Fashion: 2001

It was just a year ago that I sat down to an interview with Ponyboy Magazine, and I am so grateful that they saw fit to showcase the work from my first book, Fashion: 2001.

I am still amazed and humbled when I see that this project continues to inspire today’s youth, as well as seasoned industry professionals! Can’t wait for the next chapter…

Take a look at some of Ponyboy Mag’s favorite looks from the book, and read my interview with them here: https://ponyboymagazine.com/fashion2001-lucille-khornak/

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Thank you Ponyboy!

Love,

LK

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My Mother’s Day Story by New York City and Hamptons photographer, Lucille Khornak

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Love from the heart

After working as a model in New York City, I became a fashion and beauty photographer in the commercial advertising field.  My dream was to be a successful photographer.

The first book of my photographs and text enjoyed tremendous success.  Excerpts from the book and reviews of it appeared in both national and international newspapers and magazines, and I was interviewed on 80 radio and television talk shows.

I went on to photograph and write two more books, which were also issued by major New York City publishers.  I continued to enjoy photographing beautiful models wearing beautiful clothes.

While I was teaching a week of photography classes at the Palm Beach Photographic Workshops in Florida, I received a telephone call that would change the course of my career, if not my life.  My mother had suffered a stroke.  For months I flew back and forth to Buffalo, New York, each trip lasting four or five days.  There were times when I spent hours in hospitals.  It was a very depressing time for me and my family.  Experiencing the reality of the hospital and then returning to New York City to photograph beautiful people was just not sitting right with me. The fashion world is glamorous, fun, and exciting, and yet, as we all know, there is a fake component to it, an expression of an elegant existence limited to a lucky few.  Retouching further transforms the reality and asks us to wonder, what is real?

I started to photograph more and more subject matter aside from fashion.  Scenery, still life, people, especially children—I explored.  Soon it was the children that really kept me interested as they are the ones who are so candid and real.  At that point, the direction of my career changed.  From photographing fashion and beauty for prestigious magazines I went on to photograph children for such clients as Cheerios and Johnson and Johnson.  The portfolio I submitted for prospective jobs was completely revised: it became a collection of photographs of children, on their own and with their siblings and parents.  My background as a model turned photographer gave me an advantage in my work.  I have a strong eye for detail, whether it is someone’s face or the way clothing is fitting.  I used this knowledge when I turned my focus to my new subjects.  Soon afterwards, friends would ask me to photograph their children.  Before long, I started to build my private clientele, shooting families and their children.  As an extra bonus, I now had more control over my time.

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Fun day with lasting memories

I love kids, and have always wanted to have at least one of my own.  Along with my dream of being a successful photographer, I felt so strongly about having a baby however my husband at the time did not share my yearning.  My desire was intense, so much so that my intention was that I would make it happen one way or another.

At this point in time, I was no longer married, but I was determined to go ahead on my own.  After several miscarriages, one loss at five months, I finally decided to give up trying.  The scary part was that I was a freelancer, and how much money I would need to raise a child was also a strong consideration.  I considered adopting and I also thought about finding a surrogate mother.  Doing the research on the alternatives took time and constantly engaged my thoughts.  

As time went on I made peace with myself about not having children, and it became more and more important for me to work with them.  They filled that gap.  I could enjoy them on a photo shoot.  Soulful, whimsical, and energetic are the qualities that come through in my work. 

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Siblings bonding – forever a memory

My soulmate came into my life, and he also became my assistant on weekend photo sessions.  To say the least, children love and adore him.  If he doesn’t accompany me on a shoot, the kids want to know “Where is Michael?”  He has a special connection with children; he, too, feels that working with them makes up for our not having our very own.  We get to enjoy them and have our “child fix.”  At the end of the day, we get to go home, tired but fulfilled.

I have a lot of patience—a must when working with children.  They can love the camera or be shy initially and refuse to be photographed.  Unless they know me as their “annual” photographer, they might just need some time to figure out who I am.  I have also worked with many special needs children who require a different kind of patience.  Another point I’d like to make is how rewarding it is to see the children that we photograph every year grow up and, before we know it, become teens!  I have been told that the love I have for children comes through in my work.  That makes me happy.  When someone asks me on a photograph session if I have any children, I’m proud to reply: “These are all my children!”

I salute moms for the job that they do in raising their children, as they make many sacrifices to give their children all they possibly can.  Moms keep everything together in the family.  They show love and affection, deal with the problems and the moods of children.  They raise their children to the best of their abilities.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, grandmothers, surrogates, and caretakers of children.  You most certainly deserve your special day.

Gift Certificates are available as your special gift to express your appreciation and admiration of MOM, whoever that may be.

To purchase a gift certificate call (212) 593-0933 or send an email to studio@lucillekhornak.com

Visit our website at http://www.lucillekhornak.com

Love,

LK

What is Your Headshot Saying About You?

Does your headshot promote you as the successful professional you are?

First impressions are very important, and let’s face it- for as much as we tell each other not to judge a book by its cover, we still find ourselves drawing conclusions from the surface. Consider the following photos of Noel Thomas Patton, Founder and CEO of TA Sciences at http://www.tasciences.com.

Notice, while all three photos are of the same man, they each tell a different story. The first one portrays him as a business man who is confident and serious, prepared to get the work done. The second is very lighthearted. Here, Mr. Patton is wearing business casual attire while having a good time (and a good laugh!). This photograph conveys a space in which he is completely comfortable to have fun and be himself. The third photo shows him again in a different light. As Noel stands gleefully beside his beautiful car, we can safely assume that he is a positive, successful, and affluent man who enjoys having nice things.

So again I ask, what is your headshot saying about you? Are you coming across as friendly and approachable, or is the photo so forcibly posed that it looks like you’re being held against your will? Is your personality shining, or do you look uncomfortable in your own skin? Is it an accurate reflection of who you are currently, or does it look like who you were a decade ago? Take a look at these beautiful photographs of accomplished author and nutritionist, Elisa Zied of http://www.elisazied.com

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This photo (left) is the perfect display of a confident professional with expertise in her field, yet it also conveys that she is a strong, kind, and intelligent woman.

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This photograph (right) shows Elisa in a relaxed state. The smile on her face as she lounges in her chair lets us know that she is comfortable in this setting, and it doesn’t feel posed.

 

 

 

People always ask me how often they should be updating their headshot, and usually they expect me to give them an exact time frame. The answer really depends on how honest the depiction your current headshot is of you. Maybe you consistently update your headshot, and you maintain a recent profile picture on LinkedIn. Good for you! You are already a step ahead of most others. Some people are hanging onto headshots that are 20+ years old, and as a photographer I can understand the significance of preserving a good memory, however, that’s just what it is  – a memory. Imagine how someone in business would feel if they met you and you looked nothing like the headshot they saw on your page. They would be disappointed. As we age, we all still want to feel younger, and that’s where I (The Portrait Specialist) put my expertise to work.

These days, when we think about looking younger in photos, our first thought is usually to apply retouching, however, this is where things can easily go very wrong. It is so obvious when people apply too much retouching to a photograph, and it makes me sad to see how the quality of the photo is so greatly diminished. This happens too often. When your photo looks like it’s been airbrushed a million times over, it makes it pretty hard to recognize the real you. At our studio, we help our clients put their best foot forward, and make sure their headshot is an honest reflection of who they currently are.

So, here we are again. What is your headshot really saying about you? Does it show someone who is positive, skilled, focused, determined? Does it convey an even measure of experience and youthful exuberance? Maybe it’s been a while since your most recent headshot was taken, and you’re worried that you’ve aged too much and don’t feel comfortable standing before the lens. As model-turned-professional photographer, I understand what it’s like to be on both sides of the camera. I also understand what it’s like to want to feel younger as I age -trust me, I feel the same way. So here at the Lucille Khornak Studio, we do our best to make sure you feel comfortable, beautiful, and confident. We soften lines and fix skin texture, however I promise we will make you look beautiful and real. When was the last time you updated your headshot? 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day is a special day. It’s a time that people come together, show their appreciation and express their love to one another. With a box of gourmet chocolates, dozens of red roses, a small box from Tiffany’s or Cartier, and a romantic dinner it’s no secret that retailers and restaurants are in love. These are really the small things we do to show our love and admiration. The greatest gift we give each other on this day, as an expression of our love, is our time.

We celebrate, take special trips, write love letters- and especially take photographs. Taking photographs is truly an important part, as it’s the best way to document the amazing moments that take place between people who love one another.

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In these times, the greatest thing we can do is spread love. It’s a powerful energy that each of us possess as individuals, and when we bring it together as couples, friends, families and communities, we make the world a better place. Let’s keep moving forward, making our world more picture perfect with the light of love today, tomorrow, and each and everyday that follows.

Here is to our heart and to our soul- Let photography tell the story of our love, and the moments we cherish together!

Happy Valentine’s Day from the team at Lucille Khornak Photography!

Reflecting on the Year 2016

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It’s that time of year again, the time we all look back and reflect on our lives as we approach the new year. Some of us are thinking about our progress towards the resolutions/goals we made, while others take a moment to consider all the things they experienced through the passing of the year. As we take this time to reflect on the year, so many thoughts begin to come to mind. “What have I done well this year?”, “How has my life changed?”, “Did I take enough photographs of the kids? Most of them were on my phone — Did I remember to back them up?!” That last part really resonates with me, mostly because of my heart for child photography.

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Although I don’t have any children of my own, I understand the significance of documenting the beauty of youth and childhood. My mother took me to a professional photographer once when I was a baby. I was about six months old, barely sitting up for a good shot. Besides that, I only have a few snapshots to remind me of what it was like growing up, and I wish I had much more. Avoid that mistake! Make sure you book a photo session for the family each year so you can savor precious moments for the years to come, compare photos now and then to see how much has changed, and update the walls of your home for a balanced mix of memories that represent the roots and branches of your beautiful family tree.

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As I look back on the year that I’ve had, I am truly grateful. Like most people, I didn’t quite accomplish all that I had set out to do. I broke the rules of my diet a couple times, and even let go of some resolutions entirely, but still I am thankful for the many good things that have happened both to and for me in 2016. Photography is something I am very passionate about -and as an added benefit- I get to work with some of the best clients a photographer could ask for, the Lucille Khornak Gallery in the Hamptons is still partnering with groundbreaking artists (and accepting submissions from new artists as we prepare for an exciting season of art in 2017), and some really talented people have joined my team based in Long Island City – can’t wait to show you the video we made for the holidays! What are you grateful for? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

The end of this year, whether it be good or bad, only signifies the beginning of something new. New experiences to enjoy, times to laugh and times to cry, moments to share with new people in new places, and so much more! I look forward to making the best out of the year to come, and hope that you will too.

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Here’s to the best of what 2017 has to offer…

Love,

-LK

Family As An Art Form

Family is arguably the most important thing we will ever have in our lives. Whether extended or immediate, traditional or modern, large or small, biological or chosen – our family are the people we hold closest to our hearts. It comes as no surprise then that humans have been documenting their loved ones in family portraits for nearly 200 years.

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In the nineteenth century, people used portraits as a way to memorialize their family members and in most ways, we use them for the same thing today. Gathering everyone together for a little photoshoot, capturing the relationships and the love between people, documenting the unique character of each individual person – what better way to preserve the essence of family? And what better person to do it than a professional photographer? You need someone with the experience, who can successfully render your family in their most flattering and authentic light. I can do just that. A session with me results in genuine and beautiful photos of you and your family; photos that you will be proud to display. Accurately and gracefully representing you and your loved ones cannot truly be achieved simply by snapping a photo on your smart phone. In order to properly memorialize what’s most important to you, trust that I, as an artist, can and will bring out the very best in your family.lucille-khornak-extended-families01.jpg