OKAY. So. NYC. Day 1. My favorite thing we did on this trip might have to be that several of the nights we were there, we would go visit a photographer, and that photographer would invite their friends in the industry over. They would all talk to us for a while and then we would break up and go talk to them one on one. They would look at our work and critique us, give us advice, and the like. The first night of our visit we went to Chad Griffith's studio. Check his work out, it's fantastic (http://www.chadgriffith.com/PORTFOLIO/1/thumbs). He brought in a ton of people to talk to us. I learned so many great things! Some of the things that were said to me and stood out to me included "I love your more abstract fashion work, do more of that!", "The more conceptual your work is, the more it will set you apart", and "Never let your emotions separate you from what you want to do." That last one is the hardest! Everyone was so great and helpful!

Day 2. We met with Martin Schoeller, NO BIG DEAL. This guy is a big deal! http://martinschoeller.com/, look him up. He sat with us and talked for a good while, and said many insightful things. "You're only as good as your last picture", "Engage your subjects", and "I'm not taking the picture for them, I'm taking it for me." I also couldn't really believe I was in the same room as this guy, his work is incredible and he was so nice to us. He also gave us all a copy of one of his books AND signed it. Absolutely amazing.

Later that night we met at Steve Giralt's studio (http://www.stevegiralt.com/), who also invited a bunch of people to help us. The one thing that amazed me was the amount of people I met that night that were willing to personally help me and stay in touch with them after we leave the city. They gave us such great advice, let alone critiqued our portfolios and were willing to answer any and all questions we had. Some things that were said to me: "I love the soul in your work", "There is more to fashion than Vogue" (hard to remember that sometimes), and Pari Dukovic (http://www.paridukovic.com/, amazing AMAZING work this guy does), said to me "Leave an impression. If you are going to take a step someone has not yet taken, now is the time to take it. Leave people thinking of YOUR aesthetic." Talk about insightful. A huge thank you is in order to everyone that came that night and talked to and helped us!

Day 4. This was a big day for me. I got to meet one of my absolute FAVORITE fashion photographers of all time. Alexi Lubomirski! http://www.alexilubomirski.com/ His work is STUNNING. I have been a fan of his for years now, so easy to say I was SO excited to be hearing him talk to us! Some things he said that stood out to me: "It only takes one person to make a small difference", "Go pick up books you hate, because you will find something in there you like, wether it is a new pose, new lighting...", "Personal work is where the magic happens," and "This is a beautiful, lucky job." Yes, I would have to agree. I am nowhere near where Alexi is in life, but there is nothing like photography. I got to shake his hand and talk to him briefly after the meeting and I may or may not have been smiling the rest of the day because of it. It is an amazing feeling to meet someone you have admired for so long. 

SO yeah. These were just a few of the major things that stood out to me on this trip, I feel like I learned a crazy amount of things in a very small amount of time and I am still taking it all in. But to be reassured that your work is progressing and that you do have an eye for photography by people that are successfully doing it now, means the world to me. I am so happy I got to go on this trip and I will value the information I learned for a very long time. 

End of day 3. I am currently in my cozy Brooklyn loft at 10:30 PM, home earlier than any previous night. That being said, I am excited to go to sleep early tonight. This week has been so draining, but absolutely worth every minute. Meeting people that are successful and know what they are doing is so eye opening, especially a few people in particular that I have met. A lot of my non photo major friends have made side comments such as "Wait, you go to New York City for a week and that counts as a 3 credit course? That's not fair!" But I can absolutely tell you that I have learned so much more than I thought I would. There is no better way to learn than to hear from people in the industry and have them give you advise based on THEIR personal experience. The amount of people I have met and are also willing to personally help me and stay in touch is incredible to me. I feel so amazingly lucky to be an RIT student and on this trip. These few days alone have made me think and realize so much about life as a whole. I promise to write more in depth blogs when I get home and have access to more than just my phone :)

Wow, what a crazy past few days it has been. I am currently in New York City with other advertising photography seniors from RIT for the week. We are meeting with professionals in the industry and my mind has absolutley been blown with all the information I have been given. I plan to write much more in depth blog posts next week - simply because it is almost 1 AM and we have been out all day. But not complaining! I have been learning so much and it is only our second full day here. I have been taking a ton of notes and honestly cannot wait to re read them once I get back to Rochester. Right now I am a bit overwhelmed and ready for sleep. But so far this trip has been fantastic and I feel so motivated to make great work. More to come later!

Happy holidays everyone! I hope the season is treating you all well. 

I am happy to announce that I now offer retouching services! After taking several retouching courses at school and self-teaching myself some techniques, I feel ready to become a freelance retoucher. Since I am just starting out, I have not had any clients yet. So if you know anyone that may want or need images retouched, please send them my way! The images in my current retouching section are ones that I have taken. And if any of my photo friends want to send me some of their photos as a trial/for me to post on my website as retouching examples, that would be lovely. 

It is so nice to be home! It has been one hectic semester and I am so happy to relax for a bit. I'll be heading out to Rochester for Christmas eve and then coming back to Albany on Christmas day with Tre. Then a week or so after Christmas we are off to Disney World. I can't wait! I am definitely thinking about bringing my polaroid camera along this break wherever I go; I have not shot with it in a month or two. 

I updated my personal section on here to a recent shoot I did that is very different from what I normally shoot. I wanted to make nude images that are not just "pretty". In fact, I kind of wanted the opposite. I wanted harsh shadows and contrasty photos. I wanted to try and see if I could make the body abstract with poses and with my lighting. I love how these photos came out in the end. Constructive criticism is appreciated!

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! <3 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

I hope November has been treating you well! On my end it has, but also super busy! Plus, it has barely snowed in Rochester yet, which is always a plus for me. 

My editorial class is slowly wrapping up on the production end of things for the magazine we make, Positive Negative. Last weekend was production day, where we spent about 17 hours in the labs putting the entire thing together. It was a long but successful day. For the rest of the class we are doing proof tests of the magazine and tying up some loose ends all together. We have a release party during finals week and I am ecstatic to see the final outcome of what we have been working so hard on all semester. 

As for light control, I need to start making a treatment for my final project. I feel a little lost because I am not too sure what I want to do yet, but I need to start working on it asap. One idea I had was to do crazy makeup/close up beauty shots with very contrasty lighting and unusual angles, something similar to the photo below.

But I wanted more than one idea, so I did some research to try and find some new fashion photographers whose work might inspire me. And then I came across this diptych by Solve Sundsbo. I LOVE the intensity of the colors and the surreal aspect. Maybe I could do something similar to this.

If anyone has any photographers they are crazy inspired by, let me know! I would love to keep researching and getting inspired. 

Have a great holiday break :) 

I have not posted in a while! So here are some updates:

I have added a "Personal" section to my website with a project I am currently working on. I feel as though I see differently when shooting with my polaroid camera, so over the summer I started shooting with it a lot more. In past blog posts I have talked about this project, but in a nutshell, I feel more free and loose when shooting film. I am not over-analyzing every step of the way, which is what I do when I shoot with a DSLR. 

I am currently taking a retouching class and I LOVE it. I am learning so many neat tips and tricks about Photoshop I never knew existed.

I am experimenting more in my Light Control class with light, which is something that has been intimidating for a long time, but I feel like I am getting better at it.

My editorial class is super busy. The class is surrounded by making Positive Negative, an editorial magazine where the class is half photographers, half graphic designers. We shoot it, they design the layouts. I am one of three production editors. We are in charge of making sure everyone submits their files, names them correctly, and uploads them in the right format. We also help pull together the actual making of the magazine, such as figuring out the cost of different papers and everything that goes into printing it. It is a lot of work, but I am typically an organized person, so I like making sure everyone else is on top of their things as well. 

My business class is meant for photographers, and I am amazed at some of the information I am learning in it. I knew nothing about pursuing a business as a photographer. Now I know a lot more about copyright, licensing, and so much more.

I am starting a new personal project of mine this weekend. I want to do a lot more fashion work for my portfolio, and I do not want to feel constrained by assignments, so I am making time to go shoot for myself. It's hard to find time, and I have had this in mind for a while. But I am excited to start it this weekend. 

I am going to try and post more blog posts, so keep checking back as I will be uploading more work soon!

So the past two weeks have consisted of being at the shoot for Target at Pier 59 Studios. That shoot wraps up tomorrow and then I only have two days of my internship left! I leave the city on Thursday. As much as I have truly loved being here, I am so excited to go home and see my family, dogs, and friends. I am also super excited to go back to Rochester and kick off my senior year! I can't wait to live in my own apartment and to decorate it! I also am looking forward to all of my classes this semester! Editorial Photo, Light Control and Manipulation, Advanced Retouch and Restore, Business for Photographers, and last but not least, yoga. I have a really good feeling about this upcoming year at RIT.

What have I been up to lately? Well, Tre came a little while ago and we went to Coney Island! It was a gorgeous day out and I had never been there, but always wanted to go, so I'm so glad we went! It was really busy, but I still had a great time. We walked along the beach, got gelato, I snapped some photos on my polaroid, we went on the ferris wheel, and then we stopped at Juniors in Times Square for dinner. The chocolate cake there is literally number one, you should go get some if you have never had it.

ANYWAY, I have 2 new photo shoot ideas I want to do next semester! The first one I want to do involves dancers and colored powder. Sounds weird, but here is where my inspiration is coming from:

We are not allowed to have powder in the studios, so I am thinking about doing it maybe in the woods or something like that, maybe to give it a creepy-ish vibe? I don't know, we'll see. But I already have spoken with some friends about modeling for it, so I am excited!

My next idea is rather simple. I would love to start getting into more beauty photography, like close up head/makeup shots. Something really gorgeous like this:

I would love to mess around with hair and makeup, maybe do some weird/strange looking things, but also some nice classic beauty shots too. I really just want to experiment with the whole idea of it. 

Today I went to the Guggenheim with Ben! It was so fun, I'm always up for an art museum visit. Then we went to Shake Shack, which I will miss so much once I leave the city. BUT, remember when I said I was on set for a Seventeen magazine shoot months ago? Well, that shoot is finally on stands in the September issue of Seventeen and I bought my own copy I was so excited about it! I can now say that the model is Christie Brinkley's daughter, Sailor. I love these photos so much and I can't believe I can look inside this magazine and see images that I was on set for helping out with. It is so surreal to me! Here are some shots from the shoot!

Catch up time! I had a week alone in the office while they were in LA doing a shoot about 3 weeks ago. I worked on more tear sheets and also keywording. For those who don't know, keywording is a process a lot of photographers use to tag words to specific images they take after they have been imported to a catalog. So, for example, I would go into a shoot folder, and label what the shoot was, such as "Fall Clothes", "Studio", etc. Then the photographer can later go back to the main homepage of a catalog and search "Fall Clothes", and only the photos tagged that would show up. It is not a hard process, but it takes a while to do. 

That week I also went to the Whitney Museum of Art with Ben! I always love a good art museum visit. It was fun, but a bit pricey for what we saw, if you ask me. Then that same night, Tre came to visit, yay! But there's no hope in taking him to an art museum (haha), so the next day we went to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, which sounds like itd be boring, but it was so fun! Also, on a side note, we went to Applebee's for dinner, and it literally costs twice as much as it does in upstate New York! I understand we're in New York City, but I didn't know that chain restaurants would cost more here. It was literally $20 and all I got was chicken tenders. BUT, the next day we went and saw Book of Mormon on Broadway, which was SO FANTASIC YOU SHOULD GO SEE IT IF YOU CAN. I don't think I have ever laughed so much at a show. Then I took Tre to Ellen's Stardust Diner, where the waiters and waitresses want to be on Broadway so they sing while they work. It's been one of my favorite places to go for years now. 

Then I went to Rochester and stayed at Tre's place the following weekend. It was nice to get out of the city and photograph him. We went to Darien Lake Amusement Park and I learned that I get nauseous very quickly. But I did conquer my fear of the Ride of Steel (sort of) and finally went on it. We also saw Paper Towns, which he gets boyfriend points for sitting through that with me. Cara Delevingne is perfection and that's all there is to say about her. I love her modeling and would die if I ever had a chance to photograph her (yeah because THAT'S going to happen). 

Last week there were no shoots (sadness). It consisted of me running around and doing errands, making and cutting prints, and also having my most recent work/shoots looked at. I got so much helpful feedback on my polaroid project, and I think it is something I want to continue doing beyond this internship. We starting hanging some in diptych fashion, and here are some of my favorites from the many I have taken. 

Yesterday kicked off another shoot for Target, and it goes on for about three more weeks. Craziness I tell you. And this will be my last shoot while I'm here! NO :(

As for today, I'm meeting up with Ben soon to go and do some more shooting. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, lovelies <3 

Ahh! It has been so long since I have posted! So here's the deal: I got mono. Yay! I think it was about three weeks ago I started to not feel really well, so I went to a doctor here in the city and they said it sounded like I had mono and to try and get some rest, so I  tried to rest in my apartment here but felt so sick I ended up going home for a while. While I was home I went to another doctor, where they did a blood test that confirmed it was mono. That is why I have not posted in a while, to anyone if you are actually reading my posts on a daily basis. So I went home and slept. A lot. Mono is the worst! I felt so gross all of the time and just wanted to be over it. Although, Tre came to visit me for a few days while I was in Albany, so that was nice. We just watched a LOT of movies and (of course) got Stewart's milkshakes for my sore throat while he was in town. Because, for SOME reason, Rochester does not have any Stewart's, which is sad. 

ANYWAY, I am back in New York City now. Finally! I am still recuperating a bit, considering I didn't do anything but sleep for about two weeks straight, my body is really not used to doing much. But the past three days have been super busy! On Wednesday I was at a shoot for J. McLaughlin, which was a lot of fun. They made a set in the studio which was useful to see, because I have little experience with building sets within a studio. But the model was gorgeous and I loved the photo's that came from it, and the clothes were super cute! 

Yesterday I was on set for GQ! AH! I can't believe I get to be a part of all these fashion shoots, I'm literally getting a taste of my dreams by being there! It's so inspiring! While this shoot might have been the busiest one yet, in my opinion, it was so fun. There were several male models and lots of stylish clothes, of course. It was great to see the shoot take place, because I do not shoot males all that much and have trouble directing them myself whenever I do shoot them, so I think I learned a bit about that yesterday. 

I don't think I have mentioned about my new project on here. I started shooting with my Fuji Instax Mini polaroid camera a lot more, and I am trying to be a much looser photographer by shooting with it. By that, I mean that I am trying to not plan out every little detail when I go out in the city to shoot/explore. I simply am trying to just not think when I shoot and see what comes of it. And this is totally the opposite way of how I alway work when in school. I like to always have ever single detail planned out, how I am going to shoot, where, who, what are they wearing, etc. So we will see what comes of it. But here is a little preview of some of my polaroids so far. 

I'm hoping now that I am back in the city and feeling mostly better to get out and really expand on this project. And to also add some new photos to my portfolio by shooting with my DSLR too, of course. I think I will have some time next week to really kick it into high gear, so fingers crossed for nice weather!

Two weeks and three days in. So much has happened in the last week. We did a shoot with Target for a week straight, and today was the final day of it. I'm not completely sure where the final photos will end up, but I think some of them will be blown up large and placed throughout Target stores, which is really cool. We were at Pier 59 Studio's all week, which is a gorgeous studio in and of itself. I did several things whenever I was on set. I would pin up photos from the last round of images just taken so that the clients could take a look at them. I would hold up a reflector if needed. I would stand by the light packs and adjust them when necessary. And a bunch of little things here and there. But there's an idea of what my role was;  basically wherever they needed me, I was there. 

I also have to throw in that my boyfriend Tre came to visit me this past weekend! We went to Central Park on Saturday and went on a boat ride, which is something I have always wanted to do since I was younger. It was such a gorgeous day out! We walked around the park before we headed to Serendipity for dinner, which is mostly known for their huge frozen hot chocolate desserts (by the way, they are really good). On Sunday we walked around the Times Square area and had dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings before I took Tre back to the bus station for his trip home. It was such a nice weekend and I am excited for the next time he comes to visit over the fourth of July!

I've been here a short amount of time and I already feel like I have learned so much. I try to ask a lot of questions when I think of any. The assistants at this shoot were so friendly and taught me a lot when it comes to assisting, which I am very appreciative of. I love the whole process of a photo shoot, even if the only think I part take in is the photographing. I love seeing models getting ready. Hair and makeup can be so fun to watch. Styling is also something I could see myself getting into; being the person that decides what outfit the model should wear and make sure it looks good when shooting it. The overall feel of a shoot with such great people is what really makes me love this industry. I know it is not an easy one to be in, but I love it so much and wouldn't trade my love of photography for anything. 

I have officially been in NYC for one week and a day. It has been a great week! This past Wednesday I was on the set for this photo shoot for Seventeen magazine. I'm not sure if I am allowed to give too many details, but it was so fun! Very intense, but still a lot of fun. I got coffee from this shop a few blocks down from the studio called Kava's and then went up on the HighLine, which used to be a subway rail and is now turned into a park! It's really cool and my iced coffee was on point. I helped set up the studio a little bit and learned a lot from the two assistants that were there that day. Most of the time I was hanging out with the digi tech and watching the photos come in as the shoot went on or helping out the assistants in any way I could. I thought I shoot fast but I think there was around 2,000 photos by the end of the shoot! It was fascinating to watch the process of the hair and makeup and the fashion stylist all working together and then seeing how Tom shoots as well. It was a long day but definitely a rewarding one. 

Thursday and Friday I did a various amount of things. After a long day on Wednesday I started out by grabbing my favorite coffee drink from the Starbucks right next to the office (dangerous haha), a large iced caramel macchiato. I went out to do some errands and went to Adorama, a camera store, and wanted to buy everything in sight. I love getting a chance to walk around the city! I also did some more tear sheets after that and headed home around 5. I have a long commute home (a little over an hour usually) and am currently reading Gone Girl while on the subway. 

Friday I got another coffee before the day started (classic, right?). I then got to help edit some of the photos from the shoot on Wednesday! Again, nothing much, but still getting to see them again was awesome. I had lunch out in Union Square, which is really lovely and convenient. Then I went to a meeting with Tom in the garment district to go over some of his newest shots for another magazine spread and some of his personal work. It was such a fantastic experience to meet some of the retouchers that help him out with his photography. I am most definitely not the best at retouching, so getting to see them in action figuring out how to make the photos better was really beneficial. It made me inspired to hopefully someday have my own meetings like that.

Yesterday I hung out with Ben again! We strolled around Central Park because it was a gorgeous day out. Then we went and tried Shake Shack for the first time ever. It was amazing. I see what all the hype is about now. Then i took a walk through the upper west side before getting back on the 1 train home. 

Next week we are doing a shoot for Target at Pier 59! I'm super excited.  

Oh my goodness, I am finally here! I have always considered New York City to be a second home to me, and now it gets to be my home for two months! I moved in to my friend Meghan's apartment this past Saturday and it has been such a whirlwind since. A good one though. Meghan and I went adventuring Saturday to Washington Square Park, which I have never been to! It was such a beautiful day and I loved visiting a part of the city I have never seen.

On Sunday I met up with Ben and had my first NYC hot dog off of a street vendor in Bryant Park; I was so excited! It may sound gross to many people, but it was on my city bucket list. Then we went to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was SO fun! They currently have this exhibit called China Through The Looking Glass. I highly recommend it if you are in to fashion/designers. They had a lot of evening gowns on display, this one being one of my favorites by Guo Pei.

Today was the first day at my internship! I am interning with Tom Schirmacher, who is a fantastic photographer and I really admire his work. He actually went to RIT for Ad Photo as well, which is so cool that I am now going through the same program he once did. It gives me hope that you really can make it as a photographer out in the real world after you graduate. I got to do some tear sheets today. By that I mean, I went through dozens of magazines that contain work photographed by Tom and rip them out to showcase them in a plastic sleeve so that we could start a binder with all of his work from magazines. It was so cool to see it all! Then I helped a little bit in retouching some photos he did for GQ, which was INSANELY awesome to even get to see them. By no means are these the final images that I edited, they were simply just for selection purposes and I did not do that much to them. But it was still fun. I really got into using the Wacom tablet while doing so, which whenever I have used in the past, I hated. I think I've been using them wrong this whole time. Oh well. They are so useful! 

I am so excited about this internship! I get to be a part of a photo shoot this Wednesday for Seventeen magazine and I am BEYOND stoked for it. It is going to be a long day but I can't wait! Check back for details about it later this week :) 

So I am currently sitting in a room in Gosnell thinking about how in almost a week, I'll be in New York City. It's crazy to think about, considering all I have ever dreamed of is to live in the city, and now I have the chance to do that for about two and a half months. I'm extremely nervous but I have to say that the excitement is currently outweighing that. I get to work with fashion photographer for my entire summer, one who gets his work published in magazines such as Glamour and Flaunt, how could I not be?! 

I'll be trying to keep up this blog over the summer about my adventures and memories I make while in the city. Be prepared for many Snapchats, photos, and Instagram pics to come your way!