Archive for July, 2012

Celebrate the Joy of being a Woman

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012


I’m sure there are many of you out there who are as uncomfortable as I am when having a portrait taken of yourself. I can almost feel a camera aim before I even see it, and have a very hard time relaxing in front of them.

Working as a photographer I see it all the time. Some people are comfortable and have fun in front of the camera, while others like me are just the opposite. It seems that the older we get (especially women), the more we shy away from cameras. I think that it’s a sad thing when we get to be so critical of ourselves, so I have been inspired to do something to celebrate this time in a woman’s life.

I made myself do some self-portraits for two reasons. First of all, all of my favorite artists and mentors do or did self-portraits, and I have always planned on doing them in my life. And secondly, if I ask my clients to be brave, and have their portraits taken when they get to be my age, then I need to be the first to do so as well.

So ladies—here are my results, and I would love to have you be next! So lets celebrate the joy of being a woman!

 

Ridgewater College Students visit Jonker Portrait Gallery

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

We held a tour of the studio this spring for the photography students of Ridgewater college in Willmar MN. The bus, which was as long as our house, parked out front, and the students came filing out, eager to see everything at Jonker Portrait Gallery.

It was a joy to meet the new group of budding photographers; they were full of energy and billowing with questions. Anyone considering going to school for photography really should check out the program at Ridgewater! Mary Jacobson has been an instructor there for many years, it would be an honor for anyone to study under her. I have seen beautiful work over the years from Wilmar students who enter in the professional competition, and they are also always volunteering and helping out behind the scenes at our competitions and seeming to have a great time doing it.

It was great meeting you all!

Check out their program here


Unveiling of New Paintings

Thursday, July 5th, 2012


We recently had an unveiling of some of my mixed media paintings compiled from last summer and fall. Doing these mixed media paintings is my favorite part of the business—it allows me the opportunity to combine the portrait sessions and my painting skills for my clients! This particular unveiling consisted of some of my portraits combining photography, digital painting, and oil painting, as well as a few traditional oil paintings. We hosted the small gathering here at the Apple Valley studio, and enjoyed food, wine, music and unveiled the new portraits.

It is such a wonderful process to experience a portrait differently by painting it, as opposed to simply creating the initial image in my camera.  Regardless of the medium, a painting goes through many stages as it emerges. Everything from initial conception—envisioning where it will go—to the finished product, it is a creative process that I truly love.

I painted for many other photographers around the country before opening Jonker Portrait Gallery in 1994. I still do the occasional painting for other photographers and it has always been fun to collaborate with another image-maker.

However, it’s truly freeing to be able to change anything that I want in my work, from colors to composition, in order to guide the viewer’s eye and give the work a sense of feeling. As with any medium, nothing rivals the moment when I know I’ve captured something of the real essence of the subject.

Included in this group also is a painting based off of a family snap-shot of a lost loved one. I really consider it a privilege to do these portraits. Over the years I have had the opportunity to draw or paint quite a few of these, and as I work I ask for divine guidance on the paintings as it has the power to be very therapeutic and healing. It’s a wonderful gift to give to those who have lost a loved one.

To view more of the mixed media or free hand painting visit the paintings section of our website. http://www.jonkerportraitgallery.com/gallery-paintings.php