Summer Shooting

Lots of new and exciting things have been happening! If you’re just here for the photos make sure you read the bit at the end of the post.

At the end of May I flew back to Iowa to see my family and get some wedding things straightened out. I have THE worst luck flying. We ran into storms on the way to Iowa, and on the way home, we had a ground stop and we sat on the plane on the runway for 4.5 hours, I missed my connection, got on board another plane, had a turbulent flight, and then landed in Columbus to another ground stop, which made us sit on the runway for another hour before they’d let us off. I’m beginning to like driving more and more!

It stormed heavily every day while I was in Iowa. I didn’t get to take many pictures at all as it was constant tornado warnings followed by flash floods. I took a few pictures despite the conditions anyway.

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Super Cell off of I-35 north of Des Moines.
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Severe Thunderstorm warnings don’t stop me from going out and shooting.
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I of course had to visit my little nephew, who is growing up way too fast. He can walk and talk now and is a lot of fun! While I was in Des Moines my fiance came up for a day. It was amazing to see him again, even if only for a short amount of time. It had been almost 5 months since we last saw each other.

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Out for a walk between thunderstorms.
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Cade acts like Jen’s his favorite aunt, but really, she’s his 2nd favorite 😉
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Cade with his Grandma Linda.
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“Fishing” at the farmer’s market.
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My nephew, Cade, with my sister (his aunt) at the Cedar Rapids Farmer’s Market. He wasn’t quite sure what to make of the duck.
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My nephew. © Holly Hildreth 2013

My nephew.
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I didn’t get as much done as I thought I would–we found out right before I came that my grandma’s cancer had spread and she needed to have surgery immediately, so we did spend a fair amount of time down in Iowa City with her for her operation. I was glad I was able to be there for her. But all-in-all it was good to see everyone again. It stinks I won’t be back until Christmas, but I guess that’s the price you pay for living in another time zone.

In Columbus I have been keeping busy and I also volunteering at the humane society. I have helped with a handful of fundraisers and I take photos of the adoptable animals for their promotions and websites. I love that it gives me my fix of two of my favorite things–animals and photography.

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Volunteer Dog Wash in Dublin, OH
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Dog wash fund raiser in Dublin, OH
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Adoptable kitten at the Humane Society of Delaware County
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Super sweet Beagle mix for adoption at the Humane Society of Delaware County
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Mix breed dog available for adoption at the Humane Society of Delaware County
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I wanted so badly to take this little fluff ball home! He’s looking for a forever home at the Humane Society of Delaware County.
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Available through the Humane Society of Delaware County
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And of course I still find time to take other photos too.

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And when all else fails and Stoli’s not being a good photo sport, I find other things to shoot, like my ring
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Near-Infrared photo at Inniswood Metro Gardens in Westerville, OH
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Stoli turned THREE in May. Doesn’t seem like he should be that old already. As you can see he was still pretty excited.
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One of my new favorite Stoli photos. It took forever to get this shot. I was holding his cheeks and running the camera.
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We also signed on a condo earlier this month. I start moving my things at the end of July, and my fiancé moves out here at the end of August. I can not wait, and I am literally counting down the days! I fell in love with the condo during the showing. At first we thought we weren’t going to get it as another couple had already started the paperwork, but we had a twist of fate in our favor. It’s going to be a nice upgrade from what I have now.  The only downside is it’s on the 3rd floor, and I am not looking forward to moving my furniture up 3 flights of stairs.

Outside of our new building. Ours is on the back side and overlooks Alum Creek and a wooded area. © Holly Hildreth 2013

Outside of our new building. Ours is on the back side and overlooks Alum Creek and a wooded area.
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A quick panorama of the deck, living room, and part of the kitchen in the new place. © Holly Hildreth 2013

A quick panorama of the deck, living room, and part of the kitchen in the new place.
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And perhaps the most exciting part: I have TWO new Hallmark cards coming out!! The first is a birthday card for a man, which is available online now, and the 2nd is a baby card for a baby boy. The 2nd card goes for sale online in October. If they go to stores, they’ll both be out in July of next year.

This is the photo for the Man's birthday card.

This is the photo for the Man’s birthday card.

This is the drawing that will be on the baby boy card. This is actually the first drawing I did on the computer. I don't consider myself to be an illustrator by any means, so I was pleasantly surprised Hallmark wanted this one!

This is the drawing that will be on the baby boy card. This is actually the first drawing I did on the computer. I don’t consider myself to be an illustrator by any means, so I was pleasantly surprised Hallmark wanted this one!

Like I said, the Man’s b-day card is online now at: Hallmark, and then the Baby card will be online in October, and I will post a link then. If Hallmark moves these to stores it won’t be until July of next year, but trust me, I’ll let you know! I was also pleased to see Hallmark is bringing back my Stoli Birthday card in stores. I saw them stocking shelves as my local Kroger earlier this week with his card.

I’m sure I’ll post once we move into our new place, but I’ll be quite busy until then!!

All images in this post are © Holly Hildreth 2013 | http://www.hhildretphotography.com

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April Update & Shoot with Max

I’d like to start by apologizing for going Awol for the last month. As you know, I had my mid-program assessment, which is THE most important event in a UCM photography student’s college career. I passed with all high marks, so that’s a load off my chest. After mid-program I took a job as a photographer at Picture Me Portrait Studios in Wal-Mart. It’s been…interesting, to say the least. I’ve been there every night after classes and all day every day on the weekends training. It’s pretty much taken up all my free time, as now my schedule has me going to class from 9-3:30, work 4-7, shooting for school projects and other homework from 7pm-1am-ish, sleep from until 7:30am. Hopefully things will cool off once the end of the semester comes. The job is, like I said, interesting. I find myself constantly asking, “Did that really just happen!?” At least, (if I HAVE to find a silver lining,) it’s one of those jobs where you come home with a great story at the end of every day.

I finally got some studio time in to work on my dog portraits again. One of my professors, Jerry Schmidt, approached me after my mid-program assessment and asked me if I would be willing to photograph his wife and dog together in the studio. I was excited to have a new subject and jumped on the opportunity. I have been used to working with smaller dogs, as almost every dog that I shot for my portfolio was 30lbs and under. Max was a huge Golden Retriever, so I had to try and revamp my approach on shooting, as he took up most of the seamless paper. Here are a couple images from the shoot. I posted my favorite shots. I usually like the images that have humor, show emotion, or tell a story. As always, all are on my flickr site, which can be found: Here

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The Torture Continues…Studio Assignment #6

This week our studio assignment is to set up a “desk scene” that describes us and use two different colors of light. We were to set up the scene, and then use a bogo with  cut outs to make it look like a natural dappled light source and then use a colored gel over the light to make the color temperature indicative of a certain time of day. Then our other light source would be a fill behind a scrim. In my shot, I have a messy desk scene, which is pretty true to the way my actual desk looks. I tried to fill the scene with a lot of my favorite books, movies, tv shows, etc. My gelled light is a dark blue, setting the time at night, since I am a night owl. My other light was supposed to look like a tungsten bulb you would find in a desk lamp. I’m not thrilled with the results, but that’s probably because it’s a studio shot. The only thing I like about it is that it reminds me of an I-Spy book. The longer you look at it, the more things you find!

 

Update on Stoli

You may recall from previous posts that my boyfriend got a corgi puppy back in July. Well that puppy, Stoli, is going on 14 weeks now and I hadn’t posted any photos in a while. If you refer back to my old post (https://hhildrethphoto.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/meet-stoli-the-corgi/) you can tell he’s definitely grown. He can master the steps and has a LOT more energy now. We’re working on potty training, but he’s a little too smart for his own good. He rings a bell when he needs to go out, but he’s also figured out that if he rings it he can go outside to play, so he like to ring it all the time. We’re working on tricks as well. So far he knows sit, up, come, and shake. We’re try beg, down, roll over, and spin, but he’s not a fan of those and tends to not do so well with them. Anyway, here are a few shots with Stoli and the people who spoil him.

Creative #6 – Awkward Man 2: Moments of Pride

After getting some positive feedback on my last awkward man post, I decided to continue. This installment I like to call “Moments of Pride”. I wanted to showcase those moments where you do things that you’re not exactly proud of to make other people happy. It also focus on that oh-so-awkward moment that pet owners everywhere know to well: when your pet follows you to the bathroom and just sits and stares, judging your performance. This was a really hard shoot to do and I am not sure my ideas quite got across. I am thinking about exploring this in another shoot and seeing if I can portray my concepts better.

The Dog House

Red's your color

Some Light Reading

Can I help you?

Seriously?

Editorial #3 – Travel, Zoo, Wildlife

Since I was little, I have always loved zoos. However, once I started taking my camera with me, it went to a whole new level. I spent two full days wondering around the Kansas City Zoo trying to get some really close, expressive shots of the wildlife. My goal was to show the animals’ personalities, instead of just taking a snapshot. Here are the results.

Also, If you’d like to see more photos, you can view them on my flickr slideshow by following this link and clicking on the “slideshow” option on the top right of the page:

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Creative Photography

For Creative Photography class we had a “self-portrait” shoot. With my work, I wanted to do something that was a bit mysterious yet sort of explained something about myself. I am a music nerd, and I play a long list of instruments. I am trying to master the most socially awkward instruments. If it would be weird to play in public, I’m all over it. So Charlene and I went on a photo adventure to Sedalia and prowled the alleys to try to find an interesting place to give the photo a unique sort of juxtaposition and awkward feeling. Here’s what I came up with.