Friday, October 30, 2009

Boudoir Portrait Marathon

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Here is the deal:

  • Photography at our Hamilton studio location
  • Sunday November 15 only
  • 30 minutes of studio photography on a boudoir set
  • $99, prepaid and non-refundable.
  • Optionally add $99 for full makeup and light hairstyling provided by a licensed stylist in the studio.

Your private online preview gallery will be available the following week.  There you can directly order prints, downloadable image files, and a wide variety of other products, for prompt shipment directly to you.

Availability for these sessions is limited, so book early.  Call Lorraine or me if you have any questions, or to book your appointment, at (905)481-0704.  Or email us at info@lumacraft.com.

To view recent blog postings about my glamour work, follow this link.

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Consider having me work from your photographic portrait to produce an original painting, like the example below. (Extra charge applies.)

 

Sunday, October 25, 2009

D & D’s Engagement Portraits Slide Show

Here is the slide show that I produced using the images from last week’s engagement portrait session with Darek and Dannen. The couple plan to play this at their wedding reception.

Music used under license from Photodex Corporation and TJ.Hill (BMI).

Friday, October 23, 2009

Photoshop Finishing and Magic

Follow this link to view "Before" and "After" portraits of Catherine.

Photoshop cannot turn a badly photographed portrait into a good portrait.  Skilful Photoshop technique can, however, make a well photographed portrait even better.

After your portrait session, we will present you with your previews.  The take that you select will undergo our finishing process, in order to make it suitable for presentation as a large print or other high quality reproduction.

Portrait finishing involves blemish removal, skin softening, eye brightening, line fading, selective detail enhancement, selective detail diminishment, and local and global colour and tone adjustments.  It is the final stage in a process designed to make you look your best, and to produce an artful composition which makes a strongly positive impact when presented. 

As digital photographers, Adobe Photoshop is of course our workhorse for portrait finishing.  Photoshop is a powerful tool, and like all powerful tools, it must be operated with care.  Too often I see portrait finishing work which has been overdone.  Our goal is to finish your portrait subtly, so that the work does not a draw attention to itself, and away from the statement about you that the portrait should be making.

Sometimes we have to go beyond basic finishing, and perform reconstruction.  Reconstruction involves adding, removing or substantially changing elements in an image.  Most commonly this involves head swaps in a group portrait, eye opening, and requests for body slimming.  We have done all of these things and more; some examples would make a good subject for a future blog posting.

You may recall my blog posting last month about the portraits that I made for our client Winston Churchill Dental.  In particular, I mentioned that I was going to have to deal with the large bandage worn by my subject Catherine.  I have just turned the set of finished portraits over to my client. 

The work that I did on Catherine’s portrait demonstrates everything that I have said above.  The comparison of the previously posted preview of Catherine’s portrait to the finished version can be viewed by following this link

The quality of this portrait of Catherine was achieved not by Photoshop but by skilful portrait photography technique in the studio.  The finishing work performed on it is significant but subtle, and serves to enhance that good exposure.  Getting rid of the bandage is an example of the special magic that we can do with Photoshop when necessary.

If you are seeking high quality portraits, for your business or for your personal use, please contact us.

(Side note: I originally embedded the comparative image of Catherine’s portrait in this posting, rather than linking to it on my server, but Blogger’s ham-fisted re-processing of the image greatly obscured the subtle differences between the versions.)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Darek and Dannen Engagement

Yesterday afternoon Darek, Dannen and I gathered at the park where they originally met, to make their engagement portraits.  It was cool by the lake, but they managed to keep each other warm.  Here are a few of my favourites from among their previews.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

More of Sabrina, Ryan and Tyson

Here are the rest of the early previews from this morning’s session.

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Sabrina, Ryan and Tyson Autumn Portraits

Sixteen months after their wedding day, we reunited this morning with Sabrina and Ryan to make an updated set of portraits.  This time they were joined by the third member of their young family, Tyson. 

I have only had time to process the first quarter of their session, but couldn’t wait to share these.  Look for more previews from this session very soon!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Event at Rasoee

The Burlington location of Rasoee The Indian Kitchen held a draw for its customers earlier this month.  We were on hand to photograph the festivities, and to make portraits of the restaurant’s executives and staff, the event’s sponsors, and the prize winners.  Here are a few of the previews that I delivered today.

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