yesterday was a blast. i had the privilege in assisting a music video shoot for the dum dum girls. bianca alexis photography is taking a small step into film and video editing this year. this was the best way to get my feet wet. i am looking forward to seeing the results. for now you can catch a glimpse of what we did. it is not the traditional sense of filming but fun none the less.
working on a different way of "shooting" today. had to pull this device out of the vault. does anyone remember what this is?
Just finished my last job from this 2013 year. I am excited to launch into new projects in 2014. You never know what life is going to bring you, but what I have learned is the people that surround you can inspire!
See you guys next year and have a safe New Years!
as some of you know i make my bread and butter as a retoucher. thing is, i am all self taught. when i graduated from pratt, it was at the curve of switching from film to digital. my class had a lot of push back but i was intrigued, and took all the digital courses they had available. (which weren't many in 2005) i also worked at a computer lab so i would practice there. still throughout my jobs as a printer, studio manager, image processor, i still had to use photoshop. i loved the program so much i would continue to use it everyday at home. now that i am at my current job (going on 6 years) as a professional retoucher, now i thought would be a good time to properly learn.
that's when i found noble desktop. it was easy to get to, a block away from my current job. the classes were after work and my job was accommodating to have me learn. i ended up taking three classes to get the photo retouching certificate. the teachers were super informative, open to answer a lot of questions, and they have turned my work flow into something more concrete. they also give out a book that you can keep so you can refer to notes later. it was an intense two months, but it was all worth it!
i really only investigated these shoes for myself to wear. reluctantly they are not for sale. tho i think that some of these could work for a person like me, they are defintely not functional. this line was a 12 piece set done by chilean-born and new york-based artist and designer sebastian errazuriz. when i read they were inspired by 12 of his ex lovers, i was even more captivated. so go ahead, get inspired and read each short story. it truly is fascinating.
anatomy of steampunk: the fashion of victorian futurism is a lovely 224 page hardcover book. we are in 6 full pages! living in a digital age it is great to see my photographs come alive in print.
we'll find out soon enough! here is a preview of one of our fine editors at scholastic! i will definitely post the story when it publishes!
This past weekend I had the experience of checking out the pratt opportunity fair. for all you new readers, i attended pratt instittute from 2001-2005. i majored in photography and haven't been really back to the old campus since 2005. i got an e-mail last week asking if i was interested in coming in for a portfolio review. all my life i listened to myself and swatted away other people's opinions. now im trying to open up and listen, instead of being dismissive.
i tried to keep it simple. i didn't want to scare anyone away with a dominating color or piece of jewelry that might take away from what i was saying. the boots were sleek and comfortable. the jacket gave me comfort just in case there was a draft.
going through the campus was nostalgia for me. it really is beautiful there and can't believe that my time here impacted my life so much in 4 short years.
the fair was set up like this. each table represented a company. after signing in, you were able to speak with people and show them your portfolio. i got a lot of good feedback. it was great to hear that i finally found my style.
the best part of this fair were the roundtable discussions. there were 6-7 tables with various topics, such as "creative career path", "adjusting to change", and "plotting a professional path". it was a great way to really have time with professionals and like minded people in an artistic field. i did meet up with some photographers and it was great to hear about the different career paths they took after graduation.
in all this was a great experience. it helped me get out of my comfort zone. ask questions about my field and ventures i've been struggling wtih. now i have all these fantastic ideas to move my personal business to the next level.
as much of an exhibitionist i am, i always have this tiny voice in the back of my head that people just want to see my work and not me. as most of my friends know i do not fear the camera, but there was something about bio photographs that i thought were cheesy and/or contrived. my mind completely changed during the noble desktop seminar. people wanted to see my face. i learned that future clients might wonder why doesn't she have a photograph representing herself on her own "photo" site. it just made sense to have one.
i quickly asked one of my good friends tash kouri to take some fabulous photos of me in the morning before work. soho is a great backdrop for portraits. its a whirlwind of energy, old new york, and pops of color contrasting against its urban decay. i already am using my bio pic on my about section. see below for my other favorites.
Lately it's been a whirlwind. Between photo shoots, working full time, and taking classes, my mind has been elsewhere! It slightly reminds me of my times at Pratt Institute, which I graduated 8 years ago! During my time there, I sometimes didn't listen to my peers. I was going to art school, and I was photographing beauty and fashion photography. So when I went into critiques, I received a lot of bias opinions. They didn't understand why my photography was so mainstream. I was looking very GOTH. So living in a subculture and going to art school, people didn't really grasp the fact that my art was so different. I wish I had the voice and self esteem, I would have told them being goth and dressing this way is very easy to me. Making people look beautiful and getting the lighting right is hard for me. I wanted a challenge. My real passion in photography is lighting. That's what really drives me to get a great photo.
I received an e-mail from Noble Desktop to ask if I wanted my website to be critiqued. I said to myself "Fancy that, I've had my portfolio reviewed but not my website." I got confirmation that I was 1/15 people selected and to come at 6 sharp. I arrived and was shocked. I thought it was going to be a mingle and meet, with some tables that had people in the industry to go through your site. Nope! It was a group of 50 or so people with Dan Rodney, Scott Carson, and Karl Heine that gave each website a 5 minute critique.
Commence internal screaming.
They reviewed my site after the break. There was my site on the big screen for everyone to see. I won't go into detail of what corrections needed to be made, but it was an awesome way to get great feedback from people in the field and a normal consumer. Let's say I've already changed a couple of things on the site, and I already love the results. I completely advocate getting out of your comfort zone and asking for advice.
It's been a long time since I've posted. Sorry ya'll! To make it quick, I've been busy turning 30, traveling, photographing, and next week I'm venturing to take a full month class on retouching! You can always teach a dog new tricks!
I'm happy to be back and I swear I won't neglect you guys again! Be sure to stay tuned to more shoots for me to post and lots more inspiration stations!
Happy Monday all! As I'm trying to get over a bad case of swimmers ear; I'll tease you with my latest collaboration from this weeks shoot! HEY! YOU'RE IN MY SHOT!
Lately I've been working on some creative projects. It's great to get out of the bubble of jobs and do what you feel fit as an outlet. Last year Caitlin Kelly decided to photograph her swimwear line. You might remember her from this years Sports Illustrated issue. Kate Upton was in one of her amazing pieces!
Below is the talented Shawn Sutton braved the frigid November temperatures on a NYC afternoon. But as you can see we are all pleased with the results.
Woohoo! It's Friday and January is over! Here are some warm inspirations to hold you over in the meantime!
Hi All! It's Friday! Relatively that was a short week! Do you have anything planned this weekend?
I'm writing here today because a lot has been on my mind about health. To further explain I'd have to indulge you about my unhealthy past.
I wasn't always big. But taunting happened at a very young age. I think I was 10 playing with my cousins when a boy down the street started playing basketball with us. I wasn't very athletic. So when I was slowing the pace of the game. He turned to me and said I should go on Jenny Craig. I was dumbfounded and everyone laughed. I didn't think I was big and no one ever called me big. But since I had a small crush on the boy, I had to think he was right.
Further down the road I became obsessed with comic books. I would draw super heroes endlessly. In doing that I wanted a super hero body. I would stare at my body for hours in the mirror. Thinking my arms were too short to look like a super hero or my bust wasn't big enough.
Puberty came soon after and things changed very quickly. I had a bust. I had hips. I had a very curvy body. But then high school happened. Everyone around me was slender. The complete opposite of what I looked. Girls would mock me in the changing room for gym because I was more busty then them. Now I look back and know it was complete jealousy. I was healthy back then. I just wanted a slender body because everyone else had one.
I remember first looking at the side of a cereal box and trying to follow what the normal suggested serving size was. 2000 calories/day and 65 grams of fat/day. I thought if I followed these suggestions I would be slender. Everything went in the other direction and I started gaining weight. Of course I know now that these daily values are way too much for my frame size. Dieting or not.
Now I'm at college. I was slightly over weight. When you're in college you have so many choices. The lunch you buy in the cafeteria. All the fast food to eat outside. No one to feed or not feed you. And of course. Alcohol.
That's what set me over. The empty calories. The poor choice you make in food while your drinking. It just spiraled out of control.
When I knew I had a problem I was looking at myself in the mirror. And where usually a curve on the side of my waist would happen. Was a little speed bump. I then thought, "crap."
So now that I knew I had a problem. What was the solution? It took me 10 years to get it right.
Stay tuned next week for part 2.
Hope you had a great week! Stay tuned on Monday for a special 3 part series!