Semester Recap: Commercial&Editorial

My first semester as a Senior at PPU has officially ended. It's a bittersweet feeling, only having 2 classes left now that stand between me and graduation. As much as I am so ready to get out into the real world and take on any opportunity that comes my way, I really love being in this program and I will miss it! The faculty is amazing, and I love being surrounded daily by such wickedly talented peers.

This last semester my favorite class for sure was Commercial & Editorial, taught by one of my favorite profs, Rachel Porter. We learned all about photography in the commercial and editorial fields; what it entails to be a commercial or editorial photographer, the differences between the two, the industry and its ever growing ways, and technical aspects such as lighting and post-processing. Out of my 3.5 years at Point Park I would have to say this was definitely my favorite class so far!

I picked some of my favorite images from assignments we received to share...

                                         An image from my final project. To sum it up...complimentary colored food and dishware setups

                                         An image from my final project. To sum it up...complimentary colored food and dishware setups

                                        An image from my final project. To sum it up...complimentary colored food and dishware setups

For the above project - which was definitely my favorite out of them all - we had to find a print ad that we thought was well executed and create 2 images that could accompany the campaign and be cohesive. Here is the original ad campaign - the lemon image is the one that caught my eye first...saw it in a magazine!

 

 We were given the name of an article and which magazine it was from. We then had to create a cover image from that article keeping in mind the style and branding of the magazine. Just as a side note - I'm a photographer, not a copy writer, though I know one could be easily fooled by my amazing copy ;)   

We were given the name of an article and which magazine it was from. We then had to create a cover image from that article keeping in mind the style and branding of the magazine. Just as a side note - I'm a photographer, not a copy writer, though I know one could be easily fooled by my amazing copy ;)

 

For this assignment Rachel gave us a magazine article with all the copy intact, but the images blocked out. We were to read through the article and create a captivating image to accompany, without having any idea of what was already there. Mine was titled "Pucker Up to Vinegar"

 

This image was from a technical assignment. We had to find an image from a product advertisement and replicate the lighting as closely as we could. It's definitely NOT as easy as it looks!

-Rachel-

Flaherty Family

During my week back home for Thanksgiving I was also able to visit an old friend and her family and get them some updated family photos! Though still-life is more my niche, I do really enjoy meeting up and spending time capturing moments for folks!

Casey's kids are some of the cutest I have ever met. I shot both Brayden and Dawson when they were tiny, fresh newborns, so it was such a cool experience seeing them as such handsome little dudes being not only amazing big brothers to their little sister, but such good friends.

                                                                                                     That look! Melts my heart.

                                                                                           They just adore their little sister.

This was my second time meeting Kinley, and she is such a sweet little girl...and uh, how about those baby blues?! Beautiful!

                                                                                       Easy to see where she gets them from!

It's such a heart warming experience to visit Casey and her kids throughout the years to see how they're growing and transforming into such great little people!

-Rachel-

Ashley & Sam : Save-the-Date

While I was home on Thanksgiving break I had the pleasure of shooting save-the-date photos for my old friends, Ashley and Sam! I first met the two in high school when we all worked together at a local diner/bakery in my hometown. I was a bakery cashier, Ashley was a hostess, and Sam was a cook...oh so many memories from that little restaurant!

When Ashley first contacted me asking about photos I was so thrilled. I hadn't seen either of them since I had left for college 3.5 years ago! I was so excited to see them again...and not to mention their adorable new puppy, Emmi.

We chose a local state park for the photos, visiting the marina, some grassy areas for Emmi to run, and a pretty trail. It was a chilly, muddy day...but that didn't hold us back!

I have to say...not only was it so much fun to get together with old friends, chat about what's going on in our lives, and give Emmi some love, but this was SUCH a fun shoot. Ashley and Sam were pros in front of the camera, and they have so much chemistry and love between them that it was all so natural! Not to mention all of the smiles and laughter :)

I was so happy to provide Ashley and Sam with some great photos that they can have for years...and I also had the pleasure of designing some save-the-date cards for them to pick from and send to their family & friends. Congrats, you two! Wishing nothing but love & smiles for years to come :D

 

 

-Rachel-