Rammelkamp Foto: Blog https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog en-us (C) Rammelkamp Foto [email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/img/s/v-12/u189213239-o416763407-50.jpg Rammelkamp Foto: Blog https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog 120 120 A little restoration project! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2018/9/a-little-restoration-project

A simple hour of photoshop.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2018/9/a-little-restoration-project Tue, 04 Sep 2018 20:43:29 GMT
More from my lovely friend Carlin! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2018/4/more-from-my-lovely-friend-carlin From my previous blog post, I had mentioned that my dear, and quite lovely friend Carlin came over to visit.  She was so nice in letting me practice my craft, while having some great fun and laughs for the evening.  I like them all in one way or the other, but the one on the far right really does it for me!  Thanks Carlin!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2018/4/more-from-my-lovely-friend-carlin Tue, 10 Apr 2018 03:17:39 GMT
One great reflection! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2018/3/one-great-reflection So...my dear friend Carlin stopped by, and she was generous enough to let me take her picture. 

Initially, we had the idea to do a Holly Golightly-esque picture.  Well...we did some like that, but it seemed like the wild hair and less staged were the real winners and this one I really like!  It's soft and a little mysterious.  I paused, turned to the piano for a second and there she was, reflected nicely in the black glossy polish!!!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2018/3/one-great-reflection Sat, 31 Mar 2018 19:02:10 GMT
Back in the saddle! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/11/back-in-the-saddle Last month I had a number of photo-food related assignments in and around town from C'ville Weekly.  They featured a dozen of my photos in their most recent Knife & Fork issue.  These were some of my favorites, thanks again C'ville!   

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/11/back-in-the-saddle Mon, 07 Nov 2016 03:53:53 GMT
Say hello to Deandra! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/6/say-hello-to-deandra

Here is a recent portrait shoot/head shot I did for a local actress who performs at Live Art here in Charlottesville, VA.  Lovely lady and a fun shoot!  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/6/say-hello-to-deandra Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:32:58 GMT
Now Appearing! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/5/now-appearing

What a fun shoot and a great local show Charlottesville show presented by Live Arts, check it out!


music by HENRY KRIEGER, lyrics & book by TOM EYEN

original Broadway production directed and choreographed by MICHAEL BENNETT

sponsored by Old Dominion National Bank

The smash-hit Broadway musical about the meteoric rise of a female trio of black singers is a fresh and charismatic now as it was over 30 years ago.  As The Dreamettes gain in popularity, the group’s manager decides to replace their overweight lead singer with a more glamorous and svelte prospect.

Loosely based on The Supremes and set amid the turbulence of the 1960s culture wars, this show sizzles with behind-the-scenes drama.  It’s the story of betrayal, aspiration, and determination in the face of rejection.

Featuring the songs that launched the careers of Jennifer Holliday, Loretta Devine, and Sheryl Lee Ralph; DREAMGIRLS fills the soul and heart with love, laughter, and music.   http://www.livearts.org/dreamgirls/

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/5/now-appearing Sun, 29 May 2016 19:34:54 GMT
Casual business portraits on location! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/4/casual-business-portraits-on-location This is Tom.  He works on loans and needed a casual business portrait.  Problem solved... he hired me, or rather the company did.  Thanks Tom, it was a pleasure!  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/4/casual-business-portraits-on-location Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:16:17 GMT
Things are looking up! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/4/things-are-looking-up Another recent business portrait!  This one is a bit out of character for me with a splashier vantage point, dramatic angles and light, while maintaining a flattering soft, but directional light on the face!  Carrie, it was a pleasure!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/4/things-are-looking-up Thu, 07 Apr 2016 05:42:37 GMT
More Linkedin Portraits! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/4/more-linkedin-portraits

This was from a recent portrait shoot I just did.  The client wanted to look energetic and youthful.  I think I pulled it off considering she is in her sixties! Nancy, it was a fun shoot, thanks for stopping by!  Side note, it's interesting how my last two portraits shoots I put the models hands in the shot.  I rarely do that and now I've done it twice in one week.  It definitely brought something to both assignments. 

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/4/more-linkedin-portraits Mon, 04 Apr 2016 11:37:24 GMT
Classic portraiture. https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/4/classic-portraiture

I'm still working in the classic portraiture style.  Primarily with a 45% light and a 2:1 lighting ratio similar to Rembrandt.  While it appears selfies and do it yourself portraits are here to stay, I don't think you can beat a professional portrait.  Thanks for stopping by Phil!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/4/classic-portraiture Fri, 01 Apr 2016 17:47:57 GMT
Rammelkamp Foto is 3 years young! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/3/rammelkamp-foto-is-3-years-young

We celebrated a milestone....3 years in business!  I have to say it was pretty cool having a photo assignment for VA Distillery to mark the occasion!  If you are not familiar with them and want to drink some great local scotch, do yourself a favor and check them out!  http://vadistillery.com/

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/3/rammelkamp-foto-is-3-years-young Thu, 03 Mar 2016 04:24:56 GMT
Now Playing - The Other Place https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/2/now-playing---the-other-place  

It was truly my pleasure to take these press photos for Live Arts in Charlottesville and I hope the show is huge success!  


From the Live Arts website:  

Memories.  Sometimes that’s all you have to cling to.  But what happens when your memories betray you and are no longer there?  Or what if the memories that seem so vivid and tangible aren’t really yours?  Juliana Smithton, a brilliant and ambitious neurologist, struggles to discern between truth and fabrication as her life continues – seemingly without her.  Weaving in moments of unexpected humor and heart, THE OTHER PLACE is a penetrating drama where a mystery unravels; and where truth, invention, love, and loss vie for Juliana’s mind.

After completing it’s Broadway Run in 2013, this play will make its Regional Premiere at Live Arts.


2015-2016 Season: The Other Place

Wednesday, February 10 at 8:00PM

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Thursday, February 11 at 7:30PM

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Friday, February 12 at 8:00PM

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[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/2/now-playing---the-other-place Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:40:38 GMT
Mac (& cheese) attack! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/1/mac-cheese-attack

What an assignment from C'ville Weekly, four local mac & cheese photos in one day...oh the hardship!

Top left - The Mac & Cheese Burger at Jack Brown's.  
Top right - The Lobster Mac & Cheese at The Local.  
Bottom left - The Classic Mac & Cheese at Maya.
Bottom right - The Potato Cake Mac & Cheese at The Virginian  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2016/1/mac-cheese-attack Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:01:45 GMT
Rounded out the year with a fine portrait shoot! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/12/rounded-out-the-year-with-a-fine-portrait-shoot My last assignment of the year goes to Embrace Loan Homes with a series of executive portraits of Michael Ballew!  Thanks folks, hope to see you guys for additional portraits in the New Year!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/12/rounded-out-the-year-with-a-fine-portrait-shoot Wed, 23 Dec 2015 21:14:33 GMT
Ladies & Gentlemen...Mr Stevie Wonder! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/11/ladies-gentlemen-mr-stevie-wonder Wow, I mean wow!  What a show.  Stevie Wonder played for nearly four hours tonight at JPJ in C'ville and it was pretty amazing.  Besides playing all of his songs off of Songs in the Key of Life, he and his back up singers did dozens more.  He joked, sang and cried on a few tunes and we all cried with him...for joy I might add.  I was in the pit for one song and could just about touch him and the super cool thing was that I could hear his actual voice 15 feet away from me and his amplified voice coming through the speakers!  Thanks Stevie, hope to see you in Charlottesville again real soon!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/11/ladies-gentlemen-mr-stevie-wonder Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:27:53 GMT
Promo photo for Dirty Blond! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/10/promo-photo-for-dirty-blond

Now, until November 8th at Live Arts in Charlottesville...DIRTY BLOND!

Jo, an aspiring actress, works as an office temp.  Charlie works in the New York Public Library and is a self-proclaimed movie history fanatic.  They both spruce up their ho-hum lives with their obsessive zeal for the bombshell and scandal-inducing Mae West.  Fate intervenes when they meet at West’s gravesite and forge an unlikely friendship.

Laden with one-liners, sexual innuendo, and alluring come-hither glances, DIRTY BLONDE is a comedy dripping with burlesque and filled with the music of the era.  Scenes of West’s bombastic life are interwoven with the developing molecules of Jo and Charlie’s chemistry.  And what we are left with is a story that is compelling, touching, and dramatically over the top.

Much like Mae West herself.     http://www.livearts.org/dirtyblonde/  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/10/promo-photo-for-dirty-blond Wed, 21 Oct 2015 01:49:52 GMT
Look who made it to town! Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/10/look-who-made-it-to-town

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt had a good time at the Festy Experience in Afton this year, as did I.  What a night...terrific music and great beer at Devil's Backbone all under the stars on a cool and beautiful night.  Not sure how it could get much better!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/10/look-who-made-it-to-town Sun, 11 Oct 2015 03:41:57 GMT
Bibs & Bobs https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/9/bibs-bobs

It occurred to me that I haven't put up a current piece on social media in the last two weeks.  So...this "Linguine alla Carbonara" was photographed for an upcoming Pasta segment in a local food magazine called Knife & Fork.  Produced and distributed by C'ville Weekly.    As of September 24th, this dish can be found at Tavola, 826 Hinton Ave, Charlottesville, VA. Eat up, live life & enjoy!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/9/bibs-bobs Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:56:11 GMT
Say hello to Lt. Victor. G. Mitchell! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/8/say-hello-to-lt-victor-g-mitchell

A recent photo essay brought me to Lieutenant Victor G. Mitchell, a midnight shift commander with the Charlottesville Police Department.  He considers starting the canine program in 1990 to be his greatest accomplishment during 30 years as a police officer.


[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/8/say-hello-to-lt-victor-g-mitchell Fri, 14 Aug 2015 23:55:25 GMT
Red Hub Food Company! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/7/red-hub-food-company

I worked on a rather nice food photography assignment last week for the Red Hub Food Company, located in Charlottesville Virginia.  Nice little place, great food & terrific owner!  I wish them the best of luck!!!  https://www.facebook.com/redhubfoodco?fref=ts

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/7/red-hub-food-company Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:04:57 GMT
4 days left for Restaurant Week! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/7/4-days-left-on-restaurant-week

This was one of my favorite shots from this years Restaurant Week!  If you are not familiar with our local foodie fundraiser in Charlottesville, please check it out!  http://charlottesvillerestaurantweek.com/

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/7/4-days-left-on-restaurant-week Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:34:52 GMT
Sir Paul made it to Charlottesville! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/6/sir-paul-made-it-to-charlottesville Thanks for the visit Paul!  As one of your biggest fans, it was truly a great photo gig!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/6/sir-paul-made-it-to-charlottesville Wed, 24 Jun 2015 04:38:01 GMT
Take your margarita to the next level—with watermelon! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/6/test

This was a fun photo & video day day at the Alley Light, courtesy of C-ville Weekly!   

2 oz. Blanco Tequila
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. agave nectar
2 oz. fresh watermelon juice*
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Add ice. Shake for 12 seconds. Double strain into a collins glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and a watermelon spear.
*To make watermelon juice, toss slices of seedless watermelon into a blender and then strain.
[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/6/test Sat, 06 Jun 2015 21:36:58 GMT
40's, 50's and 60's! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/6/40s-50-s-and-60-s It's never to late to have your portrait taken.  Rammelkamp Foto, now practicing non-evasive photography & photoshop, LOL!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/6/40s-50-s-and-60-s Sat, 06 Jun 2015 02:21:43 GMT
Bonus front cover. https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/6/bonus-front-cover

C-ville Weekly asked that I photograph something on Madison House for a non-profit issue a few weeks ago.  I thought it would be a little picture somewhere deep in the paper, but they liked this one for the cover, which was pretty cool not only for me, but for Madison House!  I wish all these local non-profits the very best!!!


[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/6/bonus-front-cover Wed, 03 Jun 2015 18:17:52 GMT
While on assignment. https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/5/while-on-assignment

Earlier today, I was on assignment; downtown mall, Charlottesville.  I was taking a break when this yellow glint caught my eye.  As the young lady was walking away, I managed to zoom in on the shoes and photograph a pretty cool scene.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/5/while-on-assignment Thu, 21 May 2015 03:47:44 GMT
Another Knife & Fork example! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/4/another-knife-fork-example

Another shoot for C'ville Weekly's first issue of Knife & Fork!  This juicy steak was prepared to perfection by Sam Rochester of the Downtown Grille, located on the downtown mall, Charlotesville VA.  http://www.downtowngrille.com/

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/4/another-knife-fork-example Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:42:36 GMT
Knife & Fork, forth portfolio piece! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/4/knife-fork-forth-portfolio-piece

This was another photo I took for the 1st issue of Knife & Fork, published by C'ville Weekly!  The ice cream is from Kirt's Homemade Ice Cream in C'ville, 622 Almemarle Square!  It's good, real good.  Kirt has his Ice Cream down and I wish him all the best!


[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/4/knife-fork-forth-portfolio-piece Mon, 06 Apr 2015 01:57:41 GMT
It's all about the Pizza. https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/4/its-all-about-the-pizza

Kife & Fork magazine and new portfolio sample courtesy of Lampo Neapolitan Pizza!  My third time photographing their pizza and let me just say this.... it doesn't get old!


[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/4/its-all-about-the-pizza Fri, 03 Apr 2015 13:44:45 GMT
It's all about the beer. https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/4/its-all-about-the-beer

Knife & Fork #2!  Another gem for C'ville Weekly and a great sample for my portfolio!  #ronrfoto; #rammelkampfoto; #charlottesvillebranding; #cvilleweekly

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/4/its-all-about-the-beer Thu, 02 Apr 2015 01:05:28 GMT
It's all about the eyes. https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/3/its-all-about-the-eyes

This is a self 'atta' boy, but I'm really liking this portrait.  Classic lighting with a high angle that seems to accentuate the eyes quite a bit.  Kevin had a terrific demeanor and I like to think it shines through in this one!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/3/its-all-about-the-eyes Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:29 GMT
Front cover! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/3/front-cover

This was a great cover to work on and as always, a real pleasure to collaborate with Bill at C'ville Weekly. In addition, it was also nice to meet and work with Harrison Kevill of Brookville Restaurant.  They are located on the C'vill Mall at 225 West Main St, Charlottesville.  Serving wonderfully prepared locally sourced food & beverages!


[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/3/front-cover Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:42:52 GMT
All booked I'm afraid. https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/3/all-booked-im-afraid

The response has been huge and I've made a number of exceptions, but my "Been Laid Off Lately Free Portrait Campaign" is all booked! Many folks from all over saw my original post and emailed immediately with dates and while it makes me sad that so many are looking for work, I'm optimistic that a good head shot will help!  Good luck everyone and keep your eyes peeled for new offers!
[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/3/all-booked-im-afraid Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:47:08 GMT
Photo Bomb! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/3/photo-bomb

So...we had a portrait shoot today at Rammelkamp Foto and what was great was my skittish dog took to the client!  It's really quite funny. This dog is afraid of most males and took several months to get used to me, yet took to Kevin right away and sat on his foot...which is his way of saying you are a nice person and I like you.  Dogs are great judges, because he was in fact, a nice fellow and we certainly had a great shoot!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/3/photo-bomb Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:44:09 GMT
Sorry you were laid off give back B2B campaign! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/3/sorry-you-were-laid-off-give-back-b2b-campaign

Been laid off *lately? Need a free head shot? **Within driving distance to C'ville? 1st week in April is give back "sorry you were laid off B2B" at Rammelkamp Foto!  Don't miss out, please message me to schedule your appointment. 

*from March 2015 **140 miles or less
[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/3/sorry-you-were-laid-off-give-back-b2b-campaign Sun, 15 Mar 2015 00:32:35 GMT
Beverages! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/3/beverages This was a portion of the beverage line up I photographed for The Grill at Waterford in Richmond.  Good food.  Good spirits.  Good People! 



[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/3/beverages Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:24:01 GMT
Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint in C'ville! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/2/jack-browns-beer-and-burger-joint-in-c-ville

This was a C'ville Weekly shoot that happened a week ago.  Aaron Ludwig of Jack Brown's (in C'ville) was gracious and hospitable.  Notice how crowded the place is! 

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/2/jack-browns-beer-and-burger-joint-in-c-ville Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:28:06 GMT
When it's hard to pick a select. https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/1/when-its-hard-to-pick-a-select

This recent photo shoot for C'ville Weekly was a gem.  I love it when all the choices work and it's hard to pick just one.  The folks at Petit Pois were generous, helpful and grateful.  Certainly helps with the end result, thanks folks!  This Wednesday (the 26th), we'll see which one they publish in the paper and online.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/1/when-its-hard-to-pick-a-select Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:06:37 GMT
Get ready for Lampo! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/1/get-ready-for-lampo

This was one I did a few weeks ago for C'ville Weekly.  Loren Mendosa of Lampo Neapolitan Pizza really is moving fast here, no special effects and why is he moving so fast....the place was PACKED!!!  Chalk up another winner for Charlottesville!  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/1/get-ready-for-lampo Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:04:59 GMT
Say hello to Red Hub Food Company! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/1/say-hello-to-red-hub-food-company

Ryan Hubbard and Mark Marshall had been catering for awhile, but recently opened up for lunch!  It was a pleasure meeting these folks, taking pictures, eating food and welcoming another great addition to C'ville!!!  Red Hub Food Company  202 10th ST NW, Charlotesville VA.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/1/say-hello-to-red-hub-food-company Tue, 13 Jan 2015 20:39:35 GMT
A Year in C'ville! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/12/a-year-in-cville Photojournalism 2014

2014 continued to be a building year for Rammelkamp Foto.  A few months in, a new freelance opportunity presented itself in the direction of photojournalism.  I would sincerely like to thank C'ville Weekly for having the confidence in me and pushing my photographic skills to new heights!  I'm very proud of this body of work and have assembled the entire year of assignments, all 56, into one 6 minute video.  I'm looking forward to 2015 and would like to wish present and future clients a very prosperous New Year!  With that, I give you... "A Year in C'ville!"  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/12/a-year-in-cville Thu, 01 Jan 2015 04:03:33 GMT
Caneles! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/12/caneles canelescaneles

New French inspired bakery just opened up in C'ville called MarieBette!  So far, all I can say is AWESOME!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/12/caneles Sat, 06 Dec 2014 15:56:02 GMT
My first C-Ville Kids cover! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/11/my-first-cville-kids-cover C'ville KidsC'ville Kids

I actually took this last year when we had all that snow.  It was pulled back in for a cover this year.  Glad the CD remembered it and I'm glad the kid's folks gave us permission to use it!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/11/my-first-cville-kids-cover Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:18:41 GMT
South Street...open for business! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/11/south-street-open-for-business South Street Brewery.  It's cool, it's downtown and they have lots of great beer, what could be better?  Judging from the crowds, not much.  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/11/south-street-open-for-business Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:37:57 GMT
Back in time...sort of. https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/11/back-in-time-sort-of

Jackie Dunkle, owner of Fellini's#9 in Charlottesville has a new venture...The Tin Whistle Irish Pub!  Very old world, lots of charm and plenty of shepherd's pie to go around!  Looks good, feels good and has a good vibe, I wish them all the best! 

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/11/back-in-time-sort-of Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:25:09 GMT
Meet Floyd, man of the streets. https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/11/meet-floyd-man-of-the-streets

Working on a newspaper photo story, I had the pleasure of meeting Floyd of Charlottesville.  A nice talkative fellow who had a lot of strength, charisma and charm...just no home.  Despite being unkempt, he was like anyone else you could meet, even hopeful you might say.  Not really sure if his situation will ever change, but he changed me.  It's getting cold, be thankful, give if you can - Ron 

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/11/meet-floyd-man-of-the-streets Sat, 08 Nov 2014 16:09:05 GMT
Dramatic B&W Portrait https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/10/dramatic-b-w-portrait

Meet Leigh Gordon from Palmyra VA.  Leigh wanted a portrait for Linkedin/business use and once I got going, I thought a bold B&W would be nice.  Lighting just from the left side, with very little fill light, I started to think we were onto something.  She has a terrific smile, yet this closed mouth smirk kind of says it all.  To final for web will be opened a bit, but drama on this one really works in my opinion.  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/10/dramatic-b-w-portrait Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:28:46 GMT
Get ready C'ville, the X Lounge is about to reopen as Trocadero! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/9/get-ready-cville-the-x-x-lounge-is-about-to-reopen-as-trocadero  


Cool owners, cool interior & cool lighting....nuff said!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/9/get-ready-cville-the-x-x-lounge-is-about-to-reopen-as-trocadero Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:55:50 GMT
Concession photos for John Paul Jones arena! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/9/concession-photos-for-john-paul-jones-arena

This was an assignment for Hightech Signs/John Paul Jones Arena.  Giant posters were made, nice work and a new client.  Charlottesville certainly is a foodie town and it's great to be part of it!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/9/concession-photos-for-john-paul-jones-arena Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:48:27 GMT
Mock up https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/9/mock-up

This is a 5x7 card mock up I'm about to present to Derek Cha of Zzaam.  If you are looking to excite you taste buds with a fresh Korean BBQ assortment, THIS IS IT! 

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/9/mock-up Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:10:08 GMT
Say hello to Steve! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/8/say-hello-to-steve

These are a few examples from a recent portrait shoot I did a week ago.  I think Steve might have been a bit nervous, but after we got started, the poses started to flow along with the smiles.  The client was pleased he wound up with a nice collection for his business and Linkedin.  Thanks again Steve, it was my pleasure.    

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/8/say-hello-to-steve Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:45:18 GMT
C-Ville Weekly's 25th Birthday Bash! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/8/c-ville-weeklys-25th-birthday-bash

Great folks to work for! Thanks Bill LeSuer for all of your confidence, and support!!!  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/8/c-ville-weeklys-25th-birthday-bash Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:54:12 GMT
New composites for Commonwealth Reserve! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/8/new-composites-for-commonwealth-reserve

A few months ago I did another shoot for Alex George of Just Curry, Commonwealth-Skybar and now Commonwealth Reserve!  A great venue to rent for any occasion, right on the downtown mall!  Again, great food, great fun, great place and great service!!!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/8/new-composites-for-commonwealth-reserve Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:36:13 GMT
Food Photoshop work - before & after https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/8/food-photoshop-work---before-after

I recently photographed food for the concession posters at John Paul Jones Arena.  They were somewhat quick, definitely with post in mind.  Here is a before and after sample.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/8/food-photoshop-work---before-after Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:25:47 GMT
Technique https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/8/technique

I was asked to take a photo of Barbara Shifflett for C-Ville Weekly.  Barbara has been a strong force in the Charlottesville food industry who has just started a new catering business called Apimento.  The CD, Bill LeSueur wanted a shot in a restaurant window and chose Eppie's.  The cool thing about this shot was the challenge.  One strobe light lighting the face, another strobe light lighting the yellow wall in back, tungsten lights inside and daylight outside to consider.  In addition, I had to use a polarizing filter to cut back on some...but not all of the reflections, whew!  Challenging shot, but I think results are there and I'd like to thank everyone involved!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/8/technique Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:04:57 GMT
What'll it be? https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/8/whatll-it-be

One of my covers that came out a few months ago for C-Ville Weekly!  House infused berry vodka brought to you by the Commonwealth-Skybar Restaurant located on the Downtown Mall in Charlotesville.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/8/whatll-it-be Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:55:58 GMT
Rammelkamp Foto is now on Thumbtack! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/8/rammelkamp-foto-is-now-on-thumbtack

Just signed up with Thumbtack, an on line service that helps companies in need of services find creatives.  My very first job with Thumbtack was for a head shot of Emily Doherty, author of "Funny Things They Don't Tell You About After Pregnancy".   She was a pleasure to photograph and I wish her the very best!  As for Thumbtack, the site is easy to navigate and draws a crowd.  Thanks Thumbtack! 


[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/8/rammelkamp-foto-is-now-on-thumbtack Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:36:15 GMT
Say hello to Maria of Las Cabanas! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/7/say-hello-to-maria-of-las-cabanas

C-Ville Weekly asked me to photograph the owner of the Crozet Citco "D&W" Gas Station.  As it turns out, there is a full blown take out Mexican Restaurant inside called, Las Cabanas!  Maria Becerra, the co-owner was smiling and hard at work and was a pleasure to photograph. The aroma was ridiculous and the breakfast burrito she made for me...OUTSTANDING!  If you are in Cozet right off exit 107 on 250, look for the small Citco station and treat yourself to some quality Mexican food!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/7/say-hello-to-maria-of-las-cabanas Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:44:30 GMT
Celebrating 1 year as a Freelance Photographer for Crutchfield! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/7/celebrating-1-year-as-a-freelance-photographer-for-crutchfield

This past year with Crutchfield certainly went by fast.  I have to say, they truly are a pleasure to work for!  Great staff, great products and great customer service!!!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/7/celebrating-1-year-as-a-freelance-photographer-for-crutchfield Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:28:28 GMT
Good luck Falls River Soap Company! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/6/good-uck-falls-river-soap-company

Just finished up a cool project for a wonderful new soap company called Falls River Soap Company in Ohio!  They make a wonderful product and were great to work with!  These 4 web banners ads (without copy) are a small sampling of imagery.  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/6/good-uck-falls-river-soap-company Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:45:22 GMT
Three cheers for nTelos! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/6/three-cheers-for-ntelos

Through the nTelos Cares program, nTelos Wireless partners with local bloggers to raise awareness (and funds!) for charitable organizations such as Project Grows?  So what is Project Grows?  Project grows is a community Farm (in Verona VA) where children can learn about healthy living through hands on experience.


I was fortunate enough to photograph an event with nTelos giving back to the community with volunteer weeding, and a sizable donation of $2000 to Project Grows.  Despite the rainy evening, it truly was a terrific event.  Way to go nTelos and congratulations Project Grows!


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[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/6/three-cheers-for-ntelos Wed, 04 Jun 2014 02:49:21 GMT
Exciting news! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/5/exciting-news

I just heard that some photos from my Commonwealth Skybar shoot will be featured in USA Today!!!  Excited, you bet!  It's a good day to be Rammelkamp Foto.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/5/exciting-news Thu, 29 May 2014 17:15:30 GMT
The folks that make things happen. https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/5/the-folks-that-make-things-happen

I recently had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot for Alex George owner of Commonwealth Skybar in Charlottesville Virginia.  It's a fun place to be with great food and service.  Truly, everyone goes out of their way to make the customer happy.  A fine establishment indeed and I'm grateful for the photographic opportunity.  Their website will be renewed shortly, stay tuned!    

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/5/the-folks-that-make-things-happen Sat, 24 May 2014 18:52:48 GMT
Meet Julie and Peter https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/5/meet-peter-julie

The artistic director Julie Hamberg and actor/writer Peter DeMartino, have written their own adaption of "The Master and Margarita", which opened last night at Live Arts in C-ville.  Nice folks, a real pleasure to photograph.


[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/5/meet-peter-julie Sun, 18 May 2014 14:51:04 GMT
Composite from my Crozet Pizza shoot! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/5/composite-from-my-crozet-pizza-shoot

The new Pourhouse at Crozet Pizza is beautiful!  It was great to work with the staff on their photo needs and I look forward to an upcoming food shoot in the near future....stay tuned!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/5/composite-from-my-crozet-pizza-shoot Mon, 05 May 2014 03:05:42 GMT
30 years in the business! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/4/30-years-in-the-business

I was real pleasure to meet and photograph Nikki Liszt for C-ville Weekly.  Apparently, her Ballet studio celebrated a 30 year anniversary, but Nikki kept it quiet.  I liked the fact that she was willing to try a motion pose.  This was my favorite!  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/4/30-years-in-the-business Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:15:00 GMT
Say hello to my new client, CROZET PIZZA!!! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/4/say-hello-to-my-new-client-crozet-pizza

Well, what can I say?  It was a real pleasure taking pictures of my favorite (and home town) pizza joint.  The new bar room is awesome, the pizza awesome, the crowd, you guessed it...awesome!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/4/say-hello-to-my-new-client-crozet-pizza Sat, 26 Apr 2014 02:43:19 GMT
Starr Hill's new tasting room! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/4/star-hills-new-tasting-room

I was fortunate enough to see and photograph a preview of Starr Hill's new tasting room in Crozet, nearly walking distance to my home studio.  I really love the way this town is shaping up!  A big thumbs up to Allie Hochman (Marketing & Sales Support Analyst) who helped me with the set up, and impressed me with her vast knowledge of beer and terrific hospitality.  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/4/star-hills-new-tasting-room Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:49:33 GMT
tom tom coverage https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/4/tom-tom-coverage

C-ville is really shinning this week with the tom tom festival!  It was so much fun to cover C-ville weekly's 25th bash!!!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/4/tom-tom-coverage Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:09:00 GMT
shooting spices https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/4/shooting-spices

Birdseye view of the set, with the finished result below showing all the necessary items to do this type of work.  A monolight light through a punchy 28in brolly box on a boom from 10 o'clock is my preferred source and direction.  A slight dapple and vignette is achieved by using glass blocks as a gobo and black (painted wood) slats to subtract light from certain areas.  Lastly, a silver card is added to throw back some fill and glint.  A relatively decent macro lens is required.  I use a 1:3 35mm (52mm with crop factor) The blower and brushes are a must for this type of work!   

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/4/shooting-spices Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:01:43 GMT
Mas Tapas https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/3/mas-tapas

Still going strong on food shoots.  Had a great time photographing food & wine at Mas Tapas for C-ville weekly and I

hope to do more in the future! 

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/3/mas-tapas Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:14:13 GMT
More food photography from Rammelkamp Foto! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/3/more-food-photography-from-rammelkamp-foto

This was actually an outtake from my shoot today.  The simplicity and lighting really worked, so I thought I would post a sneak peek before I promote the client/restaurant full throttle.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/3/more-food-photography-from-rammelkamp-foto Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:43:14 GMT
Pecan Bars from Stevie G's = yummy goodness! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/2/pecan-bars-from-stevie-gs-yummy-goodness

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of working with Stephanie and Sue of Stevie G's.  Their baked items were not only fun to photograph, but fun to sample as well!  They are in the business of baking gluten free items currently sold in and around C'ville.  They were some of the best treats I have ever tasted!!!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/2/pecan-bars-from-stevie-gs-yummy-goodness Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:53:28 GMT
Forget Snowpocalypse, get some heat from "The Spice Diva"! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/2/forget-snowpocalypse-get-some-heat-from-the-spica-dice

Yes it's going to snow and sure, go out and get you bread.  But don't forget to fill up you home with the wonderful aroma that only fresh spices can bring.  While you are snowed in, travel to India via the kitchen.  Phyllis can recommend just the right curry.  So if you are in C'ville, head on down and visit "The Spice Diva"!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/2/forget-snowpocalypse-get-some-heat-from-the-spica-dice Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:33:34 GMT
Champion Brewing Company https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/2/champion-brewing-company

This was a recent shoot I did for C'ville Weekly.  Drew Carroll of Champion Brewing Company, knows more about beer than most folks.  I have to admit, after 10 minutes of taking pictures, I felt I was with a good friend.  Truly  a fine ambassador to the "offline" business of what used to be called...social interaction! 

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/2/champion-brewing-company Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:48:06 GMT
Food Photography https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/2/food-photography Food PhotographyExamples of food photography that I have worked on over the years for various clients.

This is a collection I recently put together to highlight and promote my photography skills in food photography.  The clients and jobs vary, as does the locations.  I'm looking to make this type of work my niche in Charlottesville.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/2/food-photography Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:22:57 GMT
My day at the Airport. https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/1/my-day-at-the-airport

I was dropping off someone at JFK and it turned out to be a great photo opportunity.  It was clear that Terminal 1 was the place to capture diversity.  However, security was watching me, so I shot from the hip with little previewing.  When I got home, I was delighted with the mix and felt it would make for a nice looking piece to post on my blog.  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2014/1/my-day-at-the-airport Fri, 03 Jan 2014 19:29:06 GMT
Getting ready to jump, or electrocute. https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/12/getting-ready-to-jump-or-electrocute

I spotted this wayward doll at an estate sale.  She definitely called out to me.  I let her be, figuring at some point she would be overcome by holiday madness and insert her foot in the socket, or hang herself from the nail to her left.  Oh well, didn't happen.  Perhaps the "Twilight Zone" episode in my head was never meant to be.  Let's hope she was purchased and loved once more. 

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/12/getting-ready-to-jump-or-electrocute Sun, 22 Dec 2013 19:08:43 GMT
Busy on a Sunday evening? https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/12/busy-on-a-sunday-evening

The Tenley Whole Foods was hoppin' on the Sunday evening after Thanksgiving.  I was surprised to count nearly 50 people in this photo!  At any rate, it was a nice pit stop before taking my daughter back to college.   

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/12/busy-on-a-sunday-evening Mon, 02 Dec 2013 17:19:02 GMT
Slow and cool November https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/11/slow-and-cool-november

It's been a bit slow for me this month.  Still my business is my hobby and I have to stay sharp.  So I took this last week while grilling out in my backyard.  Beautiful scene, might even put a print of it on one of the walls inside.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/11/slow-and-cool-november Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:46:46 GMT
image quality https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/9/image-quality

Image quality, what is it?  For me it's what you get when everything is captured just right.  The settings - focal length, aperture, shutter speed, color settings, contrast and sharpness.  If I'm standing in front of something that I'd like to photograph, I usually adjust my settings to give me the very best image quality.  I take a minute so I can come up with something that simply looks better than it is and appears to jump off the page, or monitor.  No trade secrets, just skills of the trade.  At some point, technology will fix this for everyone with the perfect "auto everything" button, but when it does I'll be ready to talk about lighting.  When the "auto lighting" fix arrives, I'll have one last skill that can not be touched...subject matter!  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/9/image-quality Mon, 23 Sep 2013 00:24:11 GMT
just the right amount https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/9/just-the-right-amount

How much Photoshop?  It happens after every photo shoot, especially with portraiture.  My shoots are quick and painless, I joke, get a bit silly, try to put the model at ease, then start taking pictures.  Most often my make up kit is Photoshop.  Sure, I've hired makeup artists, but for an individual sitting, it's likely I'll go it alone.  So...how much Photoshop is enough?  Well, I wish I could say, there is no easy answer.  Most often, I'll pick one, clean it up a bit then ask the client.  We often agree on the amount of treatment, then do the same amount on the selects.  In this case, this is exactly what I sent to the client and she thought it was perfect.        

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/9/just-the-right-amount Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:27:19 GMT
slow week = house project https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/9/slow-week-house-project

My wife and I saw a white baby crib at the dumps.  We both thought it would make a great gate of sorts so I took it apart, hose clamped 3 sides, spray painted and viola!  The photoshopped image is a dramatization of what it will hopefully look like next year!!!  Perhaps the following year we will plant a big something or other to hide the heat pump.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/9/slow-week-house-project Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:53:21 GMT
ratatouille before and after https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/9/ratatouille-before-and-after Well...I was pretty excited to make this today.  I took a picture with my phone.  Afterwards, I thought I'd challenge myself and see if I could improve the photo.  Besides the the Photoshop challenge, it was really delicious!!!

I combined 2 recipes for this, here goes...

In a small 3 quart corning ware, I drizzled olive oil.
I started layering (in thin slices) zucchini, tomato & eggplant, till I got to the top of the pot.
In between the zucchini & tomato I would put garlic & basil.
In between the tomato & eggplant I would put onion, thyme & salt.
Every other layer I would drizzle a little more olive oil.
I put the corning (covered) on a gas burner as low as it would go for 2 1/2 hours.

This was well worth it.  I was surprised at how good it was!!!



[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/9/ratatouille-before-and-after Mon, 09 Sep 2013 03:40:15 GMT
after the rain https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/after-the-rain

It occurred to me that my (relatively) new camera is water proof so I thought, why not?  The heavy rain had just finished, so I wandered around a bit in the drizzle.  When I saw this web, it looked like a pretty good subject to capture.  Being slightly underneath it caused some drops to fall on the lens, so it's hard to figure out exactly where the focus really is...which of course adds to the beauty of this shot. I then added a little color and contrast in post.  Lastly, it was inspired by Ilse Ackerman, who has been on a terrific streak with some wonderful FB posts, thanks Ilse!  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/after-the-rain Sat, 31 Aug 2013 22:27:48 GMT
The writer and photographer. https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/the-writer-and-photographer Last week I got a call from copywriter and YTOTer, Kim Reedy.  Kim wanted a new set of pictures for promotion and social media needs. Having the great personality that she does certainly made it easy for me.  We started with backdrops, then eventually moved out into a natural room setting.  Before that, I thought it would be fair to have the camera pointed at me for a few shots.  Kim clicked one and one only.  The pictures work nicely together, so for now they serve as a pleasant visual to accompany my blog...but perhaps a joint project will come our way, I'll already have the bio photos just waiting for PR to publish.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/the-writer-and-photographer Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:43:56 GMT
"The Toilet" https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/-the-toilet

This bathroom caught me eye at a recent estate sale.  The house was huge, with several fireplaces and stuff to buy of course, but for some reason the simple vertical scene with sunlight hitting the drape really stopped and made me look.  I thought, perhaps this is the window someone would sneak out with.  Maybe a teenager longing to roam with friends, or runaway.  Step on the seat, step on the lid cove,r shimmy over the sill, then out!  I don't know...just something that came to mind. 

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/-the-toilet Mon, 19 Aug 2013 03:19:29 GMT
the little studio that could https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/the-little-studio-that-could A lot of professional photos come out of this Crutchfield photo studio.  It's located and headquartered out of Charlottesville, Virginia, near the airport.  Just finishing up a little over a week of freelancing for them.  The best description I can offer is chill...the place is very chill.  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/the-little-studio-that-could Fri, 16 Aug 2013 02:13:55 GMT
scene from a Virginia yard sale https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/scene-from-a-yard-sale This was a snap I took at a yard sale.  I liked the contrast from the shopper in the background to the porcelain doll in the front.  For some reason, the doll in the front almost looks real, like she is going to walk around you!  I think this is why the photo appeals to me so much.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/scene-from-a-yard-sale Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:54:30 GMT
the wonderful Little Grill https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/the-wonderful-little-grill I was set to have lunch with two lovely x-RSers, Robin Rapp and Helen Altin.  After some discussion, we agreed on The Little Grill, and why not? -- I haven't been there in awhile, they are friendly to vegetarians and it's a cool place, period.  Well, guess what?  THEY WERE CLOSED for renovations!  I couldn't believe it!  OK, if this is my big worry for the week, then things must be pretty good.  Despite a recent car repair, I have some freelance time at Crutchfield coming up, so I really can't complain...but c'mon!!!!  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/the-wonderful-little-grill Thu, 08 Aug 2013 02:56:40 GMT
new lens https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/new-lens This is a random offering to my blog, but it's one of the first images with my new 35mm lens.  Shot from the hip and not exactly sure where the focus is, but we have a bunch of things going on that I like for some reason.  So here you have it, my post from the local GreatValu in Crozet!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/new-lens Sat, 03 Aug 2013 04:20:43 GMT
meet Jeffrey Bean https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/meet-jeffrey-bean Say hello to Jeff, or Jeffrey Bean.  This boy is relatively new to the family.  He is also a bit kooky and afraid of most things. 

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/8/meet-jeffrey-bean Thu, 01 Aug 2013 04:02:06 GMT
more thoughts on the studio https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/7/more-thoughts-on-the-studio What is it about the studio?  For years, I've been in the studio.  Starting in NY at a young age, I quickly became quite good at making still-life products look better than they should.  Then after 20 years, I "suddenly" found myself shooting lifestyle for Rosetta Stone and for awhile, it was great.  But it wasn't meant to last.  Restructuring put me out and eventually back in the studio.  However, it somehow felt like seeing an old friend.  Comfortable...I knew him and he knew me.  Didn't have to talk much or work hard on rekindling the relationship. Within hours, we took up where we left off.  What is it that draws me to this place?  Why do I like it so much?  Is it just stepping back into my comfort zone, doing what I do best?  Or is it simply a means to pay the mortgage?  The answer: all of the above.  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/7/more-thoughts-on-the-studio Sat, 20 Jul 2013 02:34:56 GMT
views from the studio https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/7/views-from-the-studio

This is a typical slice of what you would see in catalog studio.  Big room with lots of stuff going on.  I shot these in B&W to show how little things have changed over the years.  They are current photographs, but they look like studios I've worked in 25 years ago.  Other than film vs. digital, I'm happy to say that most things have remained the same.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/7/views-from-the-studio Sun, 14 Jul 2013 14:18:46 GMT
warehouse #2 https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/6/warehouse-2

Warehouse #2, and probably the last of a very short lived series.  This is actually a scene from the back of a truck bed backed up to the open door and waiting to be stuffed with merchandise.  I walked by this while heading to the bathroom and the warm sunlight coming in from the top was really pretty cool.  Again, shout-out to the great folks at Plow & Hearth for bringing me on board this month with what I hope is many additional freelance days to come! 

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/6/warehouse-2 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 01:21:38 GMT
the warehouse https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/6/the-warehouse If you make or sell merchandise, you've got to have a warehouse.  This is a row at the Plow & Hearth warehouse in Madison, VA.  They have at least a dozen rows - pretty big place.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/6/the-warehouse Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:46:56 GMT
more Plow! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/6/more-plow I was at the Plow & Hearth studio last week photographing toys for Hearth Song and Magic Cabin.  Did I say how nice these folks are to work with? 

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/6/more-plow Sat, 15 Jun 2013 23:04:33 GMT
breakfast at Cranberry's! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/6/breakfast-at-cranberries Met a few x-RSers for breakfast the other day.  It was nice to chat and commiserate.  Really.... some of the best people I've ever worked with in my career.  Besides the fine company and good eats, I  decided to resurrect a 1998 floppy disk Sony Mavica for picture-taking.  It was interesting... a "snap" and recording to the buffer probably takes about 6-7 seconds for a 1024x768 72dpi photo on fine jpeg compression.  I get 9 photos on one floppy disk at this setting.  My phone takes/stores about 1000 5 megapixel photos with all sorts of whiz bang features that I can send across multiple platforms.  Digital capabilities sure have improved.   

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/6/breakfast-at-cranberries Sat, 01 Jun 2013 14:34:12 GMT
beet burger! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/5/beet-burger Behold, the beautiful beet burger!  As a "foodie" and vegetarian, it's sometimes hard to get that combination of satisfying flavor, healthy eating and staying on the meatless path.  However, my daughter found a beet and lentil combo, properly seasoned that fits the bill!  Really tastes great and actually looks great as well...which is why I took the photo.  If anyone wants the recipe, please let me know.  Happy eating everyone! 

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/5/beet-burger Wed, 29 May 2013 19:37:42 GMT
new studio for Rammelkamp Foto! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/5/new-studio-for-rammelkamp-foto The studio is taking shape!  The shelves have been assembled, the hooks are in the walls and the equipment has been serviced.  Ready for action folks!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/5/new-studio-for-rammelkamp-foto Fri, 24 May 2013 19:26:03 GMT
the rusty hand shovel https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/5/the-rusty-hand-shovel 20-25 years of planting with this trusty old boy.  Years ago, the same scene would take place... I'd come in the house and tell my wife about it.  I still do, but now the scene is captured on a phone, uploaded and broadcast for the world to see.  I guess it's just nice to talk out loud.  Perhaps someone will say, I need to do that...I think that's what I'm going for.  Cheers everyone!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/5/the-rusty-hand-shovel Sat, 18 May 2013 16:52:06 GMT
big dog at the Dodger https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/5/big-dog-at-the-dodger Initially, I think the orange against the blue got me, but then I noticed this giant dog and I had to hit a few.  Not really an uncommon sight at the Artful Dodger in Harrisonburg, VA.  Glad I was able to get a brew in with master photographer, Jeff James.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/5/big-dog-at-the-dodger Sat, 11 May 2013 04:48:22 GMT
Plow & Hearth https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/4/plow-hearth I worked at the Plow & Hearth catalog photo studio last week.  Nearly 8 years after shooting catalog, I was right back in the old familiar saddle.  It was a fun day, as well as a productive day.  Everyone there was great.  It was a nice studio and I hope to shoot there on a regular basis!   

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/4/plow-hearth Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:37:41 GMT
say hi to the bee keeper (among other things), Colin Johnson! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/4/say-hi-to-the-bee-keeper-among-other-things-colin-johnson Meet Colin Johnson....Katie Clayton's husband. He sells at the Charlottesville Farmers' City Market every Saturday during market season. Colin also works the bees just about every weekend. During the week, he works at Fort Pickett as a cartographer for the Virginia National Guard. He also runs the http://www.hungryhillhoney.com website!  Busy man, great smile, helluva nice guy.  Glad I got the chance to photograph him this weekend!  

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/4/say-hi-to-the-bee-keeper-among-other-things-colin-johnson Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:50:06 GMT
military milestones! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/4/military-milestones The biggest project I ever worked on in my career was the military milestones for Rosetta Stone.  This project/contract with the military certainly came at the right time, considering our conflicts abroad.  This was a straight-to-military, Arabic language product that was written, staged and styled for soldiers to learn fast.  I am working on a self-promotion video showcasing the highlights of the dramatic look and feel of the photography.  Stayed tuned!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/4/military-milestones Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:49:37 GMT
lighting test https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/4/lighting-test I bought two wireless flashes for my on-location travel kit.  I just hovered (hand held) over the flowers and did a quick test shot.  Kind of neat looking, so I thought I would share.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/4/lighting-test Sat, 06 Apr 2013 20:58:59 GMT
meet the author! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/4/meet-the-author Jessica Penner is the author of a new piece of literary fiction called Shaken in the Water.  A lovely young woman who was a pleasure to photograph!  Her book is available at Amazon.  

1903: a Mennonite woman gives birth to a daughter named Agnes. The child bears a birthmark known in Low German as Tieja Kjoaw, the Tiger’s Scar. The mark portends greatness or tragedy. Agnes becomes the matriarch of a family struggling for greatness: her husband shaves his entire body to win God’s favor; a tornado carries her daughter away on a clear winter day; convinced he is a modern Moses, her son frees a truckload of cattle; her granddaughter butchers a cat to save her marriage; a tiger residing in her daughter’s backyard claims to be the love of Agnes’ life.

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/4/meet-the-author Mon, 01 Apr 2013 18:34:10 GMT
best friends for Easter! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/4/best-friends-for-easter The event: Western Ridge 12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  The Photographer: Ron Rammelkamp.  The Results: Happiness!!!!!!!!

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/4/best-friends-for-easter Mon, 01 Apr 2013 18:05:25 GMT
spring snow storm! https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/3/spring-snow-storm

This was taken right off the Crozet trails behind the Westhall development. 

[email protected] (Rammelkamp Foto) https://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2013/3/spring-snow-storm Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:54:08 GMT