7 Magic Mountains

Inspiration

If you haven’t heard of 7 Magic Mountains, it’s a colorful art installation by artist Ugo Rondinone about 10 miles outside of Vegas. It’s a line of seven huge boulders stacked on top of each other, all painted different vibrant colors. The art piece is literally in the middle of the desert, on an off road straight from the highway.

When we were about 30 minutes outside of Vegas, my boyfriend surprised me by driving us to 7 Magic Mountains. He hates pictures, but knows that this kind of thing is exactly what I love to explore. Luckily, there were only a few other people there, so we wandered and took lots of photos as the sun was setting, which was the perfect lighting!

I had seen pictures of it before on Instagram but I didn’t know if it would live up to the hype. It was actually SO COOL and I couldn’t believe how massive and precariously stacked the rocks are. They are ginormous and incredibly vibrant in color. Walking around them just makes you happy and excited.

For editing these pictures, I increased the saturation so the shots would appear even more colorful, and darkened the black point for more contrast. Since the rocks themselves were so vibrant, I didn’t have to edit the photos a whole lot. There were a couple people in the background of a few of the shots, so I Photoshopped them out 😛

If you’re heading to Vegas, I’d definitely recommend stopping here for some photos. It’s just a few mile detour off the highway and it’s such a fun pit stop before arriving in Vegas! It does get busier in the middle of the day, but morning or evening are both perfect times when it’s less busy.

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Pixinity NYC Pop Up Photoshoot

Inspiration

It’s not a regular pop-up shop where you snap a photo for The Gram and leave. This is an entire art installation with a heartfelt meaning. The artist, Tianyu Qiu, decided to make his own pop up and partner with Autism Speaks. His sister was diagnosed with autism, and they use computers and iconographic symbols to communicate over verbal communication. He wanted to create a world where anyone could come interact with the art in an accessible way. I loved that concept, so I stopped by this week to check out Pixinity!

It starts out with a wall of shades of pink–my favorite. They told us that pink is the symbol for hope, so there’s a thread of pink throughout the entire show.

Then we moved on to the hallway of neon that transported us out of 2019 and into the digital, pixelated world full of pixelated people, food, and cities!

The blue room is filled with foam pixels for you to play around with and emojis with different expressions in pixel form. It kind of feels like you’re walking around a live version of Mario Bros, which was awesome.

I won’t give all the surprises away, but let’s just say there are some blacklight rooms that are very trippy and an infinity mirror you could stare at all day long (we did). What I loved about this pop-up is that it wasn’t just about photos. You could tell the artist spent a lot of time thinking of ways to make it interactive and interesting for the audience, and created a safe space where everyone was free to play in their own way.

This room, unsurprisingly, was my favorite. It was all about sending a love letter and there were pink paper airplanes flying around the room and this pixelated heart with wings. Not to mention the massive pink ballpit. This always brings out my inner child, and I had fun swimming around in a pixelated pink ocean!

The whole experience is filled with vibrant colors that correspond to different themes in the rooms. Here are a few other favorite shots, including one I took of the creator of the project, Tianyu. We had fun playing for a few hours and letting our inner child run around!

The Pink Ballpit!

This was honestly my favorite part of the entire shoot. It was just so pink. Aka my favorite. If you haven’t gone yet, definitely check Pixinity out this fall before it’s gone. I was really hyped to support a pop-up that had a deeper meaning and was partnering for an awesome cause.

If you like these photos, make sure to have a look at my website and follow me on Instagram! Feel free to drop me an email at gdeimz@gmail.com for any shoot requests, questions, or just to chat! If you’re in the NYC area, let’s grab coffee and talk lenses and shoot locations 🙂

Best Graffiti Walls in NYC to Photograph

Inspiration, photography tips

When my cousin asked me if I’d shoot some fun engagement photos for her and her fiancee, I was immediately excited. They’re a super fun couple who hate the traditional cheesy engagement shots, so I knew our shoot would be fun and totally out of the box–something I’m always down to try with photography.

We immediately started scouring Instagram for the best spots in NYC with the coolest graffiti. I’d walked by a lot of cool spots in passing, but I had never really put together a definitive list on the best spots to keep track of. So, after we ran around shooting all day–and I do mean the entire day–we had tons of good spots that I would recommend for you guys to try if you’re looking for good shooting spots. Here they are:

  1. Freeman Alley

This spot was perfect for them because they don’t love having to take pictures while an audience of people watches. Freeman Alley is pretty hard to find if you don’t know that it’s there, so there’s never a ton of people hanging around, which makes pictures easier. The graffiti in the alley is always changing, but theres a diverse selection to choose from. Also, while you’re there, grabbing a bite at Freeman’s is never a bad idea!

2. Houston Bowery Mural

This is one of the more known spots downtown, but that doesn’t make it any less photogenic! The mural gets changed every few months, so there’s always something new to shoot with. Queen Andrea is the most recent artists selected to decorate the wall, and it’s filled with vibrant colors and a massive “Believe” script over the top. It’s massive, so you’ll have plenty of room to get your shots for The ‘Gram. Just be careful though, because it’s right next to the busy street.

3. NOMO SOHO Graffiti Wall

We saw this wall in our inspiration pics, but didn’t know exactly where it was, so it was a huge surprise as we were strolling down Crosby Street and came across this piece and the ivy archway. It’s definitely a great spot for pictures, and the pastel tones on the brick come across beautifully in camera. Just note that this is an entrance to a hotel, so people will probably be walking back and forth, but don’t let that stop you from getting your shot!

4. Dumbo Love Wall

I told you we went everywhere–we even made it to Brooklyn before the sun set! If you’ve walked around NYC, chances are you’ve probably seen some heart murals. Those belong to JGoldcrown, a British graffiti artist based in NY and LA. We shot at the Dumbo one, but he has murals up in Freeman Alley, Mott Street, St. Marks, and Williamsburg. This is such an iconic NYC graffiti stop, and I think it’s a must for your graffiti photo list.

5. Wandering!

My last tip for you: wander around. Here’s just a few other places we went that ended up having super cool or cute graffiti. The coolest part about NYC is that it’s constantly changing, and a piece you love might be replaced next week with a totally new one. Definitely pick out your spots, but make sure you plan in some time to wander around and see what you can find in the city. If you do happen to stumble onto some great spots, let me know and I’ll add them to the list!

Special thanks to A and Ty for such a fun day in NYC and trusting me with their pictures. And if you like these, make sure to have a look at my website and follow me on Instagram! Feel free to drop me an email at gdeimz@gmail.com for any shoot requests, questions, or just to chat! If you’re in the NYC area, let’s grab coffee and talk lenses and shoot locations 🙂