Visual Diary

Visual Diary – March 15, 2019
Post 5 – Getty Images Power of Visual Representation

Getty Images is making some big changes. I just got back from attending SXSW with the College of Information and Communications. I learned so much and am truly honored that I was chosen to go. I knew I would find something interesting to share with Jour 450 and I did. I attended a session about Visual Representation. It was a panel that featured Pam Grossman, the Director of Visual Trends for Getty Images. Pam shared that Getty Images is actively trying to work on their representation. They are on a mission to produce real yet stunning images. They want to stray away from staged images and move to images that capture life, for everyone. Above are pictures from the session.
I encourage everyone to check out the website they are adding these images to. It has a lot of cool stories and background information. There are a lot of new collections they are trying to add to.

I thought this session was really cool. It is inspiring to see a huge company try to make this change. They are doing a great job so far.

Visual Diary – March 7, 2018
Post 4 – Playing with lights

For my Jour 447 class we have a location lighting project due. My professor was very vague in what he wanted and said just to get creative with it. I decided to light with fairy lights and I shot my friend Tierney Acosta.
These photos are unedited but I am going to take them into Photoshop to tweak the colors some before turning them in. I thought these were fun to do. I searched Pinterest for photos with light and tried shots out. I love gaining inspiration on Pinterest because there is so much content!
Overall, I’m excited to edit these photos. They are different from anything I’ve ever done. I don’t know if they will be something I put in my portfolio but they gave me good experience shooting with low light.

Visual Diary – February 28, 2018
Post 3 – Playing with gels

Last weekend I worked on my next Jour 450 project which is studio portraits. I photographed my friend Karie Grace. Karie Grace is minoring in retail so we took photos with the project in mind but also she was able to style herself the way she wanted. She is excited to use these photos for her own personal website. The photos for this posts are ones I thought were cool that may or may not make the final cut. You will see how I set the lights and gels up originally and then how the colors changed with the different poses and lighting.
I thought these photos was interesting. I really liked how the background changed colors. I also loved the silhouetted images. Karie Grace had fun in the studio and she loved the colored background. Her favorite color is pink so she really liked how the pink looked. You can’t see it too well in the photos but she is also wearing pink pants and lipstick to match the background. I am excited to cull through these for my project.

Visual Diary – February 19, 2018
Post 2


I took this picture in the Spring of 2016. It was a assignment for my Journalism 203 class. We had to photograph someone and use these photos in a spread. One of my friends, Jessica Muscella, down the hall danced with a professional ballet company so I asked if she would be willing to put on her pointe shoes for a photoshoot. She was more than willing to help. We started taking pictures in my room but then I wanted some more natural light. In my residence hall there are huge windows so I asked if she would be okay with getting in one. The rest is history. I started shooting and I was so amazed. This photo was 100% done with natural light and I think that is the strongest element to the photo. The light highlights her legs and face beautifully. I love sharing this photo because I think it is just visually simple but beautiful. She loved the way it looked too.

Visual Diary – February 14
Post 1 is from my home page.

This Visual Diary page is made for my Studio and Location Lighting for Still Photography (Journalism 450) class at the University of South Carolina. Posts will be made weekly about photography or creative processes.ย