These ladies were in simple white tank tops and dark jeans and they still looked quite elegant don’t you think? I had less than 5 minutes to spend on each girl for decent images for the designers due to the tight practice schedule. We had to work with whatever options had given to us. A little BTS fun fact, that was not your typical high-end background, unless your definition of high-end includes office curtain. It worked better than the off green wall in my opinion. Lucky for this photographer, it was the models who make or break the photo.
Katrina Lu, Madison Farrell, Cherry Nguyen, Ruth Chiu, Christina Bui,
Angel Vu, Tatiana Young, Sivan Alaev, Vyvi Vu and Daniel Graves.
Besides doing this photoshoot in the morning, the 2 sisters Alexi and Gena had a full day with ballet practice for a big upcoming show throughout Texas and an evening dance to get to. With the busy schedule, they seemed quite relaxed and excited. The ladies appreciated the hair and makeup. Humidity was high and we had to move quick with the posing before the makeup decide to follow gravity. Their outfits of choice were soft and simple but brought out the best features in them. Poise and elegant. The shoot was a breeze with these two gorgeous sisters, I didn’t want to stop even time was running out. My best assistant of course was the father of the girls. Oh how I love them, you can feel the bond as the girls and their dad cracked up over every little mistakes they made together during the shoot. I was so touched as if I was witnessing the girls growing up in front of my eyes.
After many hours of shooting at 2 locations, we packed up and went home hoping for a peaceful night of sleep. But I knew that wouldn’t happen because I never sleep after a shoot. I would go home and go over those pictures about 20 times for elimination process and for my own pleasure. Yes I have a little OCD when it comes to photos. (chuckle…)
With a copy layer, I started out adjusting the white balance to my liking and continue with removing blemishes with cloning tool and spot healing brush tool.
Also went in and darken and draw in the bottom eyeliner with the brush tool (black opacity 12%) since I missed it during the shoot.
Sharpen (30% – 2 pixels) and add noise (3% Uniform)
Follow by a New transparent layer + Paint Bucket (blue 2a2e78) - Exclusion 33%, then Flatten Image
Same step – Add New transparent layer + Paint Bucket (reddish brown 812615) - Screen 50 % Then Flatten Image
Add New transparent layer - Use Elliptical marque tool to create vignette for outter corners.
Fill in using the Paint Bucket with dark brown color 6e5125 and reduce Opacity to 50%
Then Merge all the layers together and wah lah ….. This process shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.
Thinking back to those beginning years of photography, one of my earliest and biggest obstacle was shooting in public. I love shooting in general but always have the fear of attracting attention to myself if I move around too much when I shoot.Lately, I’ve been really good at snapping away in busy places. I’ve realized that when I keep my mind occupied, I wouldn’t think about. Therefore, whenever I have a project to shoot around a big crowd, I’d create a mental distraction to keep myself busy and it works for me.
Great tips for photographing in public from Photo.net. Read more on what you can and can’t shoot in public – NY Times