Graduation Announcements!

My daughter, Chelle, just finished this summer her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance from Columbus State University.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is considered to be the most prestigious bachelor’s degree that you can receive in the visual arts. 

Chelle Leary [NIKON Z 6, 85.0 mm f/1.8, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 100, 1/2000, ƒ/1.8, (35mm = 85)]

Growing up the daughter of a photographer and majoring in theatre has made her into a natural in front of the camera. So, when it came time to plan for announcements, Chelle did her research and sent me some of her Pinterest boards on ideas.

The one on the left is with the flash and the one on the right is without flash. See how much it helps. Can’t get this photo with your phone’s camera. You need the flash.

She wanted some photos in a park in Columbus, Georgia. I had her stand on the edge of the shade of the tree. The sun is catching her hair to give us a hair light, but because she doesn’t have the sun in her face she can easily open up her eyes. No squinting in these outside photos.

This is the flash I am using off camera to take these photos.

Chelle Leary [NIKON Z 6, 85.0 mm f/1.8, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 100, 1/1000, ƒ/1.8, (35mm = 85)]

On the camera is the trigger that I use to talk to the flash by radio built into the transmitter and flash.

After getting a few shots outside we moved inside. Chelle wanted colored lights as well as capturing her Halloween themed decorations.

Chelle Leary [NIKON Z 6, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Manual, ISO 100, 1/3, ƒ/9, (35mm = 35)]

The flash to the left has an orange gel and the one on the right has purple gel. The camera is on a tripod.

Note the camera specs. I am using a shutter-speed of 1/3 second. This was to get the lights on the wall to show up.

Chelle Leary [NIKON Z 6, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Manual, ISO 100, 1/13, ƒ/9, (35mm = 24)]

We just had fun playing around getting different looks, expressions and just seeing what we could create together.

Chelle Leary [NIKON Z 6, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Manual, ISO 100, 1, ƒ/9, (35mm = 52)]

Now I love the Nikon Z6 camera. I am letting it focus on her eyes. I have never really needed anything above 24 megapixels.

Chelle Leary [NIKON Z 6, 24.0-105.0 mm f/4.0, Mode = Manual, ISO 100, 1/8, ƒ/4, (35mm = 52)]

I did change the aperture from ƒ/9 to ƒ/4 to focus more on Chelle, but I do like the ƒ/9, because that really lets me pull the background into more focus and letting you know a little more about how much she loves Halloween. Doesn’t everyone enjoy dressing up and playing like someone else and indulging in candy?

Tips

The experts agree it is tacky for grads to mention gift registries or suggestions on an invitation, which makes it hard for guests to know what to give; guests can seek out suggestions when they RSVP, advises Post. Many people automatically think to give the graduate money as a present.

On college graduation announcements, you should always include your name, your school, the year of your graduation, and the degree you received. You shouldn’t abbreviate the title of your degree. Spell out “Bachelor of Arts” or “Bachelor of Science” instead of putting “B.A.” or “B.S.”

What is Chelle doing?

Chelle is working at the Springer Opera House. The Springer Opera House is a historic theater at 103 Tenth Street in Downtown Columbus, Georgia. First opened February 21, 1871, the theater was named the State Theatre of Georgia by Governor Jimmy Carter for its 100th anniversary season, a designation made permanent by the 1992 state legislature.