Denise is Graduating from Taylor Andrews

Denise and I go back since high school. She is seriously amazing with a pair of shears. She did the hair for my Snow White shoot and I plan on asking her to collaborate with me on a LOT of upcoming shoots.

Since she is graduating from Taylor Andrews this week, she wanted some photos to celebrate the event. She brought a lot of her gear and we had a bit too much fun with it all. Here’s a few quick ones.

Denise Barfuss, Taylor Andrews Hair, brushes, hair spray, combs, shears, photography, shea drake

 

 

Denise Barfuss, Taylor Andrews Hair, brushes, hair spray, combs, shears, photography, shea drake, Tooele Photographer, Salt Lake

 

Denise Barfuss, Taylor Andrews Hair, brushes, hair spray, combs, shears, photography, shea drake, Tooele photographer

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The Best Photos Speak Volumes

With film we savored each negative. We saved film for precious moments.

The wonderful (and sometimes terrible) thing about digital is that memory (cards, hard drives, etc) are so cheap that we can take pictures of everything and savor every silly, awesome, heartbreaking moment.

Sometimes, with all of the photos we’re inundated with, we forget to look at and savor each one.

Take this photo of my beautiful sister HayLee. I took it this week at Wheeler Farm in Murray, she’s 38 weeks pregnant with her second child.

The more I look at it the more I love it and think it’s my very favorite.

It’s so calm, there’s so much love there. A mother’s love. Not just a mother’s love, a wife’s love (hubby Heath came along too). All embodied in one photo.

HayLee is due any day now, but at this moment, mother and child are one, together and strengthening a bond that will last a lifetime.  Image

This. This is what makes me fall in love with photo again and again.

 

 

Take some time to go through your photos, recent or old. Sometimes we forget the treasures we have, those images that mean the most that we sometimes glaze over because there’s just so many memories now. Relive them. Love them. Share them! Share them with me if you’re brave enough, I love seeing what people love and why.

 

Favorites from Ally and Chase’s Wedding and Ally’s Bridals

Time to show off my favorites from Ally and Chase’s wedding as well as Ally’s bridals. Here we go!

 

This favorite is probably obvious:

 

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Love love love this one. That look of contentment, like they forgot the cameras were even there, and are just enjoying this moment together.  Quite possibly my very favorite!

 

The shot: My settings for this shot were ISO 200, 1/400 sec and f/3.2. I tend to shoot a little wide open as I love the blurred background. This was back in January, so the sky was slightly overcast, giving most of the photos more of a cooler tone. Sometimes I will warm up the white balance, but for this shot I embraced the cooler tone that was present that day. Which brings me to….

The Processing: Like everything else, I do most of my work in Lightroom. I worked with the Tone curve, adding a little more contrast, added a bit of a vignette, and kicked up the blacks (over 20, something I rarely do, but for this shot I knew it worked well). As stated before, I embraced the cooler tones for this shot, I actually pushed the blue/yellow white balance slider to around 3800-4000. You’ll also notice that there’s a yellow umbrella. The yellow in the RAW shot was just simply overpowering, even reflecting back onto their faces, so I lowered the Yellow Saturation and Luminance so that the umbrella didn’t upstage the gorgeous moment.

I also worked with this photo in Photoshop. I dodged and burned a little (to do this I open up a new layer, turn the blending mode to softlight, use the brush tool at 10% opacity and switch from black to white as needed. Black for darkening, white for lightening.) I burned in the area around their heads and lightened their faces just a bit. With dodging and burning like this, a little goes a looong way. I then added minor contrast changes with a levels layer and a curves layer. I sharpened by copying the background and made it a High Pass Layer set to 3.2, then set that layer to Softlight in Blending modes. I copied the background again and sharpened that layer with by using the Unsharp Mask tool, set to around 3.0 and 53% with the opacity set to 80%

 

Voila! Yeah, a I work a lot on that one.

 

Moving on….

 

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I love this one because it obviously shows off a bit of Ally’s personality. Ally is the life of the party, not afraid to act silly, even on the temple steps, and I absolutely adore that about her.

 

The Shot: Same settings as before: ISO 200, f/3.2, 1/400 sec. That’s the nice thing about overcast days, ultra consistent!

 

The Processing: Lightroom again, bumped up the tone curve for contrast. I warmed up the white balance as it was too cold and had a greenish hue before. I actually made a preset called “Daylight – Prettify” to adjust things that are too blue and green to have a bit more magenta and yellow.  Yellow/blue slider is at 5800, green/magenta is at +12. Bumped up the blacks to 12, and added some split toning, added some yellow to the highlights and some blue to the shadows to make a bit more artsy fun edit. I also cloned out someone else’s flash head in the lower left hand corner.

 

Now for her bridals!

 

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Love how this shot came together, the expression, the composition, the lighting… Love it!

 

The Shot: (Don’t have my data right with me for this shot) but I believe these were the specs: ISO 400, 1/50 sec, f/3.2. I had an sb-600 camera right to wrap a bit around her. Power was at 1/4.

 

The processing: This is one of my more fun edits as well. I bumped up the blacks, added some vignette, and added conrast using the tone curve. I desaturated all the way, then added a split tone, just slightly there is tiny tiny bit of yellow in the highlights. Then for the shadows I added a blue and turned the saturation on that one all the way up. This will not work for all photos, but the ones it does work for, it looks beautiful.

Jessica & Daniel Formals at Temple Square

Alrighty, here’s some more of the shots from Jessica and Daniel’s formal session at the Salt Lake Temple and Joseph Smith Memorial Building! It was really hard to pick photos for the blog, as there were so many that I just personally loved. However, I think this is a good selection. I hope you enjoy these. I truly love these photos so much. Jessica and Daniel are such a wonderful, happy, fantastic couple with a truly amazing family, that I really felt lucky to be able to not only photograph them, but to be able to get to know them and their love. It is something I am so grateful for, and makes me love wedding photography even more. Now, without further ado…

P.S. Towards the end are some of the funny/silly shots we got. Don’t forget to look at those, they are awesome!

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Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

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Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

And now… Just so you can see how much fun we have, a bit of the silly photos. Oh yes, we have fun!

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Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, groomals

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Salt Lake Temple, Wedding Dress, Bride, Temple Wedding, Utah Wedding Photography, Salt Lake Wedding Photographer, bridals, Temple Square, Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Upping the Ante… Part Deux!

There’s a part of freelensing I forgot to go over. If you’re ever so careful and patient, you can get pretty decent macro shots too (macro=close up).  The following are some shots (note: there was no blur or textures added in post production, just some color corrections and sharpening): 

 

Tada! I like shiny things

 

  

 I posted these late because, honestly, when I first went through images I passed right by them for some reason. They just didn’t pop out at me like some of the other ones did. I’m glad I looked through again though, because I think these two my be my favorites from the set. Maybe.

Just imagine it though, these rings could be your wedding rings. Just e-mail, call, or text me 🙂

(you know you want to…)