As a commercial photography student at RCC, we are required to do six “Self-Promo” assignments. To be honest, I was having a rather hard time thinking of what to do for my first one. The other day, I woke up at around 3 in the morning. I was annoyed, but after being awake for a little while, an idea hit me. I’ve always loved drinking Cheerwine, and I decided that there wasn’t really a better way to show my appreciation for it than to photograph it. Here’s what I got:



Creating Mood With Light

Mood is a rather important element in photography. A single photograph can make you feel drastically different just by altering one or two small things. A lot of how an image makes you feel has to do with the color, but it also has to do with the quality of the light. We were given an assignment to photograph a stuffed animal in four different predetermined moods. The one seen below is meant to represent a “heroic” mood.


Tyler’s Senior Portraits

In the time between semesters, I had the opportunity to photograph one of my best friends. He is starting this school year as a senior at Trinity High School in Trinity, NC and is a volunteer fireman. He loves what he does, and hopes to make a career out of it in the near future. In this particular photograph, I had him standing on top of a ladder truck with a light shining across the garage, while I stood on a balcony about 50 feet away.


First Commercial Assignment

I have officially begun second year. To be honest, it’s rather hard to believe. Here I am, though, and I’m excited! We have all gone into our individual concentrations now, and for me, that’s commercial. Our first official assignment for this class was to shoot something that has to do with “dairy.” We weren’t given a whole lot of detail as to what that meant, and I am glad. In the past, it seems like most assignments were pretty restricting as to what one could shoot. For this, however, we could do anything we liked. I chose milk, and to give it a sense of setting, I placed it in front of a window with a large diffuse light source behind it.