Lakeland and Central Florida Nature Photographs

When I first transferred from Pennsylvania to Lakeland Florida, I had some spare time on my hands, and decided to check out some of the local parks and capture some images of birds and the great hiking trails and water scenes available.

Here are a couple of images from Lettuce Lake Park near Tampa. The wooden walkways allow you to get very close to the water – to see the animals and get up close to the Mangrove trees.

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IMG_7623The trails over land are also impressive. I really enjoy seeing Spanish moss in the trees here in Florida. IMG_7626

I plan to spend more time in Florida’s amazing parks, and do some hiking on the trails!

Erie Dance Photography: Ballet Dancer in Natural Light

Here is a lovely image of Leslie, taken during our test sessions last week. Leslie is an experienced ballet dancer, and posed with us in a gorgeous pointe costume with iridescent skirt and black jeweled top.

This image was taken in natural daylight against a 110-year-old brick wall. Our suite resides inside an old classroom of the Franklin School, built in the late 1890’s. It has all the character of an old school, incredible light and more.

This spring, we’ll be focusing (pun intended) on professional dance portraiture. If you are interested in the best dance imagery possible, contact us. Not only do we have the studio and the equipment to capture both natural light and strobe photography, but we have have years of dance and portrait experience and literally thousands of images which speak to our abilities to produce stunning dance imagery.

Contact us at (814) 881-2840 or through our contact form at to arrange for a custom dance portrait session. Don’t settle for amateur images – demand the best for your dancers!

Erie Photography: New Studio!

Today I got the keys for my new studio space. Located in the Raven building in Suite 101, it has perfect north-facing windows, which provide wonderful diffused illumination for natural-light photography. It has great wooden floors, high ceilings, and a killer brick wall. This building was an old school building, and has tons of character and history.

Here’s a view from the doorway facing North. Look at all that light! (Don’t look at the cheesy furniture…they are on the outs.)

Facing south. You can’t get better light than this for portraiture.
The east corner has the windows and the brick wall, and a floor that will shine up quite nicely.
Closeup of brick wall. You know me and bricks…this is serious!

It needs just a bit of cleaning, but it will be a perfect space for portrait photography, seminars, consultation and hanging out. It will be a wonderful meeting spot and indoor portrait spot for my summer seniors, family portraits and pre-wedding bridal photography. It’s also 20 feet from some of the best graffiti in Erie.

I’m going to post a call for models in a few days. Once I get the place cleaned up, I’m going to do some test shoots with willing participants, in exchange for some prints and digital images.

I’m also planning a February indoor portrait marathon as a fund raiser, most likely for an agency that supports the relief effort in Haiti.

Stay tuned…lots more “Raven 101” to come!

Can you tell I’m pumped? I’ve been waiting for this for over 5 years!