Pam Barkentin Photography
For 10 years, beginning as a teenager at Staples High School, Pam was a famous Ford model. Working with top photographers like Scavullo and Hiro, she graced the cover of magazines like Harper's Bazaar. Then, she focused on the art of taking pictures. Pam's photos were snapped up by Ladies' Home Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, Seventeen, Self, and many other publications. She moved to the West Coast and shot for Vogue. She was invited into the homes of Presidents Reagan and Ford, and photographed celebrities like Angelica Huston, Peter Gabriel, and Patty Hearst.The life of the famed lifestyle photographer took an intriguing turn, when at 49, Pam became the mother of twins. After getting divorced, she moved back to her hometown of Westport. She bought a cute fixer-upper with great bones, and returned it to its original 1920s look. She converted a garage to a studio. That's where,for the past 20 years, Pam has continued her photography career. But really, all of Fairfield County is her studio. She's shot interior photos for people like designer Judy Fisher. And she loves the area's natural settings- stone walls, gardens, rivers - for her unique portraits. Pam documents families as they grow. Her photographs are treasured keepsakes of children becoming teenagers, then young adults themselves. Pam shares a few tricks of her trade. "As a model myself, I know what people feel like when the camera is pointed at them," she says. "I feel their comfort level. Everything I do flows from that."The results are photos with great emotional depth. Her classic, simple style allows real human beings to shine through. The portrait process is a collaboration, Pam notes. She asks people where they feel most at ease, and encourages them to wear the clothes they love. She engages children from the moment they meet. Her photographs often include favorite toys or pets. And, she says, she tries to get a family's home into the shot. "You'd be surprised how many people never have photos of their house,"she says. Some folks prefer her studio, with its great, comfortable chairs. In winter, the soft window light creates a warm, loving glow. Behind the camera, both in that studio or outside of it, Pam Barkentin is in her element. She's doing what she loves and she does it very, very well. Thanks, in part, to all those years she spent in front of the camera, too.