Saturday, November 18, 2017

Photoshop Tutorial

Hi guys!

For my Social Media Design class I had to make a tutorial video with my brand, then post it to my social media accounts. This is a video that quickly shows you how to do some easy editing in Adobe Photoshop. Learn how to get rid of acne, increase contrast, and adjust the tones in your photos by watching below!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

AZ Photography

Photography is a very common skill to have in this selfie society. There are so many people who need pictures taken for all kinds of different events. Christmas cards, seniors graduating, nature photography, weddings, maternity, and engagements to name a few of the demanded photoshoots. All you need is a nice camera (Iphones don’t count, though they are getting there), a model, good lighting, and a good location. As an Arizona native, I want to give some recommendations on the prime spots I know of for photoshoots.

Arizona has such a great variety of scenery. Up North there are the beautiful pines and snow, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Painted Desert, and Sedona. Down South we have Saguaro cacti, the Salt River, beautiful city-scapes, unique mountains, and various lakes. All of these things make for awesome backdrops with your subject in focus, or even by themselves as nature photography. Did I mention (biased opinion) we have the best sunsets compared to any other state?

I am native to the southern Arizona Phoenix area, but love exploring my home state any opportunity I get. Even though summer photoshoots are dreadfully hot, AZ makes up for it in the winter with fantastic temperatures. I have made a list of mostly southern areas that I would suggest for the beautiful backgrounds they offer any photoshoot. Thanks for reading and let me know if you found the locations and how your pictures turned out!

1. Park of the Canals 
This desert park has a botanical garden, cactus, and is on the top of a hill so you can see the beautiful mountains in the background on a clear day. It is located in Mesa.

2. Sedona
Not only is the town full of cute shops, everywhere you turn there is beautiful red rock mountains surrounding you. There are plenty of beautiful hikes, creeks, and landscape for beautiful pictures.

3. Mesa LDS Temple
Not only for wedding photography, but the grounds of any LDS temple are always well taken care of. Not to mention the beautiful flowers they contain year round!

4. AZ Lakes
Arizona surprisingly has some beautiful lakes nested in the desert. There is Canyon, Apache, Roosevelt, and Saguaro Lake. And don't forget the salt river!

5. Grand Canyon
One of the 7 wonders of the world, how could The Grand Canyon not be an impressive backdrop?

6. Bonus Location!
Anywhere! These pictures were taken in a neighborhood! Anything can be used with the right angles and editing.

Happy picture taking!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Happy Halloween! Alex and I celebrated our one year anniversary early this month. It is cool starting to have memories of what we were doing this time - a year ago. This year we went and visited Alex's parents in California, and stopped at Knott's Scary Farm while we were there for the weekend. Knott's Berry Farm was one of my favorite places to go growing up. It was so fun to go at night for the spooky version of the park together! Then on Halloween we dressed up as a flight attendant and a pilot. Costume was courtesy of my uncle Chancy who is a real pilot.