Our Dogs, Our Family

•July 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ― Roger A. Caras

Say “hello” to Chiisai and Roscoe, our studio’s adorable welcoming committee! Chiisai, a Parson Russell Terrier, often reaches the door before we can get up from our desks!

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Known as “man’s best friend,” dogs bring a unique kind of love into each family. Their devotion? Unwavering. Their love? Unconditional. Their intelligence? Amazing.

Each year, we run a special called “Dog Days of Summer.” This is a time when client session fees are donated to pet charities around town so that more dogs can find good homes and/or obtain the medical attention that they need. Take a look at some of our favorite pet portraits:

 

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Wolfgang Jasper’s “Dog Days of Summer,” happening now through August 20th. Click here for more information.

You can also have a fine art portrait of your own! Work one-on-one with Wolfgang and Beth and experience a unique, customized portrait session with one of the most experienced photographers and artists in the Richmond area. Call (804) 232-8028 or e-mail howldog@me.com. Gallery hours Friday – Saturday Noon to 7pm. Sessions are by appointment only.

Until next time,

Jeannie

Laughter, Joy and Much More!

•July 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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laugh·ter

/ˈlaftər/

noun. the action or sound of laughing

 

Laughter is much more complicated than this definition (courtesy of Google). There are so many variations! The human psyche is infinitely deep and what one person finds humorous, the next person will not. It’s a stress-reliever, a soul-bender, and is one of the most defining characteristics of human nature.

Next, let’s take a look at some of these variations:

  • The giggle
  • The belly laugh
  • The sly smirk
  • The dog’s grin

 

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A great portrait does not simply capture good exposure, lighting, and composition. A great photographer is able to draw out the unique nuances of each person.

 

 

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You can also have a fine art portrait of your own! Work one-on-one with Wolfgang and Beth and experience a unique, one-of-a-kind portrait session with one of the most experienced photographers and artists in the Richmond area. Call (804) 232-8028 or e-mail howldog@me.com. Gallery hours Friday – Saturday Noon to 7pm. Sessions are by appointment only.

Until next time,

Jeannie

 

 

A Special Mother’s and Father’s Day

•June 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hello! I love working within the creative community and especially with great artists such as Wolfgang and Beth. I am continuing to post thoughts about our photography sessions and hope that you will share in our passion for fine art photography and in the celebration of individuals and their families.

- Jean Lua, Office Manager, Wolfgang Jasper Photography

 

 “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Both fathers and mothers hold a dear place in many hearts and we are always delighted to share in the celebration of the birth of a new life. When we met Sibhon and Tevar in March, we were happy to plan a custom maternity portrait session just for them!

 

 The love displayed between the couple was very touching.

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Taylor, your parents can’t wait to meet you!

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Wolfgang adds a unique, artistic touch to his photographs.

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We are very happy to announce that Taylor Madison Archer was born on May 15, 2014! (5 lbs, 13.3 oz and 19 inches)  Mom, dad and brother are all doing very well!

To schedule a portrait session, please call 804.232.8028 or e-mail wolfgangjasperphoto@me.com. We also welcome you to visit our gallery at Stony Point Fashion Park, 9200 Stony Point Pkwy, Ste. 193, RVA (directly across from the Cinebistro Theatre entrance within the shopping center).

Gallery hours: Fridays and Saturdays from Noon until 7 pm. Photography sessions by appointment only.

 

 

 

 

The Spirit of Dogs

•December 7, 2013 • Leave a Comment

<meow!> Nothing. <meow…meow!> Nothing.

Jazz, a beautiful, five-year-old, Labrador Retriever was not responding to our terrible vocal renditions of a cat’s meow. She was more interested in…treats. Of course! Who doesn’t love food?

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Dogs, like people, are all different.  Different personalities, different likes and dislikes, different temperaments. Yet they all have one thing in common: love for their human companions.

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Some are quite elegant.

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Others seem to enjoy having their photographs taken!

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Some are more active than others.

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Some like to wear hats.

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And many have left us much too soon but will be with us forever in spirit.

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Photographing dogs is truly a pleasure for us, as we adore them through and through. Capturing different personalities and the “soulful” nature of each animal teaches us, in some ways, about us as humans and the nature of unconditional love.

They are called “man’s best friend” for a reason – always faithful, forever loyal, helping us navigate through life.

If you would like to have a beautiful portrait of your dog (or dogs) for you and your family – something that will be cherished for years to come – please contact our studio at 804.232.8028 or wolfgangjasperphoto@me.com. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Art of Children’s Photography

•October 19, 2013 • 2 Comments

 

Wolfgang: “Hey Matthew! Matthew! Look over here!” <makes silly face>

 

Matthew, momentarily distracted by Wolfgang, glances over and breaks into a wide grin.

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It is rather magical to watch. These brief, fleeting moments of genuine interaction are, one-by-one, forever imprinted into a photograph. Children are very much a gift, a literal “ball of energy,” given to us to help us remember various pieces of life.

 

Like how to laugh!

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Or how to relay our thoughts:

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Or how to pause and contemplate things in life:

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And the importance of family:

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Watching Wolfgang work is similar to watching a painting come to life. So many ideas flow into each portrait sitting – 40+ years of photography and artistry – and culminates into a masterpiece which is treasured by individuals for many, many years to come.

As raw emotion unfolds, the essence of the individual appears, and confidence emerges from within. Each photograph is imprinted with Wolfgang’s passion for photography and his internal love for the world of art.

To see more of Wolfgang’s work, please visit http://www.wolfgangjasperphotography.com

The Human Body – Celebration of a Beautiful Form

•September 25, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Motherhood. Many say that it is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences in life. Some call it a gift, a calling, a human blessing.

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It is also one of the most profoundly beautiful events that can be photographed.

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Life, not yet born, armed with the traits of generations which have preceded him/her – all in preparation for what is to come next. It is a privilege to be able to witness this part of a mother’s journey and capture these precious moments for future generations to see.

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Thank you for visiting our blog! If you would like to schedule a portrait for you and/or your family, please give us a call at 804.232.8028 or send us an e-mail at wolfgangjasperphoto@me.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Photography Wisdom and a Life Lesson

•September 19, 2013 • 1 Comment

Inherent to my nature is an inquisitive streak. I sat down with Wolfgang one day and casually began to ask him a couple of questions.

Jeannie: “Photographers are very prolific in our society today as everyone seems to have a camera. In your opinion, what makes a good photograph?”

Wolfgang: “That is a question which does not have a simple answer; it is sort of like opening Pandora’s Box. There are many objective and subjective variables to consider when figuring out what makes a good photograph.

Several objective aspects are important, such as composition, balance, rhythm, contrast, exposure, color harmony and much more. Then one must not forget that there is a subjective portion to consider and how each viewer, depending on their individual artistic sensibilities and preferences in subject matter, is emotionally impacted by the photograph.”

One question led into another and before I realized it, I had indirectly created our next blog post. This was information that we wanted to share with you – our loyal readers, friends, family and fans. For the old saying goes, “Knowledge is power.”

Jeannie: “If a person wanted to make a career out of photography, where should they start?”

Wolfgang: “It can be a slippery slope – good business sense and photographic talent are essential. Good photographers can run into financial difficulties. Mediocre photographers can run a successful business due to their knowledge about non-photography related items, such as marketing, management, finances, networking, and customer service.

You cannot just be a good photographer – a firm, thorough understanding of business is very important. Begin by familiarizing yourself with your profession, whether informally, through books and articles, or through formal means such as school or classes. Then practice – get out and take pictures as much as possible. Always remember to be open to, and seek, feedback.”

Jeannie: “What are some of the ‘rookie’ mistakes that new photographers make in the field today?”

Wolfgang: “They enter the industry without the proper business preparation. As far as art is concerned, you cannot really make a mistake – it is a very subjective field and much of it is based on individual taste and artistic sensibilities. But you can make mistakes in business which are easily definable.”

 Jeannie: “How important is light?”

Wolfgang: “The word ‘photography’ is derived from the Greeks. ‘Photos’ represents light and ‘graphein’ represents drawing. It is painting, or drawing with light. It is one of the most important concepts for photographers to understand. It is everything – without light, there would be no photography.”

Jeannie: “Your photography is somehow different from other artists that I have seen. How have you remained true to who you are as an artist?”

Wolfgang: “In my artwork, I gravitate towards the pathos side of life and the world; the fiber of my being is more expressionistic. I am more concerned with the expression of the human condition. A cute smile is nice, but I like delving past the surface into the soul of a person. In my business, I cannot say that I am remaining true to myself as an artist as I understand that the needs of my clients are important. Therefore, I try to combine my artistic sensibilities with the requests of my clients. In my personal photography and art, I try to remain true to my nature.”

It was at that moment when I realized how intertwined the two disciplines – art and photography – are to his work. I silently thought to myself, “That is amazing that he has remained true to who he is as an artist and a person for over 40 years.”

An astute teacher, Wolfgang thoughtfully explained each of his answers. He never seemed to tire of the barrage of questions that were sent his way. With over 20 years of teaching experience at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), he easily catered to my learning style.

Jeannie: “You should really continue to teach others.”
Wolfgang: <silence and a thoughtful nod, followed by a warm smile>

An idea was born. More details to come!

 

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“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” ― Dorothea Lange

 
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