Sunday, June 20, 2010

Nature's Beauty and Power

June 20 Bloom 2010
Photograph Tom Willa
ToMi Photography

June 20 Bloom 2010 Edited
Photograph Tom Willa
ToMi Photography

Yesterday I took the time to go for a walk.
This morning I photographed a lovely flower.
Later, I worked up an interpretation.
Stylized for contrast;
the intention is to display
Nature's Beauty and Power

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Photograph by Tom Willa
Before a recent wedding, I was taking friends and family shots when I noticed this shot from the pew I was in. My friends will tell you how much I enjoy shoes, shoe shopping and new shoes. This photos captures a little bit of where that appreciation comes from.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Dragon Fly

Dragon Fly
Photograph by Tom Willa
This photo captures my reflections about how long it is taking for summer to arrive in the Northwest. This visitor stopped in the other night to get out of the cold. The wings are a wonderful transparent blue landing on Ms. Bella Beesley toy was too much to resist.

Monday, March 29, 2010

March Lamb

Pink Bloom Rhodie
Photograph By ToMi Photography
Tom Willa
March 29th, this is an early bloomer. The flower has been there for the last couple of weeks. I came home from shooting some real estate the other day, I knew it was time to capture it before it lost its zest. I adjusted the exposure and applied a thirty precent cut out filter to the image. I used my 18-50 mm lens and hit the fstop nicely to capture the detail and blur the background. This would be my March lamb,enjoy!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pink Bloom

Pink Bloom
8x10 Photograph
By ToMi Creations Photography
Tom Willa
March how time does fly.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Cool Warm

Tree Ornaments
8x10 Photo Collage
By ToMi Creations Photography
Tom Willa
Well a triangle of images should work. Beside obtaining a wonderful Skeleton Vase for Valentine's Day for Miki. We acquired some tree ornaments and hung them on Valentine's Day,too. The next morning there was a frost, The top photo is about cool, the lower left is about warming up, I tweaked the background warming it up, the right hand side photo is an afternoon shot with no adjustments. I am often inspired by the light at different times during the day this is my snap shot of our weather during the last week. The clear nights are chilly but the blue sky during the days is fun. Where ever you are enjoy the beauty of the moment. Thanks to all of you who have visited driving the counter over 2K

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Characteristics of Portraits

Artist Sculpting
Photo by ToMi Creations Photography
Tom Willa

I find the characteristics of portraits a topic which entails passion, technique and commitment. Whether it is capturing the intensity of the individual, a reflection of the charisma or the sparkle in the eye I love the beauty of the moment. As a photographer, I seek to share the emotion of my internal thoughts when creating photographs. Less it better.
Here's a new blog by Cyrielle: . You can see what a completed glass sculpted magnifier looks like and how cool a multi-dimensional creation it is.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Love Blooms

Valentine's Flower
4x6 Photo
By ToMi Creations Photography
Tom Willa

I was out on Sunday searching for good locations for "portrait photo session locations", say that three times real fast. I visited Malbak Nursery in Woodinville, WA. It is a great place with quality greenery. I took a few shots of flowers and checked out their cafe, very yummy.
This photo was taken with my 50mm prime. The finished image a result of patching together two photos in Pshop. I like it for because it has all the warmth of love so it makes me happy and is my Happy Valentine's Flower photo for all of you who follow my blog.

Friday, February 5, 2010


4x5 Cropping
Web Ready Image by
ToMi Creations Photography
by Tom Willa
Friday night, a time to talk mini-techie. When cropping a photo I practice awareness of prospective lines. This photo was taken at South King County Events and Wedding Coordinator meet up in January. There are a lot of different ways to adjust the multiple source white balance reality but once that is completed, it is important if you are going to use cropping tools to maintain a sense of perspective. Above is unmodified raw file saved as a jpeg and adjusted crop photo that is transformed into an image which captures the easy going atmosphere of the event.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Four Valentine's Special

ToMi Creation Promotional Materials
8x10 by Tom Willa
Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away. We will be open on that Sunday, the 14th, in case you decide to take your sweetheart out to someplace fancy, and want to include a photo . How fun that this romantic day falls on a weekend. There are endless possibilities.
Please let me know if you know anyone who is planning on popping the engagement question, needs an engagement announcement photo, or if a photography session would help make this Valentine's Day memory something extraordinary.
What about surprise weddings? If you are someone who plans on getting married on Valentine's Day, and you are in need of a photographer, let me know and we can work something out.
Happy early Valentine's Day to you all.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Industrial Photo

Sculpting Magnifying Glass
Glass by Hugh Willa
ToMi Creations Photography
The other day I took some pictures of Hugh working at sculpting. I was playing around with black and white photos. I was inspired to add some sepia in photoshop. I enjoyed the addition of some warm tones and it reminded me a little more of photos of factories from the 1920s and 1930s. This is not a real complicated process but, I felt the result was worth sharing.
Have a great week, best regards.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Self Portrait January 2010

Photograph and Digital Interpretation
by ToMi Creations Photography
What we have here is a studio shot that has been used to create a digital image. I finished up a head shot session which was part of a project for the Keller Williams Office in Renton. I was using
a strobe flash and camera mounted Speedlight SB-600, I was pretty happy with the effect. The strobe has one shot left when it is turned off. I decided to grab a self portrait shot. I am looking for an image to do some marketing which inspired the composition and me to do some manipulation.
The composition is about working behind the lens, arm tucked in for solid foundation other arm floating but ready to adjust setting or give direction to subjects. Professional photography takes knowledge, skills and desire to create inspired images which capture the beauty of the moment.
The Digital Interpretation comes from the very important aspect of understanding your subject. Here's the why: sometimes I want to create a traditional image, other times I think you should celebrate the possibilities of digital imaging. Here's the how: I did some magic wand, some threshold, little bit of cutout and some tweaking thus creating the Digital Interpretation.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Clear Vase

Clear Vase 4x5 Photograph
by ToMi Creations Photography
Glass Vase Hugh Willa
This photograph captures the spark of humanity and the beauty of creativity the artist was able to achieve. It was shot with natural light taken with 50mm lens. The delicate nature of the flower vase in contrast to the practicality of the water glass is emphasized. The focal area of interest is accented by the contrast between the colors of the desk blotter green,brown and white background. Speaking of background, the skull and books elements address human learning which is the only way such a vessel can be created. If I could adjust one element of the photo it would be to move the water glass to the right eliminating the negative space between it and the top of the vase. Many photographs of glass art are taken against a neutral background this photograph for me captures the beauty created by the artist placed in the light of our daily lives. Happy New Years.