Portrait 3

Singing the Blues with Musician Mark DuFresne

It’s been a while since I talked about the 6 degrees of separation thing. Trust me, it’s alive and well. The adventures of life and the people we met make the journey amazing. Mark DuFresne is one of those people.

Mark and Laura were married 15 years ago and guess who photographed their wedding? Mark’s a blues musician and one of the best singer/songwriter/harmonica players out there. He’s won numerous awards and his four-octave voice helped grab a Grammy nomination for Roomful of Blues. This man is the real deal.

Since their wedding day, we’ve become close friends and discovered we share many things in common. We both grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and share a deep love of all things barbecue. Our passion for music and blues music has it’s roots in Kansas City, a city well known for it’s music history.

I’ve worked with Mark on various projects, including his album There’s a Song in There. Recorded in Los Angeles, featuring the amazing talents of Kid Ramos on guitar and legendary producer Lynnwood Slim. Easily my favorite album by Mark. It has everything you’d want in a blues album. Like a vintage black and white photo, this album is timeless.

Recently, Mark made the journey down to Portland so I could update his headshot—a much needed update. He brought his friend, legendary musician Lloyd Jones along for the photo shoot. If you love the blues, you’ll love their music. Support their passion and journey and become a fan.

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  • Brian Laurent says: July 21, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    wow, awesome lighting dude. i like the expressions and charisma conveyed too. the series has a very classic look, timeless. thanks for sharing.

  • Randy says: July 21, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks Brian!

    In my head, I saw it a bit darker and grittier, but I kept reigning myself back in because this needed to work commercially for Mark as a headshot. Album art is a whole ‘nother story brother!

    🙂

  • Brian Laurent says: July 22, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Well, I see you entertained that darker, grittier vision in the last shot. Plus, Mark’s expression seems to fit the look of the image well on that one. (I’m guessing you had to actually add noise to that one, since the 5D is so clean. If you’d shot my D200 at ISO1600, you’d have had the same or more effect right out of the camera.) I’m sure if they cut you loose for the album artwork, that’s what they’d get: art.