awe, one more

It happens every time for me.  I look at a stack of un-edited images and I think to myself "HOLY COW - how will I ever get through those!" Then somewhere about half way through I start to see the light.  I have all but finished Jill's Senior photos and I wanted to share a few of my favorites.


process, the

It is late and my day starts really early tomorrow so I'm not going to spend a ton of time here - but I wanted to share an image or series of images that reminded me of the process most consumers have little or no idea happens.  Even the best photographer in the world post process' their images.  Sometimes for effect, sometimes for mistakes, sometimes because the client expects it.  There is a picture in your mind (or at least there should be) of what you are aiming for.  You should have an idea or a "picture" in your mind of what the image should look like when it is all done at the time of capture.  Will you allow the highlights to blow out?  Will you throw the focus to some obscure object in the bride's hand?  how will you expose and light?  All this is decided on the vision you have of the final image.

When shooting it is far to easy to just go with the flow and do what you do.  With the great myriad of tools in our post processing toolbox it is easy to fake variety in post.  My encouragement would be to say - find your vision before you snap a frame.  If that vision requires a little or a lot of post then so be it.  But I think you will like your images better (and so will your clients) if you can place your hits like a pro.  Just some food for thought.


remember to breathe

The past two weeks have been absolutely "hold on to your butts" crazy!  Senior photo session followed by a wedding followed by another wedding = little time for anything but eating, sleeping and photography.  And honestly the first two have been subject to the latter.  Anyways, I am finally catching up a bit (or at least that is what I tell myself) so I thought I would share a few photos from my most recent Senior session.

I love getting an opportunity to walk around downtown with clients.  I have several great key locations I use as touch-points; however, I find a new location just about every time I walk downtown.  Sometimes the location doesn't end up working for the client I have there at the moment - but it is at worst a reference image for next time.

I picked up a 7D last weekend and I have high expectations for images going forward provided my hard drive doesn't die due to the 25MB files it pumps out... holy cow.


Vivaza 2 - finishing touch

I have been a fan of Viveza for quite some time.  It is a great tool that allows for manipulation that would take hours in Photoshop.  The photo below is a good example of how I use it in my workflow.  The blue background has been bumped a little with a new parameter called "structure"  it is similar to the "clarity" slider in camera raw and Lightroom.  It adjusts mid-range edge sharpness to make textures pop.

As with any effect or filter it can be over-used so you want to be careful to use your powers for good and not evil.  The structure works wonders in all kinds of situations - grab the demo online from nik software's website.  I think you will like what you see.



Always Different

It never ceases to amaze me how strikingly unique every couple is.  Less than 24 hours apart - Saturday's session and Sunday's could not be more different.  A lot of it had to do with the weather.  We had a warm sunset lighting most of the session and more of a cool overcast on Sunday; however, there is more to it than the light.  Each couple brings a unique character to their photos.  Jeremy and Cyndal were such a pleasure to photograph and I can't wait until there wedding.  Their photos seemed to have a softer quality both in light and personality.  Just reminds me that I love what I do.


Great Friends - Great Photos

I always LOVE getting the opportunity to photograph people who truly have fun with each other.  It shows in their relationship and it shows in their photos at their engagement and wedding.  Glen and Sarah are no exception.  Just had a BLAST with them this evening - was massively sweaty but that is just a fact of life for a photographer in Louisville this time of year.  I ran through a few of their photos this evening and just had to share some of them.


when all is said and done

Finished editing Gabe & Kristen's images a few days ago.  Looking back over the images there were a few that stood out (other than the ones I posted already)  Enjoy.



Rainy Day - Dream Away

Amazing couple last weekend. Looked like rain all day long but the weather held up. So much fun with this couple. Here are a few images from the day.