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Portrait of Armine

This portrait is of Armine, who I met at the Bloomingdale’s Los Angeles – Beverly Hills | Beverly Center, in Beverly Hills, CA, USA. She was a beauty stylist for Bobbi Brown make-up.

So, as you can see the last person in my early January Beverly Center Portrait series was a female make-up artist with beautiful make-up.

Armine was born in Yerevan, Armenia and came to the United States 6 years ago. She currently resides in Burbank.

Armine was  trained extensively by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics with tutorial, tools, classes and experience. She enjoyed her five month old position at Bobbi Brown/Bloomingdale’s

Image Credit: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of Jason-2

This portrait is of Jason, who I met at the Ferrari Store | Beverly Center, in Beverly Hills, CA, USA. He was a sales associate for the Ferrari store, his duties being to sell Ferrari merchandise. He had also learned enough about the cars to be able answer customer’s questions about them.

Jason loved the job because, as a lifetime “fan of cars,” he was learning more at work than he could ever imagine. For example, he had the opportunity to become part of the  racing scene: not long before I had met him, he was sent to Daytona to man a booth for Ferrari. This, was the highlight of his six moth career, at the time of this posting.

Jason was sitting next to a genuine (retired) race car, which is located, real time at the mall. I photographed all my Beverly Center shots on a point and shoot because I didn’t want to carry around my DSLR in the rain. I also didn’t carry around lighting or reflectors. In this case, I prioritized composition over lighting. I figured I could play with the lighting in Photoshop. This was the hardest of the Beverly Center photos to get right on Photoshop. If someone were to print this, you could easily see how photoshoped it is.

Image Credit: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of Boris

This portrait is of Boris, who I met at Sephora | Beverly Center, in Beverly Hills, CA, USA. As I ventured through the famous mall, someone mentioned I should visit Sephora to get one of the lovely ladies to pose for my portrait project. This was a great idea, I thought.

I walked in and naturally, the women had beautiful make-up on, but not one wanted to let me take a picture of her. One woman dragged me around the store, searching for “Boris” because Boris, the operations consultant, had such a a great smile. He sure did. So, at the end, I didn’t get pictures of anyone with fancy, up-to-date make-up; but that was  not a constraining point of my project.

Boris loved the job he held at Sephora for three years. Furthermore, the women in the store all adored him because his personality was as sweet as his smile. Not bad for him to come to work and be adored by beautiful, cheerful, friendly woman.

Boris was born and raised in  Guatemala and had been in the US for 16 years. His whole family was back in Guatemala, but he did’t live alone. He lived with Choco, The Chihuahua, and a Yorkie named Natasha.

There must be some punch line there, you know, Boris lives with Natasha. Where’s the squirrel? Where’s the Moose?

Image Credit: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of Dubois


This portrait is of Dubois, who I met at Club Monaco | Beverly Center in Beverly Hills, CA, USA. The store was filled with interesting headless manikins, each dressed in a very chic, modern outfit. I immediately conceived of  a dozen great poses for a portrait, and then espied Dubois, the retail manger. He who had a very friendly and interesting face and was more than happy to pose for me.

Dubois was a creative director for photo shoots. Having found out he had 15 years experience behind his belt, I was glad I hadn’t asked him what he did before shooting his portraits because I might have been shy about directing him.

Dubois recently did his own fashion video starring James Wang and shot/cut By Dustin Shepard The Color Of A White Wall .

Image Credit: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.
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Portrait of Faye

Today marks a week that I have kept up with this year project to post a portrait each day.  I have found shooting the pictures easier than posting them. For one thing, it’s fun meeting people and composing the picture. It’s also interesting having no plan, that is, I have no idea who is going to let me take their picture and that is also amusing. Sitting at home battling WordPress and their changes, putting in tags and all the rest that goes with a blog, is no fun at all, not to me.

This picture is of Faye who I met at Bloomingdale’s in Beverly Hills, CA, USA. She was pulling down Christmas decorations with her associate as they prepared for the next holiday, Chinese New Year. She and her colleague already had a dragon hanging from the ceiling, and if I could have, I would have had her portrait with the dragon in the background, or better, riding the dragon like Daenerys Stormborn.

Faye was a Visual Stylist at Bloomingdale’s. She enjoyed her job and working with her associates because they both stimulated her creativity. She especially likes the holiday season.

Faye was from West Los Angeles, CA, USA and studied at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Image Credit: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.