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“Had to Try It”

Last semester I taught a lighting class at Francis Marion University and we covered a variety of lighting techniques as well as subject matter. I decided to do a food photography project with my students where they had to choose a recipe, prepare the recipe (either themselves or have someone else prepare it), and they had to photograph it, of course. But the best part of the whole project was that they had to bring the food in they photographed (even if they had to make it again) and we all pigged out while we critiqued our work. I participated in this one because I refused to be left out. I have always wanted to try my hand at food photography because for one, I love food (especially chocolate), and I love the act of arranging these in different ways and experimenting with lighting. We all learned so much, especially a deeper appreciation for super awesome food photographers because this takes so much patience. One of the other things I love about photographing food is that you can come up with all kinds of DIY lighting techniques. Most of these are a mix of window light and a little fill flash or bounced flash. I started at my Mom’s house. She made the cupcakes (thanks Mom!) and then I went through the entire process again in my apartment after I learned a few things the first go round. So, here are my first attempts. Oh, and the recipe is at the bottom…enjoy these Mocha Caramel Cupcakes!! I “had to try it”…the cupcakes and the process!


Image Transfer to Wood || Video Tutorial

Can I just say I must have the worst voice for video in the world. Nevertheless, I wanted to do this video for my students at FMU so they could access it anytime after the classroom demo if they needed a quick refresher. You can also click on the link below the video if you want to view it on Vimeo’s site.


WoodTransferProcess from Julie Mixon on Vimeo.

Image Transfer to Wood

Since graduate school (we won’t discuss how long ago that was) I have been experimenting with various image transfer processes. I have used techniques to transfer images to clay, paper, canvas, plaster, fabric, marble and wood. This past year I have started using some of the methods discussed in Bonny Lhotka books, Digital Alchemy and The Last Layer. Both books have instructions for how to transfer images to various media as well as how to incorporate other media into photographic images. My most recent experiments have been transferring images to wood. I thought how nice it would be to make portraits transferred to wood for my portrait and wedding clients, especially brides. So, the past few months I have been making many of these image transfers. The images are quite warm and filled with texture. I even print the sides of the wood panels, which makes it feel much more complete. I have included a video tutorial on how I make these image transfers. If you are interested in doing this process yourself I highly recommend purchasing Bonny’s books as well as trying out some of her products. Here is a link to her site: I am working on a video tutorial for the process, so hopefully that will be coming soon!


Elizabeth & Clay || Greenville, NC Wedding

A few weeks ago Elizabeth and Clay were married at the Hilton Hotel in Greenville, North Carolina. I mentioned a few posts ago that this was a special wedding because both Elizabeth and Clay are former students of mine. It was so nice to see them again along with all the other special guests at their wedding that I had not seen in some time too. Thank you to Allison Triplett and Heather Sullivan for helping me  photograph throughout the day! Just a note…Elizabeth and Clay designed their own wedding invitations…I thought they look super sharp! A huge thanks to Elizabeth and Clay for asking their old photo instructor to come and be a part of their big day!