Just a sneak peek of the newborn session I did yesterday. Isn’t she perfect?
Another year has passed, and my sweet little baby has turned 7. She is growing up so fast right before my eyes. Birthdays are always so bittersweet for me!
Earlier this year, on no particular day, I decided to take pictures Just Because. The weather was good, the light was great, and I just so happened to have an adorable Matilda Jane dress and some props around the house. I think they capture her 6 year old-almost 7 year old personality, which is full of whimsy and imagination.
Happy Birthday, Baby Girl! XOXOXO
Allow me to introduce to you Little Miss Kyla, the sweetest, cutest little 5 month old baby you could ever meet, and her beautiful mom, Amanda! I had the best time capturing all of Kyla’s adorable expressions. Such a darling!
Thanks, Amanda! I had so much fun with you and Kyla!!
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So, this whole TLC Tuesday thing started as a way for me to show readers the special attention I give to images in post-processing. But today I decided to do something different. You see, giving an image TLC at the moment of capture is just as important as it is in post-processing. Today’s example is about how I light my wedding formals in a dark church after the ceremony. Many photographers use only the flash on their camera, which works just fine. Through my own comparisons I find that I prefer to supplement my on-camera flash with an off-camera flash (or OCF as I will hereafter call it). The OCF is triggered by a remote attached to my camera; it sits atop a light stand and shoots into a translucent umbrella, which diffuses the light for a more flattering look. Does it really make that much of a difference? See for yourself:
What do you think?
Maureen and Art’s photo appears in the December 7th issue of the Pittsburgh City Paper, “Best of Pittsburgh” edition. Maureen and Art held their ceremony and reception at Phipps Conservatory, which was named Best Place for a Wedding Reception. You can read the full article here.
Molly and Matt’s groom’s cake was featured on Brides.com, and there’s a really cool story behind it. “Matt loves old black-and-white Japanese films,” says Molly, “and his favorite director is Yasujiro Ozu, so all the film reels are labeled with title/year if the films (even some in Japanese!). He was so excited about it and totally surprised. The kicker was that the cake was his favorite Guinness stout chocolate.” To see Molly and Matt’s awesome cake as well as some other unique groom’s cake ideas, check out the article here.
Congratulations, Maureen & Art and Molly & Matt!
It’s hard to believe it has been a little over a year since I photographed Adrik as a newborn–he has grown so much. What a miracle children are!
Adrik and his mom and dad are huge Penguins fans. He already knows how to say “We’re #1!” with his little finger.
So nice to see you again, little man!
Remember Jessy’s awesome senior session I posted last week? I am super excited to announce that her session was featured on the Inspire Me Baby blog! The IMB blog features images by photographers for photographers to gather inspiration for their sessions. You can check out the post here. Congratulations, Jessy–you rock!
It’s been a while since I posted a TLC Tuesday episode, so let’s do one today. Here we have an image from Vicki and Tom’s wedding that I posted yesterday; Vicki is standing in the doorway of St. Paul Cathedral with her father, just a moment before walking down the aisle.
Let’s start with the original image, SOOC, with the default raw settings in Lightroom.
The image is a little crooked, and seems a little too warm to me. The first thing I did was to straighten the crop and cool down the white balance in Lightroom. I also added a little more contrast and increased the blacks by a notch or two. I pulled the recovery slider to 10 or so to bring down the highlights in the stained glass windows, and also used the adjustment brush to bring down the exposure in the windows.
The next step was removing the exit signs, which I felt detracted from the image. I used the patch tool in Photoshop to do this.
And of course, I needed to clone out the church lady who was standing behind the bride. Oh universal Church Lady, I am fond of you, but why must you linger in the doorway for every. single. wedding?
Ok, now time to remove the videographer. For those of you familiar with the clone tool and patch tool, you already know what a difficult job this is because of where he is standing. I need to reproduce the line of pews that he is covering, but because of perspective, I can’t just sample another area and clone it in over him. So instead, I used the lasso tool to select the pews on the opposite side, as well as a good portion of the area above the pews, since he is partially covering the wall as well. I then copied the selection, pasted it back onto the image, making it a new layer. I used the transform tool to flip it horizontally, then dragged it over the videographer and aligned everything to blend in. I added a layer mask and brushed out any areas along the edge of the pasted selection that did not match up perfectly.
Ta da! The final product, sans distractions.
Thanks for tuning in to this week’s episode of TLC Tuesdays!
Remember Vicki and Tom’s engagement session this summer? I am super excited to present to you Vicki & Tom: the Wedding!
Vicki and the girls got ready at the historic Inn on Negley in Shadyside.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is a gorgeous church.
Vicki and Tom’s bridal party was super fun!
Love Vicki’s unique bouquet–yes, those are artichokes!!
We stopped at Vicki and Tom’s alma mater, W&J, for photos.
The cake was actually made by Vicki’s mom!
Love it when they put on a slide show of old pictures.
The staff at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe put on an awesome live demonstration of fiery dessert making.
Vicki and Tom, thank you for letting me be a part of your journey for a little while. You are two of the nicest people ever, and I wish you all the best in your married life together! ((Hugs)) Sandy
Makeup/Hair: MCN Salon
Florisy: Karrie Hlista
Ceremony: St. Paul Cathedral
Reception Venue: Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe
Caterer: Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe
Entertainment: Jeremy Ganss
Can I just tell you, dear Reader, how completely over the moon I am about this senior session? Gorgeous girl, awesome vintage style clothing, amazing light–everything about it was a dream come true.
Jessy’s lace cap was actually worn by her grandmother on her wedding day. You are simply stunning, Jessy.
Thanks so much Jessy–I had an awesome time working with you!!
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