What is Your Headshot Saying About You?

Does your headshot promote you as the successful professional you are?

First impressions are very important, and let’s face it- for as much as we tell each other not to judge a book by its cover, we still find ourselves drawing conclusions from the surface. Consider the following photos of Noel Thomas Patton, Founder and CEO of TA Sciences at http://www.tasciences.com

Notice, while all three photos are of the same man, they each tell a different story. The first one portrays him as a business man who is confident and serious, prepared to get the work done. The second is very lighthearted. Here, Mr. Patton is wearing business casual attire while having a good time (and a good laugh!). This photograph conveys a space in which he is completely comfortable to have fun and be himself. The third photo shows him again in a different light. As Noel stands gleefully beside his beautiful car, we can safely assume that he is a positive, successful, and affluent man who enjoys having nice things.

So again I ask, what is your headshot saying about you? Are you coming across as friendly and approachable, or is the photo so forcibly posed that it looks like you’re being held against your will? Is your personality shining, or do you look uncomfortable in your own skin? Is it an accurate reflection of who you are currently, or does it look like who you were a decade ago? Take a look at these beautiful photographs of accomplished author and nutritionist, Elisa Zied of http://www.elisazied.com

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This photo (above) is the perfect display of a confident professional with expertise in her field, yet it also conveys that she is a strong, kind, and intelligent woman.

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This photo (above) shows Elisa in a relaxed state. The smile on her face as she lounges in her chair lets us know that she is comfortable in this setting, and it doesn't feel posed.

People always ask me how often they should be updating their headshot, and usually they expect me to give them an exact time frame. The answer really depends on how honest the depiction your current headshot is of you. Maybe you consistently update your headshot, and you maintain a recent profile picture on LinkedIn. Good for you! You are already a step ahead of most others. Some people are hanging onto headshots that are 20+ years old, and as a photographer I can understand the significance of preserving a good memory, however, that’s just what it is  - a memory. Imagine how someone in business would feel if they met you and you looked nothing like the headshot they saw on your page. They would be disappointed. As we age, we all still want to feel younger, and that’s where I (The Portrait Specialist) put my expertise to work.

These days, when we think about looking younger in photos, our first thought is usually to apply retouching, however, this is where things can easily go very wrong. It is so obvious when people apply too much retouching to a photograph, and it makes me sad to see how the quality of the photo is so greatly diminished. This happens too often. When your photo looks like it’s been airbrushed a million times over, it makes it pretty hard to recognize the real you. At our studio, we help our clients put their best foot forward, and make sure their headshot is an honest reflection of who they currently are.

So, here we are again. What is your headshot really saying about you? Does it show someone who is positive, skilled, focused, determined? Does it convey an even measure of experience and youthful exuberance? Maybe it’s been a while since your most recent headshot was taken, and you’re worried that you’ve aged too much and don’t feel comfortable standing before the lens. As model-turned-professional photographer, I understand what it’s like to be on both sides of the camera. I also understand what it’s like to want to feel younger as I age -trust me, I feel the same way. So here at the Lucille Khornak Studio, we do our best to make sure you feel comfortable, beautiful, and confident. We soften lines and fix skin texture, however I promise we will make you look beautiful and real. When was the last time you updated your headshot? 

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Valentine’s Day is a special day. It’s a time that people come together, show their appreciation and express their love to one another. With a box of gourmet chocolates, dozens of red roses, a small box from Tiffany's or Cartier, and a romantic dinner it’s no secret that retailers and restaurants are in love. These are really the small things we do to show our love and admiration. The greatest gift we give each other on this day, as an expression of our love, is our time.

We celebrate, take special trips, write love letters- and especially take photographs. Taking photographs is truly an important part, as it’s the best way to document the amazing moments that take place between people who love one another.

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In these times, the greatest thing we can do is spread love. It’s a powerful energy that each of us possess as individuals, and when we bring it together as couples, friends, families and communities, we make the world a better place. Let’s keep moving forward, making our world more picture perfect with the light of love today, tomorrow, and each and everyday that follows.

Here is to our heart and to our soul- Let photography tell the story of our love, and the moments we cherish together!

Happy Valentine's Day from the team at Lucille Khornak Photography!

Reflecting on the Year 2016

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It’s that time of year again, the time we all look back and reflect on our lives as we approach the new year. Some of us are thinking about our progress towards the resolutions/goals we made, while others take a moment to consider all the things they experienced through the passing of the year. As we take this time to reflect on the year, so many thoughts begin to come to mind. “What have I done well this year?”, “How has my life changed?”, “Did I take enough photographs of the kids? Most of them were on my phone — Did I remember to back them up?!” That last part really resonates with me, mostly because of my heart for child photography.

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Although I don’t have any children of my own, I understand the significance of documenting the beauty of youth and childhood. My mother took me to a professional photographer once when I was a baby. I was about six months old, barely sitting up for a good shot. Besides that, I only have a few snapshots to remind me of what it was like growing up, and I wish I had much more. Avoid that mistake! Make sure you book a photo session for the family each year so you can savor precious moments for the years to come, compare photos now and then to see how much has changed, and update the walls of your home for a balanced mix of memories that represent the roots and branches of your beautiful family tree.

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As I look back on the year that I’ve had, I am truly grateful. Like most people, I didn’t quite accomplish all that I had set out to do. I broke the rules of my diet a couple times, and even let go of some resolutions entirely, but still I am thankful for the many good things that have happened both to and for me in 2016. Photography is something I am very passionate about -and as an added benefit- I get to work with some of the best clients a photographer could ask for, the Lucille Khornak Gallery in the Hamptons is still partnering with groundbreaking artists (and accepting submissions from new artists as we prepare for an exciting season of art in 2017), and some really talented people have joined my team based in Long Island City - can’t wait to show you the video we made for the holidays! What are you grateful for? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

The end of this year, whether it be good or bad, only signifies the beginning of something new. New experiences to enjoy, times to laugh and times to cry, moments to share with new people in new places, and so much more! I look forward to making the best out of the year to come, and hope that you will too.

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Here’s to the best of what 2017 has to offer…

Love,

-LK

Family As An Art Form

Family is arguably the most important thing we will ever have in our lives. Whether extended or immediate, traditional or modern, large or small, biological or chosen - our family are the people we hold closest to our hearts. It comes as no surprise then that humans have been documenting their loved ones in family portraits for nearly 200 years.

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In the nineteenth century, people used portraits as a way to memorialize their family members and in most ways, we use them for the same thing today. Gathering everyone together for a little photoshoot, capturing the relationships and the love between people, documenting the unique character of each individual person - what better way to preserve the essence of family? And what better person to do it than a professional photographer? You need someone with the experience, who can successfully render your family in their most flattering and authentic light. I can do just that. A session with me results in genuine and beautiful photos of you and your family; photos that you will be proud to display. Accurately and gracefully representing you and your loved ones cannot truly be achieved simply by snapping a photo on your smart phone. In order to properly memorialize what’s most important to you, trust that I, as an artist, can and will bring out the very best in your family.lucille-khornak-extended-families01.jpg

 

Is There Power in Being Grateful?

autumngrassAs life unfolds, it can be quite a beautiful thing. I like to think of it as a ride in the old Rolls Royce Silver Cloud - no matter where life takes us, it’s the uniqueness of the journey that makes it so precious for each one of us.

Some of us will encounter bumps early along the road, while others run into them later in life. You may even think at times that the bad has outweighed the good. It is easy to get into a funk about what is not working in your life. Sometimes things go wrong in relationships, maybe one of your favorite cars has broken down, or maybe last quarter’s business results just weren’t what you were expecting. No matter what you are facing in your life right now, remember that there is always something to be grateful for.

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During Thanksgiving dinner, my family started a tradition where each person at the dinner table had to speak about what they were thankful for. Things like good health and good company were common subjects each year. This year, I took a moment to ask my staff what they are grateful for:

  • “I’m grateful for all the new relationships I’ve made this year. There are so many good people that have come into my life!”
  • “I have very close family and friends, and wouldn't trade that for anything in the world.”
  • “My daughter – she's my everything. I'm grateful to have her everyday.”
  • “My new house is amazing. I can't wait to have the family over for the holidays!”

You can even take this a step further and do it more often. I find it amazing, the way it starts to change your mindset. Look for small things that are working well in your life, and use these good thoughts to fuel your enthusiasm to do great things! We all want POSITIVE, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my life, it’s that being grateful attracts more positive energy into your life -always. I am thankful to have you as a reader. Even in the bad times, remember that things could be worse, and I hope you will remember to be grateful in all things and watch as things go from good, to better in your life!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

-Love, LK

Southampton Costume Parade

Every year Southampton hosts a halloween costume parade. I love it because watching all the children as they march the streets in pride -with each of their costumes just as unique as they are- well, it’s simply an amazing and heartwarming experience! These children have been thinking for some time about who/what they wanted to be, and the reveal of their looks at Sunday’s parade was absolutely beautiful.

Some are home made costumes and others are store-bought, but what makes them particularly special are the children in them. Pure in spirit, whimsical by nature, and energetic at heart, they don their costumes and fully become the characters they’ve set out to portray. Take a look  below at the mummies, dinosaurs, witches and superheroes that stopped by to have their photo taken at the Lucille Khornak Gallery in Southampton this weekend.

Holiday House in the Hamptons

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If you haven't had a chance to see the beautiful Holiday House in Water Mill this year, here’s a look at what you're missing! There are so many gorgeous and amazing rooms on display. These photos from my recent visit are only a glimpse into what the Holiday House Hamptons has to offer.

The Holiday House is a designer showhouse dedicated to providing funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a worthy cause. The design spaces are each themed around a special moment in life or a holiday that inspires the designer.

I encourage you to spend an afternoon exploring the rooms. I’m sure you will take away some great design ideas for your interiors.

I recommend checking out the garage by Barbara Ostrom, and upstairs take a look at the room by Melanie Roy! A fun surprise is the tennis court on the roof  - a concept that I found very unique and original!

A Taste of Color 2016 - Lucille Khornak Southampton Gallery

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Looking for something fun to do next weekend? Already have things to do but want to add another event to your list? Then stop by the Lucille Khornak Gallery in Southampton to check out some amazing art! This will be our first big group show of the season and our second annual “Taste of Color” themed display. It will feature beautiful works by the following artists: Andre Costa, Stephen Caliguiri, Joe Chierchio, Patrick Duffy, Greg Hildebrandt, Anatoli Monov, Nancy Olivier, and Donna Sved. The colorful and engaging pieces all possess similarly playful tones, whether abstract or representational. Come see for yourself the vision of these many talented artists Saturday August, 20th from 5:00 to 7:00PM - We promise, you’ll be glad you did. 

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The Answer To Mother’s Day

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A mother is the most important lady in our life. Many of us consider the woman from whom we were borne as our mother first and foremost, and as the person with whom we share the strongest bond in our life. This connection is the beginning of a relationship that is unique from any other, and special to each and every one of us. A mother is a person who has committed her life to taking care of her children; seeing that their needs are met, inspiring and loving them unconditionally. Patient and forgiving, she is someone who is always there for them. Husbands will also cherish these qualities in their wives. For many of us, we find this caregiving quality in the woman who brought us into this world, but even still, some of us will find motherly connections in grandmothers, non-biological mothers, aunts, older sisters, teachers, and other women close to us. These women are defined by their grace and unconditional love.

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Out of curiosity, I asked the guys in our office how they feel about their mothers. Eternal love was one description along with admiration of her strength, independence, and constant source of inspiration. Another likened his mother to the steadfast light that guides one through the storms of life. “She always has good intentions, no matter what, she always wants the best for me,” said John. During our conversation, us women brought up the thoughtful ways in which our mothers say I love you. Little notes in a lunchbox or a letter in your suitcase before flying abroad are some examples we shared.

In adulthood, there may be times when these connections feel distant, maybe because you live in different locations, or even across the world from each other. Ups and downs come in the natural progression of any relationship, especially so with our mothers as we continue to grow and choose new experiences. Nevertheless, the love of a mother is always with you.

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So whomever your lady may be, know that her unconditional love is something to celebrate. Mother’s Day is when we express our gratitude to the mothers and wives in our lives. Common gifts to our mothers have often included flowers, dinner, and (of course) chocolates. It’s a day we set aside each year to honor our mothers, and treat them to the great comfort, or luxury, they have so lovingly given us our entire lives. I truly believe that a mother should be treated like the queen she is, and that means giving her nothing less than the absolute best.

“What is the answer to Mother’s Day?” you may be wondering. The answer is simple: A gift of Love, A gift of Meaning. Give the mother in your life the tangible gift that encapsulates the intangible, a professional photography session with me. In my sessions, I am driven by the quest to capture the essence of the relationship and the true character and personalities of each individual. I do not settle for the typical posed shots we have all seen before. It is the energetic, soulful, and whimsical qualities of the moments I photograph that set my sessions apart from others. Present your mother with a gift that is both priceless and timeless… one she can enjoy now and in the future. Whether you are shopping for your spouse or your mother, a professional family photography session with Lucille Khornak is a gift that will truly last forever.

Call or email us for your gift certificate today!

(888) 858-1827

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It's Time to Move

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Well, it has been awhile since my latest post, the reason why is I have been extremely busy clearing out my storage units as my company is moving to a new building in the coming months.

 When I started clearing out the space I came across a multitude of stuff: all of the slides I’ve taken over my career, cases of my print ads from my time as a commercial photographer, props, boxes of receipts, client proofs from the days of film, empty computer boxes, Christmas ornaments, home goods, large pieces of wood for installation projects, and the list goes on. Seeing all these items brought back so many memories. All in all, it has been nice to see my evolution through all these years.
 So I’m sorting through all my stuff and I began wondering “Why did I keep this or why did I keep that?” Well, at a certain point those items held an importance or there was something useful about holding onto it, however as the years go by it is easy to forget about all these things you’ve acquired. I realized how long overdue I was for a clean out!
Amidst getting rid of all the stuff I no longer need, I’ve been looking at all of the work from earlier in my career, ads I completely forgot about and other work that holds incredible meaning to me. Looking back, I actually became impressed with all the work I have done. I rediscovered all the articles that were written about my first book, “Fashion: 2001.” The publicity I received was unbelievable, it was nice to remember that. As I’ve had a long career, it’s been awhile since I’ve thought about some of my accomplishments. Even some of my staff who have known me for years said to me, “Wow, I had no idea you had all of this work!” We’ve been enjoying looking at it all.
So, we will be showing some of this past work on our new website. The new site is set to launch in a couple weeks or so. In the meantime, I am posting some of the ads here for you to view.
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Cleaning out has felt like a breath of fresh air. I urge you to do the same!

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7 Historical Destinations on Long Island

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If you're a Long Island native, you know that Long Island has much more to offer than solely it's scenic, sandy beaches. There are many beautiful and interesting historical destinations on the island, especially out east. If you're in the mood to explore your surroundings, head to any of these places listed below and discover the array of different adventures Long Island has to offer. Bring the whole family for a fun and educational new experience together while staying local! You may be pleasantly surprised at what you discover!

  1. The Pollack Krasner House and Study Center – Located in East Hampton, the Pollack-Krasner House was once the home of abstract-expressionist Jackson Pollock and his wife Lee Krasner, who was also an artist. Built in 1879, the house still maintains the same appearance as it did at the time of Pollack's death, including the original furnishings, his favorite possessions, and his personal library. The property is considered a national landmark and attracts people from all over the world. You can even schedule a tour of the house and outdoor studio, where Pollack created some of his most famous artworks in his signature style.
  2. The East Hampton Windmill – The 'Hook Windmill', located at Old Hook Mill in East Hampton, was constructed in 1806 and operated until 1908. The well-known landmark, found on North Main street, is included in the National Register of Historical Places. This location is open daily for visitors.
  3. Fairview Farm – Located in Bridgehampton, Fairview Farm is a family-run business. The farm features a vast array of fresh meats, vegetables, fruits, herbs, fresh-cut flowers, and honey. Visitors from all over Long Island flock to Fairview for its delicious produce and historical nature.
  4. Gosman's Dock – Founded in 1943 by Robert and Mary Gosman, the Montauk location started as a small chowder stand specializing in lobster rolls. The restaurant now serves a variety of delicious dishes that attract tourists from across the state. Gosman's Dock features a beautiful beach-front atmosphere coupled with clothing and gourmet food shops.
  5. Deep Hollow Ranch – Run by Patrick and Cate Keogh, Deep Hollow Ranch is known as the 'birthplace of the American cowboy' and the oldest working ranch in the United States. The location includes preserved areas of coastal land and welcomes travelers from all over the world to learn more about America's rich history while enjoying trail rides through the beautiful Montauk landscape.
  6. Camp Hero State Park – Consisting of 415 acres of gorgeous beachfront terrain in Montauk, Camp Hero State Park offers winding trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding through the beautiful forest and freshwater wetlands.
  7. Montauk Lighthouse – 'Montauk Point Light' is the lighthouse located near Montauk Point State Park and marks the easternmost part of Long Island. Montauk Lighthouse stands as the first lighthouse to be constructed in New York and is the fourth oldest lighthouse in the United States. This location features a museum, areas for fishing, picnicking and surfing. For only 10$ per adult and $4 per child, you can enter the lighthouse and climb its spiral staircase – truly a walk through history.

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Not Ready For Your Close-Up? Tips For Looking Great in Every Photo!

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Elisa Zied, nutritionist and author, photographed by Lucille Khornak.

Before the days of social media, a bad photograph was just a bad photograph. It could be thrown away, swiftly deleted and never worried about again. Now, with the existence of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, there is no escaping the embarrassment of an unflattering photo! With friends and family constantly snapping photographs for their social media accounts, it is not uncommon to wake up to find you've been tagged in a cringe-worthy picture post, displayed for all the world to see. We've all had someone take less-than-becoming photos of us at some point and, despite our subtle hints or blatant protest, post them on social media for everyone's eyes. If you dread taking photographs with others in the fear that you won't be happy with the result, here are a few simple tricks that may increase your photo- taking confidence and stop you from running the other way every time someone pulls out their camera.

  • Know your angles. Everyone has a 'good side'. Figure out which angle is most flattering for you and pose accordingly in group photos.
  • Go for a more natural makeup look. Foundation that is too heavy or not the right shade will make your features appear flat and distract from your true beauty. Lightly emphasis the eyes and lips and use a sheer highlight and contour powder on the cheekbones for a healthy glow. Lipstick can also help you look good.
  • Remember that dark-colored makeup can age you, so avoid brown or deep red lipsticks and heavy blush. Set your look with a light mattifying powder to avoid excess shine in photos.
  • Smile! A smile that is natural and not forced will always look best. If you can't think of something funny before the picture is taken, smile or laugh a little. Happiness is always beautiful!
  • Enlist the help of a professional!: When in doubt, consult a pro. Skilled professional photographers know exactly how to capture their clients so that a perfect picture is possible every time. Their knowledge of angles, lighting and posing can prove to be infinitely helpful when trying to capture flattering, high-quality photographs.

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How the Arts Can Help Your Child Grow

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It is never too early to introduce your child to the arts and so easy to incorporate creative activities into their everyday life. With countless studies proving that simply picking up a crayon or paintbrush can aid in your child's healthy development, it is no wonder why parents are beginning to encourage artistic ventures with just as much vigor and enthusiasm as standard academics. According to these studies, it is recommended that children should engage in the arts while their cognitive skills are developing. During this time, the left and right hemispheres of the brain are still growing. The left side of the brain controls logical thinking, dealing with analytical processes such as math, reading and science, while the right side of the brain controls emotional perception and creativity. It is important that both sides of the brain develop equally during this time in order to reach a healthy balance in which both regions can work together simultaneously.

According to the New York Center for Arts Education, integrating artistic activities into your child's life can have many positive effects that can last an entire lifetime. Listed below are just some of the benefits of introducing your child to the arts at an early age. While you may have been aware of some of these positive effects, others will truly surprise you! Read on to find out how the arts can impact your child's life in an amazing way!

1. Strengthened motor skills: As your child holds a paintbrush or pencil in their hand, they are actually improving their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, which can be incredibly useful later in life.

2. Language development and visual learning: Drawing or painting with your child will spark opportunities for them to learn new words for colors and objects and correctly associate each word with an image. By doing so, your child will be able to recall what they've learned with greater ease and use this new information properly in everyday life.

3. Improved confidence and self-esteem: Creating something yourself or expressing yourself artistically can spark feelings of accomplishment and pride – personal characteristics that are incredibly important. Let your child create whatever they imagine and acknowledge their efforts. Feeling good about yourself – even at a young age – can go a long way.

4. Strong sense of dedication, focus, and improved decision-making skills: Bringing their ideas to live in a fun and creative manner can help your child learn to follow through on personal projects, make their own choices and stay on task.

5. Healthy expression of emotion, strong sense of creativity and inventiveness: You may have guessed that engaging in the arts can enable your child to become more creative and inventive, but did you know that exercising the right side of the brain through artistic activities can help your little one to learn to understand and express their emotions positively? Strong emotional intelligence is an excellent quality to have, playing an important role in leading a balanced, happy life and forming positive relationships with others.

6. Teamwork, collaboration, and sense of community: Working together with friends and family will teach your child how to interact with others in order to achieve a common goal. Participating in local art programs can demonstrate the importance of community and togetherness. In addition, fun, creative group activities can be an incredible bonding experience for you and your child.

7. Increased academic performance: Children who frequently participate in the arts throughout their lives tend to do better in school and are proven to score up to three times higher on standardized tests such as the SATs. In addition, they are more likely to have higher scores in attendance, participate in community service and after-school programs and receive awards for their achievements.

8. Cultural awareness and open-mindedness: Acknowledgment of the different ideas, emotions and viewpoints of others can be learned through artistic collaboration and art education, which can help shape an open mind.

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Now that you are more familiar with all the fantastic things the arts can do for your child, you may be asking yourself how and when you can begin. The answer to that question is easily and right now! There are many ways to introduce fun, artistic and rewarding activities into your child's life and your family's schedule. Remember that the arts include painting, drawing, music, theater, sculpture, writing, dancing, photography – there is something for everyone to enjoy! Here are some simple tips on how to get started:

Always have arts and crafts supplies available to your child. Celebrate your child's artwork and display it around the home. Put together a designated 'art studio' or creative space for your child. Read aloud to your child – be dramatic, energetic and act out the plot together. Play all different types of music for your child and expand their knowledge of different cultures. Make a scrapbook together. Book a professional family photo shoot and turn the family into a work of art!

 

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Why Collect Art?

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Buying or collecting works of art is about much more than purchasing things we find to be aesthetically pleasing from time to time. It's about actively supporting the arts and playing an important part in the art world. It's about acquiring a uniquely personal collection of works that reflects one's own perspectives, ideas, interests or desires and the thrill of the hunt that comes with it. By purchasing a work of art, you are supporting the artist in their creative efforts and acknowledging the time, skill and thought that went into completing the piece. By collecting artwork, you are helping the artist to spread their influence and, in return, are able to own a special piece of art history, safely preserving it from the damaging effects of time. You are also helping to support galleries, which work with artists to help them display their works for the public to observe and enjoy.

There are quite a few additional benefits that come with collecting artwork. For one, you get to own a beautiful collection of meaningful works. Buying artwork is also a wonderful investment since original pieces that are kept in good condition have the potential to grow in value exponentially. Who knows which new artist will become the next Jeff Koons, Chuck Close or Jasper Johns? As a collector, you are playing a part in the history of art. Without the patronage of collectors, the art world could not exist. Think of what the history of art would be like without those who collected and preserved the works of Picasso, van Gogh or Pollack? By supporting artists whose work you cherish, you are taking on a very important role. You are also creating something yourself – personal collections of works of art can begin to tell the unique story of the collector's ever-evolving tastes and mirror aspects of their lives, personal experiences, and innermost dreams. These distinctive and customized collections can add visual interest and character to the interior of the home. They can also be passed down for generations, serving as part of one's legacy, forever telling the story of one's passion and dedication towards the arts. Are you interested in collecting artwork and beginning your own personal collection of pieces?

It begins with browsing galleries and brushing up on your knowledge of art. You can choose to concentrate on a particular artist, style or period, as many collectors do, or you can simply search for pieces that spark something inside you. Finding works that represent your own ideas or perspectives on the world can be viewed as a treasure hunt, an opportunity for growth and an enjoyable challenge! Collecting artwork is – above all things – a passion, a mission, and an adventure!

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Don't Forget Fido! Include Your Pets In Your Next Family Photoshoot

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If you're a proud pet owner, you know that your favorite furry friends are without a doubt an important part of the family. Pets seem to tie the whole family together, providing us with laughter, happiness and comfort during the good times and the bad. Their unconditional love and loyalty are truly remarkable, which explains why so many pet owners wish to celebrate their beloved little companions every chance they get. This tradition is especially popular in the Hamptons, where you see families with their dogs year round, taking walks together around town on sunny days. It really is a heart-warming sight.

Some of the best family portraits are those that feature the entire extended family – including the family pet! Including your dog in the photoshoot can offer some of the best candid shots and countless opportunities for great photos. Pets add something special to the photo session – a certain element of warmth and humor. They bring a playful energy and add an extra element of fun to the experience. The kids will love posing with their favorite animal and looking back on these photographs when they are older.

We love our pets and want to remember them forever, just as we do with our friends and family. Next time you are planning a shoot for the family or looking to create beautiful seasonal holiday cards, remember to include your family pet. For an extra special treat, have some pictures taken of just your pets. I am great with animals and I know exactly how to incorporate them into your photographs. These prints can be hung as artwork in the home to create a warm, loving atmosphere or featured on special greeting cards to send to all your family members and friends. Remember - Your pet is a family member.

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The Misconceptions and Downfalls of DIY Photography

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Though nowadays we all have the luxury of having a camera on hand at all times, it is important not to forget that photography is an art form. Though anyone can snap a photo with their camera phone, not everyone is a photographer. Just as everyone can pick up a pencil and draw, not everyone can be considered a professional artist. The idea remains the same. Becoming a professional photographer takes years of education, practice and experience. A talented photographer possesses both learned and innate skill, having a trained eye and keen artistic intuition. Working with accomplished icons such as Georgio Armani, Yves St. Laurent and Andy Warhol, I've strengthened my technique over the years to deliver a level of quality that cannot be duplicated and used these experiences to transform the field of family portraiture. When I capture a client's family, the end result is much more than a photograph – it is a work of art.

The equipment and editing software that is used in the creation of our portraits is top-of-the-line and generates the most beautiful and natural results. The talented designers we employ at our studio put a great amount of time and effort into perfecting each photograph and this is evident in the portraits we produce for our clients. The irreplicable quality of our prints, unique artistic style and ability to bring fun and excitement to each photo session are what keeps our clients coming back year after year.

It's always saddening to see professional photographers lose business due to the ever-increasing presence of modern day technology in our lives. It is also worrying to see so many people documenting life's most important moments on their iPhones. Towards the end of our lives, the photographs we've kept over the years will be our way of looking back on all those magical, happy moments we've experienced. These preserved memories will be passed down for generations and serve as our everlasting legacy. When I think of how important these photographs will be to us, I wonder why so many people resort to do-it-yourself photography, serving as their own photographer. Besides for the unfortunate fact that the quality of amateur photography is sub-par, it is risky to store all our photos on unreliable technological devices. In just a second, a lifetime of photos could be lost on faulty laptops or cellphones. Photographs should be tangible, in my opinion – displayed as artwork around the home so they can be cherished daily, adding warmth and character to your living space. Our special family moments are so precious to us, it is a shame to keep them stashed on our computers or social media profiles rather than treating them with the importance they deserve. Though taking your own photographs may be convenient, it may have a negative impact in the long run as it does not do our most beloved moments justice nor preserve them in a reliable way. Enlisting the help of a professional photographer will not only provide you with the high-quality portraits you deserve but will also allow you to truly celebrate life's best moments and all those that we love.

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Behind the Scenes at the Lucille Khornak Photography Studio

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The weather is growing cold and crisp and the city is already adorned with its usual seasonal décor, igniting the holiday spirit within the hearts of its inhabitants. In a spacious building in Long Island City, my studio is alive and buzzing in preparation for the holidays. The space gives off a professional and creative atmosphere, each workspace featuring top of the line technology and the finest editing software. While an experienced team of designers diligently work to perfect festive holiday cards and flawless portraits for a long list of clientele, I attentively supervise while working with my team.

Everyone seems to be working towards two main goals here: artistic perfection and client satisfaction. I am adamant that each photograph coincides with the highest standards of quality, making sure every last detail is polished. Operating with a tireless sense of determination, positivity and enthusiasm, I offer my professional opinion every step of the way, using a trained eye to help achieve undeniable perfection. Each client's order is truly a team effort, utilizing the talent and artistry of each designer to deliver an elegant and soulful final product. When preserving priceless family memories that will be treasured for years to come, you shouldn't have to expect anything less.

At the busiest time of the year, my Photography Studio team really shines. So much time and effort are put into ensuring that each photograph is truly a work of art, going above and beyond clients' expectations. It is an eye-opening experience to see firsthand what goes on behind the scenes. A great amount of heart goes into the production of the beautiful images you see displayed across the walls of my galleries at Southampton and Bridgehampton. I mix incredible artistry with a remarkable dedication to quality and client satisfaction, it is no wonder why my business continues to flourish and the list of clientele grows each year.

My team and I transform intimate family moments into luxurious images that can be cherished forever, serving as constant reminders of all the love we share with our loved ones. Book your photo session today and see the difference quality can make in your photographs. I guarantee that you will love my photographs.

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