Creative Portraits With Multiple Exposure. Portland Fine Art Photographer

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When I first stumbled into photography, I was mesmerized by the instant gratification it offered my creativity.  But what got me hooked was the varied vocabulary it offered to tell a story, and capture emotions and beauty.  So anytime I discover a new ‘language’ to tell a story through images, I am excited.  Creating multiple exposures in camera is one such technique that I have fallen in love with.

Read on if you are curious to know what this technique is. If not, feel free to skip, and enjoy the images I created.

Multiple exposure is a photography technique created by combining two or more exposures into one image. Sounds quite simple, and yes, you can have a lot of fun experimenting and get lucky with a couple of images. But to intentionally create a multiple exposure image, you require some planning. You need to have an idea about what your final image should look like. In a nutshell, the first exposure is created with the main subject in focus. The second exposure is whatever you want to superimpose on the subject to create the second layer of your story. When the two exposures are combined you can get some really interesting, creative images. The second exposure overlays only on the underexposed parts of the first image. That’s the challenging part. But the possibilities are endless!

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The Book Lover
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The Inner Child
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The Lookout
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Seek the light within

This jolly good time of the year…

 

This time of the year always brings a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart with memories of Christmases past.  As a kid, I remember the season always began with hanging a decorative star in front of our home, decorating the Christmas tree and setting up the nativity scene in a manger my dad would make. In fact, it became my most cherished holiday tradition. I still remember the very first one he made with bamboo sticks, meticulously tied together with string. It was the best one ever! Unfortunately, that was before we owned a camera. So only sweet memories remain. Over the years our manger would see many different interpretations..from the most humble looking one made with sticks and straw to ultra modern looking versions made with Styrofoam. But it was always there…painstakingly handmade.  And friends and family would fill the house way past midnight the entire week of Christmas. The house would be wrapped with the smell of mom’s baking and the sound of laughter.

With all the commercialization of the holidays, this has probably become one of the most stressful, craziest time of the year. If you think about it, none of those gifts are missed or even remembered years later.  It is the family traditions and memories of time spent with family and friends that always lingers on in our mind.

I wish you all that warm fuzzy feeling of being with your family this year. What holiday traditions do you cherish and celebrate? What is your favorite childhood memory of the holidays?

 

Not your usual belly cast! Portland Belly Casting Artist. Portland,Oregon

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look-who-just-hatched-webYou know that heart pounding feeling when you come upon an idea and can’t wait to bring it to fruition? And the pure proud elation when you finally see your passionately envisioned idea come alive in the final product? Yup! And Yup! I’ve been itching to make a belly cast, photograph a baby in her mommy’s belly cast, and create an art piece out of it.  I mean, what better way to remember your baby’s first home!  Having a background in Fine Arts, and a life long love of creativity in different forms, I look forward to any opportunity to create something beautiful. While photography definitely offers a great outlet for my creativity, the act of creating something with my hands, is pure joy.  And now my mind is bursting with all the possibilities to make belly casts into beautiful pieces of art that you can proudly display in your home!

Here are some images that show my idea-to-art story!

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And here is the final belly cast sculpture!  A work of art to honor the amazing transformation your body goes through to create a new life!
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CONTACT ME TO CREATE YOUR OWN ONE-OF-A-KIND BELLY CAST SCULPTURE!  Email photographer@rekhaphoto.com

Maternity Portraits, Portland , Oregon

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Oops! Guess I fell off the blogosphere a bit! Back again now! Here is a mini maternity session I did some time back.

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You got to see a sneak peak…here are a few more glimpses from that session.

Amy and Konstantin are on the threshold of their grand adventure, as they await the birth of their first child!  I had the privilege and honor of photographing the transformation that is happening.

Amy is a master gardener, a yoga teacher, and a quiet, kind soul. She envisioned doing something in nature for her maternity photo, and I couldn’t be happier to oblige. I am not much into using props, except when it offers the opportunity to tell a personal story.  So I was really excited when Amy brought out the traditionally painted wooden Easter egg that belonged to Konstantin’s mom, who is Russian.
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We have more exciting plans for when baby arrives!  Coming soon! 🙂

 

Lifestyle Family Portraits, Portland, Oregon

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Every family has something special they share. When I have the opportunity to photograph a family, I try to find that something special and commemorate it in the photographs I create.  The smiles, looks, gestures all tell a story unique to each family. While there is always a mix of posed, looking-at-the-camera images, and candid images, I am particularly drawn to the magic captured in the in-between moments that speak the most. And the brilliant smile you see here, is genuine! Anyone who knows Monica knows, this is the smile that welcomes you….its almost a permanent fixture on her face! And I say that with great fondness. 🙂  It was such a joy photographing this family. Thank you for the honor!

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You know you’re a Mom if….

Let us admit it, us Moms have very interesting lives. In fact, in situations when we’re not the protagonist, we may even find it wildly amusing! Those nine months of physically nurturing a new life within, also transforms you emotionally and psychologically. Humor and lifestyle blogger, Amanda Rodriguez, describes this transformation quite simply and eloquently: “Motherhood makes you do things you never thought you’d do, it makes you feel things you never thought you’d feel, and sometimes it just really blows your mind and turns you into your own mother.”

Here’s to all you superheroes without capes! Lets celebrate YOU, take care of YOU, create tangible proof that you EXIST! Rekha Photography is gifting one lucky mom a special Portrait and Care Package!

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The Prize:

A 30 minute Mommy and Me session, along with a professional archival quality print for your wall of fame! Now superheroes could always use some TLC. So included in your package is a complimentary Reikassage session with the gifted Massage Therapist and Reiki Master Margie Stenson of Regenerate Your Health LLC!

Value: PRICELESS!

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  1. Like my page on Facebook.
  2. Comment on this post on Facebook, with your own take on “You know you’re a Mom if….”
  3.  Tag someone who you think deserves a portrait session  with her children.
  4. Enter by May 8th, 2016. Winner will be announced on May 10th, 2016.

Easy peasy! The comment with the most likes will win this awesome giveaway. In case of a tie, there will be a random pick for the lucky winner.

Fine Print:

  • The portrait session will have to take place before June 15th, 2016.
  • By accepting the prize, the winner grants Rekha Photography permission to use resulting images in print and web media..
  • Option to buy additional images from the session.
  • Winner will forfeit their prize if they do not claim their prize and schedule their session by May 12th, 2016. In such case, Rekha Photography holds the right to pick another winner.

Lets get you started…

You  know you’re a mom if….you catch yourself rocking your arms seeing a woman across the room trying to pacify a crying baby! 😀

Emotional Value of Photographs. Portland, Oregon Lifestyle Photographer

Digging through some old photographs for Reuben’s family history project, I came across these treasures from the past. Photographs from almost 70  years ago when I wasn’t even born. It makes me realize how  valuable photographs are… they connect us to an era that would have otherwise been unknown or forgotten. How precious is that?!

Almost 20 years ago, we lost a large part of our family photo albums in  floods that hit our city. When the waters receded, we managed to salvage some of them, and painstakingly cleaned, dried and  saved a few. Of all the things destroyed in the floods, it is the photos we lost that we miss the most even today.

Brings home the point all over again, that you can never put a value on moments captured in time and you can only capture them with a camera.