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A few weeks ago I got an email from a friend of mine that works at Soderquist Center, in Northwest Arkansas. Apparently Blake Mycoskie, founder of Toms Shoes, was going to be speaking at John Brown University for leadership week, and Soderquist Center needed a photographer to document the event. I had heard of Toms Shoes and I knew their basic mission as a company, but most of the information I knew was from passing conversations and campus events that I had experienced during my undergrad.

It was such a pleasure to meet Blake, I had the chance to ask him a few questions and listen to a lot of great stories while the journalists backstage interviewed him. I think the biggest thing I took from interacting with Blake was a reminder that giving back can be simple, but not easy. Toms Shoes reminded me and reinforced the idea that I really want to find a way to use my passion of photography and design in a giving back kind of way, maybe through something like Help Portrait, but, Blake got my brain spinning, trying to think of ways that I could give back to the world through my abilities. I have yet to come up with how to apply his wisdom to my passions, but, I know it’ll come together.

Anyway, here are a handfull of pictures from the day:

TOMS Shoes...

TOMS Shoes...

The Interviews

The Interviews

Chapel Video

Chapel Video

Blake Speaking

Blake Speaking

Blake Talking about TOMS Shoes

Blake Talking about TOMS Shoes

Blake took photos with students

Blake took photos with students

He also signed things..including shoes...

He also signed things..including shoes...

In the Afternoon there was a Q&A

In the Afternoon there was a Q&A

More Q&A

More Q&A

People could text in questions and Blake would answer them

People could text in questions and Blake would answer them

Blake Mycoskie founder of TOMS Shoes

Blake Mycoskie founder of TOMS Shoes

Anyway, it was a really great day, I learned a lot and I want to thank Soderquist Center for hiring me, it was a joy to photograph this event.

-Natalie

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Well, snow day number 2 of 7…and i’m already procrastinating at a very high level. Instead of doing all the things my art director is giving me to do….(sorry scott)…. I am going out and playing in the snow. Thought you guys might want to learn how to make a snow angel. So, here are my steps:

Snow Angel Steps 1-3

Snow Angel Steps 1-3

happy snow angeling!

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So, I’ve really been thinking about what photography projects I want to do this semester. And with my printmaking degree in full swing, it is becoming difficult to think about lots of projects at one time. But, I have really been considering food photography for awhile, and checking out all sorts of food blogs such as www.sprinklebakes.com and www.thepioneerwoman.com. The problem is, I don’t really cook, and on top of that, I don’t have time to cook extravegant things. So, in an effort to at least practice, I’m going to try and shoot the food I eat on a regular basis. Which, in my head, includes everything from snacks to meals.

So, here is my first photo…my dinner..last night….

Dinner: Chicken and Peas.

Dinner: Chicken and Peas.

Also, some people have expressed want to see my humble abode in Tulsa…so I actually cleaned my room yesterday….and shot some pictures of where I am living here in Tulsa…(just my room really….I do live in an apartment, but I didn’t feel like cleaning the _whole_ apartment…just my room…)

so…here’s that. And yes. these are shot with my 14mm f/2.8:

Room from the doorway

Room from the doorway

Room from closet

Room from closet

Room from desk

Room from desk

So, there you have it. That’s kind of what I’m up to. Hopefully, I will get some pictures of the prints I did last semester so I can upload them here to this community….also, I’m going to the Palm Springs Photo Festival in March, and I’m hoping to enter the slideshow contest, so if you have ideas on what I should shoot for that, go ahead and leave a comment.

Thanks for reading,
Natalie

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So, for Halloween, my roommate and I decided what we would go as. The decision came down to Trick or Treating as the people who answer the door for trick or treaters.

So to start out, we had to make a door. We looked  awhile for a real door…but ended up, we made one out of a huge piece of cardboard, it turned out pretty well.

Cutting to Size

Cutting to Size

Making Handles out of plastic bags

Making Handles out of plastic bags

Making the Halloween Sign

Making the Halloween Sign

Making the Home Sweet Home sign

Making the Home Sweet Home sign

Adding the finishing touches

Adding the finishing touches

Rosey getting into character

Rosey getting into character

Here's the finished Door

Here's the finished Door

 

The reactions we got usually were confusion or laughter, depending on the age group. Adults usually got it, and loved it, kids usually looked really confused…and it ended about like the comic did….

 

anyway, that’s it.

-Natalie

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My birthday was a few weeks ago, and my friend Heather gave me a sushi matt and a book on making Sushi. So being the person that I am, I promised some friends of mine sushi this weekend. I needed to do a practice run. Tonight I had that practice run…and with all my free time I decided to practice food photography. And as it turns out there isn’t much to photograph in the process of making Sushi…but the final photo is pretty nice…so that’s cool, anyway, here’s photos from my adventure. Enjoy.

Cleaning the Rice

Drying the Rice

Cutting the Vegetables

The Final Philly Roll

So that’s it….if you’re interested in making Sushi, I recommend it…it’s not that hard, it’s just slightly time consuming….

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It’s been almost a month since my California trip and I have been trying to put my inspiration to good use. I have always been enthralled ring flashes, but they are so expensive! I recently found a Pizza Box Ring Flash how to…But, it didn’t go on my camera, it was meant as an off camera ring flash…so I made some changes. And here, for all to use, is my version of the Pizza box ring flash.

Step One:

materialsYou will need a few things:

1. Foil Tape, Masking Tape, Duct Tape

2. PVC Pipe the size of your lens (my lens is are big. But if you make one for a smaller lens, like a 50mm, it’ll probably easier to find a PVC pipe piece)

3. Pizza Box

4. 2 Bowls, (1 smaller, but bigger than your PVC, a slightly larger one, so you can have the actual, ring.)

5. Tissue Paper

6. Utility Knife

Step Two:

You will need to find the center of your Pizza Box.

Step Three:

After finding the center, use your smaller bowl to make the ring that will be taped to your PVC piece.

Step Four:

Draw the circle with the bigger bowl, and the circle with the PVC pipe.

Step Five:

You will cut out all the circlues, but the one that matters most is the middle one that says “glue to PVC.” this is the one that will make the ring show up in your subjects eyes.

Step Six:

Cover the entire inside of the box with the foil tape.

Step Seven:

Cut the hole for you PVC from the line you drew. Then draw around the PVC on the the back of the box. On mine I have the inside line and the outside line tha make it easier to know what I’m dealing with.

Step Eight:

Tape the inside ring to the PVC pipe. Then cut the tissue paper to size. I used one sheet, it usually does the trick.

Step Nine:

Tape down the tissue paper, and cut a hole to tape to the PVC pipe.

Step Ten:

Take your external flash and trace around it so you know how big your flash spot needs to be.

Step Eleven:

Cut the hole out, and you have a finished Ring flash. In this particular model, you need Pocket Wizards to work the whole thing.

Final Product:

This is how it looks on the front of my camera.

Examples:

Well there you have it. A pizza box ring flash made for…maybe 10 dollars, depending on how picky you are about your pizza.

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Well, it’s been about a week since I got back from Palm Springs, California. Every year this is a photo festival there, with workshops, and symposiums….all sorts of people are there. It was a great experience. If you ever want to go to Palm Springs, and are a photographer, I would recommend going to this. It’s the perfect time of year, and a beautiful city.

I was lucky enough to take a workshop with 17 incredible people, taught by Keith Carter himself. I learned a lot from all of the people there, and got to see work from all over the map. There were a few people who just got back from Cuba, a guy who is the photographer for an arcehological dig in Peru (from 3,000 BC I do believe)…and a few people who did hand coloring to their black and white photos..it was so inspirational.

I also got a lot of portfolio ciritques from at least 5 people. One of which was Frank Ockenfels III, and a wired magizine photo editor. They helped me figure out which direction I should go with my current projects and how to get my name out there.

Anyway, here are a few shots from the week. Visit my flickr for the full show 😉

Salton Sea

This is a fish at the edge of the Salton Sea

working

This is where we worked mostly in the day time with Keith Carter

Keith

The back of Keith Carters camera says "never ever, ever give up." We had just talked about portraits that didn't focus on the face.

19 people

This is how you fit 19 people in a 1 person bungalow.

Noah's Art

This is where a lot of art was built out of random pieces of nothing...it was fun.

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