Capturing a Person in One Day

 

 

I ran around all day with this lady creating a bio video for her! It was extremely easy to capture her easygoing personality and eagerness to work with a camera. Her style is very go with the flow until she gets the exact shot. Though a bio video’s main objective is to show potential clients who the photographer is, Alexis’ bio video just doesn’t do justice to her actual work, which by the way is amazing. You definitely need to meander over to her tumblr blog at http://alexisrenson.tumblr.com/Her portraits go beyond photographing the people in front of her, and her unusual perspective is very inspiring to creative minds.

I browsed her blog just now and noticed I’m in a couple of shots! Holla!

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At Home in the Water

At Home in the Water

My blog posting needs to be less sporadic. Trying to organize an artist’s mind is fruitless. Too many ideas and too little time to sort them. But hey! A new post yay! (finally…) In my Creative Digital Imaging class our assignment was to create five black and white images cropped into squares. They didn’t have to be cohesive, but I took this as an opportunity to create some images that really encompassed my love for bizarre things. I think it’s important to push the limits of your creativity, as weird as the work may be. When you are not afraid to create art, you let go of that impulse to edit your work, and the art really become something that is entirely your own. I approached this project with the phrase “I am at home…” Some people say that they are more at home in the water than they are on land (think swimmers, surfers…). But the overarching idea is that everyone has a place they feel most home at, and it does not necessarily need to be a house. Personally, I am torn between my little art room and Costco (especially during PRIME sample time mmmm). Your home, your sanctuary, and your place of peace; they are very important. They are essential for artists.

My model Lauren Spooner was such a trooper. Even with the small window of time to shoot, the waves we had to fight through, and all of the props she had to work with, she was incredible. At one point we lost the mug. But then we found it. And by that I mean she had to dive underwater and get it. I was hoping to get some actual portrait shots of her, but we ran out of time 😦 So expect those portraits at some point in the future posts!

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Santa Barbara Lifestyle Video Reel

For my lifestyle class, I turned in more video than I did stills. My portfolio ended up being a video reel. I want to revisit this video and tweak some things, but the feel of the video is relaxed and fun, which is the most important to me. And it definitely shows my style 🙂 Enjoy!

Music “The Pull” by BlueBrain

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Modern Mermaid

Modern Mermaid

I am very fortunate to have gorgeous friends that are willing to model for me. I dragged two of my coworkers (we work at a deli. Yay!) to a photoshoot at the beach in the morning. My style has slowly evolved into one that encompasses a love for nature and the natural beauty of people. Dre is a wonderful model, who didn’t even blink an eye when I mentioned shooting in the ocean. This was such a fun shoot, minus me completely soaking my leggings (I didn’t really think that one through…) More images from this day to come!

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To Get Up or Not to Get Up

To Get Up or Not to Get Up

Last semester a good friend of mine needed a bio video to put on her website as part of a media and marketing class. We really wanted to encompass her love for the beach and the relaxed and natural looks of her photography subjects. So at 8:30 a.m, we met at Ledbetter beach to shoot the video. Sometimes I forget how beautiful everything looks when its still overcast in the morning. Its soft and dream-like, and when you are photographing people the lighting is gorgeous. Its sometimes hard to get up in the morning just to “photograph for fun,” especially when sleep is one of those things you can’t get enough of (I know I hear an “AMEN” from all the Brooks students). But hey, if you have the time, why not? Once you are out shooting you never think, “wow this beautiful lighting is not worth getting up an hour early.”

You can see the finished video of Saskia here!
http://saskiakoerner.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/bio-video/

Make sure to check out her blog! She is an amazing photographer with such a fun and quirky personality, which you will see in the video 🙂

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wannabe lomography

One of my most recent assignments for school ( I go to Brooks Institute of Photography) was to shoot and edit a video. It could be of anything we wanted, and we had all semester to do it. The project guidelines were basically non-existent, which made my little artist heart jump for joy. It was almost too much creative room for my brain to handle. But once I filtered through the ideas for a project, I finally decided on creating a video about the creative process. This is something i believe all artists are familiar with. The video follows a boy and girl and their struggle to find artistic motivation. The girl is a photographer, and these are a few of the photos she takes.