Clark James Mishler
The Three Minute Portrait.
Started on the first day of January, 2010, I have produced at least one portrait each day since. The average time for each portrait is 3 minutes. Here are the results.

Homeless in Alaska

Posted in Photo Stories by admin on October 14th, 2011

Members of Anchorage’s homeless community have a particularly difficult life.  Alaska’s long, dark, and bitterly cold winters are challenging enough without the added hardship of doing without basic shelter.

With the blessings of Bean’s Cafe, a private facility that supplies shelter and meals to those in need, I began volunteering my time creating portraits of members of Anchorage’s homeless community.  Over the past two years, I have produced over 450 portraits and have supplied prints to each of the participants.

The following portraits are a  sample of the images produced to date.  I hope you find these insightful.  I hope, too, that you will make a contribution of time or cash to organizations in your community that help to feed, cloth, and shelter the homeless.  Even more important, I hope that the next time you pass a homeless person you will consider him or her as a unique individual worthy of your thoughts and your prayers.
























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Elder Marriage, a Photographer’s Notebook

Posted in Photo Stories by admin on September 1st, 2011

The groom arrives and labors into the church. His bride is cloistered away in the counseling room receiving her final touches from a close confident. They have each reached the end of summer and are now well into fall. Family and friends, the old and the older, shuffle to their places and settle into the pews. The organist is very close to selecting the correct notes as the wedding party finalizes their preparations.  At length she enters the sanctuary escorted by her uniformed son and approaches the alter where he is waiting. The ceremony is longer than anyone expected and he needs to sit down.  Everyone wonders if perhaps his tie is too tight. The moment comes and she realizes that she is, again, married.  He is relieved to have made it to the honeymoon.  Papers are signed,  photographs are made, and the minister vacuums the petals from the alter. Before long he and she are off to the reception to celebrate their new life together.




















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Alaska Run for Women

Posted in Photo Stories by admin on June 13th, 2011

7200 ladies ran in Saturday’s Alaska Run for Women.  They ran with vibrato and a flare for fashion, while raising over $166,000 for breast cancer research.  There were serious runners, not so serious runners, and many who just came for the sisterhood.  I love to photograph this event and the ladies are always so appreciative.  I was even invited to the post-race brunch at Linda’s house…yum!  (Photographed with 90 and 24 mm P.C. lenses on a Canon 5D)




















Lost in Napa

Posted in Photo Stories by admin on May 23rd, 2011

Four days in Calistoga in the middle of northern California’s Napa Valley, mix in some perfect spring weather, a bunch of colorful local faces, and a bit of: “I can’t believe someone is paying me to do this!” and you get a photo essay worth sharing.  I hope you enjoy the images.

 

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Quannah and Conor’s Wedding

Posted in Photo Stories by admin on May 19th, 2011

Can a father walk his daughter down the aisle and photograph her wedding?  As my wedding gift, I really wanted to try to do something special for Quannah and Conor.  I approached this event as an editorial photographer and, for the most part, attempted to photograph everyone being themselves with a minimum of posed images.  As the three day event took place in Carmel, I also hoped to capture this wonderful northern California environment.  Finally, I tried to create images that were artistic and fun.  I used my 90 mm perspective control lens extensively, allowing me to fine-tuned the area of focus.  Mitzi, of course, performed her usual high level of art direction and coordination while I was able to concentrate on making images.  We all had great fun and I hope we were able to produce a number of unique images.