Elements of a “strong image”.

Through the most part of my work process, I am a natural light photographer. I use available light ( light that is present at the moment) to photograph. There are 3 key elements that I always strive to put together in order to make an image that works.

Strong image has to convey a story ( happy, moving or a funny one), be locked in a tight composition ( mostly triangle like or guided by the rules of thirds for example) and lastly be well exposed, so the story is well “painted with light” ( from Greek the word ‘photography’ is intended to give the meaning of ‘painting with light’). When these 3 elements live and work well together within the image, I consider it a strong one. Below, a simplified diagram and a photograph that illustrates my words:

Tim with daughters (Seattle Child and Family Portraits).

Tim is a great dad. During our family photo sessions he always engages with his daughters, “invents” new situations for me to capture and so our images carry fun twists and angles. Here, at the drinking water fountain with Tatum, then telling her about the enormous field of flowers and with Piper “introducing” a very first dandelion to her. And Tim, I like the hat you are wearing. Little things, attire wise that always add to the Big Picture!

Baby photography (Seattle Newborn Portraits).

No smile from you today!  But I heard plenty of smiles in the car on the way back home… And you know what Madi? That is just cool with me, because I like your portrait.


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Sisters (Unique Seattle Family Portraits).

Casual connection moment captured between the two sisters while card exchange is happening. Colors everywhere, especially the green from the fence. An old and weathered set of movie chairs. All adds character to this sweet and simple family portrait. And btw Quinn and Gracie, you dropped a card! But, does it matter?



Seattle Summer is on! (Seattle Unique Family Portraits).

This fun photography session was inspired by the images I have seen over the years. I call them “NYC water hydrant Summer photography”. Few days ago I made my own Seattle version of that. As you can see, these guys were very much into it! As a family photographer I feel happy working in such free style.

What is Art? What makes good Art?

Art lacks satisfactory definition. Easier to feel it then to “define it”. I have asked few people I know and admire:  What is Art?  What is good Art?  If I have gotten any answers at all, this is what I got so far. Quotes below.

Art lacks satisfactory definition. Easier to feel it then to “define it”. I looked through books, publications and asked few people I know and admire: What is Art? What is good Art? If I have gotten any answers at all, this is what I got so far:

“To me, the fundamental function of all creative work – no matter what kind- is communication. Art is a way of rendering humanity into something that can be shared, taken in, considered and maybe even understood. It is a vessel of human connection”.

Leah Baltus / Editor in Chief of City Arts Magazine,  a monthly publication for Seattle,  that covers art, music, film, and everything creative in the Puget Sound region/

“What makes good art? “Good” is subjective of course, however my eyes delight an unexpected line, texture, juxtaposition of balance and unbalance. Just as the delight of a hummingbird startles me so does the art that I appreciate.”

Debra /business woman and an artist/


“These are  questions with no certain answers, since the answers are subjective. Tho many have tried, there just ain’t no Bible out there on this to tell us the truth! So, we can all just say with confidence, the truth of our opinions, for ourselves only.
So here is my truth:
Pretty much anything created is art. Doesn’t even have to be created by humans. I’ve seen some amazing paintings by elephants and cats. The urinal piece by DuChamp was exhibited as art and is still considered to be art, for it challenged and expanded the contemporary definitions of art at the time. Conceptual art that may not have a physical reality is art. How I plan and plant my garden is art.
What makes good art, now here is where I get really opinionated. Good art must have an affect on people- arousing appreciation for it’s beauty, stimulating an emotion or idea, spurring a call to action, or creating a feeling of transcendence where one has become more aware or appreciative than one was before the encounter with the art.
Good art must satisfy aesthetically- it must have form and content that “works”. Now that is elusive when one tries to identify what “works”. It’s just a thumbs up or down opinion, and frankly, I do think an arts education can better qualify people to make those judgments. The composition must have balance, harmony and tension. So must the content, or no one will be interested in it. Then it might still be art, just not good!
so there is a start on an answer to the question”.

Nancy /painter/

“Well, I have a bit of a problem with “I do think an arts education can better qualify people to make those judgments…” I’ve been through many great museums, the National and Phillips in DC, MOMA and the Met in NYC, the Louvre, etc. Often one sees the “everyday Joe’s” in attendance staring in wonder at the art. I must believe that it’s alright for Joe to say, “That’s just beautiful, great…I can’t tell you why, but I love it.” Art, in my view, should never be egalitarian or academic. It is there, with a bit of luck, for all, even as just a respite. My view, anyway.”

Steve /writer and a political analyst/


“When is it art? When it touches me.”

Judy /designer, drawing instructor/


“That is a rich question that deserves an ongoing discussion. The nuances of our unique individuality, personality and creative insights determine our appreciation of art over other art.
Some of the work I see is not art to me at all… . However to another it is.”

David / fine art photographer and illustrator/


“What makes good art? Oh my, that’s a helluva question. Critics, academics, artists and lay persons all have different views. One looks at Andy Warhol’s soup can and wonders; another sees the innovation, another sees the innovation and the first layer of symbolism. How do we know that Warhol wasn’t just doing an exercise to improve his skills? Many think that old painting of dogs playing poker is good art. Perhaps it is for them as it evokes some sort of emotion or response. Or, maybe they just “like” it.
Of all the paintings I’ve seen, Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party” is my favorite. Every time I see it, I see something new, sometimes even evocative. I’ve looked at “Across the Sky” many times: It changes each time I see it. It is not ours to say for anyone what art is, but only for ourselves”.

Peter /writer/


“In my opinion, people can intuitively recognize the difference between something lacking any artistic content and something possessing it, even if they cannot explain why.  Distinguishing between good art and bad art, in my view, is much harder.”

James /full time Father/


And famous words by Edgar Degas sum it all well. At least for now…

“Art is not what you see but what you make others see”.

Edgar Degas

“Perfect Light” for James and Anna (Seattle Child Photography).

This image of a father and daughter was made under what I call “The Perfect Light”. It is a natural light’s wonder… When everything is well illuminated, colors are accurate and wherever one stands, it is just perfect…

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Newborn Photography (Seattle Newborn portraits).

Roseanne and Dan are new parents. Roseanne used to model and she “poses” herself easily while photographed. She does not need many instructions to look natural, show plenty of emotions and she knows what slight tilt or twist to the body does to the image. What amazed me was how her husband, Daniel “behaved” in front of the camera. I would call Daniel, a graceful and hip father. A “natural” in front of the lens. He knows how to hold Roseanne and Shilo in a way that  his gestures add very much to the strength of the composition, strength of the images all together. It is beautiful and moving. Plus, check out the tattoos!

4th of July hanging out (Seattle Child Photographer).

Rainy weekend here in Seattle. Sage hung out around the hot tub, collected leaves that have fallen or practiced plugging her ears before any fireworks went off.  I like the whimsical chairs in one of these.  Always nice composition wise.


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Visual depth in the image (Seattle Child portraits).

In this father and son photograph, I like not only the child’s face, his amusement, but how they both lean along in the same direction with the tree trunk in a distance. This visually creates a dance between foreground and background. Makes an image more alive, more dimensional.