Pet Art Idea

Well, since mid December I have been working at a Dog Hotel/Daycare.  I love this job for the simple fact that I am working with animals and not humans. Don’t get me wrong, they can get attitudes and have bad days just like us, but at the end of it all, I feed them and they (most of them anyway) are always willing to give a cuddle afterward.

During my time at the hotel I have photographed dogs that I like or find unique or ones that seem to like the camera.  I will be posting some here and was wondering if any of my readers (if any, since I am so random with my posts) could tell me what they(you) think of making work out of this idea…

I plan to paint some of the ones that have a nice composition or are just intriguing. If I can find work in New Hampshire (My boyfriend and I are moving there in less than 3 weeks) at a doggie daycare, I’d like to photograph peoples pets in their element, instead of in a strange studio with boring sheets.

I suppose the point/question is:

If I were to make prints of these or paint them, do you think people would buy them? Would you purchase something like that of your pet?

Please feel free to respond!



I am so happy to finally have some good news to post on my site, the last couple have been so negative, helpful, but negative.  I have been hired on full time by the company Amazing Pictures.  They shoot people before a show/ride/attraction and offer to sell it to them at the end.  My station is at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas and the photograph is offered to people before they go up in the Eiffel Tower. I will be switching between photographing, selling and cashiering. SO it’s not a full blown photography job, but it will get my foot in the door.

So anyone who is job searching out there. Keep your head up and don’t give up and eventually, some light will be shed your way.  But remember, with everyone needing light during these tough times, only a little may be shed per person.  It’s up to you to make the best with what you have and live as simply and humbly as possible!

Photography Job Scam on Craigslist!!!

So I graduated from UNLV in December and wanted to start my career in photography with some small stuff to build me resume.

I went job hunting on craigslist and found a great job!!!

The link to the job looked like this:

So beware. It think it’s sad that the last two blogs have been about assholes!

She is good though. Sara Russell, is the name she goes by, and she sends you a link for a credit report and thats how she gets your info. So don’t be fooled!

Here is the copy of her email, so that my readers don’t think all my blogs are a bunch of bull.

Bravework Staffing Agency is what she calls her “business for 11 years”

I’m telling you, these people are taking over the internet!

RE: Preschool Photographers‏
From: Sonja Corliss
Sent: Tue 1/26/10 11:17 PM
Hello Sara,

I got a hold of my credit report and score and copy pasted it to a word document just because I do not have a printer at home with ink in it.  If you could just let me know where I can meet you Thursday morning, I will be happy to arrive!


> From:
> To: Sonja Corliss
> Subject: RE: Preschool Photographers
> Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 21:00:11 -0800
> Hello Sonja,
> It is great to hear back from you so quickly, the promptness is greatly appreciated.
> Based on your responses and credentials I would like the opportunity to personally interview you later this week or early next week. I am available this week Wednesday to Friday from 9am to 4pm, and Monday to Wednesday of next week from 9am to 4pm, would any of these times work for you?
> I would like you to bring a copy of your resume to the interview so that we can have a hardcopy for our files. You should also bring a recent copy of your credit report, if you do not have a report or it is older than 3 months you can request a free report from which takes less than 3 minutes and has no cost to you.
> I look forward to hearing back from you, please confirm your desired interview time and a phone number I can reach you at.
> Regards,
> Sara Russell
> Bravework Staffing Agency
> “Successfully connecting workers and employers for 11 years.”

Change of Heart

For the past two years I have been taking photography classes at UNLV which  focuses on the fine art aspect. This semester a commercial photo class has been offered by Sergio Checko to help the students at UNLV get a wider range of education and practice.  I have completely fallen head over heels for this type of photography.  We have had three assignments so far and I have felt very strongly about the outcome of each one. The first was just a play with lighting, shadows and shapes, the second was food, and the third was headshots of our classmates.  All done with hot lights and reflectors!  I have always been more prone to documentary photography and attracted to landscape and wildlife photography, but was never able to act upon it because the classes I was taking required me to search my mind for fine art.  I have no problem with what I have been taught so far; in fact, I am glad that I was pushed to explore fine art before jumping right into commercial, it made me appreciate what other people can do. However, now that it has been introduced to me,  I am very excited to say that I have found my niche.  I will always shoot in documentary form and somewhat in fine art, since my eye has been trained to view things in this way, but my focus will be to shoot commercially for local people and hopefully a magazine.

I would love to work for National Geographic some day. I do think that with more experince I will be able to do so.   I decided to take four more classes in different fields of commercial photography after I graduate in December 2009.  I will be attending CSN to further my knowledge in the field of my future career.  When I open my own freelance photography business, it will be called Nativelea Photo. Keep an eye out and hopefully I’ll see ya soon!

Dawning of a New View

It has been a while since I have last written, but I feel it necessary to give the world an update on my new perspective on photography.

There have been many life changing events this summer for me, and they have all impacted me in an emotional and artistic way.  In my Intermediate Black & White photography class, I used a lot of control in my work and not a lot of feeling.  Don’t get me wrong I like the work I have done; each photo shows a little bit more of my learning experience.  This semester I am enrolled in Advanced Black & White Photography with Catherine Angel and I have already used a new method for my shooting.  I plan to incorporate my feelings into the photo; therefor, creating a more emotional experience for my viewer.

Now that I am living on my own, with no roommates and only the person on the phone as my company, I have had more time to myself to analyze what I would like to convey in my art.  I have always told people that the whole reason I photograph so many things is because I like to share the feeling I felt at that moment with someone else.  Then I realized I was not putting my heart into my work, I was simply doing the assignments.  Which may get me a grade, but it won’t make me proud of my work. Although I have recently gained a new feeling of confidence and appreciation for my time in Las Vegas, Nevada, my heart lies in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and I miss it dearly.  So why shouldn’t I show that in my work?  I should that is the point.

As soon as I get a moment to digitally photgraphy my new print style I will pot some pictures and hopefully get some feedback; positive or negative, I appreciate both.

Exposure 4

So, UNLV is putting on an exhibition of art work from the advanced and intermediate black and white photography classes. Three of my pieces have been selected as a maybe, but it is possible that one of them goes into the yes pile. I am hopeful. It would be nice to put on a resume. Anyways, if anyone would like to go and see the exhibition. Here are the details:

Exposure 4

Showing April 14-25

Opening Reception: Thursday April 17th, 6-9 p.m.

In the Grant Hall Gallery.

Very exciting. I hope some of you can come.

Black and White

I recently started my courses for the spring semester at UNLV. I also recently started my job at Chili’s as a hostess; hopefully a soon-to-be server. I am taking intermediate black and white photography, oil painting, kick boxing, second level voice class, and a survey of art history. So with just work and school on my plate, I am an extremely busy lady. To add onto that, I have a boyfriend of three and a half years to see once in a while. Through all this stress, I have come to love my black and white photo class. Even thought it is very demanding I have already learned so much from my teacher; Catherine Angel. I hope I can manage my time well enough to sleep and eat on a regular basis this semester. Wish me luck!

Photography Internship of 2008

Just to let my readers know, here is an example of the kind of photography I wish to do when I start my career. I applied for a National Geographic Internship that starts this upcoming summer. I will know by the end of March if I am awarded this internship or not. I will keep you posted.

The internship is held in Washington D.C., and pays about $500 a week. It is fully photography, and they send the interns on assignments, all travel expenses are paid for. The one thing I will have to pay for if I go, is the living costs; that is what loans are for! There are two total internships available and one of them is automatically offered to the winner of the College Photographer of the Year contest; a list of the winners is presented here. I hope I get this internship, it would be the opportunity of a life time. If not, I guess there is always next year! Cross your fingers for me!

Bright Colors

Pictures added on Nov. 27, 2007

I had a previous question regarding the colors in photographs and how they can become so bright. I had asked if film or developing had anything to do with it, or if it was all digital. This last week, had a photography assignment to capture bright colors. I was told to purchase slide film and have it developed using a process called cross processed. I bought my film and took photos at a costume store. I had the negatives developed and saw how the cross processing effected the colors. Most the colors seemed to be more saturated and contained less reflected light. I enjoyed printing my photos. When I photograph my print with a digital camera, I will post them here. I hope anyone who thinks digital is the only way to brighten color in prints reads this and tries it pronto!



All photos by:Sonja Corliss

Photograph Colors

I take a lot of pictures. Most of the pictures I shoot involve a lot of color, i.e. flowers, landscapes, animals; however it seems that the photos I see online are more vibrant. For instance, this frog photo is so colorful and the colors just jump right off the photograph. Since I am from New Hampshire, I have shot many photos of the leaves changing colors in autumn.

My question is: How do people get these colors to jump off the page? I am assuming a computer program is involved, because there is so much you can do with computer graphics. If there is a way to enhance these beautiful colors with just the camera or the lens?  I would love to know. I will accept any feedback or advice.