Archive Dive: Tawni

I was going through some old negatives yesterday and found these portraits from a long-ago session at my Edwards Street studio.

The subject is Dr. Tawni Hunt Ferrarini, Ph.D. I just knew her as Tawni from our student days in the mid-80s in Illinois.

Thanks to Google I was able to find out about her stellar career accomplishments with just a couple of clicks. It was fun to see that she has a perfect domain name ( to match her professional capabilities.

I’m a bit foggy on how we re-connected in 1990 for this studio portrait, but I assume that we crossed paths in real life which seems to happen less and less these days.

What I do remember is my normal setup for this kind of session which involved a Hasselblad 500 CM camera, a Zeiss 80mm lens, and some Kodak T-Max film.

The lighting setup was informed by my admiration for Irving Penn’s simplicity along with the approach my contemporary Scott Raffe used.

Sadly, both of these artists are gone. Mr. Penn made it to old age. Scott did not.

I find it interesting to look back once in a while but to also stay focused on the future.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies. 

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