I quite like 2! The fisheye distortion really adds to the photo and makes it better than it would have been without it. That's pretty cool!
As for skin tones, I too find 3 on the hot side, but that is personal preference. I prefer natural skin tones but that's not to say that someone who doesn't is doing it incorrectly. The skin tones are actually nice in the rest, except 6 where it's just an artifact of the flare which was done purposefully, rather than brute overexposure.
Also, aside from 3, I see enough detail in the dress to appreciate the design and beauty of it. Yes there are blown highlights in the dress but I really don't find that it's blow to a degree that prevents me from appreciating it.
Thank you, Lloyd! I rented the FE for a wedding before this shoot & I really liked the effect it gave to some of the shots. This is actually the photo she chose for her portrait, only cropped to a 14x11.
I also usually prefer more of a natural skin tone and less brightness. But I kept seeing this look in different wedding photo sources & thought I'd try it if the bride liked it, and she did. I like it as an alternative from time to time, if the subject lends towards the process, which I felt this girl did. I should add that this is just a sample of the session, obviously, and there are other photos where the details of the dress are very apparent, but the bride still chose one of these I've posted as her favorite.
Lloyd, when you mention the artifact in #6, do you mean that purplish cast on her arm? I can't view the shots here at my other job, but I remember being aggravated that I couldn't get rid of that & wondered what it was.
The photos all look washed out. I'm a little vague on doing this for "style" What style would that be? Most people that pay for a photographer's work are not interested in a "style" that does not flatter the subject of the photo.
Ok. Again, there's no style or process that is going to appeal to everyone, and apparently this one doesn't to you. That's cool. This bride & her mom thought she was beautiful in the images and so do I.
I really like the posses but they do look over exposed.
Thanks, James, appreciate your comment.
Nice shots Michelle. I also like the blown out look to add to the creavity of things. Ive seen enough of your work to know thats where you were going with this. I know you have proper exposure down cold. I like the artistic look to this and as you indicated, its all personal preference. When your client raves about it, Thats all that matters. Nice work and way to get creative
Well, thank you, this is a very generous comment & I have to say, undeserved! I wish I had exposure down cold but I still struggle sometimes; however, I can say my husband & I have come a long way from where we started. Anyhoo, thanks for your morale boost! I enjoy trying new things & breaking out of my comfort zone from time to time.
You say that the bride loved them. Which image or images did she select to have enlarged?
They are "artistic" photos and I congratulate you on your vision, but I didn't see any shots that shows off the bride and her dress very well. #4 comes the closest but like you said, you cropped off her train.
As stated in my response to Lloyd above, she chose the FE shot cropped. Yes, I am trying with each bridal session to pay more attention to getting a few good shots of the full dress-- I do tend to get more caught up in facial expressions, creative angles, etc, that's a weakness I recognize. We did get some full length shots without the cut off train but again, this bride preferred the "artistic" FE shot. Please keep after me when you see me reverting to my old habits & enocurage me to do better!