As you know, I've been dabbling with portraits for a while now, but that apparently doesn't make me immune to some of the most rookie mistakes. I managed to sneak in a quick shoot before Christmas but was so absorbed by the wonderful, treasured, light that we were given on a mild December day, that I forgot to adjust my white balance for each new location. Because it was so bright, I couldn't see that the images were incredibly drab and nowhere near a true reflection of the colors I was seeing or the wonderful lady I was photographing. So, this week called for some pretty dramatic edits.
I spent hours editing this shoot and I am MORE than thrilled with the outcome. Dara Orland, an actress, dancer and choreographer, was my fifth portrait shoot, and it's so exciting to see my work grow over the three months I've been taking portraits. I took three hundred and fifty images during a one-hour session… Needless to say, a lot of them were terrible as I'm still experimenting with my photographic style and testing what looks good with each new model, but here are some that I'm particularly pleased with. (Keep an eye out for the rest of the shoot in an upcoming post called “A Philadelphian in New York - Dara Orland”.)
I can't even remember taking the first image, but it has been my favorite snap from this whole shoot. It was very dark and needed a fair bit of adjustment but I just love the movement created by her hair and the way it caught the light. I played with colors on this portrait and I really feel as though it adds to the drama of the shot.
I don't know about you, but when I edit a shoot, I always start with the image that I love the most. I can't wait to play around with it and make sure that it is the most beautiful it can be. Then, towards the end of the set, my edits become a little sloppier and generally more tiresome as I try to find the best in some images that just aren't as eye-catching. The second image is the latter part of an edit. I fought with the colors of this image so much, but I was determined to find the beauty in it. As I am still a novice with editing, I often find that if I am struggling with the colors of a portrait, I'll make it black and white and the beauty I've been missing is suddenly found (some may call this lazy editing… but if the final result is a good’n, who are they to complain?).
When it comes to this week's theme I may have committed the biggest photographer crime... my camera ran out of battery when the first heavy snow hit New York and this means that I didn't get many of the magical shots I hoped for before the cars dragged mud through the fluffy, snow covered streets. I did, however, manage to get a cracking rooftop shot. So, I want to see the Rooftops of London please!
Next year's Dear New York will be coming from 2017, so have a great New Year’s and I'll see you on the other side.
New York x x
(Plus a bonus portrait from when you and Marcelina came to hang out in NYC!)