My Fine Art Photography Print Mockup
Creating a photography print mockup is a great way to show how your photos would look in an everyday setting. Recently I prepared a photo for printing. I created this mockup to showcase what it would look like in a home. I chose this particular mockup because the wooden ceiling and brown color scheme fit the vibe of the picture. A great place to find free mockup templates is this website!
Image For Printing
shooting, editing, printing and framing process.
This is the photo I prepared for printing. I took it near the Grand Tetons in a moment of sunshine on a cloudy day. You can see a similar picture at the end of this post of pictures I took that day!
To shoot this image, I crouched low to get an upward angle on the wheat grasses, but forward enough that I just got a little bit of the sun coming in at the top to get the sun flare. I focused on a few blades of wheat, but left the rest of the image blurry, having a very shallow depth of field. To edit it, we brightened up the image and brought out the yellows more (turned up the saturation on the yellows). We also brought up the vibrancy of the entire image. We also used content-aware fill on Photoshop to get rid of a blade of grass in the foreground that looked out of place. The final result is this photo, which I used in my photography print mockup!
Indoor Idaho Food and Product Photography
I had the opportunity with a group of photographer friends recently to do some up close photography of products and food in Island Park, Idaho. It was so fun to be able to take pictures of all different kinds of food and some products! Idaho food and product photography was a blast:)
The above two are probably my favorites from the day. I like the warm colors in both of them, including the subtle warm tones in the Aveeno lotion picture.
I took some more lantern photos that I haven’t edited yet, but stay tuned for some really cool photoshopped lantern photos in the future on my creative page!
Outdoor Product Photography
These last two were taken outside in Island Park, Idaho. Food and product photography is fun outside!
For some of the best food photographers in Idaho see this page!
ReaLemon Concept Ad
I love the color yellow, so when I was deciding a product to advertise I thought of lemon juice. I got a lot of yellow things, fake lemons, lemon plates, etc., but then I ended up only using the fake lemons and a bottle of ReaLemon lemon juice. That’s how it goes though, right? The final result is this ReaLemon concept ad.
When I saw the fake lemons, I had the idea right then and there to do an ad that said “know the difference” and while I wasn’t sure how that would turn out in realization, I think it turned out okay!
These are the images I used for the ad! I tried to get almost identical pictures of the lemons and the lemon juice as far as position and background, but I did end up having to fix alignment in post.
The setup for my photos was pretty simple! As I mentioned before, I didn’t end up using all my props that I thought I would 🙂 I had so many ideas but I ended up liking these photos the best!
I had fun with this concept ad! If you want to see something even cooler, check out this ad strategy that a strategist named Cara Rogers made for the ReaLemon brand!
See more product photography in my next post! My commercial photography is here.
Noticing the Minor Details in Photography
I’m HUGE on noticing the little things. I talked about that a little bit in this blog post, and I’m going to show it more here. It’s easy to focus on the big picture, but this is all about noticing all the minor details in photography.
Bridal Detail Shots
I had such a fun time photographing this couple, and you can see another preview from their pictures in this post. These next couple photos are some of the accessories that made the picture complete. The flowers were beautiful, and as I was working with the bride I couldn’t help but notice her beautiful hair clip.
And as for this one, well, I couldn’t resist the classic bouquet and kiss picture. It had to be done.
The next shot is from a couple dressed for formal pictures. Cute shoes are some of the best minor details in photography!
Details from Dia De Los Muertos
This model’s skirt was beautiful, and I wanted to be able to showcase it. I got more details from her skirt and blouse, but I’ll just include this one detail shot for now. Focusing on the skirt and on the hat (in the following picture) instead of the models’ faces tells a story in itself. What is it telling you?
Detail shots can make or break a photoshoot. To learn more, read about The Art of a Detail Shot.
Lighting the Minor Details in Photography
This is one of my favorite shots from the evening. Using a Speedlight flash to light just my subject left everything else dark, giving a dramatic contrast. This clearly and forcibly draws the attention to Spiderman’s hands, which is the detail I wanted to draw attention to.
Minor details are everything in photography, so don’t miss them.
Studio Couple and Group Photoshoots in Rigby, Idaho
There is a lovely, lovely place in Rigby Idaho called “The Venue Studios” and that’s where the photos from my last couple posts have come from. I figured it was about time to give them a shoutout, and you’ll see more of the venue itself in my next post! It is the perfect place for studio couple and group photoshoots, so here are a few photos of some couples and groups that I captured at the Venue!
Tis the Season
We had a gorgeous group of models do a group photoshoot at the fall station. This station had one large flash to the left/front of the models at about a 45 degree angle. Here are some of the results:
When shooting in a studio, couple and group photoshoots are all about lighting. Getting the lighting to work for the last couple was tricky, but it was a fun experience for this next one. This station had 4 LED light sticks, about 2 1/2 feet tall. For this photo, the right two were set to yellow and the left two were set to purple. This created the warm glow pictured here, while still having the Dia De Los Muertos vibe with the purple light.
One last couple shot before revealing my final masterpiece:
This couple was an absolute delight to work with. They are both gorgeous, and they were very natural, flirty, and photogenic. They made my job easier! To see more shots from this studio station, see my next post about accessories. This station had two continuous lights, which we moved around to get what we were looking for.
A Classy Studio
Located in Rigby Idaho, The Venue Studio is one of the prettiest indoor locations I’ve ever shot at. With brick walls, wood floors, a fireplace, and more it provides the perfect combination of homey and modern for a variety of photoshoots. My last few posts include photos taken at The Venue, and now I want to focus on the Venue itself. Classy Studio Photography requires a classy studio, and the Venue did not disappoint.
I took all the photos in this post just using the natural and ambient lights already present in the space from windows, ceiling lights, etc. The above photo shows the largest main area of the studio, complete with benches and a couch.
The decorations at this place are fabulous, from string lights to chandeliers. Classy studio photography is always enhanced by the presence of little details and big details, like the lights above as well as the light fixture I’ll show at the end of this post.
That picture shows another main part of the space, complete with a fireplace and a distressed white-and-brick wall. Both of those made for perfect backgrounds for studio photography!
Every detail of this place was picture perfect. This classy chandelier is in their bride’s room, and I think it fits perfectly with The Venue’s classy vibe.
I would recommend The Venue Studios for anyone looking to host a wedding reception, bridal shower, or any kind of photo shoot. Company parties and other celebrations are also a great reason to use this space. It was a privilege to be able to take pictures there!
Studio Photography With Male Models
You may have seen my recent post with studio photos of women, and now it’s time for photos of men. Studio photography with male models was a lot of fun, and I got some great shots! I think sometimes as photographers we forget the power of male models, but we shouldn’t. 🙂
Classic Male Models
This gentleman was part of a formally-dressed couple, and he rocked it. We had huge umbrella lights to light him from multiple angles and create interesting shadows, which produced this effect.
In stark contrast to the above picture but with another awesome model, we have a classic alleyway pose.
The next two are from the fall station, and keep your eyes out for some more pictures of them in one of my next posts! These pictures were taken with a large flash positioned at about a 45 degree angle in front of the models.
The lighting for the above portrait was fun. We had 4 long LED lights, 2 set to pink and 2 set to blue. They lit him from 4 different angles. This was shot in a dark room, which allowed for the black background.
And now for the grand finale…
This was taken outside against the beginning of a sunset. I used a basic Speedlight flash to light up the subject, Spiderman, while keeping the sky at a good level of exposure. Be looking for another photo from Spiderman in a future post as well!
For more ideas on posing male models, check out this article!
Powerful Women Studio Photography
I recently had the opportunity to photograph in a studio, which provided the opportunity to get several different women doing different things all within a few hours. Here are a few shots of powerful women studio photography in different situations!
This model was dressed for a formal session, and she looked fabulous. She owned the session, posed like a boss, and was super cute with her husband. 🙂
The fall station afforded some fabulous shots of this lady! Her laugh was contagious.
Themed Studio Portraits
This model had a full-on Dia De Los Muertos outfit, makeup, and flowers. In order to showcase the power women have, I chose to focus in on her face to show her character.
This girl was in the Christmas station, and she totally owned it as well!
Last but certainly not least we had a ballerina. She showed incredible strength, dexterity, and power in her movement. She provided a perfect example of a powerful woman for my studio photography.
To see some more portraits of strong women, go see these photographs.
For more of my portraits, go to my Portraits page!
A few of the best photo spots in the Grand Tetons
The Tetons are sooooo beautiful, and when I went recently I was lucky enough to get snow on the mountains. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day I went.
One of the spots I stopped was Mormon Row, which has charming old houses and buildings, as well as an old barn, pictured below. Definitely one of the best photo spots in the grand Tetons.
This one was taken at a little pull-over as I approached the peak of the Tetons. Some of the little views can make the best photos!
The peaks were mostly covered with clouds, but another one of the best photo spots in the Grand Tetons was another pull-over which afforded us a beautiful view of a few of the peaks. I zoomed in on this one. In post, I brightened the fall colors because they were absolutely beautiful in real life!
Sometimes, you create your own best spots
It was cloudy most of the time I was there, but at one point the sun came out and the people I was with and I immediately pulled over to the side of the road to take pictures. This was one that I captured. The Grand Tetons are nowhere in sight, but this was one of the best photos I took that day.
See some AMAZING shots of some of the best photo spots in the Grand Tetons here.
See more of my photos from that trip in this blog post!