You Can’t be Both |Rhode Island Graphic Designer and Photographer

I’ll never forget the laughter and look of shock and horror that my design professor gave me as she said these words to me:

“Oh honey, you can’t be both! You need to choose!”

This was during my senior thesis critique, which encompasses design and photography on the topic of “Typography and Circus Posters”.

I started photography before I went to finish my degree in graphic design. I didn’t actually fall in love with it until my senior year of college while working with clients and comparing artistic shoots. I also worked as a second shooter for my friend who did weddings, dreaming of being a lead some day.

I also love art and design, from drawing and painting, to digital art and lettering and traditional design work. Not all aspects of being a designer in the corporate world are glamorous, a lot of it is editing other people’s files, copy and pasting, using templates, using stock illustration and photography instead of making your own, and just a touch of being able to put your own spin on things. It’s wonderful to be able to work with a team of like-minded and career driven people though, something I have yet to find in a company job. As a freelance designer I have found joy in my job, collaboration, and thriving off of our team. I do honestly love my career path when I get to work creatively and utilize my illustration and design skills! When I work on an illustration project, it’s like time flies. I’m consumed in ideas, creativity, and my passion drives me to work harder!

Then there’s my growing wedding photography and calligraphy business: I photograph weddings, engagements, dancers (did I mention I do that too!?) and artistic portraits. I also address envelopes, design invitations and write out wedding signage, escort cards, place cards, etc. as a hand lettering designer and calligrapher, and I’m growing and becoming more successful for every year that goes by!

I think having multiple talents that harmoniously work together is a great thing! It gives plenty of options and offerings to clients and employers alike. Bringing someone down by mocking their dreams and ambitions is not a healthy way to educate. I always tell people they can be anything they want, it’s never too late and no dream is too big!

This comes from the designer/ illustrator/ artists / dancer/ photographer/ calligrapher herself!

Cheers to creating!

And keep dreaming BIG!

Alicia

DIY Flower Crown and Photoshoot!

I adore flower crowns, so when Kim and I decided to do a fairy tale style shoot at an abandoned building (think beautiful princess in a tower) I knew a flower crown would go perfect with her dress. I went to Michael’s because I didn’t have time to order one and figured they would have one. They didn’t. So I scoured the floral department in hopes I could come up with something myself. It actually came out pretty great and my client loved it as well!

Here’s how I did it:

1. Supplies:

Floral wire

Floral tape

Fake flowers and greenery

Simple right?


2. Cut floral wire into 3 lengths that fit comefortable around your head as shown above. They feel kind of flimsy alone so I braided them together to make a circle that was more sturdy. Braiding them was kinda tricky. I started by holding them together with one hand and awkwardly weaving them with the other hand.


3. Once the circle is complete, I wrapped one strand around the end of he other to hold it together, then used the floral tape to reinforce it and make it look cleaner.




4. Now the fun part, add flowers!!! Cut the flowers off their stems, but leave some stem behind (like an inch) because that’s how they will attach to the circle. I kept the leaves from the discarded stems too for additional fullness.


5. Get inturrupted by puppy kisses and snuggles!


6. Select a flower (I started with my big one because I wanted to nestle it with smaller ones around it) I bent the stem a bit right under he flower so the flower would be straight. Starting near the base of the flower, wrap the stem with wire (I guessed how much I’d need and trimmed it). It’s a little tricky to hold and start the wrap to be patient!



7. Next, cover the wire with floral tape so it looks nicer and elimanates the sharp ends.


8. Continue to add flowers and greenery as you choose! Be creative and have fun! When you’re putting flowers close to each other you have to weave the wire between flowers sometimes and it can be tricky.


9. Enjoy! Who needs Snapchat anyway!



Model/ Photographer obligatory selfie!

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Happy crafting!

Alicia