Category Archives: Formal Portrait

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

Today I’m going to share a collection of images that I took for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme BLACK & WHITE, but they didn’t make the cut. As you know, BLACK & WHITE is my first love in photography and therefore will always be a theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. And with that statement, now you know 1 of the 52 themes for next year’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. The other 51 will remain a mystery for the time being.

In this collection are pictures of Logan that are similar to the image I ultimately chose as my interpretation of the theme. There are also pictures of Naima sitting on our couch and pictures taken in McHose Park. These pictures were taken back in January as BLACK & WHITE was the first theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. There were 29 other submissions for it.

Here are the rejected:


I Wore Makeup When We Dated

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I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

I Wore Makeup When We Dated

You might look at the last picture of Logan and be thinking, “Hey, wait a second! That picture isn’t black and white! What is with these shenanigans!”

That picture was originally taken in black and white and then I colorized it with a neural filter in Photoshop. Someday I might cover the neural filters in Photoshop. I’d like to get back to some of the “how-to” posts again in the future. Hopefully I’ll get back to that, someday. But even a fool will tell you…

The swirl effect in the last two pictures of Logan are 100% in-camera effect though. No how to post on that coming though.

The 2022 Howards – Vol. 2

Time for another Formal Portrait Sunday. Last Sunday I accidentally refers to this collection as the 2023 Howards. My proofreader, that only proofreads after I publish alerted me to this right away. Obviously, I do not have access to a time machine. These pictures are from 2022. Sorry to those of you that hoped to borrow my time machine. When I have one, you will not know it though. Sorry about that too.

Here is a second collection of pictures from the 2022 Howard Family Photo Shoot:


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Next Formal Portrait will also feature more pictures of the Howards.

The 2022 Howards – Vol. 1

So here we are. Another Formal Portrait Sunday. I think I’ve finally figured out how I want to handle these in the future. I think I will still space them out, but not over so many posts. 2 to 3 posts per formal portrait sitting should be more than enough.

Here is the first volume of pictures from the Howards 2023 Photo Shoot:


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There will be more of the Howards next Sunday!

Baugher Family 2022 – Volume 3

It is time for another Formal Portrait Sunday. This is the last collection of formal portraits I took over a certain period of time. Therefore, this might be the last Formal Portrait Sunday OR in might be the last Formal Portrait Sunday to look like this OR it might just be another Formal Portrait Sunday in a line of Formal Portrait Sundays.

I don’t do a lot of Formal Portraits, cause that sort of thing ain’t my bag, baby. However, I am more than willing to do it for friends and family and people that pay me because I’m not opposed to money. I just don’t want to become so rich that I have an opinion on capital gains taxes. (Other than they should be taxed like all other forms of income.) Therefore, I don’t do a ton of formal portrait work. That being said, I do still have a couple formal portrait sessions in the can, that I haven’t shared. I just haven’t figured out how I’m going to share those yet. But it will probably be different than the way I have been sharing formal portraits recently. You will find out next Sunday… or you won’t. The world is a mystery.

So this collection of the Baughers… is the last from their photo shoot:


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I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to what happens here next Sunday!

Jayton – Volume 10

We’re almost to the end of Formal Portrait Sundays. This is the last collection of pictures of Jayton. Since I started Formal Portrait Sunday I’ve really only taken one other set of formal portraits (depending on how you count time) and I will share those on a Formal Portrait Sunday, but as just one post. Not spread over several posts. Then Sundays will go back to being kind of a random set of pictures. Or maybe I’ll start taking Sundays off. It will be a brave new world.


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Next Formal Portrait Sunday, we will look at the Baugher Family Photo Shoot again.

The Howards – Volume 6

It is another Formal Portrait Sunday. This will be the 6th and final collection of images from the Howards 2021 Family Photo Shoot. In fact this is the final collection of Formal Portrait images from 2021. Might be the final collection of images I share from 2021. There are a few miscellaneous pictures from 2021 out there, but I’m not sure I will share those. It might be a game time decision in the next couple of weeks.


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Next Formal Portrait Sunday we will check in with Jayton’s Senior Picture Photo Shoot one last time. Probably.

Jayton – Volume 9

It is another Formal Portrait Sunday. This is the second to last collection of images from Jayton’s two Senior Picture Photo Shoots.

This collection features some pictures with his dog. They are bittersweet because Jayton’s dog passed away shortly after these pictures were taken.


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Next Sunday will be the final collection of images from the 2021 Howard Family Photo Shoot. Almost caught up with all of my Formal Portraits. In a month or so, we might be saying goodbye to Formal Portrait Sunday.