Tarquinio Photo: Blog https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/blog en-us Joshua Tarquinio [email protected] (Tarquinio Photo) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:39:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:39:00 GMT https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/img/s/v-12/u343780277-o237300506-50.jpg Tarquinio Photo: Blog https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/blog 120 108 RAW: Pittsburgh presents Allure https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/blog/2014/8/raw-pittsburgh-presents-allure ALLURE_fbcoverALLURE_fbcover

I've been to The Night Gallery.  I've been to Double Mirror at Delanie's Coffee.  Now I'm showing at RAW.

I'll have large prints and mounted 8x12's from my Black and White Water series.

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I'll have a variety of prints, including metal from my still in progress Positive Graffiti series.


I'll have a bargain bin of miscellaneous signed test prints priced to move (so you can pay for your kids' college with a rare item when I'm huge).  BONUS: Everyone who buys a ticket through my artist profile gets one of the miscellaneous prints (like the one below) for FREE!

What is RAW?  It's an art show.  It's a music show.  It's a fashion show.  It's a good time out is what it is.

Do you have to be in the market for art to enjoy yourself?  NO!  You're not obligated to buy anything but your ticket.  Come bring a friend, have some drinks, listen to some music, dance a bit, and check out all the cool stuff.  You can discuss art and be as high or low brow as you like with it all.  Who knows, you might even find that piece that'll tie your whole room together... in my booth.

Head to www.rawartists.org/joshuatarquinio and get your tickets now!

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[email protected] (Tarquinio Photo) PA Pennsylvania Photo Pittsburgh RAW artist artists black and white photographer photography portrait portraits portraiture showcase https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/blog/2014/8/raw-pittsburgh-presents-allure Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:01:10 GMT
Pop Portraits https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/blog/2013/7/pop-portraits Check it out…

I’m calling it a pop portrait since it was inspired by my visit to the Warhol Museum.  Warhol was big on reproduction, photo booths, and flat, hard lit headshots like that one of Debbie Harry.  The reasons he liked that style were for the fact that it tended to wash out the skin so blemishes wouldn’t show and it would create hard lines that would facilitate his screen prints.

Andy Warhol also shot TONS of “screen tests” which pretty much amounted to a 4-minute slow motion film of a close-up of a person just looking into the camera.  The lighting for which was a little less harsh and direct than his headshots though.

So I took a little bit from each idea and turned it into this.  I’m not claiming to be original.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s ever thought to arrange 4 portraits into 1.  I’m just telling you where I got the idea to do it and why I appreciate the way it looks.  If you like it too, I’ll be happy to accommodate.  And if you’ve got the wall space, consider getting a series of individual prints.  Or do the whole family like in The Jonses.



[email protected] (Tarquinio Photo) PA Pennsylvania Photo Pittsburgh amiano artist artistic black and white booth danielle flash photographer photography portrait portraits portraiture warhol https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/blog/2013/7/pop-portraits Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:44:26 GMT
Portfolio Shoot/Re-touch Practice https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/blog/2013/7/portfolio-shoot/retouch-practice Jennifer Hooper Close-Up 1_MG_7245-1wm

Jennifer Hooper, an actress from Erie, PA, answered a craigslist ad I put out about a mutually beneficial portfolio shoot.  She got some nice professional shots.  I got a healthier looking portfolio and proof that I am a bad mamma jamma when it comes to the retouch.  Now, I don't mean to imply that she was in desperate need of retouching.  Jenn's gorgeous regardless.  But if you don't know by now that everybody needs a little digital help these days, especially if they're modeling, then I'm amazed you were able to find the power button on your computer, let alone make it to my website.  Hey there, you.  Don't forget to take your pills and be careful on those stairs.

No, the bad mamma jamma part comes in with the subtlety of the retouching.  That picture above?  I didn't just remove a couple blemishes and wrinkles.

Take the big picture first....

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You can immediately see that I warmed up the color, cleared blemishes and removed the circles from under her eyes.  How about that extra strand of hair hanging down in the lower left?

How about her eyes?

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Finally, the part that I believe sets me apart from the average person who thinks they can retouch a photo: the skin...

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A lot of "retouchers" will use a technique that removes most if not all texture and I'll admit, I was guilty in the past of doing this...

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My aunt and uncle have these massive framed 16x20's of their 4 kids' senior pictures on their wall.  They're all "airbrushed" like the shot on the right here.  I suppose if you factor for technology and techniques 10 years ago, they're pretty good.  They don't look like themselves though.  They look like plastic dolls and that brings me back to my whole point about making the photos as "you" as possible.  I realize this was a modeling shoot and, per se, it doesn't really matter how I photoshop Jen as long as she doesn't look SO fake that people call me out on it.  (As a matter of fact, I'll make it a point to write a post on that.)  But skin has texture.  People have pores.  If you want to look real, if you want to look like you or even human, you don't want your skin smeared into airbrush hell.

Don't let your next photographer turn you into a china doll... unless, you know, you're doing an art piece or an ad and that's the point.  You know what, your next photographer should be me anyway so I don't know why we're arguing about this.

No, you started it.

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Amanda’s Portraits https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/blog/2013/5/Amanda-s-Portraits Amanda’s a wife, a mother, a runner, and a success story.  She’s about to reach a personal milestone and she wanted a commemoration.


End of the rough, windy road.  Out of the woods.  The angle’s chest height, forcing her to look down at you which makes her stronger.  Taking away the color forces you to take in the form instead of be distracted by the color and, in my opinion, allows you to see deeper into the photograph.

The other thing the black and white image does…


It gets that unsightly orange reflection off her neck.

Let’s go a little deeper…


Just a close-up, you think?  Look harder into her eyes.  Those are eyes that have been through a lot.  Less than a war, but more than just having a couple of kids.  They don’t presume to tell a story deeper or harder than yours, but they’ve got their story just the same.  And I’ll tell you it’s more inspiring than mine.  I won’t show you the before picture because I really didn’t do much more than sharpen it a bit.

Toward the end of our shoot, the sun was coming up around a bend in the road so we shot over there.  There were a bunch of different shots and they were all gorgeous.  I worked on the worst looking one just to see if I could bring anything out of it and it ended up being my favorite of that series…





Sun flare all over my lense gave a vintage kind of wash to it, so I went with that.  I brought the contrast up and sharpened it a bit, but I kept the darkest parts from going all the way to black.  Doing that kept everything in line with a vintage film look.  For those of you too young to know what film is, it makes it all Instagram-y.

In all, in under 2 hours, we took I think around 115 pictures.  Came out with around 30 I considered good enough to keep.  She spotted one I missed.  I made corrections and touch-ups to about 6 or 7.  I think the post production (sorting, uploading, editing, uploading) took about 3-4 hours.


Unrelated,did you know I have some artwork for sale?




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Theo https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/blog/2013/3/Theo    _MG_5254-10mg_5254-10

Theo’s a gentleman disguised as a punk.  That’s how I see him anyway.  So, my idea for his shoot was “punk disguised as a gentleman.”

I drew up 5 images beforehand because I prefer to have a road map than just to show up and figure something out.  If or when we get the main shots done, we can play around and have fun.  The one above was one we got while we were playing around.  That’s Theo’s “I’m having fun” face.  Anyway take a look at the original and see what you can tell about the difference…


Yeah, it’s darker but I’ve also taken pains to remove the glare from his glasses and the veins in his eyes.


I needed a good location to shoot though, so I talked to my friend Tera and was able to procure some time pre-open at Bocktown Beer and Grill in Robinson Township.  Many, many thanks to them.

The first shot we nailed down was…


The idea I was going for was to make the picture sort of seem as though I’m a friend he was expecting to show up and he’s acknowledging me as I join him.  Not entirely happy with how it turned out.  Not that it’s not a good picture.  I just envisioned his head being a little closer to the camera.  Minor tweak I’d want to go back and do if I could.


This one, I was 98% pleased with.  The lighting was exactly what I wanted.  After we shot this one, we tried another pose here that I ended up not liking as much as this one.  Excluded from that other pose, were the salt and pepper shakers and candles.  I’d have liked to have redone this shot without the shakers and candle.  Can I edit the shakers out?  Of course.  It felt like it was more trouble than it was worth though.

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This one wasn’t part of the original plan.  Indeed I only ended up getting 2 of the 5 I sketched out.  I just kind of wanted to do this one because the back hallway inspired me and I’d never really done it before.  It was Theo’s idea to go from punk to posh as he got closer.


This one ended up being my favorite at this location if not all day.  It really feels to me like this portrait captured that magic moment where the subject is relaxed, yet engaged, half posed, half candid.  Besides all that, he just looks good.


After a most satisfying lunch we opted to slum it a bit and found this place.  I stared at the picture for a while.  Something wasn’t quite right.

I was paying more attention to the graffiti than to Theo.  Since he was the subject, I had to find a way to turn the attention to  him.


So I saturated those colors a little bit more (because that was partly the point) and then I cropped it down to make it pointless to even try to decipher the graffiti.  (You know you were trying to do it in the above picture.  Let me know if you figure out what it says.)

I also made a point to crop out the GR in GRUBER to add a little more potential depth of meaning to the picture.


The last picture in this post, I didn’t particularly want to take.  I’d prefer not to shoot anybody next to a gnarly set of roots unless they’re a woodsman, forest ranger, or a wood nymph.  The woods and punks have nothing to do with each other as far as I know and the combination to me is like taking a picture of a department store manager on a space ship.  Might look good, but it doesn’t fit.  It doesn’t describe the subject.  Thinking about it though, maybe this means something to Theo.  Maybe he grew up playing in the woods and to him this shot represents his emergence as the individual he is.  Either way, sometimes you can’t argue with an image that just plain looks good.

As always, don’t forget to like the facebook page and go buy some art.


[email protected] (Tarquinio Photo) PA Pennsylvania Pittsburgh beer black black and white bocktown gentleman glasses graffiti grill portrait portraits portraiture punk white https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/blog/2013/3/Theo Fri, 15 Mar 2013 03:54:03 GMT
Nicole & Stephanie https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/blog/2013/2/Nicole-Stephanie I prefer to have a plan, an idea of what I want to do before I go into a shoot.  The more specific, the better.  I like to get to know my subject, then draw up sketches of what I see for them.  I’m a big fan of pre-production despite how strange it feels to get the shots I want right off the bat after I’ve been planning for days.  It’s strange but rewarding.  I get the shot I went there for, then I’ve got the rest of the allotted time to play around; or if me or my subject has somewhere to be, we can get there.

Luckily for me, Nicole and Stephanie afforded me 5 hours of their time.  Special thanks to The Cellar Dwellers for use of their theater for this shoot.

I don’t know why, but for Nicole, I had a vision for a bare head-and-shoulders shot; head tilted back and a perfect sphere of water falling above her.  White background.

In earlier takes that I’ve deleted, the background ended up being too bright and the water drop less visible than I liked, so I moved everything a few more feet away from the background to pull light from it and make it recede a little more.  I was also blasting her from the left and the right with a couple of wireless flashes and transparent umbrellas.  I was going for a sort of make-up ad look where everything is lit and white and clean looking.  But then one flash took a little longer to recycle and I took a shot containing strong shadows and richer color.  I liked it.  I stuck with it for the remainder of the takes.


This is not the final image.  Due to the imperfect nature of trying to freeze a drop of water in the air at just the right moment, the final ended up being a combination of this one and another.  You see how she’s not perfectly centered and not quite perfectly under the water drop?  I didn’t like that.  But this gives you an idea of where I’m going.  More on this shot later.

Another shot I wanted was a soft, natural, pretty, behind-the-shoulder job…

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We did one on each shoulder and lit them each the same way.  My original intent was an emphasis on form.  The tattoo changes the focus and thus the intent.  It would be like if I had intended to take a photo of a snow covered fence and a cardinal got in there at the last second.  It wasn’t my intention, but it’s not wrong.  It has become another kind of beautiful.  And it works just fine as a simple portrait in my opinion.

The photo on the right was exactly everything I intended it to be.  Great form, soft skin contrasting with the background.  I softened her edges a little bit too to enhance that feeling of softness.

Stephanie was a great example of why I prefer to meet my subjects before I shoot them.  I knew she was a brunette and I was happy about that because there was a particular shot I wanted to try.

This was pretty close to what I wanted…


Moody.  Contrasty.  A little dodging to make those highlights in the hair and on the face pop a bit more.

Then we moved backstage for another particular shot I wanted.


(See my article on delayed flash to see how I did this one.)  Neither this nor any of the shots I took back there were quite on the nose of what I wanted.  I had hoped to be able to paint the ghost streak behind her green with the use of a work light with a green gel over it.  It wasn’t strong enough though.  We didn’t have much lateral leeway and that guitar on the wall kept getting stuck in her head.  The above shot got the boot because I wasn’t happy only being able to see half her face and I was hoping to get a little more of the cigarette in her right hand.

As I got nothing I wanted in the color versions of this shot and it was looking considerably creepy, I decided to take it all the way to Creepyphotoville.


Turned it monochrome, tinted it sepia, then I applied a blurred out texture over top of it to give it the appearance of water damage or something like that.  I think I burned the edges and corners as well.  This actually ended up being the last shot of the day.

We took these other two for the heck of it…

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Remember that water drop picture from the top?  The one I wanted most of all.  Well I composited two images to get this…


…but it still didn’t feel like it was finished.

I’ve been looking at a lot of wet plate photography lately so I decided to give it a sort of simulated wet plate look.  The result was…


…my favorite shot of the day.

As always, if you haven’t yet, go like my facebook page.

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Making Art AND Happy Customers https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/blog/2013/1/Making-Art-AND-Happy-Customers Give the client what he or she wants.

That is probably my number 1 rule.  If it isn’t, it’s certainly in the top 5.  The client is the one writing the check and a professional photographer isn’t as cheap as Sears or J.C. Penney’s.  If the client has gone to a professional, he isn’t likely looking for an 8×10 of him sitting in front of a cookie cutter background and looking at something hilarious that happened just off camera.  But will I turn him away if that’s what he wants?  Absolutely not.

“Well if all I want is just a nice shot of me looking nice and smiling at something just off camera, why should I pay you $X when I can get it at the department store for $x?”

Lots of reasons.  The first is that the department store can’t come to you.  Nor can it go to your favorite place or any other setting that truly represents you.  The second is time.  The reason department stores are able to charge so little is the turnover rate.  The 16-year-old running the mostly computer controlled camera is only permitted to take a certain amount of pictures from which you can choose the best one(s).  Might not be a problem for most adults but what if your 6-month-old decided not to sleep last night?  What if you walk past the toy store on the way in and end up in tantrumville?  What if the boys don’t stop fighting or the girls keep pulling hair?

The third reason is impersonality.  People in department store photos are rarely themselves.  The photos are of their faces and their smiles but not of themselves.  I can’t speak for every photographer but my goal is to show who you are; and I think you’ll find that when the soul is captured, the beauty follows.  People are beautiful in different ways and so ideally no two portraits should be the same (not just in regards to the background); but if you come to me and I take a soul-bearing picture of you and you’d still rather just have a shot of you sitting awkwardly on a stool in front of a cloth, smiling at something just off camera, in your Sunday best.

Case in point, my friend Dave.


Dave’s an amazing musician, plays a million different instruments, writes songs with lyrics too far out to be understood by mere humans.  He asked me to do some promo pictures for him.  Of course he had his ideas in mind, but as I did this shoot in exchange for lunch, I subjected him to my whims to start.

I felt the fact that he’s a musician and fellow artist afforded me a lot of artistic breathing room which I intended to take full advantage of.  My concept was that of some sort of multi-armed musical buddah.

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I was pretty happy with it.  Not 100% but I hey I did all the editing on a laptop’s touchpad so I think that’s saying something.  It got a lot of likes and comments on facebook.  But of all the pictures of him I took that day, it did not make his cut when he put his music page(s) together.

Neither did this one…


Yeah that’s right.  He’s playing a shadow guitar.  It took a fair amount of planning and tweaking to get it just right and the only shot I ended up being able to work this image from is the behind-the-scenes one I took so that I could show people how we did it.


Hence why it looks so low-fi.  The finished image was not what he wanted either.

Would I normally spend this much time and effort for two shots a client didn’t want in the first place?  Absolutely not.  As I said, this shoot was as much for me as it was for him.

Finally, we got to what he wanted to do, which was simply full length shots of him just playing guitar… in a button down shirt and a tie.  Attire that I didn’t think fit him, personality-wise.  Maybe that was his point though.  After the shooting-for-post shots though, everything else was almost too easy.

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He looks good.  No doubt.  Didn’t feel like him to me at the time though.  He used the one on the left I remember for sure.  If he didn’t use the one on the right he used the other, less dynamic one from that series.

Happy accident…


…caused by him stepping too far back and being in the light I was using to blow out the background.  Taken in color originally, I decided to play with it and came up with this.  He liked it.  He used it.

On a related note, I once did a video job with a very experienced lighting guy.  I watched him intently all day to try to learn something.  But he didn’t talk much and it took the better part of the day for me to figure out how to ask him about what he does without the question sounding dumb.

We finally came to the last location.  He lit it, the director/camera op started doing his thing and I asked, “So, is there like a philosophy or a way you go about lighting a scene?”

He stuck his bottom lip out, shook his head and said, “Just whatever looks good, man.”

I try to remember that advice when I start worrying about the complexity of a shoot or when I’m trying too hard to find something more in something that’s already great.  I also allow myself to remember that advice when I read snooty articles or comments from professionals that say, “If you’re not using (fill in the ridiculously expensive piece of gear) then you’re not a real photographer.”

Look at my portfolio, if you like what you see, hire me.  If you don’t see what you’re looking for, ask me if I can do it and I’ll tell you.  If I don’t have the proof I can do what you want, you’ll get it at a discount.

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Shutter Drags and Delayed Flash https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/blog/2013/1/Shutter-Drags-and-Delayed-Flash When it comes to musicians, I love a shutter drag once in a while.

Dragging the shutter technically means adjusting the shutter speed for your ambient exposure while letting your flash take care of your subject.  Long winded explanation with pictures here.

To me, it means motion and ghostly effects.

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On these pictures of the aforementioned Drew Pinchotti, I actually used a rear-curtain flash which is the reverse of the shutter drag.  The shutter opens, time ticks, then the flash fires just before the shutter closes.  The stage lighting was green.  So that spirit you see trying to escape him was simply him rocking around before the flash fired, overpowering the stage light and registering the proper color before the shutter closed and recorded the whole image.

Speaking of using flash on musicians, I’ve been told that’s a photo faux pas in live situations.  I say nonsense if you’ve got the band’s permission and nobody else complains.  The photographer’s job is to create great images.  If he can create great images with a flash, a flashlight, a lantern, a turkey baster, or whatever and nobody objects, there’s no reason for him not to.

Speaking of alternative measures…

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I did these photos with a red-gelled work light and a rear curtain flash.  The one above is cropped down.  The original contained his actual face and hand and a little more of the sax.  Didn’t look as cool though.  The “real” elements of the picture ended up distracting from the intent and kind of made it look like a mess.  It was too much, so I cropped it to emphasize the “ghost” and left enough of the neck of the sax in to make the viewer take a second or two to get her bearings and look harder.

The lower picture required several takes at different shutter speeds just to get the squiggles at a good length that they weren’t too short (and looking like a mistake) or too long (looking like a mess).

Finally, probably my favorite picture in which I’ve ever used a dragged shutter…


This is a picture of a drummer by the name of Josh Revels from the band Chaos Killed at a performance at The Fallout Shelter.  (Enough prepositional phrases for ya?)

This picture was also a happy accident.  I remember when I took this I had forgotten the shutter was set to stay open for a second or so.  I think I was excited because I knew as soon as I pushed the button I had the shot.  Forgetting the shutter was still open, I brought my camera down to look at the image and it created all those beautiful streaks.

This was around the time I discovered the HDR Toning feature in Photoshop and I used it to add contrast, saturation and just a surreal feel and I believe it captures the band’s feel very well.

Now I’ve been told that the HDR toning looks cheesy.  I’ve also been told, “This is my favorite picture of me.”  (It’s one of my favorites too.)  Hey, either way, I’ve still got the raw file.

Tell all your friends and press the “Like” button on my facebook page.

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Drew Pinchotti Promo Shoot https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/blog/2013/1/Drew-Pinchotti-Promo-Shoot Imagemg_4592mod3wm

Saturday, January 12, 2013.  60 degrees and mostly cloudy.  Did I mention this is in Pittsburgh, PA?

Drew’s a local musician working hard to make a career out of it.  He’s also my friend.  He’ll be getting his website up and running soon so he’s asked me to make him look pretty.

I relish the opportunity to work with musicians because it opens up a lot of creative possibilities for the images.  As I’ve said before, it is my mission to bring out who and what a person is in his or her images.  With artists, I get the opportunity to interpret their messages and convey the feelings of their art in mine.

And I have to tell you it irks me to no end when I see photographs of artists that convey nothing but what they look like.  Environments chosen simply because they look good.  Sure the images look beautiful.  But how often do you see a rock guitarist hanging out on a wooden bridge over a creek with sunlight playing through the emerald leaves?  The answer is – only when he’s getting his picture taken.  It’s not real.  It has no soul.  The photographer might as well tell him to say cheese before he takes his picture.

Case in point, Drew writes and records pop music.  That’s reason number one I chose the city instead of the forest to shoot him.  Pop music is dance music is club music is city music.  Reason number 2 is because everything in the forest is dead and none of his songs take place in or have imagery of it.

His songs do speak of flirtations, loves, and longings and those are some of the fundamental ideas that shaped my shoot.  As he wanted a good deal of closeups we were going to have to do much of that in the face.

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But nobody can be serious all the time.  If you don’t break up heaviness or darkness with lightness, the gravity lightens up by itself.  It’s one of the reasons soap operas are funny.  It’s why you laugh at the picture of that drummer you know because he’s always laughing when you’re hanging out but trying to look like a badass in the picture.  It doesn’t work.  It’s OK to be a musician AND smile.  Have fun and your audience will too.  (That applies on stage too.)

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Speaking of gravity, Drew, in one song, references gravity being unable to hold him down and if you want to see him, “just look to the sky.”


Wait’ll you see what I do for his work in progress Colors.

Meantime, throw a “like” at http://www.facebook.com/tarquiniophoto

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Mission https://www.tarquiniophoto.com/blog/2013/1/Mission Tarquinio Photo’s mission is to tell a story, provoke thought, evoke emotion, and spark imagination with every photograph.

Anybody can take a picture.  Anybody can take a good picture.  Anybody can use Instagram.

But how many times have you seen a photo that has truly shown who and what a person is, rather than simply what they look like?  They are those candid photos you’ve seen where the subjects have no idea they’re having their picture taken; a bunch of guys sitting mid-laughter around a poker table, your grandmother cradling your mother when she was a baby, an athlete pushed to his limit, the groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time, the bride’s tears during the father-daughter dance, your child’s face when she opens that one present she had to have.

It is the inner beauty that supplements the outer beauty.  It’s why you can tell the difference between a cheesy smile and one of true joy.  And it is why it doesn’t matter what you think you look like, you will look great in your pictures if you be yourself, for better or worse.

Tarquinio Photo will bring you out in your pictures.

Tarquinio Photo will tell your story, make people wonder about you, and maybe even make you wonder about yourself.




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