The One with the Last Semester of Center Stage

Project Description

My project was being involved with Center Stage for BYU-Idaho. Being on the board for Center Stage consists of market, organize, and coordinate BYU-Idaho performances, working with other campus organizations to market and promote events, lead team in working on ad campaigns and hold meetings.

The reason I chose this project is because I’ve done Center Stage for 5 semesters and I’ve learned so much about event management, which is what I want to do when I graduate. I love knowing what goes on behind the scenes and with helping at these events I get to do that and learn what it takes to make an event a success. Helping with events like these really strikes an interest to me because I do theatre so being involved with theatre like events gets me really excited. Being in this kind of environment helps to feel like I am still involved in the arts while not being on stage myself.  A skill that I have gained over the years is learning how to think creatively and learn how to promote these events. Approaching the right audience is a big part of having the event be a success. But catching their eye to come to this event is another challenge that I am still learning to come up with ideas to have it be appealing to them.

Events

BYU Young Ambassadors

The first event of the semester was the BYU Young Ambassadors. This was for sure my favorite event all season. They are a very talented group of students who can sing and dance very professionally. There are so many words to describe this performance. Incredible is at the top of the list. They caught your attention at the very beginning with The Greatest Showman number and ended the show with a very spiritual rendition of I Am a Child of God.

For this show, I was able to shadow the director backstage. This included helping set up dinner, meeting the group and eating dinner with them, and helping take down. Helping backstage for this particular event was so special for me because I love musical theatre. These students understood my level of love for the arts and it also helped that they were my same age. Since they’re from Provo and I’m from Utah county, we had many mutual friends which helped me to become good friends so fast. This show was for sure the best Center Stage experience I have ever had.

Below are pictures of me with some of the members of the group. Maren, Alex and Summer all know my sister so it was really fun to make that connection.

Ben Rector

Ben Rector was such a great concert. He is pretty famous and we don’t often get famous people in Rexburg so we were all really excited about him coming. His opener, Cody Fry was so talented. He was so fun to have on stage and I loved the stories that he told to connect with the audience. When Ben came out the crowd went wild! He has great hits that everyone knows so it was an awesome experience.

Marketing

In past semesters, I have been one to design a lot of posters or flyers. But this semester I created a lot of social media content and video footage to go on our social media.

See captions below for details.

I made 5 of these countdown images for Instagram stories to get the word out about Ben Rector.

I made this to go at our booth to announce the Date Night Giveaway we were doing to promote Bryan Terrall Clark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made a few video content to be but on social media, booths, or at events. All of these videos were made in iMovie. Links below.

Ben Rector Marketing Clip: Click here

Old Friends Photo Video: Click here

Announcing Winter 2020 season: Click here

Process & Challenges

With being on the board multiple times before, I wanted to get a more professional outlook of Center Stage. It helped that for my job I worked for the same person who is the faculty mentor over Center Stage. I was able to be apart of the discussion with new artists coming for future semesters, learn about how the select and get contracts for each of the artist and I was able to vet a few artists that are being considered to perform in future years.

A challenge I did have to learn how to deal with was working with other who have different design styles. When I created the valentines day give away post (seen above), another girl was supposed to do a social media post that would look similar to each other. They looked really opposite. Since she created hers first I tried to tie it into each other but I was having a hard time. The one thing that I took from that post to tie it together was the color of the body font. With working with my director to create this she was okay with the content not being super similar but professionally designed.

Overview

I will always be grateful for Center Stage for giving me the love and experience to do events. If I hadn’t joined this marketing board 2+ years ago, who knows where I would have gotten this experience from. I learned how to market for concerts in a professional setting. I learned how to better my design skills to create posters, fliers, videos, etc. I learned how to help backstage with the artists and learn what a director role is like. The list goes on and on.

I love entertainment, events, and the stage so it couldn’t have been a better place for me.

The One with the Young Ambassadors

Hi friends!

Center Stage is up and running and it is going great! With this being my 6th semester being apart of the marketing board, I do know my way around. I’m so grateful to have been doing this so long and to have met so many incredible artists.

Our first show was with the BYU Young Ambassadors. They are a very talented group of students who can sing and dance very professionally. There are so many words to describe this performance. Incredible is at the top of the list. They caught your attention at the very beginning with The Greatest Showman number and ended the show with a very spiritual rendition of I Am a Child of God.

For this show, I was able to shadow the director backstage. This included helping set up dinner, meeting the group and eating dinner with them, and helping take down. Helping backstage for this particular event was so special for me because I LOVE musical theatre. These students understood my level of love for the arts and it also helped that they were my same age. Since they’re from Provo and I’m from Utah county, we had many mutual friends which helped me to become good friends so fast. This show was for sure the best Center Stage experience I have ever had.

My new friend Summer!

Maren and Alex know my sister Abby so it was so fun to connect with them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other fun projects have included making a video of the seasons line up for Center Stage’s Instagram. Check it out! Our next artist is Bryan Terrall Clark, a Broadway artist! He has been most recently seen in Hamilton playing George Washington. I can’t wait to hear him sing Hamilton songs! I created Instagram stories to highlight his career and to help the students learn more about him. Those will go up on Friday.

Check back in a few weeks to look at what exciting things happen in Center Stage!

My Best of the Best from Comm 316

My time in Comm 316 at BYU-Idaho has been more than rewarding. I am the photographer I am because of the skills I’ve learned throughout this semester.

This post is displaying my top favorite photos I have taken over the past three months in my Comm 316 class. The photoshoot I had the best experiene at was the one I put together for my final project. My Broadway-inspired shoot was so much fun for me. I want to be a theatre photographer someday and this shoot gave me a much better idea of what that opportunity could be like.

Eurydice from Hadestown – Model: Cheliece Ko

 

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Elle Woods from Legally Blonde – Model: LaShae Roylance

 

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Orpheus from Hadestown – Model: Colter Hinckley

 

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Food photography is definitely my second favorite photography. The detail that comes from getting close up shots of food is amazing! I also love the vibrant colors with different food combined. These were all taken during an excursion I went on to the Tetons with my class. That is where we had a big photoshoot with all different setups to learn how to photograph food.

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Portrait photography is always a great skill to have. A photoshoot we had for my Comm 316 class was at The Venue in Rigby, Idaho. We had models come dressed in Halloween costumes, fitness attire, and fashion. Finding creative angles is what I think makes portraits so unique and can tell a story.

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Landscape photography is such a powerful art. The sites you can capture in one image are so inspiring to me. Now when I look at a landscape photo, I analyze it wondering what angle their body was at, lens, time of day, location, everything. I look forward to learning more about landscape photography in the future.

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Click this link to find more inspiring photography!

Broadway Inspired Photoshoot

Broadway is my #1 love. Doing a photoshoot inspired by my favorite musical theatre shows was such a great experience.

The four shows I chose to do were Legally Blonde, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, and Newsies. These shows have all made an impact in my life and I was so glad I was able to organize a shoot to capture four different shows. I do want to be a theatre and dance photographer someday, so creating these broadway shoots is bringing me one step closer!

Legally Blonde

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Model: LaShae Roylance

Dear Evan Hansen

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Model: Asher Hansen

Hadestown

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Newises

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The models did a great job telling the stories of these characters. They made my job so easy!

Click on this link to look at more fun Broadway photos!

Teton Themed Portraits

Having a theme for your portraits can make really fun photos. Why not try it?

While in the Tetons we had this hiker vibe going on and with some of my classmates acting as models we had a great time. My classmate brought the Teton hiking bag which was very convenient for where we were 😉 Having a good background makes portraits so much more interesting. With that, make sure you have a good separation like in these photos.

The trees, the lake, and the mountain give the photos a good depth of field to show the distance between everything.

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Check out these other themed portrait ideas!

Over & Underexposed Photos

Experimenting with under and overexposed photos can be interesting to see what lighting effects you can get.

Underexposed means that the sky is exposed but the face is not. While it creates a good contrast, it might not be the way you want to go.

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Here we have overexposed where the face is exposed and the sky is not. The light is bold but it isn’t a very appealing look. Finding a good in-between is the best way to go for this look.

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I used a speedlight to get a good balance to the light that was being received. You can notice that his face and also the sky has a good balance of light that is spread around the whole photo.

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Check out these other examples of over and underexposed images.

Deep Colors and Detailed Food Photography

Learning to position food into a creative composite is a great skill add to your portfolio.

Detail and color are my favorite elements when shooting food photography. Positioning the food is what can take some time. Because you want to get those creative angles to get a shot that no one normally gets. I like to add elements to the photo by adding a cloth or adding layers with different cutting boards. In this first photo, I added the blue both to add color and the tree stub long to create the shadow to give it depth. While looking at these photos you’ll be able to see that.

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Click here to look at more amazing food photography!

Tips on Using Creative Elements

All it takes are some creative elements to make a photo really unique and have a fun angle to it.

It doesn’t take a lot of thought to make a photo exciting. The photos that are in this post are super simple but they have those elements that make them stand out. Water is a great way to add to this effect. While Hydro flasks are known to not sweat, it makes the image have more texture and great shadows.

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I love this photo because of the way the sugar cascades off the strawberry. It draws your eye all the way down to the bottom of the photo. Yes, this strawberry is levitating 😉 Jk there was a piece of wood holding it in place but I wanted to make mine more original so I photoshopped it out.

 

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This waterdrop was such fun! You should have seen the setup. To get different colors, there was paper with a design on it, above the water that was reflecting to make the waterdrop more interesting. Super simple right?

 

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Check out more fun photography here!

I Think I’m Official Now!

Guess who has one of her prints up in the Spori Building at BYU-Idaho?? THIS GIRL DOES!

Looking back 4 years ago to my first semester of college, I never would have guessed that one of my own photos would be hanging up in my favorite building. Back then I was an elementary education major and I never imagined photography would be a skill I would learn. Now it’s my favorite thing to spend my time doing. Seeing the photo hung up in a frame made it all the more special to me. Knowing that all my hard work was being paid off. I got so many comments from my friends and family saying how proud they were and how much they loved the photo. Today was a great day, to say the least 🙂

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Using Textures in Photoshop

Learning to use textures can help bring your photo to the next level.

When deciding which textures to do for which photo I looked for an element that I could find in a texture. For example the Frankenstein photo, he has his hands to his head because he’s frustrated. Or it could mean he’s being crushed. That’s when I got the inspiration to use this crumbled paper texture. Having the texture around his head with the red light shining behind it creates a stressed look. Which I think adds to the photo and tells a story.

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For Cruella de Vil, she’s all about herself and making herself look fabulous. So why not choose a fabulous texture? This texture screams Hollywood to me so I was very excited when I found it. I wanted her face to be pretty clear of the texture while the rest of her covered in the lights to give her a really powerful presence in the picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This photo depicts the model as hard-working and strong. When I came across this cement, drywall texture I really liked it. To me, it tells the story of a strong woman breaking through the cracks in achieving her goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Click here to find free textures from the website I used!

Also, I’ll add this fun photo I was editing that I wanted to share with all of you. What do you think? The clouds and dark fill were added in photoshop not by a texture.

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Meet Maddie Fillmore

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Maddie has been doing photography for almost a year and is it her true passion. Being creative and getting out of your comfort zone is what Maddie loves about photography. She is currently a senior at BYU-Idaho studying Public Relations and will be graduating in April of 2020.

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