Seafolk Coffee

It happens quite unexpectedly. You walk into a place and are immediately smitten. The textures, the light, the vibe … all make you feel like you are in your happy place. When I walked into Seafolk Coffee I felt like I had come home. Heck, I want to live there! Of course, me and coffee, well that’s a no-brainer, but this is no ordinary coffee shop. Set in the center of Rockport, Maine, it overlooks the harbor and hosts a collective clientele of locals, creatives, and tourists alike.

A photoshoot at Seafolk Coffee with Keariel seemed like the perfect match. Owner Jacob Wienges was so hospitable … gave me run of the place and made us the perfect latte for the shoot.

 

Seafolk Coffee Camden Maine - Photoshoot for Keariel - Lifestyle Portraits - Photography by Karen Olson RenukoStyle dot com

 

Seafolk Coffee Camden Maine - Photoshoot for Keariel - Lifestyle Portraits - Photography by Karen Olson RenukoStyle dot com

 

Seafolk Coffee Camden Maine - Photoshoot for Keariel - Lifestyle Portraits - Photography by Karen Olson RenukoStyle dot com

 

Seafolk Coffee Camden Maine - Photoshoot for Keariel - Lifestyle Portraits - Photography by Karen Olson RenukoStyle dot com

 

Seafolk Coffee Camden Maine - Photoshoot for Keariel - Lifestyle Portraits - Photography by Karen Olson RenukoStyle dot com

 

Seafolk Coffee Camden Maine - Photoshoot for Keariel - Lifestyle Portraits - Photography by Karen Olson RenukoStyle dot com

 

Seafolk Coffee Camden Maine - Photoshoot for Keariel - Lifestyle Portraits - Photography by Karen Olson RenukoStyle dot com

 

Seafolk Coffee Camden Maine - Photoshoot for Keariel - Lifestyle Portraits - Photography by Karen Olson RenukoStyle dot com

 

Seafolk Coffee Camden Maine - Photoshoot for Keariel - Lifestyle Portraits - Photography by Karen Olson RenukoStyle dot com

 

Seafolk Coffee Camden Maine - Photoshoot for Keariel - Lifestyle Portraits - Photography by Karen Olson RenukoStyle dot com

 

Seafolk Coffee Camden Maine - Photoshoot for Keariel - Lifestyle Portraits - Photography by Karen Olson RenukoStyle dot com

 

Seafolk Coffee Camden Maine - Photoshoot for Keariel - Lifestyle Portraits - Photography by Karen Olson RenukoStyle dot com

 

Seafolk Coffee Camden Maine - Photoshoot for Keariel - Lifestyle Portraits - Photography by Karen Olson RenukoStyle dot com

 

Seafolk Coffee Camden Maine - Photoshoot for Keariel - Lifestyle Portraits - Photography by Karen Olson RenukoStyle dot com

 

We got talking to Mary Jo after the shoot, baker extraordinaire and chef for Seafolk. As we discussed flavor combinations, locally sourced ingredients, and foraged greens, my mouth watered for one of her delightful creations, specifically her homemade bagel with Asian flavors topped with wild garlic and microgreens. Super excited for my next visit … going to make sure I come hungry! This place will absolutely be on everyone’s ‘top place for coffee’ list and I can’t wait to come back. Open just a few weeks, it’s already creating a buzz.

For the rest of the images from the shoot see Keariel at Seafolk Coffee.

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Drama – Conceptual Photography and Expressionist Painting

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Drama – Expressionist Painting and Conceptual Photography

Below are several of the images from the third and final phase of my winter 2018 passion project.

See phase one here and phase two here.

I set out to combine expressionist painting with portrait photography, an idea that I was first inspired to do a year ago. I have to say that a project of this type (one which takes a considerable amount of learning and experimentation) is exciting and fulfilling, not to mention a great way to spend a long winter.

I am happy with the result and it has lit a fire in me for digital mixed media. I am excited to see where it will take me!

In this final phase, I combined work that was expressly painted for this shoot and some additional light textures made using fabrics. The process is described in my previous post. The technique was developed further by weaving the textures and overlays behind and in front of the main image.

 

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Drama - Expressionist painting and conceptual photography - Karen Olson - renukostyle.com

 

Drama - Expressionist painting and conceptual photography - Karen Olson - renukostyle.com

 

Drama - Expressionist painting and conceptual photography - Karen Olson - renukostyle.com

 

Drama - Expressionist painting and conceptual photography - Karen Olson - renukostyle.com

 

Drama - Expressionist painting and conceptual photography - Karen Olson - renukostyle.com

 

Drama - Expressionist painting and conceptual photography - Karen Olson - renukostyle.com

 

Drama - Expressionist painting and conceptual photography - Karen Olson - renukostyle.com

 

Drama - Expressionist painting and conceptual photography - Karen Olson - renukostyle.com

 

You can find several more images in my portfolio here. I have much more to work on from the Camden Opera House shoot and will be putting them in my portfolio as they are completed.

Thanks so much for your kind attention while I shared the process of honing my process!!

 

Happy Creating friends!

 

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Finding Inspiration

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Finding Inspiration – Determine color, style, and elements for your next artistic project

In preparation for the last phase of my winter passion project, a photo shoot was planned at the Camden Opera House in Maine. I’d been there many times for dance recitals and shows and was anxious to see what would result from the shoot. We planned for three hours. Corie and Annie were on board for a 50’s style movie star shoot, the theme was simply ‘Drama,’ the women could interpret it however they wish.

I really don’t know why I wanted to do this shoot. Maybe it was because I had become obsessed with 50’s style portraiture, or maybe just because my friend Kim has a fabulous collection of vintage hats, or maybe I just thought it would be cool. Whatever the reason, a little playacting was the plan and the girls came prepared with a huge wardrobe to work with.

 

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I knew the lighting would be a challenge. My studio lighting would be lacking for the space and the opera house would only have house lights and stage lights, neither of which would suit the style I had in mind. To add to that, the entire auditorium is cream, gold, and red; strong and reflective colors. But I was not deterred, as I knew the architecture would be awesome and the space inspiring.

 

Behind the scenes – unedited shots.

 

Finding Inspiration - Create art imagery with layers and textures - RenukoStyle.com

 

Finding Inspiration - Create art imagery with layers and textures - RenukoStyle.com

 

Finding Inspiration - Create art imagery with layers and textures - RenukoStyle.com

 

Finding Inspiration - Create art imagery with layers and textures - RenukoStyle.com

 

The shoot went fabulously but it was a while before I could earnestly sit down and work with the images. Well, to be honest, there was major procrastination happening. I couldn’t seem to get started as is often the case when I am really not sure of my direction. I had a rough sketch in mind, but when I finally began, I was struggling. The images felt forced and constrained.

I showed the work I had done so far to my husband (who is also my creative cheerleader). He said the work was stodgy. Stodgy!! Me stodgy!!! He explained that it didn’t have that edge, that surreal quality that he personally loves.

With that, I realized that I was not putting my whole self into the work. I set out to make a better plan. I did extensive research to determine which direction I wanted to take. The colors, the style, the elements needed to change. I created three mood boards and found several different artists that completely inspired me. The mood boards were created in Canva with images collection by taking a cropped screenshot from the images I collected in Pinterest: the Camden Opera House board and the Abstract Art board. (Command/Shift/4 on a mac for a selective screen shot)

To execute my vision, new textures and overlays needed to be created.

 

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Finding Inspiration - Create art imagery with layers and textures - RenukoStyle.com

 

Finding Inspiration - Renukostyle.com

 

 

 

Inspired by the work of Vilde Rolfsen, I layered crumbled pieces of tulle and parchment paper in front of the window and photographed them. I did the same with wax paper. It just snowed so the trees beyond were covered in white which made for a perfect backdrop.

Next, further inspired by the work of Beth Nichols, I tried my hand at poured paint textures. Sure was fun! I simply poured the paint on a board and encouraged it to run in the direction I wanted. With some, I layered another board on top and moved it around before lifting it.

 

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Finding Inspiration - Create art imagery with layers and textures - RenukoStyle.com

 

Finding Inspiration - Create art imagery with layers and textures - RenukoStyle.com

 

Finding Inspiration - Create art imagery with layers and textures - RenukoStyle.com

 

I edited the images from the Opera House with a warm black and white edit in order to have a neutral palette to work with.

 

Finding Inspiration - Create art imagery with layers and textures - RenukoStyle.com

 

I want to mention that Antonio Mora,  Paola Roversi, and Katia Chauseva are my new favorite photographers and are included above in my mood boards.

I am excited to show you the results, a composite of all three elements, coming in the next blog post. For a sneak peek, head over to Instagram.

 

 

 

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If Only in a Dream – Dreamy Ethereal Photography

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If Only in a Dream – Dreamy Ethereal Photography

The second phase of my winter 2018 passion project is complete. The name ’Flight’ was chosen to depict freedom, weightlessness, joy. On second thought, what I should have named it is, ‘If Only in a Dream,’ for the way this series came together. I could never have planned it; both the shoot and the design process seemed to arrive out of nowhere.

The shots were taken at Watts Hall in Thomaston, Maine. Built in 1890, the building has been a central figure in community life in the Midcoast for more than a century and was the place where my daughter’s wedding reception was held. It was perfect for a shoot; plenty of light, space, freedom to move. The white pillar, red stage curtain, and black backdrop proved to be key elements in the final product.

Give a woman a length of tulle and some music to move to and wonderful things happen! Annie brought elegance and grace to the shoot. I shot the scene straight on, from the floor, and a couple of steps up on a ladder. Each angle brought a different feel and perspective. Several images were shot with a piece of crumpled clear plastic waved in front of the lens, something like what you get for a flower sleeve, a bit stiff so it will stay taught. The result was dreamy, dappled light filtering the scene in a way that left me speechless. The idea was inspired by photographer Jessica Kobeissi. You can find her video here.

The stage was lit with one large window on the right side of the subject (left in the images). This natural light was the only light used. My camera settings were similar to a dark and moody still life scene. Low ISO in the 100-400 range, low F-stop approximately F 3.2 and a shutter speed to create just enough light contrast.

Below are three of the 14 edits. But they are not just Lightroom edits. Not sure what to call them yet. I am painting with textures. Putting them in, taking a bit away, layering and merging much like I do in a painting or collage. The process is described in this class. I have given you the before crop, one of the textures used, and the final image.

 

If Only in a Dream - Dreamy Ethereal Photography - RenukoStlye.com

 

 Dreamy Ethereal Photography - Free Photography Class - RenukoStlye.com

 

 Dreamy Ethereal Photography - Free Photography Class - RenukoStlye.com

 

The image below was edited with two distinct processes, very different results. In the darker image, a grunge texture and a scratch texture were incorporated. In the lighter image a Pure Light fabric overlay was incorporated and then the whole image was colorized.

 

 Dreamy Ethereal Photography - Free Photography Class - RenukoStlye.com

 

The remainder of the series can be found in my portfolio under If Only in a Dream.

Textures and overlays can be found in my shop and my Etsy store.

By all means, leave a comment or send me a note if you have any questions about the shoot or the process.

Happy creating!

 

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Lightroom catalogs and files – Reclaim your hard drive space

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Reclaim space on your hard drive – Back up your precious Lightroom files

 

It happened to me … sure did … my hard drive crashed. Then, a few months later, the external drive with all my pics from Europe decided it was not going to load again. Then, while trying to edit my images using the entire Creative Cloud suite, Photoshop kept sending up error messages … ‘I can’t do that – your scratch disk is full!!!’

Arghhhh! It was time to figure it all out, the storage, the backups. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN!

I made a video for you with my BACK IT UP 3 TIMES process using an external hard drive for all my Lightroom files.

 

 

The video below is the best I have come across to explain in detail how to move your Lightroom files. Simple, direct, easy.

Lightroom Quick Tips – Episode 75: Moving the Catalog & Library

 

This video is great for creating a new Lightroom catalog on an external drive.

How to Set Up Lightroom on an External Hard Drive

Overlays used in the featured image are from the Pure Light 2 collection.

 

As always, feel free to ask a question, by email or by commenting below.

Happy creating!

 

 

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Photoshop Overlays in Conceptual Photography

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How to use Photoshop overlays and textures in conceptual photography

 

Phase one of my passion project is complete. I decided to name it simply ‘Emotion.’

It consists of seven images pictured below. Each one has the same model and was shot in my studio with a simple background of a navy velour curtain. The curtain did not quite reach the floor which required bringing in an additional layer in photoshop to repair it. Michelle was uncomfortable with the earlier part of the shoot but when we came inside to the studio and put on some of my favorite dubstep dance music she was right at home. She moved to the music and I clicked; sometimes from a floor position, sometimes from a step ladder.

The series is intended to depict feelings and emotions often hidden during emotional trauma. We try to go about our daily lives as if nothing happened when, in reality, forces unseen to others are weighing heavily upon us.

 

Emotion – Seven phases of emotional trauma

 

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Above Water – when emotional trauma hits, it’s everything we can do to keep our heads above water.

 

How to use Photoshop overlays in conceptual photography - renukostyle.com

 

Reverb – In the early stages, it’s as if our world has been shaken to the core.

 

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Wavelength – We are on another wavelength. Others do not understand, they cannot relate, we cannot verbalize our feelings.

 

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Pushing Ahead – We must push ahead; past the turbulence, past the scenes that keep on playing in our mind.

 

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Forgiveness – It is time to forgive ourselves for any guilt we may feel or part we may have played in the trauma.

 

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Alternate Reality – We need to create an alternate reality, a new life, one free from the heavy burden of the trauma.

 

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Flight – we must throw off the weight, stop allowing it to immobilize us and learn to fly!

 

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Photography notes:

The images were created with several overlays in Photoshop. In some, I used hand-painted overlays, others had ‘light’ overlays, in others, I used overlays grabbed from the images where Michelle is waving wax paper in front of the window. Below are a few clips of before, after, and overlays used.

 

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How to use Photoshop overlays in conceptual photography - renukostyle.com

 

How to use Photoshop overlays in conceptual photography - renukostyle.com

 

The techniques were executed in Lightroom and Photoshop. I created a mini master class for you that shows exactly how I placed and altered the layers so you can try it with your own work. Click the link below to be taken directly to the class.

You can find the overlays I used in the shoot here. I used paint textures from The Grays and The Neutrals collection, and the Pure Light collection.

For a free mini master class on how I created and used the overlays click here.

Enjoy the class!

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