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Alexis Shea’s website.

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My website.

My goal in creating this website was to make a simple, visually appealing layout of my profession and services as a photographer.

I used warm, desaturated colors to create a non-abrasive feel and used the same font throughout, in varying sizes and weights. I used the same layout for the home, about, and contact pages, and a similar one for the gallery, so that if I were to create an additional page I would know how to design it.

I did make a sketch of my website before I created it, but I don’t have a scanner, so I don’t know how to upload it. Also, I designed a few prototypes in Photoshop before creating the final product in Dreamweaver.

Edit: I uploaded everything to a new free domain as well, and today bought AlexisRyan.com (I’m getting married, so my last name is going to be changing in a few months). I’m still working on getting AlexisRyan.com running, but in the meantime, here is the free domain that I created: Alexis Shea Photography

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May 8, 2010 at 12:15 am

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Alexis Shea’s web critique

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http://www.joanford.com

Joan Ford is a photographer based just outside of Philly. What I like about her website is that it’s very easy to navigate and has a very simple, visually appealing color scheme. Her photos are excellent examples of the sort of work she can be hired for and all of her information is easy to access.

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April 21, 2010 at 3:18 am

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Alexis Shea’s magazine article.

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Alexis Shea's double-truck

To be perfectly honest, I had a really difficult time with this assignment. I have never opened InDesign in my life prior to this class and had (have) no idea how to use it. I did the best I could with unfamiliar tools but I’m sure that if I knew more about how to use this program I could have done better. Everything was very confusing to me.

Still, with what I was able to figure out, I tried to make a layout that employed some contrast of colors, fonts and font sizes. I also tried a different shape for my second photo, I thought something round in the corner would work better than an awkward box-shape. I had my pull quote in the middle of the article, so it draws the reader’s eye into the story.

I know this wasn’t the most amazing thing I could have done if I’d known the program better, but hopefully it works well enough.

Also, I could NOT figure out how to export a JPG with both sides together, so I photoshopped the two pages together afterwards.

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April 7, 2010 at 4:34 am

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Alexis Shea’s Magazine Cover

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For a while now, I’ve been very interested in shooting home birth photography, so I chose to create a magazine cover that reflected that interest. The original painting that I made had a black background and I designed everything around that until I decided that black was too oppressive for a magazine about new life. Changing the background to a lighter color helps keep the mood bright and cheerful. I chose one font for the title and used three other fonts in various combinations to create the titles for my pieces. I used complimenting color themes of yellows, oranges, purples and pinks to create visually pleasing contrast. I tried to use the negative space around the belly shape for my titles, both to draw attention to the image and to keep the page simple and uncluttered. I tried to create a visual line with my text as well – starting at the title and working down and across to the Georgia Franchetti article. The “WrittenLightPhotos” at the bottom was just a little bit of shameless self-advertising – that’s the name of my blog.

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March 23, 2010 at 8:43 pm

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Alexis Shea’s Magazine Cover

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http://www.capturedbycarrie.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/professional-photographer-magazine-cover-newborn-baby.jpg

I love this magazine cover for several reasons. As we discussed in class, the photograph you choose for your front cover is really important, and this photo is a beautiful portrayal of infancy and the parent-child relationship. I am really interested in shooting natural home-birth photography so this type of photography appeals to me a lot. The font and design colors are all very soft and soothing and there is minimal type so the page doesn’t seem cluttered.

I got this image here – http://www.capturedbycarrie.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/professional-photographer-magazine-cover-newborn-baby.jpg

I would like to name the magazine cover that I am creating “Birth”.

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March 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

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Alexis Shea’s infographic.

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Ok, I may piss some people off with this one. Just a disclaimer, I think MJ was an incredible performer and I rock out to the Thriller like nobody’s business. But he definitely had a creepy phase going on towards the end.

Anyway, I got my information from wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awards_received_by_Michael_Jackson

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March 3, 2010 at 4:07 am

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Old-school infographs. -Alexis Shea

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Ok, so maybe this isn’t your traditional infographic (or maybe it’s the *most* traditional?) but it’s definitely one I think is “awesome”.  When I was little, I drew pirate maps obsessively.  I’d hide things around my house and wear an eye-patch and pretend I was jumping from one molten lava lump to the next in pursuit of hidden treasure. Yes, I’m a dork.  So anyway, all that to say I like pirate maps.  This particular one is from St. John Virgin Islands.  As far as the information is conveys, it’s rudimentary at best (although the fated ‘X’ is apparently somewhere between a bunch of mountains below Sir Francis Drake Passage).  Compared to a map of this area in 2010, there’s a lot of information missing.  But I definitely think it’s pretty cool.

St John Treasure Map

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February 22, 2010 at 12:43 am

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