This post is long overdue! The Culver Academy senior class of 2015 graduates in less than 4 days! But, I am finally posting about my shoot with Spencer from back in the fall. A little bit about our shoot. It was early. It was very cold. It was windy. And, it was awesome! Spencer was a rockstar. He didn't complain about the cold or having to be up before the sun a single time. I still remember the first time I met Spencer.Read More
As I continue to push myself to become a better photographer I continuously set new goals. This year, a major goal I set for myself was to photograph more of what I wanted to shoot commercially. This meant more personal projects revolving around adventuring, lifestyle, sports and fitness.Read More
Whether you're just out of school or you've been in the real world for a while, a fresh headshot can help you make an excellent first impression. This is especially true in our digital age, where your first impression will often times be from an online profile. So, I was thrilled when Dave asked me to give his headshots an update!Read More
I've had the pleasure of working with the MayesTelles Law Firm previously. All the attorneys working there are extremely friendly, and fun to work with. Claudia was no different from the rest of them. She had the same amazing personality and friendliness I'd come to expect from working with the rest of the group......Read More
You might have noticed the past few days, your hashtags aren't doing much for you. This is especially true for those of us who forget or choose not to hashtag in our original caption, and instead put a few later on. Well, thanks to Instagram's recent changes over the weekend, you can expect little return from hash tagging after you've already posted..........Read More
There are few instances where you'll watch a kid play and instantly know he's destined for greatness. Karch Bachman will be one of the greats. When he's on the ice he controls the game. Combine his talent with an amazing team and you're unstoppable.........Read More
If you ask me my favorite restaurant in all of Arizona, it's such an easy answer. I'll tell you The Roaring Fork. Which is why, I actually did a lap around my apartment in excitement after I got an email asking me to photograph their executive chef, Santiago Estrada. BOOM!Read More
Zach’s senior session ended a bit differently than we would have planned. Although, it definitely added a bit of extra excitement into the day. We met up with Zach Saturday morning, about an hour or so after the sun had risen. Not ideal, but not horrible lighting either. Especially since I was no longer shooting in the desert, where full tree’s seem to be as mythical as big foot......Read More
"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." - Vince Lombardi........Read More
A few weeks ago I released mine and Chloe’s christmas photo, or as I like to describe it as, the EPIC christmas card of 2014. It’s definitely more out there, and a lot better executed than last year’s photo we did. I'd say it is much more artistic, and clean. I wanted to do something on par with John Keatley’s christmas photo series.Read More
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm" - Winston Churchill
Earlier in the year, I had the pleasure of flying back to the midwest where I was able to enjoy a few days of true fall weather.Read More
Thanksgiving. A time for family, copious amounts of food, football, and hopefully thankfulness. As the year is nearing it's end, I have taken some time to reflect on all that has happened. It's been a great year for business, as well as a great year for relationships, health, and happiness.Read More
Hey guys, for today's teaser post we have an awesome couple, Kayla and Ryan! Kayla is currently in grad school at ASU, while Ryan just started working at Yelp. Did I mention they're newlyweds! They recently hired me to photograph them with their adorable dogs....Read More
This past Friday Chloe and I drove up to Sedona in preparation for our photo shoot with Melissa Madsen. I wanted to give Melissa some amazing senior photos, so we spent Friday evening and most of Saturday location scouting. Everything had to be perfect! And, I'd say things turned out better than perfect.....Read More
Culver Academy strives to instill strong values, leadership, and character in their students. Having the opportunity to now meet and photograph 6 of the academy's finest seniors, I can proudly say they are doing a fine job! This post is short and very sweet!.....Read More
I've just finished up work with Vincent Delfranco and Charles Pettit, for their newly named company LifeTyme Financial Group. Charles mans the east coast operations of LifeTyme, while Vincent takes care of business out here in AZ. They hired me to come in and give them some new headshots to include on their website and powerpoint presentations, among other web related uses........Read More
For today's blog post I would love to give a back story to a new image I created just this past evening. Last night I had an idea in mind for some awesome hiking boots photos! So Chloe and I set off to Lost Dog Trail, which is part of the McDowell Mountain Range in Scottsdale. As I'm always looking to build my commercial / advertising portfolio I thought this would be a great opportunity.......Read More
Maybe you've heard, Facebook has a new competitor. Their name is Ello and they're labeling themselves as the ANTI-Facebook. I'd say thats a rather large statement to be making. So what's the word on Ello you may be asking? What makes them different, and why should you join another social media site you have to check up on and update. Well first off, you can't just join. They are currently invite only! That's right. Just like good ol' Facebook was when they started out. I'm sure you don't remember those days. The days when 100% of your friends / followers saw your posts. Now, for some really cool features about Ello. First and probably the most awesome thing for us photographers is.... NO PHOTO COMPRESSION! or so it seems. I'm not sure if it's confirmed there's no compression of our pictures, but they look a hell of a lot cleaner on Ello than on Facebook, even if sized properly for Facebook. Another great thing related to photos on Ello is, like on google+ we're given a massive header image. Here's mine -->
The site itself has a simplified Tumblr like feel to it. It's very clean but also very Beta. There are lot's of minor fixes that could and will be made by the time they release the "final" version. Here's what your profile page looks like with your friends list displayed on the left side. You can find my profile here --> ello.co/brandontigrett
Stop by and say "ello" if you get an invite to the site!
Things you'll notice on this page. You've got a friends list, as well as noise. Noise can be explained as a 2nd tier of friends basically. When you go to someone's profile, you have the option to either place them in your friends or noise. Friends will appear as they're shown above, and on the home screen you will see every single interaction your friends make. This is kind of a cool / unique feature about ello. When you place someone in noise, they don't show up on your main feed, but you can find their info in a sort of summed up area when clicking on "noise".
A few little tweaks that could be made would be in the Discover section. I find it hard looking for my friends in there. When you type in the search for someone, it directs you to a number of different user names, but not specifically the real name of the person you're looking for.
Some quick tips on how to succeed on Ello:
- Interact with people. Comment on peoples updates and be friendly. If someone follows you and they have few or even no followers, reach out, and say something kind. It might make their day and you could find a new friend. I've met some great people through Facebook while I was in college, or when I moved to a new city. It's all about making connections.
- Use the site. This is the biggest thing. You have to be willing to use the site, and put Facebook aside. I'm tired of Facebook limiting the reach of our posts, which is why I'm starting to migrate everything over to Ello! Hopefully within a year, I'll have enough of a community on Ello that I won't need to pay Facebook another dime to spread the news about my photos!
- Give it some time. Ello is in beta. It says it right on the top of their website. Ello Beta. This means things are going to be buggy, and go wrong. But, it also means they aren't done with it yet and they will be improving it. So going back to point number 2, use the site, and find out what needs to be fixed, spread the word, and it shall improve!
- Lastly, spread the word about Ello in real life. The hardest part for a new social media company to do is come in and gain a steady user base when there are already some major players in the ring. Encourage your fiends and family to step away from the other sites and give Ello a shot. Even if they're skeptical or don't enjoy it the first time, encourage them to stay with it. It will improve!
Anyways, these are just a few points that have come to mind after being on the site for it's first big week! It's exciting, kind of pioneering a new social network. Let's do it together though! Spread the word and lets make this a huge community! And come find me on Ello! ello.co/brandontigrett
Lastly, here are a few really cool people I would suggest you follow if you do join. Besides me of course ;)
Jeremy Cowart - ello.co/jeremycowart
Renee Robyn - ello.co/reneerobyn
Pratik Naik - ello.co/solsticeretouch
Those are just a few. There are many more joining every day! See you on the other side.
Never, in my wildest dreams or imagination, would have thought my photo would be selected as an Editor's Choice on the popular site 500px......Read More
Continuing from last week's blog post, here's another awesome maternity session I photographed very early this year! Jennifer is absolutely beautiful, which made my job all the more enjoyable. Rick was a great guy to work with as well.....Read More