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Wedding Portraits

Indoor Wedding Portraits

Wedding portraits are an important part to a wedding day. These portraits play a big role in the memory. I had the opportunity to photograph my first wedding. It was all indoors and it was night time. That ,lead to us using auxiliary lighting. I felt that the stress of the weddings and the significant use of the auxiliary lighting, we did the best we could. Check out some of these wedding portraits that me and Megan Hoyt did.

 

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Look Ma! I Did a Thing

Look, Ma! I Did a Thing and Made a Creative Resume Handout

Hi! I’m Madi Stephan, pronounced Stee-ven. I am a senior at Brigham Young University- Idaho. I am a southern California native, but now south east Idaho is winning me over. (Don’t tell my mom.)

I am studying communication, video production, and visual media. I consider myself charismatic, optimistic, hardworking and communicative. At my school’s campus I work as a video project manager. I have worked on many projects that have tested my patience, encouraged my abilities, and have pushed me to do well with the situation me and my team were put in. I would love to work with you by taking photos of products you may need showcased, portraits, weddings, and more.

Check out my creative resume handout in this images below 🙂

 

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Take a look at another creative resume handout!

My Personal Portfolio

My Personal Portfolio of Photographs from Comm 316

Through out the past 3 months I have been able to learn so much about photography, SEO, building a website, showcasing my work, camera settings and so much more. I have a strong motto: There is always room for improvement. I believe that portfolios are a great place to show recent work and document it in one space. I think I will look back at my personal portfolio and see that I have improved. But I cannot improve unless I start somewhere, right? This is me starting ‘somewhere’.

Some of the types of photography that I enjoy are portraits and landscape. I like retouching images by removing lint, dust, fly away hairs, and more. I also like to brighten certain parts of my models face, like some of their hair and their eyes and teeth. I light to make these touches look subtle.

Enjoy my personal portfolio 🙂 Stick around, because I will improve.

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Fun Group Photos

Fun Group Photos in a Studio

Taking photos of groups can sometimes be hard if they’re not all into it. In this first photo you can see that all seven of the models are posing. When taking photos of groups be sure that you speak loudly and clearly. Use a tone of voice that is inviting. Also, when taking group photos, it is helpful for the photographer to leave the spot where the shot will be taken and go up to speak to the people in the photo and show them how to pose. Lastly, be sure to count down loudly and clearly so that you can be sure all of the people in the shot are prepared to pose.

Here is a blog to see how to pose large groups.

 

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If you want to see more ideas on how to pose with pairs of models for your next shoot, check this blog out.

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Fashion Accessories for Men

Fashion Accessories for Men

At our student fashion photo shoot I was able to take some nice detail shots of my friend, Ethan. Socks are an easy fashion accessory for men. I noticed his super cool socks and asked him to cuff his pants so that I could catch some nice detail and show off his fashion sense. I wanted to be sure to catch details in his Doc Martins. I also wanted to be sure that the texture in the wooden stool was being shown too. It’s really nice to get some ideas of photos by looking on other blogs or Pinterest boards. Here is a link to Pinterest, it might be able to help spark some ideas for photos like these fashion accessories for men.

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Outdoor Portrait Tips

Outdoor Portrait Tips for Photographers

Here are a few outdoor portrait tips to be aware of:

Capture light in the subjects eyes

Use a Reflector

Bring extra batteries and a speed light

Check out the rest of these tips here.

 

I took these outdoor portraits of my friend Billy’s daughter for a Christmas gift to his wife, the model, Cheyenne’s, mom. The process of this shoot started with me being contacted by Billy and him giving me his daughter’s contact information. I contacted her and set a date. I gathered posing ideas on Pinterest and went to my university’s gardens to snap these outdoor portraits. We did the shoot around November 8th and I submitted the ten requested photos to Billy early on the 25th through email. These times were agreed upon with Cheyenne and Billy at the time of the shoot. I had my friend, Megan be my assistant. She held the speed light with the soft box attachment and helped me with some poses. Thankfully, it was already a cloudy day, so the added light with the soft box allows for some additional light on my model, Cheyenne.

 

For this first photo I had Cheyenne sit on a tree that was recently covered by snow, so she sat on my coat. I was about to use the stamp tool to remove the coat and snow from the photo. I also brightened her eyes and removed some of the fly away hairs at the top of her head.

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Indoor Portraits

Indoor Portraits with Smoke Bombs

 

Have you ever shot indoor portraits with a smoke bomb? If you haven’t, then you need to try it! Indoor Portraits have a few pluses but also a few downsides, well at least with smoke bombs. Shooting indoors is nice because if it is winter time, then you can still shoot! But if you want to do something creative with your indoor portraits then you might want to try a smoke bomb. Shots with the smoke bombs need to happy quick. See the next photo’s paragraph for more!

 

In this first photo of the witch, you can see that there is an obvious green background. In this shot we used a strong model light behind our subject. Then we added a green gel to the light. Isn’t that a fun effect for this indoor portrait?

 

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Here is a behind the scenes shot of our witch, Erica, doing her thing!

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In the second photo, the one of my friend, Sam, you will see that it is more of a purple haze than it is cloudy, like a normal smoke bomb. But I think that this purple haze adds a fun texture to the indoor portrait. Here is a link to learn more about smoke bomb photography.

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Red Riding Hood Portraits

Red Riding Hood Portraits with My Friend Macy

Red Riding Hood is a popular character from childhood stories. For this outdoor portrait session I was able to photograph my friend Macy in her Red Riding Hood get up that she rented from our university.

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My set up for this shot was right outside of our lodge in Victor, Idaho. We used an Einstein Strobe to capture auxiliary lighting in these Red Riding Hood portraits. You can also see that I used a red smoke bomb in these photo. My professor is so legit, she let us practice portraits with smoke bombs! Wanna learn more tips about shooting with smoke bombs on location? Check out this YouTube video for tips!

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This is an obvious low quality image of us on set. The Einstein Strobe is to the left of Macy.

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Themed Portraits

Themed Portraits in the Mountains

Themed portraits are a fun way to capture someones interests. In these portraits I was able to capture some of my friends in the mountains. Themed portraits are fun to shoot because you are able to showcase your model and their environment with their interests.

In this photo I was able to capture my friend, Ben in the mountains with some hiking gear. Ben is a photographer and here is a link to his website if you want to take a look at any of his work. For this photo I used an Apollo Orb, just like I did in my Outdoor Portrait Photography with a Studio Light post.

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Here’s a themed portrait of my friend Morgan. Morgan is also a photographer 🙂 This photo had a fun set up. See below.

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As you can see, I had a friend holding the Einstein strobe from behind my subject. If you can notice, the sun is reflecting the water from the left side. Morgan’s face is lit properly in this themed portrait because of that. To make this portrait themed, I had Morgan dress warm and hold a fishing rod.

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Lastly, here is a themed portrait of my friend Alex. If you haven’t guessed it, Alex is a photographer as well. For this photo, I also used and Einstein strobe. Take a look at the next shot to see the set up to this themed portrait.

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Outdoor Portrait Photography with a Studio Light

Outdoor Portrait Photography with a Studio Light in the Mountains

Outdoor portrait photography with studio lights is one of my favorite styles of shooting. In this portrait you can see that I captured my subject with proper exposure and the background with proper exposure as well. If you scroll down further, you can see my set up for this photo of my friend Cody (who is also a pretty rad landscape photographer.) Check out some of his shots.

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As you can see, I had a few assistants for this shot. First, I used an Apollo Orb  and some speed lights. I had one assistant holding the light to the top right of Cody’s head. Then, I had my other assistant holding a reflector so that I could get some catch light into Cody’s eyes.

 

Here is another outdoor portrait with a studio light of my friend Sam, who is also a photographer. In this shot I had a similar set up to what I had for Cody’s outdoor portrait. For this portrait I just use the studio light and not a reflector.

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I shot my friend, Janae’s outdoor portrait at the same location as Sam’s. Can you tell that I had the light source at a different spot that the other two outdoor portraits? I wanted to capture Janae’s beautiful blue eyes. Oh, yeah and she is also a photographer! It was nice learning from her experience 🙂

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Lastly, here is another photo of Sam. I also used the Apollo Orb for this image. The sun was rising pretty quickly, so I would have to change my f-stop a few times during the process of capturing this image. Gotta love outdoor portrait photography using a studio light during the sunrise!

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