Saturday, April 30, 2011

Photo Editing

I love showing before and after shots! "Photoshopping" is one of my favourite things in photography, and the more experienced you become with taking a great shot, the less editing you should have to do. Take a look at this example.

Lisa is a beautiful girl who does not need very much editing. This is the original shot taken, without any editing. It is a beautiful shot, but the colours are a little bland for my liking and need some minor changes.

This was the edited picture. Lisa has flawless skin and only needed a slight skin smoothing effect, and the only other changes made to the picture are a contrast adjustment, eye sharpening, and colour enhancing. But you can see the two are very similar.

Now, take a look at this! I recently installed a plug-in with my photo software (the name will remain a secret though). And the next two photos give even more interest to the photo!

Photo 1: I am in LOVE with how washed out this photo is. To me, this colouring gives the shot a lot of innocence, and purity, and it goes very well with Lisa's fair skin.

Photo #2: I am equally, if not more in love with the editing on this one. It gives so much depth to the picture, and a sense of ruggedness. I can't quite decide which one I like more.

Take a look at some more before and afters:

Erin and Antonio:
Small cropping, color and contrast effects.

Mr. D.O.G:
Sharpening, contrast and vignette effects.

Items for Craigslist:
Its important your photos look good for a quick and easy sale! (Notice the scratch marks were taken out?)

Eye color saturation, contrast increase and general colour enhancing.

Increase of yellow tones, vintage look, contrast increase and eye sharpening.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Pack your camera for a trip down the West Coast. This Easter season, I headed off to Oregon, particularly to the quaint little town of Seaside known to have the best clam chowder, a famous beach from a movie everyone knows, "The Goonies", and their huge sandy stretched beaches.

After two days of relaxing, it was off to Portland for some city slicking and shopping. Portland is the nicest city, with lots to see, including the famous Pearl District, micro breweries, and sea wall filled with little vendors. And to top it all off, the weather was in the 20's!



Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thank you!

A big thank you to all those who helped kick start my photography career over the past year! As a treat I composed an album of the best of the best taken in 2010-2011. Take a look through my Facebook album dedicated to those who made the last year so memorable for me!

Kisses from me to you! xo

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Farewell Gilberts

As the Gilbert Family embarks for their return to Australia, we caught up for a shoot to remember Vancouver by. They will be greatly missed here, and I wish them a safe return to their home country. Lots of love to the three of you!

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