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When opportunity knocks, answer quickly. That was the case at 5:45PM on September 25th. 

The day was mostly sunny until early afternoon. Severe thunderstorm alerts were crawling non-stop on every TV channel. It was dark and pouring buckets. Susan phoned wondering if we should reschedule the photo session. I assured her that regardless of the weather we would find a way to make a magnificent portrait. She hesitantly agreed to continue the pursuit.

At 5:30PM I arrived at the Kay residence on Okauchee Lake. It had just stopped raining and it appeared there might be a slight break in the clouds on the horizon. Susan, Alex and Natalie were prepping and getting dressed as Tim greeted me in the driveway.

We shook hands and I apologized for my urgent request to round up the family and hurry to the lake. Roughly 15 minutes later, the Kay's were situated near the shore with their beautiful home providing the perfect background. Three minutes later, the cover image was safely recorded on the CF card and the light went away.

The OLYC burgee was the icing on the cake for Tim a past commodore and Susan, the current commodore. 

Like many of my covers, this image was "romanced" to meet my vision. A few bright leaves were removed as was the electrical conduit along the pole. The most notable and challenging change however was to create season-appropriate conditions. The green leaves of summer were changed to the beautiful warm tones of fall. This had to include the leaves reflected in the windows as well. 

It was an honor to create a legacy portrait for this wonderful family of sailors.

Jon Allyn

 

April 2016 Cover of Hartland Pathways
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
By Jon Allyn
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April 2016 Cover of Hartland Pathways - Behind the Scenes in Photoshop Layers from Jon Allyn on Vimeo.

While brainstorming ideas for a personal and unique family portrait, Mark and Deborah Sexton told me that they recently taught the kids how to ski. Garrett and Brooke quickly became addicted to skiing and spent as much time as they could on the slopes at Little Switzerland. This spawned an idea for the cover photo for Hartland Pathways. I remembered a Christmas card from some friends in Iowa that featured he and his wife in a huge snowball rolling down a hill.

Instead of portraying the novice skiers in this perilous predicament, I felt that it would be much more humorous to have the parents tumbling down the hill as the kids looked on. I could feel the energy and excitement they were experiencing as I was explaining the concept over the phone.

First, I searched my background collection to find the scene that would give me the necessary composition, perspective, and lighting. Next, my willing and eager subjects brought their equipment, enthusiasm and blind faith to my studio so I could create my resource files.

Each person and various pieces of equipment were photographed as if the scene were real. The backgrounds were removed and all the pieces were layered into the snow scene. (Over 200 separate layers once it was all said and done)

Roughly 60 hours later, the composite was complete.

The success of these magazine covers can be attributed to the family's trust in me to produce a once-in-a-lifetime portrait experience. This gives me the confidence to push the envelop on their behalf. The ultimate goal is to create a lifetime memory for them to share.

"Hey, do you remember when Jon Allyn photographed us? That sure was fun."


Jon Allyn Photography/the Art of the Sport
"Where the Camera is Just the Beginning"
 
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