Alicia Royer, pastellist

8 09 2010

I met Alicia Royer a few years ago when I photographer her with her family (husband Mike, and kids Annie and Joshua) for the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). Mike, who wears a cochlear implant, is a member of HLAA. We’ve been friends ever since. I invited the family to my studio sometime later for portraits and at the time, Alicia was seven months pregnant with their daughter, Ashley Jocelyn. You can see the results of that photo session in my blog posts: Meet the Royers, And baby girl five… and Annie & Joshua. Two months later, Mike asked me if I could photograph the birth of their daughter and I jumped at the chance (and the challenge!). You can see the photos from the birth in my blog posts: Welcome to the world, Ashley Jocelyn! and Introducing Ashley Jocelyn. Ashley celebrated her second birthday this past month.

Now that Alicia has a dedicated art space in their new home, this busy mother of three has been churning out drawings and improving her skills with every effort. A few months ago, she asked if she could use a photo I shot of my friend Camilla (Cam) as a reference for a drawing. Recently, she e-mailed me the results and I thought she did a great job and wanted to share it on my blog. While I have been drawing and painting since I was a child, I haven’t done much with the pastel medium, but I do know that it isn’t an easy medium to work in—yet Alicia excels in it with her color palette choices and her layering skills. And most often she chooses portraits as her subject—not an easy task, in my opinion.

Check out her pencil drawings on www.aliciajroyer.blogspot.com and pastel drawings on www.aliciajroyer22.blogspot.com.

And she’s getting creative in the kitchen, too, with her new blogs, It Begins in the Kitchen and Alicia’s Favorites.

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Hearing Loss Magazine, 2008 recap

18 01 2009

Our first issue in 2009 of the Hearing Loss Magazine (published by the Hearing Loss Association of America) was delivered to member mailboxes about a week ago. Reflecting back on 2008, our focus in the magazine was to include some members of a younger generation that are affected (but thriving despite it) by hearing loss. These cover subjects are in the links below. To view the pdf links, click on the gray-colored link, then on the same link again in the next window. The pdf should begin to download and open automatically. The other links (in red) are direct links to my previous posts.

hlm-2008-jan-cover2January/February 2008: Yew Choong Cheong was our cover subject in an article by Bill Nevin, director of communications for the West Virginia University Foundation. Cheong is a 28-year-old West Virginia University graduate student and one of just four recipients for the 2007 International Young Soloists Awards given by Very Special Arts (VSA arts). The award earned him an invitation to perform at the Kennedy Center, along with a $5,000 scholarship to further pursue his studies in music. All the images for this feature were provided by Greg Ellis, WVU Photographic Service. Read Bill Nevin’s article here: yewchoongcheung.

March/April 2008: Our March/April cover featured HLAA member Mike Royer, his wife Alicia, and friend Sue Cummings in a Walk4Hearing event. Want to learn more about Walk4Hearing? Read a recap on the event written by HLAA past president Anne Pope here: walk4hearing

hlm-2008-march-cover1In this same issue Mike wrote a personal story about growing up with a hearing loss and finally getting a cochlear implant. In June I photographed Mike and his family in my studio (photos posted here and here), and then Mike asked me to photograph their third child, Ashley, coming into the world this past September (see that posting here). What an honor to do so! Read Mike’s article here: mikeroyer

hlm-2008-may-coverMay/June 2008: One of my top most-visited blog posts to date (with 555 total hits!) was our May/June cover girl, Abbie Cranmer. The final cover made its debut here in that posting. I discovered Abbie’s wonderful blog last year and knew we just had to feature her. She came all the way from New Jersey for her photo session in my studio, bringing her cousin from Maryland to serve as my trusty assistant. They were both such fun to photograph. See the results of that photo session here. Abbie has quite a fan base—that post alone garnered 307 visits to date! Check out Abbie’s blog about her cochlear implant journey here and download her first published article: http://www.cindydyer.com/BionicWoman.pdf


hlm-2008-july-coverJuly/August 2008:
Our fourth issue in 2008 featured Virginia-native Alexa Vasiliadis, an 18-year-old dancer who wears a hearing aid. I photographed Alexa’s performance in The Nutcracker in December 2007. It was my first time to see a live performance of The Nutcracker. See those photographs here. I photographed Alexa again in the dance studio here and here. I posted our cover shot posted here. A very thoughtful Alexa and her mother, Lynne, sent yummy homemade baklava (Alexa made it using her late grandmother’s recipe) and Panera Bread gifts card to Barbara and me. These “thank you” gifts were unexpected and much appreciated! Read editor Barbara Kelley’s interview with Alexa and see my accompanying photos here: alexafeature

hlm-2008-sept-coverSeptember/October 2008: This issue featured Harvard senior Patrick Holkins, whom I photographed earlier this fall. Click here for an August posting where I asked viewers to vote on which cover photo they preferred. The votes were tallied and the cover that won the most votes is posted here. Patrick interned with HLAA this summer, and with the association’s support, he created and launched HearingLossNation, a non-profit online community designed specifically for hard of hearing individuals between the ages of 18 and 35. Patrick is also the moderator for the online forum. Sign up to participate here. Read Barbara’s feature interview with Patrick, accompanied by my photos, here: patrickfeature1


hlm-2008-nov-cover1November/December 2008:
Our final issue of the year featured Washington Redskins player Reed Doughty. I photographed Reed in August at Redskins Park and that posting, along with photos from the session, can be found here. Barbara’s feature interview with Reed, including some of my photos, can be found here: reedfeature

hlaabdaylogo1ON ANOTHER NOTE: HLAA Convention 2009 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, June 18-21. Vinton Cerf, Ph.D., vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google and widely known as the “Father of the Internet,” will deliver the Keynote Speech at the Opening Session. Learn more about Convention 2009 on the HLAA website here. HLAA also celebrates its 30th birthday this year! (I designed this fun little birthday logo for the event.)

AND FINALLY: I photographed Brenda Battat (Executive Director) and Nancy Macklin (Director of Events & Operations) of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) in my studio in October. The images below are from their photo sessions.

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Reed Doughty, Washington Redskins

5 11 2008

Finally—I now have the green light from my editor, Barbara, to blog about meeting and photographing Reed Doughty of the Washington Redskins!

Reed is the cover feature of our November/December 2008 issue of the Hearing Loss Magazine, which I design and produce bimonthly for the Hearing Loss Association of America. The issue is appearing in member mailboxes this week.

After Reed’s hearing loss was revealed to the public in July, Barbara seized the opportunity to make contact with Washington Redskins PR staff, and after a few phone calls and e-mails, Barbara, Patrick Holkins (who was our cover story on the September/October issue), and I were on our way to Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, early in the morning on August 14.

Below are some of the photos I shot during the session. Many were taken while Barbara interviewed Reed. And yes, in case you’re wondering, his eyes are really that blue. And no, not all of our cover subjects are going to have blue eyes. (SIDEBAR: I got a kick out of an e-mail my friend (and HLAA member) Mike Royer sent to Barbara and me this morning:

“The magazine cover is STUNNING! Do his eyes glow in the dark? I bet I will have to cover my magazine at night time. Good job Ladies!”

It was just a coincidence that blue-eyed Reed graces the cover immediately after blue-eyed cover subject, Patrick Holkins, who is pictured below with Reed and Barbara Kelley. We were very welcomed by the PR staff at Redskins Park, and it was such a pleasure to meet and photograph Reed for the magazine. He was really nice and very generous with his time—both in posing and during the interview with Barbara.

Just as we were getting ready to send the issue to the printer, we learned that Reed had been placed on injured reserve with a back injury, so we had to make a last minute change to the article. We wish you a speedy recovery, Reed!

View the December 2, 2007 Washington Post article about Reed signing with the Redskins here.

View the July 26, 2008 article about Reed’s hearing loss in the Washington Post here.

And finally, I’d like to thank (profusely) Mark Gormus, award-winning staff photographer for the Richmond-Times Dispatch, who was so helpful with my lighting setup. Mark was at Redskins Park waiting to photograph another player and helped me set up for the perfect exposure in mixed lighting conditions. Because of his generous assistance, I got the cover shot in less than 20 minutes! Thanks, Mark—I owe you one!

Click this link below to view the full article:
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