Photographer’s Tricks – {Columbus Ohio Photographer}

I am going to show you one of the tricks photographers use to get the most unbelievable shots.  It’s photoshop magic!  Many of todays most popular portrait poses look almost too good to be true!  Most of the time they are!!  I am going to show you step by step how to get amazing portraits with photoshop.  This is the final image.

I don’t have images of the first few steps in this process, but I will tell you that my assistant went into the woods and drug this LIMB into the studio!  We cleaned it up and let it dry for a few days.  In the meantime we went to Hobby Lobby and picked out some silk flower bunches that we liked. When we got back to the studio, Brandi (my creative studio manager) proceeded to patiently plucked off the silk flowers and glue gunned them to this branch hanging out in our camera room!  After that we were ready to shoot!!

So now for the fun stuff!  We started by taking a photo of the limb – camera on tripod to keep the same distance and height, etc.  The image below is what we used as the base image.

Next we moved in a giant bean bag and the baby!  you can see what we got in the next photograph.  Again, camera in same location, same lighting, same white balance, etc.

WOW!  Lots of stuff to clone!!  NO NO, its much easier than that!  In the next photo you will see how I used the lasso tool to circle the baby and a bit of the surrounding area. Then switch to the selection too and drag the part you have circled with the lasso onto the base image. as in the following photo.

As you can see the baby is too large for the background image. Simply hit the shortcut “ctl/cmd T” on your keyboard and resize the layer to fit nicely into your background photo. Then just use your erase tool on soft edges to take away the excess around the baby until it all blends nicely.  Flatten your image and VOILA!  Baby hanging in a tree!!  I save my limb/background image in case I want to use again- I won’t have to repeat that step.  Feel free to email me if you have any questions!  Happy Photoshop-ing!

Spring Children’s Portrait Special! – Columbus Ohio Photographer

Time to think about your kids Easter Portraits. Spring is almost here! I LOVE spring. it’s my favorite season! Birds chirping, daffodils, tulips, Easter, Easter dresses, kids playing outside…to name a few of my favs. So to celebrate my favorite season, I am having a Children’s Spring Portrait Special! I am doing 20 minute mini sessions with children only on April 4th-8th. Your session will include an (1) 8×10 or (2) 5×7’s and 8 wallets (of your chosen image). All for $65 (save $82) plus get 20% off any additional prints! So bring the kids in their Easter outfits or just something bright and colorful and let’s CELEBRATE SPRING!

Session times for these specials always book up fast, so call and reserve your time! 614-332-7915.

Newborn Baby Portraits – FREE Session – Columbus, Ohio Photographer

FREE PORTRAIT SESSION!  If you bring your newborn into Spirit Photographers Studio within the first 10 days of your baby’s birth, you will receive a FREE session!  During the first 2 weeks of life is the BEST time to get those sleepy, bundles.  After this time, babies tend to S T R E T C H out and don’t stay in the fetal position as easily.  Moms, I know you are tired and don’t have the energy to come to a portrait session,but I assure you that you will cherish these images for a lifetime! We will do all the work and you can just sit nearby and relax! We’ve got this! This is the time to remember, time goes sooo fast! (believe me, mine’s almost 11!) and you will forget just how tiny, wrinkly and precious they were at this newborn stage. PS to grandmas, aunts, sisters and friends, we also have Gift Certificates that make GREAT shower gifts!  Visit my Columbus Ohio Photographer main site.

I must not market myself very well….Go figure!!! – Columbus Ohio Photography Studio

Quick story about how well I DON’T promote myself. I was standing at a sports training sessions and chatting with a friend of my son’s grandmother, whom I have known for almost 3 years now. We talk regularly at similar sporting events, birthday parties, etc. Anyhow, she proceeds to tell me how she took her 8 month old granddaughter to get her pictures taken and she wouldn’t smile – not even once! She then said she was taking her BACK to the same place the next morning for a retake or she wasn’t going to buy any. Of course I then asked her (kind of indignantly)’ “well, where did you take her?” Her response was Flash Photography! She looked at me surprised and said why? (Well, again, I OBVIOUSLY do a poor job of promoting myself and my work.) I then ran to my car and grabbed my laptop and proceed to show her my work, told her where my studio was and we arranged to have the granddaughter’s portraits taken the next morning. To my relief…the little girl smiled like CRAZY! We even got a few of her 2 year old brother. It was LOTS of fun, I really enjoyed this session – and learned a valuable lesson in the meantime! Here are some previews! (I even love the pouting one!) Spirit Photographers Main Site