Catherine Short, Soprano

by Harlan, September 8, 2014

A few years ago, I packed up a couple of cameras and drove down to Wilmington, Delaware for a session with Catherine Short at the Grand Opera House. Catherine and I attended college together at the University of Delaware, and we both studied music. Today, Catherine is a successful opera singer, a soprano, and she has performed all over the world. It was such a pleasure to work with her and her team, particularly at a point where I was just getting started with professional portraiture.

Looking back on my approach to the shoot, I see now that there were many ways I could have improved my approach. I overlit the scenes, making too much use of brand new Bowens strobes. and I should have let the beautiful space in the opera house be more of a presence. Since the shoot in March 2011, I’ve occasionally returned to the raw photographs, looking for new ways to interpret the photographs.

After the initial shoot, Catherine selected a few photographs to use professionally. Earlier this year, she informed me that she had some new freedom to choose additional photographs, so I said I’d take another look. From the 500 (!) or so shots, across nine (!) outfit and hair changes, I selected roughly the same 50 or so I initially picked in 2011, but I took a different approach to post-processing.

I’ve further reduced the 50 photographs I selected recently down to just those below.

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    • Shari Landes
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    • September 10, 2014

    I like 17, 19 and 27 the best. They're all good!

  • What a treat to see these photos. After all these yers being in theBeauty & fashio business, it is wonderful to still be inspired as looking at these shots of my wonderful friend has done for me. I will never forget the day I met you at Christ Church. You were right behind be and I had the full pleasure of your voice. I was moved to tears.!!!God Has blessed us with you Catherine.

  • What a treat to see these photos. After years of being in the Beauty and Fashion business, I can still be moved by art like this. I remember the first time I met Catherine, she was sitting right behind me at Christ Church, her singing voice moved me to tears. I knew we would become good friends.. So Proud of you Catherine. You are a blessing to all who know you!!

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