Monday, November 2, 2009
So I have been very lazy in posting any work that I have been working on outside of Captured Miracles. Well lazy is not the right word...just swamped. With 2 little ones and one on the way, finding time to do the "extras" (like blogging) gets tight, but I am working on making it more of a priority. :)
This is a new born shoot that I did for my midwife. She wanted something that was modern...no fluffy stuff or cursive. I love how it turned out. I have two different kinds so I thought I would post both. There were so many cute shots from the shoot. These were a couple of mine and the mommy Sarah's favorites.
Also I did this bridal a while back and kept meaning to post it but haven't been able to until now. I shot her sister's bridals 6 yrs ago and she called me out of the blue saying that ever since her sister's shoot, she wanted me to do her's. It was a blast, they flew me in and we made a day of it. These are only a few of the many we did. It was so hard to pick my favs. I just LOVED how it turned out. I love treating bridals like fashion magazine shoots. Takes me back to the good old days of my fashion editorial shoots. I guess it is not the good old days since I still do fashion too:)
Friday, September 25, 2009
Gilbert artist wins award with Christ illustrationLink to:
Sept. 24, 2009 10:21 AM
Article in the Gilbert Republic | azcentral.com
Spotlight on . . .Gilbert artist Helen Thomas Robson won the People's Choice Award at the Constitution Week celebration in Gilbert last week for her fine art photo illustration entitled "Remember," which depicts Christ comforting two children dressed in their daddy's army fatigues as they sit at his grave. It's part of a collection of 28 photo illustrations entitled "Captured Miracles" that she created to help children's foundations in their fund raising efforts.
HER REACTION "I was so excited to hear that 'Remember' won the People's Choice Award at one of the largest Constitution celebrations in the nation. I really want to touch and inspire others with what I create. Winning the People's Choice tells me that I am heading in the right direction."
HER GOAL "I created this collection because I wanted to do something with my talents that would help children while touching and inspiring others to make a difference."
SEE HER WORK Between 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday Sept 26th, 2009 at The Rockin' R Ranch, 6136 E Baseline Rd, in Mesa. The exhibit is an open-house event for the whole family. For more information on the event and collection, go to www.capturedmiracles.org. Her next exhibit is in Utah.
Helen Thomas Robson
Photo of Helen taken by Jake Johnson
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
"Art To Connect The Heart Exhibit" features a collection of 28 images of Captured Miracles, Fine Art Photography by Helen Thomas Robson. We will be hosting 2 exhibits in the next couple of weeks. These beautiful photos depict Christ interacting with modern day children in real life situations. These exhibit are for the whole family to enjoy and are FREE. Please feel share this invitation with others.
Please become a fan and part of our group on Facebook "Fan page" and "Group Page" under "Captured Miracles Collection"
exhibit is on display
Saturday, Sept 26th 2009
Rockin' R Ranch
6136 E Baseline Rd,
(on Baseline, between Power & Higley)
Mesa, AZ 85206
exhibit is on display
A Lady's Night Out
(everyone is still welcome)
Saturday, Oct. 3rd 2009
1711 N Cherapple Dr.
(1600 N and 700 E area)
Orem, UT 84097
• Free drawing for A Captured Miracles Print
• Will be given away 2 FREE photo shoot sessions with Helen Thomas Robson,
as the prizes for two contests the night of the exhibit:
These contest are:
1-For the family or individual, that has the most guest over the age of 18 that attend the exhibit that night.
2-For the family or individual, that has the most prints that are purchased that night by their personally invited guest
Special Print Pricing At Exhibits: For purchases or orders made at these two exhibits, prints will be sold at wholesale prices. NOW, is the best time to purchase these prints as wonderful christmas presents. We will see you at the exhibits.
More Information on
"Art To Connect The Heart Exhibit"
This is a series of mini art exhibits of Captured Miracles Collection which will be hosted by a different children's foundation on the 2nd weekend of each month. These foundations will choose 10 to 12 images, from the collect of 28 images, to have on display, that best represent/relates to their cause. Through sales and auctions of the prints we will help raise funds for the hosting foundation and provide a wonderful enviroment for them to share their cause and how others can help.
Also visit us at www.capturedmiracles.org for more info and to view images
Saturday, August 29, 2009
• Become a FAN on FACEBOOK it is under "Captured Miracles Collection by Helen Thomas Robson" and share with all your facebook contacts to become a fan too.
• Display your print in your home, and tell others about our mission to help children with the funds we raise. Encourage them to visit our site and display a print in their home as well. http://www.capturedmiracles.org
• If you have a website or blog put a link to our site and blogs. Make a post about the project and display your favorite prints (you are welcome to grab images off my blog site that you can put on your own. http://capturedmiracles.blogspot.com. (these are just a few images you can choose from you are welcome to choose others as well)
• Share contacts you many have to children's foundations or causes that we can talk with them about helping them raise funds for their cause with our exhibit. (email me at email@example.com or call me 480-221-5600 with info)
from 5pm to 7pm
On the anniversary of 9-11, what an wonderful event to have
that is focused on helping others. Please Join us.
At: Rockin R Ranch
6136 East Baseline Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85206
Im putting this on for all the models that participated in the creation of "Captured Miracles", and their friends and family. BUT Anyone is invited to come.
After over a year of working on this collection it is finally finished with prints ready to exhibit and also your prints ready to give to you for participating. I will have all the model's prints at the exhibit for you to pick up.
I am hosting an art exhibit to share with you the final images of the collection, (this will be the only time the collection will be exhibited as a whole) also to share with you "Art To Connect The Heart Exhibit Series" a way that children's foundations can use this collection to raise funds for their cause. The exhibit will be displayed from 5-7 and a short presentation of how we are helping foundations with "Art To Connect The Heart Exhibit"
A special prize will be given for two contests.
1-for the family or individual, that has the most guest over the age of 18 that attend the exhibit that night.
2-for the family or individual, that has the most prints that are purchased that night (there will be a 20% discount to all in attendance that purchase or order that night)
(be sure to tell your guests to sign in with your name for credit to the contest)
I am so excited about all the children we will be able to help with this collection. Please share this invite with others. Thank you so much for your help.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This is a monthly exhibit of Captured Miracles that will be starting soon. The exhibit will be held at a different location and be sponsored by a different foundation each month. Only 8 to 12 works will be exhibited each time. This will be an opportunity for the sponsoring foundation or businesses to share information about their cause, and through art, connect to your heart, and share with you how you can make a difference.
We could use your help now in getting things started.
Below is a list of different topics that the Captured Miracles Images represent. We are looking for foundations that we can contact and work together with them in getting the word out about their cause. If you know of any foundations that you have a connection to, or just love as a foundation, please leave a comment below. This info will be sent to our office and any private information will be pulled before publishing the comment. (private info such as contact name and numbers, emails etc.) or you are welcome to contact us by clicking here and submit the info.
strengthening the family
strengthening mother and daughter relationships
nightmares and over coming fear
Homeless teens/ shelters
battered women and children shelters
drug and alcohol
baby safe haven
saving the earth
helping 3rd world countries
families of soldiers
families of fallen soldiers
teens saying no to drugs
mother support groups
christian youth groups
Take a look at our gallery and If you have any other ideas of topics that we can help that are not listed, please share. Right now we are looking foundations or businesses that would like to do an exhibit the 2nd Friday of September and 2nd Friday of October.
Monday, August 10, 2009
From the Shoot Sharon and Cecily picked out their favorite pose and flag shot. There was one thing that we needed to change and that was the daughter on the end. (Thanks to Davin and Tracy Hansen Family, our wonderful models)
Showing her more engaged in the shot, I ended up photo shopping her from another shot in 2 steps. One with her body more bent and pushing, and 2nd I used her head from another shot from that and had it more tilted up. I feel this really helped the shot come together as a whole.
I just loved this sky and knew with some color correction and textures it would look amazing with the sunset. There were a couple of things I needed to eliminate, the branch on the right side and upper corner and the tigs hanging down from the top.
Now for the fun parts begin, adding intensifying color ....and changing out the family to the family grouping I already tweaked.
Their Graphic Designer, Leslie Thompson (brilliantly talented women) asked me if I could frame the family more with branches. This is a raw image before the cropping. I like how it can show you how and were the branches were moved and added. One thing that is great about textures that are added at the end is that it helps to hide and mask seams. Which helps save a lot of work of blending and erasing that I would of otherwise would need to do to really help it look "not photo shopped". There are 2 textures added to this image, the bottom first layer is a layer that has brush strokes to it, to add a painting feel to it and help pop the yellows.
This is a final cropping of the full image shot. Cropping out unneeded parts of the image and helping to finish it off. The 2nd layer was a layer that helped to pop the color to be a more intense gold tone with an aged look to it. You will notice in the final image for the Cover we ended up spreading the 2nd texture over the whole image instead of keeping it in the one squared area around the family. Even though Leslie and I both liked this effect we were worried that it might cause problems in the final cutting of the book. We didn't want to chance the odds of the image being laid not exact in dimention with the edges of the book. This would show to much if that were to happen. So we stretched it all the way across the book
The final book cover. I just love how Leslie did the typography. It is so strong and bold, yet has a soft approcable feel to it. (it is so cool how she did this cover, the graphics make it look like a movie poster.) I am excited for the book to come out and to read it. Sharon has been apart of foudations, and boards that help to instill and fight in areas that help to strengthen the families in our nation. Be sure to read it and share it with others if this is a concern for you. Standing for the Family.
this is the banner that they will use in ads and websites.
I am going to get a website from Cecily and Sharon to put on her about their book, so check back.
Also here is contact info for Leslie Thompson, she is amazing to work with.
Graphic Designph (480) 988-2271
Monday, July 13, 2009
One more finished. I really love how this one turned out. i pictured the Declaration Of Independence glowing...to represent Divine Guidance on the creation of it. I know you are wondering "how did you do that?" Really I don't know. I get in this zone when i am creating...recently I was told that it is the "R ZONE" meaning that you are totally in the Right side of your brain and that when you are in that zone you are lifted into a spiritual creative zone and your art comes together and you have no idea how to explain it when others ask. That is exactly what happened with this. In fact that is what happened when I first was figuring out how to do the photo shopping for Christ's scars on his hands when I first started. Every time I did it after that I was in that same zone...but with doing so many times..."the how" i did it stuck. So that I know now.
stage 3 (final)
I really love how this has an "OLD WORLD" Painter feel to it. The cool thing is with my shots like this...when you put the print in a room with low lighting the contrast give the illusion that the print is really glowing.
Now this next image is one that I did originally for my first collection. I just never finished it cause I wasn't sure how I wanted to finish it. There are still a couple of things I want to improve upon...which Im sure when I do Im sure no one but me will notice. "The ultimate curse of the artist" :)
This one is call "One at a Time"
There ended up not being much difference from the original. I added a sketch/pencil look around the edges so it was like going from a drawing to real life. It is not showing as strongly as I would like so I will end up adding to it more and having the sketched part show more toward the inside of the photo, but for now it works.
The first Images that I will upload are from my shoot a couple of week ago.
1st work of art
Abigail Adams with letters from John
"Letters of Faith" or "A Women of Faith" (open to suggestions)
Sarah my model, was wonderful to work with. She actually plays the role of Abigail Adams in schools around the state and tells the children about Abigail and John and the important role they played in our country.
Abigail has always had a special place in my heart. She is a woman of strength, head for politics and business. Loving mother and wife. Wow, what faith she had in the Lord and her husband. She spent most of her marriage separated from her husband, as he was out fighting for our freedoms in more then one way. She was home alone with her children and many times not even knowing if John was still alive...she sacrificed so much for all of us to be free.
John Adams was one of the few "Founding Fathers" to actually come back to a thriving business...all because of his wife. All the other founding fathers lost practically everything.
Raw shot stage 1
the final Image...I still need to photoshop window panes in the window and also the scar on Christ's Hands and feet.
2nd work of art
Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of Independence
No title yet (open to suggestions)
Weston is playing a young 27 year old Thomas Jefferson. The story that goes with this shot is...
Thomas Jefferson spent about 2 weeks in his hotel room writing 2 paragraphs for the Declaration of Independence. When he would get stumped on what to write..."writers block" he would pull out his violin and play to get his creative juices flowing.
In this shot there is still much to do, I need to photoshop the rough draft of the Declaration Of Independence so that it GLOWS, to represent the divine intervention that was a part of its creation.
This first shot is a raw shot, in fact you can see my assistant Sarah in the background and the light tripod. I wasn't planning on shooting at this angel...but when I did it just fit so well. So I ended up going with it and photo shopped out the images in the dark background.
stage 1 image
One of the things I love about putting my projects together is how it all comes together. This shot, I knew I needed a 27 yr old young man, with sharp features, and blond to strawberry blond....long hair. (to pull back into a low pony) We were literally 2 days from the shoot and still hadn't found my model yet. I was toying with the idea of using a wig...but really didn't want to. I was afraid it would look fake. A couple of nights before the shoot, I was at a wedding and boom...right in front of my eyes was my Thomas Jefferson. (the brother of the groom) Most of my shoots always come together like that. I am literally divinely led to all the elements I need, including models.
Stage 2 image (still need to touch up some spots)
3rd work of art
Patrick Henry and his famous speach "Give me LIberty or give me death"
No title yet (open to suggestions)
Dr. Lance Hurly is a professional re-enactor of Patrick Henry. He is also the founder of "Founding Fathers Ministry"
I emailed him after finding his site on-line and asked if he would be interested in working on this project. He is living in TX and just happened to have a re enactment job he was flying to AZ for the following saturday. So we pulled these three shoots together in 5 days, so we could have him in it as Patrick Henry.
I love this shot, the wind came up out of nowhere and blew his coat tails up. I will be photo shopping in the inside of a church and have it slowly transform into the heavens above him. We will be getting the Church shot in the next couple of weeks. I am excited to finish this one.
In the 5 days I had to pull all these elements together the Lord led me every step of the way. I was led to these wonderful actors that had the costumes and two amazing men, Bill Norton ( lecture for National Center for Consitutional Studies...he has been my historian in ideas and making sure we had historically correct info and items ...all the way down to the shirt Thomas Jefferson was wearing. Don Jolley and Historical artist was so key in helping with props and stage setting for the shoot. Wonderful wonderful men. Thank you both. ...oh and I can't forget Don's wife. She is and expert in the writing the print from that time period...She donated her time and talents and hand wrote and copied exactly the hand writing for both the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence and Johns letters to Abigail. They were so amazing even Bill was impressed with the exactness of the draft and letters.