Saturday, June 30, 2012

new design!

That's right! Introvert's Introduction got a facelift. In honor of my blog's six month birthday, I thought I would give it a much needed update. I may tweak this design a bit in the future, but for now I'm happy with it. There's a new contact page, prettier navigation, and a spotlight for any current giveaways I have going on.

This is what the blog looked like before. I loved this design, but began to feel like it was a little too depressing for me. So I went the exact opposite route of black and white.

Here's an image of my first sketch of the new design.

As you can see the final product is slightly different from the sketch, but I wanted to keep things nice and neat and not over-complicated (of course, the actual coding was a bit more time consuming than I had anticipated, but I fixed all the problems).

I hope you guys like the new design! Let me know what you think, if you have any suggestions or comments. I would love to hear them.

Have a great day!

If the blog looks a little weird, never fear. I'm about to begin the redesign process. I was going to wait until midnight so that I could hopefully do it when everyone was asleep (like people go to bed at midnight anyways ...) but I just couldn't wait.

Friday, June 29, 2012

grow till tall

day 181

black and white version:

The two year anniversary of me joining flickr and tumblr quietly occurred last week without even my remembering. The power of the internet is astounding; my life has changed forever because of those two websites. They opened my eyes to the world of photography and art in ways which I never knew existed, and even though I'm not as social on flickr as I used to be or should be, it and tumblr will always hold a special place in my heart.

p.s. in other news, I finally figured out the coding of how to be rid of the annoying border around all my photos. Success!

(we are reaching)

day 180

(we are searching)

(we are discovering)

(click on the above photos to view them bigger)

I spent a while blowing bubbles in front of the camera, and I just kept thinking, "Man, I should be doing something like this the first few days of the 365, not nearly 200 days in ..." But I am quite pleased with the results of my excursions. I think I'm a bit more daring when it comes to editing photos that don't include humans. So these photos are definitely experiments and maybe in the upcoming days I'll get even more creative with human subjects.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Miss Teen and Miss Alaska United States

A little over a week ago I had the privilege of shooting with Miss Teen and Miss Alaska United States, and since I just finished editing all the shots I thought I would share some of my favorites with you guys!

We went to the local library and ended up with a whole bunch of fun locations just around the building. There were fancy rooms inside the library, beautiful gardens and rivers all around, and there was even a carnival being set up! It was definitely photographer's heaven discovering all those cool backgrounds.

It was a fun day and I am super pleased with the results, and very thankful that they wanted me to take their photos. Discovering cool places around my city is definitely one of the coolest parts of being a photographer. If it weren't for clients, I wouldn't have known any of these places existed!

I really see you upside down

day 179

Eh, this isn't my favorite for a 365 photo and even though I had planned to retake this, since I've been spending nearly all day working on the blog design I've slowly lost motivation to go outside. Plus it's already past 11pm. You would think that with the amount of time I'm spending on this redesign that it will be spectacular when it's unveiled ... we shall see.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mobile Rhino

A few months ago Matt asked me to take behind-the-scene photos of his latest production. He entered a contest to advertise a cell phone insurance company, in which he had to create a 90 second commercial about the product. I may be biased, but his video is definitely the best one in the competition.

He shot on location at a local church on a bright sunny day. There was hardly anyone around and the few people that we did come across were obliged to apologize for getting in our way, just because we looked so official. They didn't ask questions, except to make sure they weren't in the way! (Though it should have been the other way around, haha.) It was funny watching them watch us carry around film equipment and run around the empty church. (Don't worry, we did get permission to film in the church :).)

This film was a big step for him because not only was it his first contest, but it was also his first time working with actors on a personal project. I got to play a small part (i.e. I'm in the video for half a second, but still, I'm gonna be famous!) and let me just tell you, Matt is pretty awesome when it comes to directing and conveying ideas.

At one point we had to get passed the janitors (they were all confined to a giant storage room) to get to the roof, so Matt let them be in the film and then we snuck passed them to get to the back hallway and consequently the roof. They never suspected anything.

Matt is going to major in filmmaking and I couldn't be more proud of him! He was one of the few people to actually make it into the film program at his college, and I cannot wait for him to go because it's an awesome program and I know he's going to learn so much. It makes me so happy knowing he's pursuing his dream and I love being able to stand by him every step of the way.

A lot of times people dismiss the more creative majors and jobs. I remember some people at school even said that majors like English and Fine Arts were pointless--right to my face. And I'm going to major in English and minor in Fine Arts. The fact of the matter is, (and I may be biased again, but whatevs) I think these majors are even harder than others. How many people can really take photos like Ansel Adams or paint Mona Lisas or film JJ Abrams worthy movies? It's such a competitive industry and perhaps people label musicians or actors or artists as foolish because of this, because it's so hard. But if you love what you're doing, it doesn't matter what other people say, because nothing they do can ever make you stop doing what you love.

Sure, Matt and I may be starving artists for a little bit, but he is extremely talented and greatness takes a little time. I just love him for doing what he is passionate about and putting so much effort into it. I love you, Matt. Thank you for inspiring me.

This day was so much fun watching Matt do what he does best. The finished product is below, and feel free to like it or comment on it, I know it will mean a lot to Matt.

The reason I haven't been able to post this is because we had to wait until the finalists were selected. Sadly Matt's wasn't one of those. You can search for Mobile Rhino on facebook and see the crappy videos that were selected to be finalists. (And yes, I am biased, but Matt's video is actually really good and some of the videos chosen were actually really bad. Oh well. You win some and you lose some. I'm super proud of him just the same.)

Also, Matt has his own blog, which you can check out here. He gives film advice as well as keeps you up to date on some of his personal life. You should definitely follow him!