My Halloween Tradition.

So for the past few years I have created images especially for Halloween! I love Halloween but being 21 and antisocial there aren’t many ways for me to celebrate it. I decided one year to try something I had seen done numerous times off the back of a photoshoot I was doing in a studio. It just so happened to be the week before Halloween and thus my tradition was born. I have been unable to do the pictures I had planned this year but I’ll get round to them and delight you all when I do ;) stay tuned! But for now I’ll reminisce…

The Gorgeous Jody Lamb was my first victim!

From this…

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To this…

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Next up I roped the beautiful Bethan and Mel into my madness! They didn’t quite have the comforts of a studio in fact Bethan has probably had the worst conditions of my photoshoots to date!

Here’s Mel being her usual gorgeous self…

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And here is Mel after I was done with her…

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Beautiful Bethan in a lovely warm environment working her angles…

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And now a little bedraggled and after revenge?

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Safe to say by the end of these things we all want to…

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Jo-D&Paul’s engagement party…

Congratulations to Jo-D and Paul on their engagement!

They are such an amazing couple. I have known Jo-D my entire life and she’s as good as family to me, we’ll call her my uber-cool-rock-chick-cousin ;).
Without trying, she is the coolest person I know. Ever.
Also, she’s a little bit mental ;)

So it’s safe Paul’s got his hands full! (no innuendos please)
But WHAT a couple they make. Two very fantastic people :)

It was great to shoot this party, not only because of the two fruitcakes who trusted me to do it but, because everyone there was lovely. They have such welcoming friends and family around them and I had such a fun night shooting!

So without further ado… the pictures…

Also I was pleased to present them on a new posh disc ;)

Let me know what you think!

eb.
x

the powder shoot b&a

Okay so for those of you who aren’t aware, I have an ongoing project that I fill up, as and when I feel like it, called the Portrait Project.
(You can find the rest of the project (so far) here…
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=3956&id=100000884113380)

I have decided to take a picture from this album, more specifically ¬†from a shoot dubbed ‘the powder shoot’, and do a fun little before and after!
I’ve chosen this picture because it has had quite a bit done to it because I rushed in the studio this day. We were on limited time and even though I am really happy with the result, I wish I had set up better prior to the actual shot being taken! Lesson learnt though, and in the end I was left with an image I really liked. One of my favourites to date.

So here is the original image, with the beautiful Beth…

It was shot with one soft box directly on beth at one of my favourite angles. No make up, hair slapped back, nothing fancy just me and Beth.

It’s not a great image to start with at all, I think I got way to carried away with myself because I forgot to do so much and it resulted in me having a fair bit to do before the image looked how I imagined it!

So here’s step 1…

I changed the temperature of the picture slightly here to change the orange hues to a more pink tone and¬†enhanced the vignette on the background as the natural vignette that usually occurs in this lighting set up wasn’t happening! :P
I tidied up and fly away hairs because I’m a perfectionist and fiddled with the curves slightly to distinguish shadow and highlights more.
Finally I then fixed Beth’s right eye (left when looking at the picture), that was poorly on the day, oh and lightened the irises because I failed MASSIVELY at catching the light in them at the studio, usually I would leave them but it was kind of fundamental to the finished image (you will understand in a min ;))

Step 2…

I desaturated the image slightly and altered the curves once again to show yet more definition.
Then dodged the irises to add a sparkly look that was essential to the end image! (you’ll see why)

Step 3…

I still felt that image was too soft, I wanted a slightly colder more hostile feel to it, but only slightly.
So I desaturated the image again and introduced a purply blue hue to the shadows to make the image colder. I also increased the blue hues on the background so that the image would work better as I had imagined! and that’s pretty much it just one more step…

Step 4…

I think I increased the blue tones a tiiiiiny bit more (it’s been a while since I did this) to get it juuuust right (yes I really am THAT sad) and of course changed the colour of the iris to perfectly match the background.

Hence resulting in the image I had in mind from the start where the eyes mirror the tones in the picture and the background! And there it is! 4 simple steps, but quite a bit of tweaking. (I thought I might bore you if it was just a simple, curve and colour and crop CCC ;) so I thought I’d treat you)

So from start to finish…

So there you have it!
There are so many things I’d do differently if I were to edit this picture now, because my technique is improving and changing, but I don’t think I could get a better final image.

If you’re not already sick of looking at this picture then here is the image on my flickr…
can you love something that isn't real?

That’s all for now :) Hope it was interesting!
I’ll be around…

eb.
x

any questions? find me at any of those links on the right and just ask! :)