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Mar 12, 2015 20:18 |  #1

Took a day trip out to Taylor's Falls to do an engagement session. My had expressed that they wanted snow in their photos and for it to be outdoors but MN has had kind of a crappy winter for snow. On top of that, the weather had started to warm up a lot. So this trip looked like it was going to be our last resort. It worked out perfectly. The day couldn't have been more beautiful, 55 degrees and sunny with lots of snow on the ground.

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Mar 14, 2015 02:16 |  #2

I think these look fantastic.

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Mar 14, 2015 03:15 |  #3

Good looking shots! I only have one issue with them. Every single picture you posted (checked your website too) you have your subjects framed dead center. Is there a reason you do this?


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Mar 14, 2015 10:48 |  #4

Jarvis Creative Studios wrote in post #17474340 (external link)
Good looking shots! I only have one issue with them. Every single picture you posted (checked your website too) you have your subjects framed dead center. Is there a reason you do this?

Thanks! For the center composition I did have a bunch of photos where they weren't so close to center but they just weren't included in my portfolio (that's just a sample of the images) but for the most part I do like images where the subjects are placed closer to center than pulling my attention too far off to the sides of the frame.

But on the topic of center framed subjects I'm someone who thinks it's just perfectly ok to have a majority of the images centered. Wes Anderson might agree with me here. Different strokes for different folks I guess but I do appreciate the criticism on the topic so I can find a better balance within the frame.



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Mar 14, 2015 11:42 |  #5

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Thanks! For the center composition I did have a bunch of photos where they weren't so close to center but they just weren't included in my portfolio (that's just a sample of the images) but for the most part I do like images where the subjects are placed closer to center than pulling my attention too far off to the sides of the frame.

But on the topic of center framed subjects I'm someone who thinks it's just perfectly ok to have a majority of the images centered. Wes Anderson might agree with me here. Different strokes for different folks I guess but I do appreciate the criticism on the topic so I can find a better balance within the frame.

I'm a huge fan of changing it up. If you know the rules don't be scared to break them if the time is right. I wasn't necessarily criticizing your photos, just simply asking what goes through your head during composition. Not always how I would do it, but that's why our industry is moving forward. Many different creative professionals with different creative visions.


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Mar 14, 2015 18:39 |  #6

Nice work. Really liking that location!


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Mar 14, 2015 22:15 |  #7

Jarvis Creative Studios wrote in post #17474340 (external link)
Good looking shots! I only have one issue with them. Every single picture you posted (checked your website too) you have your subjects framed dead center. Is there a reason you do this?

I had the same question. Otherwise these are stellar.


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Mar 15, 2015 00:05 |  #8

shot number 1 is absolutely stellar.

3 and 4 have some blown out hightlights that quickly grab my attention.. Really nice set though.




  
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Apr 01, 2015 19:56 |  #9

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Apr 02, 2015 14:41 |  #10

what a gorgeous setting, and beautiful light... I love winter sessions =) I agree about the blown highlights (plus a bit of zeal on the skin smoothing), but besides that, you really did a nice job on these.


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Apr 03, 2015 12:22 |  #11

awesome shoot, loved the pics


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Sep 30, 2015 18:05 |  #12

bluefire7 wrote in post #17502236 (external link)
what a gorgeous setting, and beautiful light... I love winter sessions =) I agree about the blown highlights (plus a bit of zeal on the skin smoothing), but besides that, you really did a nice job on these.


Actually zero skin smoothing/retouching was done. All of the edits consisted of pretty much all global adjustments. I don't mind blown highlights if it's outside of my control and doesn't drastically take away from the subject. Shooting mid day with white snow everywhere makes it hard to control the highlights AND keep faces exposed but I get what you're saying/



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Sep 30, 2015 20:47 |  #13

Great set!

I would have liked #3 more if they were looking out into the vast wilderness that lay ahead of them.

But still great shots!




  
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Dec 23, 2015 00:55 |  #14

beautiful!Thanks for sharing!


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Dec 23, 2015 08:02 |  #15

Beautiful stuff... 'love #3 up on the rocks with the river valley below. 'Great light.




  
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