I have been working on something so exciting for the past few weeks! It’s not usually the kind of thing that I share on here, but it’s truly something I love doing. This semester, I am working on a project where I practice my design skills by redesigning restaurant menus. I got a taste of this kind of work in a previous group project. I loved working on that so I decided to try it on my own. I also love doing food photography and I will be incorporating that as I can within the menus. So far, I have been doing a lot of rough drafts and compiling ideas and mood boards. Here is a snippet of what that is looking like!
There is no finished product yet to show but trust me, the wait will be worth it! Sketching things out before going into InDesign has helped me to find issues and come up with a more cohesive design. It also prevents me from having to scratch an idea because it’s not working. Below is the first menu that I have chosen to redesign!
Overall, this project is teaching me patience as well as how to work hard and stick with something. I’m so excited to show you all the final products in just a few weeks!
Have you seen these? They are usually done with children or for pregnancy announcements. I had been seeing it everywhere and especially on Pinterest! I decided to try it out and let’s just say they are some of my all-time favorite photos. I’ll defiantly be doing it again soon. Here are some of my results and a little bit of the process.
I started by filling the sink with warm water. Then I added about half a gallon of milk. Then I threw in the strawberries! Our sweet little model had so much fun in the water and ending up taking a bite of all the strawberries. I would love to try it with a larger fruit that can’t fit inside a baby’s mouth. We also had a towel on the bottom of the sink to keep our model upright!
What do you think? Would you try this?
Keep your equipment safe!
Snow brings more challenges to a shoot then you already have. Having a few things prepared can make the whole thing go a lot smoother. Having a lens hood is a great way of keeping your equipment same and preventing lens flare. Also, remember to only have your lens cap off when you absolutely need to. You’ll avoid water getting on your lens and having to pause and clean it.
Another challenge that snow presents is its color cast. Often snow gives an extreme cool and blueish tone to your photos. One way to beat that is using the right white balance. Try using “flash” to warm up your image a bit.
Shoot in Raw
There are so many advantages to shooting in Raw. When it comes to shooting in the snow, you want to get the most sharp and detailed image you can so you can edit a lot in post if needed.
Don’t forget what you know when you are in a hard situation! Snow usually means less detail in the background setting. To compensate for that make sure the poses are done well and that you use contrast to your advantage as much as possible. The white snow is best shown with objects like trees in the background!
It might seem like it’s too often, and maybe for you it is. However, I encourage everyone to set a time frame for themselves and stick to it. That could mean every year or every other year. Just make sure its regular! And here is why…
You’ll Never Look the Same Again
Especially when your kids are young, they are growing so fast. Each year they look totally different and you want to have those memories to look back on.
Having regular photos taken is a great way to check off your yearly Christmas card. No more struggling at the last minute to throw something together!
Precious, Priceless Moments
In my work, I try to capture the fun goofy interactions between family members. I make sure to pose people for a few photos and then I let them be free and I am just there to document their love for each other. I’ll often get such cute photos that could never be replicated. These spontaneous and beautiful moments are the reason I fell in love with photography.
Kids & Family Photos
Unfortunately, some people dread taking family phots. It can get a little crazy if you are trying to get 4 kids you look at the camera and smile at the same time! As a photographer, you want to give the best photos back to that parents, and if you have a few tricks up your sleeve, it can help a ton.
Get to Know Them
Before you start, get to know the family and especially the children. Learn their names so it makes it easy to connect with them. Start a little joke with them to make them laugh later!
This is hilarious, I know… but it works. If you have a second shooter, have them hold a squeaky toy above the camera. It immediately gets the attention of a young one, and usually makes them smile! If you don’t have a second shooter, just give it a squeeze and then get your shot as fast as you can.
For the Parents
Often, as a shot is posed and we are waiting for a little one to look at the camera, a parent will look down at them and give them instruction. Then the photographer gets a photo of the parents looking down. My tip for you is to just look at the camera and let your photographer talk to the kids! That way everyone is ready and as soon as they look, we get the shoot! So many people talking to a little one often makes them look in all different directions!
This Semester – Best Work
I have learned so much while in school this semester. My amazing teacher Sister Esplin taught me so much about different photography styles. I have broadened my horizons and learned so much. Here is some of my best work from the semester. I am surprised by what comm 316 has taught me. I didn’t think I would be able to create my own brand and my website in such a small period of time. I learned valuable SEO skills that have helped to get my images in top google searches.
What do you think of my work?
Your Personal Style Will Change
Hello, I am Rebekah Elya. I am very passionate about newborn photography! I love capturing the beauty in everything. My project was done to display my photos and gain new clients. Shoot me an email if you are interested in my services!
I have always thought that my style was a combination of what I replicated from those I admired. Part of that is true. BUT… no one can do exactly what you do. Your style cannot be copied because only you are capable of producing that exact work. My passion for newborn photography came when I saw my sisters and friends having babies. I am captivated by their innocence and beauty. I have always had the motto that I love to capture beautiful things. What is more beautiful than a newborn? As I learned more about photography, I found my style becoming more and more concise. And with that, this project was born. I decided to do a few shoots in order to design a pricing guide for this kind of work. I wanted to produce something that encompassed by brand, style, and personality.
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It’s all coming together! I am so excited to share my progress with you guys. It feels complete when you finally get your work in place and are able to show it in a mock-up. I have a few more spreads to create but this is what they will generally look like. This project has been so rewarding and has given me so many connections! When I finish in a few weeks, I will upload the finished product!
My Favorite Headshots
So far in my photography journey, I have a few favorite headshots! Most of these were taken in Yellowstone. I love using nature in the back of portraits! It adds a very clean open feeling that I love. The first image is of my professor. She has taught me so much about photography. I love that I was able to capture this happy moment of her. Check out her blog!
Themed Portraits in Yellowstone
While on a trip to Yellowstone, I took the opportunity to create some themed portrait. Those include a fisherman, hikers, and a rock climber. The goal of each photo was to create a story or message with each one. That goal plays into the way I posed them and also the mood I gave the image while editing. This first image of the couple has a cool story behind it. While photographing the lake, these two were walking by and we asked if we could get some photos of them. They had such a cool story! I love meeting new people and the opportunities that come from being a photographer.
Check out more themes portraits here!
Epic Portrait in Three Steps
The first step in creating an epic portrait is to practice. Here is my first overexposed shot that I took in this process. This kind of shot teaches you what you need to change in your settings.
The next step is to expose for the sky. In my image below, you will see that the subject its too dark but the sky is perfect. So, how do we fix that?
The last step is to add an external light. This allows your subject to be visible while still getting the beautiful detail in the background and sky.
Check out this site for more on portraits!
My recent trip to Whyoming was so beautiful! The cabin that we stayed at had some pretty amazing views.
While in Whyoming, I got to participate in many different types of shoots. Some of those include food, architecture and portraits. I grew a lot as a photographer. Blow are some extra photos from my trip! Let me know what you think!
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Food Photography: Organization
Food photography is one of my favorite styles of photography. Playing with unique angles can set your work apart from others! Getting down low, or up high can get you your perfect photo. One tip that I have for beginners is to research styleizing food. Often times, food that is being photographed is prepared different. Check out this site to learn more about the perperation behind the setup!
Another tip that I have is to use variety! Set up your shoots and have lots of extra props to switch out. Often, I find that my camera seeing the setup different then my eye does.
Balancing the light in different situations
Understanding how to balance light is vital to understanding how to control it. In this first example with the water spray, a fast shutter speed is vital. The light catches the drops of water when they are against a black background. In order to freeze the water your shutter must be very fast, which in turn means there must be an abundance of light! This post talks more about balancing indoor and outdoor light! This first image was taken outside in the daylight with the addition of continuous lights. The abundant amount of light made it possible for me to light up the droplets and freeze them in the air! The smoke bombs were done in a similar way. We needed a lot of light and a fast continuous shutter to capture the fast moving smoke.
My best work – fine art print
The past few months as a student have been so rewarding. I feel like I have grown so much in my photography skills. At the beginning, I was nervous to shoot in Manual and I was not quick at all with my settings. Now, I am able to change settings without looking and I am completely comfortable with my camera. My best work from this semester is this picture that I took on a photo excursion!
My fine art print is now hanging in the Spori building on campus at BYU-Idaho. I am so proud of this piece of work and all the time that went into it. I love that I get to bring a little joy to others now that it is up for all to see. Order your print today though Mckenna Pro!
Photoshoot At the Studio
This past two week block has been spent taking and editing the photos for the look book! I was able to shot at the white space studio above Olive Ave. They were kind enough to provide clothes and and brought the models. I have four girls with me who modeled the clothes. I brought some yummy props that you can see below in the photos! We had a blast taking photos in all of the clothing. The post production process with photos is very time consuming but very rewarding. It’s great to see my photos finished and I am excited to start building the look book next week! I really learned what it’s like to work closely with a brand though this entire process. Below is a sneak peak of some of the photos that I took and edited! Enjoy!
Post Production Examples
There are tons of different techniques available when editing photos. You can get creative and show your style in any way imaginable. In the examples you see below, I used color lookup themes, and image overlays. Post production is an important part of the photography process. Even if you are able to capture an amazing image right out of your camera, it can always be made better with post production. You can also use post production to change colors or enhance what you were able to capture. I was able to make my images more exciting with some simple edits in photoshop. Let me know what you think! Check out this site for more about post production!
It’s All In The Details
If you’re a photographer you know how important it is to market your work. What is the best way to do that? I love showing my work in mockups or as advertisements. This is just one way to show how your photos can be put to work. Including just a logo can show an employer what your images covey as far as advertising goes. In my photos below, you see advertisements and some photos of the building I shot them in. I love working in spaces that allow you to get creative. Check out The Venue if you’re interested!
How To: Group Photos
Group photos can be intimidating and really hard. Sometimes it is hard to get everyone’s attention and pose them in a coordinating way. So, here are a few tips that helped me get these images! My first tip is to plan ahead. Spending time researching group posing will give you a few ideas for the shoot. Second, get to know your models! You will be much more comfortable posing them if you spend time to get to know their names and a little bit about them. Lastly, act confident. If you are confident your models will be comfortable and trust you. Learn more here!
Women’s Fashion is something that I didn’t have much experience with until this photo shoot. I was able to expand my skills so much. Playing with gels was so much fun. In the sport shot, I was able to create a mood with the colored lights that I wouldn’t have been able to do any other way. In the shot with the boots and camo pants, the orange light created a mood of its own. I loved playing with these different colors and seeing how each playing into the overall feeling of the image. Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! If you want to know more about fashion photography click here!