The one that almost got away...

Remember Meagan and Jerimiah? Well, I was getting ready to burn their images to a disk and I thought to myself... wait a minute... there's one missing!

When I had gone back and doubled checked, sure enough, I had missed one!

I processed these images out of order because she needed some sooner than later, so I got her the ones she needed first... which caused me to forget to process one! O_o  Whoops... my bad!  But I processed it and I think it's pretty awesome (they look so awesome with their Gears of War lancers!!) so I wanted to share it with all of you! ^_^

Here it is!

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Megan and Jerimiah

Megan and Jerimiah are getting married in April (Yay!  Congratulations, guys!), and getting engaged means it's time for an engagement shoot! Megan and Jeremiah are also huge Gears of War fans.

Megan and Jerimiah are also fun people.

Megan and Jerimiah... ... ...

Haha, sorry, I had to.

SO... putting all those things together, Megan told me that she didn't want a "normal" engagement shoot, so we had some fun with it!

We did the shoot at the Bethlehem Steel Stacks for a more industrial look, incorporated some lancers from the game, and then made sure to capture some goofy moments to really display what Megan and Jerimiah's relationship is like... FUN!

I processed this set a little differently than I usually do, because since we were inspired by a video game, I wanted to give them a slightly more surreal feel.

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Save the Date!

A while back (on July 18th, if I'm recalling correctly), my friends Andy and Phil, and I had a photoshoot for their Save the Date cards. Andrea had a few ideas of what she wanted and we tried them as well as a few others.  The main idea for the shoot was to have 3 panels of selective coloring to convey the completeness in their relationship.

We shot the scene in an upstairs loft of a building that her youth group meets in. There was art hanging on the walls, a few couches and several cafe style tables and chairs. The room was lined with tall windows on both sides and there was a big blank wall in the back of the loft that was able to be written on.

Andrea wanted to have the words "Save the Date" as well as the date of their wedding written on the wall behind them. After writing the words on the wall, we positioned Andrea and Phil in front of the wall, making use of the natural light coming through the windows on the left.

Shooting was easy once I found my rhythm and the correct settings for a good exposure, but the Post Processing... that was definitely a challenge! For this project, I developed an intimate relationship with layers and masks that I had never before known. I also played around with several selection techniques, tried my hand at B&W conversions, and made my first attempts at selective coloring. I also ended up needing to apply some other portrait touch-up techniques that I had never had to utilize before.

This is the result of all of that work:

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The next image that Andrea and Phil chose actually started as 3 separate images, but Andrea requested that they be put into 3 panels next to each other like the first image they chose.

On the way to the building entrance, there was a very narrow alley way that we decided to take some shots in.

Put together to give you:

To view other shots in the set, just CLICK HERE

The window shots in that set were an experiment using natural backlighting and a home-made reflector. After seeing the shots on the computer, I was able to figure out how I *should* have placed the reflector, vs. how I actually placed it, haha. Lesson learned for next time. For those particular shots, I had to dodge and dodge and dodge some more... lesson learned for next time! ^_^