Photography

Exploring National Harbor

One of the places I have frequented now that I live on the East Coast is National Harbor. It’s just across the bridge from Alexandria and has a lot to do and see in the way of entertainment. I spend a couple of hours down there just looking around and taking photos. Being that it was the middle of the day on a Wednesday there weren’t a whole lot of people around but what was around was some unique opportunities to brush up on my photography skills when not shooting people.

FLZ Jacqui Daniels Makeup: Lightroom Timelapse

A year ago I did a shoot where I helped my friend Jacqui Daniels Get started on her makeup portfolio with a shoot where she introduced me to Feliz. The shoot was themed to be a very high fashion glam look. It featured a lot of gold and so for the edit I wanted that gold look to shine through so that became a main focus of the editing process. Balancing out colors is always a challenge but what I always find works best for portraiture is to lower the saturation by at least 30 and that counters anything drastic that you do with contrast or the white balance. Other than some basic retouching and softening on the skin all the photos really came together

To check out Jacqui’s makeup go to https://www.facebook.com/makeupbyjacquidaniels/?fref=ts

You can see more photos of Feliz on instagram at https://instagram.com/flzmrtnz

Emilie in the Snow

Virginia just got it’s first snow of the year just in time for me and Emilie to have settled in after moving out to Northern Virginia. We got about and inch and a half of snow and it’s a site that is so rare in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I am from. We manage to get out right as the snow was calming down but flakes were still falling. It added an element to the photos that is incredibly unique and the help create interest as out of focus element. Bellow is a time lapse of my editing process which you can see I only use a light amount of retouching and most of the focus is on getting the contrast and color right where I like it. For this shoot I ended up cheating a little bit on the magenta side simply because i felt like sit fit the mood better especially because it looked like the white balance I shot in was cheating toward the Green side.

Jacqui Daniels Cosplays Poison Ivy: Set Editing

To try and find some new means of creating content I decided I would start making these videos that show off my process of editing in Adobe Lightroom. This set with Jacqui Daniels was something I did a few Months ago but figured it would act as a good test run. In this set you will notice one big thing that needs adjusted and that is white balance. All the images were taken in shade and came out a very cool color. Ivy is a much warmer feeling character so I needed to move the white balance to reflect that. Another thing you will notice is that I didn’t have to do much correction on Jacqui’s skin. She is a very talented Make Up Artist and know what she’s doing with makeup and skincare making my job as a photographer easier in post. If I don’t have to do a lot of skin retouching I’m not going to.  You can check Jacqui’s stuff out here as well as her instagram and her Make Up Page. Bellow you find the original gallery I have posted.

2 For 1 Shoots: Wednesday Adams and the Devil with Batmanda

October is here, the leaves are changing and Halloween is right around the corner. Now is the time to get out that old bin of creepy decorations and figure out what you’re going to be for the best holiday of the year. Lucky enough for me a lot of the people I work with have no shortage of costumes and ideas that they want to play with.

Batmanda and I had already talked about a Wednesday Adams shoot months back so we finally got that together but she recently posted a piece of cover art to inspire another shoot. I tend to shoot very fast. Shoots once they get going don’t last much longer than and hour so I don’t mind doubling up concepts especially when I can get them done at locations near each other.

The Devil theme was the shoot we did in a studio setting. I kept it super simple with natural light coming in through a window and a white wall as a basic background.  There is rarely any need to go over the top when it comes to shoots. you can get amazing results.

For Wednesday Adams we went down the road to the bosque where we could pull off some  more on location type stuff. Trying to get the tone of the photos was more of a matter of editing. Toning down the saturation to make it fit the character.

I love October in the what it offers aesthetically and I hope I get the opportunity to do more shoots this month.