The Final Countdown
This is it – my last semester of college. Apparently BYU-Idaho thinks I am now ready to be a full-fledged adult and enter the working world. Part of me is ready to take the plunge while the other part is holding on to college for dear life. No matter how I feel, I am graduating and this semester has been the perfect one to end on.
About My Favorite Class
Comm 316 was a class I had been looking forward to for over a year. It is a Professional Imaging class and it does more than just teach you about photography, it teaches you how to take your passion and make a living doing what you love. I love photography and this portfolio shows some of my favorite images from the semester.
These images show my personal style that I worked to develop this semester. I would say my style is pretty balanced between photo-journalistic and artistic, with a little more lean toward the artistic side. I like to keep things clean and beautiful. These images are some of my best because they show how I can control many different kinds of lighting, how I compose images, and how I edit the photos to make them pop and become interesting.
If you want to see another great photography portfolio, check out Jeremy Cowart.
Creating Beautiful Custom Baby Shower Invitations
Who doesn’t love a newborn? Fresh from heaven, so sweet, so pure. I am going to be an aunt in March and as soon as I found that out, I immediately offered my design services to my brother and sister-in-law.
This project had a pretty simple process. I talked with my sister-in-law before starting and asked what kind of feel she wanted for the shower. Simple and cute were her requests, along with gold, pink, and white for the baby girl coming soon.
I made everything in Adobe Illustrator. The design was based on the above Pinterest boards. I used Jasmine for the titles and accents, and Futura Condensed for the body copy. Due to time constraints, I purchased the flower designs from Creative Market. (I plan on making my own flower vector pack in the future.)
Printing was done through MOO – which I highly recommend. I ordered envelopes to match the small post card size, then made these additional cards at the request of my sister-in-law (gotta get those diapers!).
Check out Nick Haskins for more inspiration on custom baby shower invitations!
Everything I Learned Doing Newborn Photography
This week I got to work the cutest model and the cutest little family ever. The Wilsons and their newborn, Holland, were so much fun to work with. Being around a newborn is such a precious experience and my first time doing newborn photography was delightful thanks to them.
After trying a few things to get the little one to fall asleep, we had a fun time trying different poses and accessories. I learned that it’s best to have a soft, comfortable blanket for the baby. If I wouldn’t like to sleep on it, neither would a baby. Also, we had the lights pretty close to her so we had to pull them back and soften them a little. Once Holland was comfortable, she just slept right through the session and we got the pictures we had planned on.
Check out the pictures below. Isn’t she just a doll?
And I owe a huge thank you to Caryn Esplin for lending me props and supplies, mentoring me, and always inspiring me. Check out Caryn’s work and one of my other favorite newborn photographers, LJ Holloway.
Creative Photography Resume | About Me
Hello! I’m Rachel Redford and I love photography and design. I am passionate about creating compelling messages through beautiful visual communication.
I graduating from Brigham Young University–Idaho in December and am now looking for an internship. My time at BYU–Idaho has been amazing. My degree will be Communication with an emphasis in Visual Communication and Design with additional studies in Graphic Design, Spanish, Public Relations, and writing. I earned BYU-Idaho Academic Scholarships from 2010 to 2016 and a 3.79 GPA. I also stayed active in extra-curricular groups such as the Visual Society as the secretary and the I-Comm Student Agency as a PR writer.
I love solving problems using creative visual communication so send me an email and let’s talk about how I can help you!
Creative Photography Resume | About My Process
My resume was done completely by my own little hands. I designed my book in InDesign and wanted it to look like a miniature magazine so I perfect-bound it using good old-fashioned glue and clamps. I also did all the scoring and folding.
I designed my business cards in Illustrator and had them printed through an online printing company called MOO. They are amazing and I highly recommend their services!
These creative pieces show off my minimalist, classy style while communicating a strong message: I am the next photographer and designer that you are looking for and I can’t wait to work with you!
Taking Pictures like Mike Kelley
See the master’s work here!
Getting Great Indoor Architectural Photography
If you want to see more amazing indoor architectural photography, check out Collingwood Photography!
How to Take Amazing Outdoor Architectural Photography
See Todd Photographic for more awesome outdoor architectural photography!
Amazing Food at The Lift
And you should definitely check out the amazing food photography taken by Megan Graham.
The Fresh Side of Food Photography
Check out Casey J’s fresh produce food photography as well!
How to Take Amazing Food Photography
I absolutely love food photography! Take a look at BPG Kuwait’s amazing food photography as well!