Allow me to introduce the incredibly talented photographer, Victoria Richardson Stokes
I have been so impressed with the photography work of Victoria this semester. She is in my section 1 of Comm 300 Digital Imaging at BYU-Idaho. Victoria has such natural, raw talent and a great eye for composition and light. But even more important, she is sincere, kind, humble, happy and hard-working! As you can see from her beautiful work below, she is versatile, which shows her adaptability. Victoria has gone out of her way all semester to learn more, stretch herself and improve her skills each week. One week early on, she spent hours trying out a water drop tutorial on my website that is very difficult. She pulled of an excellent result, yet she would never call attention to herself. So I asked Victoria to write up her photography story and allow me to share it on my blog. She said “yes” so here is her beautiful work. Don’t forget to read her own words about her journey below…Click HERE to find more of Victoria’s work.
Victoria’s Journey, as told by Victoria Richardson Stokes:
I started photography at the young age of twelve when I bought my first $20 camera at a neighbor’s yard sale. I began taking pictures of everything that I found interesting. Years later, my parents bought a camera for family use, but I used it as my own. I began researching photographers and learning knew things about composition and editing techniques. Others began telling me how much they loved my images, and I started up my own little business. I took engagement, wedding, reception, baptism, baby, senior and family portraits. I was pretty successful for my age, and for not having any kind of class or personal training. In high school, I was head of the yearbook club, where I photographed and designed images and pages. My love for photography forced me to major in Communications with an emphasis in Visual Media, however, during my first couple of semesters, as I found myself drowning in the homework of other classes, I had no time to take pictures and practice my photographic talents. I took the Comm 130, Visual Imaging, and realized how much I missed designing, and I found myself wanting to become a graphic designer. For that class, we had to submit a photography assignment, but I didn’t have a camera, and so, instead of renting one from the school, I drove to Walmart and bought one.
Two years later, after taking pictures here and there, I found myself registering for the Comm 300 Digital Imaging class. At first, I was very hesitant and within the first week, thought about dropping out of the class because I felt that my skill level was not good enough to meet the standards of my classmates. However, the thought of giving up on something just because I didn’t feel good enough, ate at my thoughts. I stuck with it, and learned from my classmates instead of comparing myself to them. I asked questions and set aside extra time to plan, work and focus. Eventually, I convinced myself that I can do hard things. I learned so much from my amazing professor, Sister Caryn Esplin! She inspired me to try harder every week, with every assignment. Every week’s assignment was a new challenge for me, but I learned macro and portrait photography. Sister Esplin taught me how to use reflectors and auxiliary lighting including, flash, strobe and continuous lighting. I especially loved learning more about the Adobe programs including Lightroom and Photoshop. Overall, I really learned how to push myself to think outside of the box to get creative angels, compositions, lighting and even stories. Thank you, Sister Esplin, for helping me to become a photographer.
Look what I found the past few days! Comm 300 – Section 1
This is a collection of incredible mages I found while browsing through my students’ blogs from section 1 of Comm 300 Digital Imaging. Congratulations to these students for capturing these inspiring images! You are so talented and I appreciate your hard work this semester.
Incredible Creative Photodesign from my Comm 316 Professional Imaging Students
Congratulations to all my students for their amazing creative photo projects! It was hard to narrow it down to this group, because there were so many excellent and unique projects. But I finally narrowed it down to these. Be sure to click the link below each project to see the students websites and see more of their work and read how they captured these creative images. Check out the student websites by clicking the link under their image. Enjoy!
HELAMAN HIGLEY: (Above) CLICK HERE to see student blog post
Meet my Professional Imaging students – Win 2017
I am so proud of my students this semester in my Comm 316 Professional Imaging course. Each one of them has an awesome website of beautiful, creative, versatile imagery and design. You could hire any of them and be very happy about it. Check out their website, by clicking the link under their fine art image below.
These large fine art prints are framed and on display in the Spori foyer this week Thursday, March 2 – Thursday March 9, so come by to see the full size display if you are in the area. Here is our group in February while on our three-day photo excursion to Victor – Jackson and the Tetons! We had hands-on workshops with so many different genres of photography: food and product, macro, light painting, long exposure, portraiture, posing lighting, wildlife, landscape. Since then we have been doing creative photoart, and next we have a fashion shoot and do architectural photography. Each student practices SEO to get their work at the top of search topics with 10 million of more web results.
We also practice web design skills and set up a marketing plan with pricing and contracts for their own businesses. Students created movie posters to introduce themselves at the start and they will design a Creative Resume Handout for their final project. I am so pleased to introduce my students and their incredible work here. Enjoy!
HANGING THE PRINTS PARTY! – Photos by Douglas Phan, my amazing TA
I’m so pleased with the excellent student images for the Macro assignment in Comm 300 Digital Imaging. Be sure to click the link below their image to see each student blog post. Congratulations to the students being featured here this week for their awesome close up shots. Check back each week during the semester to see different students featured.
MACRO – Featured Students:
Macro Photography from my Professional Imaging Students
The macro photography from the students in my Comm 316 Professional Imaging class this semester is simply amazing. Here are some featured highlights from four students who just nailed this project! Be sure to click the links below the images to check out these students’ websites.
Christine Taylor – Lexy Wagner – Julia Meireles – Emilyn Prestwich
Check out these excellent student images and click the link below their image to see their whole blog post. Congratulations to the students being featured here this week for their awesome portraits. I am so happy with the excellent results from this assignment. Check back each week during the semester to see different students featured.
Week 5 Featured Students:
Graduate Portraits and Balance the Light Workshop! Feb 2
Comm 316 Professional Imaging – Sky Mountain Lodge – Victor, Idaho
Check out a sample of the images my students captured on our photo excursion for Comm 316 Professional Imaging. Day 2 included great workshops and hands-on shooting all day long at the Sky Mountain Lodge in Victor, Idaho. Here are a few highlights from our Day 2 slideshow when the students share the images they took that day. Congratulations to these students for being featured!
On-the-Spot! Feb. 1 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Comm 316 Professional Imaging – Class Excursion
Here are some of the student highlights from our day to the Jackson Hole area on February 1. It was snowing much of the day but we had a great time and the students came back with incredible images!
The Movie Poster project is a favorite in Comm 316 at BYU-Idaho
I always look forward to see how my students will portray themselves through a movie poster in my Comm 316 Professional Imaging course. Each student selects a real or fictitious movie to showcase their life and style. The following students are being featured for their creative and well executed designs. I was impressed with the quality lighting and image editing techniques of all my students’ work. Who wouldn’t want to hire any one of them? Be sure to click on the link below each project to visit the student’s blog post on their website.
Congratulations to Sarah Rodebush, Emily Froelich, Ben Fagersten, Emma Simkins, Emily Birkmeyer