Character Portraits - September 17, 2019

With Suzanne Gonzalez


On September 17, 2019, Suzanne Gonzalez will be speaking at our General Meeting about Character Portraiture. The meeting begins at 6:00 at the Antelope Valley Senior Center. Suzanne has a wonderful body of work and will be sharing with us her lighting
and posing tips, using a live character model from our midst, Don Sullivan!

She attended Pasadena City College & Long Beach State University and graduated as an art major in 1972. She took photo classes in college, but in those days men were the majority of the photographers, compared to women. Her first love was art. She was lucky to make a living with her art, designing menus, T-shirts, silk screen art, then pub art on glass mirrors. She also shot film the 31 ft. long copy camera and did hand cut color separations of her art. She was always taking photos of the art work she did, but people photos were always her thing.

She got her first studio lights in about 1990, and she was already in business with them before she found out about the Tri Community photo school. She went to many classes there for about 15 years straight (year-round). She learned color printing in a dark room, then Photoshop & digital printing once they offered it. Her two favorite specialties are Character photos and Dance photos. She found the Glendora Club on, and was eventually allowed to pick the subjects they used there, and brought her own lighting, backgrounds, and props in. Soon their club was nick named the “Pirate Club” since she found several pirates willing to pose. Most of them came from the Local Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale CA.

She wants to encourage even the scenery photographers to try some people photos, and she wants to share my lighting and posing with you during her presentation. She hopes to inspire a few of you to jump outside of the box you may be in!

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