Throughout the past few months I have been working on my Comm 316 Portfolio. I have been discovering who I am as a photographer and I have been learning and implementing new techniques. I have been learning from mentors, my peers, and the internet to determine what type of photography I want to continue. In my Comm 316, Digital Imaging class our main takeaway was to discover what our style of photography is. Although I am still on my journey to completely figure that out, it has been a fun process. I have learned that I love taking photos of people! I always thought I was more of a landscape and nature photographer but I have found so much satisfaction and success in taking photos of people.
Comm 316 Portfolio
It wasn’t until this semester at Brigham Young University-Idaho in my Comm 316 Professional Imaging class that we had specific assignments that stretched me and my photography skills with people. I had so much fun on each of our photography retreats taking pictures of my peers, mentor, and strangers. I learned I love capturing unforgettable moments and memories for people as well as capturing them naturally, doing what they love.
Comm Portfolio: Portrait Photography
Here are some of my favorite portraits that I took throughout the past few months in my Comm 316 Class.
Comm Portfolio: Creative Portraits
These are photos I also took for my Comm portfolio of friends and strangers doing what they love!
Portfolio: Landscape Photography
Lastly, here are my top 3 favorite landscape photos I took while on a photography retreat this semester.
I am excited to continue to strengthening my personal style and to developing my skills as a photographer. Photography is an outlet for me that allows me to expand my creativity and practice doing what I love.
You can also check out Page’s portfolio for more stylistic work too!
Growing up, I used to think finding your own style of photography would be hard. To my surprise, it just took a little bit of brainstorming. I grew up loving to take pictures of the world around me: trees, mountains, cars, buildings. It has not been until recently, that I fell in love with taking photos of those around me and learning their stories.
Finding My Own Style
I am currently working on a project titled Mask-era vs. Mascara. I am focusing on some of my closest friends around me, those I admire and think have a story worth telling. To start, I am asking them questions to help them share their story and to unmask who they really are.
Questions for My Own Style Project
What are you passionate about? Why?
Do you feel like you have a story to tell?
What holds you back from sharing your story with others?
What is the biggest lesson you have learned since covid?
Are you satisfied with the person you are today? Why or why not?
What is the most surprising fact you’ve learned about yourself this year?
What is one piece of advice you would want to give to others?
All of these questions that I am asking is a way to allow others to take off their mask and mascara and show who they really are.
My Personal Style Project Photos
I really love taking photos of people! Go check out this blog post of portraits I took outside!
If you are in the process of figuring out your own style, I would suggest reading this website to help brainstorm!
Best of luck finding your own style of photography. Contact me if you want to chat more about how I found mine!
Recently, I branched out to try Cabin Architecture Photography. I wanted to expand my skills. I went to Riverfront Retreat and took pictures of the interior and exterior. Some tips I learned while taking Architecture Photography is it is best to shoot indoors around 12 in the afternoon or at night, That way there are not too many crazy shadows coming through the windows. That being said, it is best to bracket while shooting architecture photography. That way you can either merge the photos together or pick the best one out of the three you bracketed. I also would suggest getting low, standing on a chair, and paying attention to the details. Architecture photography is all about capturing the area in normal and unique ways. Look for fun angles and details in the house or cabin.
Here are some of the interior photos I took at night time. I wanted to capture the rooms, but I also wanted to point out details in the rooms.
Interior Cabin Architecture Photography
Interior Detail Photography
Exterior Cabin Architecture Photography
Due to poor weather, I had to take my exterior photos in the rain. It was not the most ideal situation but I still was able to capture a few great photos to showcase the cabin! I would suggest watching the weather when you are going to take exterior photos so that you can have the most ideal weather conditions and not be prohibited. Some of my photos did not end up turning out because there was too much water that got on my lens and distorted the photos. But in one shot, I was able to capture the rain and it made for a great photo!
If you need some more inspiration for cabin architecture photography, go check out this website!
I would also be happy to take any interior or exterior photos you need, contact me to schedule a session now!
Have you every wanted fine art printing tips? Well I have some for you! One of the biggest things is to re-edit your photos before sending it to print. A good rule of thumb is to lower your screen brightness to 67% on a laptop and 45% on a large desktop. After you see your image at that brightness, you can see where you need to raise the shadows, brighten the sky, and adjust the vibrance. Anything you don’t like, you would fix it then.
I will go a bit deeper into my process in hopes to help you all!
This was my originally edited image.
When I made my brightness to 67%, I brightened the photo a lot. Then the sky ended up becoming too overexposed and there was not not enough detail. So I went back to all my photos I had taken and found the darkest photo with the most sky detail. I then brightened the whole picture but added a mask to darken the sky back but keep the barn bright. I also darkened the reflection too. The whole photo was looking bright so I decided to warm up the colors to make it look night as bright. After a lot of other small details that I took care of like straightening the image and cropping it in a bit, I came up with my final print!
Fine Art Print
After finishing my final print I went onto canvy and put it into some mock ups to see what my work would look like in real life.
Desk Fine Art Print
Dinning Room Fine Art Print
Kitchen Fine Art Printing Mock Up
Bedroom Fine Art Print
Livingroom Fine Art Printing
After learning about product photography, I decided to take what I learned and create a Pink Monster Energy Drink ad. I was in the Tetons and my friend had brought a monster with him. I asked him to borrow it while we were parked and I went over to the shrubs and stream to take some photos of it. All I had was my camera, a tripod, and my monster. I first went and found some logs and posed the can on the log. I came up with this shot.
Pink Monster Ad
It turned out great, but it was a bit boring in my opinion. I decided to move to the stream and slow down my shutter to get the moving water in the background. At first, the monster can was by itself, but then there were some leaves that were the same exact color as the can. I grabbed them from the ground and arranged them around the base of the can to add more color and contrast to the photo. It is always good to step back or turn around when taking a photo, you may receive different inspiration by doing so. Overall, I am happy with the way my ads turned out. All I had to do in post-production was add the logo and edit the lighting and colors. This is how the final product turned out!
Process of the Pink Monster Ad
The Setup of the Engery Drink Photo
If you want to learn more about product photography yourself, you can go check out this website to learn 7 commercial photography tips! Product photography is a great type of photography to get into if you haven’t tried it out yet!
If this made you want to go buy a Pipeline Punch Monster, I don’t blame you!
Recently, I have tried expanding my photography skills to indoor and outdoor product photography. It has been a bit difficult because I am not used to shooting indoors or designing staged photos. Although, it has been a great learning experience for me! I have used other websites, like this one, to help me learn what to do before shooting. If there is one tip that I would share with everyone about product photography, it would be to check your photos right after you take them before shooting a bunch back to back. In one of the designs I was taking photos of, my focus was on the wrong part and the lighting was slightly off. It takes extra time, but check your photos constantly!
Indoor Product Photography
While on a photography retreat in Island Park, I received a lot of practice with shooting indoor and outdoor product photography. We had different stations that allowed us to use numerous lights, techniques, and products to attempt different shots. This is how they turned out!
Food photography is way fun, but it is also difficult to get the right angles and to portray what you are photographing. My advice would be to try many different angles and lighting techniques until you find the one that looks the best in your opinion.
Outdoor Product Photography
Outdoor product photography is also not the easiest but it was easier for me than indoor. I relied on natural light and nature to take my photos and they turned out great. I just added some water drops from the nearby river and took some leaves and shrubs from the ground and the setup was complete and natural!
If you want more help or advice on how to take product photographs, check out this website as it shares 14 Product Photography Tips to Make You Look Like a Pro.
Contact me if you want to chat more about indoor and outdoor product photography!
Ever heard there is magic in the details? In photography, unique close-up professional photos are a must to bring that magic into your work. this is also true. This blog post will showcase my professional photos of accessories and other objects from my last photo shoot. I really had fun with this part of the photoshoot and I tried to let my creativity and photography and photoshop skills come to life. After a lot of work in my post-production, the photos came out better than imagined.
It is important to remember when taking professional photos of accessories, or the details of a certain person or object to look at the full picture and then choose one thing to look at and look at with a new perspective or angle in mind. I did this and captured some incredible and unique photos, especially for myself.
When taking detailed pictures, I noticed that sometimes my focus was off, literally and physically. I wish I would have checked the focus on my camera more in certain images because some of my images had the wrong focal point. However, with the happening, I also took some photos that I did not originally plan to but they magically turned out incredible.
Unique Close-Up Professional Photos
One of my favorite things about close-up shots is how much detail comes to life. Always make sure to take some detailed and close-up shots when you are taking your own photos or when someone is taking photos of you. Take a look at this blog post for more unique close-up professional photo ideas for portraits.
Spiderman Close-Up Professional Photos
Unique Close-Up Professional Photos of Rings
For more ideas or to chat with me, contact me now! You will not regret it!
I absolutely love group and couple photography ideas for photoshoots. They are so fun and it allows me to meet so many new people. At a recent photoshoot in Rigby at The Venue, we had a few couples come in different clothing styles to allow for this fashion shoot to be diverse.
There is something about couple photography that just makes me feel good and always leaves a smile on my face. I love seeing couples in love, it is one of the purest things there is. To see two people passionate about each other is so fun to capture. At this photoshoot specifically, we had married couples, friends, and strangers pose with one another to allow us to capture some incredible shots.
Photography is fun but couple photography, as well as group photography, is fun because then the recipients have people to share the memories and photos with instead of it just being about one person, it can be about two people who are deeply in love, or it can be for a group of 20 that are great friends.
Again, I wish I would have looked up some more cute couple poses. It is easy to see the couples love each other, it is another thing to photograph it and that message is portrayed.
Click on this Pinterest Board for some more help with ideas! You will not regret it!
Couple Idea #1: Have couples snuggle and kiss
Idea #2: Dress up in Cultural or Native Clothing for Couples or Groups
#3: Grab two friends and put them together
Couple Photography Idea #4: Bridals, Firstlooks and Engagements Photography
Idea #5: Holiday Poses and Photographs
I have not had the most amount of indoor group photography experience but I am continuing to learn. I made this fun little ad from a group of the boys at the photoshoot!
To learn more, contact me!
Photoshoot ideas for men can be difficult when you are fairly new to photoshoots, especially with men. I am more familiar with taking photos of groups or individuals in less formal settings. However, I am definitely becoming a fan of photoshoots! I have always loved photographing people, especially when I show them what I have created and see the look on their faces. Participating in this indoor photoshoot helped me think of a lot of photoshoot ideas for men in the future!
I learned through this photoshoot that it is wise to have a plan ahead of time with the poses and picture ideas you want to create. I was aware of the types of photoshoots we would be doing but I did not come as prepared as I wish I would have with certain poses and ideas. It was a lot to fix my camera settings, pose the models, alter my angles and take the photo all at once. Also, one thing I wish I would have done was zoom into my photos before leaving the station because some of my favorite photos were out of focus.
I was grateful there were multiple models and they were all dressed very differently, it allowed me to capture some incredible shots of each man. If you want more examples and ideas for men’s photography and photoshoots, check out this blog post for more ideas!
Photoshoot Ideas for Men #1: Groom
Photoshoot Ideas #2: Dia de Los Muertos/ Day of the Dead
Photoshoot Ideas #3: Men’s Fall Fashion
Photoshoot Idea #4: Business Professional
Bounes Idea: Costumes
This one was a really fun one! The model was willing to do anything and it was easier to create poses when I already knew certain poses that the character had done in the past. I am really happy with these shots! If you want to try out your own spiderman photoshoot, check out this Pinterest board for more ideas!
Contact me now to plan a photoshoot!
Indoor Female Photography Photoshoots are something that I had never really tried out. Typically, I am someone that likes to take all her photos outdoors and in natural settings. I never thought that staged backgrounds and setups would be for me, but I was wrong. I just needed to give indoor female photography a chance. Now I want to do so many Indoor Female Photography Photoshoots.
As I went to this photoshoot and had so many beautiful women dressed in all types of clothing and costumes, I saw the potential and creativity that comes with indoor photography. and overlook often. I would recommend as I did in my Men’s Photoshoot ideas, to think of unique and different poses ahead of time to get the best use out of your staged portraits or photos.
For all of the indoor shots I took, I tried to make them all look very unique and different when in reality they all were taken in the very same room!
If you would like more ideas for indoor photoshoot ideas, check this blog post out!
Indoor Female Photography Photoshoot
Photoshoot Idea #1: Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead
My friend knew how to do boldface makeup and it really completed the look for this photoshoot idea!
Photoshoot Idea #2: Bridals
Photoshoot Idea #3: Fall Fashion
Photoshoot Idea #3: Christmas/ Seasonal
Indoor Female Photography Photoshoots Bonus Idea
This was by far my favorite photoshoot idea, I loved seeing the skill, talent, and passion that came from watching the Ballerina dance and perform. She had a certain light in her eyes as she hit the right pose or as she felt beautiful in her leotard. Remember, the number of poses and ideas for different photoshoots is limitless, just pick one or two and find some models who will work with you or even some friends!
Make sure to have fun with the angles and focal points!
Overall, if you ever need more ideas for an indoor female photography photoshoot, you can also check out this blog post!
Throughout the past few months I have been working on my Comm 316 Portfolio. I have been discovering who I am as a photographer and I have been learning and implementing new techniques. I have been learning from mentors, my peers, and the internet to determine what...
Growing up, I used to think finding your own style of photography would be hard. To my surprise, it just took a little bit of brainstorming. I grew up loving to take pictures of the world around me: trees, mountains, cars, buildings. It has not been until recently,...
Recently, I branched out to try Cabin Architecture Photography. I wanted to expand my skills. I went to Riverfront Retreat and took pictures of the interior and exterior. Some tips I learned while taking Architecture Photography is it is best to shoot indoors around...