Con-GRAD-ulations to this determined biology major! Not only did he receive his bachelors in bio with a minor in microbiology, he is also planning on going to law school for health policy. Impressive if I may say. You guys in law are an amazing bunch because I could never.
For his session, we hit up the good 'ol Tillman and Sikes, then headed over to the stadium for the last half hour. Also, no one told me that they removed the metered parking by Sikes. . . as if we didn't have enough parking problems on campus.
I can't wait to see more of you graduates soon!
I wouldn't call myself a crazy cat lady. Crazy plant lady? Sure! But I have so much love for my one furry child, Louie. He was just chillax-ing on my bed and he looked so cute. I just had to take photos! However, about three photos in, he decided that it wasn't worth his time. That is, until I gave him a lick of my caramel from my caramel apples and then used that as a way to make his fuzzy butt stay still. . .
I thought these would be great to share because 1) he's cute as heck, 2) his details don't show up on camera until editing. Contrary to popular belief, he's not an all black kitty cat; he has brown and grey mixed in. To bring this out, I altered the highlights, shadows, and slightly altered the colors to bring out the reds.
He is my favorite snuggle buddy.
Not only is Gayle beyond smart and good with animals, but she's gorgeous too! She is graduating with a degree in Animal Vet Sciences a semester early with various honors cords and stohls.
This was such a fun shoot and a great person to start the busy graduate season! We started up at Tillman and popped some champagne with one of her best friends and then moved to Sikes and the new business building on campus. Her photos at Sikes and the new building have got to be some of my favorites and I definitely am going to start suggesting it for some of my upcoming seniors (especially those in business/marketing/etc.)
I cannot wait to see which job she accepts in the near future and I am so excited for her! GO GAYLE!
Like every photographer, I searched high and low for the perfect camera bag. It turns out, the best bag for me belonged to my dad and was sitting in my attic.
My dad was in Italy with my mom when I was born and they brought all sorts of things with us when we came back to the US. This backpack happened to be one of those things. I went home one weekend and we cleaned out the attic and I saw this gorgeous thing and just knew it was my new camera bag. I brought it to my dad and asked very nicely if I could keep it and BAM that was it. It is amazing because it has pockets, its sturdy, it has a meaning to me and my family, and its pretty!
While it is real leather, I wasn't quite sure how I was going to pad it to keep everything safe inside on my adventures. After some wide google searches, I discovered these nice little. inserts that can make any bag a camera bag! The one that I use is an S-Zone waterproof inner case camera bag. I'm pretty sure that I chose this one because it was cheep and prime and had great reviews. It was and still is exactly what I wanted and fits my bag perfectly! I can rearrange the pads and make it exactly as I need it. Once I learned that I could make any of my favorite bags or purses into a camera bag, my problem was solved. And the best part is that if I feel like changing my bag or style, I can just take the insert out and put it in a new bag! I love my dad's bag and I love that I can use it in my job.
p.s. thanks dad for letting me steal your bag!
What's in my camera bag, you ask? Well, it changes based on the shoot, but these are things that I always keep handy.
In place of my usual Nikon D750 (used to take these instead), I have the Nikon EM. This is one of my favorite film cameras and it is so easy to use! I often use my 50mm or 35mm (used to take this) and have shown a 70-200mm. I generally keep the 35 or 50 on my camera to save space in my bag and then have the big guy when I need it. Some of the things that I add to the bag include string lights for bokeh, smoke bombs, scissors for loose strings, a mini reflector, and a bag of cords for my camera.
I also keep some aspirin or ibuprofen in my bag because some shoots can be long and the long lens is heavy on my wrist. Tissues are a very important accessory. If I am shooting a proposal and there are tears, I got you. If it's cold and your nose is runny, I got you. If you have a little sweat on your face, I definitely got you (sometimes I even carry blotting papers). Since the covid, I have been keeping a mask in my bag for safety.
My actual camera bag is a whole story in itself. Come back soon to learn how I took an old bag and made it perfect!
December 2020 Graduates,
You have gotten through a whole year of zoom university and that is something to commemorate! I have only been doing it for one semester and it's not all that entertaining. For you guys to have to go through it before there was a real system, my goodness. I am quite impressed, the opposite of how my cat child and I feel about these statistic classes.
To commemorate the amazing things that you have accomplished throughout all of this AND the last 3-4 years, now is the time to start looking at dates for your senior session! Do you and your friend group want photos together, ask about group pricing when filling out the contact form under bookings!
I am also starting to roll out the print shop where you can select what kinds of prints you'd like for any of your images all on the same platform! Right now, this is on a trial basis, but if you would like access to try it, let me know. I may be able to smuggle in a discount for the first 5 people, just because you read my blog ;)
Tiktok dreams do come true!
I saw this trend a little while ago and finally got around to doing it! Not only did I get the exact shots that I was looking for, but I also was able to work with one of the most amazing couples! My original plan was to do this with my roommate and our boyfriends, but school comes first. . . so, I put a request on the instagram for two models and this lovely lady contacts me! They were such a pleasure to work with and made the most adorable pumpkin heads lol
I hope you enjoy!
Going off of last week's post. . .
This man. Jake Stokes. We went to high school together and if there was one person who could attest to the fact that practice makes perfect, it's him. We did a quick "session" junior year for practice and his modeling career (sorry Stokes, time to rat you out!). It went well, and I was pretty proud at the time. I used him as a model again for an idea that I had not too long ago, so we've got a good 4 years of growth right here.
You can definitely tell that my editing style has changed, but so has my shooting style. I used to shoot from above all the time because that was the thing to do to make people look good (it's not by the way). Now, I either shoot pretty straight-on or from below. I prefer to see the sky instead of the ground now! lol
The growth on Stokes part, omg. He has always been great to pose but he's really grown into his own. He also makes music now, so you can find him on soundcloud, I think. Stokes, comment below so that the people of the world can find you!
Things I have learned this season: 1) spooky just might not be my niche anymore (middle school me is very disappointed) and 2) I think I will stick to the lighter odd shots, not the darker creepy shots.
I planned this shoot for a hot minute as a challenge for myself and to embrace spooky season. I learned how to paper mache and got my paints out to make 5 masks for 5 models, but the whole thing did not 100% turn out how I wanted. For example, all the beginning images got tossed (it happens. . .). The last bunch of images in a new location were better, but the editing hurt my head for a while after that. Looking through the ones that were left, most of the final photos were just funny jokes for the models and I. I would say that I completed my challenge, but not to what I originally expected. The shoot took a turn and not for the worst. It was still a lot of fun and we got to see people while social distancing or wearing masks. What's better than that???
These are some of the images that we got out of our grand adventure
Here's a real time capsule for you!
All photographers have to start somewhere, and this is where I started. Many a years ago, 10th grade Sydney decided that she wanted to take a photography class because she had gotten a camera the summer before. While that class didn't necessarily teach me what I really wanted to know, I definitely learned the basics and history. Given that, I shot a lot of flowers and plants because people were scary. Don't get me wrong, I do occasionally get a little nervous while shooting portraits sometimes; but I had zero idea how to pose and direct.
A couple of years after that while applying to colleges, I decided that I needed more in my portfolio other than flowers and inanimate things. So, I went around my high school and asked random students if I could take their photo. It wasn't awful considering I hadn't taken photos of people before, but nothing compared to what I am able to do now. I still got into the college that I had applied to with the portfolio, but looking back, I have grown so much!
(it was SCAD by the way)
I slowly got better and eventually went to Clemson and got a job working with their photographers and the difference that made! Oh my goodness! So much progress! I worked with all sorts of clients and professionals and if you are someone looking to grow, I suggest reaching out to other photographers and see if they need help. Once I hit Clemson, I began helping with weddings and really building my business.
Okay now these are what you are here for! In chronological order, I present my progress. We all start somewhere. . .
And don't even get me started on the amount of style changes I went through!
Top Row: Early High School
Middle Row: Mid-Late High School
Bottom Row: Current