Friday, February 12, 2010

photo of the day: old school

For today's photo I went waaaay back to my very first "trash the dress" shoot. For this one I put my sister in law in my own wedding dress (she's the only one it would fit) and we went down to the house my dad had recently purchased. I pulled this image out and re-edited it a tiny bit, and it's mind-blowing: what I once considered one of my better images is now just "meh." I wasn't shooting RAW, so the detail isn't nearly as sharp as it should be, I was still working on mastering shooting into the sun, and my model looks so young. Compare the rest of the set to her senior photos. Yeah. Those were taken two years later.

But I still love this image, despite all its flaws.

bride at sunset

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

pic(s) of the day: old school

Since yesterday I was busy having a very awful day, I didn't manage to post a picture of the day. So I'm making up for it by posting two today. These images are both taken from the same shoot, one I did nearly three years ago. (!!!) I ran across them while looking for something else, and while I still love the pictures, I wouldn't shoot the whole series at all the same way now. Or process them like this. It's a good thing, I think, to grow as a photographer.

I do remember that while doing this shoot the sun was much, much stronger than I was hoping for, and I had almost no experience shooting in those conditions. Consequently most of the pictures have really hard shadows. But I think it was this shoot that started me learning the joy of backlighting. You can see the rest of the shoot (and prehistoric editing) here. Lots of learning, no?
jump for joy
I used to edit everything in photoshop, the early version is here. This one was done with Lightroom. Regardless, I love the sense of life in this.

sparkles on the water

I actually hate the framing on this picture. But I love the light and I adore the sparkles on the water.

The moral of the story is: practice makes perfect! Or at least much, much better.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

trashing the dress

So I had to make a quick run back to Ohio, and the day after I decided this, S emailed me wanting to trash her dress. I told her the only afternoon I had available, and it happened to be the day before her divorce went through. Crazy, no? Well, we had an amazing time. I'd never shot at Sippo Lake before, but now I'm a huge fan. And despite a bruised tailbone, goose poop, and curious onlookers, we had a glorious time. And I love these pictures.

Look at her puppies! So adorable.

Woodland elf!

Love. Her. Eyes.

I don't know what the story is that is being told in this picture, but I like it.

Yesh. Don't mess with a girl who can kick your tail.

The eyes! They're amazing!

For the record, the water in all these shots was nastier than it looks, but she was game for anything. SO awesome.


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Friday, January 04, 2008

this one is for Jenny and Jordan, who have been waiting patiently to see these

Back in early Septemnber (I think) I did a shoot with trash the dress shoot with J&J, and they've been waiting patiently for the results, which kept getting pushed back by other, more pressing project. I think you'll agree: these were worth it. I can't believe how amazing they both look, and just how gorgeous the day was. These aren't all the shots I'll probably end up using, but you can click here to see the rest of the set.

from here to eternity


more jordan and mona

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