Making A Portfolio

The script:

Making a portfolio does not have to be a long stressful ordeal. It can be a do it for fun once in a while whenever you have time thing. When I was working as a waitress for Janya Thai Delight I created my portfolio bit by bit. I started with taking photos of flowers from the floral company next door called Tehama Floral Company. I bought flowers and I set them up outside and took pictures of them. They were mostly close up pictures. Then I collaged quotes onto my flower photos. Then I created movies about the quotes. Then I added some of my Janya Thai Delight work and New Fortune work into my portfolio and now viola I have a cool portfolio to show my future employers. The key part to creating this portfolio was not being stressed out because I worked on it over time and not all in one week.

I just added to my portfolio whenever I could and now I have a lot of things I can show people if I were to apply for photography jobs or graphic design jobs. The first thing that I focused on was just creating things that I was good at because I have such a wide range of talent and because I went to school initially for photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and then I switched to visual media which is part photo, graphic design, and management. Then I did a media design master of fine arts program at Full Sail University. Media Design trained me in graphic design, specifically rebranding a company. I learned how to research a company, communicate with clients, and team dynamics. I created a rebranding book for Jembetat Café and Gallery. I created logos, taglines, website wireframe, magazine ad campaign, video ad campaign, and much more. Then also I took up Education Media Design and Technology with Full Sail again. Education Media Design and Technology taught me teaching pedagogies and how to best design a lesson plan for classes. I created video tutorials and blogs with tutorials. I also created an action research that taught my students how to use Facebook, Youtube, and WordPress.

Taking pictures of flowers was a simple process. I took photos of flowers and then I edited them and then I posted them on my blog and then I created Ciao Means Hello Art Gallery on Facebook where I have been trying to sell prints of my flower photographs. I also decided to find a quote online daily and then post it on my Facebook and then I created a live video using Facebook about the quote. I interpreted the quote and explained how the quote pertained to my life and I also talked about my past experiences.

When I was in high school I had collected quotes and I also had friends who collected quotes and we often talked about quotes and analyzed them that is why I created the quotes videos. When I was in middle school actually I asked for Bartlett’s book of quotations for Christmas because I needed it for school, but also so I could look through quotes. Although I did not get deep into collecting quotes until high school. I had a friend in high school who always talked about the quote, “This too shall pass.” And often times when I had a challenging class or sports practice I would think this too shall pass. I was very thankful for her for teaching me that quote and so I thought why not get my favorite quotes out there to the masses and see if my videos could be of interest as well as helpful to my audience.

After I created the quote videos on Facebook, I recorded the audio of the video. I then transcribed the audio. Then I rewrote what I transcribed into something that flowed better. Then I decided to create a script out of the rewritten transcription. Then I gathered up some photos to go along with the script and I made a little short movie on iMovie and then voila I had cool short movies. I also decided to create my own quote photos later on. I took my photos into Adobe Illustrator and put the quote text on top. I got to create cool photos with quotes portfolio out of those so that was fun.

After having created things I was good at I also decided to do things I have not done lately, but I used to be good at. One of those is creating logos. I scanned in my old stationery and business card portfolios with logos I had created. Recently, I decided to recreate the logos. I have here Blue Heron Publications and Pauline Reese. I also recreated the stationery and business cards.

The next thing I am going to do that I was good at is designing a layout for a website. I am not going to create it just yet using Dreamweaver, but I will create a plan for my own portfolio website. I have just written out the details in my sketchbook and I will create wireframes for them and much more soon. In a few months or so when I have time I will work with Dreamweaver with getting a working website.

I would also like to do some things with Flash because I have used Flash before to create little animations, but right now Flash does not work on my computer. Maybe I need a new version of Flash. I will figure that out in the next few months.

I would also like to create better typography portfolio and work closely with text. I would like to also explore creating a grid layout portfolio and much more.

The next step for me as far as creating a portfolio is trying stuff that I have not done before and I would like to see how it goes. I want to try basic coding and then also working with Adobe After Effects.

Creating a portfolio does not have to be hard or burdensome. Just try to work on it bit by bit. First focus on creating things that you are good at. Then focus on creating things you used to be good at. Then focus on creating something more challenging and explore things you have not done before. That is it for my video. Thanks for watching.




Education Outside of Photography

Hello Therese Lawlor here so my quote of the day is, “Education is an endless journey through knowledge and enlightenment.” I wanted to talk about how that relates to photography. Like I’ve said before in my other videos is that you just have to keep learning and trying to get as much information about photography as you can online or through books or going to school for photography. I also wanted to talk about how education for photography does not necessarily mean reading and watching videos and getting classroom education that is only specifically for the subject of photography. I personally have found that other types of art and other types of subjects have helped me learn more about photography. There are many movies, books, and artworks that I have learned about that I was then able to apply my knowledge to photography.

In the past blog post, I have made a video about how I was prepared to go to college for photography because I had taken some classes that were drawing classes through Rochester Institute of Technology when I was in high school. Also, my parents had taken me to the Metropolitan Museum and the Guggenheim to see all sorts of famous artworks. I had read up on famous painters like Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, and many other famous fine artists. I had also worked at the Brighton Memorial Library when I was a sophomore in high school and I read a lot about the different masters of art like Monet, Escher, Bosch and many more artists. All of these fine art studies later helped me when I was a photography major because many of the principles that I learned about fine art I could apply to creating a good photograph.

During high school, I had found all of these amazing books about all sorts of artists and I read them all. I also watched movies about art. They weren’t about photography, but it helped me form a better sense of how photographs should be formed, with the use light and dark, shadows and highlights. After I graduated from undergrad at Rochester Institute of Technology I have also watched many videos that sparked my imagination and heightened my curiosity for art in general.

These movies helped me become more creative and inspired for my photography projects. One of the movies I had watched that really made an impression on me was Brush with a Genius which was a movie about Van Gogh. I saw a movie called Helvetica, which was a movie about the font Helvetica. I also watched many Youtube videos that were useful to me for getting new ideas from. Even music videos have inspired me like the Mi Gente music video. Watching movies, reading books, and learning about other subjects besides photography helps you think better because you become a more rounded individual. You can think differently and create photographs that are out of the box.

Education is not about learning only one subject. You have to learn about many subjects in order to do well in photography and that is why when you’re a photography major you learn other subjects like 2D design and fine art history. You even have to take liberal arts because those classes help you learn. The information you gain from your non-photography classes help you bridge information that you learn from one another. Many of the things you learn that are not related to photography can often be connected to photography. For example, a European history class in college will teach you about European art and that knowledge could perhaps help you when you have to do fashion photography in Europe. Perhaps you can use European historical sites in your photographs.

The decisions you make when you are taking a picture today are formed by the knowledge you have learned in the past. The way you frame a picture might be because of something you learned about cropping in a drawing class. The lighting that you choose to use might be because of an oil painting class. All of your knowledge are connected to each other and they help you at the moment you have to press the button down to take that perfect image for an ad campaign.

When you have all of this knowledge that you have learned from fine art history class you sometimes do not even really realize that you were learning all sorts of important topics like shadows and highlights and arranging the image that you have to take. You reach a point in your photography that you take photographs that are lit in such a way that may have been inspired by the painter Rembrandt. Rembrandt’s paintings are so captivating because of the lighting he chooses.

Knowledge all connect to each other and fit together to form you as an artist and photographer. Education is a journey and it should never end. You gain knowledge. You become enlightened. Another quote I really like that applies to this blog post is, “With our thoughts we make the world.”

That quote is by Buddha and in art with your thoughts you create an image or a photograph. Often times movies I have watched just for fun helped me with my photography and even graphic design. I found Brush with a Genius, the movie about Van Gogh on Netflix and I absolutely loved that. I learned from that movie that Van Gogh used complimentary colors to make the colors in his paintings pop. Another movie I watched was Helvetica. From that movie, I learned about the font Helvetica and I now often use Helvetica as my go-to font. I especially love how organic it is. What you end up creating is from all of these thoughts that you have that you’ve gained from all of this research that you’ve been doing without it really being research or work. It was just something that you felt like doing at that time.

Another quote that I absolutely love is, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” It is a quote by Aristotle. When you are learning you want to be very passionate about it and the best way to be very passionate about your education is by watching things that you love to watch. For me, it was Cracking the Mayan Code. I had watched that and it really grabbed my attention.

It was something that I was in awe about. They had created a written language many years ago that looks very pictographic. It looks very artistic and beautiful. My favorite part about the movie was how they had learned how to finally figure out what the written language meant. That movie just really lit a flame in my heart and it ended up and becoming something that I always just kind of think about daily and have applied here and there into my art. I had taken some Mayan hieroglyphs and made graphic translations out of them and collaged them with photographs.

The last quote I will leave you with that applies to this post is “Learning is the eye of the mind.” When you learn you create you know an ability to see things better and the more you learn the better your eye is for photography. Your mind can see clearly what your vision is and what you want your image to be about. Try watching some inspiring movies, visit a museum, read some fun books and you will see that your photography changes for the better because you are excited to make that new photograph.

Full Sail Portfolio, Google Drive, Amazon Script

Some day, I would like to teach English in Thailand and one of the sites I found said you needed to have a major in teaching and luckily one of my many majors is in teaching. In 2012 I attended Full Sail University’s Education Media Design and Technology program after I finished my Media Design program. I unfortunately did not keep my portfolio site up so I have had to dig through my things to find some work from the Education Media Design and Technology Program. I found a group project that I did which was a 24 hour video project about the Amazon rain forest. I found the script in Google Drive.AMAZON Script.jpg

I made it in 2013 and it was a fun project. It was a great experience to work with a group that was located all over the world. We used Google drive to collaborate and create a script. I then did the voice over for the video using Garageband and sent it to one of my classmates and she made the video.


Here is the finished video! Make sure to stay for the end and you’ll see my name in the credits!

Here is the entire script:

One of the largest rainforests in the world is the Amazon rainforest! Home to one third of the world species, the Amazon rainforest represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, in its vastly diverse ecosystem. However several harmful factors, threaten the preservation of the rainforest almost everyday. Practices like logging, farming, and hunting can mean devastation to this rainforest. Every year the Amazon rainforest suffers a large loss from deforestation. The losses include loss of plant and animal life and not to mention the pollution that goes on during deforestation. This type of devastation is incredibly harmful to the forest, and also the tribes that live in the rain forest.

So what can we do to help the rainforest from reaching extinction before its too late? The best way to preserve the rainforest is by introducing tourism to the area. The preservation of the rainforest is important because tourism can help the locals of the Amazon rainforest support themselves financially.  Tourism can help raise awareness to the area’s problems and also help preserve the area and minimize damage. Recently, the locals of the Madidi National Park created an Eco lodge called the San Miguel del Bala Ecolodge.

It has had positive effects on the locals and has provided the locals monetary support, as well as carve out and mold their changing identity. The local people who have migrated here from the Andean highlands speak the Quechua language. The oldest and best known is Chalalan Ecolodge in Chalalán on the Tuichi River, a successful community-based enterprise that generates significant economic benefits to indigenous communities.The cultures who find their origin here are the Tacana, the Mosete, the Tsimane and the Ese Ejja, all of which have their own language which pertains to one language group.

The protection and the preservation of the Amazon Rainforest is greatly important to not only the people of the rainforest, but to the entire world. Its a new year, new way to save the rainforest!





I will be using Schoology to teach my Cebuano lessons.  I think Schoology is a great tool because my students will be able to access the Cebuano lessons online.  The students will be able to access the links to my blog that contains the Cebuano lessons and download Word Documents that contains more Cebuano lessons that the students can then download.  I will also be creating video tutorials on how to speak Cebuano and those links will be posted in Schoology.  After the Cebuano lessons my students will be quizzed.  You can make a quiz within Schoology and give the students grades that the students can see in their student version Schoology account.



Filipino Farm


Farmville 2 is one of my favorite games.  It is an easy game, but it is fun and you do learn things about farming like the different crops there are to plant.  For example, I did not know what an Indian Lotus was until I played FarmVille 2 and saw it was one of the crops I could plant.

Currently, I am designing a Cebuano lesson plan and would like to include games.  I have decided to design a game that would be similar to FarmVille 2.  The only difference between FarmVille 2 and my game is that the students plant Filipino crops, fruits, trees, and flowers.


The Filipino Farm game I am designing will not only teach the Filipino students about the different plants there are in the Philippines, but also the Filipino names for the plants.  For example, jackfruit in the Philippines is called langka and squashes are called calabasa.  When teaching students about a language like Cebuano it is important the students know the different plants there are in the Philippines because lots of plants that are popular in the Philippines are not popular in America.  For example, if the students go to the Philippines they will not know what a rambutan is unless it is taught to them because typically there are no rambutan being sold in American grocery stores.

Check out my video about Filipino Farm:

Action Research Proposal from my Education Media Design and Technology Masters Program

Action Research Proposal


Instructional Problems & Proposed Solutions

The instructional problem that will be focused on is the target audience has limited experience with social networking sites to communicate with family and friends who live far away.  The target audience will be instructed how to effectively use Facebook, YouTube, and WordPress to communicate with each other.  The proper online learning environment and instructional videos will be created for the target audience to learn the importance of blogging.  

Target Audiences

The target audience will be primarily 16-55 year olds.  The target audience will be male and female.  The target audience will contain a minimum of 15 people.

Literature Review Summaries

The literature review changed the action research to a constructivist learning approach.  The learners will be watching instructional videos on a blog and are able to learn at the learner’s time, pace, and choose topics.  The usage of computers changed the educational vantage point from a predominantly Instructivist learning environment to a constructivist learning environment where the student selected lessons from a number of alternatives which was a new and more efficient outlook in the educational setting (Drexler, 2010).  The target audience will need to use computers to learn and will need access to the Internet in order to view the instructional blog that will be created.  The learners will also be able to pick topics.  When the students were given control to design lessons and were held responsible for studies, Drexler (2010) found that the students were more interested in learning.  The instructional videos to be made for the learners will include screen captures and screen recordings with voice over.  Sadoski (2005) found that dual coding learning theory was a theory that suggested that verbal and visual cues used in the creation of instructional materials in order to better ingrain information into the learner’s mentality. Videos will be used to teach the students because many researchers have proved success in the use of videos for training.  Trahan & Wordsell (2011) found that the use of video as a training tool was successful in teaching therapist college students because the use of video made sure that the students were able to receive the same information which was unlike lectures where the delivery of materials varied each time a professor gave a lecture.  Trahan and Wordsell (2011) indicated that students showed higher mastery of the concepts learned when video materials were used for training because it showed the students real world applications of the lessons.


Instructional Goal

The goal for the target audience will be to help the target audience learn how to communicate with family and friends with the use of the social networking tools, Facebook, YouTube, and WordPress.

Instructional Objectives

The objective for the target audience of the Capstone project is to create a Facebook account, YouTube account, WordPress account, customize the WordPress account, post a photo, and embed a video.  The target audience will be displaying the knowledge of understanding the power of social networking tools by communicating with each other with the use of Facebook, YouTube, and WordPress.  The target audience’s ability to use Facebook, YouTube, and WordPress to keep in contact with family and friends will determine the success of the action research.  The target audience’s blog’s views number and followers will determine the success of the content.  The target audience will also demonstrate understanding of the instructional videos by completing a mind map.

Instructional Design Constraints

Content, subject, and topics.  Each team member below discusses his or her own instructional design constraints.

The subject matter of the instructional content is learning how to use the social networking tools, Facebook, YouTube, and WordPress.  The target audience will be learning how to use Facebook to keep in contact with family and friends.  The target audience will be learning how to use YouTube to post videos with current updates.   The target audience will be learning how to use WordPress to reach and keep family and friends updated on current events. The topic for the blog will be the current updates of the lives of the action research target audience.  The target audience can choose to write about any topic.

Content types. Each team member below discusses his or her plans for both generative and supplantive content.

The action research project is going to be generative.  The students will be learning how to create a Facebook account, YouTube account, and WordPress blog by watching videos.  The students will also be researching content to post onto the blog.

Time.  Each team member below discusses his or her implementation or time constraints below. The amount of time it will take to implement and collect data is about sixty days. Approximately, thirty days will be needed to analyze the data that will be collected.

Instructional theory or outcome.  Each team member below discusses his or her instructional theory that frames his or her Action Research project.

The theory that will be used is the dual coding theory.  Sadoski (2005) indicated that dual coding learning theory suggested that verbal and visual cues used in the creation of instructional materials in order to better ingrain information into the learner’s mentality. The instructional videos to be created will contain visual cues and audio so the students can better ingrain the information using the visual and audio channel.

Develop & Implement

Instructional Resources for the Learners

The learners will need to have access to a computer with Internet.  Learners must be able to get onto Facebook, YouTube, and WordPress sites to create accounts and post content.  The learners can also access Facebook, YouTube, and WordPress with the use of an iPad.

Read, Do, Display, and Reflect Activities

The students will be learning how to use Facebook, YouTube, and WordPress on from the instructional blog that will be created.  The target audience will be watching videos on YouTube that demonstrate how to create a Facebook account, YouTube account, and WordPress blog. The learners will be encouraged to reflect by having discussions on instructional blog and journal entries regarding the lessons will be analyzed.  Discussion topics will be posted and will reply and learn from one another. The learners will display knowledge by creating a concept map of the information acquired so the quantity and quality of information learned in the instructional blog and instructional videos can be measured and analyzed. The learners will be creating a customized blogs with a photo uploaded and an embedded video, a Facebook account, and YouTube account.


A general release form to participate in the Action Research plan will be necessary for all minors.  As most of the target audience is adults, no general releases will be required.

Other Constraints

The constraint that may prevent implementation is lack of target audience personal time.


Authentic Assessment

The learners will need to create a WordPress account and choose a theme.  The learners must also customize the blog.  The learners will need to add certain widgets so viewers can easily navigate through the blog.  The learners will also need to create one blog post.  It is recommended that the learners blog about the hometown as a travel destination.  The learners will need to write at least once on the blog.  The learners must post at least one image and embed one video link.  The learners must also create a Facebook account and YouTube account.

Formative Feedback

A rich formative feedback communication can be achieved by phone calls and video conferencing with the target audience.  Communication with the learners must happen at least once a week.  If the target audience cannot be reached with phone calls and video chats, the target audience will then be emailed a series of questions to answer.

Summative Feedback 

The target audience will be keeping a journal and the content of the journal will be analyzed.  The target audience will also need to send screenshots of the project so it can be assessed.

Evaluation Measures

Quantitative.  Each team member below discusses his or her quantitative measures in his or her Action Research project.

Certain criteria will need to be met that will be detailed in a listed guideline.  The target audience will take a survey before implementation so the target audience can understand what level to create a WordPress account.  A survey will be given regarding the lessons in each implementation cycle.  The surveys will be yes or no and also a scale from 1 to 10.

Qualitative.  Each team member below discusses his or her qualitative measures in his or her Action Research project.

The target audience will need to have a journal and write about the experience.  The target audience will need to state whether keeping in touch with family in friends with the use of Facebook, YouTube, and WordPress was accomplished.  The target audience will also be interviewed via phone calls, voice recorded interviews, video chat, or on camera interviews.


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