I had a Facebook memory pop up on my page this past weekend. It was from a couple of years ago and I had forgotten about the shoot until the memory popped up. It was January of 2017, we had plenty of snow in Idaho, and it was a cold morning. Whitney and I were part of a collaboration between models and photographers and I only had a few minutes to work with Whitney.
Whitney's look caught my attention. A vamp kind of look that reminded me of the Twilight movies. She showed great confidence and great connection in front of the camera. We worked quickly and spent less than 10 minutes together, before she moved on to another photographer. Still, in those few minutes, we were able to get some great shots.
This is the post that popped up on my page.
As great as Whitney did in preparing for the day's shoot, I wanted to add impact to the original image. Here's what the original document looked like.
The unretouched image could have been photographed by anybody, but the additional step of getting the final image is why you hire a professional. Here's what was involved:
1. The white snow in the background was working, but the green leaves were distracting. Fall leave colors would have worked fine, but I decided to match the tones to the color of Whitney's hair.
2. Whitney's contacts were red, and weren't fitting in quite as well as I would have liked, so I changed the color to match the scene.
3. I adjusted the tones to get some rich dark colors while making sure the reds were well represented. This is what makes the layers in Whitney's hair really stand out.
4. Finally, I added a bit of haze to the lower portion of the frame to keep the focus on Whitney's face and add a little bit extra to the environment.
I'm always looking for that one signature piece from each session that makes an impact, and this was it.
Even though there was a lot going on that day, Whitney stayed focused and we got a few more shots before she had to move on. Here are a couple of others from that day.
If you have a concept you've been wanting to have photographed, please don't hesitate to message me. Collaborations are great fun, and create some lasting memories that are sure to pop up from time to time in your Facebook memories like mine did.