Last month, Burton Photography  held its 12th annual Portraits on the Parkway mini-session event.  It was a week full of high energy, smiles, old friends, new friends and lots of  beautiful portraits!  A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.  The Moses Cone Estate and Flat Top Manor are undergoing necessary maintenance and restoration and are in need of funds.  We love walking the miles of carriage trails and we have many favorite portrait locations on the estate and are happy to host this event each year.

Jonathan and I love to create portraits of children of ALL ages but this event is geared specifically towards school aged kids 5-18 years old.  With only 10 minutes to create an amazing portrait, we have to work very quickly with children mature enough to follow directions quickly and easily separate from their parents.  We LOVE to have more time…choice of location…perfect time of day. All of those are possible with a full length portrait session where we have the opportunity to be really thoughtful and creative.  All that said, we are always so excited to shoot almost 50 sessions over the course of several afternoons/evenings.  It is exhilarating!!!

Here are some highlights from our Portraits on the Parkway 2017:

 

Cinemagraph Senior Portraits give us a chance to create something fun and unique for our high school seniors. Olivia is part of the graduating class of 2017 from Watauga High School. She loves to read and has especially enjoyed the adventure fantasy series – The Infernal Devices. Cinemagraphs are an innovative addition to our beautiful line of classic portraiture products. We’ve been creating fine art wall portraits for years – this is something fun for social media to go along with the heirloom pieces our clients treasure for generations.

Portraits on the Parkway

June 19th, 2016

Portraits on the Parkway is three days of whirlwind fun full of old friends, new friends, and lots and lots of beautiful smiles.  We just finished our 11th annual PPW and look forward to many to come.  PPW sessions are for kids ages 5-18 and are a lightening fast 10 minutes each.  The event is fast-paced excitement from start to finish.  Here are some highlights from our finished proofs.  We love Portraits on the Parkway!!!

Blowing Rock, NC Portrait – Burton Photography…
We enjoyed creating this portrait of such a talented young man and loved hearing George play his guitar during the session!!! This portrait was created on the grounds of the Moses Cone Estate near Blowing Rock, NC. We are fortunate to live and work in such an amazingly beautiful corner of the world!
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Burton Photography, Blowing Rock portraits… My sweet grandbaby (also known as my favorite portrait subject) came to the High Country for a visit. She had a wonderful time throwing rocks into the stream at Price Park. She could have done it over and over again – for hours! The light was beautiful underneath the trees. We had a wonderful time creating these candid portaits of her. So sweet!
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Burton Photography images win awards! Every year something amazing happens in Raleigh, NC. It’s Carolina Photo Expo which is an annual event sponsored by the Professional Photographers of North Carolina. We enjoyed several jam packed days of inspiring instruction and wonderful fellowship with our pro photog friends who are like family to us. There are some really exciting things on the horizon coming to our studio as a result. Here are our 8 merited images and a list of awards that they were given at the ceremony last night:

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Album APPs

July 14th, 2015

Once upon a time, in the olden days, a collection of 2×3” sized pictures lived in our wallets that we would proudly show off to our friends and family. But now, the portraits we create of you, your family, your children, your pets, etc can be made into an Album APP that takes the place of those antiquated “wallet” pictures..
At Burton Photography, we’ll create a custom Album APP that lets you keep your favorite portraits ready at your fingertips. A “Burton Photo” icon will reside on the home screen of your phone (or other mobile device) alongside your other APPs. When you tap on it, a gallery of the portraits we’ve created for you will pop up and you can swipe through them one by one. You can share individual portraits or the entire album on your social media pages and via email.
Yay! We love Album APPs and know you will, too!
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Encaustic Portrait

July 9th, 2015

Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos). Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing the layers of wax. Encaustic consists of natural bees wax and dammar resin (crystallized tree sap). The medium is melted and applied with a brush. Each layer is then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer.

Encaustic painting is an ancient technique, dating back to the Greeks, who used wax to caulk ship hulls. Pigmenting the wax gave rise to the decorating of warships. There has been a revival of the use of encaustic in the 20th and 21st centuries.

My encasutic portrait collages are made from a portrait printed on 100% cotton rag art paper, acid free archival printed papers, preserved elements from nature, found and decorative items, etc, fused together with encaustic medium. I was introduced to this technique by extraordinary Fine Art Photographer, Jennifer Thoreson.

Encaustic portraits are extremely archival, but as with any fine art, care should be given to them. There should be no fear of the work melting in normal household conditions. The wax and resin will not melt unless exposed to temperatures over 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Leaving an encaustic collage in a car on a hot day would not be advisable or hanging a painting in front of a window with direct desert-like sun. They are also sensitive to freezing cold temperatures.
Some encaustics tend to “bloom” or become cloudy over time. If your collage appears indistinct, simply rub the surface with a soft cloth or nylon stocking. Over time the surface retains its gloss as the wax medium continues to cure and harden for up to 1-3 years.

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Graduation Announcements

April 25th, 2015

Graduation Announcements!  Our high school seniors are busy making final decisions about their plans for next year and I’ve been busy making graduation announcements. Here’s one I finished last night. Congratulations to Maddy!
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Celebrating the special milestone of the first birthday with the creation of a One Year Portrait is a wonderful way to not only create a lasting memory, but also a family heriloom. This Winston-Salen, NC portrait was created in late December – a perfect opportunity for our subject to wear this classic coat and hat set. Beautiful!
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