Lady of the Lake


King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.

Dennis: Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government.

— Monty Python and the Holy Grail


Introducing the Lady of the Lake, the latest in my series of Meaningful Portraits. Featuring my dear friend Chris and photographed at the county park on a balmy 48* morning, it’s the culmination of a year of her and I saying, “Hey, we should really do that sometime.”


Simple Clicks – 24 Hours of Art Promos


Back in early August I shot a series of promotional portraits for The Vintage’s “24 Hours of Art” event. As part of the event programming, participating artists were invited to the session for a series of portraits – we kept it simple, shooting on The Vintage’s stage and then against a standard white backdrop.


Promotional Shoot – RXV

RXV Contact Sheet

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The very best photo shoots are the ones where the photographer, client, and talent are all completely in sync and the images coming out of the camera are spot-on, there’s real collaboration going on, and everyone is having fun. To be realistic, it’s the sort of ideal shoot – almost a nirvana – that’s hard to reach, but it’s an ideal that I always aim for. And when it works like that, it’s great.


Nick the cowboy

BRENT PENNINGTON Nick Pennington poses in cowboy garb with his .45 Henry rifle for a series of portraits taken at a gravel pit near Rutland, VT, on the evening of 18 June 2013.

A little over a year ago I did an outdoor session with my brother, Nick, while back in Vermont.  Nick is an outdoor kind of guy: a wildlife management major, avid archer, member of the local rod and gun club.  At the time we did a Daniel Boone-themed shoot , complete with coonskin cap, bow, and arrows.  The results were pretty darn cool and Nick loved them.  Which is saying a lot for a kid who has never liked having his photo taken.


Pride & Prejudice headshots

Contact Sheet B&W

The cast and crew of “Pride & Prejudice” have spent the past month hard at work learning lines and practicing blocking as they move closer to their opening night on 10 May. I had the chance to join them again this past week at rehearsal to shoot headshots, which will be used in the programs and possible a couple of other places.


Pride & Prejudice Promo Shoot

BRENT PENNINGTON Promotional images featuring the cast of "Pride & Prejudice," produced for The Vintage Theater.  Session was held at Conor O'Brien's home on Saturday, 23 March 2013.

Wow – what an awesome shoot this was! I hooked up with the cast of The Vintage Theater’s production of “Pride & Prejudice” last Saturday for a themed promotional shoot. Well, it wasn’t just an absolute blast, but this crew rocked it in a major way.


Fun Family Portraits

BRENT PENNINGTON Sara & Tony Tompkins pose for portraits at Nay Ayg Park in Scranton on the afternoon of 02 March 2013.

As we start moving back into spring, it’s much easier to get out with the lights and start making some good portraits again. Also helps that the models aren’t freezing while we do it! So we’re back with a familiar face, Sara, who has been my go-to model when I have ideas and want to do a shoot. She’s fun, easy to work with, and has great personality in front of the camera.


Jack & Maureen – celebrating 45 years

When Robyn’s parents asked her to take a photo of them for their 45th wedding anniversary, she decided to do one better and get them a session with a professional. She and Mandy work for the same company, so we’ve met a few times at parties and the like. When she asked if I was available for a portrait session, I was thrilled to say yes.


The ladies behind NEPA BlogCon

The "Fearsome Foursome," creators of NEPA BlogCon, gather for a portrait session at Nay Aug Park in Scranton, PA, on the evening of 21 June 2012.  Present are Karla Porter, Leslie Stewart, Mandy Boyle, and Michelle Davies.

Alright, playing catch-up here, but that’s okay because these images are too cool not to share, and the point behind them is still relevant.

These ladies are the creative genius behind NEPA BlogCon, which may be the biggest blogging event to hit Northeast Pennsylvania in…well, ever.  BlogCon will take place on Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke.  Check out their website for all the details, but suffice to say it’s going to be huge.  And awesome.  Just like they are.


Sara in the summertime

Had a great time working with Sara again a little while back.  She’s a wonderful model who is always cheerful and willing to try out just about anything.  We met up at McDade Park just before sunset and shot through to twilight, a whole mix of different looks: natural light and flash, in the sun and in the shade.  And as always, it rocked!

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