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June 2016 Graduation Photography

The gallery from the June ITT graduation event is live at Unit Prints.

http://bit.ly/ittjune2016

It’s always fun listening to the speakers and seeing the families at the event. This time we had several families want to pose for photos since the weather was nice.

Unit Prints has ended up being a great discovery. We have all 11 of the graduations we’ve shot for ITT up there, as well as some other corporate events and university event photos. Our clients seem to like the convenience and don’t have any problems figuring out how to download the high resolution files, plus they can order prints directly from Unit Prints and save themselves the time of ordering elsewhere.

Red glass stones with orange highlights

Product Photography for Salem Business

We recently completed a photography project forĀ  My BobRocks, a local Salem Oregon business specializing in keepsake glass “rocks” containing a small amount of ashes as a memorial for a loved one or pet.

memorial glass keepsakes on wood

MyBobRocks displayed on a wooden board

Our client, Kathleen, wanted images that showed the colors of all the rocks she offers. We delivered a full set of on-white images shot in our studio. We also photographed an engraved version of her product and a necklace, as well as shooting the stones with a model and on a selection of natural surfaces. Special care was taken in post processing to make the images very color accurate while still making images that would really “pop” and appeal to the end customer.

 

ITT Tech September Graduation Gallery

The gallery for the ITT Tech September 2015 Graduation at Louck Auditorium is up at UnitPrints.com. Go to http://bit.ly/ittsept15 to view it. You can download high resolution images to print, or order prints from UnitPrints using the gallery interface. You can also share images on social media.

ITT March 25 Graduation

Update: The images are up! bit.ly/march25itt

And here’s a little gallery of some of our favorite shots.

Previous post: We’re currently packing up our bags and loading the car in preparation for tonight’s ceremony. It’s always fun shooting a graduation. The event gallery is already created at UnitPrints and is just waiting for us to upload the images, which usually happens the Monday or Tuesday after a mid-week graduation.

Here’s the link for those of you waiting impatiently: bit.ly/march25itt

We’ll post again (or update this post) when we have uploaded the images to UnitPrints, where you’ll be able to download high resolution files or order prints.

Travel Photography: Seaside Oregon

For the second year in a row we spent a long weekend in Seaside, Oregon toward the end of February. And for the second year in a row we had great weather. The drive was wet and Sunday night got cold enough in Astoria that we bundled up and drank hot chocolate, but otherwise it was perfect. The beaches were packed, as were the streets of Canon Beach, where we shopped and visited our favorite Oregon distillery.

Playing with my food

Sometimes I just want to play with light or sets (or both!), so I grab whatever’s in the kitchen and my camera. After browsing a lot of food boards on Pinterest with very blown-out backgrounds I set up one of my new surfaces (a collaged and painted surface) and some fruit and tried to get shots that combined both the rich colors in the fruit and the airy feel of the blown-out shots so popular on the boards.

fresh fruit in a white bowl

food photography of fruit

food photography of glass bowl

glass bowl of fruit

I like how the blown-out lighting looks on my new surface because I think it suits the style of the surface, but I don’t feel it does the best job of making this fruit look ready to eat — they look more like an artist’s rendering of food than something you’d want to eat. I think this technique will be perfect for creating wall art for restaurants and kitchens, though, especially if I use lemons or apples for the fruit. Sounds like a great excuse for me to go shopping!

ITT Tech Graduation Gallery

Photo gallery for the ITT Tech December 2014 Salem graduation is up at UnitPrints. http://www.bit.ly/december4itt

Here’s a small sampling of the images.

TIUA Closing Ceremony Practice

It’s that busy time of the year, with graduations and end-of-year events. And time for Tokyo International University of America at Willamette to have their closing ceremony and send this year’s group of students back to Japan. We’ll be shooting the event on Friday night but today I (Tamra) went to the practice and helped this year’s group of kids see where they need to look when they’re shaking hands and getting their certificates. Practice is held early in the morning a couple of days before the ceremony and the students are always a little sleepy, so having at least one of us there to give them the practice at looking at the camera is important!

TIUA students

The students gather for practice.

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Demonstrating where to look

TIUA student at practice

Practicing holding their certificate

Gunnar Gundersen of TIUA

Gunnar Gundersen, the EVP of TIUA, gives the students some final tips

 

 

 

Product Photography on White

Although it’s great fun to create a fancy scene for a product shoot, there’s something to be said for simple on-white images, especially when they’re going to be used in an online store. For our client Smart Racing Products we recently photographed a simple screw that’s a new addition to their inventory.

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Photographed on a white background

Many photographers use light boxes or tents to shoot metallic items, but we often end up getting our favorite results shooting (as in the image above) using just a 12×12 piece of white scrapbook paper and a combination of window light and continuous lights. For this shot we turned off three of the five bulbs in our continuous light which was placed camera left, and let natural light be the fill. Once we picked which exposure we liked (we shoot a variety, even when it’s just one little screw) we took out a slight yellow reflection (from some unexpected Oregon sunshine) using the color settings in Apple Aperture. Some clients have us just email or Dropbox them the file at this point, but for Smart Racing we also upload any images to their website and Amazon store.

Food Photography — Scones, Muffins, and Rolls

To go along with the on-white hero shots of their products our Bakery client had us create a collection of styled shots. We photographed scones, muffins, pretzel rolls, bear claws, and cinnamon rolls. We were especially tasked to show the difference in sizes between the large and mini muffins and scones, and to show the variety of muffins and scones they sell.

plate of assorted muffins in two sizes

plate of muffins

We used a variety of plates, baskets, and sets for these images. Unlike our photos of the holiday cookies where we used holiday decorations to emphasize the themes, we styled a majority of these items similar to how they might be served, complete with napkins and cups of coffee.

two croissants on glass plate with blue napkin

two croissants

For the pretzel rolls we went one step further and turned the rolls into hamburger and sandwich buns, and then plated those items with potato chips and beer.

food styling of pretzel bun

pretzel bun sandwich

The client was very happy with all the images and used them for both printed flyers and on their website.