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Photographer’s Corner | FAQ | How to Retouch

January 4th, 2011

Welcome, 2011. For all you photographers (full-time, part-time, or hopeful), here’s an answer to a FAQ for you: How do you retouch your photos? We’re still learning everyday all the new types of tools and Photoshop tricks you can use for editing.  But, right now we use a variety of software for correcting for exposure, […]

 

Welcome, 2011.

For all you photographers (full-time, part-time, or hopeful), here’s an answer to a FAQ for you:

How do you retouch your photos?

We’re still learning everyday all the new types of tools and Photoshop tricks you can use for editing.  But, right now we use a variety of software for correcting for exposure, color, temperature, and ultimately for the artistic retouching.  A few of our favorites:

Here are 3 examples below.

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after


  • Aperture: Color Efex > Photo Stylizer | Style 1
  • Totally Rad Actions: Highlight Separator (56%), Pro Retouch, Eye Bump
  • Photoshop: Patch Tool to remove horizontal folds in the curtains and blemishes on the bride

Want more of the Modern Christmas wedding?  Go here.

before


after

  • Totally Rad Actions: Lights Out, Boring Old B&W, Antique Tone, Pro Retouch

Want to see more of the Chic Seven Degrees wedding?  Go here.

before

after

  • Totally Rad Actions: Oh Snap (65%), Lights On (to brighten the bride), Pro Retouch, Eye Bump, Smooth-O-Matic, Lights Out (to darken around the bride)

More of the Tim Burton e-session here.

where to get the software

You can check them out here:

what next?

Do you have any retouching recommendations?  Let us know!

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Kerin and Denis | Chic Seven Degrees Wedding

December 29th, 2010

locations | The Montage and Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach, CA the romantic proposal kerin | He proposed on August 4th at Laguna Beach. He had made a reservation and took me to the Montage. denis | I talked to the restaurant and asked what I should do to propose.  They said you can just […]

 

locations | The Montage and Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach, CA

the romantic proposal

kerin | He proposed on August 4th at Laguna Beach. He had made a reservation and took me to the Montage.

denis | I talked to the restaurant and asked what I should do to propose.  They said you can just say, “carrot cake”. Then, they’d give the excuse that it’ll take 15-20 minutes so it’ll give you time to walk down the beach.

kerin | During dinner, he told the waiter that he wanted a carrot cake.  But I told him, “No, I don’t like carrot cake”.  Later on, I learned about their special code word.  When the waiter came, he said it would take 10 minutes.  So he took me for a walk around the beach. We stopped where no one was there and he got down on one knee and proposed.

denis | …I just hoped she was going to say yes.

the wedding day

Denis turned her yes to I do.

Kerin and her ladies got ready at the classy venue where Denis proposed: The Montage at Laguna Beach.

Love love loved the shoes that Kerin wore.  Clever lady, she had a classy pair of Enzo Angiolini heels for the ceremony and comfy stylish Michael Kors pair for the reception.

It’s always an amazing moment during the First Look, when the bride and groom meet each other alone before the ceremony.  It is so intimate and emotional, a perfect way to see each other on your wedding day.

The great thing about the First Look is that you can get all the fun family and bridal party photos taken before the ceremony!

The flower girl’s outfit was so adorable!

And I would personally loved to have owned a dress like the ones the bridesmaids wore.  Beautiful.

We always have so much fun with the bridal party!


Love getting the shots when everyone’s laughing.

Even though you’ve seen each other before the ceremony doesn’t mean it’s any less emotional during the actual ceremony.  We prioritize getting these emotional reactions at every wedding.



And, oh, we’ve found the venue where we personally would definitely want to throw a party: modern and chic Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach.


Always important to appreciate all the little details that make the wedding gorgeous.


Always important to incorporate fun for the guests into the reception!

Love Kerin’s smile!


vendors

slideshow

Love love LOVE the slideshow of this chic and tender wedding.  See the full slideshow site in all its glory here.

the e-session

Want more?  View their stylin’ Love in the City of Angels e-session here.

Kerin and Denis, we had such a blast at your wedding!  It was truly a pleasure to get to know the two of you and be a part of this amazing part of your love story.

congratulations!

Share your congratulations to Kerin and Denis below!

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Sneak Peek | Denis and Kerin

November 22nd, 2010

a sneak peek Adorable couple. Chic venue. Fashionably modern details. More…coming soon.

 

a sneak peek


Adorable couple.

Chic venue.

Fashionably modern details.

More…coming soon.

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Type A Bride | Ever Ours. All Things Romantically Wedding.

November 3rd, 2010

Sat down with the realist in love Ever Ours wedding blogger, Lydia, over gelato at Old Towne Orange. After following her work and running into her, I’ve been so charmed!  I had to know how this lady got from “playing the cynic” to being a romantic with her charming wedding blog, Ever Ours. lydia, how’d […]

 

Sat down with the realist in love Ever Ours wedding blogger, Lydia, over gelato at Old Towne Orange.

After following her work and running into her, I’ve been so charmed!  I had to know how this lady got from “playing the cynic” to being a romantic with her charming wedding blog, Ever Ours.

lydia, how’d you start ever ours?

My 9-5 job was a paper pusher job so, in order to follow my love for pretty things, I decided to start a blog.

All throughout college, I was interested in weddings and followed blogs like Style Me Pretty. A lot of my friends at the time were getting engaged.  I thought I could do this on the side for fun and give my friends something to look at while planning.  Through Twitter, Facebook, and word of mouth, it’s kind of grown a lot – unexpectedly but in a good way.

so you didn’t plan for it to get this big?

No. Not at all!  It’s not BIG big yet but it’s definitely interesting to see how it’s grown.  The people I’ve met and established relationships with have been so great!

loved your bio!  can you explain, from your bio, what does it mean to be a realist in love?


As much as I love the Disney princesses, romantic comedies, and chick flicks, they are love from the Hollywood mindset.  At least, that’s how I see it.  So when I watch those movies, I’m always like, “Yeah, right!  That doesn’t happen in real life.”

also from your bio, what is a dance party like by yourself? can you show me?


No, you definitely don’t want to see! That’s why it’s by myself.

in all your blog entries, you start with a song. why?


I REALLY love music!  It’s always been a part of me.  Even before I was born, my dad used to play the guitar and Beatles music in my mom’s stomach when she was pregnant with me.  I grew up listening to oldies and all kinds of music.  Both my sister and I were not the typical kids whose first song was Twinkle, Twinkle.  My first song I learned was Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley!

where do you find the inspiration for these songs for your blog?

When I first hear a song, the most important thing for me is the lyric.  That’s what speaks to a person.  When I watch guilty pleasures shows, I pay more attention to the music.  That’s the sole reason why I started watching Laguna Beach and The Hills and Grey’s Anatomy. A lot of those artists I really enjoy came from those shows.

you feature a lot of inspirations for weddings on your blog. Where do you find them?


All over the place!  I’m just lucky to be able to establish a lot of relationships with a lot of photographers so, as soon as I send over an email asking to blog their images, they shoot over and say, “Yeah, go ahead!”

It’s about whatever sparked my interest. I follow certain photographers I really like.  I even look at who has left a comment on their blog to see who’s admiring and following them because they can be other bloggers or photographers.

with all your experience with weddings, do you have any advice for brides on their wedding day?

I’m going to sound cliche when I say just be you.  That’s most important.

I love that line about weddings on your blog: “In the end, love is celebrated and that’s what is most important.”


I think people can definitely lose their focus on love when planning a wedding.  Especially having been in the industry just a little bit and seeing what gets pictured on the blogs, I think people tend to get caught up in the planning and forget what they’re really doing together – stepping into the new chapter of their lives together, starting brand new with someone else.  When planning, they forget that it’s just about them.

how do you think you were able to get your blog to grow?

Social media!  Take advantage of that.  Seriously, use social media like twitter, reach out, and be persistent.  I have this crazy schedule where I basically blog and then tweet about what I blog about. Then, I go through twitter to see if anything stands out that my followers would like to hear about.  Then, I comment on other peoples’ blogs.  If you don’t, you don’t seem real.  You become just some blogger rather than a real voice.

want to see lydia’s blog?

More from Lydia and all things romantically wedding with Ever Ours here!

Romantically Yours,

Drexelle

The Type A Bride

P.S.

What wedding blogs or sites do you follow?

Any fun songs your parents made you listen to in the womb?

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