Nicole at the Sand Dunes | Washington D.C. Portrait Photographer

I came across these beautiful sand dunes on accident when I was driving to meet my sister for dinner on my first night in Florida. Apparently my GPS took me the “long” way as I forgot it was set to avoid tolls. It worked out though. I only arrived a few minutes after she did, I avoided a toll fee, and I scoped out an awesome location to take her for a mini photoshoot the next night! These sand dunes are located just outside of Destin, FL, a popular vacation and tourist spot known for its white sandy beaches and world-famous fishing. We got there pretty late so we only had a few minutes to photograph before the light started fading. I was without my flash so I became completely dependent on the amazing low light capabilities of my new Canon 5D Mark III and the 50mm 1.2 — an excellent combination for low light! I hope to make it back there sometime, thanks for modeling Nicole!

I think she has a thing for mustaches!

This was all her idea….and her favorite!

For the photo geeks….this was shot with a Canon 5D Mark III at ISO 10000.

Beauty Retouching in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Last night finished up the Working with Models II module at BU CDIA. It was heavily focused on photoshop and high end beauty retouching, honing in on every little detail so images can be usable for advertisements and magazine printing and the likes. Our instructor, Chris Alvanas, walked us through skin softening, eye enhacements, hair and makeup tips, and overall shaping using only Photoshop CS5. Plugins and additional software do make it easier, especially for skin softening, but it’s good to know there are other ways around it. Chris has a series of tutorials posted on youtube that are very helpful for retouching and other photoshop tricks, and are definitely worth checking out. Click here for the link.

Below are the before and after images of the photo I worked on for this class. One of the most signifcant changes I made was the tilt in her head. You can see if the after image that her head is a little more straight on. I really liked the pose and her expression, so I made it work by tilting just the section that I needed. I removed the freckles from the skin and softened up some of the lines, not completely removing them though because I didn’t want it to look unnatural. You can see in the before photo that her eyes are a little cloudy. This is mostly due to the fact that Allison had a fan blowing in her face for a good twenty minutes and her eyes were getting very red and irritated (who can blame her!) Whitening up her eyes and enhacing the color just a smidge was enough to really bring this photo to life. The final touches included adding a little contrast to her hair and very minor reshaping on the nose and shoulders. Allison is naturally pretty as it is, so all that’s needed with a photo like this are a few refinements to make it look its best. Allison is an actress in the DC area and you can see some of her work on her website by clicking here.

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Fourth of July Weekend! | Washington D.C. Travel Photographer

Happy Fourth of July everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and stayed cool in this exhausting heat! This was my first year celebrating the Fourth of July in D.C. Last year I was off vacationing in Italy (I know, I know, not very patriotic of me). I decided to make the most of the experience by checking out the most popular (and crowded) fireworks show in the nation! Armed with some snacks, my camelback, camera, and tripod, I ventured downtown on the metro and made my way to an amazing view right in front of the Washington National Monument. The fireworks were awesome and it was well worth putting up with the heat and crowds; not to mention the two hour trek home. Anyway, below are a few of my favorite shots. It was my first time experimenting with photographing fireworks and I think it went pretty well! I got some great tips from Joe McNally’s blog post, you can check it out by clicking here!

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Paul | Washington D.C. Portrait Photographer

Last week Paul came by the studio to be the male model for our class. He was great to work with and easy to photograph. We had a lot of fun with the jumping shots! Paul is a boxer, but didn’t have his boxing stuff with him for this shoot. I’m definitely looking forward to shooting him again in his boxing shorts and gloves!