The word that comes to mind with this session is PATIENCE. We had a streak of rain for several weekends, which caused this family to reschedule their session more than one time! The day of this shoot, rain threatened our plans again, but we moved the session to an earlier time. It worked out perfectly. The overcast sky created complimentary even lighting.
Wayne Ferguson Plaza in Historic Lewisville has a great urban park area as well as the historic section with old buildings on main street. We enjoyed spending time exploring each section. We started at the tree lined sidewalk, then moved to the boardwalk, followed by the open lawn. Then we headed onto Main Street and wrapped up the session on the steps of the Lewisville City Hall building. As I snapped the last series of photos, it started to drizzle! We planned appropriately!
Our sweet little subject in the photos was an energetic and curious toddler! When I have children between 12 months and three years old, I often incorporate play into the session. I encourage parents to allow their child to explore, run, and jump. These candid moments usually create a genuine happy face! Between play, we squeeze in some posed portraits as well.
When I take photographs, I aim to capture the image with well balanced exposure, color temperature, and composition. Obtaining visually strong images also involves capturing emotion as well as using an interesting environment. Pulling all of these elements together post processing helps the image come alive. Once the image is on my computer, I spend time sorting through every single image and deciding if they “make the cut.” There are many factors that come into play with this.
After I have chosen the optimal images, I then balance them with color temperature as well as enhance the contrast, shadows, and adjust individual colors. After applying this “balance” to the chosen images, they are placed in a proof gallery for clients to select their favorite images. The selected images are then sent to Photoshop where I further enhance the image. I focus on details like vibrance, skin blemishes, brightening the subjects, enhancing eyes, as well as smoothing skin, and finishing off with a sharpening tool that prepares the image for print. The process is extensive, as I hand edit each image that is selected.
The photo below shows that I was able to capture a desired image out of camera, and with editing software enhanced a visually strong image. While I perfect each image, I feel like an artist creating a new masterpiece with each image.