Armand Hekimian Photography Blog

A little glamor in this cold winter… 01/2011

by Administrator on Jan.22, 2011, under Glamour


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Hello everyone,

Yes, it is cold nowadays. I know it too well… But at least, I had a go at a snowman a few days ago! After which, you come back home, get yourself a hot chocolate and stay cozy and warmy…

Speaking of warmth, a little ’softy cozy’ glamor moments would not hurt anyone, I hope.

Here are a couple of photographs I took with Bonnie Olson a few days ago. Beautiful eyes! Bonnie is currently finishing a scientific degree. And she said something in those lines during the shoot. “Even a nerd can be beautiful”. I happen to strongly, and strongly again, agree with this statement Bonnie :-) .

So, when is the summer back did you say!??

See you soon.

Armand

Blog link: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/01/22/a-little-glamor-in-this-cold-winter-012011/

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Lisa Joshi – 01/2011

by Administrator on Jan.13, 2011, under Glamour

With Lisa, I have reunited with my first love in photography. Taking photographs of the female soul. Simple curves, simple lines but a lot of warmth and “bien etre”…

We had the photo session going along very well. Other photographers were with me that day. I worked with a single light, as I was looking for ‘dramatic’ images.

You see, Lisa has this look, this face, those lines. A lot of emotions was coming out of her, even out of  her skin, during the photo shoot. She is a normal person, normal easy going girl. Yet, there she was standing with that ‘aura’ around her. Unbelievable, emotional, pure, intense… I have a hard time to find words to describe the moments I shared with her behind the lens… Still, sometimes, Lisa showed more assertive poses, maybe revealing another side of her personality. Who knows?

She worked hard that day. Long hours in front of many lenses, and she worked with excellence. I tried to be there to capture her soul. Did I even come close to it? Well, please, let me know…

I have created a few photographs I wanted to share with you. To me, they are to be cared as you would with jewels. They are that pure…

Blog link: http://armandhekimian.com/photoblog/2011/01/13/lisa-joshi-012011/

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Lavault Family – 11/2010

by Administrator on Jan.03, 2011, under Family, Kids

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It was about time :-) !

We scheduled this session probably two years ago. Well, things have happened in the meantime…

So we finally caught up with the kids and the parents. The photo session occured late afternoon. The tonality of the scenes in front of us were ideal for color photographs. I had a good feeling about it… The black and white came out pretty well too.

The family has wanted to ‘freeze’ the kids in time. Understand them: they do not stop to grow, and this, so fast. So, before the kids change too much, they wanted to have photographs that depicted their sons with simplicity and emotions. The parents wanted to remember who the kids were in a few years from now. We never forget that for sure, but sometimes an image, a sound or a photograph can send us back in time into a small bublle of comfort to let us “remember” for a while.

That is what this session was about. I can see a few definitve keepers for the walls of their house. Dear parents, thank you for allowing me to be part of your time line…

Here it is for you.

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Pregnancy – 11/2010

by Administrator on Dec.31, 2010, under Expecting, Glamour, Intimacy

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Finir l’annee en toute beaute…

So came November 2010… I met a person who wanted to take the time to fix moments of her pregnancy onto a photographic paper…

I got an e-mail several weeks ago asking if I was available for a pregnancy photo session before she was too close from the due date. I happened to travel then, and I had to push out the session. I got to meet the mother (third time mother by now) an evening and I think it is safe to say we understood each other pretty quickly. She saw my previous work on my web and while we were going through my previous photographs together, I immediately realized I would do the thing I love the most in photography: work with a person who is genuinely interested in the art of photography and in herself. Indeed, I believe the time was right in her life to be proud of her soul and her body, to a point where she would be ready to look at her photographs and agree with herself she was simply beautiful. It takes some guts and a lot of wisdom to reach that point :-) .

We decided we would create pregnancy photographs with a twist of glamour, or “Charme”, I should say. Where I am from,”Charme” is not Glamour or Boudoir. “Charme Photography” is intimate but not too revealing. “Charme Photography” is appealing but never over the border. “Charme Photography” is soft and tender, much more Aubade than Victoria Secret.

The morning of the photo session was her morning. Her husband was kind enough to take care of the kids, and we worked just the two of us for about 4 hours. We had breaks, fun. We talked, we worked. I marveled at some of the photographs I was capturing, but I would not let her look at them :-) . Well, a great moment in my life. I was blessed enough that this person allowed me in her private universe. Thank you, deeply.

Bottom line, these types of session are like a spa experience for a woman: It is all about her, that day. Me, I’m just a witness of what she’s willing to give me. And all the rest is pure literature…

Before to conclude, let me wish you a happy and healthy year 2011 and many other good years!

So without further due, here are the photographs she kindly allowed me to share with you. Thank you.

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HELP-PORTRAIT 2010, 12/2010

by Administrator on Dec.27, 2010, under Events

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Reporting late from HELP-PORTRAIT 2010!

I have to apologize for this late posting. I have been taken by important matters and was not able to post this update before now. Well, it is now done.

It all started two years ago with Jeremy Cowart, big time photographer, wanting to make a difference in his community.

Jeremy Cowart photographic work

Two years after, many many thousands of volunteers (photographers, make-up artists, hair-dressers, etc.) came together again to give a picture, not to take it.

We had a roaster list of about 50 people helping to make persons in need feeling unique, at least for once, during the year: we listen, talk, chit-chat, laugh hopefully, but communicate for sure. We take the time for them. We take the time to give them our consideration. We pamper them and their family so they get some ‘warmth’ moments.

This year we got the help of St Vincent Charitable Organization to find persons in need. We worked for two months preparing the event.

That day, the families are leaving with a free 8×10 framed studio quality photograph. As we give photographs that day, and not just take them, the spirit of the event is that we do not want to show or advertise their portraits, dear readers, mostly so they can keep their privacy. Remember, we give the photographs that day, we don’t take them. But I would be delighted to show you behind the scenes so maybe next year you will want to spare a few hours of your time, grab your camera, and give a picture too. What do you think?

To finish here, I would like to thank again the whole team of photographers, make-up/hair stylists, and other volunteers. We’ll see you soon for another event.

Well, one last note. Before the photos behind the scene, here is the video behind the scene… You never know, it may inspire you…

HELP-PORTRAIT 2010 video

If you want to help next year, sign-up and find an event located close to your home.

http://help-portrait.com

Photos credits: Valeria Dussart and myself.

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Helena and John

Helena (she should be a manager) and Apollo (photographer)

Herve

Armand and Margeaux, both photographers of the day. She's got the eye. She does. If only I was a girl, I might get her vision and approach??? Margeaux, you are a prodigy.

Armand, Marry (volunteer), Apollo and Bill (volunteer). See behind a photo booth.

Team work, team work...

And again...

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It is a team work. Yep!!! You've got that right.

One of our Master printer helping parents to select a photograph to print: Winslow

Armand and Bill

Armand and Herve

HD video... and Cut!

One of our preferred moment during the day.

Armand, Helena, Apollo and Herve

Herve and Armand

Sylvia from Salon Rizos

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The artist

Make-up station

Our IT and camera man: Herve

Behind the scene photographer: Valeria

One of the hero of the day interviewed

Yep, Margeaux. Did I tell you already she's got the eye?

Apollo in full action

Two managers talking ... management??

Daniel. The other Master printer... Where did I put your picture anyway???

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Margeaux

Apollo made the day of this family

A princess and a prince to be, for sure.

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Our make-up and hair specialist team. Neilson Beauty College... You rock!

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Lunar Eclipse, 12/2010

by Administrator on Dec.22, 2010, under Events

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A but unusual for me, but also very unusual to Mankind…

So, I heard about this specific lunar eclipse that was meant to happen December 21th a few days before. Never paid really attention up to the moment I heard the moon would be red flamboyant in the night sky. I had to see it for myself, and I had to capture that color on a photograph.

I stood up during the night of December 20th, at 01:20 AM, to see how it was coming up, as I read the total eclipse was supposed to occur at 02:17AM. I got the pictures you can see above thinking I would come back at 02:17AM to see the whole moon ”reddished” by the sun being eclipsed by the Earth.

Well, this was not counting with the weather! At 02h15, I was out and, you guessed it, dense clouds started to form and obstruct the view of the moon…

Oh well, I was luck enough to have seen the formation of the total eclipse. No complaints, thus… :-)

So, how did we get the red color on the surface of the moon? Well, December 20th 2010,  the day of the Norther Winter Solstice, the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon were perfectly aligned. And that only happened once before since the Christian era started… At 02:17 AM, the Earth would completely eclipse the sun, viewed from the moon.

The only light the moon would get would be coming from the light rays of the sun scattered (refracted) by the earth’s atmosphere. And this refraction basically bends the short wavelengths more than the longer wavelength. Hence, remains untouched the longer wavelength rays… that is the red color.

For the atsronaut to be, please visit this page below for the full details.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_eclipse

Armand

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The Girls… with a bit of Mum and Dad, 10/2010

by Administrator on Dec.21, 2010, under Kids

So,

It has been such a long time I have not posted any photographs… Well, busy busy as they say but also I have not collected (mostly by my fault) all the permissions to put photographs from recent sessions on the web/blog… Well, I’m working on this :-) .

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Last week, I worked with two very  E N E R G E T I C  and very sweet girls. It went in every directions, from laughing and jumping on the sofa to posing and having a true collaboration with the girls. Heck, you can have that already at their age and I sure miss the fun we had with them and Mum and Dad!

So, it took us a few hours to conclude this “seance photo”. The start of such teamwork is … well… team building: get to know each other, get them to be in their environement and make them realize they are in control of what is happening. They are the stars of the moment.

Then came the point in time where they realized we were in fact already way into working those photographs out and not really playing, per se, anymore. Well, we never stopped to play but they started to believe into the result of what may come. And that is where everything starts for me. After that trigger point, there is no coming back: it is all and just plain fun. So, at some point, we all became the Team we wanted to be to create those natural pictures. When you reach that point, just suggest them some ideas, and they will do the rest.

What about the parents then? Well, the work of the day was mostly geared toward the kids. But, Mum and Dad were with me all the time, with Mum being my official assistant of the day. I would say we formed a good team.

So, without further due, let’s have a look at those treasures.

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With Mum...

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Prodigy Event – 11/2010

by Administrator on Nov.26, 2010, under Show

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Once again,

We had the great chance to have our annual Legacy Shop Christmas Tree Lighting event. I will probably publish pictures as soon as I have time :-) .

However, I had to make time to share those photographs below with you. It is about the Prodigy dance group who came back more beautiful than ever to produce amazing and mesmerizing dance choregraphy.

The music they select is always of great elegance and ‘a propos’, pardon my french here… The kids look  like pro’. Their commitment seems boundless, their focus strong and their smile always present.

It seems they gained and lost people in the team since last year. Not sure though. I just wished one day they would reply back to my my mails where I attach the pictures I took :-) . Not that I need them to say anything special but maybe just ‘thanks for the photographs’? Maybe I scare them, seriously?  What do you think??

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Amanda Gail – 11/2010

by Administrator on Nov.26, 2010, under Glamour

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Hi,

It has been a few weeks since I posted my work. I have been extremely busy. A few shooting sessions, and still going strong. Last week, I worked with Amanda and a crew of other photographers. The idea was to get some fashion type photographs. Not sure I hit the target but I definitely got good vibes going that day! The day was beautiful, as well as was the light. It was glamorous day, and I just discovered this new location to shoot.

So, fashion or not? Let me know…

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Ryan Leigh 09/2010

by Administrator on Nov.06, 2010, under Glamour

Recently, I was lucky enough to work with a super sweet model called Ryan Leigh. For those who knows me, you will know I rarely work with professional models. Many reasons for that, and, yes, cost is part of it too. The good news is when you share, it becomes reasonable. But fundamentally, I found in the past that I could not produce intimate enough photographs with real emotions popping out of them as models are usually  so pro’ that they know before me what pose I would want. Kind of disturbing to me. It breaks a bit my dream, if I may say so.

Ryan Leigh is a very natural talent. She sounds like she could be your friend. She looks to be a very simple person, down to earth. She’s happy to be how she is and what she is. You can sense good vibes coming out of her, and that did show in this session. I do not like complicated photographic material, you all know that by now. And Ryan was the perfect fit for me: a natural person. I found also that Ryan was really working with me. She was listening to what I wanted. I have to say that Ryan really knows how to pose for a photographer. She effectively anticipated my moves but without impeding them. Bravo. It is always a collaboration between me and the person being photographed, even though in this particular setup we had tight timing deadline not allowing us to diverge/talk too much. She had many moves in mind that helps when you are under time constraint. And, yes, that is what happens when you share a model with other photographers. I can only imagine the type of photography we could produce if it was just me and her.

So considering we had to make each set short in time, and considering also it was the first time I worked with Ryan, I think I remain frustrated a bit. A one on one session with Ryan would have allowed us talk, work, breaks, fun and talk, work, breaks again, and most importantly a better interaction to construct an emotional image, even though I think we have some emotions in the current set of photographs posted here. And that is what I hope to do with her one day, as her ‘natural’ goes hand in hand with my type of photography.

Well, I will leave you judge of our collaboration…

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