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Curly locks, blue eyes and a promising acting career, a recipe for an awesome and fun session! Indeed it was! I cannot even put into words what it means to me when a young man trusts me enough to happily do everything I ask in terms of posing. Of course the goal is to not looked posed, and I hope that is exactly what you see. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom ~ each session is unique and I always enjoy it when the senior wants to add some of their own personal touches!! Click the like button and show Brock some love!!
Whenever there is a class ring involved, I always like to highlight it in a few shots. I won't go into the details as to why, except to say that in my house it was a fleeting memory!!
The one below on the far left is on canvas in my studio :) Thanks Brock!
My favorite below!
You have such a bright future Brock! I look forward to telling people that I knew you when.......
First of all, you have to have your camera set in manual mode. The room will need to be dark, so if you have a point and shoot camera you can try using the nighttime setting. However, when I tried that setting on my DSLR I could not control the flash. You cannot create the image below with a flash. The tricky part is making sure you can see the eyes/face. Colored lights will produce a totally different effect that will also be darker.
For the image on the left, I used a Canon T1i with a 50 mm prime 1.4 lens. My settings: ISO 400, 1/125, f1.6. I used Lightroom 4 to process this image and did very little. I corrected the white balance as the original image was a little orange. I bumped up the blacks, bumped up whites, and then ran a lightening brush over the eyes and nose.
For the image on the right, I used a Canon 5D Mark II with a 17-40 mm lens. My settings: ISO 2000 (this camera handles a high ISO much better), 1/50, f4. Also processed in Lightroom 4. Even with the high ISO this image was still too dark for my liking. I increased the exposure, decreased saturation because correcting the white balance did not help with how red my puppy was. That is the issue with using colored lights, especially with humans, it can cause old color casts on skin. So after decreasing the saturation, the reindeer ears were washed out, so I ran a saturation brush over them. I also lightened her face a little bit so you could see her eyes a little better. I do love the reflection of the lights on the wood floor.
It's really all about what you prefer, so experiment! I happen to have quite the model in my puppy Darcy, but if you have children go for it!! If you try this, please leave me a comment and let me know how it went :)
Young love is so inspiring to capture! Basically, it's an invitation to observe intimate moments and capture something that is felt. It is a huge honor, and I hope these images have captured the LOVE!!! Congratulations Yolanda and Dustin, I can't wait for your wedding in June!!
This was such a fun session! While the posed images are necessary, putting on the telephoto lens and then sitting back and capturing the leaf fights and wrestling ~ this is where the family memories are made. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see those images, and then hit the like button to show a little love :)
This baby girl, Aila, is not a fan of hats. A headband was tolerated for a little while, but not long!!
I LOVE this one below!!
On October 5, 2013, two of the nicest people joined their lives and families together, til death do us part! The day began in Columbia, Illinois where the bride, her mother and four of the bridesmaids met to have their hair and makeup done.
Afterwards, the maid of honor's parents hosted brunch for the bride and her entourage.
After the lovely and yummy brunch, it was off to the Chapel at Riverbend Vineyards to get dressed and hitched!!
Some of my favorite shots :)
Meet Darcy, my 10 year old yellow lab and model!! She loves the camera, and even more than that she loves to get dressed up and let me take her picture! This is her happy autumn/Thanksgiving pose :) Click on the button below and head on over to I Heart Faces to see more adorable pets!!
This young lady has beauty, brains and a smile that lights up the room!! Thank you for the honor of capturing such an important milestone in your life. Watching you grow into such a loving and caring young woman, I know how proud your parents are (as are the rest of us from your church family). Good luck at MU S & T!!
I love my job, and this family is a big part of why. You can see that the girls in this family are well outnumbered. At the risk of stereotyping guys, I think it's pretty safe to say that guys just are not as into having pictures taken as girls are. When the oldest son said, "whatever makes mom happy" when asked a question about posing, I knew that mom must be remarkable. I hope that you all had as much fun as I did, I certainly hope this becomes a yearly tradition. My favorite from this session is the zombie walk!! Thank you all for making my job so much FUN!!