By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Photography | Issue: November 2008
Robbie Taheny, owner and operator of Portraits by Robbie, enjoys photographing horses and landscapes in addition to portraits.
Portraits by Robbie owner Robbie Taheny is a delightful professional who has built her business around portrait photography – and just about anything else that might be related to it. As Robbie herself puts it, “It is great to have the ability to make a living doing something I have an absolute passion for – photography.”
Robbie has lived in Oklahoma the majority of her life and calls Claremore her home. She received her training from the New York Institute of Photography and has owned and operated her photography business since 1999.
When you visit Portraits by Robbie, you will immediately notice that it is much more than just a portrait studio. Although the business has been built with portraiture as the foundation, Robbie’s offerings now include animal photography, wedding and baby photography, high school senior portfolios, photo restoration and manipulation, photo-related gifts and framed art prints. One of the unique things about Portraits by Robbie is the studio’s custom frame shop, where you can get specialized mats and frames for photographs and works of art. Robbie’s most recent addition is custom engraving equipment that will engrave nearly any material – metal, wood, plastic, glass, leather and more. The store features a selection of products suitable for custom engraving, or you may bring your own items in for personalizing.
As you begin your holiday shopping for those on your list for whom you never quite know what to give, you can get dozens of ideas just by strolling through Robbie’s store. You will also be pleasantly surprised at how reasonably priced her products and services are.
If you have daytime commitments or find it difficult to make an appointment for a studio portrait setting during working hours, Robbie also provides services on location, any day and time that will fit your busy schedule. She also enjoys being the official photographer at functions and events.
When in the studio for a portrait setting, Robbie uses a Scene Machine that is capable of projecting unlimited slide selections for the background. This allows the person being photographed to appear to be nearly any place in the world.
Robbie herself is the photographer for each portrait produced in her studio or on location. “That way, I have complete control over the quality of the finished product delivered to the client,” she says.
Even though the photographer has more control over lighting and weather conditions in the studio, at times location shooting is unavoidable or even preferable. The subject may be a person or pet that cannot travel, or perhaps an outdoor or office scene is the desired setting for the portrait. Robbie works with her clients and usually does not charge extra for on-location photography.
“I enjoy meeting people,” says Robbie. “I look at each photo session as a new and challenging experience.” Robbie’s goal is to encapsulate the feeling of a moment for others to enjoy for a lifetime. She tries to obtain beyond just another photograph in time and instead capture the true essence of the subject. Robbie encourages clients to be a part of the planning process, so that the finished product will be a reflection of their visions and desires. “I know my enthusiasm shows in the finished products,” she adds.
Robbie is determined to create products of the highest quality at a price anyone can afford. Visit Portraits by Robbie in downtown Claremore, or go online to www.portraitsbyrobbie.com to see samples of her work.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.