Category Archives: Featured Artists

A Midwest Perspective – Portrait Photographer Cesar Vargas

Born in Costa Rica, a country famous for its beaches and its coffees, Cesar Vargas is a photographer located in Trenton, IL just thirty minutes east of St. Louis. Specializing in portrait, wedding, and commercial photography, Cesar owns the very successful Photo Studio Cesar.

America’s Next Top Model Contestant Kaitlin C., shot by Cesar V.

There are differing opinions on whether or not being based in a smaller market is a benefit or a detriment. On one hand, demand for certain types of commercial work from advertisers and magazines will be lower outside of NY and LA. On the other hand, the quality of scenery, models, and subjects offers the photographer a completely unique perspective than the mainstream. iLHP spoke with Cesar about his experiences working in the midwest.

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The Best Dog Photographers who Support a Cause: Help Us Give Back

I have been a proud dog owner my entire life. There has probably not been more than a month in between the passing of a beloved dog before another four-legged friend was welcomed into my home.

Currently I have two dachshunds:  Thumper and Truffles.  Thumper has undergone two back surgeries due to several slipped discs that left him paralyzed in the hind legs since the early age of five (he is currently 13).  Thumper was recently diagnosed with cancer for the second time in two years and had his ear canal removed on Christmas Eve. He is undergoing chemotherapy at the present time.

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Thumper in his Santa Suit | Christmas 2013 | Taken by Alyssa Black |

Truffles joined our family 11 years ago while I was residing in Florida. Truffles and I were acquainted while Thumper and I were at the vet’s for a routine visit when another dachshund owner and I began talking. The lovely lady had a new chocolate dachshund puppy and was telling me that her friend had one more puppy that she was not able to care for because she had a baby on the way. I quickly took the doxie owner’s phone number and contacted her immediately after the visit. My friend and I rushed over to meet Truffles. I instantly fell in love with her and took her home right away. The owner at the time only asked for the $150 vet expenses she had incurred. My best friend Ally graciously offered to cover the cost as a gift to me.  Truffles is by far one of the best gifts I have ever received to date.

Truffles sunning herself in the foreground with Thumper in the background | Taken by Alyssa Black

I thought a good way to give back to these loving animals in need was to donate $1 for every share + like of this post on Facebook to a local animal shelter till January 31, 2015.  I hope by spreading the word I will be able to help raise awareness for our furry friends in need and give them a voice that so many of them desperately need.

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The Winners of our 2014 Holiday Photo Contest

The results are in for our inaugural Holiday Photo Contest. We had a variety of entries this year, with happy families in front of the fireplace and festive ornaments gently hung on a tree, to a saluting soldier laying a Christmas wreath in front of her fallen heroes. Thank you everyone for submitting your photos and voting for the images. You can check out all of the entires on our Facebook page.

We are handing out two awards this time. The People’s Choice Award is awarded to the photo with the most votes on Facebook. The Editors’ Choice Award is awarded to one photo of our choosing. Each winner will receive a full feature on iLHP to showcase and promote his or her photography.

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From Russia with Love – Elena Shumilova

Elena Shumilova takes intimate photographs of her 2 sons with their pets in their farm in Russia. Trivial ? Not so much actually. the quality of her shots made exclusively with natural light are breathtaking.

She used to be an architect but the success and the raise of her children took all of her time, she’s now completely devoted to her passion which is photography.


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1st iLHP Flickr Group Winner: Aurelien Bernard, the Astro and Landscape Photographer

Aurelien is our very first talented photographer that iLHP is glad to showcase thanks to our Flickr Group. His astral photographs and landscape shots are simply outstanding. We’re glad not only to showcase his work but also to provide you with an exclusive interview.

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iLHP: Hi Aurelien, I’m very glad to have you here as our first iLHP Flickr group winner! Congratulations, your work is outstanding! Please tell us more about yourself?

Aurelien: Hi Chris, I’m 30 years old, I’m a sports teacher in France. I’m not a professional photographer, just a passionate amateur.

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