Author: baileychairez

Bailey Chairez-Nelson an advertiser, photographer, and creator currently studying at PrattMWP. From Granite Bay, California she's been in media production for six years.


I decided to take a step back from photos and focus on my designs for the book. It started out as a joke when I drew the middle finger line drawing, then I realized I really liked how it looked as a design element do I decided to take it further and use it in my book. I made my whole design layout off of these illustrations.



I did some test shots with Sidney. The lighting was giving me some trouble, but I later learned I needed to increase my shutter speed which will be very useful to know for the future. I let Sidney pick out her own outfit for this shoot, because I thought It would make her more comfortable. Even though the model wasn’t uncomfortable she wasn’t screaming confidence which was my goal.


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This week I tried a softer approach due to my frustration. I couldn’t get the right feeling from my images so I decided to take another route and see if it worked. While I like the photos I don’t think they’re ideal for this project.


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Still testing on myself to try and develop some style to convey confidence it went better than my first attempt, but i’m not totally happy with it. I want an overwhelming sense of confidence oozing from the photos.


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Using my inspiration Tyler Shields I took a look at his photo book he did. The photos from these series inspired me the most. I like his signature and that inspired me to play around with the layout of my own book.

Mohawk Valley Refugee Center

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  Founded in 1981 Mohawk Valley Refugee Center has resettled more than 15,000 individuals to the City of Utica. These populations have included Vietnamese, Russian, Bosnian, Somali Bantu, Burmese, and Nepali, just to name a few of the larger and more recent arrivals (Visit the populations page for a full arrivals sheet). The success of the Refugee Center, and Utica as a welcoming community, has received lots of attention. The center does more services than just helping refugees, but also to immigrant communities. The Center is unique amongst refugee resettlements because it’s “one-stop shop” model that allows people to access many services in one location.

Interview questions:

  1. how’d you get involved with the refugee center?
  2. why?
  3. how long have you lived in utica?
  4. what kind of impact do you think the center has on utica
  5. what in utica makes you proud