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.