Mr. & Mrs. Malott

I recently had the privileged of photographing Mr. and Mrs. Malott’s wedding day. Here are a few sneak peaks of their amazing day!


 

How To Apply A Resume In WordPress

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Hello again, and welcome back to this weeks blog post! I wanted to show you how to apply a resume in WordPress, which I mentioned in last weeks post on the 5 Steps Towards Landing A Design Job.

In this how to tutorial/ steps process I am showing you how to apply your resume within a PDF form towards your webpage, and also with pictures! Mine is placed within my About page upon my website, but these steps will work with whatever page or area that you are interested in applying your very own resume.


 

 Step One: is to click on your pages icon on the left hand side bar of your WordPress page.

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Step Two: when you open your Pages icon, go and click on your About page which will bring up your About page which you can do all of your adjustments and editing.

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Step Three: after opening your About page, clock on the little drop down area in the far left section of your tools panel. The little downwards pointing arrow will take you to an extra menu when you click on it.

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Step Four: after clicking upon the drop down area, you will see the Add Media option, which you will then click on.

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Step Five: when you reach the adding media window, in the top section click on the Documents tab

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Step Six: then below the Documents tab, you will see the Add New button, which you will then click on and internally search for your resume within a PDF form.

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Step Seven: within the bottom left hand corner of the window you will see a Edit button, click on it

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Step Eight: when the editing window appears you will want to then clock on the Copy button to copy the entire URL (or you can highlight the entire URL and hold down CTRL then press C on a PC…  or hold down Command, press C, then release both keys upon a MAC). After copying the URL, go to the bottom right hand corner and click on the Cancel button

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Step Nine: now you will go back to your About editing page, and insert your designed image and/or button for individuals to see when viewing your page.

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Step Ten: now click on your image/button  and click on the little text box that appears when highlighted to add a caption to your image/button.

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Step Eleven: in this step you will highlight the caption text, and then go back up towards your Tools Panel and click on the chain icon/ link icon.

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Step Twelve: you will then have a window appear, within that window you are able to do a few things. There will be a URL box, which you will then insert your URL (Hold Control and press V to paste on a PC or  hold down Command, press V, then release both keys on a MAC) within the box. You also have the option for your resume to open into another page/tab when clicked on.

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Step Thirteen: you can also edit your caption text within the Link Text box as well. Which after you have completed everything, to the bottom right hand corner and click on Add Link which will insert your link within the text, and webpage.

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Step Fourteen: last step, after you save you link is to then click on the Update button on the right hand sidebar of your page and then you should be set to go. YAY!

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Now you know how to apply your resume within a WordPress page! YAY!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s blog, and have a great week!

 

5 Steps Towards Landing a Design Job

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Hi there! Welcome back to this week’s blog post about the 5 Steps Towards Landing A Design Job. I am currently in college, and aiming towards getting my Bachelors Degree in Visual Communication & Design with focuses in Graphic Design and Photography. With this post I am trying to help the future college students that are focusing within the same degree the help in taking the next steps towards achieving the career goals, and what it will take to make their dreams come too.

These are the steps I have learned throughout my process towards achieving my career dreams as well. If there is any steps that I am missing, please leave me a message within the comments and we can discuss the topic more at a further time. I am open to any advice that anyone is willing to give. So, I hope this helps anyone that is needing some advice towards the next steps within the design career.


 

Step One: Look Professional

Professional appearance is a key element towards taking the step towards a successful career jump. Look your best with a great outfit that fits your personality, good hygiene, and nice smelling cologne/perfume but do not over do it! Keep a professional appearance at all times during your interview, which will make or break it. Also during anything with business involved, keep it professional and proper.

 

Step Two: Artist Statement

Yep, this step is one of the roughest parts of being in this career field. *laughs* A artist statement is all about selling yourself to whomever you are trying to establish a position towards. Some of the key elements that need to be presented within your artist statement are:

  •                 Why are you an artist?
  •                 What are you doing?
  •                 What are you passionate about?
  •                 What do you want to pursue the rest of your life?

Make sure to keep your statement is between two sentences or about a paragraph in length.

 

Step Three: Design Your Voice

You are going to need your own voice, which signifies you as a designer. Identify your voice with creating a personalized theme that identifies you, which means to Brand Identify Yourself! Design a digital portfolio and establish yourself a personalized logo that represents you. Be creative and original with it, or even try using just your initials for a creative spark. Keep your eye out on color themes that are representative of you which can be through a piece of art, a photograph, or a design scheme with a certain color pallet.

When you establish your final concepts put together, remember to establish these elements towards other business aspects as well such as any social media that you present your work upon, business cards, and your paper resume and portfolio.

Also, make sure to incorporate your BEST pieces into your portfolio! Do not pick anything that took you five minutes to create, or is well under the craftsmanship mark. Companies want to see your best work, and with that you need to pick and choose between all of your pieces of art, design, or photograph pieces and choose your most creative, eye catching, and composition towards your pieces. If you need more help towards finding the best photographs that apply towards your portfolio, take a look at my post about the 12 Elements of a Remarkable Photograph to help you make the final choices for your portfolio.

 

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Step Four: Research, Research, and more Research

Yep, research your butt off for where you fit in within the design world. Try and figure out if you are interested in:

  • Being located within a big city, smaller city, or even a small town environment.
  • Work within a small business environment, or a larger big firm.
  • Maybe you are more of a hip and funky type of person, or maybe more simple and quaint.

 

Also, look into FOUR different places within different regions that you could possibly see yourself being employed and/or possibly establish a career.

  • Start by looking locally within your community, or a nearby city which for me would be Fort Wayne, IN or Indianapolis, IN.
  • Next, go more of a regional aspect such as a city that is more than 2 hours away, which for me would be Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, or Columbus, OH.
  • Then lastly, go national or out of your state of origin. Which for me would be California, Colorado, Alabama, and so on… Heck maybe even Hawaii. *laughs*
  • Take a bigger step and you can go internationally. Who would not want to work in Paris or London? The transition would be an interesting process, but nothing wrong with living your life to the fullest!

Research these companies, organizations, or businesses through their websites and figure out what type of work they provide, their clientele base, background of the cities/towns they are located in, and very importantly who to contact when the time comes!

 

Step Five: Work Experience

This step is probably one of the best steps within blog post. Having job experience is a big thing when it comes towards establishing a place within the design world. Try and land yourself an internship (paid or unpaid), work-study, a part-time gig, or try out some freelancing as well. Incorporate your work from your experience into your portfolio, so when clients or employers go to look at your portfolio they see what you are capable of.

Having this experience within your portfolio, and resume is a great plus side towards employers when it comes to that time to apply or cold call companies for a potential job or gig. Apply your resume upon your portfolio webpage within your about page – Preview of Mine – so after they read about you and your work they can go ahead and instantly download your resume, and possibly give you a call the next day! YAY!

 

Thank you for reading this weeks blog, and I hope this helps out anyone who is in the need for furthering their career within the design world. Have a great week!

15 Free Stock Photos

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Hello again! Welcome back to this weeks blog, and I want to apologize for last weeks missed blog post due to a nasty cold virus that swept through my entire home. This week I am better then ever, and decided to give out more FREE Images! Yes, that is right free stock images for round number two! I took a recent day trip to Chicago, Illinois and decided to take along my camera and capture some fantastic images while I was within the area.

All images are 300 DPI (Dots Per Inch), High Resolution, and edited. They are free for personal and/or commercial use as well, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I did when I was taking them. Also, do not forget to visit my recent Free Stock webpage – Jennifer’s Free Stock – that has a wide variety of free images (even mobile imagery) that is yours for the taking.

Thank you for reading this weeks post, and I hope to see you next week!


 

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Adventures in the Field

Hello again, and welcome back to this weeks blog post! This week I am showing you a preview from a recent photo shoot that I was able to establish with a friend of mine. I have always been interested in pursuing a photo shoot within a corn field from a few of my inspirational sites. So after a few weeks of debating this creative thought, and the ultimate steps that it took to find a gorgeous model I finally made it happen. Yay is right. *laughs*

I was even able to capture a few shots of her fellow model/ canine companion that was just as gorgeous, and playful. If you are interested, her canine companion is an all white Husky with beautiful blue eyes that helped with capturing a few of these images. Below are a few of the images that I was able to produce from this wonderful photo shoot, and there is also an attached Pin-able image for sharing on Pinterest as well!

Thank you for reading this weeks blog post, and I hope to see you next week!


 

 

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How To Properly Photograph a Vehicle for Re-Sale

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Hi again! Welcome back to Jennifer’s Visual Design’s blog this week, and I am going to show you How-To Properly Photograph a Vehicle for Re-Sale. I got this idea from viewing a few craigslist pages of vehicles trying to be sold on the online market. Which comes in handy due to one of my jobs as a photographer at Kelley Automotive in Fort Wayne, IN.

You can do this photo process on any sort of device that has a form of camera attached to it such as a cell phone, tablet, digital camera, or a DSLR camera. Most individuals take photos with their phone to make the process easier to transfer from phone memory too whatever marketing platform you are trying to sell your vehicle on.

I will be showing you this process with photos I have already taken in an enclosed environment at my work for better quality, but this process will work in whatever environment you are in. To help with the photo taking process, and to attract more viewers look into washing, waxing, and detailing your vehicle before capturing images for re-sale.


How To Steps

Starting Step: Start by photographing the front passenger side of the vehicle to show the viewer a outside view of the vehicle first.

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Second Step: Proceed to go into the inside of the vehicle to photograph the inside, starting with the center council to capture the display in reverse mode, and then on home mode. Then go on to capture the heating elements, and if the vehicle is a 4×4 then capture the push button and/or stick shift to show the viewer the options available.

 

 

Step Three: Move your camera back far enough to capture the entire steering wheel and part of the center council, then move in closer to capture any of the steering wheel amenities buttons (cruise control, volume control, and etc). Then place your camera near the horn to capture the dash display so viewers can see the mileage, the entire set up of the display, and if any lights are on.

 

 

Step Four: Step out of your vehicle, and then move to the front of the vehicle to capture a 180 degree area of your vehicle by capturing the front of the vehicle, then the front driver’s side, the back driver’s side, the entire back of the vehicle, and then the back passenger side of the vehicle.

 

 

Step Five: Move back to the front of the vehicle and then capture the front driver’s side tire so show your viewer the amount of tread that is still applied towards the tire. Then capture the inside of the vehicle starting with the front driver’s side, then capture an image of the inside of the door to show the viewer the amenities. Duplicate this process on the passenger side, back passenger side, and back driver’s side. Do not forget to capture extra amenities on the inside such as dvd players, remotes, headphones, and even the third row seat!

 

 

Step Six: Move to the back of the vehicle and if you have a car with a trunk then try and capture the best you can of the size and inside as you can. If you own a SUV/Van then open up hatch and capture the inside from the rubber seal in, then capture the button (if applicable) that automatically shuts your hatch. If you own a truck, then unlatch the tailgate and capture the inside of the bed of the truck. Also if you’re SUV, Van, or Truck has a hitch then capture an image of it to show the viewers the individual hook up’s and what condition it is in.

 

 

Step Seven: Move back to the front of the vehicle, lift the hood, and capture an image of the motor. If you have any extra amenities that are under the hood make sure to capture them also for the viewer’s information.

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Step Eight: Last but not least, capture an image of the keys. Your viewer’s like to see the keys to make sure that you have them, and the options that are provided upon the key fob (if you have that option).

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Extra Input: Some of the extra options that you can provide for your viewer that will help encourage them to possibly purchase your vehicle would to apply a video of the vehicle running so the viewer can hear the engine and exhaust conditions of the vehicle. If you own a 4×4, provide a video of the vehicle tow show that what condition that 4×4 transfer case would be in.


 

I hope this week’s How-To steps were helpful and informative towards your next re-sale. Please leave a comment on any improvements, and/or questions. Hope to see you next week, Thanks!

10 Free Stock Photos

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Hello again, and welcome back to this week’s blog post! I have a great surprise for you this week with giving out 10 FREE stock photos that I personally have taken. All images are around 300 DPI (Dots per Inch) and are also around 3800 x 2500 PPI (Pixel per Inch).

Please feel free to use these images within blog posts, web design, commercial use, upon social media, and/or whatever purpose that you have a need for them. If you do plan on posting within a social media form, please tag me within the published form.

Instagram: @jennifers_visual_design

Twitter: @JennVisualDeign

Facebook: @JennifersVisualDesign

I know there is a wide variety of options for image choices within this group, but if you are looking for a more focused look please leave a comment below. If not, keep in touch and a close eye out for more free stock photos within the near future. Thanks!


 

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My Top 10 Goals for Growth

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Hey there, nice to see you back again this week! I am sharing with you the Top 10 Goals that I have for Growth, from personal to professional that are within my current goal aspirations to long-term goals that will take time, patience, motivation, and overall progress.


  1. Profitable Business

One of my big goals is to become profitable with my design and photography work. There are many of options to choose from when wanting to go into business on your own with being a freelancer, selling my photography work, or even blogging full-time. This goal will take time, and work but I am encouraged to see where it goes day by day.

  1. Growth on Social Media

Growing on social media is one of my big goals as well towards putting my work out into the world, and letting others see what I can do as an artist. Which will help with my #1 goal in becoming a more profitable business. Go ahead and share your love with liking or following my social platforms now!

Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

  1. Become A Better Blogger

I am new to this blogging environment so I am still learning all the niche’s that are included in blogging that I need to improve on. I have a lot to learn, and understand about the blogging community so taking in all the valuable information is going to take time and patience with the journey ahead.

  1. Travel the Country

Yes! This goal is a definite favorite of mine, and will always be on my bucket list! I am a large encourager in traveling and expanding of horizons that lead towards newer and different environments which could encourage you to pursue movements that you would not have done before hand.

  1. Career Enhancements

I do have big dreams and aspirations towards becoming a designer, creative director, or even an art director within an organized and creative company. My main focus is towards establishing myself within a magazine company that would lean towards more of a 4×4 or muscle car environment such as four-wheeling magazine, wheeling magazine, or hot rod magazine.

  1. Graduate College

I am in the process of working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications and Design at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne here in Fort Wayne, IN. This is a goal I set for myself, since a couple of individuals from my family have actually graduated college. I wanted to be one of the many that have successfully graduated, and keep my younger generation of family inspired to pursue their goals and accomplishments towards a better life. I am estimated to graduate in the spring of 2018, so keep my fingers crossed and hopefully things will go as planned.

 

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  1. Move to A New Environment

This has been on my goal list for a while now, but it is definitely taking it’s time to be pursued. I am interested in moving out of Indiana (which is where I live now *laughs*) towards newer, up and coming environments. Possible options that I am leaning towards are Colorado, Alabama, North Carolina (my stomping grounds), Oregon, and Arizona. If you are from any of these states, please leave any comments on informative input towards the local areas, and surrounding areas.

  1. Keep Learning

I know it sounds kind of silly, but I love learning! Keeping my mind fresh and up to date on anything and everything that I love is important to me. Knowledge takes you to new areas and achievements in life, and without it you lack the most important thing in life. Learning keeps your mind active for creativity, inspiration, and overall creative growth!

  1. Continue to Photograph

I have been doing photography for a while now, and with that it is a passion of mine. I try to keep learning new, and improved ways of capturing images that my clients will love forever! I even have a collection of vintage camera’s and equipment that are presented all throughout my home for everyone to see. Photography will always be a part of my life, and helps me see things in a different perspective and angle, which helps keep me become inspired for ideas and concepts on future photo shoot concepts.

  1. Live Life

Yea, I know a crazy one for my last goal. *laughs* Live life is a goal due to only getting one chance at it and enjoy it while you have it! Live life with excitement, happiness, and inspiration which will lead you to great opportunities and growth within life itself.


Thank you for reading this weeks blog, and check out some of my fellow bloggers that can also help you get inspired for the growth of goals within your professional and personal settings.

Jennifer An Bui | Something Good Blog | White Oak Creative

Also, leave a comment on any goal you are wanting to pursue or currently have that you are wanting to pursue professional or personally.

Jeep Showcase

Hi there!, Welcome back to this weeks blog post by Jennifer’s Visual Design. Today I am showcasing an inspirational photo shoot I was able to accomplish this past week for a possible magazine cover. I am a huge Jeep fan, and in this cover shoot I was able to photograph an astonishing 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited addition with amazing amenities (which is one of my many dream vehicles).  Below are a few of the images I acquired from the shoot that I am pleased to show anyone and everyone.


 

 

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Thank you for visiting this weeks blog post, and I hope to see you back again next week!

My Go-To Thanksgiving Imagery for Under $10

 

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Hi there! This week’s blog post is to help you with picking out some appealing imagery for your blog, design work, or anything that you need that includes imagery for the up and coming holiday of Thanksgiving. I have generated a list of my top 10 go-to thanksgiving imagery that are all under (you better believe it) $10! Yes, that is right, $10! Super cheap, and very creative imagery that will not break your wallet. Yay!


 

1.Pumpkin pie with a very gorgeous white wooded background that gives a great perspective of what is to follow after the grand meal of only $8

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2. A cute place setting for the thanksgiving meal that is decorated upon a rustic backdrop, with a cost of $8

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3. Pumpkins, Apples, and Nuts for a uniquely natural Autumn concept that only costs $8

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4. Who doesn’t like a creative inspired place setting on this big holiday event? This cute little place setting helps bring out the thankful feast in any inspired way with a cost of $8

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5. A very unique feel towards this Autumn inspired holiday with a rustic Indian corn and brown fall leaves to give a little perk up before this cheerful holiday for only $5

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6. Some more amazingly delicious Pumpkin and Pecan Pie that are still within there bakery boxes, but ready to be devoured upon after the thankful feast of $10

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7. Who likes Cranberries? This particular image displays a wonderful ceramic saucepan that is gracious filled with a large amount of cranberry sauce upon a rustic wooden backdrop that will not break your wallet at only $5

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8. Yes, another place setting but with a totally different feel. The orange and black color scheme helps bring a different feel to any style worth presenting upon the thankful day for only $7

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9. A creative little selection of measuring spoons full of spices that bring out the over all Thanksgiving spirit with only being $8

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10. Last but not least, is a image worth a thousand colorful words. A definite Autumn inspired image that is enhanced with the colors of fall, and apply decoration upon a wooden rustic backdrop for only $8

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I hope that any or all of these images will help you with expressing your Thanksgiving day on any creative design output. Please, leave a comment below and show me how you used these creative images for your thankful day. Thanks!