July 2009


Last Thursday we did a concept shoot ‘up on the mountain’  in Langford BC. Chelsea and Emily were our ladies of the evening, with Lane being Jack the Ripper. Lane was a fellow classmate of mine at Western Academy of Photography in Victoria [www.westernacademyofphotography.com]. Lane is an incrediable photographer in his own right, his work can be seen at http://www.blackscarletlove.deviantart.com/gallery.

Jo-Ann Way, another fellow classmate and Victoria photographer, assisted with the lighting and setups. Victoria based Alexa Lofthouse provided all makeup for the shoot.

Since last Thursday I’ve been a tourguide to family from Holland, so editing the shoot has been placed on the backburner. I just wanted to post this one image to show that being the models isn’t always go,go,go and glamourous. Here, once again, everyone was waiting for the lighting to be set up.

I’ll post the final images later this week…. cheers for now.

Waiting....

Waiting....

One of the courses we took at the Western Academy of Photography focused on engagements and weddings. I have previously worked, for 2 years, as a photographer for The Mission Record newspaper, and as well have covered various events for The Minerva Foundation in Vancouver, so I was looking forward to utilizing my photojournalistic style to the shoots.

Although I have shot a few weddings in the past, the course brought me up-to-date on the current trends with both weddings and engagements. The school brought in a few Bride and Grooms, and a fellow classmate and her husband also modeled for me.

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Retouching is like ironing … you take out the wrinkles, make the inperfections better, and all the while you’re creating fantasies in your mind [or… putting together the ‘to do’ list for next week]. For me, it’s my ‘slow the pace’ down task. I like retouching…hoping someday to be a lot faster at it than I am now.

This is a model that I shot during fashion week at Western. With a fast glance, you don’t see the areas that need a bit of help, but with the assistance of photoshop zoom, you see fly-a-ways hairs crossing through the eyes, blemishes that should be removed, and makeup that needs adjusting.

Here are some before and after shots:

Before Retouching

Before Retouching

After Retouching

After Retouching

Before and After, Left Side of Face

Before and After - Right Side of Face

Lips and Surrounding Area

Lips and Surrounding Area

So you can see, the model certainly is great looking before the retouching, and using a bit of retouching doesn’t take away from her already great looks.