About Ellie Ericson

Vancouver based photographer.

Going LIVE!

The day is here, it’s time to migrate over!

I’ve finally launched my new website up on my domain.

http://www.ellieericson.com

From now on you will find my blogposts stemming from http://www.ellieericson.com/blog.

Please join me there and stay current with my blog posts by subscribing to the RSS feed, or further down on the right hand column you will also see the Networked Blogs tool that will also subscribe you each time I publish a post.

Also, more exciting news on the horizon!

This week I travel back to Italy to do some personal travelling in Tuscany and then to join David duChemin and Jeffrey Chapman on Within The Frame in Venice. I’ll be posting as I travel, so make sure you join me for updates along the way at my new blog address!

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Artful Impressions – Namaste

It’s been a fun process going through all my previous shoots and image catalogues the last few weeks as I’ve been building the galleries for my upcoming website. I’m finding some gems along the way that I hadn’t given much thought to before. This image – Namaste, was shot almost a year and a half ago. I was doing a fun session with Emily – a fabulous yoga instructor and one of the lovelier subjects I have had the pleasure to work with behind the camera. We did a variety of pose work for her portfolio and some artful work for a project I have been working on and adding to as opportunities come up.

This one is more than a portrait, it emotes a feeling of peace and serenity, and most definitely belongs in the Artful Impressions gallery. Hope everyone is having a great start to their weekend. Here in Vancouver it’s sunny and gorgeous, and I’m gonna head out and walk the seawall at Stanley Park with a friend.

Happy weekend, and Namaste!

Artful Impressions – Cocoon

Last Spring I did a maternity session for my sister – she was expecting my nephew anytime at that point and was literally ready to burst. Amongst the portraits I did of her and her husband, I endeavoured to create a couple of unique and “artful” images like the one above for her. I surprised myself with how well it turned out and I’m really proud of this one. With the assistance of a wonderful friend, the title of “Cocoon” was decided for it. It is another unusual image for me, but given it’s unique artful nature, I realized that it too belongs in the gallery of my Artful Impressions.

This is also another image I had submitted to the PPA Western States competition for the PPA. Out of the three images I submitted, it scored the highest, won a Seal of Approval and will be automatically entered into the PPA International Competition this summer. 🙂

Wander-ful Rome

“For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery— back, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness.”                – D.H. Lawrence

Although there has been a lag in my posts about Italy – rest assured, I’m not done yet!

I arrived back in Rome from having been in Florence for a few days – both rested and loaded up with creative inspiration from it’s artisan community.

From that point in the trip, I felt like I had flicked a switch internally and surrendered to the creative pressure I seem to have placed myself under. Instead, my focus became one of play, and total curiousity when holding the camera…

Via Delle Quattro Fontane (the street of the four fountains) was a street Shiraine and I wandered down, fell in love with and got completely lost on…we wandered aimlessly, and played photographically in the balmy sunny afternoon…me, indulging in my love for architecture, doors and windows. I still remember that afternoon and evening with a WOW! feeling from it. A seriously amazing city to wander and get lost in…and I want to share some of the photographs that came out of it…

Artful Impressions – Loyally Waiting

This is a bit of an unusual image for me, but one that I feel belongs in this Artful Impressions series I have started. It’s an image that has become one of my favourites.

Last June, as I was in Port Townsend attending the A.R.T. Conference, I happened to attend an antique car show with a few of the other guys from the group…

I did an initial walkabout, and decided, meh, that it wasn’t for me. I bid everyone goodbye and as I was walking out, I passed this truck with the dog hanging out in it. Whoa, full stop – hmmm, well, I’ll stick around if there are dogs in cars I thought….pulled out my camera and stole a few quick images…I don’t know the dog’s name, and the owner wasn’t anywhere in sight, but the dog was a patient, sweet and cooperative subject…his eyes followed my every move, but his body didn’t budge…which was quite a comical site as I walked around the truck a couple times looking for the best angle to photograph from…

Just last week, I received news back from the PPA Western States Competition that this image had earned a Seal of Approval – and that it will also be automatically entered and Merited in the International Competition this coming summer.

Big grin 🙂

Artful Impressions – Gladiolas


Glorious pink Gladiolas – admittedly, I’m a sucker for fresh cut flowers in my home. They add an elegant and understated fresh beauty to a space, and it’s a luxury I am happy to indulge in. I photographed these lovelies last summer from window light in my bedroom.

Now, in the dead of winter, when getting outside to shoot and work on projects consistently gets delayed due to endless inclement weather, yet another new project idea emerges: Still life photography, while practising lighting skills, indoors, then editing and learning new software that allows me to dive into being an artist. Stay tuned for more to come in this series. I’m diving in to work on it this weekend with a friend and can’t wait to see what comes of it!

The website is coming together slowly but surely, we’re in the finishing stages and will soon be merging this blog with my domain name. I’ll make the announcement so you can all move over seamlessly to the new blog home when it happens.

The Red Cape

It was about 10 years ago (maybe more)….I found a beautiful red, authentic Irish wool cape at Value Village…I think I paid $25 for it….it should have been worth hundreds…one of those rare finds, and unless you know what you’re looking at, often overlooked. Needless to say, I scooped it up on the spot when I found it.

I’ve worn it, a fair bit, but I’d say that it has been sitting in my closet for a good 5 years since I last wore it…and I’ve had moments where I’ve thought about what to do with it while I’ve been through a couple of closet purging sessions. Miraculously, it’s still remained.

Last week, Ray Ketcham – my mentor – and I were “skyping” on one of our sessions – planning and preparing for me to travel down to Port Townsend and do some photography work with him. The plan for the weekend involved a model and photography sessions centred around working with small speed lights – flash on location. He said he’d had an idea floating around in his thoughts about a gothic type look, a lantern or two and wouldn’t it be nice to have a nice red flowing cape to use….

….Well!

Long story short, he just about lost his mind when I showed him what I had hanging in the closet – and how dare I consider purging it – “That, my friend, is the holy grail of all props!!”

🙂 Okay then!

What followed was a great session on Saturday working with our beautiful model Willow in Port Townsend’s Chetzemokah Park and below the park on the beach. It was a cold, grey and blustery day – perfect for the look we were going for. I’ve got a handful of great images I want to work with, and wanted to share one of my favourites below:

I’m currently gathering momentum and a focus for a particular project – part of which involves story telling within an image or series of images…and plenty of practice using on location lighting is required. The projects are starting to work around specific cultural folklore themes. It was truly amazing how the red cape gave the shoot such a fun theme and feel. It goes to show you that there is so much you can do with very little work around the props and great emphasis on the lighting. In this case, you’ve transported yourself to an entirely different era with the use of one piece of clothing and a small prop.

This image above was shot with a Canon 5D Mark II using a 430 EX Canon speed light and  small soft box on the speed light coming from camera left.

Stay tuned for more developments on the projects as I move along. I’ll be keeping you informed as I travel that journey. Also on the horizon and near future is the completion of my website – once that is done, this blog will then be merged onto my website and I’ll give you the link to my blog’s new home once we’re ready to make the move.