Past Photos

My photography skills up to this point have mostly been self taught. I have always enjoyed taking pictures of nature and of my family but I never had the expertise to edit them until recently. Last summer I had to edit many photos for my family’s chocolate company and put them on the website. During that time I had to teach myself how to use photoshop by watching YouTube videos. After taking a couple classes I already know a lot more than I did last summer.
Posted are some of the photos that I have taken previously.

I was about 14 when I took the picture of the lily. This was when I realized that I enjoyed photography and began taking more and more pictures. This photo was never edited.

The three images of Christmas Chocolates are from a year ago. I had to get my family’s chocolate website ready for the Christmas season. I had no experience at all in Adobe Photoshop but, with the help of YouTube I was able to watch tutorials that helped me do these edits. The cropping was so hard for me and now that I have taken some classes I now know of easier ways that I could have cropped these images.

Last Christmas I wanted to surprise my mom and take updated pictures of my brothers. I was able to use my dad’s work camera, but the only lens that he had was a macro lens. It was hard to get the photos to work but I managed to get the following two images. I then used photoshop to take some of the red out of their cheeks.

This last image was taken just this past week. I just happened to be walking down the side walk and saw a pretty tulip, then all of a sudden there was this ladybug. I had my camera on me and was able to take a picture. In photoshop all I did was adjust the contrast a bit.


Magazine Mock Up

Created a mock magazine cover and one spread.

PROCESS (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles)
1. The cover photo is a friend of mine. The photo was edited in Adobe Photoshop. The hat was a very bright blue and the red on her hoodie was very bright as well. I didn’t want them to be the focus of the magazine so I changed the levels of the image and used the brush tool to make the change appear only over the hat and hoodie.
2. Blue is a nice color and is appealing to the eyes. I used blue for the entire design and allowed for a lot of white space.
3. The blue border I think added a nice touch and the magazine looked a little plain without it. When I added the blue border I then got the inspiration to have the light blue bullet points bellow the featured articles.
4. The spread was a little harder to accomplish. The pictures were all ones that I took. I liked the look of the selfie at the top of the spread because I felt that it portrayed joy from an average person’s view point. The one on the bottom right is of myself and even though I did not click the button on my own, I was the mastermind behind the camera and the photo. I just had someone else push the button.
5. The blue color and the fonts have were kept consistent throughout the cover and the spread.

I initially had the photo black and white. It really made the magazine look a little drab and was not very appealing. I then was encouraged to do a color image but maybe tone down the levels in the hat and hoodie. After the critique I also found a better font that better connected with the theme of the magazine.

Keep connected. There are many opportunities to keep connected with the world around you. It has more to do with style and popularity. People are encouraged to first find and then express who they are.

Millennial’s and other’s who are wanting to keep up with the times.

Less is more. Colors matter. I felt that I needed to fill every space but leaving whit area really makes it feel clean and readable. Colors matter because at first the picture was black and whit and the really looked like a depressing magazine.

Analogous // Blues

Avenir Next Condensed // San Serif

Bakersville // Serif



Piano Brochure

Brochure project for Ivory Keys piano studios.

PROCESS (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles)
1. The logo for this company was created in InDesign. The goal is that when the brochure is closed it will be the logo. There is also a grey miniature logo on the back of the brochure.
2. The images were taken from Since I am using a black background I looked for piano images with more of a brown color so that the black would not be drowned out in the background of the brochure.
3. The shape of the brochure and the keys on the brochure were created in InDesign.
4. I used a more ivory color, not stark white, for the words and the piano keys. Using the text wrap I mad the paragraphs move around each image to make everything flow and easily fit on the brochure.
5. I exported the brochures design as a JPEG and uploaded it here.

I met with my classmates and they like my design. Their advise was to put the logo on the back in a different color. I also had some ideas for different logos but also like the idea of making the piano shape as the logo. One person suggested having a separate logo but the rest of my group like the idea of making the piano shape the logo.

Calls out to pianists and brings their attention to the sales and repairs available to them. It also calls to the ammeter pianist who is looking to advance their talents with lessons.

Music lovers, especially pianists.

Next time I want to take my own pictures and make it completely my own. Remember to remove the strokes from the shapes so that everything fits evenly and lines up.

Neutral // Black and White

Apple Chancery // Decorative

Helvetica // Sans Serif


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Web Page Mockup



Design a website homepage using a grid.

PROCESS (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles)

1. I was inspired to create this webpage because of my family’s business.
2. I sketched out a wire frame of what I wanted the website to look like. I have always liked simple websites and I do like whitespace.
3. Using Adobe InDesign I was able to use a grid to create a map of my website. I did change some things on the actual webpage because once I started adding the pictures, colors, and texts I realized that the “Title” on the map didn’t look good on the actual webpage.
4. While adding the pictures I struggled to find ones that would work. I wanted all of the pictures to be cropped or have a white background. I have taken my own pictures of my family’s chocolates but I was not able to  get access to them so I had to settle on the pictures available to me online.
5. The font for the Company name matches the font of the logo. It is a scripted font so I tried to find a san-serif font for the rest of the webpage.


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I was not able to be in class the day we critiqued the project. However, I did ask other people outside of class. They suggested that I changed the color of the text that hovers over the pictures. I agree that it is a little dark but, it goes more with the idea I had in mind to make the picture the focus and in my original plan I wanted to have a white background.

Laurel Ann chocolates: a work of art and always sweet.

For all chocolate lovers or those who are looking to buy a gift for someone special.

Less is more. Make you home page shorter and people will not be frustrated.

Basic Analogous Scheme // CA992C and DFC15F

Savoye LET Plain: 1.0 // Script

Shree Devanagari 714 // Sans Serif

SOURCE OF EACH IMAGE (website name and hyperlink)
Logo is my own.

Main center image is from Adobe Stock image from

The three bottom images from

The Eyes- Our Personal Window


Photo Source: Anja/

“The eyes are the messengers of the soul” said Adrian Furnham Ph.D. Eye contact has mixed concepts and can be viewed as either awkward or a form of sincerity.

Consider two people in a crowded room whose eyes continuously tend to meet; immediately the uncomfortable lookers jerk their gaze away. This situation is deemed as awkward. On the other hand if the two’s eyes were to meet and remain for a second or two with a bashful ambience then it would be considered a more positive interaction.

Furnham said, “Extroverts look more often, and for longer, at their interlocutors than introverts do. The confident, the bright, and the socially dominant look more, while it is the opposite for the socially anxious.” The eyes are sensitive because they provide unspoken information about a person. Those who are confident are not afraid to look someone in the eyes because they have nothing to hide. They are comfortable with who they are and tend to be the leaders of conversation. Many times they “are regarded not only as exceptionally well-disposed by their targets, but also as more believable and earnest.”

In relationships eye contact is key to showing that the partners can be trusted. As previously stated, eye contact makes someone “more believable and earnest.” Those with a strong relationship have more trust and have less to hide from one another, making eye contact more comfortable and normal. “There is more mutual eye contact between friends than others… Lovers really do gaze more into each other’s eyes.” Furnham also explains that the length of the gaze between two individuals determines the importance of the relationship. If a gaze is shorter it means the most important aspect of the conversation is the content or the words. On the flip side with longer gazes a person is communicating that there is more importance in the relationship rather than just the words that are said.

The eyes are like windows that expose outsiders to the reality of one’s life. It is more comfortable to talk with someone side by side while performing a task than to be sitting in front of each other. However, eye contact is key to a strong relationship and can be the ticket to a more confident lifestyle.


Furnham, Adrian. The Secrets of Eye Contact, Revealed.

Business Identity



Created various logos for a chocolate company and created stationary and business cards with the preferred logo.

1. I sketched out a few ideas for logos on a piece of paper. On paper the green logo was my favorite however, it became my least favorite once created in Adobe Illustrator.
2. Laurel is the leaf that the Roman’s would wear around their heads. This is why two of the designs have “Laurel leafs” in them. I liked the simple logo with the “L” instead.
3. The “L” logo was a simple square shape with rounded corners. I removed the stroke and used a golden color to represent caramel. The scripted “L” adds an elegant look to the logo which portrays the fact that it is a fine artisan chocolate company. The “L” was created with the font SignPainter.
5. My classmates agreed that the “L” with the caramel block was the best.
6. Using the logo and a repetition of of blocks I created the front of the business card and made sure to put the company name in the same font as the “L” (SignPainter).
7. The back of the business card has the same color as the repetitive squares on the front and the contact info is grouped together. The watermark on the back adds to the repetition of the font and fills the space.
8. The stationary also has the same repeating squares with the logo and the watermark “L” to the left of the page. The additional contact info is at the bottom of the page and is separated from the rest of the paper with a 3pt line and a .5pt line.

My worked was critiqued by my classmates and they advised that I take away the large caramel square from the watermark on the stationary so that it was just the “L”. I was also advised to move the contact information down closer to the bottom and make the lines and repeated squares on the stationary the same color as the caramel logo. However, on the business card they liked the lighter color for the repeated squares.

 It portrays the rich, sweet and delectable high quality chocolate that this company sells.

Large companies with clientele. These companies usually send gifts to their clients.

A color scheme can make or break your design.

Caramel color and the simple black with white.

SignPainter // Script

Avenir // Sans Serif


The graphics are my own.



Goals To Be Attained

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Create an inspirational poster for a christian association.


I enjoy the outdoors and have come to love the idea of pushing yourself to achieve a goal. I was able to combine the idea into one image. The process was as follows:

-In Photoshop I combined the two pictures that I had selected for my image. I made sure that the climber was set in the right spot to obey the law of thirds. It was necessary to use the brush tool and remove a lot of the excess white space from around the climber so that the mountain was visible.
-The quote that I found was slightly long and I wanted to make sure that the main point stood out. By using separate text boxes I was able to make “goal” stand out more and used the eye dropper to make it the same color as the climbers jacket.

I was able to have 3 of my classmates critique this project. A lot of what they suggested I already knew had to change but I wasn’t sure how to change it. At first my quote was way to close to the mountain; I had tried moving it up but then it was too close to the top of the page, my classmates suggested that I adjust the kern. Also the rocks at the bottom of the image were faded out a little too much because I was trying to make the appearance of a cold fog. They suggested that I make the rocks more defined. I like the way it turned out better than the way it was.

At times making changes is tough but the best way to achieve something is by making goals and doing something to achieve those goals.

Anyone striving to make a change and need encouragement to conquer their goals.

Simplistic is easy on the eye and good.

Monochrome- the red from the jacket and then the neutral black and white background.

TITLE FONT NAME & CATEGORY    SignPainter- Script

COPY FONT NAME & CATEGORY     MinionPro Bold- Modern

SOURCE OF EACH IMAGE (website name and hyperlink)

Reading Others- Body Language

A strained face with tense eyebrows, squinted eyes full of confusion and tight lips are sure signs of a repulsive food-sample. The poor pupil who consumed such a terrible snack did not have to think through each of the previous stated reactions. The limbic system is what causes these reactions. Joe Navarro, FBI Counterintelligence Agent said “Our needs, feelings, thoughts, emotions, and intentions are processed elegantly by what is known as the “limbic system” of the brain. It doesn’t have to think, it just reacts to the world in real time and our bodies show how we feel.” A persons’ reaction is an immediate response to their environment. Body language reveals the truth in ones’ thoughts and emotions.

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. wrote, based on S. Bonaccios’ findings, on body language and stated 5 major functions of nonverbal communication.

  1. Displaying personal attributes in your nonverbal behavior.
  2. Showing who’s the boss.
  3. Encouraging people to follow your lead.
  4. Promoting harmony.
  5. Displaying emotion

Personal attributes consist of personality, intentions, and attitudes. These make up who a person actually is and can influence how different people get a long (or don’t get along). Showing who’s boss portrays negative body language. A “Power Stance,” as Whitbourne refers to it, is intimidating and will cause others’ to feel of less value. The opposite of “boss” body language is her 3rd function of encouragement. One encourages others through personality and enthusiasm. Enthusiasm emanating from one individual will cause others to follow them as an example and in turn leads to better harmony. Body language is easily read and easily delivered. Emotions are not bad; they are what make people human-like

“If language was given to men to conceal their thoughts, then gesture’s purpose was to disclose them.”                                           -John Napier





A Listening Ear

Toddlers learn to speak by copying the sounds around them. While growing they start recognizing the sounds and can begin to “meow” like a cat or say “woof” like a dog but they learned this skill because they are professional listeners. The skills of truly listening diminish as a toddler matures into adulthood. As can be viewed in the link below to the TED talk by Julian Treasure it is acknowledged that human beings listen only 60% of the time and of that 60% only 25% is retained proving that human interaction is weak.

With today’s technologies and the ever growing media entertainment individuals are found to be more reserved. As Treasure stated “many people take refuge in headphones, but they turn big public spaces…into millions of tiny little personal sound bubbles.” These “sound bubbles” intensify the lack of communication and human interaction. Listening in this day and age is done mostly through the eyes as people view their Facebook and Instagram accounts however, this form of communication is not realistic. There is no real human interaction over media, true communication is face to face.

Within personal communication there is an important acronym from Treasure that states how humans should interact. The acronym RASA, explains that a true conversation means that a person RECEIVES the information given them, APPRECIATES the words and takes them to heart, SUMMARIZES what is said which helps to retain information and then ASK follow up questions to continue to learn more and show interaction. If RASA is to be followed faithfully then the current culture of how humans interact would be changed. Good interaction and  relationship building would become more common if humans worked to become professional listeners again and really focus on the sound patterns, or in other words the conversations around them.