Ryoko and Mike are a gentle and soft spoken couple with a deep love for each other. I loved wandering through the UW Botanic Gardens with them at Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle. The leaves were changing color and the cool air of autumn mixed nicely with the warm sun. Later, we took some photos in an architect’s house who created movie sets. It was so much fun!
We made many great photos but these ones in particular stand out to me.
You wouldn’t put a Picasso in a pile of loose canvases. You would frame it beautifully and hang it on your wall to enjoy every day. That is what a handcrafted album does for your wedding photos. We use only the best. Cypress Albums, individually handcrafted in Glendale, California by Dena Robertson and her team of expert bookbinders.
I love the new albums that just arrived at the studio and wanted to share how great they look:
Davenport Hotel, Spokane WA.
So many shoots to post and no time to do so. I promise posts longer than one frame very soon.
One photo from Katie and Brett’s wedding at Cama Beach, a 1930s fishing-resort-turned-wedding venue.
Cave B Winery overlooking the Columbia Gorge. Quincy, WA.
What a beautiful day.
Greg and Ivan traveled all the way from Hong Kong to get married in Vancouver, Canada. I’m so happy they did because their wedding was really special and I was honored to be there. With just their nearest and dearest relatives surrounding them, Greg and Ivan married at Seawalk Park on Dundarave Beach followed by dinner at the Beach House. It was a gorgeous afternoon and evening not to mention stylish and absolutely fun. I wish you both the best.
Summer is over. Bring on the cool tones of Fall.
One frame from today’s session.
Just one frame from an incredibly stylish and creative wedding in Vancouver, Canada.
Let me introduce you to Jocelyn and Austin. You’ll be seeing them again soon after their wedding this fall. For now, here are a few pictures from their engagement shoot on Capitol Hill here in Seattle. As you can see, Jocelyn and Austin are a really fun couple who were up for anything. I knew that about them from the first time we met at the studio. They make my job easy! We had the best time shooting this session and I am really looking forward to a fantastic and creative wedding shoot as well.
**UPDATE: Check out my new film emulation presets at Mastin Labs. They are dead-accurate and easy to use.**
Here is how I make an image ‘sing’ with very little time or effort. This requires nothing but a RAW image file and Lightroom.
This method is great for stock photography and high volume photography in general.
*Set black point to zero, bring it back a few points at the very end when everything else is done
*Set contrast to 100. Yes 100 (It sounds crazy but it’s not)
*Control highlights with the exposure slider
*Reveal shadows with the fill-light slider
*Keep working exposure and fill light sliders until you get the look you want
*Don’t forget to apply the correct lens correction profile for your image
The sample images used in this video:
The toning is not overly dramatic and still very natural looking.
This method just gives the image a little ‘pop’ while allowing the tone curve to stay uncompressed without crushed blacks or blown-out whites.
I think of it as shooting slide film compared to negative film in terms of color and contrast.
If you have any questions leave them in the comments or better yet here so that everyone can benefit.