OK, so maybe I’m the stranger. It’s been a while since I’ve flexed my photography muscles, let alone posted anything on here! Actually, it’s not for lack of picture-taking. I’ve done tons of macro work this spring- but my editing time has been virtually non- existent until recently. Summer break means only one thing… time to get to work! I need to reformat my hard drive, implement a systematic backup storage system, edit millions of photos and delete zillions more! This summer, my goal is digital file management- doesn’t that sound like fun? Not.
I finally got the chance to change out my macro lens and knock the portraiture rust off with the following senior session. In doing so, I think I’ve finally found my niche, at least as far as portraiture is concerned. While model work is my absolute favorite, and maternity is a dream, I also really enjoy seniors. In short, it is so much fun posing and photographing someone who actually WANTS their picture taken (no offense, Dads… and moms with small children) I love families, and totally value the family portrait. But I absolutely adore the modeling aspect of senior portraiture. It makes photography fun!
With this session, my goal was to shoot and edit light, to produce something soft, but model-esque, without the dark edginess of couture. Though I still have a few more to edit, I’m pleased with the results. Among the biggest editing challenge, was trying to create color in a world where everything, absolutely everything, is saturated in summer green. The grass. The trees. The bushes, the wood on the dock… even the water seemed to positively vibrate GREEN, so I desperately wanted to inject some different hues, color the shadows, etc. In this case, I relied heavily on my favorite MCP action, Jenna’s Sweet Shop. Though I used it at a very low opacity, it provided just the right color punch to neutralize the green sumer glow.
And I’ll leave my readers with one little piece of advice- never, I repeat, NEVER lie down in the grass in the woods, no matter how beautiful the shot. You just might find yourself lying in a nest of ticks! And those buggers are FAST! No photo is worth all the creepy crawlies- you just might end up with your pants around your ankles, mid- session, picking dozens of ticks off your waistline and thighs. It’s not worth it… just trust me!!!