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Las Colinas Wedding After Session | Alicia + Brent

We always love shooting in Las Colinas because the canals are just so pretty. Alicia and Brent were married last year, but decided to do an after session in their wedding attire. It was so much fun to see them again and be able to shoot at the canals. Alicia is the picture of grace, and Brent had us laughing all evening. Here are a few shots from their session.

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Bethany McDonnell

Beautiful! That sounds like a fun idea…maybe sometime :)

Tammy Damore

Oh my goodness, these are amazing!

Alicia Alford Miller

Thanks, you guys! These are awesome! Can’t wait to see the rest!

Martha Alford

So glad I’m able to view your beautiful pictures here. Love you so much.

Tips For Brides | The Model Face

The model face is one of those things that so many girls are convinced that they will not be able to do in front of the camera. Ya know, the one where you aren’t smiling, but staring down the camera…Tyra would call it smiling with your eyes. We love having a mix of smiling and laughing pictures along with more serious model face pictures because it brings a ton of variety to your session or wedding images. I am convinced that anyone can do it, even if you think you can’t. We don’t shoot models, every image you see is of a real bride who was just as nervous in front of the camera. Here are a few tips for having the perfect model face for pictures.

1. Relax, you may feel nervous in front of the camera, but relaxing will make your pictures seem so much more like you whether that is smiling for the camera or rocking the model face.

2. Trust us. We will coach you through each pose and we won’t let you do something if it isn’t flattering. We will tell you if you are looking angry or if your bangs look weird.

3. Remember that the model face and an angry face are different. We don’t want you to look angry in your photos. Tyra’s advice about smiling with your eyes is true.

4. Have fun. Don’t get stressed or nervous, we are there to help you. Enjoy your time in front of the camera and we will make you look fabulous.

Here are a few examples of brides rocking out the model face.

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The Editing Journey

We were chatting in the car the other day about editing, and the traps that so many people fall into. I should say that we are not claiming to be editing experts by any means, but in the past few years we have learned a lot about what has worked and what hasn’t. When we first bought our trusty 50D, and started shooting we also bought photoshop so that we could edit our images. We read about all these photoshop actions on other photographers blogs and, we figured we needed some of those too. We didn’t know much about shooting and we certainly didn’t know much about editing. It seemed like every photo shoot we had a different style, because instead of shooting the images the way we wanted them in camera, we depended on Photoshop to fix them.

Now we do things a bit differently. We focus on shooting the way we want our images to look and then just polish them in Lightroom. The results are that our images are what we were actually envisioning and that it saves us a ton of time in the editing process. We only use Photoshop on the rare occasion that something needs a more extensive edit such as cloning something from the image. We want our images to be timeless and lasting. We want them to not look dated in several years so we try to avoid trendy actions and presets, and instead edit the images to look realistic to what was actually happening.

We understand that every photographer has their own style, and we understand that different types of post processing works for different people, but this has helped us so much to focus on our shooting and finding good light, instead of just saying that we could fix it in Photoshop.


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Bethany McDonnell

I did the same thing…bought Photoshop Elements and used actions until I realized it definitely wasn’t working…and my brother-in-law showed me how to use Lightrooom.

Lauren McCollim

I don’t have lightroom but I use a free version online and do the same thing. I try to edit as little as possible and merely enhance the image. Thanks for the post it shows me I’m not alone in my editing techniques :-)

Are there certain presets you use in lightroom? Or do you just do everything manually? I’d love to use LR, but I just don’t know how to make a photo pop with it…