Inspired by Dan Winters

I admire Dan Winters’s work immensely—it’s rich and beautiful and mysterious all at the same time. He does marvelous and intricate work with light and shadow, and I found myself loving his images more and more as I studied them. Some of my favorites include his images of Benedict Cumberbatch, Jack Nicklaus, Joaquin Phoenix and Louis Zamperini (and…

Portraits: Puttin’ on the Ritts

I spent a couple of weeks studying the work of Herb Ritts…and while I liked his work, I had a very hard time pinning down his style. I just couldn’t see it—if you asked me today to define his style, I wouldn’t know how to answer. I did notice that he took many photos on…

Portraits: The Geometry of Sieff

I found the work of French photographer Jeanloup Sieff to be quirky, intriguing, and memorable. Perhaps what stood out most to me was his use of wide angles, framing, and lines—his work seems very geometrical to me. You can see some of my favorites here, here, and here. As I “tried on” Jeanloup Sieff’s style,…

Portraits: Loving Lindbergh

I love Peter Lindbergh’s work. I came of age in the 80s and 90s, and his images of Tatiana Patitz and Helena Christensen are a permanent part of my psyche. I adore the drama of his light, the seemingly candid moments he captures, and the subtle feeling of motion he conveys. For this photo shoot I decided…

Small Town: Bed Races

Texas friends: You can find more pictures of your family at this link: http://nicolefernley.zenfolio.com/p1002386842. I have texted you the passwords to view and download images (no cost). Small towns fascinate me. I grew up in one and couldn’t wait to get out of it, and, of course, now I wish I could go back in…

Portraits: Mooning over Sarah Moon

I had never heard of Sarah Moon nor had I seen any of her photos before being assigned to study her and her photography. I was a little slow to embrace her work because I couldn’t quite imagine how I would be inspired by her or how my own work could be informed by her…

Portraits: Inspired by Yousuf Karsh

My portrait workshop with Don Giannatti included a study of the work of Yousuf Karsh. Karsh intimidated me a little bit (still does, to be honest) I think because of his celebrated subjects as well as the complexity and precision of his lighting methods. I love Karsh’s work, perhaps more than any other photographer we studied. Some…

Everyone Should Have an Uncle Earl

Yes, everyone should have an Uncle Earl. I’ve been wanting to photograph my Uncle Earl, Aunt Joan, and their ranch for quite awhile because I find myself drawn to rural and rustic Western places and people. I’ve been analyzing this attraction lately, and I admit there is perhaps some romanticization going on and perhaps also…