throwback thursday

Short Hiatus- Throwback Thursday- Vanity in the Woods Audubon Shoot

Being a photographer is sometimes a lot of hurry up and wait. It is certainly that way when it comes to publication. Sam Antics, the owner of Hey Pretty Beauty!, styled this amazing bridal shoot in the middle of the woods back in the summer. We carted, well carried, a heavy wood vanity and tons of props into the woods alongside the Scioto Audubon Metro Park in Columbus for a beautiful setting. But it was ungodly HOT. There was the slightest breeze and thankfully most of the models had at least one lingerie look in their wardrobe for the day to try to stay cool! 

The light coming through the canopy was quite nice but was a challenge at times, too. The shoot turned out beautifully, but unfortunately, not many people have seen the resulting images because of delay in publication. 

But I couldn't hold out any longer on this one particular image. This edit wasn't going to make it into a bridal magazine, but I love it anyway! This is a "Dark Beauty" type edit and is a merge of two separate images. Let me know what you think!

Psst.... this image was released exclusively on Tumblr earlier today as a "first look." If you're not following me over there, you might be missing out on exclusive/early content!

Short Hiatus- Before & After, Thursday Throwback, AND a sort of tech review!

As many of you know, my equipment is off for servicing for the (count with me now!) next 3-4 weeks. In the mean time, I'm focusing on improving my business is other ways. One of ways I am hoping to improve is to blog more (check!). So this is actually my second blog post this WEEK! Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am, am I right?!

Actually, I really am trying to write meaningful content and am asking for input on what you'd like to read or see from me. So, in the comments of this post or on my facebook/Instagram/Twitter pages, let me know what you'd like to see!

Now, back at the stuff I promised in the headline (honesty all around here folks)!

Thursdays may become my "Throwback Thursday," and I do have one of those for you! I chose an image from my shoot back in the summer with Jackie (Odette Despairr), the River Queen. This is a Throwback Thursday, but it;s also a Before & After, with Jackie's blessing, I'll also be showing the SOOC or straight out of camera version, of the image. Lastly, I am trying to learn how to edit with a Wacom Bamboo tablet. Now, I've had this tablet for literally almost a year. I have it on sort of a forever loan from my wonderful Seastar, Maegan. But I was terrified of it and to be honest, I am the worst with challenging myself on the technical size of things. I have a penchant for getting new equipment and not making myself learn how to use it. 

So, in an effort to make myself do so, I'm using this Short Hiatus time to learn my equipment that I don't know how to use. So here goes! 

Below is an image I edited using only the tablet and pen. I applied two gradient maps (the color tint) in a blue and a teal that I created myself, I used the patch tool to remove blemishes, I tidied up the lips and eyebrows using the brush tool, I applied general contrast and levels changes. There is also a slight dodge and burn on the nose, chin and around the eye makeup.

These were all simple edits, as Jackie never does need too much by ways of editing. However, for me, the challenge was doing these all with the stylus and tablet only. 

My next challenge will be to learn the myriad of Photoshop shortcut keys. Everyone tells me the ease of use will be worth the agony of learning the tons of combinations for all of the tools and processes I use in Photoshop.

Let me know what you think of the edit and what else you'd like to see and read about!