August 13, 2010 § 2 Comments
Let the record state that I believe in genuine representation. That being said, let the amendment be added that I also believe in the super power of photoshop. It would appear that I have just contradicted myself …. and in some ways, I suppose I have. Let me explain the goings on for this reasoning — as a person, and a mother at that, I yearn for photographs of these fleeting moments in my children’s lives. The good, the bad, the sweet, the messy — I want it all. (And I know you mamas out there are nodding your heads in agreement on this one.) The trick is that I want these moments documented perfectly, which life doesn’t always allow for because little Johnny’s funny grin won’t wait for you to adjust your camera settings since he’s decided to jump from shadow to full light. Helloooo overexposure! This is where Superhero Photoshop comes in to save the day — White balance, color correction, contrast, levels, curves … (getting bored yet? start the drum roll please) … and the super cool super power of blemish healing. POW! How does this cohabitate with genuine representation though? Well…..it is you in the image, just you on a good day. Don’t we all wish we could be photographed only on our good days?? (Admit it — you’re nodding your head again.) I thoroughly enjoy giving those “good days” to my clients — to be able to give new parents the gift of six hours of sleep the night before instead of three (at least superficially) feels pretty darn good. I know… removing a one-day blemish from a portrait might not be saving the world from any imminent doom and destruction, but if it results in a photo being framed that might not have otherwise seen the light of day, then I say go for it. So three cheers for Superhero Photoshop and Captain Edit! …. Just don’t expect to see me running around with underwear over my tights anytime soon.
(Ha — This is where you would expect me to insert a photo to go along with that tights and underwear statement. Nope. Not gonna get it.)
You may, however, remember the little and lovely Lyla that we had in studio awhile back… now there are more photos that I would like to share with you (in exciting new blog board format! Except it’s currently only in one format, which does make it a tad less exciting… but only by a smidge.) Once again I was wowed by this dark beauty’s stunning display of shiny dark hair (baby soft of course!)
The image below was a joy to edit. There was just something about the pose, light and subject interplay that seemed so elemental. (Which is perhaps what inspired such earthy tones.)
We’re all guilty of being curious as to what everyone’s images look like straight out of camera, raw and untouched. Myself included. Therefore I’ve provided an example below for comparison of before and post digital darkroom, with sweet Lyla as our model ….. who wouldn’t want to look at her adorable face twice?
A round of thanks to Lyla and family again for coming to our studio, and congratulations on your new adventure!