Before & After

Here’s another image for the before & after series. This one was taken at Jenna & Brian’s Engagement Session this past summer. They’re getting married this coming June!

This image is one I liked right out of the camera, but I really felt like it could benefit from some added punch. I liked the quietness of the picture, I feel like it was really a moment between Jenna and Brian, where they forgot they were being photographed. The day was threatening rain, and the clouds were gearing up to produce a nice summer storm. The original image really didn’t convey the look and mood on the beach, so I started by punching up the contrast to bring out the detail in the clouds. I then cooled down the color balance of the image away from my usual warm tones, bringing in the mood even a little more.

I then took the image into Photoshop where I created a bit of blur on the left and right of the couple, to focus the eyes to where the couple is walking. Back in Lightroom, I crunched the blacks a little and added a slight coolish vignette to the entire image before exporting to a jpg. That day the clouds were ominous, and the wind was picking up. I like that the edited version of this image looks and feels like it did that day on the beach.

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2 Responses to “Before & After”

  1. Monica Rodgers says:

    This is just beautiful. The feeling you captured is very sublime. Love your work.

  2. Jenna Richards says:

    Oh Brad! I just popped onto your website to see whats new on your blog and there we are!! Your editing certainly expresses the mood of that moment, and those ominous clouds. I’ve described that afternoon over and over to people, and I always find myself commenting how much we enjoyed that afternoon, but how easily we kept forgetting you were there taking photographs! Again thank you so much, and we can’t wait to see you in June!

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