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What You See Vs. What I See

Back before I started my own business I was in corporate America like many others. I had a marketing degree, but I wanted something more. Something more creative and fun. How I would love to wake up every day and get paid to have fun! Who wouldn't want that??? Ok, not every day is all glitter and rainbows, but I would say my line of work is a close second. Let me explain why.

Every day that I have the opportunity to photograph someone or be a part in the evolution of a digital negative file and turn it into the vision I see in my head - well that to me is fun! I never dreamed of actually being a photographer. I honestly wanted to be a graphic designer. However, when I went to get my certificate that nicely complimented that marketing degree I realized the world of photography. My first class was an introduction to photography and the rest is now history! 

The creative process for me starts even before I turn on my camera. I plan out the session, location or set itself. I consider colors, themes, lighting and the end result I am trying to obtain. All of these elements are ways for me to control or let loose in my creativity. However, that isn't were the creativity stops!

After a session I get to take the digital negative files and begin the post editing process. How do I do that? I use Photoshop to help me mold what you might see versus what I see when I am taking a photo. Many people think that Photoshop can fix anything or solve any problem you may have. Sadly that isn't always the case. Not everything can be "fixed" or "altered". Sometimes it is a lack of information on the digital file. Sometimes it is simply a bad photo. Sometimes the changes requested are simply not realistic and may even cross ethical boundaries. Photoshop is a great tool, but one that as a photographer we have to use carefully and with a lot of thought and skill.

Let me share with you a quick story. Last weekend I took photos for my extended family. After the session I was browsing through the images on the back of my camera to confirm with my brother-in-law we got them all. We came to one set and he asked me if these would be good enough because he was concerned as to how they looked. I assured him these were not edited yet and all I was looking for was the right foundation for me to get to work with. This small conversation is exactly why it is worth hiring a professional. My job doesn't stop when I hit the shutter-release button. Let me show you some of the examples I have in my portfolio of the post processing work I have completed!

Newborn Photoshop Before & After. Yes, that is my foot in the original!

Newborn Photoshop Before & After. Yes, that is my foot in the original!

From Suburbia to the open road!

From Suburbia to the open road!

What You See Vs. What I See

What You See Vs. What I See

Color changes to accentuate and "pop" this image

Color changes to accentuate and "pop" this image

Light skin touch up and smoothing, brightening teeth and eyes and clean edits to brighten the image. All done to compliment the subject without taking away her natural beauty!

Light skin touch up and smoothing, brightening teeth and eyes and clean edits to brighten the image. All done to compliment the subject without taking away her natural beauty!

I will admit I LOVE post processing. I love the challenge. I love the frustration. I love the rewards of my hard work. I love seeing the before and afters, just as much as you do. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed creating the end result!

 

Black Friday To Cyber Monday

Next week when all of those brave souls enter the retail market to shop for some of the lowest prices of the year, you can stay in your pajamas to shop with us! Remember When Portraits wants to give you a better, more memorable experience by allowing you to shop with us without the lines or need to leave your home. We also want you to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family. Therefore, the gift certificate sale will NOT be LIVE until the clock strikes midnight!

Here are the details on the gift certificate sale for next week:

Gift Certificate
 

Spend $100 receive a $150 gift card
Spend $175 receive a $350 gift card
Spend $250 receive a $500 gift card

All gift cards purchased will also come with a complimentary session (valued at $100) for the recipient so you are guaranteed that the value of the gift card goes directly towards the finished products of their choosing. What a great deal!

We will be offering gift certificates online for you to purchase right from our website. Here is a link to the web page where you can purchase them starting on Black Friday: 

www.rememberwhenportraits.com/gift-certificates

The sale will run through Cyber Monday. This is a ONCE A YEAR sale! After Cyber Monday gift certificates will be available for purchase at face value without anything else attached.

Sugar and Spice in the Fall

Don't you just love the season of fall??? It is by far one of my favorite times a year. The scenery changes giving us beautiful colors, the temperature gets a little cooler and we begin to bring out those long sleeves and sweaters. We also get some of the most gorgeous sunsets that Mother Nature can provide in those golden hours that are dwindling down before winter. 

Cincinnati Family Photographer

Earlier this month I was honored to photograph the Wilson family from Louisville, KY. They made the drive leaving as the sun came up just to have me photograph their beautiful, little family. I was forewarned Miss Lor was more spice than sugar and just to get any photos of her even looking at the camera would be considered a win. I knew the cards might be stacked against me, but I am also not your typical, everyday photographer. You see what many people may not realize is I am a mother of 3 with two of my kiddos have different disabilities. I also have over 7 years of experience working with children on a day to day basis. There isn't much a small child can throw at me that I haven't already figured out! Needless to say when I was given the challenge, I confidently accepted it!

Cincinnati Kid Photographer

Mis Lor was not exactly "in the mood" to talk with me at first just like most kids. I was a stranger and was holding something she didn't recognize. I broke the ice with her by playing peek-a-boo around the camera which got her to play along with me. She finally gelled with me within 10 minutes when I showed her how my camera worked and explained about my cool frog that hides in the lens. Then we went frog hunting near the pond and found some live ones! I had her hooked!

Cincinnati Family Photographer 1

For the rest of the session we played games of hide and seek. She swung and did tickle wars with her mom and dad, made faces, threw her head back and covered her eyes in moments that could not be timed any more perfectly. She was simply her perfect little self which is all anyone could ever ask for!

Cincinnati Family Photographer 2

Her mom had this to share on our Facebook page: "Thank you April Sova for these amazing photographs. We traveled To Cincinnati for them and it was a worth every mile with a grumpy toddler. Thanks Remember When Portraits LLC!" For the record, Miss Lor wasn't grumpy at all. She was merely living up to all the sugar and spice that she has been given in her little life. I loved working with her and her family to capture the photographs they were wanting. Remember, it isn't always about capturing what you think will be the perfect photo, but instead capturing the moment perfectly!

Cincinnati Children Photographer 2

Here is a quick video ad we made out of their session. I hope you enjoy it!