It’s that time of year again. Graduation is around the corner and grads are scrambling for last-minute photos.
Typically I catch two or three requests for designing announcement postcards every year [Shameless plug: contact me if you need some snazzy grad announcements made!] but this year I captured some photos as well. I don’t really charge for the photo side of things—yet—I still feel like I’m in a very amateur phase but these shoots are good practice! I think it’s a win—win for everyone. (Out of today’s shoot I scored free breakfast and a Starbucks giftcard—thanks, Ciara!).
My long-time friend Ciara happened to be visiting from out of town this weekend and she asked if we could fit in a photo shoot while she was here. Of course I said yes! Shoots with friends are fun. But then I came down with a terrible head cold. The misery let up for the photoshoot Saturday morning (because I pumped myself full of coffee), and we had a good time in a spring shower, dashing from tree to tree to stay dry. You can see the result of the rain in some of the photographs—there is evidence of raindrops stuck to my lens. Artsy, right?
I just finished editing the photos and I’ve discovered something—Lightroom Presets! I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long to investigate this feature but I think it’s my new best friend. Right now I do a lot of editing post-shoot. My end goal is to have to do minimal work once the shoot is over but until I have a lot more practice under my belt, I think Lightroom and I are going to need to get better acquainted. Anyway, these presets are awesome! Even though I heavily modified the presets, I’m sure this is a point of contention for “real” photographers. I’m sure I’m bringing down the profession by my insistence on using these “instagram” filters on my photographs. But I don’t care. I’m tired of hearing that there is a right or a wrong way to do art. My favorite thing about being out of school and working on my own projects is that I don’t have to justify my decisions to anyone but to myself. I can let the work speak to me and be done. It’s a much more satisfying way to do things.
This doesn’t mean I don’t value critique. And it doesn’t mean that I think technique is any less important. And it doesn’t mean that I don’t think about the client when I’m creating something. It just means that I enjoyed using presets to quickly edit this shoot because my head is splitting and I need a nap. Head colds in spring should be outlawed.
These are some of my favorites from the shoot in all their over-edited glory. I’m looking forward to exploring presets and their uses a little more.