1.30.2013

Q&A


What kind of camera do you use? 
Canon 5d Mark II

What programs/softwares do you use for editing? 
Photoshop CS5 and VSCO Film 01

Do you have any suggestions for a cheap but nice starter camera? 
A few years ago I bought a Canon point and shoot, it was a lot like this one. I got a lot of really great shots with that little guy. The key is learning how to use your camera off the auto settings. The camera I had before the 5D was this one. That was also a good camera and did well during the time I used it.

What are your favorite lenses?
To be honest, I have never really been in to trying new lenses. I always plan to in the future but then never do. I just feel like, generally, you can get the look you want with the standard lenses. So I have a Tamron 28-80mm and 75-300mm. They have served me well. Last year I got these nifty little lens attachments that make it possible to take major close ups. They make it fun to experiment with depth of field.

Where do you get your fashion inspiration?
My style is always changing. But I am mostly inspired by fashion from the 40s to early-60s. Sometimes when I need new ideas I just go to pinterest or my favorite bloggers/musicians: 1, 2, 3.

Any generic photo tips? 
Learn how to shoot manual! Learn how to manipulate aperture, ISO, shutter speed, and white balance. It will get you far.

Can you share your favorite resources for blog design?
I make all my designs on Photoshop CS5. I like to get fonts from myfonts.com.

What iPhone apps do you use to edit photos? 
I use both VSCO Cam and Afterglow. The white borders are from Afterglow. I use Phonto to add text to my images.

Where did you learn photography?
I started messing around with my parent's film camera when I was in eighth grade. But it wasn't until my junior year of high school that I started taking photography classes. I continued with it up at BYU-Idaho where I got my Associate's Degree in Photography. Film photography will always be my favorite, but I have grown to love digital as well.

How do you prop your phone up to take self portraits?
I have an iPhone 4 which is a pretty boxy phone. So it usually isn't hard to get it to stand on its side. Having a boxy case helps too. But I usually just try and find a flat surface for it to lay on and then I use the self timer app. 

How did you take the levitation pictures?
You can google levitation photography tutorials and find like a million of them. But basically what I did was balance on a bar stool in the tree area. Then I made a selection of my body in photoshop and transferred it to an image of the background without me in it. Then I added some shadows to make it look natural.

What kind of record player do you recommend?
We have a Crosley player and it has been great. They have a lot of different styles to choose from as well, so I would recommend it.

What is your process for posing others in photo shoots?
It's different for every shoot. Sometimes I have ideas ahead of time. Sometimes I get ideas after scouting the location. Sometimes I just have to go with what the clients are willing to do. Getting people to loosen up is probably the most difficult part. The best thing I have found is getting people to be silly for a few shots. It might take a few tries because people tend to be reluctant to do "dumb" stuff. But if you can, they will relax a lot faster.

Are you naturally thin or do you work out?
I have not worked out in an embarrassingly long time. I have intentions to. I promise my body that I really do have intentions. I believe in the importance of working out. I have yet to apply it. Generally I just try to eat healthy. Jordan and I like to have lots of fresh produce in our fridge. And I will go to my grave shouting praise to drinking water. I rarely drink soda or even juice. Water is my best friend. But being honest, I eat a lot of hot cheetos and I'm sure it's doing a lot of damage to my insides.

Where did you get your glasses?
I got these ones from Warby Parker over a year ago. These ones are from Bonlook. I got them last month.

7 comments:

  1. okay, honestly? this is was the most pleasant q&a i've ever had the pleasure of reading. and the photos/font make it really nice, too :)

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  2. You forgot to answer the question "When will you either 1) move in with me so you can sing me to sleep every night or 2) put out an album so you can sing me to sleep every night?"

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  3. All I have to say is hot cheetos--good times! :)

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  4. I love reading Q&A's so interesting to see what people have to say.

    Zoe xx
    http://gypsiesister.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. i appreciate your tips on photography. It has only been a couple of months but I have started shooting in manual mode and it's made a worlds of a difference!

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  6. I don't know if you've ever look at her work, but Julia Trotti does some lovely fashion portraits. She also has some free Photoshop curves (http://jtrotti.blogspot.com.au/search/label/free%20curve%20friday) which are awesome. You may not need them if you have VSCO, but they are pretty nice.

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  7. Lovely to read these questions! Can I ask what font you used on the photos? It is such a pretty script!

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