Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hand Of Fate Tattoo Photo Session


Last Friday and Saturday, I had the privilege to photograph a dozen of the most wonderful people and their incredible tattoos, all created by Eddie Molina at The Hand of Fate Tattoo Parlor in Ithaca. I first met Eddie and Demetra when I photographed their wedding at Robert Treman State Park back in 2010. Their guest list was a who's-who of the tattoo world's great artists. I had no idea what I was getting myself into at the time. Since then I have seen many of the tattoos done by these folks end up in some of the biggest tattoo magazines.

This past weekend Eddie invited me back to photograph some of his recent work in order to update his portfolio with new images. Demetra arranged for two days of back to back shooting (and fun!). On Friday just before 11am, Nancy and I got rolling. There is so much to be said for a nice, late start to the morning. (Followed by coffee from Gimme!) By noon we had subjects ready, in front of the camera and things just rolled steadily all afternoon. Saturday, Aurora joined in the fun, allowing Nancy to head off to work. By the time we wrapped the set on Saturday evening, we had a huge pile of amazing images of some of the most intricate tattoos I have ever seen.

I feel incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do something so enjoyable. The pace was perfect for a two day shoot. I'd like to think that everyone who came walked away excited to see these images edited (and on Facebook).  If you'd like to see my favorite images from the photo session, please check out my facebook gallery: https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderSolla/media_set?set=a.10203118491421530.1073741950.1184020018&type=1

Feel free to check out The Hand Of Fate Tattoo Parlor in Ithaca.
Their website:  http://www.handoffatetattoo.com/
Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/thehandoffatetattooparlor

Thursday, March 6, 2014

What Have I Been Up To?


Winter brings a level of hibernation that at first seems cozy, but after nearly four months of snow cover begins to feel like a cross between lethargy and freezer burn. I have tried to find ways to inspire myself this long winter. Photographs of spring flowers just dont cut it when it has been weeks since there's been any sign of a blue sky. Imagining a Caribbean vacation is nice, but unrealistic. What's a guy to do?

I decided to work on my website. Yeah, I know... not terribly romantic. The frustrating reality is that I would much rather be out photographing icy landscapes than sitting indoors, plugging away at the code for this new website. In fact, I prefer almost anything to having to do website work... so much so that the last update I made on my website was over a year ago. It was overdue for a major revision.  So much of my current focus is on portraiture and yet the old website just had pictures of puppies. Hmmm. Not very representative. It also lacked a means for people to contact me. Not very professional.

I would like to think that the revision is looking good. I am still struggling with a few minor issues which have not been released onto the live website yet. Hoping to wrap up those loose ends this weekend. In the meantime, if you find things you aren't happy with on my new website, please let me know. I am always curious to hear how things work for others.

Please take a look and let me know your thoughts: http://alexsollaphotography.com/