campus, greeting prospective and current students with enthusiasm. He attends every school sporting event, lives in student housing and doesn’t take a salary for his work. Astounding and inspiring. Here are a few images from the couple of hours we spent together. Thanks to BSC’s Bill Wagnon and The Chronicle’s Erica Lusk for their support on this project!
Posted by Christine On February 2, 2012
Environmental portraits show a bit about a person’s life, personality and looks. I had the honor to photograph attorney Deanna Forbush at her home in Auburn, Alabama for a brochure being produced by her alma matter Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Despite spending just under an hour together, we came up with a couple of different looks. I was so glad that she told me that the art in her home office was done by a Utah native. Thought it added just a little bit of visual information about her ties to her home state, despite the fact she is now living in the deep south.
Posted by Christine On February 2, 2012
The first shoot of 2012 happened at the Mercedes plant in Vance, Alabama. I was there with Allen Rosen of Allen Rosen Productions and Brad Glanzrock of Homefront Communications to interview, videotape, and photograph an auto worker for the Auto Alliance, which is in the midst of creating a campaign that highlights the economic contributions of the auto industry and its 8 million workers to the U.S. economy. So Allen brilliantly lit the scene for video, I created still images and Brad interviewed Christina, who works on the line at the plant. Christina was a natural on camera and had a lot of fun with the crew as she explained what her job at the plant meant to her and her family. Then we went out on the line with her and watched as she expertly weaved her way in and out of vehicles as she helped work on sunroofs, seals and other parts of vehicles that most of us just take for granted. It’s a fascinating process–both producing vehicles and producing content!
Posted by Christine On July 11, 2011
Lisa and Jeremy of Panama City, Florida were married in Anniston, Alabama on Saturday. Their large extended families joined them for several days at The Victoria Inn for lots of celebrating before and after the ceremony. One thing is for sure, this couple (and their families) know how to have fun!! These are some favorite images from their wedding day.
Posted by itsviewtopia On July 6, 2011
One month old Felix, his grandmother, and his mom Amanda came to my home studio for a couple of hours recently. Content to nurse and be held, Felix wasn’t too interested in posing nude for photographs, so we finally decided to wrap Amanda in the blanket/background while holding him. You can see what a happy little guy he is when in momma’s arms! After Amanda set Felix down, he began fussing which shows yet another of the many moods and feelings a baby experiences every day.
Congratulations Amanda and Lee!
Posted by itsviewtopia On March 22, 2011
Congratulations to General Charles “Chuck” Krulak, the newly appointed president of Birmingham Southern College! Krulak was appointed just this morning and within the hour was addressing a room filled with students. faculty, and staff of BSC. He then interviewed with the media and mingled at a reception.
Capturing an historic event such as this almost begs for shooting in a documentary style. Christine shot these in color and then converted them to black and white for a presentation with a timeless feel.
Posted by itsviewtopia On March 11, 2011
Frequently, I like to shoot sports from eye level or lower. It isn’t unusual to see me kneeling or sitting on the sidelines of any game to capture the action. I like the low angle perspective because it gives the viewer the feeling of actually being on the field and part of the action. Of course, this angle isn’t always ideal. For instance, during this Leeds vs Calhoun County prep sports baseball game, I quickly decided that there were too many distractions behind short stop Rie Falleetta and that the higher angle from the press box would eliminate the yellow fence line, the house, and the occasional vehicle that drove through the background. I knew that the clean (almost) green canvas of the field would make a nice background for this baseball player throughout the game.
So, as I trudged up the stairs to the press box to get that higher angle, I was already mentally writing this blog entry about how changing angles can really improve image quality. The only problem is that the shot from the lower angle–one of the first shots of the game–was the best portrait of Rie (go figure; I could have left the freezing cold game an hour earlier than I did had I known THIS would be the shot that I would ultimately send to The Birmingham News).
Instead, I will just mention how framing and selective focus can help an image. The left part of the frame just happens to include the out of focus torso of an umpire. It improves the image by forcing the viewer’s eye to the tack sharp player and by obscuring some of the noisy background. I like when this happens. I certainly didn’t plan on it happening, but when editing, I look for serendipitous framing such as this.
Posted by itsviewtopia On March 8, 2011
Claudia stopped by for a last minute headshot session–her mother Susan told me that she needed a shot for a pageant entry and I was able to capture her wonderful smile with a quick studio setup–doesn’t she look great? Good luck in the pageant!