*before the actual post, I do want to say that im going to be off social media for a couple of months (I havent finalized a date yet) just like last semester to focus and push myself academically as well as to narrow down my photography style (even more so than last semester).
But as usual, this blog will be in full effect, so feel free to tune in 😉
Finally got on the adobe train and subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite on new years eve. And I have to say, this is a move that I think is going to enhance my photography, and is an extremely valuable learning experience for me as an artist and creative person.
So, as usual, I shot a couple of photographs of my family as well as my friends who came over for New Years and edited these photographs on lightroom using the VSCO film presets that I purchased.
So. For those of you who have been keeping up with my fall semester photography project, titled: “A Conversation”, you all know that I have photographed quite a few humans.
Before this project, I had never shot a portrait. So, to practice, I made a plan: to meet people at Clark who would be comfortable with me photographing them. Good amount of people were interested, and out of the 45-ish people who expressed interest, I got the chance to shoot about 30-ish people. The project first started out pretty small, photographing about 3 to 4 people per week, and on average about 200-300 shots per person. However, time went on, and as my skills with my all manual lens (a new addition to my kit) got better, people started to notice more and more the job that I was doing. People were posting the photographs on their instagram’s and social media and after certain shoots, a lot of people came up to me and wanted to be photographed as well.
At times, it was very overwhelming. I would be telling a lie if I said every shoot went perfectly and every shot was a work of art, because that was far from the reality. Soon, mid way into the project, I stepped back and analyzed all the photos I had taken through the mid way point and I understood why people were getting excited — the photos were real. They had their own aesthetic. Even though the humans I was photographing were all unique in their own ways, there was a common thread which ran through all the portraits: the frozen shots were immortalized moments within a conversation that portrayed them how they really are (at least from my point of view). I wanted them to feel comfortable talking to me whatever they wanted to talk to me about — i gave them the space and it was such a humbling experience to get to know the humans who made the Clark community as rich and vibrant as it is now.
Honestly, I can say that this project has given me a unique insight on how I use photography to connect with the people around me. The search for a genuine connection is really the main focus of my photos, emphasizing the spontaneity of a moment that is unique.
And I would not want it to be any other way.
But, Here are the best shots (1 for each person 🙂 ) No particular order.
1/2 of the two athletics events I captured yesterday! So, I photographed the swim teams Alumni meet to get into practice of photographing high speed events, and to keep up my goal to photograph more athetics this semester.
Honestly, this batch of photos, even though it was my first time capturing swimming as a photographer, gave me a huge satisfaction, cause swim was a huge challenge for me, because everything went so fast. But, i dont think I would have had it any other way. This meet will probably cement itself into the top 10 of most favorite events ive caught on camera, cause the atmosphere was just phenomenal and filled with energy.
Anyway, here are my photographs, and dont worry, I plan on getting better.
*all the events i post on wordpress, i do plan to post to fb once i get back in 2 weeks
Watch me get all nostalgic about this. The Peapod Squad is the first Clark club that I photographed as a freshman last year — first chance to figure out what my camera could do and how I could use it. Honestly, at that point in time, i thought i had outdone myself with my abilities, but as the year went on, i continued to go to their opening night shows to photograph.
I think I can confidently say that this batch of photos from the show last night have been the best unedited batch ive shot thus far, with only minimal edits needed to be done to enhance the photos.
I never thought shooting Quinn would lead to such a great friendship between us. I love her guys, shes just the best. We just sat there, on the grass infront of maywood, and then laying down just looking at the stars [its as amazing as it sounds, trust me].
But i messaged her yesterday, with literally one question: hey! wanna shoot tonight?”
Watch me rant again: got the incredible opportunity to shoot with Fiona today, and these photos man — im so proud of how they turned out. Honestly, she is such a real person — her smiles give me life, and we played around with hammocks, and catching the sunshine, and sunset, a little bit around Florence St. and the pickle factory, fences, just pretty much everywhere.
We just talked — I think Fiona is one of those people where its just effortless the conversations we had — it just flowed so naturally and I think I needed that to get back into the right headspace.
Yet again, we have another installment of my photoshoot adventures, this time with Harris Eidelman 🙂 Honestly, such a fun shoot, we did on top of the parking garage on campus (unexpected location, but hey, you guys are used to that by now).
Literally, we talked about everything, from his new lead as Prince Eric to the semester, and by the end, I had caught Harris laughing so many times, it just made me smile 🙂
But enough of me rambling, here are my favorite shots ❤