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Creative Choice

Every time I reveal a portrait in black & white my dad says the same thing… “Don’t do those black & white ones… we have color now.”

It’s funny and cute, but it’s not even a question to me.
In case you haven’t noticed from my portfolio, I love color.  I love it when color pops off the picture and when families choose colorful clothes that compliment each other.  But I also love the drama, or the simplicity that a black & white photo can bring.
I found the perfect example the other day:
That is what it looked like SOOC (straight out of camera) on my computer.  I wasn’t super excited about it, so I started changing a few things.
I fixed those under eye circles, since it was such a close up.  The eyes were the first thing that jumped out at me, so I wanted the focus to be on them.  I also softened the skin a bit and tweaked the color to give a creamy texture.

I liked it, but it wasn’t as awesome as I was hoping for… so I added a bit more warmth…

I still wasn’t overly excited about the results, so I decided to try some black and white.  I went with a black & white preset that I love…

But it was not the right choice for this picture.  I wanted something softer… something that brought my eyes out and made my skin silky smooth.

And voila.  When I saw this, I knew I’d found just what I was looking for in this picture.  The background was no longer a distraction and everything seems peaceful, calm, and clean.  I feel like I can take a deep breath and relax.

It’s one of my favorite things about photography… the creative touch.  It’s fun, rewarding, and lets my clients know that I spend quality time on each of their images to make sure that everything is perfect.
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  1. Sarah Halstead

    January 1st, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I love the last color one and the last black and white one. Gorgeous!!

  2. Melanie

    January 3rd, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I agree with your edit choice. It’s soft, subtle, relaxing and gorgeous

  3. Izzy, Emmy 'N Alexander

    January 10th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Yep, the final black and white tops them all. 🙂 Lovely capture. 🙂

  4. Loriana Marie

    January 20th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    woot woo great edits!