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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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.

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Dark Bath Portraits

I created this photoshoot beginning with the concept from a mood board that I created and progressing from there. I sketched poses, diy-ed a tulle veil and scouted for a model to get the best images as possible. I’ve recently become fascinated by the concept of portraits with water, I think it can add an element of beauty, darkness, innocence or even mystery to an image. I told my model my ideas for my photoshoot and got shooting. Enjoy.

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Golden Hour Portraits ii

After years of practice, I have perfected shooting at golden hour. Here is the full set of images from my latest session. Enjoy.

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more golden hour shoots: golden hour portraits + hipster portraits

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Travel Diary: ROATAN+ BELIZE CITY + COZUMEL

I recently went on vacation to Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico. I enjoyed the gorgeous overlooks of Honduras, the beautiful jungles of Belize and the sandy white beaches of Mexico. Sadly I was unable to capture much of Belize due to the activities I chose to partake in such as ATV riding and cave tubing that did not allow the use of any phone or DSLR. However, I was able to get some landscape images in Honduras and Mexico and a few portraits in Honduras and Belize. I hope you enjoy my travel images from these three gorgeous cities.

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How to: Create a Color Scheme

I recently learned about color theory and how it affects images from my photo class and I wanted to share my knowledge with all of you. I did a shoot with the extremes of color using only the secondary colors purple, orange and green in my image. I made the color saturation and shade as similar as possible to create a cohesive and creative looking image but this is only the most dramatic of creating a color scheme. To make a color scheme I love using the website Paletton because it creates a color scheme for you depending on if you want complimentary, monochromatic, adjacent, triad or a tetrad color scheme. Most photoshoots try to have complimentary colors that cause the image to be more appealing to the eye. In this post, I will go over the psychology behind color to show you how color can affect your images.

 

Warm Tones

Warm tones evoke a more home-like and autumnal feel in your images. These images are often seen during the summer and fall months of the year because of the colors of nature. These colors such as red, orange, and yellow have been psychologically proven to evoke happier feelings in people.

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Warm Colors

Red: Red has been seen as a very masculine and bold color that causes people to feel both romantic, angry and happy all in one color. Red is mostly used as an accent color because it is so dynamic. As a photographer, you want to stray from using a lot of red in your image along with other colors because red can easily distract the eye from your subject.

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Orange: Orange is a color used in many Instagram themes because unlike red it is not overpowering but it still draws attention to the viewer. Orange evokes feelings of friendliness and kindness in the image and overall gives the image a very comforting feeling of being calm.

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Yellow: Yellow is seen as the happiest color by many people. Yellow is associated with happiness, sunshine, laughter, and joy but too much bright yellow can be alarming to people. When working with the color yellow you as the photographer want to make sure you are working with a more subdued shade or simply limit the amount of bright yellow in your image.

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Cool Tones

Cool toned colors have a very calming yet sad feeling to them. Cool toned colors are often seen as more feminine than warm-toned and have a varying spectrum of feelings surrounding them. Cool colors are also associated with winter and cleanliness.

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Blue: Blue is the most common of the cool toned colors and the most widely liked by the public. The bluer your image is the higher chance you have of a person liking your image depending entirely on the color scheme. Blue is associated with calmness, spirituality, and trust which is why many companies use blue in their logos and most people’s favorite color is blue.

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Green: Green symbolizes health, nature and new beginnings and it is also seen as the color easiest on one’s eyes because it is so prevalent in nature. Green is mostly used as a background color for your image in the trees or grass and is rarely used on a model. Incorporating a lot of green is amazing in landscape photography but lots of green in portraits can lead to feelings of anxiety or stress and cause the viewer to not focus on the subject.

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Purple: Purple is the last of the main cool colors and is often associated with love, feminity, and royalty. Purple is often used as a soothing color because it is seen in sunsets and flowers. Purple is another color that should be used with a light touch because too much purple can be seen as overwhelming to the eye.

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To further show this I edited this image with both cool and warm tones. As you can see the one with warmer tones has a more autumnal feel than the cooler toned image.

 

Neutrals

Neutral has a varying definition by who you’re asking. In the fashion community, a neutral would be a khaki, grey, black, white, brown, navy or denim as those colors go with and compliment almost everything. In photography, however, a neutral is when a color is simply lacking saturation or hues that will stand out to the eye. This mostly entails whites, blacks and brown shades as these colors are the most likely to lack color. Neutral colors will add a much more simplistic feel to any image that is very calming to the eye. A neutral color palette is often times seen in an Instagram feed like in Amanda Shadforth’s or Rachel Gulotta’s this can be achieved by desaturating the image, sticking to a very monochromatic color palette or simply converting the image to black and white.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on color scheming and that it helps improve your photographic game.

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Hipster Portraits

I recently photographed one of my good friends during golden hour. Her unique style paired with this new “golden” preset that I developed creates a very retro and hipster chic feel to these images. This is the first time that I’ve taken a more fashion-driven approach to my photography and I’m loving how these images turned out, it is one of my favorite shoots to date! I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do.

If you want to learn more about tones, color schemes and color psychology click here to read my post on how to improve your images with simple color scheme techniques.

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Dreamy Portraits

I was recently inspired by the breathtaking image taken by Sorelle Amore in her latest video and I had the idea to do a full shoot with an angelic or innocent quality in mind. To accomplish this, I styled my model in all white with bold makeup and made the background and surrounding area completely white and airy as well. I also edited them all to have a very light and contrasty feel to them to add both the innocent and light quality but preserving a fine art quality to each image. Here is the full set of dreamy portraits!

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Studio Portraits

Here is the full set of images from my studio portraits shoot a few weeks ago and some additional portraits from my golden hour shoot, enjoy!

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Camera: Canon 7D Mark ii

Lenses: Canon 50mm 1.4 & Canon 24-70mm 2.8

Photographer: Nia Goodall

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Pool Portraits

Inspired to create better portraits in the water I recently took some portraits using a pool and natural light to create a very summer-like feel. Here is the full set of images, edited and shot by me.

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Camera: Canon 7D Mark ii

Lens: Canon 24-70mm 2.8 L Series

ISO: 150

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