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Meet Your Noel Photography and Design Artist in 2016!

January 1, 2016

2016. WOAH!

As an artist, I am completely psyched about this particular year, due to all the new changes for Noel Photography and Design really coming into effect. Two of those included a state-to-state move (yes again), and the decision to start 2016 as a completely full-time, independent, graphic design and photography artist.

Again, WOAH.

A couple years ago, some may remember the “New Year’s Resolution” list I had made for myself. A large majority of my list I completely nailed, but there were a few parts I floundered on. (That’s typical right?) Small failures aside, I have FINALLY accomplished the most important task on my list. Hence the reason for my super psyched-ness. (Not a word, but too excited to care!) Here was the goal:

 

Find a career path I truly love, that really uses and pushes my abilities.

In some respects, WHY was I really thinking I would accomplish that in just one year? So if I’m being completely honest, it took me almost two years to get everything in place to jump in as a full-time artist.

Since so much has been changing for myself and the business, I decided January 1, 2016, was the perfect time for a little meet and greet of yours truly. So allow me to introduce myself…


WHO ARE YOU AGAIN?

Yes, literally, let me first introduce myself for those who don’t know.

My name is Jen Noel, and I am a 25 year-old artist of photography and design, living in the wonderful midwestern state of Nebraska. I am super crafty, bold, a little random, but totally awesome at what I do.

 

WHAT IS YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?

For four very busy years, I attended Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. Accomplishing a Bachelor of Arts, with three majors including graphic design, photography and advertising. A title of which is a mouthful, but has been completely worth achieving.

 

BEFORE BECOMING A FULL-TIME ARTIST, WHAT DID YOU DO?

While the decision to become a full-time artist was recent, I have never, not been working in my field. Previously, I was splitting my time between part-time graphic design and photography, and other various types of customer service positions.

Much of the experience from those other jobs have provided the solid foundation for my outstanding and quality service. In fact, August of 2016 will mark my 7th year of working in the graphic design and photography field!!!

 

DO YOU LOVE TO WORK ON GRAPHIC DESIGN OR PHOTOGRAPHY MORE?

Trick question! I honestly don’t favor one more than the other. Here’s why:

I chose to pursue both fields, plus advertising, because there is A LOT of overlap between them. All three are quite similar in education, skill, technology, uses, and the actual workplace. Actually, it’s almost as if they feed off of one other. In a nutshell, I LOVE what I do from A-Z!

 

AS AN ARTIST, WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK?

It took me many years to be able to answer this question clearly. I’m so eclectic, and many things catch my attention that can set off my creative mind! (A little A.D.D. if you will.) But…

In a broad terms, I am inspired by contrast. In everything. Have you heard the phrase, “opposites attract?” That’s often the style of my work.

Sometimes it’s a literal contrast of rich colors, light and dark, or black and white. Other times it’s a concept. Perhaps of vintage and modern, beauty vs. unsightly, or edgy mixed with delicate. The list goes on and on. Those are the things that often grab my attention because they are so bold. For those who have already met me, this comes as no surprise, since I myself am quite bold. 🙂

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Image is © Noel Photography and Design | DO NOT COPY

That all being said about my style, I’d also like to add a side note. I don’t like to achieve the bold looks by over editing in post production. While I occasionally get wrapped up in the abilities of technology, there’s something wonderful to be said about the purity of a photo. Therefore, not all, but a large majority of my images, the editing is kept to a minimum.

 

In graphic design it’s a bit different. Mostly because I’m not typically designing for myself, but rather for the client and their needs. While all my work has an underline tone of my style, my eclectic side comes in vary handy for design. It allows me to connect to a project despite what the subject matter may be. Giving me the ability to create quality design work for any client.

 

a. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? b. OF DESIGN?

I’ve always been a “jack of all trades,” but here, I am guilty of having some favoritism.

a) As for photography, since the first time I picked up a camera, I have always been a sucker for nature. It actually wasn’t until college when my passion for portraits really began to grow.

There is something so mysterious and calming about the natural beauty to be found all over the world in nature. It becomes addicting to travel, and do your damnedest to be at the right place, at the right time, camera settings ready, with your finger on the trigger.

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Image is © Noel Photography and Design | DO NOT COPY

I quickly realized that portrait photography can be quite similar. Again, I became addicted. Like nature, you’re waiting for the right moment, the right expression, and sometimes the right light. Portraits have the ability to capture someones character, emotion, passion, and sometimes the most raw form of themselves. It’s no surprise the human body, as a part of nature, has the ability to speak in many ways that are non-verbal. Personally, I think that is amazing.

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Image is © Noel Photography and Design | DO NOT COPY

 

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Image is © Noel Photography and Design | DO NOT COPY

b) For design, my favorite part is much more technical and generalized: Composition. Remember when I said there was a lot of overlap between my fields? Composition is one skill that comes in handy in both photography and design. While I’m great at and love the devil in the details, I like to think “big picture.” (Again with the need for contrast.) Layout designs require planning, thinking and strategy. It’s almost like an artistic mind game. I love that.

 

WHEN YOU GET FREE TIME, WHAT DO YOU DO?

I never stop creating, and my friends and family often tease me about it. I guess I just like to be busy. I love trying alternative photography processes, scrapbooking, crafting, sewing, painting, cooking, and up-cycling vintage furniture, frames, and other items.

Outside of creating, I am very family oriented. I have a close relationship with everyone in my immediate family, so the time I get to spend with them is important.

When my schedule and bank account allows me, I love to travel to new places. Usually to take pictures and go antiquing. Yes, I said antiquing. Vintage camera, frames and other random things have began to take over my house.

Lastly, when the weather allows, I enjoy getting outside. Hiking, biking, boating and playing with puppies make my outdoor adventures quite enjoyable. 🙂

As you can tell, my personal life is quite eclectic and random as well.

 

SO WHAT’S NEXT FOR NOEL PHOTOGRAPHY AND DESIGN IN 2016?

Now that I am officially a full-time artist, I could not be happier! My most important resolution for early 2016, will be finding the right design office and studio space. Ideally, an inviting area to accommodate a wider variety of clients throughout the whole year, in addition to the year-round outdoor sessions.

Not to mention, I look forward to joining in with my new community. A new space will provide opportunity to better connect with clients, and other local businesses of the Thayer County and surrounding area. Which to me, sounds like a blast!

 

LASTLY JUST FOR FUN…

WHAT ARE A FEW LITTLE SECRETS YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE?

Ah yes, secret time. I’m a little OCD, I hate spiders, I love to sing in the shower, and the numbers on the toaster are minutes. 🙂


Alright folks, I feel I’ve covered quite a bit of the Noel in Noel Photography and Design. If you have any questions you think you’d like answered, comment them at your own risk!

Don’t forget to follow me here on WordPress by blog or email, and also on Facebook. Most importantly, if  it hasn’t happened already, I look forward to meeting everyone in my new area, and hope YOU will be one of my 2016 photo or design clients!

 

Happy Creating!

Noel

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Are All the “Good Shots” Taken?

June 22, 2015

Several months ago, I came across this article in my photo magazine. Despite the age of the publication I decided to share it today anyway. I remember marking the page, because it brought up a topic that I often thought about myself:

Have all the good photography shots been exhausted?

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Typically when I travel, this subject comes up. Especially if I’m traveling in a very touristy area. There’s nothing worse than getting ready to take a picture, and some “ya-hoo” (for lack of a better word) stands right next to you, and takes the exact same shot. For me, inside, this gives me a small meltdown.

After reading the article for the first time I felt very discouraged as an artist, and thought, “I knew it! Everyone is officially taking the same stupid pictures….” But then I took a second glance.

Did you catch the epic quote they referenced in the bottom left corner?:

Schopenhauer Quote

Schopenhauer Quote

 

In the end, what I gathered from this article was a reminder of what it meant to be an artist. To have the ability to not only allow people to see the extraordinary, but to represent it in a way that shows how you, uniquely as an artist, sees it.


 

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Happy Creating!

Noel

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