Friday, December 16, 2016

November 22nd - December 1st

Over Thanksgiving break we did not need to go into the office but Bri gave Emily and I some work to do. She gave us both the list of non-profits we work with and asked us to go through them (Emily had A-K and I had L-Z) and update their contact information. It is a pretty long list, we're still working on it actually but Bri told us to take our time, there isn't a true deadline for this assignment.

The first week of December we then scheduled the next photo shoot for the March issue featuring home decor. Emily and I worked on calling the local shops we wanted to feature in the shoot and set up pick up dates and drop off times. That photo shoot is scheduled for December 16th and I am super excited for it, home design/decor is one of my favorite things to play with in my free time, I already have a couple ideas for the shoot!

While I am still staying at the magazine through the winter and spring semester, my "final" day there for the fall semester was December 1st. I will continue blogging about everything I do for the magazine over the next couple of months.

Sadly, Bri Burkhart, my supervisor at the magazine is leaving at the end of December to pursue another career so Emily and I got her a few little gifts and a thank you card to thank her for everything she has done for us.

I'm excited to see who takes her place at the magazine and what I can learn from them!

November 15th & 17th

On Tuesday, November 15th, I had to go to a new restaurant in Hershey called Hershey Biergarten to take some photos for the scouting blurb I was writing on them. Scouting blurbs are small paragraphs describing the subject we are featuring. There is a scouting section of the magazine and in each issue we feature a couple local shops, restaurants, people etc. I made sure to grab a bunch of different shots of Hershey Biergarten such as photos of the whole restaurant and smaller details. The restaurant features 12 different local brews on tap and offered take out options as well with multiple fridges that hold packs of brand named and local beers. The owner even gave me a tour of the place which is also connected to an Escape Room (owned by the same person).

Along with the scouting blurb for Hershey Biergarten, I was also working on one for Ananda Integration, a modern day spa in Lancaster city. They had some of their own photos so they just sent those to me instead of having me come out to take more photos.

Writing the scouting blurbs was definitely something new for me, I'm not a big writer so that made me very nervous knowing what I wrote was then going to be in the magazine but I am excited to see what people say and am open to writing more in the future!

On Thursday I had another shoot for one of Emily's scouting blurbs. She was writing about Valencia Ballroom in York and their renovation/reopening. Valencia was still being worked on when I went to take the photos but that fit with their blurb so I thought it was totally appropriate. I was even given a tour of the whole space which was absolutely breathtaking in my opinion, even unfinished. There were so many of the original features still intact, a ton of 1920s art deco touches.

Later that day Emily and I went to the Young Professionals event at the Agricultural Event in York and set up Style Scene to take some photos for the magazine. The cocktail hour to this even was outside and it was so cold but incredibly beautiful. We did not get a ton of photos mainly because everyone wanted to go indoors (I didn't blame them). After we took the Style Scene photos, Emily and I walked around the museum, grabbed a little something to eat and headed home to warm ourselves back up.

November 10th: Photo shoots Galore

On Thursday, November 10th, I had three different photo shoots to go to. The first one I shot myself and that was for a new, updated advertisement for Habitat for Humanity. I met the coordinator and two Habitat for Humanity staff at a local home right outside of the city. It was the perfect day to shoot, nice and sunny, the only challenge was making sure we did not get any bare trees in the background. I tried a couple of different angles to give them plenty of options to choose from for their new ad.

We were going for a sort of in-action shot for the advertisement. We did not want anything too posed but wanted to make sure the workers looked like they were having a good time gathering all the donations.

The next two shoots I had that day were for the men's jeans feature and cover of the February issue of the magazine. I met Keely, Bri and Emily at Premise Studio where we work with Don Witmer. They had already started on the jeans feature by the time I got there but I was able to jump right in and help out. I worked on setting the jeans up in their different groups for the photos. I even made a suggestion for the cover page of the feature that Keely and Don really liked which made me feel so good!

Next was the shoot for the February cover, this was a fun one. The cover for the February shoot features three different flavors of wings which Keely picked up from a local restaurant. We tried a couple of different layouts for the wings which also included a few cups of sauces and celery sticks. This shoot was so messy but a lot of fun, we even got to eat the wings after we were done!

Once we finished up with the photo shoots, I helped drop off the jeans we borrowed from local shops then headed home to work on the Habitat for Humanity photos. Busy day but an extremely successful one!