Black and White Challenge

It’s great to go out of your comfort zone, but it’s easier said than done. After being nominated for the Five Day Black and White Challenge, I decided this was a great way to do just that. You can read more about the origins of the challenge on USA Today, but the version my friend explained was to post a black and white photo on Instagram every day for five days. He’s a great black and white photographer and had no problem. I, on the other hand, had to really think. I love and appreciate black and white photography especially in portraits, but I love color more. If my photography has any style or reoccurring theme at all it would be featuring bright, vibrant colors. This was going to be a challenge to say the least.

Black and white challenge withVeritas PhotographyMy strategy was to take shots of things I’d love in color and see what happened when I processed them in black and white. Since it seemed within the rules, I also posted two photos old photos.  I tried to edit them all on Photoshop for a higher quality feel, but one of the days my program was acting up and I had to use my Galaxy S4 to shoot and edit. It’s also pretty obvious which that photo that is, but it was still a blast!

I was even so inspired, I made a collage inspired by my finding a career search in my new city (oh yea, we moved states :D) and black and white! Once again, collages are something I do in bright colors, so this was a unique way to incorporate some of the lessons I learned in the Instagram challenge.

Check them out below and see more on my Instagram!


Black and white challenge snow in dallas |Veritas Photography

Black and white challenge snow in dallas |Veritas Photography

Black and white challenge brewery|Veritas Photography

Black and white challenge chandelier in new orleans|Veritas Photography

And here’s the collage! It’s black and white AND inspiring. Black and white challenge collage| Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie: In the Studio

Some time ago, a friend of mine was doing a video series on interesting characters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For his first assignment it was a local illusionist who performs at burlesque shows at the House of Blues. It’s no wonder when he then asked if I’d like to tag along to take some photos, I said yes immediately.

Since there were so many great photos to share, I decided to turn this two-day shoot into a three-part blog. So scroll down, enjoy and stay tuned!

Deep Ellum, Dallas, dinosaur | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie, Dallas | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie interview | Veritas Photography

Magic Book | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie Deandre Upshaw interview | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie studio | Veritas Photography

magic trunk | Veritas Photography

skeleton | VeritasPhotog

I was amazed to learn that using his creativity and engineering skills, he makes all of his own props and magic contraptions.

Confetti Eddie | VeritasPhotog

magic props | Veritas Photog

In case you didn’t already think an illusionist was an artist, Eddie has tons of works of art throughout the space. I was so inspired by all the paintings and sculptures. He even had a few cameras he made himself!

Edward Ruiz | Veritas Photography

magic art | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie art | Veritas Photography

skeleton painting | Veritas Photography

DIY homemade camera | Veritas Photography

diy photo, sculpture | Veritas Photography


We even got to see the dress rehearsal!

Confetti Eddie show | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie sword trick | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie finale | Veritas Photography

Want to learn more about Confetti Eddie? View the video below!

Be sure to stay tuned to my blog to see more in the series and Veritas Photography on Facebook for some exclusive shots, as well!