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Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2012 with Jennifer Eileen

November 20th, 2012

  If there is an expired gallery that you would like to order pictures from then shoot Jen an e-mail and let her know. She’ll get that gallery online as quick as a flash… or close to. Feel free to spread the good news of the first ever Holiday Sale going on at JenniferEileen.com! Order […]

 

 

If there is an expired gallery that you would like to order pictures from then shoot Jen an e-mail and let her know. She’ll get that gallery online as quick as a flash… or close to.

Feel free to spread the good news of the first ever Holiday Sale going on at JenniferEileen.com!

Order pictures at JenniferEileen.com

e-mail | Jen {at} JenniferEileen {dot} com
or call | 559.696.0062

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2011 Weddings | Portfolio Update for Jennifer Eileen

August 9th, 2012

Last year was INSANE!  I had no idea how much work shooting 21 weddings could be on myself.  I took on the challenge, allowed some areas of my life to slip while building up other areas.  First and foremost I wanted to take care of my clients to make sure they received what they desired. […]

 

Last year was INSANE!  I had no idea how much work shooting 21 weddings could be on myself.  I took on the challenge, allowed some areas of my life to slip while building up other areas.  First and foremost I wanted to take care of my clients to make sure they received what they desired.  So, now, months later, I have finally finished updating my website with all of the 2011 weddings I photographed!

This year I set major boundaries for myself by scaling back the number of weddings I shoot.  So now I’ll begin building up the 2012 Portfolio and hopefully have all of those wrapped up come New Years 2013!  I gotta set goals somewhere.

Also, stay tuned, because of the growth of business I am going to be putting together a list of Assistants and 2nd Shooters with the possibility of hiring on a part time Assistant to work in the office!  I’ll be posting very soon about that. 🙂

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Stuff I Love | Chocolate Covered Gummy Bears

February 27th, 2012

I can’t really explain it, the love I have for this little thing.  Maybe you can see the results of this love on my hips and I guess that’s what matters.  (What am I saying?!)  I love, love, love chocolate covered gummy bears.  Rarely can I find these delicious morsels of chocolate covered gummy goodness […]

 

I can’t really explain it, the love I have for this little thing.  Maybe you can see the results of this love on my hips and I guess that’s what matters.  (What am I saying?!)  I love, love, love chocolate covered gummy bears.  Rarely can I find these delicious morsels of chocolate covered gummy goodness so when I’m desperate for the sweet, chewy, beary goodness I combine the cheapest gummy bears from Walgreens or the like with chocolate chips and I’m satisfied.

Funny story, my brides learn about my love for chocolate covered gummy bears and I had one bride send me a gift in the mail.  I opened tattered box that had stickers plastered all over it saying the post office was not responsible for the box opening and getting all damaged.  Inside of this messed up boxI found two CD’s of classical music.  Totally confused about why she would send me this music I e-mailed, like anyone would do, and thanked her for her confusing gift.  For whatever reason I thought she wanted me to pass the Cd’s on to her DJ (she was a destination bride planning her wedding from hours away).  Quickly I received a response from my baffled bride wondering where the chocolate covered gummy bears were!  D’oh!  She sent the most delicious treat in the world and the dumb ol’ Post Office switched my candy out for some lame CD’s.  I laughed so hard (yet still felt the sting of sadness) and I chuckle to myself every time I think of that moment and those e-mails back and forth with my bride.

It’s just something quirky that you may not have known about me.  I LOVE CHOCOLATE COVERED GUMMY BEARS!!!

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Stuff I Love | Instagram

February 23rd, 2012

I can’t explain it. This is just something I love. Being able to share the beauty I’m seeing, the moments I’m experiencing, and documenting the pieces of my life that make up my average and un-ordinary days. I absolutely love Instagram. In fact, I love it more than Facebook. Instagram is the thing I check […]

 

I can’t explain it. This is just something I love. Being able to share the beauty I’m seeing, the moments I’m experiencing, and documenting the pieces of my life that make up my average and un-ordinary days.


I absolutely love Instagram. In fact, I love it more than Facebook. Instagram is the thing I check in the morning. Seeing the moments my friends share bring me joy. Countless time I laugh when I see a certain image paired with its caption. And, on the other hand, there have been some tender, knot in my throat, tear in my eye moments that have been shared over Instagram. It’s an absolutely wonderful little app to me.


Come to think of it, through Instagram I asked my dear friends (who live in far off lands) to be my bridesmaids. It’s simply wonderful. Oh, and those girls accepted… more on the wedding stuff soon… I promise! 🙂


Instagram is fun, it’s great, it’s everything I hoped it would be.  If you want to see life through my eyes feel free to follow me on Instagram, JenEileen. Let me know you’re there; let’s connect!
If you don’t have Instagram and still want to check out my iPhone pics you can do that here or follow my RSS feed!

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He proposed and I said yes! A story as I see it.

December 31st, 2011

Some of you know I got engaged, others don’t. I thought that it’s time to finally share the story of how it happened! I know that 2012 is going to hold a ton of changes for me… I’m getting married!!!!! I’m excited to see what the Lord has in store and I really look forward […]

 

Some of you know I got engaged, others don’t. I thought that it’s time to finally share the story of how it happened! I know that 2012 is going to hold a ton of changes for me… I’m getting married!!!!! I’m excited to see what the Lord has in store and I really look forward to hearing more of your stories about how you got engaged. Every story is so different and pretty fun. May 2012 be filled with wonder! Happy New Years everyone!




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Jennifer Eileen’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday picture sale

November 21st, 2011

  If there is an expired gallery that you would like to order pictures from then shoot Jen an e-mail and let her know. She’ll get that gallery online as quick as a flash… or close to. Feel free to spread the good news of the first ever Holiday Sale going on at JenniferEileen.com! Order […]

 

 

If there is an expired gallery that you would like to order pictures from then shoot Jen an e-mail and let her know. She’ll get that gallery online as quick as a flash… or close to.

Feel free to spread the good news of the first ever Holiday Sale going on at JenniferEileen.com!

Order pictures at JenniferEileen.com

e-mail | Jen {at} JenniferEileen {dot} com
or call | 559.696.0062

 

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Products I Love | Hipstamatic

September 6th, 2011

Recently I purchased a new iPhone (you saw the short video about that right?). I am so thankful I made this jump. Now I don’t have to carry around my silly iPod and find wireless internet to retrieve clients phone numbers from my online management account. Life just got a little easier with it (and […]

 

Recently I purchased a new iPhone (you saw the short video about that right?). I am so thankful I made this jump. Now I don’t have to carry around my silly iPod and find wireless internet to retrieve clients phone numbers from my online management account. Life just got a little easier with it (and I’m an Apple junkie but so what!).

Anyhow, one of my favorite things about my phone is the camera. I’ve never been one to lug around my giant camera to take pictures while out hiking but now I can have my nifty little thing in my back pocket to document this and that.

One of my favorite cameras I use (cause you know, you can download different camera apps and not be limited to the one that automatically comes on your phone) is Hipstamatic. I paid $2 bucks for it and I’m lovin’ it. I can change lenses, film, and flashes to get the look I desire. (In all actuality, I just shake the phone which causes everything to switch to a random lens, film, and flash… it’s pretty sweet.) I think it’s quite fun and I just had to share about it.

So that’s that. Here’s the website so you can learn more about them and I attached a few images from my Labor Day Weekend in the mountains at Hume Lake.

Enjoy!

If you use Hipstamatic, I would love to see some images you’ve created!  Or, if anyone knows of a gem of an iPhone camera do share.


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Website | What I’ve been up to lately

August 11th, 2011

This year is amazing. I have been floored with how God has allowed my business to grow. I’ve been working this morning on adding more of my recent shoots to my website. I have three new galleries yet I still need to get six more on there! Can you say overwhelmed? I can. I say […]

 

This year is amazing. I have been floored with how God has allowed my business to grow. I’ve been working this morning on adding more of my recent shoots to my website. I have three new galleries yet I still need to get six more on there! Can you say overwhelmed? I can. I say it all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m much happier being overwhelmed then being underwhelmed. 🙂 Anyhow, here’s some links to some new galleries of loveliness.  (Click on the image to head on over to their gallery.)

Now it’s time for lunch…

Enjoy!



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And the winner of the Ties.com giveaway is…

June 10th, 2011

Dare I say it? Okay, okay, drum roll please… and the winner is (if you hadn’t already seen it on Facebook)… SHANNON! Yeah you did. You won a tie. Pick one of the five ties that were posted online and let me know your selection! Congratulations my friend. I’ll have you know that I used […]

 

Dare I say it? Okay, okay, drum roll please… and the winner is (if you hadn’t already seen it on Facebook)… SHANNON! Yeah you did. You won a tie. Pick one of the five ties that were posted online and let me know your selection! Congratulations my friend.

I’ll have you know that I used this super cool website to generate a random winner. Actually, I didn’t want to be the one to select anything, even to press the button because I didn’t want it to be biased. So I had a friend do the deed for me and I’m very pleased to see Shannon’s name appear. If you need to randomly pick something, check out Andrew Hedges Name Generator. Maybe if you’re choosing a baby name and can’t decide this can work for you. Or if you have to choose the color of paint for your kitchen.

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All Tied Up Contest | Ties {dot} com & Jennifer Eileen Photography

June 7th, 2011

Today is the final day to enter!  I’m going to make it even easier for you all… there’s only one thing you must do.  Leave a comment and tell me which tie you want if you win! Are you ready for a little contest?! It’s about time right? I fully agree! Well here we go… […]

 

Today is the final day to enter!  I’m going to make it even easier for you all… there’s only one thing you must do.  Leave a comment and tell me which tie you want if you win!

Are you ready for a little contest?! It’s about time right? I fully agree! Well here we go…

Ties.com is teaming up with little ol’ me, Jennifer Eileen, to giveaway one of five beautiful ties. If you win let me know which one of these beauties you’d like to have and Ties.com will send it your way!

Ready to know how to win? Well, it’s simple really.

#1 First things first, go to Jennifer Eileen Photography’s Facebook page and click “like”
#2 Copy and paste this little saying to your fb page… “I’m in it to win it from Jennifer Eileen Photography & Ties.com! Check out the contest at http://jennifereileen.com/blog/tie_giveaway.
#3 Finally, let me know you entered right here on my blog by leaving me a comment.

And, if you get a chance, check out Ties.com on Facebook and “like” them to get new updates on awesome ties!

The contest starts now and will end this Friday June 10th at noon! A winner will be randomly selected, announced, and notified Friday evening.

Alright… ready, set, GO!

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Dear 16 Year Old Me | a powerful message about skin cancer

May 31st, 2011

I come from a family of farmers, of people who like to be outside working in the sun. I had a mole removed on my stomach when I was sixteen because it looked suspicious… thankfully, it wasn’t anything serious, yet. I think of my friends and my family with fair skin, cute moles and freckles, […]

 

I come from a family of farmers, of people who like to be outside working in the sun. I had a mole removed on my stomach when I was sixteen because it looked suspicious… thankfully, it wasn’t anything serious, yet. I think of my friends and my family with fair skin, cute moles and freckles, and there are times when I fear what those cute little bumps can do to them. Be aware, be cautious, and spread the word. Skin cancer is dangerous. Watch this video… but grab a tissue first, just in case.

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A little R&R | San Diego, CA

May 12th, 2011

I have to head to San Diego for a delivery.  Who knew I would ever be driving so far just to drop something off?  Not me.  But, since I am going to SD I think I’ll take my boyfriend, go to a Cocktail Party hosted by Get Married Magazine, ride some rides at Disneyland, go […]

 

I have to head to San Diego for a delivery.  Who knew I would ever be driving so far just to drop something off?  Not me.  But, since I am going to SD I think I’ll take my boyfriend, go to a Cocktail Party hosted by Get Married Magazine, ride some rides at Disneyland, go to the beach, visit some old friends, and do a little site seeing.

First things first though, I have to pack.  I have 30 minutes until I need to leave!

Curtis & Renee, I’m on my way with your package!

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Evolution of an Image | Photoshop Tutorial | Rebuilding a Door

March 10th, 2011

First and foremost, I realize now that I misspelled graffiti in this tutorial so please forgive me for that. Second, there are MANY ways of going about rebuilding something in photoshop. I thought I’d share one way to go about it and I did try to explain it the best that I could for all […]

 

First and foremost, I realize now that I misspelled graffiti in this tutorial so please forgive me for that. Second, there are MANY ways of going about rebuilding something in photoshop. I thought I’d share one way to go about it and I did try to explain it the best that I could for all to understand. Either way, this may or may not be useful but I hope you enjoy it (and maybe learn one thing).

I’d love to hear about things that you guys want to learn that I might be able to teach you through this blog. Leave a comment and let me know if there is a trick or a tool you want to know more about and I’ll see if I can help!

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Stacks of plates and things | Reedley, CA

March 3rd, 2011

I like lines and texture. I like baking and cooking (but I’m much better at baking then cooking… my family can attest to that). So, I guess it can go without saying that I like these three images. What types of things do you like?

 

I like lines and texture. I like baking and cooking (but I’m much better at baking then cooking… my family can attest to that). So, I guess it can go without saying that I like these three images.

What types of things do you like?

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Wine Glasses | Reedley, CA

February 28th, 2011

I love glass.  I really can’t explain why but there is something so beautiful about it.  I love the way it’s shaped, the textures, the reflective surface, the way light bends in it, the reflections, the distortion that it creates when looking through it.  I just think it’s so wonderful.  So, with that, here’s three […]

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I love glass.  I really can’t explain why but there is something so beautiful about it.  I love the way it’s shaped, the textures, the reflective surface, the way light bends in it, the reflections, the distortion that it creates when looking through it.  I just think it’s so wonderful.  So, with that, here’s three images of glass that I shot recently for a restaurant in Tulare.

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Vintage Toys | Still Life Photography

November 26th, 2010

I love still life and product shots… I also love family history.  Although my sister is the one to sit down and document stories from my grandparents I’m the one who looks at something old, used, and dirty and sees beauty in the history. I love this car.  Not only did my mom and uncle […]

 

I love still life and product shots… I also love family history.  Although my sister is the one to sit down and document stories from my grandparents I’m the one who looks at something old, used, and dirty and sees beauty in the history.

I love this car.  Not only did my mom and uncle play with it as children but their children got to enjoy scooting this little thing around at a young age.  My sister, two cousins, and I all know exactly where to find this gem.  It’s hidden away in an old laundry basket amongst all of the other old toys at my grandparents home.  I love that throughout my whole life this toy has had the exact same home, been stored in the exact same place, and has scooted across the carpet floor for miles (I imagine) in it’s little lifetime.

Sometimes I truly love that there are things that never change.  I love this car and what it represents;  My family.  My history.  A good, long life.

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Broken | MTH2010 | San Francisco

November 10th, 2010

Yesterday… yesterday I broke.  All my fears, my inadequacies (that I convince myself of), my loneliness, my hurt, and my heart were laid bare in front of a room of strangers.  I cried, tears flowed down my cheeks on and off throughout the day.  I fought a headache (which was brought about by crying of […]

 

Yesterday… yesterday I broke.  All my fears, my inadequacies (that I convince myself of), my loneliness, my hurt, and my heart were laid bare in front of a room of strangers.  I cried, tears flowed down my cheeks on and off throughout the day.  I fought a headache (which was brought about by crying of course), I forced myself to be real and open, and still, I want another chance.  I want to continue to dig deeper.  That vulnerability, no matter how scary, is kinda powerful and huge.

At the end of the day Lara (one of the most amazing examples of a God fearing, God loving, powerful, humble woman) asked me to write down a word that described how I was feeling right at that moment.  Broken.  Broken flashed in my mind and I kept trying to push it aside and figure out a better word, one that might fit in with all the other words a little bit better.  Still it flashed in my mind… Broken.  Broken.  Broken.  And I knew, I had to be honest, I had to be real, to lay myself out there and admit, I’m broken.  When I was writing that word hugely across my Making Things Happen folder something else came to mind.  A song.  Lyrics.  “I’m pressed but not crushed.  Persecuted but not abandoned.  Struck down but not destroyed.  I’m blessed beyond the curse for His promise will endure and His joy is going to be my strength.”

It was then I realized.  Brokenness doesn’t define me.  It’s just a place I’m at.  It’s when you’re fully broken, that’s when the Lord can rebuild you into the person He wants you to be.  Wait, let me say this again.  It’s when I’M fully broken, that’s when the Lord can rebuild ME into the person He wants ME to be.  He makes things whole.  He makes ME whole.  He gave me talents, desires, gifts and I am excited to use what He’s given me to bring Him glory.  I know the things I love and I am excited to pursue them!  I am excited to see what growth comes from yesterday.

The past is the past, today is a new beginning.  Today I choose to live my life making baby steps.  I am deciding to live that dreamy, rich day that I desire.  Today is a new beginning.  And I am excited, rejuvenated, ready.

Thank you Lara, Emily, & Gina.  You women are an inspiration, a true blessing.  Ladies from Making Things Happen San Fran, your words, your voices, remain within me.  I am so thankful to have lived a day with you all in one small room.  I am excited to see what’s to come.  Girls, go out and do it!  Life’s to short not to be your best, to do your best, and to enjoy the journey!

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Evolution of an Image | Lightroom 3 Edition

November 1st, 2010

Did you hear that my sister and I are now designing and creating our own Albums and Boxes? If not, we are. And the results have been beautiful! We have a huge sample album in the works and I imagine it’ll be done and photographed by this weekend (at least that’s my goal). For the […]

 

Did you hear that my sister and I are now designing and creating our own Albums and Boxes? If not, we are. And the results have been beautiful! We have a huge sample album in the works and I imagine it’ll be done and photographed by this weekend (at least that’s my goal).

For the second post in Evolution of an Image I decided to use one of the images from the most recent engagement album that we made for Kim & Odessa.  Angie made a gorgeous linen covered album with a box and she used some of the ribbon from their wedding!  Such a sweet, personal touch for this amazing couple.

Alright, now for the “Evolution” part of the post…  First off, let’s take a look at the RAW image and the proof image that was finished using Adobe Lightroom 3.  (A favorite tool of mine for my Post Production workflow.)

Now, I have 10 steps that I used to give me the finished result for my proofs that I wanted.  (Remember that my proof images are the ones that clients will see… they are not my finished images because no work has been done to them in photoshop.  So, to be honest, these are my “oooo, that looks good enough” images.)

1.  This is my raw image with my Basic Settings on the side

2.  First things first, I use my eyedrop tool (short key is ‘w’) to click on an area that I know is either white, black, or gray.  This make my settings go from a blue 3500 to a warm 4300.  (For those who are curious, I was shooting this on my chair in the living room next to a huge open window.)

3.  I adjusted my exposure.  Notice that my exposure went from 0.00 to 0.20.  The only part of my image that is slightly blown out is the top ledge of the albums box.

4.  So, because of this blown out area I went ahead and recovered some of the information.  (Recovery is at 12 now.)

5.  In my fifth step I went ahead and adjusted my Blacks.  I added more black into my image which automatically added a slight bit of contrast as well as brought the left side of my Histogram down to the edge of the left side.  I still have information in all of the dark areas of this image which I like.

6.  This is where I bumped up some contrast… but only a little since I already added some in step 5.  So I went from the automatic Contrast being +25 to +37.

7.  Now, looking at my image I see that there are some dark areas that I don’t want to be so heavy.  Moving back up to the Fill Light I bumped that up to +8 which brought some light into the darker areas of my image.

8.  Get this… from there I went back and added a hair more contrast to my image (mind you, this is all by personal taste so it’ll be different on every image).  Now my contrast is set at +41.

9.  Clarity is a funny little thing.  Too much of it can really ruin an image.  But a hint of it can be pretty cool.  I only went up to +8 which added a tiny bit of clarity (wondering what that means? I’m just making the image a little more clear, not necessarily sharpening it but in a way I’m sharpening it).  🙂  I also brought down my Vibrance a hair setting my slider at -7.  This took out a tiny bit, and I mean tiny, of the orangey-yellow in the image.

10.  Last adjustment made was in my Effects menu.  I added a slight vignette to the image.  Lately I haven’t been vignetting as much as I have in the past but there are certain pictures that it works for… especially if there are brighter areas on the outside of the image.  We all know that the brightest area of an image is where the eye travels to first.

So that’s that.  A small little take on the inside of my love relationship with Lightroom.  I hope this is informative and enjoyable to read!  Let me know if there are any specific things you’d like me to explain about any of my processes.  I will definitely consider my next “Evolution of an Image” to cover the information you’re wanting to know.

Blessings,

Jen

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Evolution of an Image | Post Production and Editing

September 26th, 2010

Curiosity killed the cat. I’m here to ask this one question: Did it? As humans, especially of the female variety, I’m convinced that we were designed to have an innate curiosity. I for sure am always wondering how things happened, how do things work, how do you feel, and how did they do that?! So […]

 

Curiosity killed the cat. I’m here to ask this one question: Did it? As humans, especially of the female variety, I’m convinced that we were designed to have an innate curiosity. I for sure am always wondering how things happened, how do things work, how do you feel, and how did they do that?! So I figure I’ll start sharing just a bit about the back end of Jennifer Eileen which you never really see.

Here is an example of an image I shot at the Lest Wedding a week ago. This is an image of the guys; the hilarious, witty guys.

The first image is straight out of camera, my RAW image. 100% unedited. If you look closely you can see my lovely hand at the top shielding the sun, you can see cars in the background on the far right which b/c of the border around the image  you can’t really see it (and it’s my sisters car to be exact… just thought you were curious), and you can see how overexposed it is. I tend to overexpose some, other photographers don’t. If I were shooting film I can guarantee I would NOT overexpose my film. I’d be a bit more exact like I was trained to be in school (Brooks Institute of Photography).

The second image is edited to be viewed as a proof online at my photocart website.  I edit everything in Lightroom.  I love me some Lightroom.  In this wonderful program I adjust the lens distortion, white balance (meaning if their skin looked green I’d make it look as normal as I possibly could), exposure (ie, I darken the brights), I try to save my highlights, I up the dark tones, I edit out large distractions (ie: my hand and the car) and bring the blacks to a place where it suits the image.  Some people tend to up the blacks for contrast but in actuality they do it so much that when it is printed it creates a big black blob of ink without detail in there.  I like to keep detail in my blacks.  I also adjust the contrast and brightness and sometimes I add a vignette (darkening of the edges) but for this image I didn’t… I didn’t like the feel of it.  Now, every image is different so I adjust according to the feel of an image.

The third image would be the image that the clients received if they ordered a print or a product.  Once the image is ordered I take the adjusted image from lightroom, export it as a photoshop file (it holds more information than if I exported it as a jpeg file), and then I do the final edits on it.  So for this image there are a few things that I edited.  First off do you see the groomsmen on the left?  In the first two images he’s looking off into space.  So for the final product I took his head off of another similar image where he was looking at me and I swapped out his head.  I fine tuned the skin tones for the guys as well.  Typically my proof images have a hint of red in them and I see it so it drives me nuts!  Anyways, the skin tones get corrected, I sometimes bump the contrast a bit more, sharpen the sucker, and then do some artistic finishes on the images.  For this specific wedding I know they love the vintage, warm feel… shoot, their whole wedding had that flare to it.  I specifically adjusted the tones to have that yellow warmth and slightly aged look.  After doing my own final touches, I then make sure my color profile is correct, my size and such is perfect, then I go ahead and order the products.  So far, I haven’t heard of any clients who have been disappointed (thank you God!).

Well, this concludes the first of my “Evolution of an Image” series.  I’m sure there will be many more to come and I’ll try to adjust the topics a bit.  But it’s kinda fun to see right?  Anyhow, if nothing else, I hope this was fun to read!