Engagement

My best friend came out to visit me in California and asked if I would take her engagement photos so of course I agreed. I love taking photos of people considering it is the area where I have the most room to grow and this was one of those opportunities. We chose to do the shoot at several location since it was spanned over two days. We started at the Huntington Library, from there we went to Huntington Beach, and the final day we ended at Corona Del Mar. I have hundreds of photos to go through still so expect to see many more to come. But this was my favorite of the bunch so I decided that I would post this one. I always love when it works out that both the people that I am shooting are attractive because it makes getting great shots easy. And these photo shoots were no exception. The best part about this day was that it was overcast and made great filtered light. I don’t have too much equipment in California anymore since I brought a lot of my stuff home, so all of my shots are done with natural light and that;s why I felt so fortunate for a nice, filtered, overcast sky. I tried to get a bit of the vines in the foreground to add to framing and keep things interesting. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Couples Shoot

This is a portrait of my friend Teddy and his girlfriend at the time Maryam(unfortunately they broke up some time after this shoot). They wanted to do a couples shoot and it was my first payed shoot so I took the opportunity immediately. I’m fairly new to portrait photography so it was a definite learning experience but I think overall it worked out great. I brought a 5-in-1 reflector that is a must have piece of gear. I used it throughout this entire shoot considering how often some of the shots had to be in direct light because of the spots we were in. It helped to reflect some of the light back in their faces in order to fill in the shadows which  made for a softer look rather than having harsh light splayed throughout the photos. This shot in particular was one of those shots. I thought it would be a good idea to try this shot on top of the lifeguard tower but the sun was still a little harsh so I used the reflector. You can’t see it in this picture but my buddy’s girlfriend (at the time) was actually holding the reflector with me in order to keep it in the spot I had wanted it. I didn’t have someone else to help me out in this situation so I made do with what I had and she was more than happy to help out. We got a lot of good pictures and they all seemed pleased with the results. For portraits, I try and keep the processing as minimal as possible. In the case of this photo I simply applied a curves and levels layer and fixed the white balance along with some color adjustments which were all done in Photoshop CS6....

Lost in Translation

This photo reminded me a little of the cover of the movie “Lost in Translation.” This is actually my sister in this picture and this was taken on Acorn Street in Boston, Massachusetts. This was my first visit here surprisingly considering I have lived in the area for most of my life. You can probably already tell from the photo, but it was an awesome little street. There were cobblestone roads and old looking lampposts as well as brick buildings everywhere. It was also around Christmas time so there were even little wreaths with red bows. It was surprising in a way because it was right off a busy area around Boston Commons and almost like a hidden gem. If you have never been to Boston in general then I highly suggest it. There are tons of old historic buildings which have some interesting and beautiful architecture that makes for great pictures. This road is one of the many areas you can find out there. I took this with natural light because the building masked the sun so it was all shady which made for nice soft light. There was even a nice natural backlight that was provided for the picture from the lower building right behind my sister which helped to outline her more and seperate her from the background a bit. I have been getting into portraits a bit lately and have been trying new techniques to get the look that I visualize when I plan out the shots. I’m constantly learning and trying to perfect my technique so there will be more to come. This is a single RAW image file that I processed in Photoshop CS6. Most of the adjustments were minor apart from the dodging and burning that was...