It has been a long day, and I’m absolutely exhausted… so I have to admit to some relief knowing I can let my photography do the talking tonight. 😉
A couple of weeks ago now, I did a shoot with an absolutely charming couple – who seemed to think I’d have a hard time capturing even one good photograph. I knew very early on that not only would I get one, I’d get dozens.
Sandra and Keith were absolutely wonderful. They were such convivial company, and they had such infectious smiles. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them, and editing their photographs just brought it all back. Funny how that works. 😉
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with Sarah and Shaun, and thanks to this Eustachian Tube Disorder (which isn’t an ear infection at all, though I still definitely consider it an ear troll) it has taken me far longer to work through the enhancements than I’d like. Working on the computer is slow going when it feels like someone is auditioning for Stomp inside your head. 😉 But I’m powering through as best I can. And Sarah and Shaun have been so very patient. I’ve said it before, and I know I’ll say it again: I really do have the best clients.
I absolutely adored working with Sarah and Shaun. The fact that she loves him and that he adores her is so clear. They are totally adorable, and were so easy to work with. I found myself focusing a lot on Shaun (which is out of the ordinary for me, generally I focus on my female clients) but he is so head over heals, goofy in love, for and with Sarah that I couldn’t help myself. Of course, I made sure Sarah got a lot of focus too – she’s extremely easy to photograph. They really were a delight to work with.
So, here’s a bit of a preview, while I do my best to get through the rest of the shoot:
Not too long ago I had the privilege of getting to know Lindsay and Daniel, a charming couple who (I’ll admit) remind me quite a bit of Damon and myself… And not just due to their physicality (us gurlz are both 5’0″, the boyz are both six foot or taller. us gurlz are blondes, the boyz have dark hair). LOL I enjoyed watching them interact with one another, and seeing the same dynamics I find in my own relationship. I have a very strong feeling that this couple will still be making time for one another, and making each other laugh in forty years.
Lindsay and Daniel, thank you for choosing me to do your engagement shoot. I really did enjoy our time together, and hope it was memorable for you as well. I wish you nothing but the best. May your love continue, strong and steadfast, for a lifetime together. I hope you enjoy the preview!
Sooo… I am just way too darn beat to type much… and then I realized that I had pulled some photos to share a preview last week, but never did post them. So this isn’t a preview so much (seeing how they’ve already gotten their disc) but Tracey and Brent are just too adorable for me to keep them all to myself. So here’s a postview of one of the world’s most awesome couples:
Tracey, Brent – I truly enjoyed working with you two. And thank you so much for inviting me to come shoot on your land. I’ve already made it out there once, and hope to do so again. Your hospitality is very appreciated.
Most photographers stick with the basics and charge extra for the more advanced enhancements. Myself? I’m too much of a perfectionist when it comes to my work. I am not an efficient editor. I’m far too nitpicky. So those advanced adjustments? I just include them with any shoot I edit. I simply can’t help myself.
That said, I often find myself holding back a bit while working through a shoot. My work is quite stylized. I put a lot of myself into each and every photograph. But I’m not always sure that my clients will appreciate some of the extremes I can push things to. So I do tend to hold back… that is, unless I’ve been given the “go ahead” by my clients to do as I will, and then? Then I am a very happy photog!
Ashley let me know right from the start that she likes fashion forward photography. The washed out, grainy, hazy quality that I so enjoy. So I was thrilled to know I’d be able to be free to play. And even better? After looking through some of my work here at TD365 she also pointed out a few images with really stark contrasts as being particularly appealing. That meant that I could go to either end of the spectrum – both are waters I enjoy sticking splashing into.
I had a lot of fun shooting with Ashley and Shane, but it was an equal joy getting to put the finishing touches on their photographs. I felt completely free to do what I do best. To really push and pull each and every image to bring out the best in this couple. So thanks Ashley – for allowing me to pour my heart into your shoot. I hope you and Shane will love each of these images as much as I do.
I believe this is the third time I’ve blogged about Jen and Martin’s Sweetheart Session. To bring up one particular photo shoot three times is unheard of for me, so I believe it speaks to the impact this couple had on me. I really did love working with them. Their feelings for one another were so evident in every interaction, they made my heart glow. I truly believe theirs is a love that will last through any difficulties they may encounter – and in today’s temporary society, that’s saying a lot.
I took Jen and Martin to the East side of the University Bridge here in Saskatoon. It’s not a spot I hit very often, so it remains an adventure every time I go. We shot on the lookout platform on the South of the pedestrian walkway, under the bridge itself, and along the path that extends under the bridge and through the University Campus on the North side of the bridge. In spite of relatively grey skies, we had a lovely time and created some beautiful images in celebration of this gorgeous couple.
Possibly the best dilemma a photographer can have, is narrowing down a fabulous shoot to a manageable chunk of images. When working with clients, I like to present them with 40-50 excellent shots – all suitable for large scale framing. Several dozen images, all that they can be proud to display anywhere in their home, office, or personal gallery. I never have a problem coming up with that many. Even in the most difficult of shoots I can easily find four dozen beautiful images.
In an hour long shoot, I typically take 200-350 images. Not every photographer shoots as much as I do, and some shoot several times that amount. It’s a personal thing.
When I sit down to begin “adjustmenting”, I first take a quick pass through all of the shots. A quick, couple second each, pass through the entire photoshoot. I then go back to the beginning, and begin my first purge.
During the initial purge, I delete any images that strike me instantly as a NO. What makes it a NO varies greatly. Whatever it is, it’s a NO. Not even worth a second look.
I’m usually then left with about 10o images that are all worth looking at more seriously. And that’s when my, very critical, eye really begins to work. I flip back and forth between similar images, sometimes several times a second. I pull a loupe (the round magnifier) and examine expression lines. I go forward and backwards, forwards and then back several more. And I don’t like to be interrupted. This is, for me, the most serious part of the job. It’s about the potential each of these images has to be more, to say more, to create more, to inspire more. And only the best will pass this second purge.
From this, I end up with my 40 to 50 final shots. And this is when I begin my edits, adjustments, and enhancements. This is when I begin to have fun again.
I love my work. I find it joyous. But I also take it very seriously.
Today? Today I have the best possible kind of photographer’s dilemma. Today, my initial purge took me from just under 350, to 182. 182. A gorgeous couple, and they feel for one another just leaps off their faces. I’ve now gone through three purges, and am still hovering around 100 images. Time to purge again… and be HARSH. I need to cut this baby down another half. It will break my heart deleting some of these shots, but only the VERY best are worth the time I spend on adjustments.
I spend several hours working through a session after the purges. And so far, just the purges have taken a number of hours. LOL But, like I said before… too many excellent images? That’s the kind of dilemma every photographer LOVES to have.
Jen, I’m determined to get your shoot completed, burned, and ready for your Grandmother’s 102nd birthday. Wish me luck. 😉
Charlie is a little dog with a ton of personality packed into his little frame. I had a lot of fun with him and his people – in spite of a drizzly not so nice day. So, without needlessly painting the lily, here are a few photographs:
Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a little behind. LOL This shoot wasn’t from a couple days ago, but a couple weeks ago. So HUGE apologies to both Lauren and Adam, who have been waiting so patiently. Going to be putting nose to grindstone the next several days to get caught back up.
I had a hard time narrowing down my “to share” pile for Lauren and Adam’s shoot. They were absolutely fabulous to work with, and were up for pretty much anything I suggested. It was a great experience. It’s rare that I can throw out any idea that crosses my mind and know the couple will be all for it. Because of their willingness, we covered a ton of ground during our shoot, and got a wealth of outstanding images. And editing them was just as enjoyable.
So, without further ado, here’s a brief (though not as brief as I generally try to be with these previews) glimpse into our shoot:
…and if you look closely, you’ll see three of my personally created Aperture Presets: Peachy, Cool & Calm, and Kissing.