Child Portraits At Wheeler Historic Farm – Utah
I met this little dude’s mom at Home Depot! Few weeks later, I’m taking his 4th birthday photos! He is such a funny little guy! We went to Wheeler’s Historic Farm in Murray Utah. It was full of animals, tractors, trails and puddles! He such was a busy guy, but he did a great job showing me around the farm! Here are some highlights of my trip to the Wheeler Historic Farm!
This little piggie was so cute! He was just digging away in the mud, as happy as can be!
He thought the cow’s needed a bath, they stunk!
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This week’s focus was perspective. I was planning on taking pictures of my 2 year old nephew. He is so fun and is always getting into things. All was going according to plan until Saturday. We were planning on driving to Idaho Falls, go switch our car’s lease and then use the afternoon taking photos. Well, not more than 2 miles from the dealership our car just stopped. On the dashboard it kept saying “Stop Safely, See manual.” We pushed it out of the intersection and started looking through the manual called the dealership…they were closed. We had to wait 2 hours for our roadside assistant to come tow our car back to the dealership. We had just turned in our keys for our old car, and now we have this new car that can’t leave the lot.
In the end, we were carless and stuck in Idaho Falls until Sunday afternoon where we got to fill out more paperwork and ended up with our old car back until the new one is fixed.
So I was really bummed because I only had a short time to take photos of my nephew. Instead I ended up taking pictures of my wedding ring, which is cool but not what I was planning on.
So here’s the end result of my fun filled weekend 😛
(click here to see one of the photos that I did get of my nephew this weekend!)
Creative Way To Show off Your Work
For our final project, we were asked to create a creative resume. It would be something we could hand to a potential client or professional to stand out of the crowd of photographers.
I originally planned to make a hand stitched book. I’ve done it before for a book making class, but with finals, moving, Christmas, work getting crazier and packing the house it was just too much to take on. So I decided on another project I’ve been wanting to do for awhile.
I started burning wood just as little gifts for my friends when they would get married. It was a fun and cute way for me to personalize a gift for them. I’ve found there is a whole community and hundred of craft projects with wood so my craft collection has been slowly growing towards that.
I watched this video and based my project off of that.
I think Robert is so fun! He’s got a lot of creative projects for any level!
Here are some of my templates I made for my wood pieces.
Semester’s Top Work
This semester is my last one in Rexburg. I thought it would never end. I had to grin out a lot of projects and get all the credits worked out but come January me and my husband will be moving to Utah. We still have senior projects and internships to complete but we don’t have to be in Rexburg to do it! This last semester has built up my confidence in photography. I’ve been concentrating on both studio and natural light patterns. Here is a small collection of my favorite work from this semester.
I am sad to be leaving some of my good photography friends behind. Bailey Bennet of Joyful B. Photography & I hit it off right at the start. She’s got a great love of photography and I can easily see her going places with her craft. Last but not least Gerardo Sumano, he never stops blowing my mind! His work is absolutely beautiful and I’m so happy I got to know him better this semester. He’ll be a huge photographer in the fashion industry so look out for him!
15 Gift Ideas for Photographers
Running out of ideas for your holiday shopping this Christmas season? Well if they are a photographer, then it is way easier than you think! You don’t have to buy them a new lens to show them you care! There are plenty of gift options for any budget! Check out these 15 gift ideas that any Photographer would love!
1: Holga Toy Film Camera
This is an actual film camera! It is considered a Toy Camera meaning it’s cheap and known for its imperfections. You never know what will happen, but the Holga cameras have their own unique style to them! Comes in black for $39.93 or a solid color for just a few more bucks.
2. Snack Cap Lens Caps
For just $10 you can add some fun to their gear with either a donut or burger options. Just so you know, there are different sizes of caps depending on their lens!! So if you can find out what lens they have, check the size of the cap for that lens!
3.Nikon Or Canon Camera Mugs
4. Lens Pillow
Who needs a pillowpet when you could have a Lens Pillow! $45 at photojoo
5. The Lens Cap Strap Holder
Nothing is scarier than those 15 seconds of you looking for your lens cap. Luckily there’s an easy fix! This little guys allow you to attach those caps to your camera strap, so you don’t have to remember which pocket, coat pocket, or camera bag pocket you put those cap in! $10 at photojojo
Another Icon all of us photographer love is Polaroid Shirt! This shirt coming in at only $14.99, via Target, makes it hard to find a reason not to get it!
7. Editing Day Mug
For those long days sitting at the desk, this mug can help keep you going! Comes in two sizes starting at $11.99 on The Printed Cup via Etzy
8.Cute Camera Strap
Add a pop of color to their gear with a cute camera strap! This one I found on Amazon for $14.99, but you can find some really cute ones on Etsy as well!
9. 104 Things To Photograph
I personally have this book! I bought it when visiting Powell’s Book store in Portland Oregon. It’s a fun simple book that gives starting ideas to photograph, then you can print and put in your photo right into the book! It’s a fun date night idea or just to help get your creative juices flowing! $13.98 on Amazon.
10. Blueprint Cameras
We love our cameras, inside and out! These are beautiful prints that your photographer can hang anywhere in their home to show their love of their other half. You can find them all over Amazon & Wayfair, but the best price with great reviews is on
Esty for $19.99
11. Scott Kelby Digital Photography Books
This guy is the Michael Jordan of Photography, not only that, but he’s a great teacher! His content is family friendly and his books get straight to the point! I personally have 1- 4 of the first edition books & love them! Weather you’re a beginner or advanced photographer, he’s got tips and tricks for every type of photographer out there. I still tend to look at my book every now and then and learn something new! Amazon for $19.99
12. Fashion Camera Bag
Some girls love shoes, some love make up, I love camera bags! This is a cute bag that you can wear anywhere and always have your best friend with you in case that perfect shot presents itself. It doubles as a cute and fashionable purse! Check it out on Amazon for $39.95
13. Ugly Photographer Christmas Sweater
It’s the holidays, you know what that means… lots and lots of pictures. Instead of those awkward moments of someone looking for a photographer to take a picture of their family, make it easier on them and label yourself the photographer! Sure it might mean your excluded from all of your family photos , but hey at least you feel festive! Comes in 7 Different colors on Etsy for $22.95
14. Camera Necklace – Rose Gold, Gold or Silver
It’s like a BFF necklace, but for just you, of your camera. My camera is like my baby, so being a proud mother I love wearing camera jewelry. This hand stamped necklace is too cute! You can find it in Gold, Rose Gold, or Silver on Etsy for $25.00
15. B&H Gift card
Still not sure what to get them? Well B&H is every photographers Costco! They have the best deals and way more stuff than we actually need. The gift cards online range from $20 – $250
These are just some ideas I came up with! If you have tried any of these gifts out or have another idea, leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
What It’s like to shoot a Child’s Portrait
When shooting a toddler, it’s never a walk in the park. You always have to have your camera ready! Come up with games to play with them to get them to stay where you want them to be! This is a little video I put together for a class, I think it gives a quick little glimps off what it can be like when your client is 2 1/2 years old.
A Portrait Photographer’s Survival Guide
Tips and tricks for Portrait Photographers
Whether you’re a professional photographer or just a beginner, taking a person’s portrait always has its “ups and downs”. A good photographer will be prepared for any situation. Here are a few rules to help your sessions be productive and fun for your client.
The Beginning of the shoot, tends to be roughest part
Once you start shooting, you have to start earning your clients trust. They need to feel that you’re in control of the shoot and that you are using your professional judgment when it comes to their session. A good rule of thumb is to not start the session in the “best spot” of that location.
The Self-Conscious Client
Unless you’ve hired a professional model, some clients will say something negative about the themselves such as ,“ I look fat, don’t get my double chin,I hate getting pictures done or I I feel weird in this pose”.
The fix: Encouragement is key! Reassure them they look great and show them some of their best photos as the shoot continues. Because they are not models , YOU will have to pose them. “What should I do with my hands?” should be on every photographer’s bumper sticker.
The Kissing Rule
We know you’re in love and we are excited for you. Taking photos of couples kissing can sometimes be very awkward if the kiss is to passionate. On film it looks like you’re eating each other’s face. No one finds this look flattering.
The fix: Simple tender kisses with lips only make for the best kissing pictures. And be sure to have the couple hold their kiss long enough for you to get some good shots.
Another rule is not to have many “spectators” at the shoot. This can make the couple feel uncomfortable and shy, and you won’t be able to get their best kiss.
“You can just photoshop it”
Don’t ever settle with this! Fix the problem on the shoot. If you just accept small flaws and rely on fixing it in post… you’ll spend forever editing and may not see your loved ones for a week. Take that extra 2 mins to move bags out of the shot, or to fix hair that’s been blowing around everywhere.
Kids- Kids and more Kids!
Taking portraits of children can be a real challenge. Children come to photos shoots with their parents and are expected to sit still for an hour or so without complaining. But we all know this isn’t the case. Meltdowns will happen, they might be upset if they can’t play on the playground equipment where your photo shoot is happening. They are tired, hungry or their clothes are too tight or hot. Newborns typically last only 20 minutes before they get overstimulated.
The fix: Have the parents make sure the kids get a good-night sleep the night before the photo shoot. Don’t schedule a photo-shoot with children around naps or meal times. Have some healthy snacks on hand for emergencies. (not to messy, don’t want to ruin the clothing!)
And remind the parents about how making sure the child is comfortable in their clothes will make for a better portrait. I try to make a deal with the kids that if they are good, they can pick out what pose they should do for the next shot. They love feeling involved and included. I usually get my best candid shots during this part because they’re all laughing about how silly it is.
With infants, have everything ready before the infant arrives to photo shoot. Props, lighting, temperature of location. Arrange with the mother to have the child fed about 1 hour before photo shoot. Baby will be full but not spitting up in the portrait. You may even want to schedule 2 different photo sessions to get the baby at his or her best and not overwhelm them.
Do whatever it takes to get the perfect shot!
I’ve done so many crazy things to get the perfect picture – I’ve acted goofy to get a kid to smile, walked across a river in my rain boots, made weird noises to catch babies’ attention, and I’ve stood on cars to get a better angle. You have to get creative when you’re on your shoot, and once you get that beautiful shot you know it was all worth it.
These are just a few tips to help your photo session be a success and enjoyable for your client as well as yourself. Remember the “golden rule”, Treat your clients as you would like to be treated.
Disney Dino Land – Dinosaur Icons
When starting this project I wanted to make something for my 3 year old nephew. His birthday was coming up and I thought it would be something fun I could make and turn into a coloring book for him. I bounced around a lot of ideas, but the only one to stick was dinosaurs. I worked at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Dino Land so I had a pretty good idea of the type of dinosaurs I wanted to create. They had to be bright colors, good and bad dinos, and different types so my nephew could learn them. Pictured left are some of my rough sketches and ideas.
I posted it to our class’s slack group, but didn’t get many responses. I was wondering if I picked something to generic. When I started to draw them in illustrator is when I started to see what style I was going for. I started with the Pteranodon because he was simple. When I sketched him in my book I didn’t have any reference, I just tried to remember what one looked like and drew it. To my surprise it was my favorite sketch of them all. He became even cuter on Adobe Illustrator so I copied him and started to adjust his features to make other dinos.
I was super proud and excited about my rough draft! It reminded me of all the good times working in Dino Land. After my draft I added some more such as the woolly mammoth and a dodo bird, I had stayed up really late and finished drawing all 12 icons. I’m still new to Illustrator, and really wanted these dinos to look good so I went into my Professors office for some of his professional feedback. Cory Kerr looked over my work and found some sloppy mistakes from staying up so late. I thought I was close to finishing, but then he told me to add bodies..
I had to finish the project by the next day because I would be out of town for a class excursion and wouldn’t have internet. He took like two minutes and drew a body on the dodo and said it shouldn’t take me too long. Of course for him it wouldn’t but for someone who’s first time making a professional graphic, it did. I stayed up again and added 10 bodies to my dinosaur heads. I decided I wanted to keep the bodies simple, and to add some charter I created them with big heads and little bodies. My most challenging dinosaur was the brontosaurs He is so simple and for some reason I couldn’t figure out why he looked so bad. I kept messing with his eyes and re-did him from scratch 4 different times.
It’s obvious to me now, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then I realized he had his mouth closed. All the dinos that don’t have a unique nose had their mouths open. I did that and then realized his eyes were rounder then the rest. Once I fixed that he fit right in with the dino club. I love how these turned out! Kerr was right, it needed the bodies to complete the project and give it a polished look. I’m excited to print these little graphics and share them with my nephew.
Food Photography Workshop at The Lift
in Jackson Hole Wyoming
We had the amazing opportunity for our class to go and stay at a cabin for 3 days, and learn, share, teach, and breath everything photography. Waking up at 4 am to get that perfect spot before the sunrise, and staying up late to get beautiful night shots of the starry sky. I had an amazing time and can’t thank Caryn Esplin, Geradro Sumano, & Alex Brown enough for all of their efforts of planning, organizing, and running the whole trip. We did shoot after shoot all day for 3 days. Exhausting, but very rewarding.
One of our photo shoots was in Jackson Hole at The Lift Neighborhood Bar and Grill, Esplin has been taking students there for a few years now. We practice taking commercial photography of some of the best food in town! We take over half of the restaurant with 30 photographers and they bring plate after plate of gorgeous food. If you’ve ever wanted to go to a photography workshop, then tend to look like this..
As you can tell, it was a little crowded so not only did you have to make the food look as good as it does in person, but you also have to communicate with everyone at the table on where you want to set up the light. With everyone leaning over the table, you also need to make sure that you don’t get anyone else in your background.
After all was said and done, we got to chow down on these picture perfect meals. We had such a great time, and I will never forget all the energy, emotion, stress, and friendship that came from such a great group of artist.
How to Light Metal for photography
Metal and glass are the trickiest products to light when it comes to commercial photographer. You have to think about it differently, not only do you have to light your subject, but you need to light the metal’s reflection. Sounds simple enough, but it’s not. You almost always will need someone to hold a white card or reflector or have it clipped to a stand. Remember, one you have your reflection light, you can’t move. As soon as you move you see a different angle and the reflection has changed. The angle the light is hitting the subject, will be the same angle the reflection. If none of that made sense, maybe these photos will help..
Using a LED light to light my subject, my friend Gerardo Sumano helped me hold a white card… (torn paper cup) to light and reflect onto the fork.
In the first salad image, the metal fork is dark and reflecting the room and tables in the restaurant. The second image is light with the reflector card. It makes the fork look clean and compliments the main subject.
Here’s another example, in this image, the metal is just in the background, so it doesn’t take priority over the subject. The reflection of the food in the metal is fine, but I made sure there was good sepperation of the metal, meaning you can see all the edges of the subject, it doesn’t disappear in the dark background.
for more details and examples, click here!