I take pictures.
Sometimes zapping the color out of a photo can punch out the light and dark values. With this family, the dark cowboy hat proved to be an interesting point of contrast compared to the sunny scenery. When I desaturated the colors, I made sure to bring out all the other dark values to make it really worth it.
It’s a small miracle when a family’s able to pick outfits that help each one of them stand out. While most families opt for a strict one-color theme, each member of this family wore a different color and it couldn’t have been more fun for me to work with them. Even with all the different colors, they all harmonized with each other and the scenery.
I never want to limit myself to just taking family portraits during a photography session. Sometimes great images will happen spur-of-the-moment, and I make sure to capture them, even though they’re not really what I planned for. These horse-riding shots happened right after a long day of shooting. With the sun setting in the background, and the dramatic silhouette of the rider, I knew they’d make a priceless addition to the shoot.
Having a large family to shoot opens up a lot of different opportunities for pictures since the main group can easily be divided up into smaller ones. This is especially easy to do when I’m shooting multi-generational families like this one. Since I was dealing with grandparents, parents and kids, it was simple to figure out different groupings for photos to take alongside the main photos with everyone together.
One of my summer session shoots, this senior portrait collection is among my favorites. Impressive lighting and textures surrounded the location making for some attractive background imagery. Senior portraits are some of the most enjoyable types of photography because the subject have as much of an intention of looking good as the photographer seeks to make them.
I recently visited a beautiful location south of Santa Fe, New Mexico: El Rancho de las Golondrinas, “The Ranch of the Swallows.” The textures and the lighting of the ranch were best showcased in monochromatic form, thus the entire black and white presentation. This is called: Shadows of the Southwest.
This tutorial showcases some tips and tricks often used when editing a portrait in Photoshop—covering skin softening, eye brightening, redness removal, and adding shadows/highlights to hair, lips and skin. Utilizing a color overlay will show you how you can make a portrait ready for a magazine or movie poster. There are many ways to edit a photograph, this video covers my personal process from beginning to end.