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A Photographer Reflects on His 2012 Accomplishments

Clay Blackmore - 2012 no doubt was a great year…I’m even willing to say it was The Best Year Ever! To start 2013, what better way than to reflect on the great moments I encountered during the months of 2012. Please enjoy these 10 highlights.

Hightlight 1

I have never made so many Big Pictures! I guess it’s the new camera I'm working with! This is a fun image made in Montreal Canada during our Spring Tour, How to Photograph Everyone.


Highlight 2

It’s not business as usual these days. Our latest work that concluded 2012: business portraits and FILM for Foulger Pratt.


Hightlight 3

Mitzvahs Mitzvahs Mitzvahs…2012 was filled with fantastic events for our very special 13 year olds. Our December favorite has to be Avi Abrams. Oldest brother of 6, this boy is full of talent and grace.


Hightlight 4

It’s Back to School for some Serious Education. I found myself as an authority on Wedding and Children’s Photography at the New York Institute of Photography with the launch of two new publications. The first- Top Ten Secrets for Perfect Baby & Child Portraits. Education along with 90 illustrations to show that the proof is in the pudding.

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Portrait Photo Video: Clay Blackmore


If you haven't already checked out the New York Institute of Photography's new Everyday Photography book Top Ten Secrets for Perfect Baby & Child Portraits, click here to preview master portrait photographer Clay Blackmore's work in an exclusive NYIP video.



We found a video of Clay taking portraits of a young woman, and you'll see the efforts he makes to make a memorable photoshoot - and click here to see Clay's Baby & Child Portraits video that he produced to promote his latest NYIP book.



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Making Bridal Memories in Monaco, the Hamptons and Washington DC

Alex and Matthew truly had a dream wedding.
The Casino in Monaco provided the dream setting for their July 3, 2010 wedding.
This is one of my favorite photographs of the day.

Clay Blackmore
- Almost a year ago, I was at the third wedding celebration for my clients Matthew and Alexa. The first was in Monaco (see three photo highlights of the actual wedding above), the second was in the Hamptons, and that September weekend, they celebrated in DC. Here are some photographs from that special DC gathering.

We found ourselves in the mix early for decoration pictures, and we had the privilege of working with the renowned chef, Wolfgang Puck. You know me - I never miss a chance to make a portrait of a celebrity. I simply stood him behind a large decorated table and used flash on camera, bounced in my new Rogue light modifier. A tripod and long exposure was the key. The portrait worked out great. My buddy Calvin Hayes made a picture of me taking the photograph, and he caught Wolfgang’s expression as he viewed the images on the back of the camera. He was anxious to see the image. I must say, he was a great sport and he loved the picture!

The Rat Pack strolled by as part of the event's entertainment, and I couldn’t miss the opportunity of having a picture made with "Sammy Davis" and "Frank Sinatra." Amaryllis, the florists, created an outstanding backdrop for the party - and even the couple's florists from France joined the florists from DC for a fun evening. The client tented the Newseum at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue for the event - it was like a living room with the best view in Washington. The guests were treated to an amazing evening, the sunset was sent from Heaven above, and the party started rocking when Lady Bunny took the helm as the DJ and dance queen. Fireworks surprised us all! One of the fun attractions was seeing the couple watch our video of their wedding; plasmas were placed strategically around the tent for great viewing - and you'll see what they saw below.


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Capturing the Majesty of Nature


On a recent trip to Vegas, a friend and I were in Salt Lake City with a four-hour layover. As luck would have it, there was a hotel up on the mountains that I was dying to visit, the Waldorf Astoria Park City.

It all started when I was in Park City at a good family friend’s Bar Mitzvah for their son, Bryan Hinden. During the golf outing, I was making infrared pictures of the golf course. It was good timing - or luck or both - as they were just building the Waldorf Astoria, previously known as the Dakota Mountain Lodge.

I made a trip out to Park City with camera in hand during the fall to make images that would be considered for decoration in parts of the hotel. As I was watching hot air balloons rise over the valley at sunrise, I met a photographer named Steven Friedman. We spent some quality time working together with our coveted toys.

He and his wife were a very gracious couple, and through long dinners at night and some 5:00 am calls, I had plenty of time to learn some great tips on landscape. Steven’s work is truly some of the best you'll find; click here for a look at his portfolio.

And some of his tips were very similar to my own portraiture techniques.

  • Find a good background first.
  • Then arrange the composition.
  • Then, light from God is the final refinement.  

I do the same thing with a simple portrait: Pose, Light, Refine!

I visited the hotel after a whirlwind 14 days … two impressively large and beautiful weddings, back to back. I arrived at the model homes and found a FEDEX package from my studio.

The Waldorf Astoria clients had taken a look at them, and the art buyer went wild for the infrareds. She said it was the best art she had ever seen! She commented that they were simple, direct, and dramatic, making a powerful statement for the hotel.

The hotel placed a huge order: 1,500 framed pieces - and they needed them ASAP! They were in the middle of getting the property ready for ski season. I was worried, with my Cameracraftsment trip to Alaska only two weeks away. Alaska seemed like the farthest place in the world at that moment, but I knew I had to go. Missing this meeting might have meant it would be my last.

My wife Lilia and I headed to Alaska, and I found myself in infrared heaven. The energy continued to flow with infrared collections of some of Alaska’s premium landscapes. It was paradise.

Once my associate Ben Banks arrived at the VisArts Center back home and began printing with accurate profiles using Canon’s top-of-the-line printers and inks, the fun really began. We made catalogs that organized the art for the hotel. This was truly one of the most difficult tasks, to select the appropriate images for each room, where vertical and horizontal displays played such a significant role. Measurements, visuals, and emails were flying fast and heavy.

U-Hauls were filled to the brim and delivered on time, each print matted, signed, and framed. The slideshow above is a taste of these magnificent natural images, and the following video takes you through the whole exciting process.


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