Heritage High School in Vancouver is new, and massive. In the early morning light, the 3 baseball fields glisten with the dew on the grass and the fine layer of spiderwebs that cover every inch of the ground. Our breath glows in front of our faces as if we were smoke-breathing dragons.

Into this scene steps James, varsity baseball catcher for the Timberwolves. We fire away, imagining this photograph reproduced one day in Sports Illustrated, when James has his own trading cards, screaming fans, and pennants.

I really enjoy creating unique, personalized senior portraits like this, in Vancouver, Portland, and beyond!

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  • October 21, 2006 - 3:24 pm

    James - These turned out great– and fast. Thanks!

    (There’s only 2 baseball fields, 2 softball fields 🙂 )

I’ve known Grace since she was in the 7th grade. She was going to Portland’s DaVinci Arts Middle School while I was there working on a photographic project on adolescence. One day I looked out the classroom window and saw Grace down on the swingset, wearing a pearl necklace and jeans and Converse, looking a little melancholy under the gray skies. I told her to stay there, while I grabbed my big wooden field camera, and raced out to photograph her. Later that day I discovered that Grace and her friend were supposed to have been in class at that time, and they spent a little time in the principal’s office as a result.

You can see the portrait of Grace, and others, in the Welcome to Wonderland series on my fine art photography website.

On the upside, the portrait I took of Grace on the swingset made the final cut, and was published last January in LensWork Magazine.

So it was a delight to have opportunity to take some new portraits of Grace yesterday at Mt Tabor park. Here’s a favorite:

I’m pleased to say that, in spite of her time in the principal’s office in middle school, Grace is now the student body president at Franklin High School. Pretty cool.

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Well, I’ve only included one photo of Amanda with her cello here, but she does play one…





 

I love creating unique, personalized senior portrait photographs like these, in Portland, Oregon, and beyond!

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  • October 17, 2006 - 6:24 pm

    Anonymous - Your poses are always so striking. Your pictures of strangers make me feel like I know them, or want to know them!! Thanks for sharing! Evie

Steve Baliko is quite a guy. Two years ago, he dressed up as his favorite poet/author, Wendell Berry, to go to a costume party. This means he dressed up as a farmer, because that’s what Wendell Berry is, overalls and all. In fact, Berry still farms with a mule team on his family’s farm in Kentucky.

When Steve first told me this story, my ears perked up. Anytime you meet a Wendell Berry fan, you know you’ve met a brother (or sister). Berry writes novels (my favorite: Jayber Crow), short stories (Fidelity), the most insightful essays (Sex, Economy, Freedom, Community), and poetry (Collected Poems). He’s written a wagonload of books, most of which I’ve read. In fact, before I ever met my eventually-wife Shannon, I had perused her bookshelf and discovered Wendell Berry. I was intrigued.

Well, Steve Baliko was intrigued when he met this girl at the costume party, because when asked to guess who he was, she said, “Wendell Berry?”

You can guess the rest.

They were married this past Saturday, and I had the privilege of being there. Obviously, I go to a lot of weddings, but it’s rare that I am as excited to see two people together as I was this weekend. What a gracious, real, joyful, beautiful couple. Darla glowed, and she made everyone around her glow, as well.

Steve’s brothers tried to make him glow, also, but it wasn’t quite the same:

This young lady is a sweetheart. I loved the way she gnawed at her apple. Check out those teeth.

We love photographing weddings at McMenamin’s Cornelius Pass Roadhouse!

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On Wednesday I had a portrait session scheduled with a young lady who is the younger sister of someone I had photographed a few years back. I waited at the Washington Park Rose Gardens for her to show up, enjoying the warm sunlight and the scent of the roses. After a while, her mom walks up to me, and asks if they might reschedule their portrait session for a few days later. It turns out that there was a little relationship trouble that day in her daughter’s life, and she just wasn’t up for it. So I went over to the car to talk to the daughter.

I wish I could have photographed her right then, with tears streaming down her face, dripping onto her shirt. It’s hard to concoct a good crying picture, and this was the real thing. But, even though I’m a guy, I do have enough working radar to be able to detect when is a good time to ask for such things, and when not to. This was a definite ‘not to’. So we rescheduled for today.

And it was worth doing so. Natalie is about as easy to photograph as they come. Here are some favorites:




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Portland high school senior portrait photography are just an excuse for me to take some really cool photos of cool young people, such as this young lady from Lake Oswego. That’s how I look at them, anyhow. Instead of me having to go and find models/subjects to shoot, they come to me….

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  • September 30, 2006 - 10:51 am

    Anonymous - Hi Fritz,

    Wow! Those pictures are wonderful! You were right on with your background choices and the way you used them to set off our lovely subject!

    Meghan was relieved at how easy and casual it went. We both had fun, and it seemed to go so quickly and yet you had so many fabulous shots. I shared the slideshow with a few friends already, and they all loved them and were very impressed with your work.

    I don’t know what to say except thank you. These photos will be cherished for many years to come. I can hardly wait for the final pics!!

    All the best,

    Anita

Even though her sister had chicken pox, I had opportunity to photograph some portraits of Alaina in her yard. What a cutie.  I love creating unique portraits of children, in their homes, in the park, or wherever they are.

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  • December 11, 2006 - 4:07 pm

    Melanie Armsbury - I agree. She’s one of the three cutest kids I’ve ever seen! Thanks for the great pic of her.


If you love fine photography, especially black and white, you should know about LensWork Magazine. It is, without much competition, one of the finest photography magazines out there, for several reasons.

First, the award-winning duotone reproductions are magnificent. Each issue, which comes in its own cardboard envelope, is like a fine art book unto itself.

Second, it’s all about photography as a fine art. There’s nothing commercial about it or its articles or portfolios. The only ads are for LensWork’s own products, which are excellent. The essays and interviews are thoughtful reflections on the creative process, as pertains to photography.

Third, they only feature the work of 3 photographers per issue, including an introduction to the photographer, a brief essay about the work, and a portfolio of usually 15-20 images.

Fourth, Brooks Jensen has a lot of innovative ideas, and runs with them. They produce an extended CD of each issue, including more images from each photographer’s portfolio, audio interviews with the photographers, printable images, extra essays, and other goodies. They publish a few books on photography (I’ve read “On Being a Photographer” by David Hurn and Bill Jay, twice). At one time, they had a Special Editions fine art print series, whereby they would faithfully reproduce, on silver gelatin paper, master prints from master photographers. I own one, an image by Wynn Bullock, and it’s magnificent.

Fifth, and most important, they published one of my portfolios (“Welcome to Wonderland“) in the Jan/Feb 2006 issue (20 pages, including the cover, above). It’s beautiful.

I’d encourage you to browse their site, and even subscribe.

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Ever since LensWork Magazine published a portfolio of my work in January (issue #62), I’ve discovered, here and there, that other people like my work. They link to it in their blogs. They purchase fine art prints from me. They steal my pictures to use on their websites. And they start discussion groups about my work.

One of these is on Flickr. It’s called the Spirit of Fritz Liedtke, and here’s their theme:

“If you are interested in child photography in the least, and don’t know who Fritz Lidtke is, you should! There’s a couple of us that love his style of work (selective DOF of adolescence, of course it’s not limited to that, in my opinion). :)”

While my work, of course, is not all child photography, it is an honor to me to see people congregating around an interest in my photographs. One woman’s work I find especially engaging, as she photographs her own children in haunting, beautiful ways: ‘sweet disten’.

Here’s the link. Check it out for yourself. I really do have fans.

Now, if they’d just start sending me money, I’d really have it made.

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Today marks a sad day for me. For the past 4 years, Evie Webb–who happens also to be my youngest sister–has been my main assistant and second shooter. She is always cheerful, bright, and fun to work with. I love her, customers love her. We’d spend hours together at weddings, shooting, running, covering each other. When one of us shot something we were particularly proud of, we’d show the other our LCD screen and laugh together. She was great to travel with too, because, being my sister, we could share a hotel room and it wouldn’t be inappropriate.

This morning, bright and early, Evie and her husband James loaded a van with their belongings, and headed to Denver to find their fortune there.

We’ll miss you Evie. Your smile will be hard to replace.

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  • September 15, 2006 - 9:35 pm

    Katie Jervis Photography - Evie will indeed be missed. What a great gal – wish I’d have had the pleasure of working with her more than twice. Blessings to you, Evie!!

  • September 16, 2006 - 1:51 am

    Scott Batchelar - As a friend of Fritz I got to meet Evie and sadly I never got the opportunity to work with her but I hope she does really well in Denver and that Fritz can find someone to take her place.

  • September 20, 2006 - 9:46 pm

    Dan Dubay Professional DJ Service - Evie…it was an honor creating special moments together for our past two clients at Youngberg Hill Vineyards. And a treat watching you work. Best to you always.

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