Golden Hour Portraits ii

After years of practice, I have perfected shooting at golden hour. Here is the full set of images from my latest session. Enjoy.


more golden hour shoots: golden hour portraits + hipster portraits

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How to: Create a Color Scheme

I recently learned about color theory and how it affects images from my photo class and I wanted to share my knowledge with all of you. I did a shoot with the extremes of color using only the secondary colors purple, orange and green in my image. I made the color saturation and shade as similar as possible to create a cohesive and creative looking image but this is only the most dramatic of creating a color scheme. To make a color scheme I love using the website Paletton because it creates a color scheme for you depending on if you want complimentary, monochromatic, adjacent, triad or a tetrad color scheme. Most photoshoots try to have complimentary colors that cause the image to be more appealing to the eye. In this post, I will go over the psychology behind color to show you how color can affect your images.


Warm Tones

Warm tones evoke a more home-like and autumnal feel in your images. These images are often seen during the summer and fall months of the year because of the colors of nature. These colors such as red, orange, and yellow have been psychologically proven to evoke happier feelings in people.


Warm Colors

Red: Red has been seen as a very masculine and bold color that causes people to feel both romantic, angry and happy all in one color. Red is mostly used as an accent color because it is so dynamic. As a photographer, you want to stray from using a lot of red in your image along with other colors because red can easily distract the eye from your subject.


Orange: Orange is a color used in many Instagram themes because unlike red it is not overpowering but it still draws attention to the viewer. Orange evokes feelings of friendliness and kindness in the image and overall gives the image a very comforting feeling of being calm.


Yellow: Yellow is seen as the happiest color by many people. Yellow is associated with happiness, sunshine, laughter, and joy but too much bright yellow can be alarming to people. When working with the color yellow you as the photographer want to make sure you are working with a more subdued shade or simply limit the amount of bright yellow in your image.


Cool Tones

Cool toned colors have a very calming yet sad feeling to them. Cool toned colors are often seen as more feminine than warm-toned and have a varying spectrum of feelings surrounding them. Cool colors are also associated with winter and cleanliness.


Blue: Blue is the most common of the cool toned colors and the most widely liked by the public. The bluer your image is the higher chance you have of a person liking your image depending entirely on the color scheme. Blue is associated with calmness, spirituality, and trust which is why many companies use blue in their logos and most people’s favorite color is blue.


Green: Green symbolizes health, nature and new beginnings and it is also seen as the color easiest on one’s eyes because it is so prevalent in nature. Green is mostly used as a background color for your image in the trees or grass and is rarely used on a model. Incorporating a lot of green is amazing in landscape photography but lots of green in portraits can lead to feelings of anxiety or stress and cause the viewer to not focus on the subject.


Purple: Purple is the last of the main cool colors and is often associated with love, feminity, and royalty. Purple is often used as a soothing color because it is seen in sunsets and flowers. Purple is another color that should be used with a light touch because too much purple can be seen as overwhelming to the eye.


To further show this I edited this image with both cool and warm tones. As you can see the one with warmer tones has a more autumnal feel than the cooler toned image.



Neutral has a varying definition by who you’re asking. In the fashion community, a neutral would be a khaki, grey, black, white, brown, navy or denim as those colors go with and compliment almost everything. In photography, however, a neutral is when a color is simply lacking saturation or hues that will stand out to the eye. This mostly entails whites, blacks and brown shades as these colors are the most likely to lack color. Neutral colors will add a much more simplistic feel to any image that is very calming to the eye. A neutral color palette is often times seen in an Instagram feed like in Amanda Shadforth’s or Rachel Gulotta’s this can be achieved by desaturating the image, sticking to a very monochromatic color palette or simply converting the image to black and white.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on color scheming and that it helps improve your photographic game.

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Hipster Portraits

I recently photographed one of my good friends during golden hour. Her unique style paired with this new “golden” preset that I developed creates a very retro and hipster chic feel to these images. This is the first time that I’ve taken a more fashion-driven approach to my photography and I’m loving how these images turned out, it is one of my favorite shoots to date! I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do.

If you want to learn more about tones, color schemes and color psychology click here to read my post on how to improve your images with simple color scheme techniques.


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Pool Portraits

Inspired to create better portraits in the water I recently took some portraits using a pool and natural light to create a very summer-like feel. Here is the full set of images, edited and shot by me.


Camera: Canon 7D Mark ii

Lens: Canon 24-70mm 2.8 L Series

ISO: 150

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How To: Take Pictures Through Windows

Taking photos through windows can be tricky for a photographer no matter your skill set. It’s hard to both focus your camera correctly and still get a cool reflection on the model. After a couple 100 images worth of failed attempts, I mastered how to shoot through a window.


  • My first mistake came when I decided to have my lens autofocus on the model. My lens naturally focused on the reflection behind me instead of what was in front of it. I learned quickly that it was essential to manually focus to achieve a sharply focused image.
  • Next, I found that it is nearly impossible to get a clear image if the wall behind the window is textured at all. I quickly discovered that the textured, brick wall behind me was ruining my photos and I had to change my positioning to get a clear view. Some of the photos turned out okay but the intense wall texture was too much for many of the images and became distracting as shown in the picture below.
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  • I also quickly discovered that my shadow might be seen at certain angles so make sure you check and double check that your shadow isn’t distracting from the main subject, sometimes you need to use your shadow to block the sun but in other situations, you’re going to want to avoid that. In the picture below I should’ve used my shadow to allow for less bright sunlight on the model’s face.
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  • Make sure to direct your model clearly because often times the window is thick and your voice becomes muffled to your model.
  • Do not take the picture if there is something white or light colored behind you because the model’s face will be obstructed. I would recommend finding something darker to cast a shadow and create that true reflective quality. Jessica Whitaker’s video goes more in depth on this concept. 
  • If you follow these tips then you can achieve really good images through a window such as the ones pictured below.




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Cafe Portraits & Laundromat Portraits

Camera: Canon 7D Mark ii

Lens: Canon 50mm 1.4 & Canon 35mm

Aperture: 1.4

ISO: 250

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Laundromat Photoshoot

I recently did a photoshoot just like this one but I wanted to try it again with different models and different outfits, here are my resulting images. Again I do these weird location photoshoots to show you that no matter where you live or what your surrounding location is you can still have amazing photos.


Camera: Canon 7D Mark ii

Lens: Canon 24-70mm 2.8 – mostly shot on 30-35mm setting

Aperture: 2.8

ISO: 250

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Summer Photoshoots 2018

This summer I’ve decided to create a bucket list of photo shoots to improve my portfolio. I wanted a post that could be easily accessible and contain each of my photo shoots in one place from this entire summer. Here is my Summer 2018 portfolio. Leave a comment down below saying which photoshoot was your favorite from this summer.

Best of Summer


Laundromat Photoshoot 6.8.2018

Ugly Location, Pretty Portraits

Coffee Shop Photoshoot 6.8.2018

Cafe Portraits

Laundromat Photoshoot 6.13.28

Laundromat Photoshoot

Pool Photoshoot 6.15.2018

Pool Portraits

Surrealistic Bathtub Portraits 6.18.2018

Surrealistic Portraits

Golden Hour Portraits 6.25.18

Golden Hour Portraits

Studio Portraits 6.22.18

Studio Portraits

Dreamy Portraits 7.24.18

Dreamy Portraits

Hipster Portraits 7.25.18

Hipster Portraits

Travel Photos

Roatan + Belize City + Cozumel

Golden Hour Portraits ii 

golden hour portraits

Dark Portraits 8.18.18

dark bath portraits

Arboretum 8.22.18

arboretum portraits

How To: Edit Like Brandon Woelfel

If you look at Brandon Woelfel’s feed on Instagram you will notice a common theme in his images, a cotton candy color palette. Woelfel often uses Photoshop to achieve these unique colors in each of his images but I found a way to achieve something very similar in Lightroom. Here are the steps to achieve a similar look to Woelfel, I, however, do not encourage copying his style in all of your shoots. I think it is important to emulate a photographer from time to time to learn how to shoot with styles different than your own and improve your photography game. Personally emulating Woelfel’s style showed me some tricks for photographing portraits at night that I might use in my own images.

First, you must photograph a model holding fairy lights at some time after golden hour. Woelfel often photographs at blue hour or at night time with artificial light to illuminate his image. I photographed at sunset into the night time and I didn’t have any trouble achieving the look. I would also recommend purchasing some serial killer/ oversized glasses to reflect more of the fairy lights. Mango Street made a Brandon Woelfel starter pack that is relatively inexpensive and a good starting point to begin photographing like him.



  • After photographing the image you will begin your editing process.
  • I started by adjusting the temperature of the image to make it a lot cooler and making the tint a bit more magenta to achieve that aqua and pink look in Woelfel’s images.
  • Next, I turned up the exposure a little to bring back some light on his face and brought down the contrast to create more of a faded look in the image.
  • After that, I raised the shadows, dropped the blacks and dropped the whites almost all the way to add a little bit of contrast back in the image and even out the light distribution on his face.
  • Next, I played with the tone curve a little bit to create the crushed black look and created a slight S curve from that point.
  • I then played with the hues of the colors by making the yellows more orange, blues more aqua, aquas more blue, purples more magenta and magentas more purple which might sound a bit counterintuitive but it creates the colors that I wanted.
  • After I adjusted the saturation by dropping the saturation of the oranges and yellows and bringing up the saturation of the blue and magenta to emphasize the colors further. I also brought the luminance of all of the colors up slightly.
  • I added a pastel pink color into the highlights and a pastel blue color to the shadows to really create that cotton candy look to the image.
  • Lastly, I raised the vibrance up and brought down the saturation while also bringing down the clarity slightly.
  • I’m not saying these editing techniques will work for every image but they worked fairly well for me to create a similar looking image to something I thought Woelfel might create. For a more in-depth tutorial, I would recommend watching Mango Street’s video on this very technique.


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Doing the Brandon Woelfel

In the past couple of years a photography icon as surfaced by the name of Brandon Woelfel. I’ve talked about Woelfel in my 5 Best Youtuber Photographers post before so many of you will already know who I’m talking about. Woelfel has become famous for his iconic fairy lights, rainbows and cotton candy color palette he uses in almost every one of his images. His photographs are extremely recognizable and well known around America especially after the release of his photo book Luminescence. Woelfel primarily photographs internet sensations such as Lilly Singh, Bethany Mota, and the DeMartino Twins as well as other models.

The trend #dothebrandonwoelfel consists of photographers taking photos of their models at night or at blue hour while incorporating some sort of artificial light in their images as well as heavy cool tones in post. I did not do this challenge to rip off Brandon instead I tried to see what parts of his style I could use to incorporate into my own photography and try to challenge myself. I almost never shoot past 7 so it was interesting to learn how to shoot without my friend the sun there to provide the natural light. This challenge has inspired me to do more night shooting with my own style incorporated but for now here is my take on emulating Brandon Woelfel’s style.


Check out my post about how to edit like Woelfel using Lightroom to create this cotton candy color palette and edit under low light!

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Michaels Challenge

In recent months there has been a rise in popular photography trends such as the Ugly Location Challenge which transformed into the now known Hobby Lobby Challenge. This challenge was popularized by Kelsey Maggart who was simply trying to get a floral image during the middle of winter. The trend has spread across America and spurred other teens and photographers to follow suit. However, Hobby Lobby wasn’t as enthusiastic about this challenge as many people were and even kicked out multiple photographers. Luckily Michaels Craft Stores began encouraging photographers to take on the challenge at their stores, they even went as far to post on their official Facebook page that they wanted people to come and be creative. Photographers such as Jessica Kobeissi hopped on the opportunity and delivered a beautiful interpretation of the challenge.

I decided to hop on the trend and try it for myself. I had an amazing experience at the Michaels store near my home where every employee was very kind and encouraging throughout the whole process. I even saw another photographer doing the same as I and taking pictures of their friends as well. I think this is a fun challenge that people should try even if you’re not a photographer. I attempted to expand outside of the floral section and added some other areas of the store into my images. I hope you enjoy my interpretation of the Michaels Craft Store Photo Challenge.


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Photographer: Nia Goodall

Shot with: Canon 7D Mark II & Canon 50mm 1.4

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Architecture Photographs

After studying the work of architectural photographer, Berenice Abbott, I was able to create my own architectural photos. Please take the poll or comment below your favorite image of the 1- 11.

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