Beautiful Bride, Beautiful Weather

 

I don’t know about each of you but fall is hands-down my favorite season of the year. The leaves changing colors, the cool breeze, the smell of campfires & not to mention all the delicious food at the North Carolina State Fair. However, Fall is also my favorite time of the year for photoshoots.

I recently posted a video that I shot for an assignment for school on my Facebook. Phillip (an awesome co-worker) and his then fiance Bethany were getting married. They allowed me to come crash their wedding & shoot some video for my assignment. I love the way it turned out and they were super excited about it too which is always the best feeling for a photographer.  You can watch the video here –> https://vimeo.com/234528557

I knew that I had a bridal assignment coming up soon after that for school so I asked Bethany if she would be interested in getting her dress out one more time for some photos. She was more than willing and excited to help me out and get some more use out of her beautiful gown. We met at the Arboretum in Greensboro and the weather was absolutely perfect (seems to be a going trend for Bethany.) I am really pleased with how the photos turned out & I hope she likes them just as much as I do.

I’m posting a few on here for my readers to see, let me know what you think!

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Panoramas

 

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So I missed our lecture this past Monday on taking Panoramic photos so I kind of had to figure it out on my own. You start out by shooting multiple photos of the same scene but move your camera in each shot. You then compile them all into one image in Photoshop. I went out around my apartment complex to look for different opportunities to shoot. I started on my deck outside because the leaves are starting to change colors and I thought I’d like to show what I see every morning from my window. I also liked the different perspective on the second photo I’ve posted. I wanted to do a horizontal panoramic and a vertical panoramic. I look forward to playing around with this some more when I have the opportunity to go somewhere more interesting than my apartment. (Maybe the engagement shoot I have coming up at Hanging Rock!)

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Bridal in Studio

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So today I had the opportunity to work with one of the most beautiful ladies I know, Corinne. She truly has one of the best hearts of anyone I’ve met. I was given an assignment to do a bridal shoot in the studio at my school. I immediately thought of Corinne because she is so easy to be around and has a really genuine smile. I haven’t even turned in the assignment but I wanted to share a couple photos from the shoot that I absolutely love! Hope you all like them too!

 

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Working with Photoshop

 

 

GuillenS_Portrait_2GuillenS_portlabblog1This week in my portrait retouching class we learned about fixing blemishes, whitening the eyes, perfecting smiles & fixing skin discoloration. I actually love learning about these things because it allows me to enhance my photos without making my subjects look like “barbies.” Since I plan to start my own photography business and mainly focus on weddings and portrait photography, all of these skills will definitely come in handy. Thanks to David Peng & Ashley Tomlin for allowing me to use you for practice this week. You both made it difficult to “fix” your images because you both have naturally good-looking skin. I can’t wait to learn more in Photoshop!

When you can’t photograph an eclipse, do a puzzle instead.

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Originally this week I planned to photograph the Solar Eclipse that happened Monday. However, like usual, my plans didn’t work out how I wanted them to. I ended up going to my parents lake house over the weekend and spending some much needed time by the water. On my way back to Greensboro I stopped to get some gas and a DOT worker pulled into the pump beside me. He asked me if I had a chance to buy glasses to view the eclipse and I told him I didn’t. He then proceeded to pull his welding mask out of his truck and let me use it. I was able to see the eclipse which was awesome and I didn’t have to stress myself out about getting a perfect picture.

On another note..my roommate purchased a new puzzle for us to complete (we live a lavish lifestyle I tell ya.) It is probably the most difficult puzzle I’ve ever tried to complete. These images show how much we’ve finished so far..which isn’t much at all. On a side note: it is helping me work on my patience.

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Back to School..

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I can’t believe our three week summer vacation is already over. I’m still getting adjusted to being back in school but I’m pretty excited for the most part. We have a new instructor this semester in our Digital Image Technology class, Joshua Pugh. (If you haven’t checked out his work, you should.)  We learned how to tether this week with our DSLR’s and our Mac Computers in the studio setting. Although I’m going into the Portrait Studio Management concentration here at RCC, I think learning how to tether will still come in handy later in my career as a portrait photographer.

I’m excited to see what I will learn this semester. Stay tuned for more weekly blog posts!

Sunday Funday

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This morning when I woke up I already had my day planned out for the most part. I, however, didn’t expect to end up at a distillery. My roommate Sarah & I stopped into Fainting Goat Spirits in downtown Greensboro. Bill & Shelley are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. They also co-own Kneaded Energy (an amazing massage school and practice in Greensboro.) We took a tour of the distillery while we were there and learned about their process of making Fainting Goat Gin, Vodka and Whiskey. We also got to sample some of each (all very delicious if I do say so myself.) It was really fun to get to see how they run their business and to meet two new awesome people. I will definitely be back soon.

If you are ever in Greensboro, NC be sure to check out Fainting Goat Spirits and buy a few bottles for the road.

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Beautiful Weekend For A Wedding

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If I have to go on another long road trip this year it will be too soon. Literally just stepped in the door from Ohio. My mom, sister, daughter and me drove up for my niece Hannah’s wedding. She asked me to be her photographer and I was super excited to photograph her big day. I’m posting just a couple of the photos I took for now but I will definitely post more in the weeks to come. For now, it is food and rest before school starts back up tomorrow morning.

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Oh, What a Week.

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This week has been insane to say the least. On Saturday my friend Sarah & I moved into our new apartment. (Shout-out to all of our help, we couldn’t have done it without you.) It was supposed to be a happy and awesome time for us both. However, I drew the short stick quite a few times over 3-4 days. For starters, my brand new 50 inch television broke in the move so we couldn’t even use it. The next day I was driving to Walmart and I got rear ended in the parking lot. Luckily, neither my car or me were injured too badly. A few hours later the stabilization track in my car broke and I had to purchase a new part for it. If you are thinking it turned around after that, you are sadly mistaken. The worst part of this week was Monday night when I went to my old apartment complex to clean it out before my lease was up and I discovered something horrible. Sarah and I walked in to workers painting the walls and scrubbing the entire place down. At first it didn’t register in my head but then I started to freak out and wonder “where the heck is all my stuff?!” The head of maintenance informed me that my belongings were in the garbage. I tried to count to ten and remain calm but I pretty much completely lost my sh*t. Immediately, I walked over to the garbage compactor and what do you know?! All my stuff was inside. I was infuriated but knew legally I needed pictures of everything that was there. I literally had to crawl in the garbage compactor and use my bare hands to rummage through my garbage (& all my old neighbors’ as well.) I wasn’t sure what to do because the office was already closed so I called the cops to file a report. Long story short, I showed up at the office the next morning to talk to them in person. First question out of my mouth, “Is my camera lens and my memory card here?” Those who have been following me on social media know I went to Orlando to do an engagement shoot recently. All the pictures were stored on that memory card & I hadn’t even had the chance to put them on my computer yet. That was the biggest reason I was freaking out. Trying to figure out how to explain to my friends that all of their pictures were gone because my old apartment complex threw them in the garbage. Thank God they were smart enough to save those two items in the office. The process for reconciliation is still ongoing but my tip: be careful where you move and who you rent from. Sometimes it’s all about making an extra buck.

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Im just so glad this week has come to an end and I can move on from all this negative stuff in my life. I added a couple photos this week from our new apartment. It’s always good to know that no matter how dark it gets sometimes, the sun will always come back out.

Isn’t Disney World Just A Human Trap Made By A Mouse?

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Ya’ll, I am literally exhausted and can barely keep my eyes open long enough to write this post. However, this weekend was a blast! I had the opportunity to travel down to Orlando and photograph two of my friends for their engagement. After booking my Airbnb and my rental car, I saw that the weather looked bleak at best for the entire weekend. I’m not gonna lie, at first I was extremely bummed. I was already trying to problem shoot the weather so that we could still get some great shots in. Good news though! The weather held out perfectly for us…almost down to the minute!

This picture was taken on the first night I was there at Disney Springs. The sunset was absolutely gorgeous and I just had to get a few silhouette shots in. Katie and Will made sure I had a great time while I was in Orlando. Shout out to the best road trip partner ever: Haleigh. She made the trip even better than it already was.

PS: If you’ve never been to Universal Studios, go NOW!