Equipment I Use + Love

I decided to review my cameras, lenses and editing software because I feel as though it will benefit you guys a lot when purchasing a camera or a new lens. I really enjoy the gear that I work with I feel as though it’s all very high quality and though the gear doesn’t completely matter it does help create beautiful images. I decided to not include my studio lights or camera bag that I personally use in this post because I simply could not find the make or model of the ones I use but I found a similar camera bag and decided to add it instead.

Cameras

Canon Powershot G7X: I began my photography career with a simple Canon Powershot G7X Mark ii. The G7X is a point and shoot sized camera that has manual capabilities. This is a great camera for if you aren’t that serious about photography but you still want manual capability instead of a point and shoot.

Canon Rebel T5: I shot with this camera for about 2 years before transitioning over to the 7D and I got some really good pictures from it. I feel as though this camera is great for an amateur photographer because with the right lens you will still be able to capture striking photographs that look at the professional level. A few words of caution from this camera, I’ve found that for some reason the way the button is designed causes the images to appear blurry and causes quite a bit of camera shake. I’ve found that many times my images appear a lot shakier when I shoot with my rebel instead of my 7D, this could just be a user error but if you struggle with camera shake I would invest in a tripod or shoot on a high shutter speed at all times.

Canon 7D Mark ii: This is the camera I’ve been shooting with for the past 9 months and I’ve fallen in love with it. The camera makes it easy to get consistently clear shots at all times and works well with all of my lenses. I love the way my images look from the 7D and I feel like my photography has progressed quite a bit from using this camera. I would highly recommend this camera to anyone really serious about photography.

dream camera: canon 5d mark iv, a girl can dream

Lenses

50mm 1.4: I absolutely LOVE this lens. The 50mm 1.4 lens is my favorite of all the lenses I’ve ever shot with. One of my favorite aspects of it is the fact that it’s a prime lens so it forces you to move around your model instead of easily zooming the lens. I love the bokeh effect that this lens gives and even though it doesn’t go down to aperture 1.2 I still think it is an amazing lens and highly recommend it to anyone interested in portraiture.

85mm 1.8: Again this is another prime lens that I like quite a bit. I haven’t practiced as much with the 85mm because I just adore the 50mm so much and my personal 85mm doesn’t go down to the low apertures that I like. I do really like how the 85mm really focuses a lot more on the subject rather than the background and creates a really nice blurred background for portraits. I recommend this as a good second portrait lens but I would recommend the 50mm lens over this one as my personal preference.

24-70mm 2.8: This lens is an absolute dream. This zoom lens is my second favorite lens in my collection because of its landscape capabilities. I shoot with this lens a lot of times when I either don’t have enough room to move around my model and need a zoom capability or on the rare occasion that I shoot something other than portraits. This lens is on a bit of the pricier side since it is an L series lens but I would still highly recommend it if you like more of your subject matter in focus for portraiture or like shooting basically any other subject matter.

Editing

Editing Software: I originally used to edit completely in Photoshop Elements 15. I began to watch more and more YouTube videos on editing techniques but I wasn’t feeling inspired or like I could do much with Photoshop Elements. I decided to try the Lightroom CC trial and I couldn’t understand the hype, to me it was more confusing than photoshop ever was and I was even more frustrated. I quickly decided Lightroom wasn’t for me and studied Photoshop even deeper. I then began to realize that the Lightroom trial I had downloaded wasn’t the same as the videos I was watching so I downloaded a trial of Lightroom Classic and instantly fell in love.

I love the fact that I can save my edits from some images to create a more cohesive feel throughout all of my images. I also absolutely adore the HSL sliders, tone curves, split toning and camera calibration that Lightroom offers. I feel as though Lightroom’s layout of these tools is very easy to access and direct making it a lot easier for anyone to edit their images using it. However, I would say Lightroom’s spot removal tool is not very good and often doesn’t do what I want it to which causes me to take the image into Photoshop for that step. If you’re wanting to do more manipulations with your image I would recommend Photoshop however if you’re just wanting to edit an image I would recommend Lightroom.

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Voyage Houston

Hi guys! I know I’ve made this blog primarily about my work and how I’ve grown through it but I’ve never posted my story of how I got into photography or anything about my personal life. I’m grateful to say last year I had the opportunity to be interviewed as an up and coming Houston artist and be published in a notable local magazine! If you guys want to know more about me then click here to read the full interview.

http://voyagehouston.com/interview/meet-nia-goodall-goodall-photos-cypress/

Thank you to everyone for your support and help with me growing my business!

Travel Diary: Washington DC

I recently traveled to a city that is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to visit – Washington DC. As the nation’s capital, it surprisingly does not get tons of recognition for the beauty that it is. I loved every moment of my trip but I sadly was only able to capture the last day since I neglected to remember my camera until after we left our Airbnb almost daily. These pictures are all of Georgetown and the National Mall area  – focusing primarily on the Lincoln and Washington Memorials. Enjoy the few pictures I was able to capture from DC!

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Sunset Portraits

I shot these images over a month ago and I’m still as in love with them as I was when I shot them. The complimentary colors of the sunset are my favorite part of the entire shoot. I hope you enjoy this set of images!

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Vintage Photoshoot

Recently I’ve been missing the precision and vintage feel that film brings to each of my images so I purchased some Kodak Portra 400 film and scheduled a shoot. After having to develop all of my own rolls, not understanding the manual setting on my film camera and constantly smelling like developer had I drifted away from shooting with film my Sophomore year of high school. However, I wasn’t completely confident in my film abilities because I haven’t shot with film in over two years so I brought along my digital camera. I wanted my digital images to also have a vintage quality so I diy-ed a lens filter.

I placed a piece of clear saran wrap on my camera lens and attached it with a rubber band. Next, I added a thin layer of vaseline around the outside of my lens creating a frame around the lens opening and slowly building up to my desired opaqueness. With much trial and error, I created the perfect amount of haze and began shooting.

I was inspired by photographers Jerry Maestas and Samuel Elkins for this photoshoot if you would like to see my mood board click here!!

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Morgan Wedding

I recently had enough time to re-edit my images from a wedding I shot about a year ago. I was never happy with the edits I created but with hard drive malfunctions and learning how to edit I wasn’t able to edit them the way I liked until now. I shot this wedding alongside another wedding photographer, Kristin Carrigan, to earn some wedding experience. As I’m shooting another wedding for experience late this October I felt as though this was a good time to post these images. As you can probably tell I love black and white for my wedding portraits, I feel as though the lack of color conveys more of a romantic story than a color photograph.

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Photography Tips for Beginners

Photography is an art form that boils down to three essential points: composition, lighting and editing, everything else after these three puts a person beyond an average photographer. In this post, I’m going to cover these three essentials that every photographer should know about.

Composition

Composition is a very wide grouping because there are so many things that can fall under it. Here I am going to cover the basics that every photographer should know.

Rule of Thirds: This rule essentially states that there are three segments of an image, you will be able to see this best if you turn on the grid function of your iPhone and notice there are three distinct areas. To create a correctly composed image you should position your subject in the center of one of these thirds. For example in the images below you can see how one might position in the right third, left third or center third.

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Simplicity: Simplistic images are ideal so your eye doesn’t get distracted by things in the image. It is best to limit the number of objects or distractors when photographing anything. As Sorelle Amore says it is best to keep your images within the 3 items rule stating that your image should have at most three things in it at once. If your image has more than 3 things in it it is recommended to turn it black and white so your eye doesn’t also have to focus on color.┬áIn the image below there are three things happening in the image, the sun, the road and the model.

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hipster portraits

Curves: S and C curve are essential for adding movement in your images because they allow your eye to follow the shape of the S or C. I love using this in my images because it guides your eye to what I want it to see. Similarly leading line composition does the same thing except the lines are straight. Curves are predominately used with female models because they are associated with feminity while straight leading lines are associated with masculinity and often used on male models.

golden hour portraits ii + water portraits

Framing: Framing your subject with surrounding objects or their own body parts is a great way to draw attention to their face or to the subject you are photographing. Framing can be as easy as bringing some hands above your head, positioning your model underneath some trees or the way rocks frame a vast landscape. If you see symmetrical objects on either side of your subject try and position them/it in between these two objects to create a simple frame and an easy way to draw in your viewer’s focus.

Lighting

Lighting is an essential part of photography. Harsh lighting can result in images that are hard to edit in post or even turn out well. I highly recommend shooting at golden hour if you are a beginner photographer or even just any photographer. At golden hour the light is even on your entire subject which avoids harsh shadows that might ruin your photo. Avoid shooting from 11-4 however if you have to shoot at this time in the day here are a few tips to help you.

  • Angle upwards. Have your model angle your head towards the light so the shadows are cast on their neck and not their face.
  • Bright Colors. Style your model in bright and dynamic colors to distract from the bright light, bright colors also photograph the best during midday.
  • Not Too Hot. Stay aware of the temperature. If you live in the South you’ll know that 11-4 is the hottest part of the day so make sure you shoot your close-up portraits first to avoid any detailed sweat in the portrait
  • Stay hydrated. I know this sounds stupid but sweaty models and photographers are never a good combination so make sure you’re hydrating, heavy equipment and blazing sun are not a good match.
  • Shoot Dark. This is apart of my personal style but I think it is really helpful in the editing process if you shoot slightly darker than what your meter reading says. If your meter changes in the middle of the shot and goes lighter it’s okay because you’re already slightly darker. Also, it is much easier to brighten up an image slightly with exposure, whites & shadows than it is to darken an image. Shooting darker also gives your images a moodier feel.

golden hour portraits + golden hour portraits ii

Editing

Editing can change so much in an image. I personally like to edit a lot in Lightroom and I actually have many lightrooms presets that I use in most of my images, such as my Hipster Golden, Black & White Fade, and my Golden Airy presets. I think it is important to create your own personal style and then reflect that in all of your images. The easiest ways to set your photography apart is to use the Camera Calibration and Split Toning functions in Lightroom. I’m not going to share my exact editing workflow, however, I will tell you some editing do’s and don’ts.

DO

  • Enable profile corrections before anything else
  • Adjust black sliders to add more contrast
  • Adjust shadows to add detail into the image
  • Adjust HSL sliders to fit the skin tone of the subject first
  • Edit your image to look like film that way even when editing styles age your image will remain timeless
  • Watch editing tutorials of your favorite photographers and pick up on their tips

DON’T

  • Develop your entire editing style around someone else’s
  • Adjust the tone curve more heavily than creating a slight S shape
  • Completely crush the whites or blacks
  • Add a ton of saturation and vibrancy to your image it won’t age well
  • Listen to everything I say these are my editing opinions but yours can vary, find your own style and rock it!

 

 

Floral Water Portraits

I was inspired to do this shoot because one of my friends sent me the image below and I was inspired to buy not one bouquet but 10 bouquets of flowers. I strove to just continuously shoot but to rather focus on specific poses I have been wanting to get all year. I hope you enjoy my floral water portraits.

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