Fashion Photography, Couple Photography and a little bit of my trademark Trick Photography.

So this week I was lucky enough to get to photograph a couple of real nice people. Kiernan and Austin. The idea behind this shoot was to make the most of our time together and get lots of different shots. If there is one thing I really hate about couple’s photography, it’s having a ton of photos that all look the same.

We started out with some fashion photography with Kiernan, placing her with her back to the sun to create a nice rim light, separating her from the busy but out of focus background. Here it’s important to expose for the face and allow everything that is brighter than that to get blown out.

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After a few shots, the harsh late afternoon sun was beginning to annoy me so I looked for a shady area between two trees. The shadow cast by the leaves and the spotted animal print dress really allowed for some cool and interesting patterns to form. We even found time to giggle through the tickle and sting of the grass. (We all have to suffer for our art :D)

The outfit was put together by Kiernan and Sarah (my wife) who made a simple headband from an old broach and a leather band. I think this really added to the look.

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After a quick break we changed outfits and set up some multi-shots. These shots are something which I have grown to love over time. It’s something which can be over done and, in most cases, done really badly. I first started doing these types of shots about 5 years ago and at first they were horrible. The more you do them the more things you realise you have to take into account (Lighting, shadows, reflections etc…) and so now I think I’m at a point where I can read a situation and know exactly what it is that I need to take into account. Because if there is one element that is missing, (a true reflection or shadow here and there) then the whole illusion is lost. In these shots I think we nailed it.

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Afterwards we rattled off a few more couple portraits and fashion shots and then headed into town for a change of scenery.

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Post-production.

My post-production work usually makes up for around 70% of my entire time spent on a project. There are a lot of people out there who say that they spend little or no time doing post production work. Don’t let them fool you. Although cameras are getting better all the time, nothing comes off the camera exactly perfect and every image needs to be checked for clarity, exposure and contrast. Some images take longer in post-production than others. The multi-shots are typically a 30min job on average as they combine several images in one. Other images can be less than 5 mins. But everything get’s looked at…. everything. Even if all I need to do is remove a blemish or a strand of hair from the face of a model. Typically, when I shoot in locations like downtown, I have to go through and remove street signage, posters, cars and often people from the shots to ensure that there is nothing that distracts from the subject.

One thing I love to emulate is the look of film photography. Digital photography can usually look too polished. Film photography is very varied, particularly early film photography where things like humidity, heat, age of the film and age of the developing chemicals were all factors in how the colours were represented. So the final look of these images show a range of effects from bleached to expired film.

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I really enjoyed this shoot and the post-production work. It was a lot of fun, we took our time and the results are stunning. Here’s a few behind the scenes shots taken by my wife, Sarah.

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You can check out the rest of the shoot here

Thanks for reading and remember; whatever you do today, do it better than everyone else.

See you later!
Dan

Shoot time: 1hr 30mins
Post-Production: 4hrs 30mins
Total photos taken: 412
Total photos in collection: 30

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