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
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
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.
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
If there's one thing that has helped my photography business, it's the relationships I made at the University of Kentucky. College is a perfect place for networking, and building your "rolodex"......Read More
First off I'd like to wish everyone a happy Labor Day. I hope you're all getting to take some time off and spend it with some family. Today's blog post is a short one, since I'm on vacation in Kentucky and didn't have a chance to write a nice long one. I recently was re hired to shoot another member of the Menlo Commercial Real Estate team.....Read More
A few months back Black Mayes reached out to me over the phone. He said he loved my style of head shots, and asked for my rates. The numbers were right in his ballpark so he said he'd call me back after the weekend to schedule a shoot date.....Read More
Today marked the final super moon for 2014, and unfortunately it was a very cloudy night. But, on the bright side I got some sick photos of a storm coming through, including lighting, and an epic sunset!
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Hello anyone who reads this blog! I have a few goals I would like work towards.
1 ~ Really start using my blog more. I have roughly 8 half written photography related tutorials / articles as well as around maybe 30 unshared photo shoots from the past half of the year. I must reveal the awesome that is on brandontigrett.com/blog!.....Read More
Back in May I had the pleasure of photographing Deepika and her lovely family! When she brought up the location we would be shooting at my jaw dropped, straight to the floor! The venue was extravagant!....Read More
If you haven't heard of Clint Davis, you surely will soon. This is because with a mailer marketing strategy like this, he's going to be getting all kinds of work from agencies. You can read his full blog post as well as see all kinds of behind the scenes photos and detail here (click the link). In this awesome short video Clint Davis shows what it takes to stand out when sending mailers to agencies, especially when hundreds of mailers hit their desk!Read More
What's that old saying? The devil is in the details, or its all about the details? Well when it comes to engagements, a major detail would definitely be the engagement ring!.....Read More
A while back I had the pleasure of working with the John's family! They were such a fun group to work with, and each of them had a unique and humorous personality that you remember!....Read More
When it comes to maternity photos I'm not the expert. I'll start off with saying that much. Maybe because I'm a guy and have never been pregnant...(not possible I know, unless you've seen that movie where Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes pregnant, which is very improbable. Maybe a side effect of steroids.) Ok lets start over. That was an awkward introduction to this post. I enjoy doing maternity shoots because there is a real connection between the mother to be and her unborn child, a connection so strong you can feel the emotion through a photograph. So, when Cherie contacted me about doing her maternity shoot and told me the location she wanted I knew I needed to do something different. Of course the Scottsdale Civic Center park is one of the hot spots for local photographers around town, it's so overdone that I needed to do something different here. Especially since the LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana is the most over photographed thing in the park. Here's what I came up with.
Lucky for me that day the fountains were turned off due to maintenance allowing for a clean reflection in the foreground water!
When Cherie requested this location I knew she would also request a photo with the LOVE statue by Robert Indiana. The two go hand in hand. But, I wasn't just going to plop her right in front, I needed the focus to be on her, after all that's why we were there! So we walked around a little bit and I decided to put her on the opposite side of the fountains from me in hopes i could get a nice reflection of her and the statue in the water. The stars aligned and I came out with a totally unique photo from a non unique location!
Here are a few more photos from the session, by the time of me writing this Cherie will have had her baby. Best wishes to both of them!
Emily Vincent & Shawn Cohen's Engagement Shoot
Emily and Shawn have been dating for over 3 years now, and little did she know her life would only get better on their family trip to Hawaii. For that is where Shawn proposed to her, on top of a mountain! So it was only fitting when Emily contacted me about shooting their engagement photos that we returned to the mountains for the location of their shoot. Below you can find a collection of different photos from the day.
Emily was very dedicated to getting some amazing photos, so dedicated that it didn't slow her down when she climbed up a bolder getting a few unseen cactus spines in her hand and butt! The image below shows them taking in the true beauty from the base of Tom's Thumb where you can see out over the entire Indian Preserve! It really is breathtaking.
Overall we had an amazing time on our shoot, walked away with only a few scrapes from the location, but with some amazing photographs they will remember forever! Good luck to Emily and Shawn in their upcoming wedding and marriage!
I was fortunate enough to be hosting Benjamin Wong otherwise known as just Von Wong in the photography community during the week of my photo shoot with Mike Ryan and his lovely girlfriend and her daughter. Ben's an accomplished photographer already, but to keep his skill set growing he plans to move into video. So with a generous amount of gear lent from Sony he opted to follow me around on my shoot with Mike, and shoot some awesome behind the scenes footage. Here's the epic finished product of my first ever behind the scenes video! ***EXCITING!!!**
Luckily Triple Scoop Music has some amazing royalty free music I was able to use, which really added to the awesomeness of the video.
On top of the great video, I also came out of this shoot with some awesome stills. -->
I've been quite busy these past couple of months so I thought I'd make a short blog post displaying some of my recent additions to the Portfolio! This is just a select few examples of my recent work click the link to check out my full portfolio.
Hi all! Here's a little weekend inspiration for you. I came across this video back in 2012 by Casey Neistat. Having just watched it again, I'm feeling very inspired and thought I would share it with you incase you haven't seen it.
Here's the link to the video as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxfZkMm3wcg
I believe this will be my first post in a new sort of line of posts where I share my inspiration with you! This video in particular hit home with me because I find myself in creative ruts sometimes. When I'm not quite sure where to go or what to do next I'll just do something to reinvigorate my creativity! So short story even shorter go out there and do something to mix things up, but most importantly make whatever you do count for something!
Here's a quick tip for anyone who struggles with retouching uneven skin tones in photoshop. It can be used for someone with a high number of blemishes or splotchy skin of any kind or variation.Read More