Winward Family Summer Portraits I had so much fun with this family! The natural light was gorgeous and the location was perfect. We were able to get a variety of shots and even took some missionary photos. I love being able to capture the unique camaraderie that each family possesses. I took all of these with my Canon T3 Rebel and edited in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe...
Comm 316 Portfolio – Top 12 Photos My professional imaging class (Comm 316) this semester forced me to step outside my comfort zone with my photography. I was able to explore different types and styles that I probably never would have on my own. My favorites were definitely landscape and I have come to appreciate portraiture much more than I did before My personal style involved little editing and keeping the image looking as natural as possible. I tend to steer away from the heavily edited look and love to include the environment. Below are my top 12 images from this semester. ...
Colton Family Shoot In order to make sure that I met the Colton family’s photography needs, I met with them over skype one week prior to the shoot around 8:00 p.m. on November 23rd. She had already seen some of my previous work and I showed her some new stuff that I had done. I shared my Pinterest board of pose ideas and she told me some ideas she had. We also discussed the styles she liked and what she wanted to see done in the editing process. Prior to this meeting, I designed this plan that I shared with her. I wanted to take the time and think of what would best suit the personality of their family. I thought it was important to include a variety of ideas. We are able to schedule our full client shoot for November 30 in Powell, Wyoming, since I would be there anyway for the holiday. Because the weather turned off so cold, there were a lot of ideas that we weren’t able to get to. I tried to work as quickly and efficiently as possible so Braxton, their two-year-old, wasn’t exposed to the cold for too long. Sabrina was getting sick and Braxton wasn’t happy with the proceedings, so the quicker the better. Braxton got to sit in the warm car with my assistant while we captured some of just Mom and Dad. Even with battling the elements, we were still able to travel to two locations for a variety of images. The lighting was somewhat difficult to work with because it was so overcast, and even though there was snow to help reflect the light, there wasn’t much of it. I overcame that by raising my ISO and lowering my shutter speed. Overall, I am very pleased with how this full client shoot turned out. There were a lot of pose ideas that I included in my plan that we weren’t able to get to, and we were not able to capture the sunset. However, by being able to adapt and communicate, I was still able to satisfy my clients. Because I didn’t have to drive on the six+ hour journey back to Rexburg, I was able to edit this shoot and deliver them via Google Docs on December 1 for a turn-around of one...
Outdoor Architecture Photography in Rexburg, Idaho This was my first time exploring and experimenting with outdoor architecture photography. I was surprised to find just how much more there was to it instead of just finding a building and snapping a photo of it. The end result needs to be something that looks professional, because these are the types of photos that people can use in advertisements. I used a tripod and a pretty slow shutter speed because I took each of these photos at night. I also used a higher aperture because I wanted more in focus. I wanted to get the dusky sunset colors, and in the first image I wanted to capture the “blue hour” light. I took three pictures at different exposures and combined them all in Adobe Photoshop. The three thumbnails of the first image are exposed at -2, normal, and +2. I did the same for each image. I did my finishing touch edits in Adobe Lightroom. These included removing unwanted clutter and raising the shadows where necessary. Roger Foley is a professional photographer who specializes in outdoor architecture photography, and I really admire his work. He is very inspiring. Check out his website here....
Outdoor Senior Portraits If the weather is permitting, shooting senior portraits outdoors is one of my favorites. I love the chances for environmental shots and the colors add so much character and detail. Speedlight Speedlight For both of these images, I used a speedlight with the sun behind the model. This allowed me to properly expose her face while still capturing great detail in the trees and sky. The sun provided a nice touch because it back lit her hair and added more contrast between her and the background. As always, I created a triangle with my light, Canon T3 Rebel camera, and my model. I did very little editing on these images. Speedlight/Beauty Dish I did something a little different with this photo. Instead of adding just one extra light, I used a beauty dish and a speedlight. I had them both positioned to the left, but at different angles. Beauty Dish I used only a beauty dish in this photo, as I wanted some darker shadows to really create contrast. I increased the saturation on the barn door and her clothes in Adobe Lightroom. Speedlight I metered my camera off the background and set my shutter speed low enough to capture detail and not blow the sky out. By doing that, my model would have been only a silhouette. However, I added a speedlight to properly expose him as well. Senior Portraits are a great and fun way to preserve memories. Kristi Sheriff does fantastic portraits and I have learned a lot from looking at her work. Her website can be found...
Photography is the story I fail to put into words.Photography and design by Baylee Colton
Everyone knows having a polished resume is a must in the professional world, but who says it has to be a sheet of white paper?
I decided to turn mine into a cube! I wanted to include examples of my photography, past experience, and my education. However, my career goals also focus on public relations and becoming a writer so I wanted to incorporate that as well.
To put this project together, I designed the six sides in Adobe Photoshop and laid them out in an extended cross layout. This was an important step because it allowed me to fold all of the sides to form the cube. I used just normal scotch type to hold everything together, but in the future I would experiment with using glue or something else less noticeable.
There’s a quote by Robert M. Pirsig that I really like. It’s “In the high country of the mind one has to become adjusted to the thinner air of uncertainty…” I think it’s exceptionally fitting not only because my business name is High Country Photography, but also because there’s a certain element of uncertainty with photography. You can prepare as much as you like, but you can’t control everything. My style of choice is landscape and nature, and Mother Nature can be very unpredictable. You might plan for sunny skies and end up with a driving blizzard.
As I mentioned before, my style is very much centered on nature. Even when shooting product or indoor, I like my images to be as natural as possible. I tend to steer away from highly edited and over-polished looks. I also try to incorporate the outdoors and the environment as much as possible.
I chose this creative resume box as my final project because it was something simple but still unique. I liked being able to use the different sides to showcase different aspects of my professional portfolio. Although I am a photographer, my education and career goals focus on Public Relations and being a writer. This particular project allowed me to incorporate both.
This project defines me as a photographer because it matches my ability to “think outside the box” and to find different ways to make my subjects and models look their best. It also defines me as a person because at first I didn’t know exactly how I was going to make the end product work. However, I didn’t let that stop me and I innovated ways to put the project together.
Like having to become adjusted to the thinner air of uncertainty in the high country, we must become accustomed to leaving our comfort zones. As photographers and as professionals we have to be able to play with the cards dealt to us. We will have projects and assignments that we have no idea how to do, but there are always ways to figure it out.
I encourage everyone to strive to develop their own personal style and showcase it with a creative resume.
The following link is a blog that can help get you started on ideas! http://www.creativebloq.com/career/creative-resumes-11121419