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Melhem Rizk
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Aziza at her first album release concert performing "Kel El Ala Bali" with Jana Saleh, the album producer, on keyboards.
The album is available online on itunes and amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Aziza/dp/B00JAPDR6U/ref=sr_1_15?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1402428859&sr=1-15&keywords=aziza
More photos on my website: http://www.melhemrizk.com/Aziza/Aziza-Album-Release-Concert-J/
#photography   #concertphotography   #music   #arabicpop    #arabicmusic #concert   #albumrelease   #aziza   #ranakhalil     #beirut   #Lebanon  
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Oy Vey!

My husband Fred
 
I get a chuckle when people tell me that I COULD charge for my portraits.
I interpret this as, they think my work is good enough that other people would pay money for it. If money exchanged hands, I would then be validated and so would my work.
 
I know when people say this to me, they are just being nice and it is meant solely as a compliment. But I often wonder about the value of something when it costs a lot of money as opposed to when it is given away for free.
 
When I was first introduced to Sue Bryce and her style of portraiture, I was in awe. I immediately wanted to emulate her style. I studied her posing techniques and would practice them on friends any chance I could get. I would show my guinea pigs examples of Sues’ work and tell them how much I idolized her and her style. I would always mention that her average portrait session costs $3000.00. People pay her $3000.00 for a few photos and she is worth it! Her talent has tremendous value. Somehow, the fact that she can charge that kind of money and a wait list of clients waiting to pay it, put her in a class higher than any I could aspire to be in. The creme de la creme.
 
What does that say about me?
 
Well, my work has value to me on several levels, beyond any dollar amount. It provides me with a sense of esteem and self worth. The piece if mind, that when I’m gone, I will be remembered for something more than just the mundane. I will have left something behind that has value, but not the monetary kind. No one will care how much my portraits cost the sitter. That will be irrelevant.
 
So even though I have been told that I am a failure my entire life and to this day (thanks mom), my images to me, prove that I am not. That is the value.
 
Lighting info:
- AlienBee B800 in med. soft box, camera right, at aprox. 30 degree angle
- AlienBee B800 in med. octabox behind camera, up high, for fill
- AlienBee B800 with 40 degree grid behind subject, aimed at Thunder Grey seamless background
 
Canon 5d Mkll
Canon 24-105mm 'L' Lens
F/11 - 125th sec. - 125 ISO
Photoshop CS6
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Jay Wud performing at Jim Beam Rock Festival on June 27, 2014 at La Marina Dbayeh.
For their latest news, shows, music and videos check their website at www.jaywud.com
More photos on my website at: http://www.melhemrizk.com/Jay-Wud/Jay-Wud-at-Jim-Beam-Rock-Fest/

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«عزيزة» مغنية لبنانية شابة، لا تبتعد في غنائها عن الأصيل المتعارف عليه، لكنها تدخل عليه بعض التلوينات الحداثية التي تمنحه رونق
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Taken by my galaxy s3 and edited in snapseed
#flower #daisy #yellow #flowerphotography
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The Raven Whisperer

I had a shoot planned with Eric today. I had no idea he was so passionate about ravens. In fact, the name of his company is The Raven Workshop! The timing could not have been more perfect. I just happened to have two ravens on loan in the studio :)

I always say that I need just one great image to consider a shoot a success. I definitely got more than one from this shoot, but if all I got was this one, I would be ecstatic, nonetheless. Because it doesn't just tell a story, it tells a REAL story...

Lighting info:
- AlienBee B800 in med. soft box, camera left at aprox. 30 degree angle
- AlienBee B800 in med. octabox behind camera, up high, for fill
- AlienBee B800 with 40 degree grid behind subject, aimed at Thunder Grey seamless background

Canon 5d Mkll
Canon 24-105mm 'L' Lens
F/11 - 125th sec. - 125 ISO
Photoshop CS6
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Norbert Rosing has been photographing polar bears for 25 years. In 1989, he captured his first polar bear images in Churchill, in the Canadian province of
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An amateur photographer interested in concert and music photography, portraiture, and macro photography.
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