Happy day, you guys! It's a happy one over here, happy babies, happy mama. So, in about two months Emily will be four years old...FOUR! I can't even believe how fast time has passed for our little fam bam. I wanted to do something fun for Emily's four year portraits and thought something with a ton of glitter would be awesome! Emily loved it, my kitchen was a complete mess and I'm still picking up glitter, but it was worth seeing her have fun. This was the first black backdrop session I've ever done and I don't have or use artificial light so these were all shot with natural light from big windows. So here are some of the photos I took and I'll explain how I got them to look like they do!
My set up:
Here's what my setup looked like while shooting: I really wish I had a wider backdrop but I only use backdrops for personal use these days and don't generally need anything wider than six feet.
I took these photos with my Nikon 10-20mm lens, with a raised ISO and a fast shutter speed.
I edited these in Lightroom as well as Photoshop and with this being my first time shooting with a black backdrop and natural light, it took some time to get it the way I liked but not too bad!
- Added LxC 04 preset
- Lowered the shadows
- Raised the constrast
- Adjusted the temperature if needed
- Used the content aware tool to copy the backdrop where it was needed
- Used the burn tool to deepen some areas where needed
I wish I had screen shots of Photoshop but I forgot to take them during my process :(
There you have it! When editing these I had to export the images once to really "see" where I need to fix what I didn't like so that took some time but I'm happy with the outcome :)
See that bow! Yep, from our favorite shop ever, read more about that here!
Emily's gorgeous dress is from Joyfolie, this one.