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Rexburg Graduation Photographer – Photoshoot at the Ricks Gardens

Every Rexburg graduation photographer knows that the Ricks Gardens is the place to be!

Whenever I shoot a senior photos or graduation photos at BYU-I, I always recommend going to the Ricks Gardens. It’s definitely a hot spot for any occasion, but is the place to go for graduations. So when I got an email from a wife looking for a Rexburg graduation photographer for her husband, I knew exactly where I should take the photos. It really worked out because the husband’s main building was right next to the gardens. Woot woot! I really hate forcing my clients to trudge across campus to take photos so this worked out really well!

When I headed out for this shoot, the sky was stormy and I could’ve sworn I heard thunder. I was getting a little nervous! I’m not afraid to shoot in the rain but it definitely makes things difficult. As I sat on the bench underneath some covering cleaning my camera, I began to see water dappling the sidewalk. I was just about to run to my car and get some protective camera gear when the rain stopped. Hallelujah! Just as the brief shower ended, my clients arrived. Talk about luck!

Shooting the group photos

We started out at the STC, the science and technology center. We took the traditional group photos inside and outside the building. These are, perhaps, the most important photos in any photoshoot. The group photos may not be a photographer’s dream shoot but they’re definitely the ones that are shared the most and cherished the most. That’s why it’s very important to take the time to shoot these and make them look nice. Thankfully, this wasn’t too large of a group shot, so it wasn’t that difficult. It was just the graduate, his wife, and his parents. For this photo, I had them standing by the STC sign. Because of the storm, it was still cloudy which made beautifully diffused light, perfect for portraits.

Group photo of family graduation at BYU-I Rexburg

Group photo in front of BYU-I’s STC Center for Graduation photos

Every Rexburg graduation photographer’s worst nightmare

Remember when I said I was nervous about it raining? Well, you won’t believe it. No, it didn’t rain but something just as bad happened. As we walked towards the gardens, I heard the infamous hissing sound every photographer dreads. When we got closer, we could see that every leaf and flower was glimmering with water. The ground was slick and muddy. Yep, every single sprinkler in the premises was on. It wasn’t the most ideal situation but I wouldn’t be a graduation photographer if I couldn’t handle the weather or sprinkler systems in Rexburg. I put on a smile and directed them towards a large circular part of a brick path. There were sprinklers all around us but none could touch us. It was also surrounded by beautiful greenery and archways. I would have chosen it even if the sprinklers weren’t on!

Gaduating senior putting his graduation gown over his shoulder in the Ricks garden

Senior putting his graduation gown over his shoulder

The part that’s really fun for any graduation photographer in Rexburg

After taking those photos, guess what happened?! The sprinklers turned off! Luck was really on our side for this photoshoot. As soon as they turned off, we went exploring a few more locations and I had him stand on the grass for a few of them. However, the ground was still muddy so we didn’t do anything too crazy.

After doing a few fun poses and prompts, I knew it was time for the classic throw-the-cap shots. These photos are really fun but they can also be very difficult. The graduation cap can be out of shot, blurred, or covering my client’s face. So, I cranked up my shutter speed and used the continuous shooting mode on my camera.

rexburg graduation photographer senior throwing his cap up

Senior throwing graduation cap up

While shooting this photo, I thought of an idea. I had the Senior’s wife hold the graduation cap right in front of my camera. I had the graduate hold out his hand and pretend like he’s throwing it.

Reburg graduation photographer senior throwing cap

Senior throwing cap at the camera

I thought that this was such a fun idea! I don’t see a lot of other photographers doing this and I love to see more doing it!

Details

You know me, I love love LOVE my detail shots. I couldn’t help but shoot a few! One of my “must-take-photos” is a picture of the tassel on the graduation cap. For this tassel photo, I used a really shallow focus (f 1.4) and used my 85 mm so the background would be even smoother.

rexburg graduation photographer favorite shot detail shot of the tassle

My must-have detail shot

graduating senior holing out his tassle

Photo tip: humanize your detail shots

 

This is another one of my favorite tassel detail shots. I like this one because you can still see his face, even though it’s part of the background. It makes the photo a lot more interesting. It adds more of a story. When you just see a tassel, you think of a tassel. When you see a person in the background, you think “this person is graduating”. It’s a stronger photo for storytelling.

Graduation Headshots

Doing fun poses and prompts for graduations are awesome. However, it’s really nice to do some serious, professional photos as well. These are one’s that they might use for resume’s or, heck, even their LinkedIn account. As a photographer, it’s important to remember that these photo shoots should serve multiple purpose for our clients.

rexburg graduation photographer senior headshot

Graduate smiling at the camera

black and white moody graduation headshot

Black and white side profile headshot

Senior with gown over shoulder smiling

Senior smiling with his gown over his shoulder

Conclusion

l had so much fun with this photo shoot! Everything seemed to work out perfectly. The rain stopped when our photo shoot started and the sprinklers stopped when we went to the gardens. Graduation photos are so much fun to take photos of. I love seeing how happy and triumphant they are! I can’t wait to do my next graduation photoshoot!

FAQ – Rexburg Photographer

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions and I (hopefully) have answers. Here’s a few of my most frequently asked questions as a Rexburg photographer. If you still have questions after reading this, don’t be afraid to contact me!

“A camera is a witness of your love, your life, your story.”

How do you photograph moments and events?

I love being by your side to capture all of your special moments. As a Rexburg photographer, all I want to capture is the feelings, the mood, the emotions, the calm and crazy moments and all the details that makes your story unique. That’s why I decided to photograph in both a traditional and non-traditional way.

If you love being in front of a camera, I’ll show you exactly how to pose.

If you’re camera shy, I’ve got something a little different for you. Instead of posing you, I give prompts. I found that prompts help people feel more relaxed and able to truly be themselves around me. This makes my sessions a special experience.

Where are you based and do you travel?

LaShay and Light Photography is based in Rexburg, Idaho but I love to travel! If you want me to photograph your story, it will require a travel fee, depending on where it takes place. But no worries, I always try to find the cheapest way to come because I love the way my creativity is developed when I discover new locations, cultures, and people. Message me to discuss what the fee would look like for your location.

When will we get our photos?

Every photoshoot is different. Some sessions result in more time to edit where as some don’t. With this in consideration, you will receive an online gallery link with all your photos within maximum 5 weeks (sometimes less depending on the season I photograph your story and your package). You can download all the photos from the gallery but also share them, choose your favorites, and also order prints!

How many pictures will we receive?

That depends on the package you choose! Check out my package lists if you aren’t sure which package you have. If your package says “full gallery” you’ll typically get around 60 photos per hour. I always choose quality rather than quantity and that’s why there is a range in how many photos you receive. I will choose the best and more significant photos to tell your story. 

Some packages specifically state the number of photos you’ll receive. For this, I allow you to choose which photos you’d like to download. If you’d like to download more than what your package stated, you totally can! It’s only $3 per image.

 

Can you make me look better?

No. There’s nothing to change. You are beautiful. I won’t give you photoshop plastic surgery or anything else that takes away from your natural beauty. I hope that my photos can show you that you are art. It would be disgraceful for me to mess up such a masterpiece with editing.

Are the prices flexible?

I’m not cheap. A cheap Rexburg photographer cuts corners, edits poorly, and leaves you disappointed. That’s why my prices are the way they are. But I’ve tried my absolute best to make my price list varied. That way it’s suitable for varied budgets but doesn’t allow a drop in quality.

However, you and you’re photoshoot are unique. If you’re looking for a personalized and tailored photoshoot, I’m more than happy to send you my à la carte pricing sheet. Just contact me and I’ll send it over.

To help you get a better idea of what the price of your photoshoot would be, here are a few factors that play a part in the price: date, coverage time, travel, and request.

I try my best to be flexible with my prices and to accommodate. However, if the price is still too high, I am more than happy to recommend some other amazing photographers to you.

Why does your style change per shoot?

That’s an awesome question. The reason is because no photoshoot is the same. Whether it’s color, season, location, or mood, every photoshoot is unique. If I just pasted the same filters and edits on every photo, I would loose the magic and mood of those images. Some of my images are cool and some of them are warm. It just depends on the photoshoot and what I want to portray in those photos.

If you’re really dead set on a certain style you saw in one of my photos, let me know. I’ll try my best to recreate it but, like I said, every photo shoot is unique. Another style may be more flattering.

model with flowers in her hair 6 out of top 10 portraits of spring 2021
idaho falls photographer wedding elopements and portrait of girl with her hands up for a photoshoot to advertise my business

Have any more questions? Interested in my work?

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and their answers, with a little advice mixed in. Curated for the curious, the interested, and the confused.

How do you photograph moments and events?

I love being by your side to capture all of your special moments. As a Rexburg Photographer, all I want to capture is the feelings, the mood, the emotions, the calm and crazy moments and all the details that makes your story unique. That’s why I decided to photograph in both a traditional and non-traditional way.

If you love being in front of a camera, I’ll show you exactly how to pose.

If you’re camera shy, I’ve got something a little different for you. Instead of posing you, I give prompts. I found that prompts help people feel more relaxed and able to truly be themselves around me.

Instead of saying “slightly angle your hips towards me”,  I’ll give you an action. This may be twirling, dancing, or even just thinking about puppies. This makes my sessions a special experience. 

This is one of the reasons why I think my type photoshoots make an awesome date or a self-love session.

To summarize, I shoot according to you needs. If you’re camera shy: prompts. If you’re not camera shy: poses. Typically, I usually do a mixture of posing and prompts. It’s perfect for those who aren’t totally camera shy but also aren’t super confident in front of the camera.

bride and groom with sweeping veil Rexburg Idaho Photographer facts and questions
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SESSION TIP #1

Pinterest is your best friend. Search poses and photos you like and send them to me! I love to get a better idea of what you want.

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SESSION TIP #2

You may feel silly doing a certain prompt or pose. Trust me, you don’t look silly.

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SESSION TIP #3

Send me a list of your favorite songs. I LOVE playing music during photo shoots!

Where are you based and do you travel?

 

I’m a Rexburg photographer who typically shoots local but I love to travel! If you want me to photograph your story, it will require a travel fee, depending on where it takes place. But no worries, I always try to find the cheapest way to come because I love the way my creativity is developed when I discover new locations, cultures, and people. Message me to discuss what the fee would look like for your location.

rexburg Wedding photographer detail shot of the bride and grooms wedding rings
photograher bridals in rigby bride pulling grooms tie
Most Popular question

When will we get our photos?

Every photoshoot is different and unique, just like you and me.

Some sessions result in more time to edit where as some don’t. As a Rexburg Photographer, I’ve seen all sorts of photoshoots and none are the same. For weddings, you will receive an online gallery link with all your photos within a maximum of five weeks (sometimes less depending on the season I 

photograph your story and your package). For portraits, it can be a maximum of two weeks. For any session, you can download the photos from the gallery but also share them, choose your favorites, and also order prints!

In some of my investment options, it will state the turnaround time. That will also help give you an idea of when to expect your photos.  

mother and son kissing family maternity photographer

How many pictures will we receive?

That depends on the package you choose! Check out my package lists if you aren’t sure which package you have. If your package says “full gallery” you’ll typically get around 60 photos per hour. I always choose quality rather than quantity and that’s why there is a range in how many photos you receive. I will choose the best and more significant photos to tell your story.

Some packages specifically state the number of photos you’ll receive. For this, I allow you to choose which photos you’d like to download. If you’d like to download more than what your package stated, you totally can! It’s only $3 per image, a deal not many Rexburg photographer’s can compete with.

byu-i rexburg graduation photos lashay and light photography

Can you make me look better?

No. There’s nothing to change. You are beautiful. I won’t give you photoshop plastic surgery or anything else that takes away from your natural beauty. I hope that my photos can show you that you are art. It would be disgraceful for me to mess up such a masterpiece with editing.

rexburg elopement photographer black and white bride and groom kissing
bride at string lake 5 out of top 10 portraits of spring 2021
Most popular pricing question

Are the prices flexible?

I’m not cheap.

Cheap Rexburg photographers cut corners, edit poorly, and leave you disappointed. That’s why my prices are the way they are. But I’ve tried my absolute best to make my price list varied. It’s suitable for varied budgets but doesn’t allow a drop in my quality.

But I do know that not all packages may fit your needs. You and you’re photoshoot are unique. If you’re looking for a personalized and tailored photoshoot, I’m more than happy to send you my à la carte pricing sheet. Just

 

contact me and I’ll send it over. My à la carte pricing sheet helps create the perfect customized plan for you.

To help you get a better idea of what the price of your photoshoot would be, here are a few factors that play a part in the price: date, coverage time, travel, and request.

I try my best to be flexible with my prices and to accommodate. However, if the price is still too high, I am more than happy to recommend some other amazing photographers to you.

model touching neck 8 out of top 10 portraits of spring 2021

Why does your style change per shoot?

That’s an awesome question. The reason is because no photoshoot is the same. Even though, being a Rexburg photographer, I’ve never seen two identical shoots. Whether it’s color, season, location, or mood, every photoshoot is unique. If I just pasted the same filters and edits on every photo, I would loose the magic and mood of those images. Some of my images are cool and some of them are warm. It just depends on the photoshoot and what I want to portray in those photos.

 

If you’re really dead set on a certain style you saw in one of my photos, let me know. I’ll try my best to recreate it but, like I said, every photo shoot is unique. Another style may be more flattering. However, to avoid plagiarism, I do not take any requests to mimic or replicate any other photographer’s style.

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Idaho Falls Photographer – LaShay and Light Photography – Advertising Project Outcome

I’m an Idaho Falls Photographer that loves to make beautiful, artistic photos. I love it so much I decided to do a whole project on it!

Hey! You found my website, LaShay and Light Photography! I’m an Idaho Falls Photographer that’s focuses on weddings, elopements, and portraits. But I’m not just any old photographer. I’m a profession photographer that studied photography and art in college. When you get photos from me, they’re art. They’re warm, moody, with composition and proper lighting. I love what I do and I love seeing how happy all of my clients are! I’ve been so happy, I decided to make a project dedicated on building my business.

Whenever I’m not shooting a happy couple or editing, I’ve been building my business. For the past few weeks, I’ve really started focusing on advertising, one of the most important aspects about having business. If you can’t advertise, you can’t have a business. It’s my absolute dream to be an Idaho Falls photographer as popular as Anna Christine. (go check her out, she’s an amazing photographer!) If I want to reach my goals, I decided to hold photoshoots specifically to advertise, and to create fliers, business cards, and social media advertising.

Brainstorming

The dumbest thing I could possibly do was invest my money without doing any research first. That would’ve been silly! So I took a trip down to Idaho Falls to gather some ideas. While I was there, I needed to get my oil changed. So while I was at Grease Monkey, I found myself staring at a public bulletin board. That’s when it hit me: physical advertisement is quite underrated. You can call me an old timer, but you can’t say that physical advertisements are absolutely useless. There are times when it can be quite affective, especially in places where people are waiting and are bored, just like how I was at Grease Monkey. That’s when I decided to make some fliers and business cards to put in public bulletin boards.

I immediately started making mood boards for my business cards and advertising, just like how I made a mood board when I first started my business. Now, I knew right off the bat that I wouldn’t just do physical advertising. I also planned on doing a few advertisements using Facebook and Instagram. I know it’s pretty silly, but I also made myself an advertising proposal. I found that I feel much more organized and prepared when I put everything into words.

First page of the advertising project plan

Second page of the advertising project plan with photo inspiration

 

As I researched, I wanted to make sure that I stood out as an Idaho Falls photographer and people could know my style just by looking at a business card. That’s when I came up with the idea of making my business cards look like Polaroids. I’ve always loved the nostalgic film colors Polaroids give. People also associate Polaroids with photography and happy memories.

As for the fliers, I didn’t have a huge epiphany like I did with the business cards. It was more of a trial and error process than anything.  At first, I thought about listing my prices on the flier. I designed it and hated it. It was too crowded with too much overwhelming information. Thinking that it was the way I designed it, I restructured the entire flier. I ended up doing this three more times before giving up. No, I didn’t give up on the flier idea. Instead, I took out the prices and went for a more minimalistic route. I simply placed a QR code to my website on my flier. That way, people interested can not only see my prices but also see more of my photography as well. I ended up liking the QR code idea so much that I used it for my business cards as well.

Taking the Photos

This was the most important part of this entire project. If I couldn’t get good photos to advertise, what on earth would I advertise?! So, I decided to do a few photoshoots for them. I took hundreds of photos but here are a few of my favorites!

idaho falls photographer weddings and portrait of a girl on the beach warm and moody

idaho falls photographer weddings and elopements warm and moody

detail wedding shots of the bridesmaids holding bouquets

idaho falls photographer bridals wedding elopement bride with long veil

 

idaho falls photographer wedding elopements and portrait of girl with her hands up for a photoshoot to advertise my business

idaho falls photographer wedding detail shot of groom fixing his white sleeve

In my last two blog posts, both weddings and portraits,  I showed a lot more photos and went in more depth if you’d like to look at that.

Advertising as an Idaho Falls Photographer

After taking lots of photos, I was ready. I printed out my fliers and business cards and began doing paid advertising using Instagram and Facebook. For the social media, I showed the pictures I just showed you and stated that I have openings. And guess what?! I got booked!

It only took a few minutes to make social media ads but it took a while to get the fliers and business cards done. I went to Idaho Falls and thought about where my ideal clients would be. I placed fliers and business cards in wedding dress shops, boutiques, and spas. I did the same thing with Rexburg! Go out and see if you can find them!

I also got a lot of booking from people seeing my fliers and business cards! I’m so happy!

Now, I know that you’re dying to see how my fliers and cards look like. Are you ready?

idaho falls photographer business cads and flier with golden light

Ta-da! I won’t go into too much detail in how I took this photo but basically I used two speedlights and a reflector. One speedlight had two colored gels on it to make that warm beautiful glow. I purposefully directed the light to fall on the word ‘light’ in LaShay and Light Photography. I wanted it to be dramatic, romantic, and warm, just like how all of my other photos are.

Final Thoughts

So, you’ve read all of this. Congrats! I hope that reading this has showed you what type of photographer I am. I’m hard working and artistic. I love to show beautiful stories in beautiful ways. If you’re interested in me and my work, contact me!

My Top 10 Portraits of Spring 2021

I spent spring 2021 shooting a lot of portraits; let’s look at my top 10!

Summer has just begun and it’s already got me reminiscing about spring. More specifically, all of the amazing portraits I took this spring. If the rest of 2021 is going to be as amazing as this spring, well, I’m going to be pretty darn happy.  Since I don’t like reminiscing alone, I thought I’d share with you my favorite photos so far. I even went so far as creating a list of my top 10 portraits of spring 2021 just for you. Enjoy!

10: Little Ballerina

A young ballerina sitting and looking at the light

I don’t take a lot of photos with kids. My main focus are couples, weddings, and portraits. But this was so fun! I decided to take a photo inspired by Degas’ ballerina paintings. I always adored the candid poses of the ballerinas. I really tried to capture that. Instead of having this little ballerina dance or stretched, I had her sit down and pretend she was listening to her dance instructor.

9: Teasing Lovebirds

bride tugging at grooms tie - number 9 of top 10 portraits of spring 2021

This is now my favorite pose to do with brides and grooms. I love how flirty and cute the tugging at the tie is!

8: Dramatic Lights

model touching neck with rgb lights

Similar to the last photo, I love this pose. It just feels so elegant. I added rgb lights to create a soft blue fill light and a harsh red highlight. I love the contrast between the two. I also love how she’s gazing towards the mellow blue light. It really goes well with this pose. For those reasons, I definitely believe this should be in my top 10 portraits of Spring 2021.

7: White Background

model with white background and blue makeup

Sometimes, a simple background is the best background. I really wanted to emphasize her dazzling makeup and her blue velvet dress so I placed a large softbox behind her. But this isn’t the main reason why it’s in my top 10. The reason is actually more of a personal reason. Ever since I started taking photography seriously, I’ve struggled with finding my style. Editing this image helped me distinguish what I like and dislike.

6: Picture Perfect

model with flowers in her hair 6 out of top 10 portraits of spring 2021

I just love this pose. Its a very difficult pose to do without looking cheesy but she absolutely rocked it. I placed  two lights by her, both on opposite sides of her. That’s how I got her dress to really sparkle. It adds more shape and interest into this photo. This type of setup was definitely one of the best things I’ve learned in 2021!

5: Destination Bridals

bride at string lake 5 out of top 10 portraits of spring 2021

I just love the aesthetics of this photo. Destination bridals have always been my favorite shoots. There’s just something really extraordinary about a beautiful dress with an equally beautiful landscape. I shot this at String Lake, Montana, a truly beautiful place! This is definitely one of my favorite places to shoot portraits now!

4: Perfectly Cropped

perfectly cropped bride 4 out  of top 10 portraits of spring 2021

I know what you’re thinking: Kaylee, this isn’t a portrait! But you’re wrong! Does a portrait have to show your face to be considered a portrait? The eyes may be the windows to the soul but the rest of the body has a bit of story to tell.

I also love the colors in this photo. It feels very spring to me! Although I can’t say my work is even comparable to the masterpieces of these artists, I still feel a sense of springtime in this photo.

3: Black Background

black background cowboy 3 out of top 10 portraits of spring 2021

Now, we had a white background. It would have been wrong not to this black background! You might be thinking that I used my not-so-secret black background technique on this cowboy but I didn’t! I actually got really lucky. Inside this haunted old mansion (where I shot this), there was this black niche in the wall and a window right next to it. When I had him stand in it, I got this phenomenal diffused lighting that melted into darkness. It looks like something straight out of movie and I absolutely loved it.

A little fun fact about this shoot: It was late May, spring was in full swing, and it was snowing. It was absolutely freezing and was close to a blizzard! I couldn’t believe the weather. However, we were thankfully able to take photos inside were it was a tad warmer.

2:  Blowing a Kiss

rgb model blowing a kiss 2 out  of top 10 portraits of spring 2021

This one has a very feeling than number eight! We had the same colors but I moved the lights closer to her so they’re more saturated. I had her put on this fur coat which gave this photo amazing texture and looked so cool in the light! The outfit, the lighting, and the pose just goes so well together. I’m definitely getting late night party vibes and I love it.

1: Light Tube Painting

light tube painting 1 out of top 10 portraits of spring 2021

You knew this one was going to be number one, right? Everything that needed to happen to get this photo perfect, happened. My model stayed perfectly still. There was just enough sun to give color in the sky. The light painting was nearly symmetrical. I just love this photo so much. There was a lot that went into this photo and it is more than worthy to be my number one in my top 10 portraits of spring 2021. Congrats photo!

I had a lot of fun shooting these photos and learned a lot from them. Do you want me to make a top 10 list again for summer? Let me know down below!

Detail Wedding Shots for Advertising My Business

I just had to get some detail wedding shots for my advertising campaign!

You know me, I’m a sucker for detail. I love the standard full-body and wide angle shots just as much as the next person, but there’s something special about the small little things. They often tell much more story, don’t you think? As I’ve been taking photos to put into advertising, I couldn’t help but add some detail wedding shots.

Wedding detail shot of the bride and grooms wedding ringsThere’s nothing like the classic ring shot. It’s classy, timeless, and my number one must-have detail wedding shot. I placed the two rings on a white sheet of cardboard. To add some color, I placed cream and dusty blue ribbons in the background. I used a shallow aperture, f/1.4, to blur it and focus on the rings.

Bride and grooms perfume bottles with ribbons and white background

This one’s pretty similar to the first one, settings-wise. I used the same background, added ribbons, and used a shallow aperture. However, for this one, I added some plants in the background. I tilted the bottles towards each other to help show their relationship.

After taking the ring, perfume, and stationary shots, many photographers would stop right there. But I don’t. Portrait details are my absolute favorite and I can’t miss out on an opportunity to take some.

wedding detail shot of groom fixing his white sleeve

wedding detail shot of the groom's pink boutonniere

As you can see from these two photos, I focused on two separate details: the boutonniere and the Groom’s tuxedo. It’s important not to get impatient and try cramming all of the details into one giant wedding detail shot. That just makes them look too busy. I’ve found that simplicity is key.

bride touching her necklace detail wedding shots of the bridesmaids holding bouquets

You may have noticed already but I don’t typically keep my subject’s face in the picture. Our eye is naturally drawn towards faces and they pull attention away from the details.

I really enjoyed taking these detail wedding shots and I’m sure they’ll be perfect for my advertising campaign! I also did another photoshoot on the beaches of Mexico for this campaign, check it out! 

I had a Photoshoot to Advertise My Business

I traveled to another country to have a photoshoot to advertise my business.

I know going out of the country for advertising seems a little extra, especially for a small town photographer. But what can I say? I’m an extra sort of person. Besides, the stars really aligned for this photoshoot. The shoot was planned out to be in beautiful San Carlos, Mexico. If I had to choose any photoshoot to advertise my business, it would be this one.

model with her hands up for a photoshoot to advertise my business

We did this photoshoot at sunset. I honestly can’t imagine what it would have looked like without this beautiful golden light. Wanting these images to have a dream-like quality, I added a little grain and blur.

photoshoot to advertise my business detail shots of models hands

This photo is a detail shot of the last image. I find detail shots incredibly important and always makes sure that they’re in every gallery I send out. Therefore, it would have been silly for me not to include detail shots in a photoshoot to advertise my business.

 a model plays with her hair by the ocean

I have always wanted to do a photoshoot at the ocean. Being a Rexburg photographer, there simply isn’t any ocean to take photos at. So I was ecstatic to have this opportunity! After getting a few shots by the mountains, we moved onto the beach and did the rest of the photos there.

model walking to the water photoshoot to advertisegirl in the ocean with pink dress

It would have been a wasted opportunity if we didn’t get into the water for this photoshoot. First off, its so pretty but second of all, I think it shows what sort of photographer I am.

I’m unafraid of getting wet or sandy to get a great photo. Many times, after a photoshoot, I’m covered in mud or pine needles. I know how to take a great photo and I’m unafraid to get dirty while doing that. I really hope that this photoshoot to advertise my business shows that!

This photoshoot wasn’t the only thing I did to advertise. No, no. I did another photoshoot! Check it out!

I plan to use these photos to advertise in multiple ways. Many websites say that the best way to advertise is through social media or technology in some shape or form. I completely agree but I would also like to add to that.

Don’t forget about physical advertising. Physical advertising still has some power, you just have to be creative about it. So, to prove my point, I’ll be doing some physical advertising soon. I’ll tell you all about it soon!

Rustic Cabin Interior Decor Photography

This rustic cabin’s interior decor are must-have photos for your mood board.

I got to photograph the most beautiful cabin, the Riverfront Retreat! The outside, which I covered in my last post, was drop dead gorgeous. But the inside was just stunning! It so cozy and authentic. So if you’re looking for rustic cabin interior decor inspiration, I have just the photos for you.

Nothing says statement piece like a buffalo skull over a blazing fireplace. This is the perfect piece for the Riverfront Retreat, which is nestled between Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons National Park. But for me, what really makes the interior decor shine are the lamps. I love how unique and warm they are! It reminds me of something like the photos in this article.

To take this photo, I placed my tripod on the table and bracketed the image. Bracketing is when you take multiple images of varying brightness and compile them into one photo. This helped retain the beautiful detail in the lamps.

rustic cabin interior decor bedroom with buffalo painting and quilt

This bedroom was absolutely gorgeous. The wall was made out of reclaimed wood and had the most beautiful colors. The satchel and clothes hanging up on the wall is authentic mountain men clothing and made by local mountain men. Just like the other one, the light really makes this photo. I love how the light arches and points at the bed and the painting. This rustic cabin interior décor just screams cozy to me.

For this image, I warmed it up a bit by color grading it. Color grading is when you add specific colors to the highlights, midtones, or shadows. I found this makes it look a lot warmer and natural compared to just warming up the white balance temperature.

metal chandelier in cabin chic decorating

I just love this chandelier with all of my heart. Its so chic and gives the rustic cabin interior decor an industrial flare. I think it really elevates the entire look and design of Riverfront Retreat.

rustic cabin interior decor in the kitchen with large whimsical fairy house as a centerpiece

Have you ever thought about having a fairy house as a centerpiece? I never knew that I needed fairy decor in rustic cabins but I really do.  I hope this becomes a trend because I really need to see more fairy inspired centerpieces.

For this photo, I followed the rule of thirds. I also placed the centerpiece under the light so it made a sort of spotlight on the fairy house. Like the rest of my photos, I bracketed this image. This allowed the forest to be seen out of the windows and I feel like that elevates this photo.

rustic cabin interior decor stone fireplace with buffalo hide rug

Isn’t this scene just stunning? I can imagine curling up and reading next to this fireplace. The rug next to the fireplace is buffalo hide, taken after the buffalo passed away naturally.

While taking this photo, I shot from a low angle. This allowed me to get more of the buffalo in the foreground and reflections from the chandelier in the fireplace.

I hope these pictures have inspired you as you decorate your own rustic cabin. Happy decorating!

Rustic Dream House Photography

I fell in love with this rustic dream house as much as I have fallen for photography!

Close your eyes. Actually, don’t; you wouldn’t be able to read this if your eyes are closed. So just imagine your dream house. Is it a studio apartment in New York City? Is it a villa on a hill? Well, my dream a cabin nestled in the forest by a babbling brook. And you won’t believe it. No, I didn’t buy my rustic dream house but I did get to take photos of it! So if you’re here to see some rustic dream house photography to put on your mood board or wish list, you’re in the right place.

Riverfront Retreat cabin with forest and sunburst

Isn’t this place beautiful?! For those who already dead set on buying this cabin, I have some bad news and good news. It’s not for sale. However, it is an Airbnb! This is the Riverfront Retreat in Island Park, Idaho. It’s absolutely stunning with large windows, reclaimed wood, and a stunning view of a forest and sparking river. It’s the definition of rustic dream house. It reminds me a lot of these stunning cabins.

Let’s talk a little more about this photo. For this one, and the rest of the photos I’m about to show you, I did a lot of dodging and burning. Dodge and burn is a photography term that means to manually adjust how light or dark certain parts of an image is. For this one, I used dodge and burn to really emphasize the texture in the wood.

I also bracketed this image and all of the other ones. It’s really a must when doing rustic dream house photography. I took multiple images, some light and some dark. Next, I compiled them on my computer to make a beautifully exposed photograph.

front door of a rustic dream house cabin with sunset

I bracketed this image. However, even with bracketing, the sky was overexposed! So I manually added a sky in Photoshop. I also played a lot with dodge and burn. This gave it such a dramatic and moody feeling to it. Between the front door and the guest’s front door, there was a large pile of snow. So, I decided to edit that out using the clone tool in Photoshop.

rustic cabin balcony facing the forest with two chairs

I took this photo out on the cabin’s balcony. I really wanted to get a new perspective since the rest of my photos are outside facing in. When I was setting up for this photo, I tilted the chairs towards each other. I can’t really explain why I did this but I think it gives the image a lot more personality.

rustic dream house photography cabin with rock tower in front

At the rivers edge, there are these cute rock towers. I loved these details and  just new I had to photograph them. I think focusing on smaller details in architecture photography shows a lot of personality to the place.

When I bracketed this one, it did have a sky. But it was a boring sky. So, I decided to add a new sky. As you’ve probably noticed, I have done a different sky with every photo. This is because some skies look better than others in certain photos. It also shows that this cabin is beautiful in all types of lighting.


rustic dream house photography cabin by river with dramatic sunset

Ta-da! This is by far my favorite picture that I took. The lights really made this photo. It created little sunbursts, golden reflections, and a dreamy warmth to the whole photo. Because of how beautiful the lights and colors were, I just had to give it a dramatic sky. If this hasn’t convinced you that this is the pinnacle of rustic dream house photography, I don’t know what else will.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You want to see the inside! Well, guess what? I made a post exclusively on the inside of Riverfront Retreat.

The Best Android Photography Hacks

Android users, these four photography hacks will change how you take photos from now on!

There are a lot of amazing phone photography hacks on the internet that can give you a unique, artistic look, like this one by Scoop Whoop. But what you’re reading right now is a little different. These are the four best android photography hacks that mimics professional camera-like photos. Yep, you can make your android photos look like a professional photographer took it. The four hacks I’m about to show you are how to get long exposure, lens compression, shallow focus, and panoramas. Using these hacks will help you get the best possible photo every time!

Android Photography Hack #1 – Long Exposures

For the longest time, I thought it was impossible to take a long exposure photo with a phone. I believed that was strictly something that only camera could do but that’s no longer true! Many android phones now offer the settings to create stunning long exposure photos.

Since I have a Samsung Galaxy s20, I’m going to use those settings to show you how to use this long exposure hack.

In your camera, you may have different options to choose from such as portrait, video, or photo. Choose the one that says ‘pro’ or ‘manual’. This will allow you to manually control the settings of the photo, just like you would with a camera in manual mode.

Set your android phone on a tripod or place it somewhere steady. Next, put on a slow shutter speed and -if you can- a high f-stop. The last thing to do is to take the picture and marvel at what you just shot!

Android Photography Hack #2 – Lens Compression

Lens Compression is one of the best android photography hacks I’ve ever learned to use in phone photography. One reason is because it’s something anyone with a phone can do, not only android users. It is so handy when you want to emphasize the background. Take this image for example. I took this photo at Yellowstone. I just snapped a simple photo of it and the mountain in the background just didn’t look as big as it did in real life.

android photography of girl looking at mountain before lens compression hack

The mountain may look big but trust me, it was actually a lot bigger. Because the mountain is the main focal point in this image, lens compression is the best hack we could possibly use on this photo.

This photography hack is so easy. All you do is back up and zoom in. That’s it. This is what my photo looked like after I took a few steps back and zoomed in.

The best android hack, lens compression - girl with enormous mountain in the background

Look at that difference! The mountain is now enormous! I use this android photography hack whenever I travel to scenic locations like Yellowstone. It’s so easy to do. With a camera, you’d have to use an 85 mm lens or larger to get a photo with lens compression like this. And lenses like that are typically very expensive! Using your android phone, or any phone really, and just zooming in is a way better deal!

Android Photography Hack #3 – Shallow Depth of Field

Because of popularity, this hack has become a staple setting already put on most android phones. This is portrait mode, which creates a shallow depth of field by blurring out the background. Although it’s very popular, I just had to share this hack.

This hack is the exact opposite of the lens compression hack. Lens Compression is used when you want to emphasize your background. Shallow depth of field is used when you want to emphasize the foreground. This is very popular in portraits but can be used for other types of photography like landscapes.

Take this photo for example.

Before picture of the android photography hack of shallow depth with girl by mountain

This is a nice photo but its not the best. The mountain is distracting and pulls attention away from my model. So, I decided to use the shallow depth of field hack.

All you have to do is go to portrait mode (or even manual mode) and take the picture. This will blur the background but keep the subject in focus.

best android photography hack - shallow depth girl is focus but the background is blurry

Doesn’t that look much better?! Now, here’s the kicker, my dear android users. The hack isn’t over. Go to gallery and view the picture. Below the picture will be a button that says something along the lines of ‘change background effect’. Click it and you’ll be able to change how blurry the background is! You can make it as blurry or as sharp as you’d like.

Android Photography Hack #4 – Panoramas

Panoramas, like portrait mode, is a setting option on many android phones. However, many people don’t use it enough or creatively enough.

Taking a panorama is simple. You simply choose the panorama option, press the button, and move your camera.  Most people use this to capture horizontal photos. But have you done vertical photos? You get to play with perspective and foreground to make a mind-bending photo. There’s so much potential in them.

photo of the grand tetons before using panorama android hack

Here’s a boring simple snapshot of the grand Tetons. Let’s take it to the next level with out panorama hack.

best android photography panorama hack of the grand tetons and a tree

Look at that! Just by moving my phone vertically rather than horizontally, I’m playing with perspective!

Conclusion

These are the best android photography hacks that I know of. I use them every time I take a picture and I hope you will too! These hacks will really take your photography skills to the next level and wow your friends. I’m excited to see what you create using these tips. Happy shooting!

The Best Wedding Mood Board Inspiration

If you’re planning out your wedding mood board, here’s some of my favorite pictures for inspiration.

While I was shooting at my last photoshoot, I took some beautiful detail shots. As I was editing them, I started thinking how wonderful these would be for wedding mood board inspiration! So here are a few of my favorite photos from my last photoshoot. They’re warm and magical photos, perfect for wedding inspiration.

But before I go any further, I highly recommend reading this article on how to make an effective wedding mood board. Read that so you can use the photos I’m about to show you to their full extent.

wedding aesthetic inspiration bouquet on bench

I love these flowers so much! The deep burgundy and yellow are such a beautiful color combination. I highly recommend Brides to get bouquets like this! Or have your color scheme for your wedding be burgundy and yellow. Either way, this photo is definitely wedding mood board inspiration worthy.

wedding mood board inspiration of wedding ring in colorful bouquet

Now this may just look like a closeup of the previous photo but don’t be fooled! A beautiful diamond wedding ring  is in the flowers. You can’t have wedding mood board inspiration without showing a beautiful wedding ring and your color palette! So, I decided to put the two together?

But that’s not all I did. I was imagining a film-like, nostalgic wedding. So I added grain and matted the image to make it look like it was from an old movie. I love this look and I hope you do too.

bride holding bouquet with wedding ring on her finger

This is the last bouquet photo, I promise. But I just needed a shot with the wedding ring, bouquet, and the wedding dress. It was a necessity! I love the brick pattern in the background, the texture in the flowers, and the lacey details in the wedding dress. How could I not share this one?

wedding mood board inspiration ballet slippers

Maybe you’re a ballerina or maybe you just love ballet, but can you imagine a ballet themed wedding?! Yep, put that on your mood board. Ballet is just so elegant and romantic, everything you want your wedding to be like.

wedding musician strumming his acoustic guitar

Now I’m going to take a wild guess and say that you like music and you’re going to play some music at your wedding. Was I right? Well, can you imagine having actual musicians at your wedding singing the sweetest serenades for you and the love of your life? I thought so.

I hope these photos helped you determine what you want in your wedding! If this has helped you decide that you want someone like me as your photographer, well, you can always contact me here on my website!

Bridals at The Venue in Rigby, Idaho

If you’re in Rigby looking for a place for Bridals, check out The Venue!

Rigby, Idaho has some beautiful locations for Bridals. If your looking for an indoor venue with a chic, urban, and rustic flair, The Venue is what you’re looking for. I shot some bridals in Rigby, Idaho at the Venue and it was so beautiful! I really loved the brick texture and large windows at the Venue so I took most of my photos there. This bride and groom were so darn cute! I barely had to pose them for these bridals.

Bridals in Rigby bride and groom kissing

As you may have noticed, I’ve really been focusing on my editing style. I’ve been trying new things and this is what I’ve gotten. My style may continue to evolve but I’m happy with what I have right now!

bridals in rigby bride hugging groom

The bride had some beautiful flowers in her bouquet. I new I just had to get some photos of it! This is one of my favorite poses to do for bridals and this one really shined. It’s so simple and romantic. I love it!

bridals in rigby bride pulling grooms tie

For some people, bridals -or photos in general- can make them nervous or camera shy. But this bride and groom thrived being shot! I barely had to pose them! They were so cute and in love.
the venue bridals in rigby idaho couple kissing with sunflare

As much as I loved the bricks at the venue in Rigby, Idaho, there was a beautiful setting sun outside and I just needed those sun flares! So, I pulled my bride and groom outside and snapped a few shots. So worth it.

I had so much fun shooting these bridals in Rigby, Idaho. The Venue was beautiful, the bride and groom were beautiful, everything was beautiful! If you’re interested in getting some amazing bridals, I recommend The Venue. If you’re looking for a photographer in Rigby, well, I’m your girl.

Fashion Styled Shoot in Rigby Idaho

I did a fashion styled shoot and it was amazing!

In my last post, I said that I did a styled shoot for men. Well, that’s not all I did! I also did a styled shoot centered around fashion, using mainly female models. Just like for the men’s styled shoot, this shoot was taken at The Venue in Rigby, Idaho. It was so beautiful!

High Fashion Styled Shoot

High fashion model wearing a fur coat with red and blue lights blowing a kisshigh fashion model with white background and blue velvet dressHigh fashion model with purple and blue lights swinging fur coat

You might have already noticed but I’m really trying to develop my style, seeing what I like and don’t like. I found that I absolutely love grain. So that’s why my photos look grainy! I’m obsessed with film-like photography, so I’ve really been trying to capture that type of look. I  matted the blacks and whites, and gave it a slight teal look to all three of these images.

For the model in the white background, I got that look by having a light behind her and a light right in front of her. It was so beautiful!

It’s a little obvious but for the other two, I used rgb lights. It was so much fun playing with the colors!

Bridal Styled Shoot

bride in wedding dress fashion playing with her hair

I love this photo! This bride looked so beautiful. It reminds me of these wedding photos by Nikki Santerre. Since this was a fashion styled shoot, I wanted the main focus to be on the wedding dress. So, I twisted her train towards me and shot from a low angle.

Athletic Styled Shoot

athletic model tying her shoes

athletic fashion model doing yoga

For this first photo, I had the model interacting with the product, which was her shoes! As I was taking that photo, the wind decided to pick up and gently move her hair. It created great movement! For the second photo, I had her do some yoga. It created beautiful shapes. I love it!

I had so much fun doing this photoshoot! What do you want to see me shoot next?

 

Styled Shoot for Men

Men deserve to be in more Style Shoots!

I don’t know about you but when I think about styled shoots, I immediately picture female models. But what about a styled shoot for men? I think there needs to be more. So, I decided to do one! These styled shoots were all done at The Venue in Rigby Idaho. It was so beautiful!

We had three amazing men as our models, all with a different theme. One was very athletic so we put him in exercise themed shoot. The second man was dressed as a groom so he was in the wedding themed style shoot. The last one brought his guitar so we made a music themed shoot.

Groom’s Styled ShootStyled Shoot for Men Groom straightening tie at venueStyled Shoot for Men Groom fixing his sleeve at venueStyled Shoot for Men Groom fixing his sleeve closeup shot

One of the most common styled shoots for men are wedding themed. For example, if you Google ‘men styled shoot’ or something similar, most of the photos will be from weddings, just like this amazing styled shoot from This Rad Love Photography. But there’s a reason why it’s so popular! Every guy looks great in a suit and it’s such a romantic theme!

For this shoot, I used a mixture of window light and Godox lights. This created natural and dreamy lighting! I’m in love with it!

Body Builder’s Styled Shoot

mens styled shoot body builder stretching

exercise men body builder lifting weights

These pictures were taken outside with completely natural light. It was late afternoon and the light was very harsh (and hot). So, I had him in the shade. This kept us cooler and gave really nice diffused light!

I thought it would be silly to have him pose for a men’s exercise shoot. So, I had him actually working out. This made all the photos look so much more realistic!

Musician Styled Shoot

man playing guitar by a brick wall

I know a lot of men that play the guitar; it looks so cool when they play! So, just like for the exercise shoot, I had this musician actually play the guitar.

For the lighting, I used three speedlights. This gave him Rembrandt-styled lighting.

So what are your thoughts? I really enjoyed taking and editing these photos. Do you want to see more Styled Shoots for Men? Let me know your thoughts down below.

Fan Made Ad Photography

As a fan of the Crystal Light brand, I thought it would be fun to do a little fan-made ad for them!

I love making ads for my favorite brands. So, while drinking some Raspberry Lemonade Crystal Light, I decided to make an advertisement for them. My vision for this fan made ad was a bunch of lemons and raspberries falling into a cup. Here’s how I did it!

Setting up for the fan made ad

set up for the crystal light fan made ad

The set up for this photo was pretty simple. I just need lemons, raspberries, Crystal light, a cup, and someone to help! We also had pitchers of water on standby because a lot of water would splash around and leave the cup.

Editing the photos

unedited photo of the fan made ad of crystal light

This photo is straight out of the camera. This is actually one of many that I took. What we did was drop the fruit into the water and I held the shutter, taking a bunch of photos. Then, I did some basic edits on the ones I likes and then masked them all together. This made it look like it was taken all in one shot.

Fan made Crystal Light advertisement

fan made crystal light advertisement

Ta-da! As you can see, I added a lot more lemons and raspberries by masking the images. I also brightened it up a lot. For the text, I found a font that was similar to the crystal light logo. I used yellow to complement the lemons. For the rest of the text, I used a sans serif in the same color as the logo. I mentioned the lemons, raspberries, and used the word ‘drop’ to reference the photo.

What do you think of my fan made ad for Crystal Light? Which product would you like me to make an ad for next? Let me know in the comments!

Making Product Photography in Idaho

Does anyone in Idaho need a product photographer? Because I’m in love with it!

I know I’ve said this a million times but I love product photographer. Honestly, I’ve considered becoming a product photographer! I only I didn’t love portraits so much. Product photographer is one of my favorite things to do in my free time. Here are a few I took recently.

Indoor Product Photography

Idaho product photographer - steaming abuelita mexican hot chocolate

Food and drink photography is so amazing. One of my favorite Idaho product photographer, Bruce Redman, specializes in food and drink. He was a big inspiration for this photo! I placed it next to a fireplace, to give it a warm and cozy feeling. Being a perfectionist, I fiddled with this setup for quite a while. When I was finally ready to take the photos, the hot chocolate was no longer hot! So in post, I added steam.

Idaho wedding photographer flat lay wedding invitations

I had a lot of fun creating this flat lay. I love playing with composition and focal points! I specifically placed the ring on top of the wood slab so it would add more dimension. I also placed the perfume on the opposite side of the ring to balance the weight of the composition.

idaho photographer purple skincare product

I really love this photo! I had a purple light overhead to make nice highlights. When I first took this photo, it looked good but I looked too empty. So, I added a bit of fake ice. I felt like the ice shows that the skincare products are cool and refreshing! I also love how the purple light hits it.

wedding ring flat lay with daisies and ferns wedding rexburg photographer

I’m a huge fan of ferns so I just knew I had to add them for this photo! The fern gives it such nice leading lines. Speaking of leading lines, I also pointed the daisies towards the ring to emphasize the focal point.

Outdoor Photography

When I went to the national parks near Idaho, I brought along my thermal water from Avêne. It was small enough to fit perfectly in my camera bag so I thought it would be smart to take. I’m so glad that I did!

avene thermal water product on a rock in the water

Because my product was thermal spring water, it felt wrong not putting it near the water. So, while I was at Yellowstone National Park, I found a little creek and placed my Avêne thermal water on it. I really love the reflections in this photo.

avene thermal water at the tetons on a rock tower While at the Grand Teton National Park, I found this cool rock tower right next to the Tetons and a beautiful lake! It felt like it was made just for this photo. I used an 85mm lens which gave it a lot of lens compression. This made the mountains look so big in the background!

I had so much fun exploring Idaho and places near it to find the perfect spots to shoot some products. Which one was your favorite? Where or what do you want me to shoot next? Let me know down in the comments!

I Love My Yellowstone Photo Print

When I took this photo at Yellowstone, I just knew it needed to be printed and hung inside my house.

There’s nothing like a print. Don’t get me wrong, digital images are great but they have nothing on prints. Photography prints are shiny, sleek, and tangible. You can really see the image from all angles. It’s the first thing that catches your eye when you walk into a house. As you can tell, I love photo prints. So when I went to Yellowstone to take photos, I just knew that I needed to print out one of my images. More specifically, this image of the setting sun with a double sunburst.

sunset at Yellowstone with double sunburst and dead trees stormy clouds

Doesn’t this just scream “Make me a 16×24 metallic print!”? I just can’t get over how pretty it’s going to be! It reminds me of Richard Wong’s Yellowstone photo, so dramatic and jaw-dropping.

I was so excited that I decided to do a little mockup. That way I can really imagine what it’s going to look like inside my house.

Double Sun Flare Yellowstone Photo Print Mockup Print above Bed

I wish that my house looked like this. But this mockup of my Yellowstone photo print is really getting me excited! I love Yellowstone and I love photography so I’m excited to see what my Yellowstone photo print will look like in my actual house!

As I’m writing this right now, I haven’t received my print yet (I’m counting down the days). But when I do receive my beautiful Yellowstone photo print, I will definitely show you guys! I’ll update this blog post soon to show all of you my beautiful metallic print. So check on blog soon to see it!

 

Wyoming Bridals and Portraits

Beautiful bridals and headshots in beautiful Wyoming!

A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to go to String Lake, Wyoming for bridals. It was my first time going to String Lake and I instantly fell in love. Getting to photograph this beautiful bride was an absolute dream. The location was beautiful, the bride was beautiful, you can’t get anything better than that. If you’re looking for a place for an elopement or bridals, definitely go to String Lake, Wyoming! For these two bridal photos I had the bride interact with her surroundings and her outfit.
bride holding hat while looking into string hatbride lifting her dress in front of a lakeFor these two bridal photos I had the bride interact with her surroundings and her outfit. In the first one, I had her holding her hat and looking towards the lake. With the next one, I had her lift up her dress.

Portraits

If that day wasn’t already amazing, I also did some portraits!

Portrait of model with red pants and hat

portrait headshot of girl in Wyoming laughing

girl tilting hat and smiling by a creek

I took these portraits by a beautiful creek. While taking these portraits, I kept on thinking about all the beautiful places in Wyoming to shoot at next! I can’t wait for my next photoshoot in Wyoming. If you live in Wyoming, hit me up! I definitely want to come and shoot again!

The Epic Power of Portrait Lighting

Lighting can completely change your portraits from boring to epic!

My fellow photographers will understand the struggle of exposure. Do you properly expose for the background or for the subject? If you expose for the background, the subject will become a silhouette. You can try lighting them up in post but that doesn’t always work. If you expose for the subject, the background will be overexposed and there isn’t a lot of ways to recover that lost information. So what do you do? The best way to get an epic portrait every time is by using lighting, like speedlights.

The way to do it is to set your camera to expose for the sky. Yes, this will make the subject very dark but we’ll fix that soon.

Underexposed Not So Epic Portrait Lighting

underexposed image of a girl in sequins

This is what it should look like when you expose for the sky.

As you can see this is way too dark. We want the subject to be nicely lit like this.

Overexposed Still Not Epic Portrait Lighting

Overexposed image of girl in sequins

This is the type of lighting we want on our subject. But the sky is over exposed.

To do this, you’ll want to get out your speedlights. You can set them wherever you’d like but it looks really great if you put it a 45 degree angle from your model. Set the settings on you speedlight to fully expose the subject.

Perfectly Exposed Epic Portrait Lighting

Perfectly exposed epic portrait lighting

Tada! Now we have a perfectly exposed image with epic portrait lighting. The subject isn’t too dark and the background isn’t to bright. One of my favorite photographers, the amazing Annie Leibovitz, uses this type of lighting all the time. There’s a lot you can do with this technique. Often times, this technique is used to blur the lines between landscape and portrait photography. You can also change the location and color of the light. The possibilities are endless!

 

Landscapes in the National Parks

I took some beautiful landscape and wildlife shots at the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks!

This was my very first time going to a national park and I fell in love! Landscapes photography in National Parks are a dream come true. Every where you looked could have been an extraordinary photo. Here are a few of the shots I took. For almost all of these, I focused on foreground, reflections, or color. I bracketed all of these landscape photos. That means I took some really light photos, dark photos, and in-between photos and then merged them to make an amazing picture. I found that after that, Not a lot needed to be done!

Grand Teton National Park Landscapes
view of grand tetons by a lake with pine trees
grand tetons with river colorful reflection of grand tetonsgrand tetons with beach fence in the foregroundrock tower in the teton national park

For this photo, I found a bunch of rock towers by inside the Teton National Park! I thought it would make a really fun landscape photo. After I took this photo, the rocks tumbled to the ground. Darn!
creative landscapes in national park tetons rainbow rocks

The rocks here were so beautiful! I really wanted to capture all of their colors but I also wanted to take a picture of the mountains. So, I decided to have some lens compression by zooming in and backing up.

Yellowstone National Park
landscapes in national park yellowstone double sunburst

Here it is! My absolute favorite landscape photo. Golden hour is truly amazing. When I saw that the sun was reflecting on a pond, I knew I had to take this photo.landscape giant mountain with stormy clouds national park

river by the woods with mountains in the distancebuffalo grazing in a meadow in yellowstone national park

This buffalo was happily grazing in this meadow! He didn’t have a care in the world. All though he wasn’t moving quickly, I didn’t want to take any chances. So I used a high ISO and a high shutter speed. That way, if it blinked or made any sudden movement, I would capture it.

Landscape photography and National Parks are a matched made in heaven. I absolutely loved taking these shots and can’t wait to take more!

Light Painting Product Photography

Painting with light takes product photography to a whole other level

I love product photography. If I didn’t love wedding photography so much, I’d probably do product photography full-time. I love doing it in my free time and I think I may have found my favorite technique: light painting.

Light painting is when use a long exposure and run a light around a subject. This creates interesting shadows and tones. It can also make colorful light trails. One of my favorite photographers, Mark Duffy, uses light photography in his work. Inspired by his work, I tried out light painting product photography myself.

Light Painting Soda

soda bottle light painting product photography colored light on the ground

Right when I decided to light paint products, this image immediately popped into my head. I love the colored light soda bottles give. So, I decided to shine a light on the bottles to get these colors. This photo is actually three photos merged into one. One photo got the light onto the ground. The second lit up the Grapefruit Kiss logo. The third and last photo lit up the bottle caps.

coca-cola bottles lit up light painting product photography starbursts

l love this photo so much! When I took this photo, I couldn’t stop smiling! To get this photo, I had a light in multiple places. The first one was underneath the plexiglass. This gave the bottles a nice glow from underneath. Next, I used a flashlight to light up the Coke labels. Finally, I used a pen light to create the sunbursts and highlight details. This is definitely one of my favorite pictures!

red and green soda bottles light painting products glowing

I did basically the same technique for this one as I did for the Coca-Cola photo. My favorite part of this photo is the sunburst on the Shirley Temple soda bottle. It reminds me of a sunrise!

Miscellaneous Light Paintings

doctors gear light painting glowing bottles suitcase glasses scissors

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These two photos are a little random but I like the way they look! Both are more than five photos merged together, each photo lighting different parts of the subjects.

Conclusion

I absolutely loved making these photos. It goes without question that I’ll definitely be using the light painting technique more with product photography. The only question left is what product I should photograph next? Let me know what you want to see next in the comments below!

 

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