A Photographer's Lightbox

Portraits

I Saw It In Paris

An exhibit of Anders Zorn’s portraits stopped me cold at the Petit Palias in Paris, 2017

The limited pallete of his portrait of Rosita Mauri ….

I was trying to set rim lights and this was an exposure mistake, turned right

Dancer Sydney Upchurch – Cary Ballet Conservatory – 24 August 2021


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Dancer Sydney Upchurch

Cary Ballet Conservatory 24 August 2021


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Dancer Sydney Upchurch

Cary Ballet Conservatory 24 August 2021


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Dancer Sydney Upchurch

Cary Ballet Conservatory 24 August 2021


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Dancer Sydney Upchurch

Cary Ballet Conservatory 24 August 2021


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Dancer Eliza Harris – Costume Caroline Fagan

Photograph for Caroline Fagan at Cary Ballet Conservatory 15 August 2021


For A Dancer

Dancer Julia Walden – Costume Caroline Fagan

Photograph for Caroline Fagan at Cary Ballet Conservatory 15 August 2021


Studio Availability – 17 to 23 August

It’s what I do. Head Shots, Portraits, Dance Portfolios.

e-Mail brooke@brookemeyer.com or text/call 919 238-9654


2021 Summer Showcase Photographs

I know how he feels, should’ve had these done sooner – Galleries here: 2021 Summer Intensive Showcase

Cary Ballet Conservatory – 31 July 2021


Lighting Stand In

Setup for Dancer Photographs – Cary Ballet Conservatory Studio Recital 4 June 2021

I’d metered my lights but still needed a Stand In for a test shot.

Ended up with a Sit In but she worked with me!

Studio Dog aka “Lucy”


Dancer Headshot

I mentioned Grace Kelly and of course, she didn’t know who that was. Her Mom just smiled.

Julia Walden at Cary Ballet Conservatory 13 June 2021


Elegant Allegro

Julia Walden at Cary Ballet Conservatory 13 June 2021


Juneteenth Plus 1

Willie Hinton at Cary Ballet Conservatory 13 June 2021


Juneteenth Eve

Willie Hinton at Cary Ballet Conservatory 13 June 2021


Low Key

Stage Light in Studio

Willie Hinton at Cary Ballet Conservatory 13 June 2021


High Key

He put up with me test driving home brew, hot rod lights for three hours

Willie Hinton at Cary Ballet Conservatory 13 June 2021


2021 Showcase Studio Photographs

Yep, they’re on line, T-Ball to Triple A

Galleries here: 2021 Showcase Studio Photographs

Cary Ballet Conservatory Studio Recital – 5 June 2021


Tough Customer

Bookings since late May (hallelujah!) have delayed the edit of these Studio Recital photographs until today.

Aiming to finish and post by late Saturday. This was the first of a long and unusual day. Which I loved.

I’m anxious to see them too and sure I better deliver – or else!

Pre-Ballet 4-6 Year Old

Cary Ballet Conservatory Studio Recital – 5 June 2021


Danseur

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Felipe Valentini

Professional Training Program at Cary Ballet Conservatory – 5 June 2021


Why I Know Everything Will Be Okay

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Pre-Ballet 4-6 Year Old

Cary Ballet Conservatory Studio Recital – 5 June 2021


Just One More

When a Dancer asks, my answer is always, yes!

 

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Dancer Isabelle Burke

Cary Ballet Conservatory – 5 June 2021


Radial

Cooper Everson at Cary Ballet Conservatory 2 April 2021


“Chasing The Bird”

Refreshing my Portfolio site, I let go and reached back in the memory bank for moments when you just know. My hunch is, it happens to dancers and musicians too. It’s practice and planning and work and sometimes it all becomes something more. Alchemy.

I’ve put maybe 700 or 800 K shutter actuation’s on 11 DSLR’s since 2007. My Lighting Class students make jokes about all the light gear I haul into class. The Sales Manager at Mole Richardson in Hollywood emails engineering drawings of obsolete accessories. There are replacement reflectors heading my way for the ones I used to modify theater ellipsoids. Also in transit is a 10″ Top Hat from eBay and some Gobos for the Mole Focal Spot. And there’s a triple riser wheeled Junior in the upstairs hall next to my old tripod with a new quick release assembly that came via Royal Mail (wore out the casting). “The Bird”, Charley Parker understood it: “You’ve got to learn your instrument.”

And I took some more of Bird’s advice: “Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.”

My work has changed in the 3 years since I made this but it was five years after my Epiphany. This is a fresh edit from the Digital Negative from the part of the session that was all improv, real jazz. Portraits are always a collaboration and when there is mutual trust, man, you can wail.

WIP 097 Vessillo

Studio Session with Ms Olivia Vessillo

Professional Training Program at Cary Ballet Conservatory – 26 Dec 2017


The Indulgence of a Muse – Redux

WIP 3 2021

In 1979, MoMA in NYC presented “Ansel Adams and the West” [MoMA Exh. #1273, September 5–October 28, 1979]

It was a retrospective that included versions of prints he made from the same negative, over 20 years.

Like Eric Clapton sang, trying to “get the music right”

This only took me 3 years

Her patience and trust allowed the slower pace and uncertain outcome of film

I’ve been very lucky – when I needed a Muse, the Muse was there

Studio Session with Mikayla McKean – Cary Ballet Conservatory, 20 May 2018


Only Yesterday

I’m pretty sure I’m going to get a phone call about this. And take a Mk 1 Mod 0 Butt Chewing

The morning he was born, I walked an empty Shopping Mall, waiting for “One Hour Film” to be be developed.

Wasn’t walking, I was floating. And scared silly I was responsible for this new life and had no clue.

Commissioning Ceremony at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – 24 May 2008


Selfie

Home alone – I couldn’t afford the time and travel to Studio Harcourt


2021 Business Cards Arrived Today


Where It All Went Wrong

 


Hollywood Lights IX

 Difficult to make portraits right now.

Easy to take a second look at the Digital Negatives of previous sessions

Dancer Keira Kapner – 6/14/2019 Cary Ballet Conservatory


Hearing Santa’s Heart

From 2011 to 2015, I made photographs of Santa when he visited Ole Time Winterfest in Cary

This from 2012 is still with me. In 2020, his heart is still true. And he knows. So be good.