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!

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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!

Mr. & Mrs. Palmer

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Hi there! Glad to see you back again this week. I want to start out by saying congratulations too Mr. & Mrs. Palmer on their ultimate rainy day wedding, that turned out to be magnificent! The location for their beautiful wedding was a scenic nature preserve that was surrounded by a luscious wooded forest here in Indiana on Route 5.

I am sharing a few of the images that I was able to capture during this lovely rainy day wedding that expresses their over all essence of these two’s wedding day love and bliss.


 

 

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My Simple Tips for Finding Inspiration

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Hi there!,  Welcome back to my blog this week for some more inspiring information towards creating a more enjoyable work environment for your own photo and design world.

This week’s post is about providing tips towards finding inspiration when you are lacking that creative spark, while also helping you discover and network with other amazing bloggers that will help in find a diverse range of new brands. So keep your eyes out for links that will forward you to their blog so you can check out their amazing posts as well!

Here are some of the ways that I find inspiration…


  1. Taking A Break: Entails that I remove myself from my working environment and focus on something completely different. Trying exploring some new activities and/or hobbies that include watching a new show on Netflix, take a long well needed nap, put headphones in a jam to some music, read that intriguing book that has been sitting on your shelf for a while, or for a more artistic approach start sketching in a sketchbook.

 

  1. Get Moving: Obviously means to stand up and be active. Yes, actually moving and doing some pretty fun activities like going to the gym and getting your sweat on, walking your dog, taking a run or walk at your local park and getting some fresh air, and/or if you live near a more exotic type park like a State or National Park go and take a hike into the wilderness (but please be careful!). Also some of my favorite activities (if you’re near a water source) are camping, kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, swimming, and so on and so forth.

 

  1. Traveling: This is one of my top enjoyments and inspirational activities of all time. I am a huge fan of road trips due to being able to explore a new environment and discover a whole new range of activities and experiences that I would not be able to accomplish in my own town. Going on a cruise to some exotic island (maybe even Alaska), a three day music festival, or taking a plane ride to an international country like Italy, London, or German. Sometimes you don’t have to go that far to get some creative exploration going; places like a local art museum, a local zoo, exploring local farmers markets and downtown stores, or a new coffee shop or eatery.

 

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  1. The Internet: Yes, that is right I did say the internet. Sometimes you just need some quick sparks of inspiration due to certain deadlines, timing issues, or more important tasks at hand. My enjoyable internet locations to achieve some quick motivation are Pinterest, StumbleUpon, CreativeLive, Creative Bloq, TEDtalks, and sometimes just simply exploring other bloggers on a variety of Social Medias.

 

  1. Spending Time with Others: Which can be a wide range of individuals, such as people who are close to the heart as family, children, and a spouse. Also getting out of the comfort zone by associating with others like fellow colleagues, meeting up with old class mates, or having a drink with a close friend.

 

  1. Have Fun: This is the best advice of all! Don’t be sad, be glad and have a fun time. Creative inspiration never comes from a sad mind, so go listen to a local bar band, enjoy an amazing concert, go eat at an exotic restaurant, cook a favorite meal, make personal color swatches, go to a Wine & Painting class, shop for amazing clothes, anything that gets the mind out of that horrible rut!

 

  1. Connect: Yep, that is right. Connecting with other bloggers or fellow individuals with different ideas, thoughts, and ways of processing will help establish a new spark for creativity. Fellow blogger White Oak Creative helps establish a blogger link-up that encourages others to participate, connect, and network with other bloggers on ideas that keep them inspired. Check out their page at White Oak Creative  and some other inspirational bloggers also:

Something Good
New Client Magnet
Not Very Obsessed
Blonde in the Button Up
Design for Business
The Actor’s Diet
Sarah Michiko
Clarice Gomes Designs
The Kissing Booth Blog

I hope you enjoyed this weeks post, and thank you for reading.

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12 Elements of a Remarkable Photograph

 

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Hi there, this week’s blog post is going to be about the top elements for creating a unique and outstanding photography! I am going to share with you the top twelve elements towards making a remarkable photograph. These elements are defined as necessary parts towards the success of an image.

Well; image, art piece, or photograph that will reveal some means of all of these twelve elements. A visually superior image will reveal obvious consideration of each one of these elements in some sort of visual way.


 

Impact: is the first view of an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotional feeling that an individual gets when viewing the image.

Creativity: original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message, or thought.

Technical Proficient: the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some design aspects that speak to the qualities of the over all print.

 

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Composition: the importantance towards the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together to express the over all purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

Lighting: the use and control of light—which we talked about in last weeks post on “The Art of Lighting” which refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. The light applied towards an image could be man made or natural, but proper use of it should enhance the image.

Style: is defined in ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

Print Presentation: affects an image by giving it a finished look, which the mats and borders used should support and enhance the image, not to distract from it.

 

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Center of Interest: the point or points on an image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest, but occasionally there will not be a specific center of interest. When the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.

Subject Matter: should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.

Color Balance: is the over all harmony of an image, in which the tones work together to effectively supporting the image and enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

Technique: is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and many more are parts of the techniques that can be applied to an image.

Story Telling: the image’s ability to evoke imagination. Each viewer might collect his own message, or read their own story in an image.

 

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15 Simple Posing Ideas

 

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I have had all kinds of issues over the years since I have been photographing with clients of trying to pose and position them to look good during a photo shoot. Well, with today’s blog post I am wanting to help you out, with my years (and continues practice) of mistakes of posing individuals/ your clients during a photo shoot and them turning out amazing. I am using a recent client of mines images from her professional head shot photo shoot, which she is an amazing photographer herself! Check her out her amazing work at Taylor Dixon Photography or connect with her on Facebook or Instagram!

In today’s post I have acquired 15 photographic posing points that will hopefully help you on your next big or small shoot with any potential client!


  1. Posing Stool Height – Normally should be at about knee height. If you want to add weight to a subject, lower the stool. If you wish to decrease the apparent weight, raise the stool. If stool is raised to it maximum a heavy set person will have to lean and reach forward to have his feet reach the floor. This brings his face closer to the camera, diminishing the apparent size of his body, it also stretches out his chin eliminating the double chin.
  2. Create a Solid Pyramid Base – Shoulders square to the camera subject looks too heavy and boring. Shoulders turned sideways = to narrow and not enough base. Shoulders at a 45 degree angle give good base and texture to the outfit.

 

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Sit Up for a Professional Looking Headshot

 

  1. Sit Tall – place your finger in the subject back on a lower vertebrae and subject will grow 2-3 inches. Avoids the slouchy look.
  2. Lean Forward Slightly – creates a better proportion between head and body and also creates implied movement.
  3. Project the Chin – This stretches out any double chin and keeps the face proportional. These first 5 steps should only take a bout ten seconds to complete and will add dramatically to the final portrait.
  4. Proper Eye Direction – Aim to have the shoulders, head and eyes in 3 different directions
  5. Proper Head Tilt – Men can have a masculine head tilt (slightly to the low or back shoulder) or no tilt (head square to the shoulders) Women can have a feminine head tilt (head tipped to the near or high shoulder) or a masculine head tilt. Do NOT photograph a man with the feminine head tilt.
  6. Proper Head Height – Typically the bottom of the nose and the bottom of the ear lobes should line up in a straight line. If nose is higher than ear lobes, you will see too much of the nostrils. If nose is below the ear lobes it can elongate the nose and over emphasize the forehead.
  7. Avoid Football Shoulders – Shoulders too square to the camera broadens the apparent size and weight of subject. Warning! Everyone who sits in front of your camera will almost always face square to the camera because they don’t know any better. But you do.
  8. Watch Nose and Cheek Lines – Be sure bridge of nose does not obscure the far eye and the nose should never intersect the cheek line
  9. Dealing with Glasses – Be careful that the glasses do not distort the cheek line. For reflections in glasses, raise the main light, tip glasses forward or lower chin.
  10. Don’t Overuse Hair Light – The hair light should b just a hint of light and not overpowering.

 

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Woman Posing Rule #13

 

  1. Women Posing – If it bends, bend it. Hands, wrists, knees, and ankles. Photograph the side of a hand not the back of it. Watch feet, hip and shoulder positions.
  2. Firing Squad Pose – Do not photograph heads on the same level. One head should be higher that the other. Mouth of taller subject should be level with the eyes of the shorter subject.
  3. Totem Pole Pose – Do not line up heads directly on top of the other. The person in back should be on one side or the other to avoid a static look.

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Black & White Newborn Photography

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I had the privilege of being able to photograph a new life coming into this beautiful world! This is the Armstrong family from here in Fort Wayne, IN that just recently got a new little addition named Maddox. I was able to photograph this handsome little guy, while also including his mother and father to the mix. These images are a few of the many that I was able to snag from this adorable photo shoot.

Car Show Photography

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I had the privilege of being asked to photograph my local communities yearly car show that takes place around the middle of August, and of course I said YES! These are a few of my photographic shots from the Car Show event.