Defining A Style

It’s interesting how, as a photographer, you stumble upon a way of shooting…be it a camera you fall in love with, a lighting formula that looks sweet…whatever it might be that makes you look twice at that particular shoot and say “I’m going to do that again.”  Then, you shoot that way for a little [...]

The Beginning: Part 2

Here are some pictures I took roughly 10 years ago (can you tell by the fashion?) for the no longer existent Mademoiselle Magazine.   I believe these five pictures illustrated stories that concerned abortion, business lunches, living life [...]

The Beginning: Part 1

Sometimes I get e-mails from students and/or assistants asking how I got started in photography and what advice I would give to someone who wants to be a photographer in the entertainment industry.  I thought about this today because this afternoon I am doing a shoot at a high school, and I imagine there might [...]

Something Worth Seeing

These two deserve support.  They are friends of ours and really talented.  The opening has passed, but the show is definitely worth seeing before it closes.  Here’s the info:

Mel Kadel
New Drawings

Travis Millard
Nude Rawings

Richard Heller Gallery
(Bergamot Station)
2525 Michigan Ave. B-5A
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Exhibition Dates:
February 9th – March 8th, 2008

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
11:00am – [...]

Website Update

              Victoria’s Peak, Hong Kong 2008 by Emily Shur (me)

I recently updated the Personal section on my website with a bunch of new images.  There are three from our trip to Hong Kong last month and then a few randoms from different shoots and different trips from different years past.  This section [...]

Save Polaroid Film – An Online Petition

I have been forwarded an online petition to hopefully deter Polaroid from their decision to stop making all instant film by the end of this year.  Polaroid means so much to me and many of my fellow photographers.  Even if it doesn’t mean that much to you, consider the fact that those of us who [...]

Turning Boring Into Beauty

       Trail’s End Restaurant, Kanab, Utah, August 10, 1973 by Stephen Shore
                              Frozen Foods, 1977 by Irving Penn

          (Freezer) Memphis, Tennessee, early 70′s by William Eggleston

This has always been a big thing for me, and a [...]

Photo of the Day: The Baroness

Last night I had to do a quick shoot for the husband on white seamless, then we laid The Baroness down and voila.  I feel it’s my duty to warn all of you that there will be plenty of Baroness pictures in your future.  I just can’t help myself.  I’m sorry.  Deal with it.

The [...]

Where Do I Go From Here?

This picture is from a trip I took about two weeks ago to Hong Kong.  I lugged a backpack around (with the husband’s help) containing a field camera, a lens, Polaroid back, Readyload back, meter, dark cloth, loupe, a tripod, and of course film and Polaroid.  I wanted to make the effort to try to [...]


Well, it’s time for me to jump into the present.  I’ve been loving reading other photography blogs lately and thought I could chime in with my two cents.  Looking forward to killing more time in front of the computer.  Friends, I hope you don’t mind if I mention you from time to time.  It will [...]