Simple Clicks – Joey



Thought we’d step back in time this week and look at an older photo of mine that has persisted as a favorite over the years.  This was taken of my cousin-to-be, Joey, during a photography meet-up that I organized in 2010.  A bunch of photographers, most of us friends from an online community, met in White Haven and spent the day working with models and lights, practicing and learning portraiture from each other.  Needless to say, it was a great day!

This photo was made near the end of the session.  We’d been working inside with traditional studio setups, but knew that there was a sunny late-winter afternoon outside, so a group of us broke off and wandered out of our conference room and out the back doors of the hotel onto the loading dock.  There was a good view of the sky, and next thing you know we had Joey standing up on the top of a dumpster, on the lid, and posing.  A single light source, held by someone in the group, against a lovely blue sky, and it was clear that we had a great shot.  We took turns making images and holding the light, and later on grabbed some of the other models and got them up there with Joey.

Such a simple setup, really, and such a solid (and fun) result.  Just goes to show that you don’t need a fancy studio filled with tons of equipment – sometimes all you need is a dumpster!

Chelsea the harpist


In what will most likely be my final outdoor photo shoot before the snow flies this year, I’m thrilled to present Chelsea the harpist!

Even being musically-limited myself, I must know a half-dozen guitar players, at least a couple of drummers, and a few keyboarders.  But Chelsea was the first harpist I’ve ever met, and that was pretty cool – so I knew after our first portrait session together that I needed to work with her again!


Simple Clicks – Mandy @ the Bonfire


By next week I’ll be ready to share all the Bonfire photos, but in the meantime here’s a Simple Click of my sweetheart and bride-to-be from that evening!

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.


TLCPoV Outtakes

BRENT PENNINGTON Kelly Farrell, Emily Maier, & April Holgate pose for the promotional shoot of "The Last Cocktail Party of Venus," held at The Vintage on the evening of 09 July 2013.

TLCPoV – which is the short way of saying “The Last Cocktail Party of Venus” – is coming up fast!  I shared some photos from the promo shoot in the original post a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to share some of the outtakes from the session as well.


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.

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