Cale the Curious

March 1st, 2011 by Nate
A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. ~Rachel Carson

I went into this photoshoot with a plan, and it got shot to pieces.

I’ve been playing around with off-camera lighting here and there. Since lighting is such a huge component of a good photo, it’s nice when you’re able to control it to achieve a certain look. When I had to chance to shoot Cale, I was all prepared to try using a couple flashes set up indoors with a simple backdrop – a very simple home studio setup consisting of a speedlite and 2 optically triggered flash bulbs (which don’t refresh very fast).

After setting up and snapping some photos, I became painfully aware that this setup wasn’t working. It wasn’t because the lights weren’t working together correctly, or that the setup was incorrect… But simply the fact that [...]

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Sara and Nate Save the Date

February 15th, 2011 by Nate

I love a good project that is quick, fun, and turns out great. My best friend /college roommate is to be married this year to a wonderfully perfect girl and I all but insisted that they let me help out with their save the dates and invitations. I wanted to come up with something that was as goofy, playful, and colorful as they are – something that the recipient would think, “That is sooo them!” After a brainstorming session, we decided to go for a photogrid approach, but with the photos all interacting with each other in some way. Front and center we wanted a nice picture of them together, but all around would be individual shots of them reacting in different ways. Plus Mini-Wheats, their kitty (which we rescued from certain death and nursed back to health in our college dorm room). All we needed was to shoot the images we had sketched up.

A fast photoshoot provided all the images I needed and the card came together pretty quickly after that. Finally, we had it printed on heavy glossy front/matte back stock. Excited to move on to the invitations!

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Trending: Infographic Resumes

February 12th, 2011 by Nate
Infographic resumes have been growing in popularity in the past few years, following the popularity of infographics in general. While they are nice eye candy and present a lot of information in a nice graphical package, do they really communicate that information more effectively than a standard resume?

A couple days ago, a twitter post by Xiik prompted me to check out what’s been a growing trend in traditional resumes: The infographic resume. It seems logical enough – a resume is essentially a collection of focused information about your employment experiences and accolades, and well-designed infographics excel at presenting information in an interesting and understandable way. Creatives (esp. designers) may be particularly drawn to this form because 1) They hate boring resumes 2) It utilizes their skillset 3) It is still “traditional” in the sense that it’s still presentable as a printed document, yet different enough to stand out from the mass of other resumes that may be coming across HR’s desk.

Cool Infographics blog has a nice article about this trend that’s picked up over the last year or two. I’m impressed by the variety of different infographic styles that people have come up with, and some even contain humorous bits about the individual’s life history. It’s definitely refreshing t…

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