Sometimes I receive e-mails asking me what kind of equipment I use, and how I edit my photos. I thought it would be fun to let you in and post a ‘behind-the-scenes’.
As a custom photographer, quality is of the utmost importance to me. This starts with beautiful images that are technically sound and as near perfect as possible. The better an image is to begin with, the better the end result will be. It also minimizes editing work as I believe that editing or processing a digital image should be to enhance it only and not try to correct problems. If an image is underexposed, out of focus or has color issues, the editing will not be enough to correct those problems and it will certainly be visible.
I shoot with a Nikon D700 camera and a combination of fixed length lenses that help me capture beautiful portraits. I have spent a lot of time (and still do) learning the technical aspects of digital photography and perfecting my abilities so I can produce the best quality images for my clients. I use Photoshop CS4 for editing each image individually, and only with the goal of lending a subtle, but efficient polish to each one, to bring the potential that was already there.
Here are some ‘before-and-after’ examples. ‘SOOC’ is a colloquial photography term that means ‘straight out of camera’; this would be the equivalent to a film negative. I then edit each image individually which means I don’t rely on premade Photoshop actions; I take each image and bring out its best ‘by hand’, in the digital darkroom. I should also mention that I use a professionally color calibrated screen so that the color of each image is as true to life and flattering to the subject as possible.
Children photography is my passion- I love capturing the sweetness and freshness of a newborn, the emotion and laughter of a little girl, and the beautiful eyes full of wonder of a baby boy. As a parent, when you hire me to capture your child’s special moment, you don’t need to worry about how the images will turn out- you can rest assured that my expertise and knowledge of digital photography will deliver beautiful portraits that you will cherish for years to come.