These images are what I consider my best in portraits and fashion.
Portraits and Fashion
I’m a story-teller. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, I hope my pictures are worth novels. I like to be as creative as possible when it comes to my photography. Below are some of my best projects when it comes to professional imaging, whether it be for advertising, marketing, or personal pleasure.
Advertising & Marketing
Everyday I aim to learn something new to further my skills as a digital designer. This past year I completed a personal goal and learned the starting skills to pursue vector graphics/ graphic design. I learned to use programs such as Adobe Illustator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premier, and Adobe InDesign to complete this goal. Below I showcase some of my strongest projects with links that go in depth about my development process for those projects.
After Effects Animation
Created in Adobe Illustrator & Adobe After Effects
An in depth description of the animation process. https://www.behance.net/gallery/83124921/Case-Study-Vector-Animation-Project
The Hucthings Jam Project
Created in Adobe Illustrator & Adobe Photoshop
Time Piece Project
Created in Adobe Illustrator
An in depth description of the animation process. https://www.behance.net/gallery/81121023/Timepiece
Sticker Project: House Banners
Created in Adobe Illustrator
An in depth description of the animation process. https://www.behance.net/gallery/82229043/Case-Study-Sticker-Project
Icon Project: Dungeons and Dragons
Created in Adobe Illustrator
An in depth description of the animation process. https://www.behance.net/gallery/80388269/Alex-Grigg-Icon-Set
Core Chemistry Kit Logo
Created in Adobe Illustrator
How I Branded my Business
Branding at first seemed like an impossible task. I wasn’t going to be making a simple watermark for my images anymore, I was going to be branding for business. I was going to be taking the first steps into creating a brand for my OWN business.That meant creating an impressive logo, choosing color pallets, creating a mood style, choosing fonts, and making business cards for MY business. It seemed overwhelming at first because I never thought I would be branding for business. With time, not only did I brand for my business, I created a brand that I am proud of.
1. BRANDING FOR BUSINESS: Finished Products
The first thing I want to do is showcase what I did for my branding for business. Below are examples of my logo, business cards, fonts, color pallets, some mock-ups, and watermarks.
Color Pallets & Fonts:
Water Mark Usage:
2. Branding for Business: Brainstorming
The first I needed to do was brainstorm ideas for my business. I needed to know what I wanted for a logo, for a style, for a mood, etc. Branding for business was not going to be easy. The first thing I had to do was figure out what my style was going to be.
Did I wanted to show that I was fun? Quirky? Business like? Did I want to use colors that would tell people I’m into wedding photography and family portraits, or did I want to use colors to show I was a designer or an advertiser?
I started a mood board in Pinterest to figure out what I wanted to be. It became apparent that I did like digital designing, but I also liked product photography, portraits, and the color red. Here is what my board came out to be.
The moodboard above represents the kind of photography I want to do in the work field. I like taking product photography and portraits, but I like it when it looks like this style of cool. I like to make movie posters and wouldn’t mind doing that form of digital design. So I took my mood board and incorporated it into my branding for business. I wanted to show people what I like to do.
The next thing I needed to do was sketch out my logo and discover what fonts I would use in my branding for business. I had several sketches of my signature so I could have a good idea on what signatures would work and which would not. An example of my sketches are down below.
I decided that the best course of action would be to write out my name digitally and then use my signature of my initials in the background of my name. I also decided that the best fonts to use would be KIONA REGULAR and OPTIMUS REGULAR. After some work, I was able to combine all my efforts into the branding that it is now. And if I may say, they all turned out amazing!
Creative Photography. Some of my favorite work.
I love using Photoshop to make some creative Photography. The ability to learn how to manipulate an image to create something other than reality is astounding. I hope to be able to utilize my skills in creative photography to help business promote themselves in advertising. Without further ado, here is some of my favorite creative photography works.
Conceptual Art I
Conceptual Art II
Conceptual Art III
Light Painting: A Beautiful Take on a Revolutionary Style
This week I discovered my new favorite form of photography– LIGHT PAINTING PHOTOGRAPHY! This kind of photography was revolutionary for me! I didn’t need any fancy equipment; no speedlights, no flashbenders, no thousand dollar strobe light, just a dark room, some interesting products, and a pen light. The outcome? Amazing light painting photography!
The first thing I needed to do was figure out my setting. For light painting photography you need to be inside a dark room. It can be your bedroom, a classroom, your living room, even outside under the stars if there is no other light source. When you turn on your camera, make sure you Shutter Speed is at 15 seconds (you are going to need that long exposure). Next, I set my ISO to 400. Then I put my camera on a tripod (you’re going to need a tripod or you will fail). After that, I positioned my materials the way I wanted and then hit the shoot button.
I only had fifteen seconds. You need to treat your pen light like a paint brush ( get it? That’s why they call it light painting!). I traced my light over the portions of the object that I wanted to highlight. It may take you a few tries, but when I did it, they came out great! You do want to be careful for light trails. That is when your camera picks up the movement of your light and create light streaks over your products.
Here are the things I came up with for my light painting photography .
Also, check out this website that has everything you need to know about light painting photography! http://lightpaintingphotography.com/
Great Examples of Architecture Photography
I’ve never had the opportunity to take architecture photography. So when the opportunity arrived to take some architecture photography at the LIFT restaurant in Jackson Hole Wyoming, I immediately took it. For my first time, I actually thought the photos came out good! All of these photos were taken in natural sunlight. No type of studio photography was used. I simply had to adjust my settings on my camera so the lighting was good and clear and made minimal edits in Photoshop. So let’s dive in and check out these cool shots of architecture photography.
Some Delicious Five Star Foods
I had the opportunity to visit a restaurant called LIFT down at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. If you asked me, these guys were serving some serious five star foods! I had the opportunity to take photos of their main courses, appetizers, and desserts as a way to build up my portfolio and complete a really amazing project! For these five star foods, all I used was my camera, a YONGNUO IV speedlight, some bright LED lights, and some plates. All in all it was a great project, with great food, and a great atmosphere. I give it five stars!
Let’s See Some Five Star Foods
You know how people like to post pictures of their food onto Instagram and ask people for a five star rating? Well I decided to give it a shot, but on a five star professional level! I was able to have the amazing opportunity to take food photography for a professional restaurant. A restaurant called LIFT, located in Jackson Hole Wyoming, allowed me to come by and take some pictures of their appetizers and and deserts. If I had to be honest, I’d have to give every plate they gave me five stars! All of these photos were take with my DSLR Canon camera, a YONGNUO speedlight, and some bright LED lights. Enjoy what I took of these five star foods!
How to Best Control Light in Photography
Controlling light is crucial in photography. It can either make or break your image. Learning to control light helps you gain a better understanding on how to composite your image. Good lighting=good image. Bad lighting=bad image. Below are some example on how controlling light helped me create a great photo. Don’t worry, many of these images you can do in your own backyard. Controlling light is a learning process, but it isn’t as difficult as rocket science! Also, if you have time, check out Donald Giannatti’s research on “Controlling the Presentation of Light”. It’s amazing!
As I was learning to control light, I had the chance to play with water balloons. I had a team of friends help me get this image. One person was standing on my left-hand side with a single YONGNUO IV speedlight with the light pointed at my subject. My subject was in front of me preparing to smash a water balloon with his fist. My camera settings were as follows,
Shutter Speed: 5 seconds
Once I hit the shutter, we had to time it just right so that the flash went off the same time when my friend smashed the balloon. It took a couple of tries, but we were able to get a pretty good looking image. Like I said, controlling light helps you get a great image.
We took this shot at the same time we were smashing the other water balloon. Same camera settings. Just another spectacular image of controlling light (and water).
Funny story with this shot, we were suppose to sprinkle sugar on the strawberry. Since we were running low though, I volunteered to sprinkle water to save sugar for the rest of my team. Again, this photo was shot was a single speedlight. My settings were as followed,
Shutter speed: 1/2 second.
I placed the spoon between a stack of large books so it didn’t move. Then I asked a team friend to sprinkle water on the strawberry. Controlling the light, I was able to get a shot that looks impressive. Controlling light=good photos!
This one was the most complicated to do. As for controlling light, I had to use FIVE speedlights to get this shot. One speedlight behind the bottle, two on the back left and right corners, two on the sides, and a team friend spraying the bottle with a spray bottle. Each light was set to a trigger, so they all went off at the same time. Controlling the light, I was able to get one of the best shots I’ve ever taken in product photography. It turned out great!