Liberty University FACS Fashion Show

Although I have had the edits for these completed for a few weeks, I for one am really excited to finally be able to post these!


I've had the opportunity to be the Photographer for the entire process leading up to the fashion show this year and I had a blast!

I think most of all, I enjoyed editing these more than taking them.  I really took a different creative approach to fit the tone than what I would usually do with my portraits. Because, let's be honest, some of the editing that I did with this are ones that I would NEVER do with my portraits.  I just really liked the way these turned out!

Personally, I was not very much aware of everything it takes to execute a fashion show of this caliber, but I definitely learned! They started the process back in September of last semester for the show in April.  This 7 month process definitely was evident in the directors' and designers' final product.

What was very interesting about this Fashion Show was it's theme: Go Green, Go Glam.  The criteria for the designers was that they had to design clothing where the majority of the material used was recycled.  The designers definitely pulled it off and made some amazing things!

Well, let me stop talking and show you! 

I'll start with some of my favorites from the preparation!

Then of course was the Fashion Show.  I absolutely loved editing these! I wish that I could show them all, but here are some of my favorites!

O'Donnell Wedding

This has definitely taken far longer than I had anticipated, but I am really glad to finally be able to post a blog about this wedding!  I feel most comfortable with natural light so when I found out that this wedding was going to be taken place outdoors I was really excited about it!   

I second shot this wedding with Ashley of Ashley Wiktorek Photography on a pretty warm Sunday in September.  I had the opportunity to meet the Bride and Groom, Ryan and Emily the night before the wedding.  They were very relaxed and you could tell first hand that they loved each other! I knew the wedding was going to be a blast! 

Like always, I want to get started with some of the details!

Emily had a really beautiful dress.  I've never gotten detail shots of a wedding dress before, so I was really glad to have gotten these!  



Simplicity was definitely a strong suit for their wedding! They decorated with Mason Jars and flowers! It looked amazing! 



I absolutely LOVED how they had a carnival themed wedding. They had corn hole and cotton candy! How does that not scream fun?


Here are few of my favorites from the Bride and Bridesmaids getting ready! 



Emily's nephew was about a few months old at the time of the wedding! He was so peaceful! ImageImageImageImageImageImage


Here are a few of my favorites from when Emily revealed herself to her father! It was very sweet! Their relationship is precious!ImageImageImageImageImage


I also loved Ryan and Emily's first looks! I just love how their excitement shows through these!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

The bridal party was a very goofy bunch! You could tell that they all enjoyed being around each other! 




Then of course there was the ceremony and the reception! This was definitely my favorite part (I mean, why wouldn't the wedding ceremony be your favorite part?)




The first dance was amazing! I feel as though the shots that I got from here were my favorites from the whole wedding! It was definitely hard to choose which ones I wanted to put here, so I practically included all of my edited ones!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage


I really liked the concept of doing the Father/Daughter Dance and the Mother/Son dance at the same time.  I feel as though it brought a lot of unity to both families! They danced to Ben King's "Stand By Me"  ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage


I had a blast shooting this wedding! I wish Ryan and Emily the best! 

Taylor Wedding

I am happy to finally be able to post these! I second shot with Ashley Wiktorek of Ashley Wiktorek Photography for Drew and Nikki Taylor's Wedding late this Summer.  Ashley and I were on the same hall during my Sophomore year at Liberty. She needed a second shooter and I was definitely all aboard with helping her out!  I was really excited about having the opportunity to learn so much and definitely did!  The day was fantastic!

Here are some of my favorite shots from the Taylor's wedding.   I want to always start with the details! I feel as though its the little things mean the most on a day like this!


One thing I absolutely loved about the details of this wedding was how she integrated her favorite color: Green

with other coordinations of black and white.  Since I am biased to the use of Black and White (especially with my editing),  I really liked capturing those details!



After this wedding, I realized how much I like first looks.  I believe that I will actually want to do the same for my wedding.  I believe that it helps save a LOT of time.  Here are a few of my favorites!ImageImageImage

Nikki had a BEAUTIFUL dress! I managed to help Ashley in getting a different angle of her bridal session before the ceremony.Image

Here are a few of my favorites from the ceremony. ImageImageImageImageImage

After the ceremony, we went back to where they shot their first looks and grabbed a few post wedding portraits.  I really loved how these turned out. ImageImageImageImageImage

Here are a few additional favorites from the reception!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Congratulations Nikki and Drew!

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Tutorials Tutorials.. new photoshop editing technique!

Okay, I for one was so excited about this discovery that I couldn't refrain from posting a blog about it.  

I've mentioned before how I've always done a good portion of my editing in Lightroom.  So, since I currently do not own it and am using Photoshop elements, I was limited because I just simply did not know how to do the things that I wanted to do.  My editing just wasn't popping.  Well, I decided to go on Pinterest (I must say, it is a photographer's best friend, well, mine anyways) and I found a pretty cool tutorial for getting the image in the editing style that I wanted.  Now, I'm sitting here re-editing my photos from my last shoot because it REALLY needs it.  ;) Well, let me show you quickly how I've done it







I had a bit of color issues and then Nathan also had some bags beneath his eyes.  It was a pretty simple fix.

All I did was adjust the levels on the histogram.. then added a photo filter.. Then I used the eye dropper tool to match the skin and then switched to the paintbrush tool and lowered the opacity on the brush and began painting the darker spots underneath the eyes.  Then I added a brightness/contrast layer (didn't do anything with the adjustments) but I put the layer style in screen mode.  Then I lowered the opacity to my liking (everyone has a different style).  I am excited that I now have a pretty awesome technique to use in the future!