Author Archives: Lori Patrick

Lori is a portrait designer, community builder & teacher in the photographic arts. Enjoys both big city & country living. Travel nurtures her cultural mind. Loves a black & white cat called Oliver.

Elton John / An Appreciation

Tate Modern in central London is hosting Elton John’s vast collection of photographers’ work. 

The collection lives in John’s 18,000 square foot home in Atlanta, wall to wall and top to bottom. He only needed this much space to hang ‘the love of his life’ in art… photography. Not his own, but the work of many masters through time. These photographers told stories of fashion, lifestyle and social discourse. I won’t mention any names, I don’t want to dismiss the importance of any one artist in the collection or Elton’s fascination and appreciation of their work.  What I will mention is who made the pictures above and at his bedside. Above you will find Man Ray in noir et blanc. To the right of his bed is the work of Irving Penn who photographed Elton John in a series of experimental portraiture, a quirky set which offers a distorted view of Sir Elton and adored by the subject in them.

"That's what photographs do ... they're like reading a book. Your imagination comes alive and you wonder what was going on when the photograph was taken" _elton john

Man Ray 1932 ‘Glass Tears’

The video below caught my attention for this article after researching Elton John. Previously, I was thrilled to photograph Sir Elton in concert. You see, in an age when photographers shooting for publication are often forced to sign contracts to give away the images to management of a performance upon request. Or, finding out at the last minute you will have to capture the essence of the show from hundreds of yards away (soundstage). I need the intimate moment of capture you only see when you are several feet away (in the pit).  I nearly cried when told we would be photographing Elton from the stage front and did not require a contract. For me, this was an act of grace, courtesy and gratitude from a genuine superstar, void of diva mentality or disrespect for the professionals covering the show. The most special part of this experience was how he would turn and really connect with us as he played his heart out. And when the song was over, despite a sold out arena, he stood up and gave us a bow, yes us. Something was so special in his gestures and I did not realize why until I viewed this piece. I feel honored to have photographed this lovely person. I would love so much to make a portrait of Elton John one day. Hopefully, the universe will hear me… in appreciation.


André Kertész 1917 ‘Underwater Swimmer, Esztergom, Hungary’ John’s favorite piece














You can see The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection until May 7, 2017

Some photographs I captured at the Wonderful Crazy Night show of Elton John … and so it was. My editor and I danced like fools once I found my seat (there was a wall behind us).  An incredible evening. One to remember.

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-article by Lori Patrick


Portrait Education Dream Team

"this is why I created Sue Bryce Education, this site is my definitive resource to building a proven studio business model that thousands photographers around the world are using today to support their dreams and their families" _sue bryce

When Sue Bryce launched her first education website a little more than a year ago, she was on her own giving it all she had with really big aspirations. She had more ideas and plans to produce for her students than she could possibly bring to life on her own. What she did achieve was remarkable, the videos and short series created were beyond informative. The training that people were receiving was mostly new material to her CreativeLive classes. Being very close to the circle of this as a mentor for her education was exciting as I had a source for study material that I could easily refer to. Enter Sue Bryce Education.

A second birth is under development … Sue discovered she could not possibly keep wearing all the hats for her subscription website and keep new content pushing in. This means the world to Sue and she has certainty and conviction for it.  This second launch brings a partnership in extreme talent to get it right and keep it incredible. Read about those involved in the following press release courtesy of PRWeb. Click on the link to the website in next image to see Sue explain what is to come. This is the future, this is now for those serious about a portrait business.  Join us…

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image credit: Alice Prenat

World renowned portrait photographer Sue Bryce announced she is re-launching her Sue Bryce Education website for photographic education. The newly-designed website will include more than 200 instructional videos, 50 behind-the-scenes photo shoots and host a LIVE, weekly broadcast every Tuesday to cover a variety of topics. In addition, she will host a series of LIVE, 3-day workshops throughout the year. Members of “Sue Bryce Education” will have access to hours of educational content to help them hone their photo skills, learn new techniques, and understand the business of photography to build a rewarding and profitable career.

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Left to right: Aaron Anderson, former executive producer at CreativeLive; George Varanakis, former GM of Photo Talent at CreativeLive; photographer Sue Bryce; and Craig Swanson, co-founder of CreativeLive

To ensure photographers receive the most effective online learning experience, Bryce has partnered with Craig Swanson, co-founder of CreativeLive, George Varanakis, former EVP of WPPI/Rangefinder and GM of Photo Talent at CreativeLive, and Aaron Andersen, former executive producer at CreativeLive, to create a learning environment that is stimulating, motivating, and interactive.
“I am excited and fortunate to be working with three of the biggest innovators of online learning in the industry,” Ms. Bryce explains. “Craig, George, and Aaron have used their expertise to help me build a website that is robust, intuitive, and fun. I am so excited about the new Sue Bryce Education 2.0 website.”
“Sue Bryce is one of the foremost educators in the photo industry and shares her knowledge with standing-room-only audiences all over the world,” said George Varanakis. “The ability for photographers to learn from Sue in the comfort and convenience of their home or studio and still have direct access to her and other leading professionals is what really makes Sue Bryce Education such a special proposition.”
For the $35 per month subscription, members will have 24/7 access to exclusive content covering all creative and business aspects of running a photography studio including all of the tutorial videos and photo shoots. The videos address numerous topics including strobe and natural lighting, Photoshop and post-processing, business and money management, and great money-saving DIY tips, among many others. Through each video, students will also have direct access to Sue Bryce, mentors and fellow students for a complete, interactive experience.
About Sue Bryce
With 26 years experience, Sue Bryce is one of the most recognizable photographers in the imaging industry. Her glamour, fashion and portrait style transcend past stereotypes and has changed the face of portrait photography.
After becoming the most watched instructor on CreativeLive, Sue has created her own ground-breaking educational platform, in which she uses her signature techniques to educate photographers and empower businesses internationally. Sue’s powerful education has singlehandedly helped photography businesses grow all over the world, and she is known for her unwavering support for her students. Sue was awarded the WPPI International 2014 Grand Award, Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year in 2011 and 2012, and Fellow II National Awards Photographer of the Year in 2007, to name a few.

"your ability to confidently step forward into the world and tell people what you're worth will change your future" _sue bryce

To learn more about Sue Bryce Education,

Sue with her pup Cookie – image credit: Nikki Closser


Bill Cunningham Tribute

He captured our imaginations … on the street.

When I heard of the passing of Bill Cunningham this week, I felt I lost a friend, even though we never met. Through nearly 4 decades I have enjoyed his column in The New York Times named On The Street. He knew how to show us fashion in the real world, what people were really wearing opposed to the important runway shows that are a prevalent institution for clothing design in New York, Paris, Milan, London and all around the globe. You would find Bill at these events, he said they educate the eye, but his heart was truly on the street, doing what his instincts told him the world needed to see. He found paralleled fashion trends from the runway to the street, photographing views from his perspective. He loved the avant-garde and relished the classy dresser. Bill was always on the look out for the newest thing in fashion from head to toe.

“The wider world that perceives fashion as a frivolity that should be done away with, the point is …  fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you could do away with it, it would be like doing away with civilization. That’s what I think.”


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Then I got to know him better thanks to Zeitgeist Films. I went to New York to see this film in a Soho theater The Film Forum. There was a standing ovation at the end.

Bill Cunningham New York


Although he was a sought after hat maker / designer in his 20’s, labeled William J (fun to know Marilyn Monroe was one of his clients). Bill made his way into photography in his 30’s. He assisted then celebrity photographer Eddie Newton and didn’t see the value in celebrity imagery, his eyes saw the ‘real’ people standing near. He found a calling that stayed with him the rest of his life. In 1985 he started working with the original Details Magazine and publisher Annie Flanders, she gave him 100 pages at times. Extraordinary.  Before that Bill was with Womens Wear Daily as his first photo editorial publication. It was the late 70’s when he started with The NY Times.

William J hat design in Bill’s 20’s

1978 the first street fashion article for NY Times with Bill Cunningham


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Details Magazine

In the pages of The New York Times, Bill brought me to New York City without being there. I marveled in the chic he discovered and wondered how he was able to grab these shots, many in the crosswalks in upper Manhattan, but you could find his pictures from East Village and the lower end as well. His bikes were the mode of transportation. He had over 25 stolen over the years. His perspective on fashion set trends in current culture even though they were already really happening.

“The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been. Always will be.”

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“I suppose, in a funny way, I’m a record keeper. More than a collector. I’m very aware of things not of value but of historical knowledge, I go out every day. When I get depressed at the office, I go out, and as soon as I’m on the street and see people, I feel better. But I never go out with a preconceived idea. I let the street speak to me.” 

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Bill lived above Carnegie Hall for many years in a small space until the residents were asked to leave their apartment studios. Many of them his closest friends and an iconic art community lived there including the wonderful Eddita Sherman whom he photographed as his muse in vintage costume spanning a 200 year period with his backdrop being buildings and architecture in Manhattan. These photos resulted in Facades, his only published book.


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In 2008 Mr. Cunningham was honored by France’s L’Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres in Paris and awarded The Order of Arts and Letters. Some of his most poignant messages were delivered there in his acceptance speech including…

“I’m not interested in the celebrities with their free dresses. Look at the clothes, the cut, the silhouette, the color. It’s the clothes. Not the celebrity and not the spectacle.”

The streets of New York will never be the same without Bill Cunningham paying attention and recording what he needed to show us. He had our hearts.  His blue jacket, big smile, photographs and several bikes through the years will forever be a part of New York fashion history. I personally will miss the prospect of getting a glance at him working or possibly Bill capturing a wild outfit on me. I am happy that his memoirs were made in the movie about him and he submitted to it. He was a shy, quiet man that led a simple existence with a great sense of humor. He taught us so much about humility, hard work and human spirit.

“It’s as true today as it ever was, he who seeks beauty, will find it.”


-written by Lori Patrick

WPPI Learning Headshots Class 2016

Lori Patrick is teaching the hands on class
Learning Headshots for WPPI in LasVegas

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What will you learn:

This is a class where you are the model and photographer.

Lori will lead a discussion about capturing for intention, posing, cropping and more. We will then jump into grabbing a partner and take turns shooting each other. Expect to work with more than one partner. The more you do, the better you will come to understanding both sides of the lens. Lori will work the room to coach and view back of camera images and give direction. This will be fast paced. Switch sides or partners within 10 minutes. Like a school dance, cut in.

Join our … The Headshot with Lori Patrick group on FaceBook.

Feel free to share your images with your partners to use in social media. These classes are fun and new friendships are formed. Support each other.


What to bring:

Your DSLR and favorite portrait lens.  I will suggest a 50mm or 85mm. I would like to see you shooting at f8 as an average for crisp images and we will find natural light. There will be a few portable backdrops available.

Bring business cards to share with your shooting partners for sharing purposes. Those utilizing model releases, do so after the walk to save time. Please drop a business card with Lori as well.

Our class is early, 8:30 AM, so dress for the day, with a shirt or top that you would want your headshot taken in. Get your beauty / handsome sleep.

The objective is to learn directing, posing and expression for a client’s headshot intention in this class.

I look forward to our PhotoWalk. This is my favorite way to teach.

An excerpt from 2015


A special shout out to some supporting vendors.

Westcott  the loan of an X backdrop for demonstration

ThinkTank Photo  a welcome gift 

Spider Holster  pro demo support

Finao Albums  a welcome gift

Hands On! See you there.

We meet in hallway 106 100 in the conference center.


Lindsay Adler Portrait Bootcamp

Lindsay Adler has joined the BOOTCAMP series with CreativeLIVE. Bootcamps typically run in the span of a month with topic segments each day. In Lindsay’s bootcamp she is teaching the basics for anyone who wants to learn how to take better portraits.

See a preview and reviews for Portrait Photography Bootcamp.
Click on the schedule for more information.


Photo Communiqué sponsored a few questions from followers to ask Lindsay. Here they are.

Janet Bark: How often does she shoot for purely fun? (Or is most of what she shoots work related. As in: to get work, to be published, workshops etc). Also, and this is maybe a cliche question: but what inspires her on a regular basis?

I’ve been lucky enough to craft my career around creating images that fulfill me. When I shoot beauty to build my portfolio I certainly have a goal of attracting new clients and jobs, yet at the same time those shooting days can be some of my absolute favorites. I’ve directed my life and photography in such a way that I find most of my shooting days an absolute thrill and cannot wait for them to come! I probably do 1-3 personal shoots per month. Other than that, personally I like to shoot fine art nudes and dance to just create. Just me, my concept, and the subject!

Ryan Eda: I heard her say that she used to shoot weddings. What was it that made her move away from shooting weddings?

I enjoyed shooting wedding for several years. They were busy, fast-paced, chaotic and challenging. Although I enjoyed them, I wanted to shoot in situations with a little bit more control over the elements and creative vision, so I began to focus more on stylized portraiture. Both are extremely challenging and rewarding, just in different ways!

Jacqueline Hutchinson: Does she have another book coming out? (I’d love to know) and if you can go the book route, which of her Creative 52 challenges helped her develop her craft (or gave her the best learning moments)? if she was just starting out as a newbie again, what would be the first thing she did differently? her best advice to new, emerging artists? (I’ve got my ticket to see her live in Vaughn, Ontario in September so I’m pretty stoked about that)!

Looking forward to seeing you in Ontario! Be sure to come say hi. I don’t have another book in the works at the moment, but I’ll definitely be release a new ebook on photographing curvy women soon. Furthermore, I’m releasing a whole range range of videos at that summarize what I’ve been working on recently!

Thats a great question about which Creative 52 challenges helped me develop my craft or have a-ha moments.

Restrict Yourself to a $20 Budget: When I first started fashion photography I certainly didn’t have the budget for a high end shoot, but I wanted images that looked that way. By challenging myself to do so with a very small budget, I was able to push my creativity and also achieve striking images. The limitations actually made me be more resourceful and creative!

Break a Lighting Rule: I learned a lot of rules of lighting, whether in college classes, professional meetings, workshops and more. These rules, however, I held on to too tightly. Once I learned to let go, try something new and make mistakes, thats when I started developing more complex and striking lighting patterns.

My best advice to emerging artists it to take more risks of rejection. Put yourself out there more. Know that you’ll hear a lot of rejection, a lot of no’s… but that doesn’t mean you have failed. If you can be okay with the rejection, then you are settings yourself up for a lot more opportunities to hear ‘yes’. This is not just for emerging artists— this is something I need to do for myself as well to this day!


Speaking of books, here is Lindsay’s Library on Amazon 



Portrait by Jen Hillega


Burt Shavitz Memoriam / A Life For The Bees

"no one's ever owned me. no one's ever going to own me. 
  you can rent somebody, but you can't buy 'em."

I first learned about Burt’s full story and the photographer side to his history from Burt’s Buzz, a profession he was good at while working with Time/Life and The International Herald Tribune in the 60’s, taking iconic portraits and other moments in time while living in New York City. Then, he found his true calling. The cultivation and raising of bee communities, eventually turning it into a pure health staple in many homes as we know it and see on almost every counter or make up aisle all over the world. The problem with this phenomenon was, Burt was not comfortable being an office man or in the limelight for Burt’s Bees. He found his peace living off the grid in rural Maine. He lived his life his way with Rufus Golden & Pasha Golden as his canine companions and best friends. Gone at 80 years.


On the set of Burt’s Buzz produced and directed by Jody Shapiro

Burt shot an image of trash piled up on a nearby garbage barge in the forefront of the Statue of Liberty landscape. It was a catalyst for eco-consciousness in America. He was a freelance street story seeker. Shavitz shot an image of legend Malcom X during one of his speeches and another with poet-writer Allen Ginsberg. The image of the woman in the window was in his building and was the deciding factor to leave New York and head to Maine where he would live the rest of his life. 

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It is wonderful that Burt allowed all of us to peek into his life at 76 being such a private man. Take a look at the trailer for Burt’s Buzz. A pretty incredible story of a man who became one with nature after his birth in New York City. Catch it on Netflix. Filmmaker Jody Shapiro

 "I had no desire to be a upper mobile rising yuppie with a trophy wife, a trophy house, a trophy car. I was not looking for any of those things, I already had what I wanted, I had a canoe, a pony, a camp, land, bees and knowledge and that was all I really needed" -Burt Shavitz 

Credit: Robert F. Bukaty, AP


Finding David LaChapelle

A Retrospective of Discovery

To describe David LaChapelle in a word. It’s impossible. This is a man whom has fascinated me for years. To get in his head, you would be living in a world of full, vibrant colors. Your imagination completely off the hook. You would be listening to your introspective voice needing to be unleashed through meticulous artistry via your camera and much planning. You would produce art that is so complex and surreal that can only lead to the next must have in your repretoire. You live on the edge of prolific explanation, nostalgia with a twist, a floral explosion of fine art and naughtiness entertained with a sense of bravado. 


In 2012 I was able to meet David in New York at the PDN PhotoPlus show where he was featured as a keynote speaker. It was incredible to watch him tell his story and reveal a lifetime of avant garde direction in photography and editing. His charisma was alive and well in a rare photographer crowd appearance. 





David was first raised in Connecticut, born in 1963. At 15, he found his way to the world of artistic vision and photography after he ran away to NYC and worked as a busboy for Studio 54. He subsequently met Andy Warhol at 17 and landed a gig with Interview Magazine through him. Warhol gave LaChapelle some exceptional advice. Do whatever you want. Just make sure everybody looks good.” David went on to work commercially for many years, shooting portraits and other campaigns for several high profile magazines. He is well known and respected in the fine art world of gallery exhibition and has authored several books. David decided it was time to take a reprieve in 2006 when he abruptly left the scene and moved to a remote island in Hawaii, living off the grid and experiencing life differently. In recent years he has hit the gallery scene hard and he continues to create a sensibility for  current social issue. Throughout the years David has been the mind behind several memorable music videos.

An in studio interview with VICE gives us a visual perspective of David’s playground.


An interview for LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS includes his Refineries exposé.

DAVID LACHAPELLE from Michael Kurcfeld on Vimeo.


Mixed in old masters style painting inspiration and pop culture. David created an incredible series ‘Earth Laughs in Flowers‘  2008-2011

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‘Recollections in America’ 2006 is a series that David took 1970’s retired images and gave them a new humorous twist utilizing photoshop, alcohol and weapons with an imagination looking into a time when the 50+ generation were discovering their worlds and shaping who they would become.

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A video series by MUSÉE Magazine sharing his advice to artist photographers.
My favorite LaChapelle interview by Andrea Blanch.

Recently David made a commencement speech for the class of 2015 at UNCSA

 “Every one of you has a different path, but just remember, it’s not about what you’re going to get out of being an artist, It’s what you’re going to give. The mark you’re going to leave on this world.” -David LaChapelle

I leave you his quote while we await the next beautiful, compelling, mind blowing work. He is leaving his mark on us as the most interesting artist of our time. I enjoyed making this retrospective for you. I am compelled to go create and crawl into my own head to see what I’ve got. How about you? 

To see and learn more about Davids works, visit his website 

For a list of his work in books you can own see the David LaChapelle Library on Amazon.

One last video sharing David’s eccentric, colorful, artistically naughty, thought provoking, cultural side.


“Live in your art to create a realization only you may understand, while others imagine your intention”.
-Lori Patrick


Sue Bryce Launches New Site

We have loved her on CreativeLIVE for 3 years. Now we have her up close and personal on an interactive website and blog for client based glamour education.


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For over a year Sue has been producing beautiful shoots and finding concepts in each one to film segments as education topics for the new website. She has watched for the needs and questions frequently asked in her community groups on Facebook and delivered the answers through video recordings just released today on her launch. The conversation will continue and more in depth with Sue and her team of 9 glamour photographer mentors trained by her on the Convocation page. If you want honest to goodness Critique of an image or PDF in a very safe environment, there is a page for that. Hear from Sue, the Mentors and others in the community to help you grow and flourish during your studio training. Together we can own a quote by Sue.

“I know when I’m in my studio with a camera and a client,
I’m going to take the best photograph you have ever seen of yourself”.
-Sue Bryce

Once you subscribe to the service for only $25. a month, you will have access to the the above mentioned and the incredible video content on subjects for varying subjects tea staining flowers, editing a mature face, LOTS of DIY from wardrobe to backgrounds and beyond,  specialty shoots… I could go on and on, but want you to see for yourself the care and love that went into producing this for you.  This is content that was not demonstrated on her CreativeLIVE classes mostly. It does not end there. Sue will continue to create video content indefinitely according to what you need to learn.  At launch there are already 125 videos to absorb. Sue promises to keep this site very fresh and interactive. Her passion and life’s work is here and she wants you to succeed. Even before viewing the resources now available to you, the Gallery is a good place to start as an inspiration for learning to create beautiful portraits in your own community.

Sue is the ONE educator that has successfully brought back Glamour Photography tastefully and respectfully for studio photographers to completely understand the concept from lighting, posing, styling, marketing and service. 
She is one woman in the midst of many changed lives from photographer to client.


Part of a note I wrote to Sue during the beta test. I am also one of the 9 mentors on the site.
(see us on CreativeLIVE along with Sue for Portrait Startup on building a glamour studio, the first 3 years)

‘What do I see when looking at the new website
I see and feel the magic of that first time we met you on creativeLIVE. The emotive feelings while watching the videos on the intro page that leads to an understanding of why this is so important. One woman at a time.
I feel the respect you deserve for all your years of service, art and education.
I see a gallery very well rounded that speaks to your sensibilities. 
I love the page inviting viewers to train with 28 Days with Sue Bryce. It is our pride and joy for all that own it and is making studio dreams come true right before our eyes with testimony in the groups.
I am grateful and honored to be a part of this next chapter of the journey as we continue to foster and find the next true glamour photographers as they learn from Sue Bryce Education resources’

-article written by Lori Patrick

Headshot Production in Hollywood

Lori Patrick is producing an online workshop to be released this year. She is hosting on location events for content. If you would like a fresh headshot, you are invited to join. Lori recently held one in Central Park, NYC and will be in Hollywood on April 13 and 14 shooting glamorous headshots. 

Please follow this event link from the Photo Communiqué page on Facebook for more information and to reserve a spot. You will receive a digital copy and a print mailed to you too. Lori will be gifting the workshop to those that help make this happen via free download. 

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Inspiration in Full Bloom

She couldn’t help herself as she picked up her brush, opened some acrylic paint, spread out a big roll of paper and let it flow. Tamara Knight suddenly brought a full floral backdrop collection to life, full of romantic color and graceful strokes as she imagined a lovely subject placed in front, ready to be preserved in a portrait of lasting signifigance.

I watched the whole thing unfold, you see, it all happened in a little group of 20,000 + members on Facebook for glamour photographers I co-founded in January 2013, for students of Sue Bryce to learn together and become better studio photographers under her education umbrella. Named after Sue’s blog This group is InBedWithSue with members that mean business. 

We run full circle with an array of topics. No, we don’t get into camera tech a whole lot, but we do love to talk about lighting, posing and well … styling.  Styling is the subtle but intense difference in a lasting portrait. Sue reminds everyone to #existinphotos as an heirloom for their families. 

Styling … from fluffy tulle skirts, how to make, where to source material, how much of it and beyond to paint colors for poly boards you purchase at a hardware store and strap to the top of your vehicle, a 4 x 8 sheet mind you, and when we buy one, usually it’s really 3. We talk endlessly about gowns and how to work with hair & make up. Then there is the furnishing … let’s see, apple boxes, white ottomans, chairs, sofas and then we have to paint some of these finds. We have researched together and learned how to paint an entire sofa. Yes, fabric too. And we have, many times. We are a glamour machine in this group…

Then the backdrops started and boy did they … It started with painting canvas in a triple layer of paints to create old masters looks. Within one month we probably had over 100 people creating them. Not long after, we had members making flower backdrops in any way they could imagine and playing show and tell. We had paper created ones, coffee filters and artificial florals. Then out of the blue, one of our long standing members showed a few images of herself painting lovely, large pink flowers on some paper. My first thought was Oh My! Now that is something. Tamara Knight then commenced to say soon after “I can’t stop myself” feeling every ounce of energy we gave her in our adoration as a group. Our members love to put it out there too, “I would love to buy one from you” started from many of the voices in her posting threads. 

It begins


But how? Tamara quickly came to the conclusion she could photograph the work and bring the idea of a line to a good quality backdrop company. Aileen Treadwell of Baby Dream Backdrops had the instinct that these would fill a need for her client base and the Tamara Knight Collection was initiated, coming to fruition and on the market in less than 2 weeks with four different unique designs with more to be introduced.  

The Collection

©Tamara Knight

 The building of a collection

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From the artist:  “It all started with the flower backdrop which was introduced by Sue Bryce. I wanted one, but I didn’t have the time to create it, I needed the backdrop for the next day. So I grabbed my kid’s acrylic paint, the roll of the seamless paper which I had for years, but never used and it all started. I painted my backdrop that night, used it and shared the results with ‘In Bed with Sue’ group. I was overwhelmed by the response! Such a supportive group! Soon after I created 4 more backdrops within a week and approached Baby Dream Backdrops company – one of the best in the industry, I am thrilled that they picked up my designs”.

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Any favorite equipment choices and editing programs for your work?

My 80mm 1.2 and 70-200 2.8 lenses. I use Lightroom to cull images and do very basic editing, but it is Photoshop all the way from there. I love working on composites for fun. 

Who do you follow as an inspiration or education source?

Sue Bryce, Jerry Ghionis, Lindsay Adler to name a few. But the biggest impact was Sue Bryce and her teaching. I first discovered her on CreativeLive and now I own her courses which are brilliant! If you can only afford one course – get Sue’s 28 days! She is an amazing photographer and a teacher. Very sincere, she moved so many photographers around the world to strive for better. She is my biggest inspiration!


Tamara Knight Photography specializes in modern beauty, children and family photography.