Formal Executive Portraiture

Executive Portraiture
Examining the finishing touches to a formal portrait on canvas of the founding Dean of the Florida International University School of Medicine, Dr. John Rock. After framing, the portrait will be placed in the hall of a new building dedicated to Dr. Rock on the FIU campus.

Group Portrait

group portrait
Group Portrait for Searcy, Denny, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, P.A., West Palm Beach, Florida

We recently had the oppportunity to produce a group portrait for West Palm Beach law firm Searcy, Denny, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley. Thank you to Marketing Director Joan Williams for asking for our assistance. We have not worked with a more humble, geniunely wonderful group in a long, long time. Truly a pleasure working with each of these attorney’s. They are doing amazing things for very worthwhile causes.

Photography is not the worst Job to have in 2015!

Well thank goodness for small favors!  Career Guide is out with it’s Worst Job list for 2015 and lo and behold, photographer is only #174 out of 200.  Much better than last year!

See whole article here:

<http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/jobs-rated-report-2015-ranking-top-200-jobs>

Professionalism and the Opportunity to Rise Above

No matter what your chosen career, your area of expertise, there is a certain level of competence you are expected to demonstrate.  Among the qualities closely associated with the concept of “professional” might be consistency and where appropriate, creativity in performing ones particular skill set. Often referred to as being “in the groove”; that place mentally where one simply performs without thought, instinctively. I first heard a professional basketball player speak of “being in the groove”, then a downhill racer. It’s a sensation familiar to many accomplished athletes.

Last week I attended a talk by Dr. Michael Caldwell, Dean of Fine Arts at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Caldwell is a concert pianist and between 1984 and 1992, he participated in a governmental cultural arts program traveling internationally to third world countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. In each country Dr. Caldwell gave performances attended by local dignitaries, ambassadors and diplomats.  The idea was to provide an opportunity for these individuals to come together for a cultural event rather than the usual State diplomatic meeting.  In a social setting there would be the possibility for development of personal relationships with their counterparts allowing deeper understanding in official meetings.  I’m probably over simplifying the program but as I understood, this is essentially the anticipated outcome.

Throughout the program, Dr. Caldwell did not travel with his own piano. He was provided with pianos at each destination. He carried only his tuxedo. This naturally begs the question about the quality of the pianos Dr. Caldwell found in each of these distant and less developed countries. For example, small African countries might not have the perfectly tuned, well kept Steinway that a concert pianist was accustomed to using. Dry desert air might have a less than desirable affect on the wood of a piano. And in fact, that was very true; he mentioned one particularly memorable program where the instrument he used had wooden foot pedals. I’m no musician, but I gather concert grand pianos normally have brass foot pedals.  A hitch in Dr. Caldwell’s routine. And this is where his talk became more interesting for me; Dr. Caldwell began to speak about being a “professional” and what that means. Quite simply, he spoke of that anticipated level of expertise, of a fine performance delivered consistently at a high level…then he added…”With the occasional ability to ascend to unlimited heights.” I loved that last part. That resonated with me.

That sums up quite nicely what I look for as a professional… high level ability delivered consistently and when the stars align, the ability to go with ones gut and sore to unbelievable heights.

There is nothing like being “in the groove”.

Happy Valentine’s Day

valentineOne of my favorite images from Bali.  I’ve been waiting for Valentine’s Day to make use of this beauty.  Makes a terrific card for someone special.

Background info: everyday in the Hindu religion, people make offerings.  These are usually small arrangements of flowers placed outside their doors. Larger offerings of fruit and flowers are taken to the temples.  This image was a water bowl covered in petals and deliciously fragrant.