Elevate | An Exploration of Finer Photography

This is such an exciting post for me, it concerns the finer side of portrait work.  As a busy children’s and family photographer I don’t get many opportunities to “play”.  Photography is still very fun for me but it’s like the old saying about the shoemaker’s children not getting any shoes.

When I was approached to participate in {elevate} a fine art photography exploration – I jumped at the opportunity.  Mostly because to be included in the company of these *amazing* photographers is a complete honor as well as the opportunity to sort of stretch my bounds and get into a new creative comfort zone.  So I have much to be thankful for, most of which is my beautiful beautiful little L who I have photographed for this exercise.


I have much to be thankful for and least of which are good friends who love to create.  My stylist for this shoot was the amazing Miss Laurie who helped with so much pre-session and during the session.  She does an incredible job with hair and make up for these types of sessions and I am humbled to have such talented friends.

I have also included a couple of other little favorites from our brief session together.



Up next is my amazing & talented friend, Nichole Van of  NicholeV photography in Woodland Hills, UT I cannot wait to see what she has created for us.

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  • Brenda - September 12, 2011 - 8:27 am

    Incredible Mare!!

  • Leila - September 12, 2011 - 9:20 am

    These are beautiful and wow has she grown up!!!! No more baby face 🙁 I love her freckles, such a sweet innocence in her face.

  • Marianne - September 12, 2011 - 9:30 am

    Thank you Brenda, Leila.

    Leila, she has. She is very vocal about what she likes/dislikes and she was less than pleased after the marathon hair and make up session. LOL You should see the beautiful detail my friend/stylist did with her hair, huge ringlets pinned up. I have a shot of her being less than cooperative that I’ll have to post on FB. You’ll get a kick out of it.

  • Nichole Van - September 12, 2011 - 10:08 am

    Seriously, Mare! That first image is just killing me! Sooooooo love seeing your beautiful work!

  • Gina Oh | Gina Maxine Photography - September 12, 2011 - 10:08 am

    wow, i just love how her eyes are closed and her hand is over half her face. this is so beautiful and intriguing, loooooove…

  • kamee june - September 12, 2011 - 11:24 am

    i love the juxtaposition of youth with sophistication in the last image. how every little girls dreams to be a big girl…and when she gets to be a big girl she holds tight to the memories of being little…you are making me nostalgic!! 😉

  • Jennifer N - September 12, 2011 - 11:44 am

    The first image is pure art! I love that you chose that image to process it the way you did. It’s just stunning! I want one of my oldest daughter!I was just in Chicago, actually got back last night! Should have booked you for a session. Love your work.

  • Tamara - September 12, 2011 - 11:59 am

    Beautiful!! I love the first image, the use of texture and tone..the placement of her hand, and her sweet expression. I love images of children with closed eyes. Can’t wait to get to know you better, I have always admired your work!

  • Brandie - September 12, 2011 - 1:39 pm

    Absolutely adorable!! Love the texture on the 1st image.

  • crave photography - September 12, 2011 - 1:41 pm

    absolutely stunning! That first image with the texture is beyond amazing!

  • martha schuster - September 12, 2011 - 6:40 pm

    i am so excited to connect with you again after missing so many folks from flickr! i just knew your images would be dreamy and wonderful and i was so right. i love your processing and the feeling packed into the image. it’s whimsical and dreamy – perfection. looking forward to next month’s post!! xo

  • jules - September 12, 2011 - 10:52 pm

    that first image is mesmerizing! i love the processing on it … totally draws me in! beautiful work!!!

  • Dena Robles - September 14, 2011 - 9:48 am

    Mare, so so beautiful. I am thoroughly entranced by the first one and love the creativity there, but wow, then to look at the second, it has a completely different feel and purpose and is equally beautiful.

  • Crackle - October 8, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    Hey Mare – this is wonderful – I have been following the circle around and love how different everyone’s inspiration and creations are. I am stealing the idea and presenting it to some photographers I know to see who is up for a challenge that stretches us and feeds us. Thank you! BTW Miss you – will we ever meet up again!??

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