Saturday, November 28, 2009

Environmental Portrait


The photo assignment for this week was an environmental portrait. A portrait of your environment that reflects you, not necessarily including a face*, more of a still life. Hmmmm. We were on holiday in southern California this week so this was a challenge on multiple levels. Vacations aren't still!! Ack!

I think this collage encompasses a portrait of the vacation environment. It is filled with the smiling faces of my beloved family, the action-packed events of the days, the tummy-smiling food that was showcased on the holiday and throughout the week, and the overall connections and fun that our family had this past week! (Click the image for a larger view).

I had a blast with this assignment...my sister Laurie, a lovely photographer in her own right (B&W image with camera) worked with me on getting it all together (and she took the shot of me, Shayna and my mom...thank you for sharing). We had a blast. I think I finally "enabled" her into the world of food photography (her camera with the eggs)...how do you capture "enabling" in pixels?! :)

What do you think, did I capture my vacation environment in a way that says "me"?

Clockwise from the top left: me**, Scooter, food photography, mom, Shayna, Jill and Shayna, Laurie, Jill, Laurie (yep...twins!), pumpkin spice cake (yum...all gone, now!), hummingbird, Dad and Mr. NK, new socks (more later!!!), floral arrangement for turkey day.

*Funny...I usually stay clear of "face" photography...but it really seemed to fit this time, and I was very pleased with how the "face" pics turned out.

**The autumn color in my hair is real, not photoshopped (LOL!!)...and the bracelets: prostate cancer, animal rescue, ALS, breast cancer, 'ONE', Notorious Sock Knitter (I think the bracelets should've been the self-portrait, don't you?)

p.s. I'm using a Mac...oy...if any formatting is off, I apologize...chalk it up to a vacation-inspired design element!! :)

20 comments:

anmarie said...

Your collage really works. It evokes feelings of fun and happiness...great job!

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Knittymama said...

So nicely done!

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

Terrific!
You have captured so many great images...this really tells a story. The expressions on the faces are lovely...I really appreciate the two guys, the yawning dog and the gal at the bottom with thumbs up.
So fun. I am smiling from ear to ear.You really get a sense of holidays here.

Laurie said...

Gailie - this blog is beautiful! It was such fun watching and helping you create your portrait with you. No viewing issues from the Apple (well at least not when viewed from my Apple :)).

Really well done baby! It looks so cool once it is up on the web! I can't wait to create my own collage now. I learned from the BEST... and hopeful I can remember all the tricks!

Fun time in the desert with the family. Next up: New photo shoot in Portland...
Laurie:)
xoxox

Earth Mama said...

It looks like you had a wonderful vacation. Action packed, family, nature, and good food. Sounds wonderful!!

:)Lisa

Jilly said...

Gaily....this is truly vacation ala art....or in espanol...las vacaciones del arte!! Thanks for capturing all of the precious moments so creatively.....through all the giggling you and Laurie did I'm amazed everything got done!! LOL. It tells the story of our family and togetherness so very very nicely!
Perfecto.....bravo! Jilly xoxoxox

Filamental said...

OK What fun. I really love this. This is quite another take on the subject and it really works.

Diane said...

Vicarious vacation! Thank you! Loving the yawning dog...

Patricia said...

I love your yawning dog too :)
The hummingbird is also beautiful!
Beautiful holiday family portrait!!

Happy weekend

Carolyn Parker said...

Yes, thumbs up to the yawning dog! But the sweet hummingbird is cute too. There's so much happiness here. Can you print it out and make cards or framed images for all the family? The collage design is fun. Who cares if it's not the project as stated. You do such portraits all the time Gail. Nice to see faces and your pretty mom (the first knitter). Do I see what I think I see in the pic w the gold flower?

Hip Mountain Mama said...

I love the collage! I am having a blast reading these assignments! :)
Suzy

Florali said...

I agree with Carolyn, so much happiness here. Love the one with the camera, eggs, vanilla, etc...seems very familiar.

Michelle said...

What a great collage! Looks like you had a GREAT time!!

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kyndale said...

I like it!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Wow! You captured your vacation environment perfectly!! I love it! Looks like you had a fabulous time with your family.

Sarah / Bee House Hives said...

fun fun fun. Your photos make me smile :)
ahh.. vacation!

cupcakefaerie said...

Beautiful! I'm just now getting caught up with blog reading and it looks like I've been missing out on your stunning work. I hope your vacation is going well!

underthebigbluesky said...

i agree, your portraits here are fantastic especially your mom. it looks like a fantastic vacation. i most love the camera in the kitchen, it says that i am not the only one with a camera in the mix with the ingredients.