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Sunshine & bright smiles | Minneapolis family photography

3 Oct

This post is a bit different than others I’ve done in the past. Unfortunately, every July – Sept I start to drown in editing as wedding season ramps up, along with family sessions and seniors.  And with the ramp up of sessions, I begin to neglect my blog and Facebook page as I try and stay afloat with all the editing. So this post is a bit of a “catch up”, but has a little bonus content for other photography junkies like myself. 🙂

For those of you here simply because you like to peek at picture, there are plenty below! And for my fellow photogs, I wanted to share a little bit about my editing style and workflow, and how I’m able to keep up with sessions amidst the chaos of “photography season” (living in Minnesota, we have about four months that are extremely busy and we tend to pack as much as we can into these few months, so a quick and efficient workflow is a must).

I’m thankful to have a number of tools to help me out so that I can still turn images back to my clients in a timely fashion! One of my favorite tools are the actions I have from Kevin Kubota. For all my clients that are not photography geeks like me, you probably won’t care a whole lot about what I have to say here (but feel free to peruse the images below :))…but for all of you photog enthusiasts, pay attention. If you have not taken a look at Kevin Kubota Actions, do yourself a favor and head over to the website or Facebook page right now…there are a number of “paks” to choose from, and I think they do EVERYTHING you can imagine.

One of my favorite times of the day to shoot (like any photographer), is during that window of time right before sunset. I love the warm glow and creativity that comes from “playing” with the sun. But it does have it’s challenges, mainly coming from backlighting images (which I love to do). Thankfully, Kevin Kubota actions have a solution even for this!! 🙂 I do like my images to be very crisp, clean and “true-to-life.” I don’t get as into some of the “trends” that photography goes through when it comes to post processing.

Because of my editing style, I use actions from the Kevin Kubota Artistic Tools V1 often. It speeds up my workflow and is subtle and consistent with my style. On nearly every image I included below, I used Backlight Compensation (at varying percentage of opacity), which is fabulous to bring back some color and even out the lighting a bit (and can also be used to create that hazy look that is so trendy right now).

In addition to action paks, I have to give props to my other ABSOLUTELY necessary tool I use (how did I ever survive without this!). The Kubota DASHBOARD plug-in is amazing. This is another HUGE time saver when it comes to editing, and it gives me the ability to categorize my actions by style, “look”, keyword, or even type of session, and then quickly find them.

I’ve included the actions I used on each image below, however, it’s important to note that very rarely do I leave the layers at 100% (as I alluded to earlier). Typically I change the opacity to around 15-40%. (Click on the thumbnail gallery to enlarge the images and scroll through.)

I can’t recommend Kubota Actions enough. If you’re in the market for some new tools to help you out in Photoshop, these should be a strong consideration!

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C + P | Getting hitched!

18 Nov

This couple is a blast! We headed out on this gorgeous morning for a fun shoot out in Woodbury. Thankfully C is super familiar with all the parks and awesome areas around there and had some really sweet spots picked out for our session. In between shots, C told me a bit about her plans for their big day and I just can’t wait to photograph this event with all the stellar ideas she has for pictures on her wedding day!

Thanks you two for meeting up with me this morning! Here’s a little preview from our session.

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K + N | Minneapolis wedding photography

4 Nov

I love this couple! It’s always such an honor to be asked to shoot a session for a fellow photographer, but this was extra special for me today as K has been a pretty special gal ever since my very first presentation for work back at my college when she approached me and asked about interning for my company. Talk about boosting my confidence (and yes she did come intern for us the following school year…which is when I first started hearing about this special guy! :)). Anyways, she had some awesome ideas of what she wanted her photographs to feel like, and she and N both just have this amazingly sophisticated vintage style, and are just so COOL! It was one of the most enjoyable sessions I’ve ever had.

Thanks so much you two, for letting me shoot you this afternoon 🙂

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P + K | Minneapolis engagement photographer

3 Sep

My morning started out great with a beautiful couple and beautiful weather! I was very blessed to finally connect face-to-face with one of my June 2013 couples, and they were such a joy to work with! K is absolutely stunning and this couple is so sweet together. I can’t wait to see them tie the knot next year!

Thanks for spending the morning with me you two!

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C + C | Minneapolis engagement photographer

1 Aug

C2 and I had a great night to get out and shoot their engagement session! We could not have asked for better weather, and I was pretty pumped by the colors they picked out for as they worked well with our backgrounds.

Can’t wait to see these two tie the knot in December!!

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D + S | Minneapolis engagement photographer

30 Jul

D & S were a blast to work with! They made having their photos taken look simple and seemed completely at ease in front of the camera. We had a gorgeous evening for this session, and I can’t wait for their wedding next year!

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J + H | Minneapolis engagement photographer

22 Jul

Tonight I had the privilege of shooting one of my oldest friends and the love of his life. H and J are clearly perfect for each other, often giggling and needing little to no direction at all during our session. I can’t wait to see these two tie the knot in October!

Thanks to you both for letting me spend a fun evening with you!

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