Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Time Exposure

One thing I would change on this photo would be the amount cars that drove by.  I had some more pictures with more cars driving by and they looked really good, but I really liked the lines that the bridge made.  So I chose this one instead.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Light Project

I chose to do this project because I only had red and green light pens and I wanted to get others in the Christmas Spirit.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Cubism 2

I know taking pictures of flowers is "cheating" because they're already beautiful but I wanted to do another Cubism Photo and it was pretty.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


I like this picture because it's not a view you think of when you think of Mission Trails.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Volleyball Action

I really like these photos because they all catch peak action shots.  I wish that I was more experienced in action photography so that the pictures would be more professional but over all, for my first shoot, I really liked how the images turned out.  

People & Their Things

I like this picture because Jake is in his element.  He's in his natural habitat, on the street with his guitar and just the stuff in his pockets!  The thing I would change would be the guitar.  I wish it would be lined up evenly with the sidewalk.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

People & Their Things

I like this photo because it really captures my brother's personality and what his interests are.  One thing I would change if I could would be the background of the photo.  I would rather it be in a busy place with people walking around to show that he stands up for his beliefs no matter what.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Inspired Eye

(The Inspired Eye by David duChemin)

  I appreciate how the author points out that photography has an inner and outer meaning.  He also tells of the difficulties that artists go through and how it is hard, as a photographer, to portray your inner feelings through a piece of artwork.  He explains how this is the artists goal.  The author also brings up problems with the creative process.  As an artist we are given blank canvases and we are expected to create greatness.  However, this proposes a problem for artists.  How do you find your inspiration?  How do you continue to produce great work?  This are issues that artists struggle with all the time.  We have to put our hard work out in the world for other people’s judgement, and we have to take it.  But as artists, we continue to create work because it is what we enjoy, and we don’t care what others think about our artwork as long as we appreciate what we create.  

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

HDR Photos

In this photo your eye is first drawn to the rip in the flag.  The rip emphasizes how old and tattered the flag is.  The lighting is darkened, but because the lighting is so dim, the brightness in the photo shows the off white stars and strips.

The photo draws you in with the dramatic contrasts of white and black.  It makes you want to look more closely into the photo, but then you realize that the subject is really odd. Your eye is drawn into the upper left corner of the picture where there is a random bright yellow strip.  It ties in the rest of the photo and completes it in a way.

Friday, September 13, 2013


  I picked this photo because I love everything Disney.  The lollipops were really yummy and colorful, they remind me of a fun day.

This photo captures expression that make me smile.  This moment is frozen in time and and they'll always remember this.

I like this photo because it's so simple.  I love the way the settle light hits off of the necklace.

I like this photo because it can be interpreted in anyway you want.  You don't know why he's sitting there or what he's thinking.  It's a mystery.

I like the way light shines through the trees and I love the way sun spots look through a lens.  This photo just reminds me of sunny summer days.

Artist Statement

My Artist Statement

Unlike those around me, I don’t consider myself a true artist.  While others create amazing works of art I tend to stick to more simple subjects.  Although I have worked in digital arts I find more comfort with photography.  I enjoy capturing everyday life as well as the beauty and complexity of God’s creations.  I believe that every picture represents a memory for someone. A frozen moment in time can make you laugh, cry, or just make you happy whenever you look back on it.  I enjoy making people feel things when they see my photographs.  Whether it’s wonder or just seeing their expressions through my lens, it brings me joy to show others my work.  When I get in a rut and can’t seem to find an important subject, I tend to go out and take pictures of nature.  Whether it’s a flower in my front yard, hiking trails with beautiful trees, or simply a sunset, I always seem to find inspiration in God’s work.  One of my main focuses while taking photographs is light.  Light can excite a photo and make others feel warm and bright as well as highlighting small features on a face which can emphasize a longing or sorrow in ones eyes.  I really enjoy having photo shoots with friends and family.  I hope to evolve my knowledge of studio lighting this year to work more with portrait photography.  I love taking action photos of my family or sports to show everyday expressions.  It is the simple things that make my eye for photography come back, like a smile or a funny face. When ideas don’t pan out the way I’ve envisioned them, I’ve learned that it’s better for me to move on and forget about it.  If i focus too hard on one photo that isn’t working out, I will just end up frustrated and upset.  But if I find another vision and ignore the previous, I find that my work continues to succeed.  This success is only for personal approval though.  I don’t wish to become a photographer as a career, but I do hope to continue photography in all that I do.  When I am older and have a family, my subject focus will change towards my children and our adventures, but for now I intend to make others feel what I feel in my photos and hope to showcase what others may have not yet noticed in their everyday lives.