My Personal Style Project

An overview 

Portrait photography is my very favorite style to shoot. So as a personal project, I decided to photograph and compile a print magazine-style book, that shows the FOUR things I always include in my photography.

  • Color 25% 25%
  • Light 25% 25%
  • Angle 25% 25%
  • Pose 25% 25%

This wasn’t very lenght or complicated. I planned on doing four different photoshoots with four different models  and use different lighting, props, have different scenarios and go to different locations. And later create four different blog post for each topic I focused on: Color, Light, Angle and Pose.

This project took me about 25 hours to complete. That includes, planning, purchase of props, travel to location, shooting time, editing and review. I took nearly 150 photos in the process, but used 30 for my project. Here you can see some:

On post production, I made sure to include as much of my style on the photos as I could. When I edit photos I really like to bring out as much color as I can. I usually increase saturation and vibrance enough to make the colors pop-out in a distinguishable way.

 You can check the finished result on my Blog page, or on my posts.

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Portfolio – My Style

Portfolio – My best work

From the moment I started taking photos, I found out that portrait photography is my favorite and it is what I am best at, but that didn’t and won’t stop me from trying and learning new things.

The past couple of months I have been dedicating a lot of time for my photography and to learning new things related to that. I am taking a class called Professional Imaging (Comm 316) with Caryn Esplin, at Brigham Young University- Idaho, and in this class we are learning in depth about commercial, creative, fine art and portrait photography.

So I created a gallery for my personal portfolio with my best work of the past couple of months.  You can check the full version here.

Personal Style Project – Pose

Posing can be weird

Portraits

Portrait photography is my very favorite style to shoot. So as a personal project, I decided to photograph and compile on a print magazine-style book, the FOUR things I always include in my photography.

Yes, indeed! Posing can be super weird for some people (me included). Whenever I do a photoshoot, I try to make the model as comfortable as possible so they can get in the groove of posing. I also try to go along with their movement or their own poses. I like telling them the facial expression I am looking for, and just try it until I get a good pose or just a candid photo.

For posing, something else I love doing, is either saying something funny or something weird/controversial to get them to make a real facial expressial. When someone is genuine with their facial expression, the pictures have potential to come out even better than planned.

Personal Style Project – Angle

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

Portraits

Portrait photography is my very favorite style to shoot. So as a personal project, I decided to photograph and compile a print magazine-style book,  that shows the FOUR things I always include in my photography.

Angles… Obviously a good angle can make or break the photo, at least that is what I believe. That’s why, when I take a great picture, but it sits kind of crooked on the axis, I try my best to align the photo without loosing much details in the process.

Having a good eye for a different perspective it’s not always easy, and it doesn’t necessarily come naturally to most people (myself included), so I try by  very best to always try different angles and positions while taking photos. You will almos always see me squatting or lowering myself or at least my camera to capture different photos. 

But, doing whatever you feel is appropriate or even going a bit crazy sometimes can pay off with some really incredible shots of your subject.

Personal Style Project – Light

Lights, but as props!

PORTRAITS

Portrait photography is my very favorite style to shoot. So as a personal project, I decided to photograph and compile a print magazine-style book, that shows the FOUR things I always include in my photography.

Some posts ago, I talked about lights as a source of light (duh!), but today I’m showing light as props for your photography. Whatever “kind” of light it might be… A red light from a random tattoo parlor entrance I saw in an alley downtown, fairy lights I bought to decorate my room (and later bought a second pack just for photography), game lights from an arcade at the mall or even the sunlight at the right angle, it all works.

However you might want to use, light as props for your photos is a GREAT idea as long as you’re using good angles and great posing (check out my other posts about it).

Choose your light source and your light prop well and have fun!

Here’s a resource that can help you with ideas for lights as props.

Personal Style Project – Color

COLORS, LOTS OF COLORS

PORTRAITS

Portrait photography is my very favorite style to shoot. So as a personal project, I decided to photograph and compile on a print magazine-style book, the FOUR things I always include in my photography.

Ok, I get really excited with this one, because I love colors and adding different colors in my photography. If you’ve seen the other posts on my blog you noticed that my style of editing usually brings out the vibrancy of colors in the subject or the photo itself. But, there are so many more way to add color to your photography…

My new favorite things to use now, are smoke bombs. Granted I am still mastering how to use them and not to get burned in the process (yes, that happened), but it is SO MUCH FUN when the photo comes out looking super colorful.

Anothe thing I love using are gels to add color to your photo DURING the process, and colorful lights (read my post about lights), to add a whole different mood to the photos.