Creating a Creative Resume for Employers and Clients
Hi everyone! I’m Naomi, a photography and designer. I’ve had the opportunity to develop several skills with different photography styles over the past three months. With this, I have become versed in flash, food, landscape, fashion, and portraiture photography. This past week, I created this creative resume to showcase some of my work.
This was a fun project to put design and put together. Here’s a website where I got some inspiration. I wanted it to be about the side of a business card when folded up, so that it could easily fit in a pocket or wallet. I decided to focus mainly on my photography and design skills, with a section included for my work experience. I mainly want this to be a teaser and lead people to look at my website, which I included on the Contact page.
There’s a quote that I heard when I began to explore photography, and I absolutely love it!
“Life isn’t what you are given, it’s what you create, what you conquer, and what you aim to achieve.”
This is mainly why I named my business Naomi Sweet Creations. I believe every piece of work is a work of art that I had to discover, capture, and create with knowledge of in-camera settings and post-editing. To create something is to take what you have and make it your own. This is why I want to do work for clients, so that they can have personalized images and design work that they can showcase.
With photography, my style is focused on light and capturing beauty in ordinary locations. I love finding new angles where something can be seen in a new light. Most of my time has been spent in portraiture with engagement, graduation, family, and maternity photoshoots. I’ve been scheduling paid photoshoots for the past 2 years and have worked with dozens of clients. Engagement photoshoots are some of my favorite sessions to photograph! Every time I have the opportunity to take pictures of a couple, I witness their love story come to life. You can see it in the way he looks at her and the way she leans into him. It’s a fun way to celebrate a momentous time in their life!
In the past 3 months, I’ve had an amazing opportunity of practicing new types of photography, such as food photography, landscape photography, fashion photography, and star photography. Being in a COMM 316 – Professional Imaging class has helped me develop skills in working with strict deadlines, expectations of clients, lighting equipment, and models.
Something that was particularly fun that I practiced in this class was combining my photography and design skills to create posters and advertisements. One of my favorite projects was recreating a movie poster from scratch using the Adobe Creative Suite and photography.
I’ve had experience in design work with creating event ads, logos, pricing sheets, websites, brochures, and wedding invitations. My favorite thing about design is incorporating details and organization in layouts. It’s really the small details and adjustments that make a difference!
Overall, through developing my skills and practicing photography and design, I have discovered that I have the capacity to learn and apply new information quickly and accurately. I love opportunities where I can learn new skills and apply them in my work. I believe that we should never stop learning and developing our style to incorporate new ideas. The photography and design world is constantly changing, and I look forward to the new things I can implement in my work.
I am convinced that I can be an asset in any position requiring enthusiasm, creativity, organization, hard work, and reliability. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future, whether it be employment options, or client-based work.
Stock Photography Best Image
I chose this image as my best because I feel like it is the most versatile. It can be used for singing, speaking, conferences, performances, etc. I actually took this picture for the background of a poster that I made for an event. (see below)
I oversaturated it here and posterized it a little to give it a certain look for the poster. Here is the original unedited image:
I extended the canvas so that there would be more space for buyers to add text or other content. I also increased the highlights and vibrancy a little bit. I used the clone stamp and content aware fill to extend the chord to the edge of the page. We will see how well it sells!
Check Out My Top Images From This Semester!
While taking COMM 316 – Professional Imaging, I learned a lot more about how to take advantage of off-camera tools such as auxiliary lighting and in-camera settings to expand my skills. My favorite assignments were when I could experiment with different lenses and techniques. This is why I especially liked capturing the night sky and the milky way. I am glad that I could also continue to improve my skills with portraiture. I’ve discovered more my posing and editing style. Exploring different techniques has helped me see that I really prefer natural lighting and seeing beauty in average places!
Planning and Executing a Graduation Photoshoot
I had the opportunity to do a graduation photoshoot for one of my friends that is graduating at the end of this year! He is a political science major, so he wanted to have a more business-like photoshoot in a professional atmosphere. For pricing packages, he chose the Standard graduation package which includes 30 minute shooting time, 1 location, 1 outfit, 10 edited images, and a printing release for $69.00.
Here’s the plan that I came up with in organizing the details of the photoshoot:
I met with my client on Wednesday, November 15th at 11 am, 3 days before the photoshoot, to discuss exactly what kind of pictures he wanted and what props he would have. We decided on a specific time for the session itself, keeping the weather in mind. This helped to really get an idea of what poses I needed to focus on and adjust this photoshoot to my client’s needs.
Check out the top pictures from the shoot:
We decided to take pictures at 3 PM on Saturday, November 18th. The weather had just cleared up from being cloudy all week, however the wind was pretty crazy most of the day. We decided to go with my Plan B and take pictures in the Science Technology Center on campus which is one of the more prestigious, business-like buildings. The architecture is very beautiful, and the large glass windows allow a lot of light to come in for brighter pictures. We spent most of the time inside.
My client really wanted some pictures outside as well. Luckily we were able to find a courtyard between buildings which blocked the wind for the most part. The difficult part was that there wasn’t a lot of warmer light because the weather was kind of dreary. I decided to take the pictures next to a red-orange brick building so that the warm light would bounce off of the subject.
Here are the results:
In post-editing, I didn’t edit as heavily, and was able to give the pictures to my client on Monday, the 20th.
I’d say the main thing that differed from my plan was taking the weather into consideration while meeting the needs and wants of my client. I learned that although things may not be ideal, you can still come up with different ways and means of getting great pictures though it may not be the original plan you had thought of.
Overall, I’d say it was a successful graduation photoshoot, and my client was pleased with the photos and the timely manner that he received them!
I found a great resource on how to prepare for photoshoots here.
Using Aux Lighting to Get Well-Lit Outdoor Portraits
One way to get well-lit portraits outdoors is to use aux lighting such as a speedlight or softbox. Here are some examples of portraits that I took in different outdoor settings.
With this shot, I definitely wanted to compose it so that the mountain would be on the other rule of third line. Here is the angle I took it at:
I am on the bottom right.
With this image, if you were to focus on the subject itself, the sky would be blown out with highlights. In order to balance out the light, I adjusted the exposure so that the sky would show up, and then compensated how dark the subject would be by adding the flash. Here’s a picture of the setup and flash that I had next to the model:
With this technique you can have a well-exposed subject along with a well-exposed background. Click here to see some more examples of well-lit outdoor portraits.
How To Take Portraits That Tell Stories
We know the famous saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Well to put it into practice, I decided to take some portraits to tell parts of well known stories.
When taking the portraits, it’s important to focus on the person’s facial expression. The face is the window to the soul, and when read correctly, the story is seen there.
In the first image, I had the model hold her hood close to her face and look behind her shoulder to portray fear and awareness. I decided to take the picture from a lower angle to capture the cloudy sky and leaves of the forest. It gives the picture a gloomier feel, and gives a lot of space to the image.
In the second image, I had the model look directly at the camera. With the aux light to the right, it gives the portrait a “deer in the headlights” look. However, by having her bring her chin up and roll her shoulders back, she comes across as having a strong character.
This was a fun photoshoot to do! Elphaba from the musical “Wicked” is one of the most misunderstood characters. In reality, she wasn’t always wicked, and her character is very complicated. Elphaba isn’t some sort of evil monster, but she becomes so apathetic in her later years that she simply stops trying hard to be good. It’s this sort of attitude, combined with her weirdness and her already harsh personality that pushes toward becoming the Wicked Witch.
With this last image, I decided to take a closeup shot of the guitarist just to show his hand on the strings. I love the saying, “His heart is written on the strings of his guitar.”
It is my hope that I can always tell stories with the portraits that I take. As you look for portraits that tell stories, see what message the photographer is trying to portray, and the photograph will all of a sudden hold a deeper meaning.
Here’s a great article if you would like to read more about this!
Photographing The Lift Restaurant: Rustic Restaurant Architecture
Taking pictures at The Lift in Jackson Hole was such a cool experience. Their plating is exquisite and their menu is so delicious. While I was there, not only did I take pictures of their food, but of their restaurant as well. The environment is very unique and fits in well with the rustic style of Jackson Hole.
As you can see, the rustic restaurant architecture consists of a lot of wood and metal. I decided to shoot with a wide angle lens to capture as much of it as possible. In editing, I used more contrast and clarity to help capture the already bright colors on the window panes and side buildings.
The inside was incredible! It had an even more rustic feel with the wooden booths, antique items, and classic posters. I wanted to capture the ceiling decoration as well, especially the bicycle!
Just around the corner, there’s a nice deck with outdoor seating. I felt like I had walked onto the deck of an old cabin. This definitely added to the restaurant architecture as a whole and the rustic small-town feeling that Jackson Hole offers.
Feel free to look at this site to see more examples of rustic restaurant interiors.
Check out the tasty restaurant photography that I did in the restaurant below!
Doing Tasty Restaurant Photography with Main Dishes
Here are some additional pictures I took at The Lift Restaurant in Jackson Hole! There were so many beautiful dishes with great elements to capture! I focused a lot on the shapes and details of the food with the main dishes, so I shot at low angles with a very shallow depth of field.
As always, I wanted to capture people interacting with and eating the food, which is key to capturing tasty restaurant photography. See my previous Tasty Restaurant Photography post with appetizers and desserts to see more of this!
Because I was there with other photographers, I decided to take a “behind-the-scene” shot while taking pictures of this cheesy pasta and chicken.
I loved the texture of each dish, especially the grill marks on this salmon. I shot at a low angle and made sure to capture the edge of the rectangle plate to repeat the shape of the fish.
Tasty Restaurant Photography is one of my favorites because it helps the customer to see the best features of the dish they are about to eat! It’s fun to capture details in food, and it really makes you hungry!
Doing Tasty Restaurant Photography with Appetizers and Desserts
While in Jackson Hole, I had the opportunity to photograph appetizers and desserts at The Lift Restaurant (see their website here).
In order to do some tasty restaurant photography, there are three elements that you must include: Composition, Exposure, and Focus. I went into the restaurant thinking about what the best feature of each dish was, and made it my goal to capture that.
With this pita chips appetizer, I immediately noticed the unique plating of the chips spiraled around the dip, and texture of the dip. I decided to focus on the very center of the spiral which aligned perfectly with the piece of tomato on the edge of a pita chip.
I loved the fact that this mousse pie was cut in a square and placed on a circular plate. The pattern of the chocolate syrup also added so much to the composition. This is why i decided to take an overhead shot and face the mint in facing the edge of the plate on the rule of thirds line.
One of my favorite parts of taking pictures of restaurant food was capturing the customers interacting with the food. Seeing food being eaten is one of the keys to selling the menu item. Doesn’t it look appetizing?
With this image, I focused a lot on getting the right exposure. The mint had to be lighted correctly along with the cheesecake in the background. I didn’t want the far background behind the plate to be light, so I made sure to point the external flashes more directly at the subject.
The goal with tasty restaurant photography is to help the customer experience the food before they even taste it. Textures, colors, and arrangement are all important factors! Check out the main dishes I took pictures of here!
The Venue Interior Details Add to the Photoshoot
Often times, the environment you shoot fashion photography in adds to the photoshoot. If you look at my other fashion photoshoots you can see some of the background elements. This location is called The Venue, located in Rigby, Idaho. It’s a great place to hold receptions, luncheons, and other classy events. I had the chance to capture several interior venue details that can be great accessories to any photoshoot.
Something that I immediately noticed was the details int he chandeliers in several rooms of the venue.
There were also several plants on side tables and window sills that added awesome detail to the space as a whole!
Something as simple as the style of doorknob makes a difference!
There were several other interior venue details such as chairs, cloth, tables, and wall decoration. Next time you’re choosing a place to have a photoshoot, pay attention to the details in the room!