Friday, June 5, 2015

A Second Round of Portraits: Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2015

  As promised, here are a few more portraits from the "Spectrum Fantastic Art Live" show that we attended a couple weeks ago. Our thought again this year was to set up a pop-up studio, photograph each artist, have the artist choose their favorite shot, and retouch, print, and hang a portrait gallery on the spot. With the okay from Arnie and Cathy Fenner and John Fleskes, and with the sponsorship of a new Phase one camera and IQ250 digital back from Murray Elliott at Megapixels digitalSharon Sampsel, our assistant/photographer Justin Crain, and I managed to take, print, and hang over 100 portraits of the amazing Artists and guests that attended the show. I always am fascinated with the frame that each Artist chooses, but it always gives me a peek inside of how they most authentically view themselves.
   As I finally have the chance to go over the shots, great memories of the show come flooding back; what a terrific time! If you haven't been to one of the previous shows, start making plans now to attend next years show, I promise you won't regret it.
    Anyway, here you go, have a look, let me know what you think.


Mark Schultz
Audrey Benjaminsen


Craig Elliott

Forest Rogers
Bruce D. Mitchell

Frank Dixon


Laima Klavina


Lauren Panepinto & Mark Scheff

Laurie Brom



John English & Mark English

Mark Scheff

Paul Bonner

Priscilla Kim

Jim & Ruth Keegan

Wylie Beckert

Sheila Rayyan
Lydia Burris
Kristina Carroll & Scott Bakal
Tran Nguyen
The Brom's
Bastien Lecouffe Deharme

Tim Kirk
Go ahead and click on the artists names to see their work, contact them and in many cases purchase their prints, sketches and even original paintings...cool right?
I'll try and post more portraits in a few days,
Greg Preston

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2015-New Portraits

So, it's been about 2 weeks since we returned from the amazing "Spectrum Fantastic Art Live" show in Kansas City. We are  just now catching our breath. What a terrific show. Our studio "Sampsel Preston Photography" was asked again this year, for the second time, to come out and set up a pop-up photo studio on the show floor to take portraits of some of the incredibly talented Artists that were showing their work as well as some of the specials guests. Over the course of the 3 day show we had the chance to see quite a few old friends and make many new one's, and take over 100 portraits of the extremely talented creators that were there. We want to give a big thanks to Cathy and Arnie Fenner for creating such a wonderful forum for artists to show their work, and also to Show Director and publisher John Fleskes for allowing us to be there, and last but not least, a huge thank you to our sponsor Murray Elliott of Mega-Pixels Digital for sending out the newest Phase-one Camera, lenses, and the new IQ250 digital back to make the portraits with, the quality is really remarkable. Here are some of the portraits, please let us know what you think:



Donato Giancola
Jennifer Hrabota Lesser


C.J. Draden
Bill Carmen
Cathy & Arnie Fenner
                                                                               
Annie Stegg Gerard
                                                
Justin Gerard
Bob Self
                                                   
Clark Huggins
                                 
Colin & Kristine Poole
                                                  
  Cynthia Sheppard
                                                  
Frank Cho
                                                    
David Palumbo
                                                   
Dan dos Santos
                                                    
Gary Gianni
Karla Ortiz
                                                  
Iain McCaig
                                                    
John Fleskes
                                                   
George Beahm
Omar Rayyan
                                                    
Greg Manchess
                                                    
Dan Chudzinski
Mark Poole
                                                    
Kyrian  Poole
      
Cory Godbey
Please click on any of the Artists names to see what their work looks like. 
If you like what you see, show these people some love and support them by purchasing their books, prints and originals!
It is not easy being an artist.
I will post more portraits in the next few days.
Thanks, Greg Preston

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live

 

A few of weeks ago, our studio, Sampsel Preston Photography, had the pleasure of being the show photographers for the amazing “Spectrum Fantastic Art Live” Show in Kansas City. If you are not familiar with Spectrum, it is a wonderfully intimate art show where you can meet and hang out with some of the most amazing artists in the world.  We were brought out to take as many portraits of the many artists that attended the show as possible. We brought a full studio worth of lights and equipment and set up a make-shift portrait studio on the floor of the convention, and invited any of the displaying artists to sit for a portrait.

What a terrific time we had! We saw many friends and made a whole bunch of new ones. And over the 2 1/2 days of the show we made almost 70 portraits of the most unbelievably talented science fiction and fantasy artists you’d ever hope to meet, Here are some of the portraits, please let me know what you think.
Iain McCaig
Donato Giancola

Spectrum Founder Arnie Fenner

 Spectrum Founder Cathy Fenner

 Director of "Spectrum Fantastic Art Live" John Fleskes