Archive for April, 2012

A Collage of Portraits

Posted: April 26, 2012 by Judy Licht Photography in Uncategorized
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As photographic subjects, the real estate agents who sat for me a few weeks ago, were prompt, put-together, and personable.  Most of all, they were fun!  Portrait sessions start with a certain amount of tension, which transcends to a moment of relaxation or character realization. I spent from 20 minutes to an hour at a time with each person.  Sometimes one of the first images I photographed is the one I chose for this collage — sometimes it was the last.  What developed isn’t always what I saw consciously, which makes the experience even richer.Image

Lipstick, a smile, a fan…and a jump for joy!

Posted: April 24, 2012 by Judy Licht Photography in Uncategorized

The first time I met Rachel, she rang my doorbell.  We had scheduled a pre-Bat Mitzvah shoot.  I like to reserve an hour or so in my studio — one-on-one time — to give us a chance to get to know each other.  Photography is often a contact sport — your job is to capture the image fast and furiously, your adrenalin kicks in, and you push hard to appease that one tough editor whose voice is in your head, challenging you to find the right angle, to paint with light.  Rachel stepped right into action when I aimed my camera.  She came to life.  I knew we were cooking when she asked, “Do you have a fan?”  And I did.  It was still unpacked, a new tool in my arsenal, that I was dying to use.  “Wait a minute,” I said, running to get the box, and a scissors.  Her mom stepped up, too, moving in close, pointing the fan just to the side of her face…here are some of the shots we got.  Can’t wait for the Bat Mitzvah in a few weeks.  I know it will be fun, and Rachel will lead me along to take even more fun photographs.

Great Weather for Family Portraits

Posted: April 24, 2012 by Judy Licht Photography in Children, General, Portraits

Once the gloomy winter is over, it’s time to get out in the park and photograph your family.  Mothers Day and Fathers Day are right around the corner, and every parent and grandparent loves a framed picture of the kids.  My go-to place is Rock Creek Park — there are so many wonderful spots to stage portraits.  Last winter vacation, I brought my family — even our pup — to one of my favorite overlooks.  Love how all my kids, and even Roxy (who is barking up the wrong tree, of course) are right in character.  Email me at to schedule a shoot.

Doggone It!!!

Posted: April 21, 2012 by Judy Licht Photography in Uncategorized

My closest friend from college, Nina, came to town with her dog, Lily.  She wanted me to photograph her and her pup.  Lily ate tons of tiny little pieces of cheese, as Nina bribed her to sit still — she only almost toppled my computer once,   My dog, Roxy, hid her jealousy, and escaped to the yard, as flashes popped and Nina angled herself against Lily constraining her in my tiny studio. 

Hot Pink

Posted: April 18, 2012 by Judy Licht Photography in Uncategorized

The challenge of every photo session is to portray your subject in the best light, while at the same time, eliciting a glimpse of her character.  Professional, friendly, and colorful is the image that comes through in this photo…

Variation on a theme

Posted: April 15, 2012 by Judy Licht Photography in Uncategorized

We started this shoot with an orange sweater (see below) and ended with a black jacket.  See how what you wear changes your image…

The Right Touch

Posted: April 15, 2012 by Judy Licht Photography in Uncategorized

At first, I wasn’t sure about the orange…and then, I thought, how perfect.  During every photographic session, there is at least one moment where I consider the balance of control.  If my subject chooses a color or a stance that conflicts with my perception of how I can best portray her, I might have problems finding the right angle.  On the other hand, sometimes being open to suggestions, adds pizzazz to the shoot, and I can be even more creative, gaining more insight into my subject’s personality and character.

A Peek at Today’s Shoot

Posted: April 13, 2012 by Judy Licht Photography in People, Portraits

This afternoon, I had the opportunity to photograph a local businessman, Apostolos Eliopoulos.  We talked about our kids, life in Washington, the real estate market.  He was so easy to work with…here’s my favorite shot.

What a Nice Surprise!!!

Posted: April 11, 2012 by Judy Licht Photography in Uncategorized

This afternoon, I had such a great shoot!  Upbeat, fun, fast…great rapport.  Here’s one of my favorite photographs…thanks, Kathy.

The Anatomy of a Portrait Session

Posted: April 6, 2012 by Judy Licht Photography in Uncategorized

It’s a lot of fun welcoming people into my studio for headshots.  A little disclaimer is necessary.  My studio is in my kitchen.  I’ve tried lots of different rooms in my house, setting up backdrops and lighting, but my kitchen is the place to be.  Few people look forward to being photographed.  They come into my house worried about their imperfections. How does my hair look?  Do I have to wear make-up?  I wish I had gotten more sleep — can you see the shadows under my eyes?  Some of the concern seems to dissipate once they step down into my kitchen.  It’s nicely disarming to underplay the purpose of the visit, to be able to seem like we’re about to have coffee…and java often is brewing.  On my part, sometimes I’ve never met my subject before, and if I have, I may see them as they are as a friend, not as they want to be perceived in their careers, so we’re both re-adjusting our perceptions.  My goal is to keep my client comfortable.  I begin letting my subject take the lead, as the clothes are chosen, the hair is brushed, lipstick is applied. As the shoot progresses, I assume more control, experiment with the light, keeping the vibe comfortable by joking and reassuring.  Below is the progression of my shoot of Vassilikis Economides.  It was a fun, upbeat afternoon.  I love the results and look forward to photographing her again.  Shooting is a relationship that gets better over time.