Milkweeds : Becka Palter

Conceptual Shoot

Feels good to be exercising my creative muscles more this year. Last year, I was all about the daily work hustle, I hardly spent any time diving into personal passion projects. And it was majorly depressing. This shoot felt like my creativity came out of hibernation.

I dumped a half gallon of about-to-expire milk into my bath and tangled a bunch of dead flowers I had around the house into Becka’s hair. Apparently that’s the recipe for magic, cuz I couldn’t be happier with the way these turned out.

Model: Becka Palter // Styled + photographed by Corinne Alexandra








Ernest & Elsie : Editorial Engagement

When Ernest and Elsie came to me wanting a more fashion editorial style session, I was so excited to bust out my studio lights for the first time in forever. It was super fun to do something a bit different than my usual natural-light-in-a-golden-field style engagements and get back to my strobe lighting roots.

Not only that, but having nothing but my subjects in front of me really helped up the intimacy. Without a forest or mountain overlook, the real focus became these two and their connection with each other. As it should be!

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Valio Con Personal Recap

Longtime no see, blog world! I’ve sincerely missed blogging and I’m striving to carve time out for it in my life again moving forward.

Now with the formal “Sorry for not posting in forever” intros out of the way, I want to pop in with an awesome update!

As those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook may have seen, I was recently honored with the opportunity to speak at Valio Con, a designer conference here in San Diego. It was my first speaking gig and such an exhilarating, inspiring experience. I met so many awesome people, listened in on talks from some incredibly talented creatives, and all-in-all spent 4 days soaking up a wealth of knowledge I can’t even begin to encapsulate in this one post.

Coming off the high of this past weekend, I’m super inspired to keep the momentum going and continue sharing my insights, experiences, and learned knowledge as a designer/photographer/creative of many talents.

While I impatiently wait for the recap videos to come out, I wanted to share a few points from some of my favorite talks.

Ash Huang closed us out on Thursday and her talk was by far my favorite of the first day. Even though this was a designer conference, Ash spoke on her experience writing and publishing her first fantasy novel – something that totally spoke to my long-lost writers heart. I absolutely loved her “why not?” attitude and her statement, “Don’t wait to be chosen.” So if there’s something you want to be doing, go out there and make shit happen. Even if it means scrapping everything and starting over, keep going for it.

The second talk I loved was the last talk of the conference from Alex Medina. He talked about his journey through music and design in the hip-hop scene. Coming from a migrant family living in New York, he didn’t let limits be his limitations. His mother challenged him, saying if she could finish school with her broken english, what was his excuse? I loved Alex’s pure passion for his work. One particular example really spoke to me. He designed the cover for Lecrae’s book Unashamed, and after designing several iterations, the publishers chose his least favorite option (as clients are notoriously wont to do). But that didn’t sit right with him and he knew he wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if that was the cover that went out into the world. So he fought for a second chance to make something better, and mocked it up like crazy to prove it was the better option. He challenged all of us with the notion that we, as designers, are hired for a reason. We need to trust our instincts and be willing to stand up for them. Our ideas are valuable.

Anyways, make sure to check out these designers and the rest of the talented people listed on the Valio Con website. Their work is all so incredible and I’m still beaming from the opportunity be among them.

6 Steps for Finding & Properly Crediting Image Sources

I’m a bit of a source credit nazi. Having had my own work misused and passed around the Internet multiple times without proper acknowledgment, I personally know the disheartening feeling of coming across my work on Pinterest and seeing it unsourced, or even worse, credited to someone else. So I try my best to do unto others as I would have them do to me. Here I’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to finding the source of an image using Google’s reverse image search and how to properly give credit where credit is due.

But first, why is crediting important?
We live in a world now where so much content is generated and shared on the Internet, it’s easy to forget there are hard-working creatives behind the scenes actually making that content. But the reality is, someone out there dedicated time, effort, and who knows what else to create the images we so easily pass around on Pinterest/Tumblr/whatever. Not acknowledging sources puts everyone at a disadvantage – artists don’t get noticed for their work, and viewers don’t get to discover new artists. Overall, it just makes for a bad experience, so let’s try to make the Internet a better place, starting with crediting sources.

How to Find & Properly Credit Image Sources

1. Gather the image address of the photo you want to credit by right clicking > Copy Image Address.

2. Open up Google Images and click the little camera icon in the search bar. Paste the copied image address and Search.

3. Skim through the search results. Now here’s the part where you may need to do some Sherlock-style sleuthing. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and the original source will be right at the top. But since images get passed around so much on popular sites like Pinterest, the original source of a lesser known creator often gets buried under the reposts. (For this reason, some image sources are unfortunately impossible to find through this method.)

✳ Ignore results that come from Pinterest boards – you’ll most likely just end up back at an unsourced image.
✳ Tumblr is notorious for unsourced images, but sometimes the image has been reblogged from the original source or the blogger actually took the time to credit in the caption. So those links are worth checking out.

On page 3, you’ll notice I finally found 2 results that seemed to match (the highlight squares have been added by me for emphasis). The first one was a dead end, but the second result seemed promising. Open those pages up in a new tab.

4. Inspect the results. Often times, the page that includes the image still won’t be the original source, but may include a link to the real artist. In this case, the search led me to a Tumblr reblog and fortunately the original artist was quoted below, so I clicked through to waspandbone‘s Tumblr.

5. Finally! We’ve found the original artist! A personal caption explaining the creation of the piece and a quick look through her other posts with a similar style confirms this is in fact the original artist. Not only is it great that I can give proper credit, but now I can browse some of her other work that might interest me, maybe purchase something from her Etsy shop, or just make a new connection. See how crediting benefits everyone?

6. Go back to wherever you were planning on sharing the image (Pinterest, Tumblr, your blog, moodboard, etc) and give proper credit – name the artist and link to their website.

Other Tips
✳ For some images, click the All Sizes link near the top of the search results. A new page will open listing the image and places where it’s found at varying sizes. Usually the site with the largest size is the original source, so click around through some of the results and follow a similar sleuthing method to find the original.
✳ Using reverse image search and the All Sizes option is also a great way to find larger, better quality versions of an image you want to share.

Now go make the Internet a better place and credit your sources!

Moodboard – Summit to Sea

Popping in with another moodboard for a current project I’m working on for a yoga, retreats, and sustainable lifestyle brand here in San Diego. The client is also one of my brides I’ll be photographing next month – I love when projects cross over into other areas! :)

The moodboard for Summit to Sea is fresh and vibrant with a Southern California flair. While most of the design will be clean and simple, there will still be a slight rustic vibe to reflect the outdoorsy nature of the retreats (don’t want it looking too airy and feminine and being mistaken for a yoga studio). The aqua and yellow colors have a nice modern feel versus using a lot of earthy tones like most “old world” yoga brands, keeping the style upbeat and fun.

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