Low camera angles can add visual interest to portraits


Sometimes, you just gotta “take one for the team” to get an interesting portrait. Click the photo to see it bigger. (Photo of me lying on the ground by Colleen Pishkula)

Over the years, I've found some of the best portraits require climbing a ladder or laying on the floor or ground.

Olmsted Falls High School class of 2015 student, Tori Pishkula, her mom, Colleen, and I set out for a “photo safari” in The Flats near downtown Cleveland this summer to create something a little different for Tori's senior portraits.

When we came across this lift bridge, I fell in love with it's massive structure and metal girders criss-crossing at 90 degree angles. When I viewed Tori and the bridge at Tori's level, the size and “power” of the bridge just wasn't obvious. Laying on the ground and shooting up at Tori with the bridge rising up behind her solved the problem.

Notice that I positioned Tori slightly left of the center of the photo so as not to block the view of the entrance to the bridge. I also posed her close to the camera so she stands out beautifully against the background. Most amateur photographers would typically place the person at the entrance of the bridge where they become lost in the photo.

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Our Scenic Photographs Accepted for University Hospitals Art Show

Nightfall At The Golden Gate

University Hospitals of Cleveland is pleased to announce that four scenic photographs by Mark Madere have been accepted for exhibition in the UH Employee & Volunteer Juried Art Show. Only 86 of the 200 entries submitted by University Hospitals employees and volunteers were accepted for display.

Madere is an Ophthalmic Photographer at University Hospitals and owner of SpectraLight Photography in North Ridgeville.

The juror for the show was 1987 Cleveland Arts Prize recipient and internationally recognized artist Brent Kee Young. Young has been professor and Chairman of the Glass Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art since 1973.

This exhibition, which is held every 2 years, exposes UH's hidden artistic talents, which are often overshadowed by the exceptional skills these individuals display each day in the clinical environment.

The show runs through Jan. 7, 2011 at University Hospitals Humphrey Atrium Gallery at 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH.

For more of Madere's scenic photography, visit http://mark-madere.artistwebsites.com/

The return of the Liddys

Last week, I was blessed with the opportunity to photograph my third member of the Liddy family from Olmsted Falls. Sean, like Donnie and Melanie before him, was fun to photograph. His confident manner was easy to capture in his portraits.

Just like his parents, Teri and Don, Sean will be the kind of person to motivate others to accomplish great things.

To see more of Sean's portraits, watch his video on YouTube or Facebook.

This free-spirit takes flight

Kara Solomon – SpectraLight Senior Portrait Scholarship Winner

Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph Kara Solomon – a North Ridgeville High School senior who is truly a “free-spirit.”

Kara's energy and playfulness made the session “fly” by as seen in one of her portraits here. What made her session extra special is that she is one of our $350.00 senior portrait scholarship winners!

“Receiving the $350 scholarship truly means the world to me. Without it there would have been no way for me to pay for senior pictures,” wrote Kara in a recent note.

We are thrilled to have the opportunity make senior portraits a reality for her.

To see more of Kara's portraits, watch her video on YouTube or Facebook.

“Taylor” made senior portraits

Taylor Bessette of Olmsted Falls High School did a great job choosing outfits that showed her unique fashion style.

Read what she thought about her photo shoot and see a slide show of her pix at: http://www.spectralight.com/spokesmodels/2011/bessette/index.html

Discover more about our photography services: http://www.spectralight.com/photserv.html

Great senior portrait session!


Ashley Butcher, class of 2011 at North Ridgeville High School, had a fantastic photo shoot a few weeks ago. She brought a fun selection of clothes and looked great in everything.

Read what she thought about her photo shoot and see a slide show of her pix at: http://www.spectralight.com/spokesmodels/2011/butcher/index.html

Discover more about our photography services: http://www.spectralight.com/photserv.html