Hello Napkin Kin! Welcome to 2013.

One of my resolutions is to mix it up a bit on The Napkin Dad Daily in 2013 and one way to do that is to add in more of my other work for you to see.

Here are some of my photographic portraits from 2012. Starting with the latest and going back to July.  Let me know what you think of them, ok?

Group portrait

The Morrison Family, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK, 12/12


Lauren Morrison, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK, 12/12

Kathi Morrison and I met online. She lives in Florida but she used to live in Tulsa and we met because she saw a photo of Philbrook Museum of Art that I had taken.  She particularly liked my Velveteen Women exhibition images and we made plans that if I ever made it to Florida, where she lives, we would do a photo shoot together for use in a similar type of photo collage image.   I haven’t made it to Florida yet (I am open to a patron/sponsor who wants to pay my way, hint hint), but she made it up to Tulsa to visit with her family.  We made arrangements to get together at her favorite place, Philbrook, and do a quick family portrait shoot.


profile portrait

Courtney in Profile, Tulsa, OK, 11/12

fall portrait

Courtney in the Fall, Tulsa, OK, 11/12

Courtney and I are running buddies.  We help coach a 10k intermediate running group here in Tulsa.  She is about the same age as my four daughters and we have a similar type relationship.  That means I tell what she should do and she rolls her eyes at me.  After this past fall running season I did a photo shoot with her that went from inside to outside at sunset among fall foliage.  I absolutely love her profile so was really happy to capture it in such beautiful light.  It took a little coaxing but once she got into it we had a great time capturing the fall feel in the outdoor portraits.



Sunset portrait in the fall

Caitlin in the Fall, Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, TX, 10/12

full body portrait with pumpkins

Caitlin in Orange, Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, TX, 10/12

This is my step-daughter, Caitlin.  I first met her when she was 13 and I started dating her mother, my now wife, Linda.  When she was 15 we did a secret photo shoot so we could make a gift of photos for her mother for Christmas, which she loved.  Seven years later we did it again.  I went down to Dallas to visit her for a fall weekend.  Caitlin loves the fall and pumpkins so when we found out that the Dallas Arboretum had a huge pumpkin display going on we made that our photo destination.  These are two of the images from that shoot. We gave the photos to Linda for Christmas this year and she was very happy.



Anna Kazmi as a Vampire, Oaklawn Cemetery, Tulsa, OK, 10/12


Meera Kazmi as Morticia, Oaklawn Cemetery, Tulsa, OK, 10/12

The Kazmi sisters are famous models in Oklahoma specializing in vintage clothing, accessories and photo shoots.  They started wearing vintage clothing, in particular 1940s vintage, as young teenagers. They have an extensive collection of clothing now and are asked to participate in modeling gigs, exhibitions, fashion shows and the like all the time.  Their mother, Karen, always accompanies them and the family is a complete delight to know and work with.  I asked them to attend our Tulsa Digital Photography Group’s annual Halloween Cemetery shoot and the happily obliged.  I stylized these images quite a bit to fit the theme, with Anna making a great vampire and Meera playing a perfect Morticia.


In July I traveled to California to attend my ex-father-in-law, Dwight Johnson’s memorial service.  Since I was driving down from Northern California after the service to visit my father in Southern California I took the opportunity to contact a number of old and new friends in California to see if I could rustle up some photo shoots to allay the cost of the unexpected expense of the trip.

portrait near water

Amy at the Water’s Edge, Morgan Hill, CA, 7/12

portrait in water

Amy with her Feet in the Water, Morgan Hill, CA, 7/12

I first met Amy when I was a High School leader in a church we attended in San Jose, CA back in the 80s and 90s. She was my favorite high schooler in the group, with a fierce intelligence and a very creative streak.  We kept in touch all these years and she was on the route to Southern California so I stopped by for a quick shoot. We took off for a small lake she knew of and did some images in the dappled sunlight.


Business portrait

Kathy in Natural Light, Berkeley Hills, CA, 7/12

Kathy and I waited tables together 30+ years ago at Eulipia Restaurant in San Jose, CA. I had reconnected with her through Facebook and when I let her know I was coming to California she just happened to need some new business and business casual photos. We did a quick shoot at her Berkeley Hills home near where I was staying.  The light was fantastic with the entire Bay Area reflecting in her incredible blue eyes.


Susan and dog

Susan with Dog in the Window, Malibu Pier, Malibu, CA 7/12

Susan with water

Susan Looking Up, Malibu Pier, Malibu, CA, 7/12

Unlike the other two I photographed on the trip, Susan and I had only met once before. We met at Blog World New York in June of 2012 at a closing party.  We hit it off and later when I was planning my trip she liked the idea of getting some new, more natural portraits done of her. We met at the Malibu Inn and spent several hours there, on the beach and on the pier taking photos. She has a TV and acting background so she was delight to work with.


That’s a fair amount for now, covering the second half of 2012.  I will post first half of my 2012 portraits in the next few weeks. In the meanwhile, if you would like some photos done, you know who to contact!  You can see a larger more extensive selection of my portraits and other work I do by going to my other website, http://www.martycoleman.com 

All photographs © 2013 MAKE Studio | Marty Coleman

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