Why am I a photographer?
I am a photographer because I wanted a creative way to express myself and interpret the world as I see it. The world, especially now, is a crazy, scary place. I strive to look for the good in it, to photograph the beauty of it. As so, I tend to lean towards taking macro and nature shots, as portraits aren't my strong suit.
Project One - Selfie Portrait
Ultimately I like the vibe this photo gives off! This was actually a very hard shoot for me, considering it's somewhat difficult for me to pinpoint my personality? But overall I feel like the calm, almost intimate vibe I get from it. I will admit it isn't my best work, considering I'm a bit rusty (it's been a while!), but I'm happy with it!
For this project, I wanted to sort of step out of my comfort zone and do some dramatic themes and play with lighting. I wanted to go for a sort of mysterious, chilling vibe with these photos. Even though all of the pictures I took looked absolutely perfect straight out of the camera, these three were the ones I felt conveyed that feeling the most.
Project One - Good Photography
For this project, we had to choose a word that "makes a good image." I chose 'colour.' As demonstrated in the photo, I think colour can make for a good image, something that goes together nicely but also tends to pop. The reds in this photo sort of stand out against the greens of the leaves.
Project Two - Self Portrait
This was literally a last second photoshoot. Like, very last second. I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with this shoot, but this was one of the images I took that I really liked. I do wish I changed some things, like the colour of the fence and getting rid of some of the debris at my feet, but overall I really like this photo.
Project Three - Street Photography
My dad and I were pulling into this parking lot in Downtown Ypsi, and I saw this little area. I immediately thought, wow, it looks like something right out of an old 1900's photo. So, naturally, I took a picture of it. I was aiming to give the picture an 'old-timey' look, with the grainy sky and overall texture of the photo.
Project Four - Perspective, Symmetry, Repetition
Honestly, I wasn't too sure what to do with this shoot either. My mom took my sister and I to the library and I thought, "might as well try!" So here we are. I was trying to get a good angle, where the books directly in front of the camera seemed to be the main focus. I think I pulled it off well?
While the shelves aren't exactly symmetrical, it still looks symmetrical at first glance. I'm not quite sure what I was aiming for, but regardless I think it turned out really good.
These are some rocks that are outside my house, on the wall. I'm not entirely sure it counts as repetition, but I really liked the way it looked and figured it was worth a shot.
Project 5 - Headshots
For this shoot I used pictures of both myself and my ex-boyfriend. For my ex's shoot, we went with 'commercial' headshots. I figured a more casual sort of theme would fit him better. I was trying to get a sort of calm, easygoing sort of feeling with this photo.
For my portion of the shoot, I wanted to try and go with 'theatric.' I scraped up an old Halloween costume from two years ago and threw on the mask and jacket, and decided the basement would be a good place to get a sort of spooky, despairing vibe. I also wanted the photo to have a sort of dark, 'grungy' feel. (Hence the somewhat poor lighting!)
Project 6 - Compositional Point
For this project, I decided to go with something simple. While this was very last minute, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! I wanted something aesthetically pleasing while still holding a bit of personality, and I think this photo was really close to that!
Project Seven - HDR
For this assignment we had to take HDR images. This was very last minute, but I overall like how it turned out!
Disney World 2020
As part of the band, I went on a trip to Disney World. My task was to take a series of pictures (3-4) that tell the story of how the trip went. These are my photos. The first one is taken at the first place we went, which was the mini golf course, and the other two are in Magic Kingdom.
Week 5 - B&W Street Photography
This assignment is pretty self explanatory. Our task was to take black and white street photos, but we had to use only our camera's settings. These both are shots of my street, though there was a family outside who was confused as to why a strange girl from across the street had a camera and tripod in her driveway haha. Overall I'm proud of these, and they were fun to do!
Week 6 - Food Photography
My dad recently made these little S'more thingies, and honestly they were really good! After looking at some examples and hardly seeing ANY dessert photos, I decided to go for one myself. So, I grabbed the tray of these (maybe stole one or two) and this was the result! I'm honestly very pleased with it. I love how sort of vibrant it is, though I do feel like the white is a bit too bright. Or maybe not bright enough... It's in that Weird Gray Area.
Week 7 - Macro Photography
I've been taking a break from photography (unintentionally! Mental health stuff) and I thought, a good way to get back into it would be macro photography! I've never really done it before, but I've always wanted to try because I LOVE taking close up and colorful pictures! This was a lot of fun to do, and all of these were taken in my backyard! (Save for the flowers, that was a bouquet my grandmother got for Mother's Day <3)