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A Fresh Start

Wow, has it really been over a year since I posted here? I apologize for that!!

A lot has happened in a year! I moved to Columbus, Ohio and I'm working on getting my Associate's degree in Digital Design! I'm still very passionate about photography, though, and have been doing a lot of shoots the past few weeks!

I've also been re-editing some of my old work which is fun. It's fun to see how far I've come in terms of photo editing. 

I also finally did a milk bath shoot with my friend Kayla! It was a lot easier than expected and the pictures turned out really well! I'd love to experiment more with it. I'll write more about that in a separate post!

I wanted to share some of my recent work, so here we go!














Michael's Challenge

A year or so ago, the craft store chain Michael's welcomed anyone who wanted to take professional photographs into their stores (particularly the floral department). I heard about this challenge but was kind of out of the photography loop at the time so I kind of forgot about it until recently.

It might be from shooting out in nature recently and all the flowers I'm around that brought this challenge to mind - I'm not really sure - but I remembered the challenge and wanted to try it! Thankfully a friend was free to model for me so we met up at a local Michael's store and took some pictures!

We were only in the store for about a half hour but wow, we got some great shots!! I'm kinda blown away at how well these turned out. They don't look like they were taken in a store at all! I encourage fellow photographers to try this out if you're interested because I'm honestly in love with these photos.

Let's check them out!

This is one of the photos you take and look at the back of the camera and go "wow". I was honestly so surprised at this shot!!

I love the orange colors in this one. It matches Becky's complexion and hair so well!

This one is just so dreamy!

I have a few more pics left to edit but these three stood out to me. I hope you enjoy them! Until next time!

Sarah Friese

Back in the Groove & Off Camera Flash!

Hi everyone!

I'm so happy to say that I've finally overcome my artist block and have been taking photographs again! I've already done three shoots at the time of writing this!

An exciting development in my photography is that I've started using off camera flash (OCF) again! I used it at one convention but carrying around the equipment was such a hassle I decided to nix it. I never really picked it back up after that because the majority of photos I took were at conventions and I sort of became a natural light photographer with some flash thrown in from time to time.

Flash forward to the last few weeks. I've come to realize that I don't really enjoy shooting at conventions anymore because it's too stressful and I'd rather put my energy into shooting things outside of conventions. I also remember that I have taken some awesome pictures in the past with OCF and I still have the equipment at home! I had the opportunity to go home, so I grabbed my OCF equipment and took some test shots of my dad. They turned out very well and I started getting the long-gone feeling of excitement of shooting again!

Once I started feeling excited about shooting again, I was able to put myself out there in a local cosplayer/photographer community and asked if anyone would like to model for me while I was in town. I got some interest and was able to work with a local cosplayer and we shot at a local park and the photos turned out great! I felt like I was getting my confidence back!

Honestly, I'm so happy things are going well with photography again. I want to take more and more photos and experiment with all sorts of techniques and people!

I'm not going to go over my off camera flash equipment/techniques in this post because honestly it's not that advanced of a set up and there are plenty of other of posts/videos about the technique on the internet but if you are interested in that information, let me know!

And now the part you've all been waiting for: Pictures! All of these are taken within the last week. Enjoy!

This is one of the first pictures I took of my dad with off camera flash.

Shoot at Cox Arboretum in Dayton, OH with Space Mermaid Cosplay

Shoot at Cox Arboretum in Dayton, OH with Space Mermaid Cosplay

Shoot with Lady of Rohan Cosplay in Cleveland, OH

Shoot with Lady of Rohan Cosplay in Cleveland, OH

I hope you all enjoy the photos and I hope to have more to share with y'all soon!! Until next time!

Sarah



My First Landscape Photography Journey!

Hello all! I've been inspired recently to do some photography out of my comfort zone - landscape photography! My main inspiration came from some friends that are in Japan and are taking really cool photos! I also watched some youtube videos on the subject and decided to head out the other day and try my hand at landscape photography!

Now, I'm just starting with landscapes so I still have A LOT to learn, but these are (in my opinion) some of the better photographs.

I was under the impression that landscapes were shot with mainly a wide-angle lens (which I don't have) so I was happy to find out that one of the favorite lenses to use was a telephoto lens! I used my Canon 70-200 2.8 lens for all of these pictures!

I have not mastered manual mode yet so I shot most of these in Shutter Priority mode (Tv) which lets me control the shutter speed for the long lens and the aperture is up to the camera. This is where I messed up in a few photos and should've switched the Manual mode to increase my aperture so I would get a sharper image. You'll see what I mean in the photos. There's a lot of bokeh.


This first photo was more focused on the movement of the steps/trail than the actual landscape.


This one is probably the best "true" landscape image I took. It's still as not as sharp as I would like it to be, but it's okay.


This is the photo I wish was a lot sharper. I focused on the muddy ice in the foreground and the rest of the picture went blurry because of the low aperture. I still like the picture, I just wish I had looked at my settings and tried to take a sharper image.


I feel like this picture is very me. I love the contrast of hard and soft. I don't feel like this is landscape, though. More nature.


This photo I'm pretty fond of. The thistles were one of the main reasons I went to this particular park so I'm glad I got some pictures of them. Like the last photo I feel this is more nature photography than landscape, though.

So what did I learn from my first real landscape photography journey? 
  1. Check the aperture of the shot. Adjust if needed!
  2. I like to focus on little details
  3. I like movement in a photograph
There's probably more but I can't think of it right now! Overall I'm pretty happy with my first landscape photography outing. I think I got some nice pictures for not being outside for too terribly long. I will do my best to visit more parks and take more landscape photos when the opportunity arises!

Thanks for reading & lots of love,

Sarah






I'm Back! Quick Update!

Hello! I hope all of you had a great holiday season! I'm doing much better and even went to another cosplay photography meet up in November and took quite a few pictures! I'll make a separate post about that later.

I don't really make New Years resolutions, but I'm hoping that I will do a lot more photography and improve my self-confidence! I want to work with a lot of new people and expand my horizons beyond cosplay photography.

I will be doing a few photoshoots at a Columbus convention called Ohayocon to get myself back in the groove next weekend. I am even doing a photoshoot giveaway on my Facebook photography page! I will be choosing the winners today! :D

I'm making this post super quick just to let you all know that I'm doing fine, I'm putting myself out there even if I'm not totally comfortable with it at the moment! I just have to photograph my heart out until I'm comfortable!

Thanks for all your support and I will be posting new content soon!!

Lots of love,

Sarah

HIATUS - Mental Illness in the Creative Mind

Hello, everyone!

I apologize that it has been awhile since I last posted here (Or pretty much anywhere under my Friese Frame Photography name). I've been having a tough time lately, so I thought writing about it might help a bit.

Since a young age I have struggled with anxiety and depression. The depression didn't really start until I was a teen, but I've always been a bit of shy and reserved person. Drawing was my way of expressing myself and help manage my anxiety. I was decent at drawing and even went to college for art before having a really bad serious of panic attacks and depressive behavior that forced me to quit school.

It's difficult to explain but my anxiety and depression just washed over me and completely engulfed me. It felt like I was drowning and I couldn't breathe. I couldn't focus on anything, not even my art that had helped me cope in the past. I kind of gave up.

When I had recovered a bit, I decided to try my hand at photography at a new school. I instantly fell in love with it and found my creative side rejuvenated. I gained enough self-confidence back to be able to work with new people and take lots of awesome pictures! I was on a roll.

So what happened?

Eventually I felt comfortable enough to take on an engagement photo session. I did it for free in order to build my portfolio and I thought everything went great until I got home and started editing the photos.

I hit a mental block. It's difficult to explain (and I don't quite understand it myself) but I would do things like open Lightroom and immediately get anxious and quit the program. I delayed editing the photos for so long the couple got (rightfully so) mad at me and left a very mean comment on my photography page which basically said I was a flake, a fraud, a waste of time. It hurt me a lot and cause my mind to hit the panic button and I deleted the original Friese Frame Photography page and everything that had to do with it.

It was really hard. I knew I had messed up but I didn't know WHY my brain wouldn't let me edit the images or why I would get so anxious trying to do something I'd done hundreds of times in the past.

This was the reason I was really hesitant to go back to the Friese Frame Photography name.

I wanted a fresh start, though.

So I tried again. I commissioned a friend to make me a new logo and I took some pictures of cosplayers and at the zoo but I've come face-to-face with that wall again. That anxious feeling that bubbles up in my gut when I look at my camera and I am constantly filled with thoughts that I am not good enough, will never be good enough, shouldn't even bother...

This is the dilemma I'm facing right now. I really want the self confidence back to ask people to model for me again! I want to be able to make cool images with friends but I'm just so scared I'll mess up again. Failure is my biggest fear and I let it overwhelm me to a point where I'm frozen by it.

I promise I'll be back eventually but right now I just need some time to find my passion again and not be scared of the thing I once loved. Thanks for sticking with me.

New Project: Crowns

Hello! I hope you all have been well.

I have been busy lately working on my latest project: Crowns!

This project came about from a couple of sources of inspiration. One being art history and how halos are depicted as either solid circles or radiating poles of light. The second source of inspiration was the MET Gala this year. The theme for the MET Gala 2018 was "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" and celebrities really took the theme to heart. The outfits were beautiful but what really inspired me were the halo inspired crowns that they were wearing. Here are a few examples:

Aren't the crowns just so neat? 

I knew I wanted to try my hand at making a few for photoshoots. I found this youtube tutorial especially helpful for getting started. I bought some supplies at the dollar store and got started!

The first crown I wanted to make was the spiked halo. For this I bought some thin headbands and bamboo skewers used for cooking. I simply attached the skewers to the headband with hot glue, shortening them ever so slightly to create that rounded halo shape. It helps a lot if you do this on a styrofoam head so you'll have an idea of what the crown will look like stretched out on your own head! Here are some progress pictures of the spiked crown:
The very beginning stages
 Finished all the spikes!
Spray painted gold!

I still want to add rhinestones and flowers to the halo crown so it's still a WIP but I'm really happy with how it looks so far!

My second crown was inspired by this youtube tutorial. The only real thing I followed from this tutorial was using a wider headband and a foam support structure. I kinda went my own direction with the look of the shells and such. Once again I recommend making this crown on a styrofoam head because this one definitely needs to stretch! Here are my progress pics of the mermaid crown:
The very beginnings. You can still see a lot of the styrofoam structure.

 The final design without the spikes on top.

The final (? I might add more) crown

I'm really happy with how this crown turned out, especially since I honestly kind of winged it with the design. I might add more, we'll see!

As far as my next crowns go, I'm going to make one similar to the first spiked halo one but paint it red and add pearl accents, and I'm currently working on one inspired by the moon! Here's a little preview for you:

Thanks for taking the time to read this! I'm looking for models to wear these crowns for photos so if you're interested please let me know! 

-Sarah