September 2017 Editorial Collab: The Hella Jam X Nicole Ho Photos

For this month's editorial project, San Francisco Vlogger Jayme aka @thehellajam was willing to step outside of her 'normal' to execute a vision. We both wanted to incorporate shadows and I really wanted to find strong architecture as our location. At this time I'm really inspired by modern architecture, design and minimalism. After asking the community for suggestions and my own personal scouting, we took a chance and decided to go with the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland for it's modern mid-century architecture. Neither of us had been there before the day of the shoot, but luckily the sun was out. They even had a great "Friday Night Event" at the museum (which we enjoyed after shooting), with music and food from Off The Grid. 

We became shadow hunters and chasers of light that day. Neither of us knew exactly what we were doing, but it worked out pretty well. The point was to try something new. We also had really good conversations around the creative process. I shared how I was up at night experiencing doubt, and she shared how she had a creative block around styling. I want to normalize those experiences as part of the creative process. We feel so much pressure to always present the 'best', we loose the freedom that creativity needs to grow.  Do it for the process and the love of it, not the best photo!

"All progress takes place outside the comfort zone."

-- Michael John Bobak

This was just a teaser! The full edit is coming soon. 

I love VSCO's #WeTheCreators new preset WE. That's what I used to create the above teaser.  It's currently free to download on their app. If you have a minute, I recommend reading "Erica the Creator" Article On VSCO (just read Part 2). It talks about finding ourselves through creativity. 

Here's an excerpt: 

"And the more I started taking photos, the more I began to understand what my instincts felt like. A big part of being creative is self exploration. Finding myself. Finding what I have to say. What do I like? What do I not like? I’m getting to know myself through creative expression and that self-awareness spreads to other parts of my life as well.
More than anything, I keep going because I remind myself that photography is about me and my journey. It’s not really about putting out a groundbreaking photograph. I mean, of course everyone wants to do that. To put out an iconic photograph that lives on far beyond your time. But that’s not what drives me. What drives me is that I love the work."

Thanks to Jayme, for this collaboration! It was so great trying to bring both our worlds into one!

If you're interested in taking part in my next project, check my Instagram feed/stories for prompts and ways to get involved. I'm currently not looking for models for the month of October/November. If you're a stylist, please contact me! 

 

Sept 2017 Collaboration: Just Bakecause X Nicole Ho Photos

One of my September projects was a collab with Amanda, founder of Just Bakecause. She wanted to do a lifestyle/food styling shoot. I had never done food styling before, so I thought it would be a great chance for me to dive in. After days of planning on line and one meet up, the big day came and I was super nervous (I've started to get nervous before everyshoot). I had never been to the location before, so my main thought was, "will there be enough light???". We used Peerspace to find 85BStudio in the city. Amanda, was as sharp and chill as a cucumber (at least she appeared that way). She brought all her cakes, styling props and even had her hair and make up done earlier that morning by Christina Chen. She looked amazing! Soon after we arrived, wedding stylist Natalie Choi came by to help out with the shoot. Everything came together really smoothly, now it was my turn with the camera. 

We called it food boudoir! 

I ended up using mostly natural light. The walls were a light mint, so that's why you see more green and yellow tones. I also tried to keep the film vibe of her brand. Overall, I was happy with this shoot. It was a really fun project with some really sweet, talented and passionate women. It sparked conversations about film photography, which I'm really considering trying. It just doesn't compare to a DSLR (sorry trusty camera). 

A big thank you again to Amanda, Natalie and Christina for entrusting me with this shoot! Hope we can work together again soon!

If you're a seasoned photographer, what do you think I could have done better?

If you're a newbie, what's one project you'd like to try taking on?

If you have any questions about this shoot, feel free to leave me a comment!

Trying Something New

Welcome to my first post! I'm a person of many firsts. There's something about beginnings that offer so much hope. If you've known me before I started taking photography more seriously, you may know that I've had several career changes, had my first child, started my first blog, and freelanced as a digital marketer, before stumbling upon photography. And here I am again, taking another chance. 

Me. Photo Credit: @Minimalist.Aesthetics

Me. Photo Credit: @Minimalist.Aesthetics

First The Basics

As a blogger, I naturally want to come up with more topics to write about. So I created this space to talk about photography and more in depth the creative process. 

Some of the topics I cover might range from how to take photos of kids to, all you need to know about a camera to start taking professional looking photographs, from what is composition, how to pick a good location, how to find a subject, and to how to edit. These are all things I learned on my own and things I wished I had some one to talk to about. I still have a lot of questions! I just want to give people who want to give photography a try, or just want to take better photos like I did, a chance to do so. It's not as hard as you may think! There are so many different resources out there, but I'd love to share everything I've learned with someone else! If you're interested in learning together or have specific questions, please let me know in the comments. Don't be shy!

Me. Photo Credit: @Minimalist.Aesthetics

Me. Photo Credit: @Minimalist.Aesthetics

The Creative Process

What's my favorite thing about photography? The entire creative process. Since I'm still developing my style I've decided to stop taking paid gigs, and slowing down for a while to focus on growing in my passion - editorial. 

Starting with once a month, I'm going to try to do one collaborative editorial project. 

Sharing The Creative Process

But I'm also about getting out from behind the lens. I've always craved community and a place to share my love of creating. So I'm hoping to involve you. If you're interested in being a part of an editorial project in any way, let me know. You have a creative skill? Let me know! But if you're busy, don't want to commit, (I know I am with a kid, and don't have a lot of spare time) or not sure about what you can do to contribute, I'm going to have simple prompts at the beginning of my monthly projects.  For example, for the first project, I might already have a subject, but no location. I'll be asking for input on my Instagram. I'd love for people who have an interest in my work to be a part of it, just by answering a simple prompt. I think it would make it so much more fun and interactive! Lets change how art is made. Lets make it a social art collective. 

What do you think? Is this a totally crazy idea? I wanna know!

Cheers,

Nicole