Armand Hekimian Photography Blog

A moment in time – 06/2011

by Administrator on Oct.30, 2011, under Glamour

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The way I see Photography is a way to capture a slice of your life. I’m a witness of your existence for a given time, at a given location, with a given mood. Come back tomorrow, and all might have changed. So, when the moment is right, I just grab it.

Even though you might desire a change in your life at some point, it is not always simple to confront your new life. Same with my photography in this post. Going through a photo session like this one is basically a life changing experience. You start to wonder why would you do such a thing. Then, you might start to think: why not? Our appearance is not fixed in time. You come back in 30 years and you look back at you when you were younger, or even your grown-up daughter looks back at the photographs, and a big slice of your life will just pop out the paper…  A photograph carries history with it, for ever.

So, me and the model discuss regularly a few weeks before to even take the camera in my hand. We discuss why I want to work with the model. It is so important for me as I want to explain to the model what do I see visually, unique to her, that could help transform her on photo paper. Why would she want to work closely with me? Why me, and not another photographer for instance? What the husband/partner thinks about the concept? I get a bit of the model’s history in life during those discussions, and she understands a bit more who I am. And because all my models are also “regular” people like you and me, their life is full of passion about their kids, work, husband, and family. They bring with them a whole lot of reasons why they desire such photographs about themselves.

After some “not too serious” conversations with the model, we start to look at what we want to do exactly. We look at books, magazines, the web. We do not really know how far we will go from clothes to ‘less clothes’ but we definitely put boundaries. We select clothes, color, location. And we chat again about life, basically. Gradually, the moment becomes … it. Trust and ease on each size is there, and we are both ready.

Still, when the big day comes, we both have an adrenaline rush the morning of the shoot. It takes time to bring it down a few notches. That’s where wine helps, I suppose. But after about an hour into it, we are just both of us, natural light and a camera. Marvel happens then. Photographs here below speak for themselves.

Then, when all is done and already packed since a few days, something happens to you, dear model. This experience gives you confidence and pleasure in who you are. You faced challenges that day of the shooting. That is for sure a challenge for anyone. But going over it, being proud of seeing yourself in a 20 x 30 format… That is a defining moment in your life that boosts your personality and maybe even helps you. And maybe you decided to do the photographs in the first place because… you needed that moral boost.

In all cases, I was privileged to be allowed in your life, the time of a few hours. Thank you for this trust. But nothing comes for free in life. I also had to show you everything I had during those hours. It is a bi-directional and temporary ‘relation’. I am part of that, as much as you are. It is a big challenge to me also. When the shoot is done, you know me better as my close friends do. To a point where after a shoot like that, I’m emotionally exhausted, but for the good cause.

My models have by definition a desire to stay anonymous. I’m already glad they allow me to share a few photographs with you. But I would venture to say that if they could talk right here, they would tell you that it was a good experience and it helped them in their own way.

I will let you look at a small selection here. The rest is not for us to see…

That’s it for now… Happy Halloween!

Blog post: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/10/30/a-moment-in-time-062011/

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Diwali – 10/2011

by Administrator on Oct.09, 2011, under Events

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“Festival of Lights”… Row of lamps, victory from the good, wearing new clothes, etc. Well, according to Wikipedia, this celebration is of great importance in India. People get together in the family to celebrate. I’m not sure we have the same on this side of the world, but we probably should. I wear new things every 31st December but when do we celebrate good just for that: good… Not sure.

I discovered for the first time this celebration in Cupertino, California. Interesting, massive, passionate, and diverse, the Indian community is always welcoming you. Thanks to my new job, I have tasted this and I have now the chance to be immersed in this community. I’m always for meeting new people, new ways of thinking. You never know…

For once in my life, I attended today Indian folkloric dances. I miss my folkloric dances, for sure. I was 15 when I last dance seriously on my Greek music. When I saw today the color, the energy, the passion of the youth dancing, it reminded me  … me :-) . More seriously, I respect this young generation, and their parents, who desire to keep tradition and culture alive and kicking while still being a part of where they live. This will define them in their future. It takes effort but it is worthy.

I will remember from this day color, food, smiles and my kids who were dancing on indian music, and not just on Jay Ho :-) .

Dear readers, I hope the photographs will make justice to all of that. I cut it short as usual, but those photographs below are the one who have retained my whole attention. Enjoy!

Armand

Blog link: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/10/09/diwali-102011/

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California – 06/2011

by Administrator on Jun.26, 2011, under On the side

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Well, I am always stating that I am mostly inspired by photographing people. For those who do not know me yet, woman portraiture is where I get all my energy from.

I was in California around Santa Cruz, Carmel and Moss beach. I have to admit that the beauty seen in those areas is far from being over-rated, to the contrary of other parts of California.

Walking in woods, on the beach, etc. made me realize how the light was superb over there. Definitely, those would be great locations for outdoor portraiture. The light makes a photograph, in big part. On those locations, great images can be created with such gorgeous light.

So, here is a few photographs I took while over there. Enjoy!

Blog post: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/06/26/california-june-2011

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Communion – 05/2011

by Administrator on May.17, 2011, under Events, Family, Kids

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Having the chance to attend such fabulous moments in a family’s life is what this is all about. And we when you come home, sort through the photographs, and look back at those good moments of somebody’s day, it is pure joy for me. Those photographs are a chance to make people truly happy. It is a privilege to be truly and emotionally happy nowadays. Moreover, it is not given to everyone to be allowed in the inner circle of a family. This is also what I call intimacy. So, I am very humbled and grateful of the trust put in my person.

Merci! Let’s do it. Let’s do it again and again and again :-)

Blog post: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/05/17/communion-052011/

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Make Mothers Matter Europe (MMM) – 05/2011

by Administrator on May.03, 2011, under News

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Bravo! Here it is. A long and very meticulous work undertaken by volunteers of the MMM organization (European branch).

First thing first, who is MMM? Well, here follows an exact description of who they are (http://www.mmmeurope.org).

MMM Europe is part of MMM or the World Movement of Mothers.

The “Mouvement Mondial des Mères” (MMM) or “World Movement of Mothers” was created in 1947. The MMM raises awareness of society, policy makers and public opinion on the vital role of mothers for promoting peace and on their contribution to social and economic progress. MMM is an international, apolitical and non-denominational NGO. It benefits of a general consultative status at the United Nations.

The World Movement of Mothers also voices the interests of mothers to national and international institutions. The European delegation of the World Movement of Mothers (MMMEurope) has the mission of voicing European mothers’ concerns to European policy makers.

So, how does this involve me? Well, people who knows me well will easily understand that my utmost respect to the Woman has naturally redirected my interest in MMM. Moreover, MMM Europe is basically a team of volunteers who put up an enormous amount of work servicing the brochure you will see below. And that deserves recognition and all the help it can get. Also, I have a special thought for MMM Europe as a dear friend of mine working there helped putting together the brochure below gathering 11,000+ woman responses to the survey about being a mother in Europe.

The report you will see below provides detailed information about concerns, priorities and recommendations voiced by Mothers living in Europe.  But, more closely related to me, quite a few pictures present in the brochure are part of the work I volunteered with mothers I knew who accepted to “strike the pose” for me in their environment. I also provided many photographs for the MMM Europe web site presence (http://www.mmmeurope.org).

This project touched me on many levels. First, It will be the first time I have photographs published with such a scope: 750+ Members of the European Parliament will see the brochure, and a part of a 10,000+ journalists crowd across Europe might be seeing those photographs too if they are interested by the subject. And it is possible many paper/web magazines will also tap into the image bank I provided MMM Europe to put in their own articles. Then, it is about Woman in their natural environment: motherhood, in this instance. But also, most importantly to me, I wanted to tell my way that I always try to understand how hard it can be to be a Mother in this world. It always seems unfair to me that a Mother who raises the next generation population has to put up with lower salaries for the same job, non flexible work schedules,  and condescending attitudes at the work place. Woman, Mums…. where would the world be without you !?? The faster, us , guys, we get it, better the world will be!

So, here is the brochure in a PDF file format: MMM_English.

Enjoy the reading and pass it on! I know I have people following my photographic work from around 15 countries in the world (North and South America, Europe, Far and Middle East). Now is a good time to spread even more the word on my work. All at your Facebook pages, tag this article with a “LIKE”, or repost on your walls, and let MMM be heard, everywhere. I approve this message :-) .

Regards

Armand

Blog post: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/05/03/make-mothers-matter-europe-mmm-052011/

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Always on the move… 04/2011

by Administrator on May.03, 2011, under Family

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It was Easter time, and the Egg Hunt was officially opened. I had a photo session scheduled that day with a nice, young and dynamic crowd. While previously talking and preparing the family session, we decided to take the opportunity of getting a few photographs while the kids were looking for those eggs.

Well, I had two senior boys there, a teenager girl and two lower age kids. The parents were present too. The family wanted natural portraits within their kid’s environment. For the bigger ones, sport was their thing. They play it well and nice portraits came out of the session. The small kids were let go so to be themselves and fool around. Perfect! The teenager was watching them and pouring all the affection she had for them. Everyone had a role in this session. They wanted real moments of their day to day life laid down on a photographic paper pinned on a wall. Very laid back atmosphere. I think we got it. And … oh yeah… they are nomads :-) . They are moving again. Their company relocated them. This photo session had its weight of nostalgia.

All in all we captured true and tender family time. Here is subset of the photographs created that day. Right… let go that chocolate now… Easter is passed and gone. No excuse anymore (so he says :-) ).

Blog post: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/05/03/always-on-the-move-042011/

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New York – 04/2011

by Administrator on Apr.25, 2011, under On the side

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“New-York, here I come” were my words when I departed for the Big Apple. Well… Living now in a suburb area, I had forgotten how exciting could be the city life.

Coming from an intermediate size city on the other side of the pond, I was excited when I moved to Texas as I found quietness and low stress level in my area. And so far, I am still a big fan of a quite life. But sometimes, life can be a bit too dull. Lack of ambiant energy, lack of noise, lack of “let’s just do this today”…

Well, lack of things to do. Let’s talk about it. Even though I have not faced NY in the winter, everything is close by in NY. The subway is top notch and easy to navigate, except for those specific rules regarding a stroller crossing the gates! Long story… :-( Little stores are at a walking distance. What a miracle for me! Restaurants are not part of a gigantic national chain and they are quite. People treated us well enough, contrary to what I have been told.

Obviously, a car is  a no go, and not needed most of the time. Cabs are here when needed. Although they definitely are in a better mood if you pay cash…

We had rain and cold during our stay, as well as a bit of sun. Well, it reminded me my hometown in Europe. I’m used to it and it did not bother (too much) the kids.

Back to reality. Not sure how people can afford to live there. Constant exposure to noise is definitely not good for the mind, at least mine. And we have Whole Foods Markets here too. So, great vacation site when I need a “bain de foule”. But for that, I will stick with my 40degC of my texan summers :-)

In the meantime, enjoy the photographs below.

Armand

Blog post: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/04/25/new-york-042011/

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Dear Bluebonnet – 04/2011

by Administrator on Apr.05, 2011, under Kids

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Well, first time ever…

I have always been amazed by our Bluebonnet, here in Texas. The timing has never been right before but this year, all the stars lined up the way they should… And here is the result.

Armand

Blog link:

http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/04/05/dear-bluebonnet-042011/

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She must be an actress? – 02/2011

by Administrator on Feb.27, 2011, under Glamour

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Well, once in a while, it just happens. It just clicks. I met Heather without knowing anything about her. I have to admit she did most of the work in this session. She is such a nice person, easy going and really cool to meet. She’s fun.

During the shoot, I had to wonder about her ease in front of the camera… And yes, at some point I thought outloud: “She must be an actress”. She overheard and simply said yes. Not surprised but so easy going and super friendly. I hope to work with her again one day.

Have a look and let me know.

Regards

Blog link:

http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/02/27/she-must-be-an-actress-022011/

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A walk in the park – 01/2011

by Administrator on Feb.08, 2011, under Family, Kids

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Hello there!

I must admit. I am short on time nowadays. I had a great shoot last week with a super family and super kids, and I can only find the time now to post the photographs… Who would believe this, for people knowing me? Anyway, I am trying to keep up.

So, I photographed this family for a while now. This year, we decided to photograph them outdoor. Even though the weather has been quite cold in the days preceding our session, that day was warm and colorful! Perfect timing. We walked into a little park area and let the kids play alone and together. We obviously added Mum and Dad into the game, as well as grand Pa and grand Ma who were just there that day! Perfect opportunity for tender souvenirs.

I think we have captured nice moments in the photographs below. As usual, I let you be the judge…

Blog link: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/02/08/a-walk-in-the-park-012011/

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