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Artisan Portraits, Stephanie Kramer

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

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I was up for the challenge when multi-talented singer Stephanie Kramer came into the studio telling me that her current profile photo was an old snapshot from a trip to Disneyland. As Managing Director of Oregon choral group Resonance Choral Ensemble, Stephanie is actively involved in the musical scene in Oregon. (Earlier today I saw her trying to round up more ushers for the Oregon Bach Festival programming!)

I grew up obsessed with classical music and have seen my share of ho-hum biographical photos in concert programs. Worse, today with facebook people have access to all kinds of “candid” photos of themselves that sometimes make their way into official programs for lack of a professional alternative. Call me old fashioned, but if you perform for a living it’s not optional to have a fantastic, expressive headshot ready to submit for your summer festivals.

We took all of these images within a very short timeframe. The beauty of being in a controlled environment such as a studio is that the images are all about your personality – there’s a timelessness but also an opportunity to go beyond being just another generic photo on a gray paper background.

I don’t know how Stephanie will react to her photos, but I just received feedback from another recent client who came in to do a headshot for her acting portfolio. She writes:

“I have spent the past 30 minutes in AMAZEMENT. Rachel, there are SO many good photos here!! I wouldn’t even know where to begin to choose the right headshot because there are SO many to choose from! You did an incredible job. I have seriously never had a shoot where so many of the pictures were so usable. You are so, so talented. THANK YOU times a million.”

I’m trying to keep my summer session fees as low as I can to accommodate musicians, artists, and small business owners. I’d love to meet you and learn about your art, then provide you with a small portfolio of images you will love. This summer’s Artisan Portrait days are July 13, July 27, August 24, September 14 when I am offering short 30 minute sessions in the studio for $125. Wheee!

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Rachel’s work has now appeared in The Oregonian

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

My favorite personal work is photographing entrepreneurs and artists. I am inspired and fired up with the enthusiasm, courage, and spunk I see in women business owners across the country. I’ll be photographing some local Portland writers and artists in upcoming months, and can not wait to share!

The Oregonian

In the meantime, I am quite proud to share the news that a little picture of mine appeared in today’s copy of The Oregonian newspaper in an article written by Bridget Otto. I was excited when Trisha Guido asked me to do a quick headshot for her in her store, Relish… now that the image has been used publicly I am even more happy for her – and thankful I can now say my work has appeared in The Oregonian! :) Thank you for sharing the experience, Trisha.

Thérèse Murdza

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

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Thérèse Murdza :: artisan portraits :: January 2011

Fred Sienkiewicz, trumpet.

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Fred Sienkiewicz

Boston trumpeter Fred Sienkiewicz hired me to do some artisan film portraits.

This is one he chose for publication.

Daniel Nagaj, Slovakian Genius

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Daniel Nagaj
I know Daniel from MIT. He is a genius. He brought a physicist’s brain to our small Boston photography group, and the awkward-yet-awesome directness of an engineer. I am really glad I got to know Daniel Nagaj when he lived in Cambridge, MA.

Amy Alvarez, Poet

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

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Artist headshots, October 2010.

Jared Sims, saxophone

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

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Artist headshots, October 2010.