Courtney & Steve: engagement photographs in downtown Calgary

Courtney and Steve are swearing fealty (I’ve been watching and reading too much Game of Thrones) to one another this upcoming weekend.  We made some pretty pictures of these pretty people.  Then I posted them here to show them off and make them famous.  Thank you for making the engagement session so much fun for me and allowing me to walk you all over downtown Calgary just to get “the shot”.    You two are incredibly fun, happy, and clearly in love (awwwwwww).  I’m doing jumping jacks to get ready for your awesome wedding day!  We’re gonna make awesome happen!  Now tell me, aren’t you glad you found the time out of your ridonkulously crazy schedules and spend a couple of hours for your engagement photos?  The correct answer is yes.

Note: This isn’t how I normally edited images, but I wanted to play around with some new editing presets.  Explanation at the end of the beautiful images of beautiful people (aka Courtney and Steve’s engagement photos).  I’ll be providing you two with two sets of images.  One set will look like the below, and the other set will be with my natural edits.

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For Photographers: This was the first time that I decided to give the much talked about VSCO film presets a try.  I’ve had them since they first came out but never used them before as I just didn’t think it was going to be “my style” (yes, I buy things that I don’t use).  So a few months pass by and they start to go rotten (as far as rotten LR presets go).  Anyways, I’ve finally forced myself to give them a try and I gave them a run straight out of the box.  No changes to the presets at all, just click-and-go.  And frankly, I hated it.  My images looked muddy and the blacks and shadows looked like they were being crushed under the foot of a giant.  I couldn’t imagine using them straight out of the box, but that’s ok as I don’t think the intention is to use them like that…I mean, how many people would have the exact same processed images if they did?  That’s just silly (!).  So instead, I played around with the color settings, adjust the blacks, shadows, highlights and and whites until I got something that I felt more comfortable with.  Now, these images still produced the film feel as intended so I’ve stayed true to the intent of the presets and the folks over at VSCO.  I’ve just “cleaned” it up to be more my taste.  I’m not sure if this will be the last time I use the presets, but I definitely want to stay true to my own way of editing, which is what my clients expect from me.  Although I’m happy enough with the results of using VSCO with my changes applied to the images, I won’t be relying on these 100% for my wedding photos and engagement photos going forward.  For that, I’ll rely on my own presets that I’ve put together.  But here’s my biggest beef with using VSCO presets…it’s that everyone and their dogs dogs dogs dog is now using them.  It’s hard to come across a photographers website these days where there isn’t a VSCO preset that has been applied to it.  What you get a bunch of images edited the same way.   The tools that are provided are fantastic, but when we all start to look the same…well, you know the saying.  I guess I should also disclose that there are a few images up there that aren’t VSCO edited.  It was hard for me to rely solely on the presets themselves for an entire session.


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Cyndy Kachur You have captured them beautifully…I can hardly wait to see more of their wedding shots….the one you took at sunset is a masterpiece…thank youSeptember 11, 2012 – 9:16 pm

debby k Wow! You are really perfecting the art of photography. Awesome photo shoot.August 31, 2012 – 9:55 pm

Pardon the Absence

I’ve been neglecting my blog lately even though I’ve been shooting a bunch of delicious images for my amazing clients over the last few weeks.  “Y U SO LAZY TLAW?!”  Remember the blog post with the beautiful maternity photos of my wife?  Well, she’s pregnant no more….

Welcome to our lives adorable Mini-Law!  My wife and I introduced this gorgeous, sweet, and lovable creature into our lives a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been spending all my available time with her.  I’ve taken the equivalent of “new baby leave” from work and have been enjoying the best 2 weeks of my life!

Thanks for being patient with me as I neglect my blog and nuzzle my baby girl.  I’ll be posting some tear-inducing images of amazing weddings and gorgeous engagement photos soon enough, but for now, enjoy this image of my #1 girl and my newest #1 girl.

 

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Christine & Mike: Hotel Arts wedding sneak peek

A single frame from Christine and Mike’s wedding this past weekend at Hotel Arts in Calgary

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Sue Steed WOW….can hardly wait for the restJuly 27, 2012 – 12:08 pm

Christina & Geoff: An American Wedding in Canada-land

This wedding was a glamorous one from start to finish, and I was fortunate to get to shoot this one alongside my friend Paul from PMG Image – fortunately, he didn’t ask me to hold his lights or reflectors – he basically said “shoot it the way you want to”.  And shoot I did…there’s one thing I love about second shooting, and that is, no responsibility!  As odd as it sounds – it allows me to focus on trying a new and different technique, one that I may not have otherwise tried on my own, and not have to worry about it going wrong since I’ll know that a pro like Paul is going to get the shot.

If you’re an NFL fan, then you may recognize the groom, Geoff Hangartner as the starting Guard for the Carolina Panthers.  This dude one is one bear of a man.  I think his official statistics have him at 6’5″ and over 300lbs.   Have you ever tried to make a bear laugh for photos?  It’s as intimidating as it sounds.

The bride. Christina. Oh my the bride…are there words to describe how beautiful of a person she really is?  You know when people talk about a smile that lights of the room?  They were talking about Christina, only hers doesn’t light up a room.  It lights up the entire Banff Springs Hotel.  She looked absolutely jaw-dropping in her Lazaro gown and it couldn’t have been a better dress for her (she had considered a Pnina Tornai but chose to go with the less audacious and less revealing Lazaro….a perfect choice!).

 

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The beautiful room designed and decorated by the talented team at Lynn Fletcher Weddings

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Christine & Mike: Hello gorgeous – calgary engagement photography

Christine and Michael are here to party and get down get down in 2 weeks, when their no-doubt-awesome wedding (designed and planned by the aptly named Lavish Wedding Planning & Design) will be taking place in our beautiful hometown of Calgary (or #yyc) for you tweeters (ahem…Mike).  We created some engagement photos for them this past weekend and their world premiere begins now… Here are a small handful of their beautiful selves…make them famous so leave them some comment love below ya?

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Christine is the reason for the title of this blog post…hello gorgeous!

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sarah These are gorgeous!! I love the b+w one with his tattoo showing. Beautiful.July 11, 2012 – 1:08 pm

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