26th January 2016 - Pretty/Steampunk - WILLIAMS & WELSBY

Pretty/Steampunk

Family Portrait Photography

It's fair to say that Paul and I get a massive buzz from shooting weddings - there's so much adrenaline flowing and we both get swept along with the excitement and atmosphere of the day. Saying that it's the people that fascinate us.

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With that in mind you'll see why taking creative portraits is something we love, and when Paul's family friends were up for a studio session we knew we'd have fun, especially as there was going to be a bit of dressing up (the subjects you understand, not us. But now you mention it...)

We had a couple of really lovely subjects to sit for us in the form of Elise and Mikayla. Both very different young ladies Elise has masses of fan-tas-tic dark locks, where Mikayla has embraced steampunk with a passion.

I wanted to try a few different things today enabling plenty of scope for creative post-processing when I got home. Whilst Paul directed the girls I concentrated on making sure I was capturing the image as I wanted it. Back home the RAW files allow plenty of latitude for experiment. Here are a couple of examples, both of Mikayla, one with more conventional processing, the other nice and gritty...

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And here is an image of Elise with three different treatments applied.

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The post processing of an image takes as much care and skill as the actually taking of the shot. In the tryptych above i've retained the shadows on the face deliberately. These could have been removed with the rearrangement of the strobes. Doing so would give a different feeling. In the image below I wanted a softer feeling so by rearranging the subject and lighting slightly we are able to shape the light. Saying that it helps to have to such wonderful subjects to shoot.

Family Portrait Photography

The process of post processing can be taken to extreme, creating surreal looking images where and when a specific look is required. This can involve work on the skin and the texture of the entire image. 

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A more conventional portrait showing the sitter in a contemporary pose is easily done with careful positioning of the lighting and natural post-processing techniques however the aim of the exercise today was something a little more dramatic and unconventional, still capturing the model but perhaps in poses that are more unusual. We hope we achieved that for the girls today.

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