While the name suggests you'll be seeing robots, make no doubt that that robots are just the bare minimum of things you'll see in this show.
Although it's been a hot & stormy summer here in Orlando, it didn't stop Travis & I from scheduling an early-morning graduation portrait session, that consisted of all the essentials: a "cool" shot on top of the Pegasus across from CFE arena, popping champagne, and of course: matching your socks with your tassel.
The first 24 hours of this trip felt like a total dream. The smallest things filled me with intrigue and wonder.I must have looked really weird taking pictures of what may have seemed like ordinary day-to-day things to the common Japanese person.
I've been shooting graduation photos for UCF Knights over the past three years, beginning with the lovely ElloSteph from YouTube(check her out if you haven't already)! That's a lot of time in the University of Central Florida's gorgeous reflection pond and a lot of dodging rogue champagne corks!
Without a doubt, Florida is home to some of the best vast displays of Mother Nature. Growing up around it, you either fall in love with it or you begin to hate it.
When is the last time you took a stroll through your local state forest? Have you ever gone to a local state forest, at all?
If not, I highly recommend you go as soon as possible. For all of the jokes people make about Florida's weather, it's actually almost perfect year-round for the outdoors. Even when it does get a little chilly, it actually makes for an enjoyable walk.
One of my favorite forests to go to is Little Big Econ State Forest. Here's some cool info:
The Little Big Econ State Forest is approximately 10,279 acres and was established on March 24, 1994, by the Florida Legislature. The forest's name comes from combining the names of the Little Econlockhatchee River and the larger Econlockhatchee River, which come together just south of the forest.
The forest is quite scenic, and no matter how many times I go, I'm always in awe when I finally see the river. On this particular December afternoon, the water was quite still(or, like glass) and gave a beautiful reflection of the sky and trees above it.
Of course, my friend and I decided to also use Mother Nature as our backdrop for some impromptu model shots~
Getting out into nature is one of the most enlightening and therapeutic things you can do for yourself, and it usually can be enjoyed for free. Whether you want to rekindle your bond with mother nature that you once had as a kid, or just want to take some awesome photos, go to a local state forest ASAP.
Want to find your local state forest? Visit http://www.discovertheforest.org/ and find one near you today!
The end of every semester brings about lots of joy for me. Mostly because it means I'll be able to binge watch all my favorite shows on Netflix with no regrets, but it also means another thing: grad photo sessions! However, this isn't a post to talk about how fun it is to take a splash in the Reflection Pond at the University Central Florida or avoiding a near-death experience from flying champagne corks. This is about something much simpler: editing.
As anyone who is interested in photography, one of the coolest things is to see the transformation of a photograph from its original form, into the finished intended product. Usually, you hear about photographers having to "hide" or take away some distractions, blemishes, acne, etc. to clean up a photo, but, what about having to add a missing gold letter to someone's graduation cap?
For those that don't know, it's a tradition to go all-out decorating your grad cap with whatever your heart desires. I'll be graduating this semester, and I've already had thoughts of somehow incorporating a rowing boat with oars into mine. For one of my clients, Rachel, she wanted hers to be a spin off the famous song from Cinderella, "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo."
Unfortunately, tragedy struck when she realized that her cap seemed to have lost one of its sparkling letters, which posed two problems:
- Her cap now read "Bibbidi Obbidi Done," and
- How were we going to continue this shoot when one of the main props was practically ruined?
After closer inspection, and a quick internal audit of my Photoshop skills, I realized it would be a simple job to "copy and paste" one of the Bs from her cap in place of the missing one.
Our shoot went on as planned, and after some post-processing, the task of simply clone brushing one of the Bs to replace the other was a lot simpler than I imagined it would be. Luck was definitely on our sides, because had it been any other letter besides the ones already on the cap, we would have had a much different result.
"But did she ever fix her actual grad cap?!"
Well, I'll let this picture speak for itself...