Savor. A Scented Show

As apart of my senior year, I reached out to Erek Nass (a teacher at CCAD) about a project I wanted to do as an independent study. It had to do with scent and photography, and turned into the most amazing thing I've done in college / with my art. 

We spent the semester picking images, pairing scents, and finding a way to control the scents.

My favorite thing about this project (besides the smells and the act of smelling) - I got to explore the research and note keeping side of a project. I loved being able to fill a notebook with ideas, successes and failures. 

After getting the images picked and the scents locked down, Erek and I made frames, and let me tell you - I can use a table saw really well. This was such a cool process and skill to learn. I can't even to begin to explain how helpful this is going to be later on in my career. I'm grateful. 

This independent study became a reality when senior photo majors didn't have to do a thesis. I wanted to spend my last semester working on a body of work that reflects me, as an artist. Erek helped me reach out and get a gallery space on campus to show my body of work, which we titled Savor. 

Let me tell you, it's the most beautiful, amazing smelling body of work I have ever created or laid my eyes on. I have never been so proud of happy with a class, or work, ever. The frames on the wall look so clean, and the smells aren't trying to compete with each other. The curtains have this fairy tale feel, with familiar scents that take the viewer back to a summer camping trip. I'm always going to be so shocked that my show turned into what it did. After having to rewrite my artist statement 10 times, I was worried that it was a sign that this wasn't going to work out, but how wrong I was. 

Every time I walk into the gallery, it's like I'm seeing my show and my work for the first time. It's such a beautiful thing to experience. I think this means I must have done something super right with this one, and I honestly wouldn't have been able to do this without Erek. I'm beyond grateful and thankful. 

Grab Bag | Studio II

First project for Studio II.. Grab Bag. 

We had to pick a number, and pick the bag that had the number written on it, and take a photo of what was in the bag. My object was a tennis ball. I tried two different styles of shooting for this project, portrait and commercial/product, but I kept to one saying.. 

"You Just Got Served"

This shoot was actually a lot of fun. I'm always nervous to take pictures of anything that isn't portrait based, but this really opened me up. 

First Day of Snow

Last night, if I was told that it was going to snow today, I wouldn't have believed it. But here we are, snow everywhere and my TOMS smelly and wet. 

I knocked out the last two images I needed for my On Location final, and also took some personal shots for myself. I forgot how much I loved shooting in the snow. I just need to remember to be more prepared, and by that I mean wear boots, or take Trevor up on the offer for the wool socks.

 

Portraits | On Location Final

Finals, am I right? 

I'm working on a set for my On Location final, and let me tell you, I'm really into it and I'm going to keep working on it after the semester ends (which is next week, wow)

For this set, I'm taking portraits of people I've known for years, and of people I've known for a few months. The goal is for the viewer to look at these images and think I share year long connections with all the people in the images. It's going very well, and since I'm taking photos of people I haven't got the chance to know too well yet, I get to build connections with them. 

I have one more shoot for this final on Tuesday, and I'll post those then, but for now, enjoy these. 

(I want to have a really cool title for this series, so that's something else I'm going to work on after the semester ends.)

Andrew & Emily | November 17th, 2016

Some portraits. 

I'm trying to take portraits of people I'm not used to shooting. I feel into a safe zone of shooting the same people all the time. I'm trying to ask different people (in this case, people I haven't been friends with that long) to model, and I'm trying to shoot in places that I'm also not used to shooting. 

Just trying to break out of this weird, safe box. 

Ben & Provided Gels | November 16th, 2016

One of my favorite things about Ben modeling for me is that he'll never say no to a shoot. 

There's a building on Long Street in Columbus, OH that has colored lights illuminating the sign. When I shot with gels in the studio (which I will be doing again soon), I wanted to try to find a way to do this on location, and the opportunity presented itself. 

I used one defused flash to help light his face. I did a test run at this location a few days prior to the shoot and without the extra light, I really lost the detail of the model. 

I'm really excited about how these turned out. I'm going to revisit it next semester, when it's not crazy cold. 

Dirty Franks | November 15th, 2016

More food photography. 

I've really enjoyed stepping out of my box/comfort zone. I've really enjoyed being pushed to make art that shows how rounded I am as an artist. I also really enjoyed eating hot dogs while taking these photos. 

After the last few food shoots, I don't think this is for me, but I do appreciate it and will continue to explore it. I'm loving things right now. 

On Location - Melt | November 11th, 2016

More food photography, more of me trying new things. 

Also me starting to like new things. 

For on location this past week, we went to Melt and shot some of their food. It was a lot of fun being able to shoot at the location while they were having normal business hours. It was a fun amount of stress, and a few of us stayed after for lunch which was really fun. 

It's Bananas | November 8th, 2016

Product | Studio photography drives me bananas sometimes. 

This is the first time in about two years that I shot anything like this. It was stressful for me, because I love people and interacting with people, that this put me in a weird box, but I realized that this is something I need to do more. I need this for my portfolio. 

Fun part about this, it smelled awesome. 

Worst Pizza Party Ever | November 6th, 2016

When you have a best friend who doesn't say no to your crazy photo ideas, you also get pay back for the time he slapped you in the face with pizza. 

Tried food photography for the first time. Failing is key to learning and growing and I'm very much okay with learning from this shoot. I used a natural light with a reflector, which works, but I missed some ideas that would have changed the outcome a little bit. 

However, pizza and beer is lit, we had a good time. 

Highbanks Metro Park - Natural Light | November 5th & 6th

This past weekend, I really put some time into what I love. I've been in the funk of a lifetime. 

What better way to kick it than shooting in some beautiful, natural light?

This is something I really needed. I don't really know what got me so down the last few weeks, I can't pin it to one thing, but I'm finally starting to get back to the normal Kasey that I'm used to. I missed her. 

Also, this past week I got a new lens, and man am I in love all over again. 

All these images are shot with natural light with a reflector. Beautiful. 

On Location Assignment - Breezy | November 2nd, 2016

Tried shooting at night, or in the dark. I think it was 7:30pm when we shot these, but yeah, night time. 

I used a defused flash on one side of her and car headlights on the other side. It was an assignment for my On Location class, but I'm really feeling how these turned out. I'm going to try some more night shoots ASAP. 

Molly & Stewart | October 29th, 2016

Did some more gel portraits in the studio, something I'm falling more and more in love with. 

Natural light will always have my heart, but these are turning out better and better every week. (I'm going to try to do a shoot in the studio with the gels once a week.) 

I also took some really unique couple photos of Molly and Stew. It was a fun shoot. 

Megan | October 25th, 2016

Portraits in a new location. 

I wanted to try some new ways of taking portraits with natural light. Like getting a natural lens flare in an image, or having the light be extra soft, or to have the image look like there could have been a balance with flash (even though there wasn't)

Trying new things. 

On Location - Annie | October 28th, 2016

For On Location, we had two hours to do a shoot with pumpkins. When you don't really like Halloween too much, this could have been a bummer. However, I put a twist on it. 

I had Annie (who is such an amazing sweetheart for doing this) put the "guts" of the pumpkin in her mouth, like she was throwing them up. Like a spooky Halloween hangover, but not that crazy. 

I shot these in the studio. I used one soft box. I wanted the light on her to be a little more darker on her, since it is Halloween themed. I'm glad with how the final images turned out. The light hits her face well while still keeping it somewhat natural, and it also focuses on the "guts" well which is very important. 

Super side note about Halloween, Relient K released a Halloween EP this week. Love it.