Category Archives: Fashion Photography

Sticker Marketing: Hip or Hype?

Hello New World, 

These past couple of weeks, I have been bored out of my mind! With any operation, you are confined to your home. So, I started something that I have never done before. Binge watching! Yup, Netflix is an addiction all it’s own. So there is a movie on Netflix that had caught my eye called “Exit Through The Gift Shop, A Banksy Film”. It was a documentary about a videographer on the search to meet the legendary Banksy. The surprise twist was that, once he met him, he realized that he was an artist and developed a love for graffiti. It was to be a story on the search of Banksy and it ended up on being a story about the creation of “Mr. Brainwash”. In the movie, he started his marketing, or his transition into graffiti by promotion through stickers. He had another artist create an image of him filming, and he turned the image into a sticker. He placed his stickers all over L.A., I believe. He used these stickers to create his own hype. I thought to myself, “That is a cool way to promote myself.” So, this is an idea I may expand on. It would seem like a brilliant idea, for self promotion. I began to research a few online sites that create custom stickers. There are quite a few online sites for sticker creation. Here are a couple of sites that you may be interested in:

Moo.com

Vistaprint

Sticker you

My thought, is to use my logo as a graffiti creation sticker. What are your thoughts?

One Thing Everyone Must Do

Good Morning New World,

dsc_0005I know it has been a while, and I do apologize. I am in the process of putting my life in a position where I can be back to being me. I realized that during the process of unemployment, you go through a process of redefining. It is very hard, to say the least. In the midst of unemployment, school bankruptcy, etc., we get clouded with moving forward and feel comfortable staying where we are. Wait a minute, you didn’t come here to read about my philosophy. Did you?! Probably not.

So, I will chat about something everyone needs to do. The African American Museum, in Washington DC, is finally built. The outside of the building, is a really eccentric design, but it’s what’s inside that really counts. “The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members of the museum. When the NMAAHC opens on September 24, 2016, it will be the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.” (nmaahc.si.edu, 2016) It has seven floor of history and, from my understanding, the floors goes from the darkest hours, on the bottom floors, to the lighter times. Unfortunately, due to my past injury, I could not view the entire museum. However, I will show you what I did see.

TTYL!
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Location Files .02

Good Morning New World,

 
I decided to put out another shoot location, in the DMV area. This one is Meridian Hill Park, or as a lot of people are familiar with Malcolm X Park. Meridian Hill Park is a structured urban park located in the Washington, D.C neighborhood of Columbia Heights; it also abuts the nearby neighborhood of Adams Morgan. The park was designed and built between 1912 and 1940. This 12 acre (49,000 m²) formally landscaped site is maintained by the National Park Service as a part of Rock Creek Park, but is not contiguous with that much larger nearby park. Meridian Hill Park is bordered by 15th, 16th, W, and Euclid Streets NW, and sits on a prominent hill 1.5 miles (2.42 km) directly north of the White House. (Wikipedia, 2016) The park is known for its beauty and community gatherings. In fact, one of the most popular activities happens on Sunday, at the Drum Circle. I have yet to go, but I heard it is quite beautiful. So, on to the real nitty gritty. I love to shoot in the park. The park has several locations to shoot from and each part looks as if you are shooting in Europe. The walls that border the park, alone, are excellent backdrops. Also, The waterfall is a must to shoot. The statues make for excellent props, while shooting. I did my first shoot there. Well, my first magazine submission shoot. The images never made it to print, however I still have the images. I did a total planning of that shoot and I was very proud of what I accomplished. When I become employed, again, I would like to start shooting again. I know, it takes time, but I am willing to wait for the latest adventure.


TTYL!

Uninspired

Good Morning New World, 

These past few weeks have been nothing short of frustrating, for me. Recently, I found out that WSP (Washington School of Photography) has filed for bankruptcy, ran for a bus, which made my arthritis in my foot flare up, personal relationships in the trash, and after countless efforts on the job front, still no job. I am not even going to lie, these past few days, I have been feeling like such a loser. Needless to say, I am still waiting for a grand moment to shine, just waiting on when it will happen. So the basis of this post, is that I feel so uninspired by my life. My life is full of ups and downs (more recently downs) and I am curious to know what do you do to pull yourself back up? Let me know in the comment section, and I respond back.

TTYL! 

Location Files .01


Good Morning New World, 
I do apologize. Yesterday I shot an event for the non profit I volunteer with, called Archaeology In The Community. The event was called “Archaeofest”. It was an event where archaeology is introduced to the community. It was fun. But the main reason for the post, was where the event was hosted. I know, I’m selfish for this one, but I just couldn’t help myself. The event was hosted at the Dumbarton House. This house, located in Georgetown, was the house of the first registrar of Treasury, Joseph Nourse. The house is absolutely gorgeous and would make for an excellent site for a shoot. Unfortunately, I can’t show the images that I have, however, I will show a few images from online, that I did find. Let me know what you think.
*Side Note- The house seems to be used for mostly wedding venues, in case anyone is looking.*


TTYL! 

Astropad Review


Good Morning New World, 

I know, a day late. I was going through a migraine, so my apologies. 

I wanted to give do a review on Astropad. I was on the App Store, looking for new apps that worked with my iPad and Apple Pencil. I just wanted something new. I found an app called “Air Display 3“. I bought it, and it sucked. I hate, and I mean HATE, when an app lags. I did, however, like the idea of “digital mirroring”. In fact, prior to me getting the IPad Pro, I was thinking heavily on getting the Wacom Cintiq tablet. I saw it in B & H Photo, and I fell in love with it. So, I had to make a choice, and the iPad seemed more useful than the Cintiq. However, in a way, I still longed for the Cintiq. So, I did some research, and Terry White, from Kelby One, did a review on Astropad. So, I decided to give it a try. Hell, I had spent, and had returned 15 bucks. What’s an additional 15?! 

So let me start off by saying that I am very pleased with this app. Absolutely, NO LAG! The app runs so smoothly. I tried it, during a quick retouch, and it made it sooooooooo easy. I can see doing a digital retouch, way faster. I only have two major complaints. The first is the screen size. The screen mirrors in widescreen. Just me, but it can be slightly annoying. The work around for this is the drag and zoom option, but it’s a temporary fix. The second is the screen color. I am not totally sure if it’s my MacBook or the app, but I noticed the screen, while running the app, ran a little hot. Meaning- the screen ran heavy on red tones. Customer service was very helpful, and I even received an email thanking me for the purchase. However, the app I still pretty awesome and I recommend this app to any digital artist. 

Screen shot from my iPad while running Astropad.


TTYL!
Astropad

My Retouch Tutorial

Good Morning New World,

First off, I want to say

🎉🎉Happy July 4th🎊🎊

😂

I know those emojis have nothing to do with July 4th, but that is what Apple has!

I was talking with a friend of mine, and she began asking me about cameras and photo retouches. So, when you start me on photography, prepared to get your ear chewed off! I can talk about that all day long. Little did she know, she had given me the idea for my next blog post. I don’t normally do this, but I think that this may be good to know for both models and photographers, even though I am lightly touching on the subject. So, I just wrapped up my Photoshop 2 class, and anyone that knows me, is probably asking why the PS2 class. Well, I never received certification as a photographer, and I am in the process of doing that. During the class, we lightly touched on photo retouching. I wanted to give a basic tutorial of where my eyes go, during the process of photo retouching. I will be using a recent shot of one of my school’s administrators. It was for a commercial.

skin

 

1. Skin- The first thing I look at, is the subject’s skin. I try to clear up any skin imperfections that may have shown up on camera. Here is a little side note. For models, if either a photographer or make up artist gives you a list of things to do, prior to the shoot, please do it. Trust me, it shows!
eyes

2. Eyes- With a subject’s eye’s, I try to bring those out more so than anything else. The reason is because a person’s eyes are what speaks to you, before anything else. Usually I would use the dodge tool to brighten a person’s eyes. For photographers, this is also a handy little cheat. When a subject’s eyes are properly lit, you can see what type of lighting the photographer used to light his subject. Hmmmmm……..that will be my next post.🤔

 

3. Skin (again)-This time, we go into smoothing of the skin. It gives the appearance of soft, smooth skin in your subject. With this step, there are a thousand and one ways to achieve this. The real question, once you have smoothed the skin, is “Does it look natural?” If the answer is no, then you need to rethink your smoothing technique. Oh, and I know there are quiet a few photographers that do this, but it needs to be said. If you use a PS plug in, third party app, or etc, please learn how to properly use it. I hate seeing a beautiful image ruined because the photographer did not fully understand the software or allow the software to fully run without making any adjustments.

 

color adjustment4. Color adjustments-Okay, so I am guilty of this one. At times I am so enthused about working on an image that I bypass minor color adjustments. This is actually a pet peeve of mine. In the image of the circled arm, her arm was actually lighter that her body. My quick fix? If you have PS6 or PSCC, use an adjustment layer. For this image, I used the Photo Filter, on warming tone. Don’t quote me on the name. I turn it up, in the adjustment layer, fill the mask with black, paint the arm white, lower the opacity down to 0, and gradually bring it back in. Now, that fix is a 50% shot, but when all else fails, it’s my go to.

hair

5. Hair- I am a big stickler for beautiful hair, which is only next to eyes. So what I do is use the dodge tool to add sheen to the highlighted tresses. Also, I use the clone stamp tool to fill in any gaps in the subject’s hair (and of course, we are talking about women).

 

 

6. Lint or Dusts-Last step would be to look for any imperfections on the clothes.

lint

Although, that is not the full extent of what I do, this gives y’all an idea.

TTYL!

P.O.P Video

Good Morning New World, 

I know I am behind with this, but better late than never. Anyway, it is a work in progress. 

Thoughts?

TTYL!

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 Show Me Your Personality

Good Morning New World, 
So I am excited about being back in school. I know there are so many people out there, saying “Wait, how old are you again?” This year, God willing, I want to earn my certificate in Photography. It will be a big step for me. My current teacher, Courtney Jackson, teaches Photoshop II. There are some thing that I have learned on my own and through tutorials, but it never hurts to learn different techniques. 

Anyway, she taught us about a “Personality Grid”. I never heard of them, in prior, so this seemed to be something that could be really helpful for me. Anyway, I wanted to show the one I did with my daughter. She is tons of personality. Please, enjoy! Also, if you have any grids to share, feel free. 

TTYL!