City of Dreams and Air Pollution

I've been getting used to a surplus of company and downtime lately. I'm not complaining at all, I'm enjoying my time of break and rest but I also want to start preparing myself for the transition back into the city. My creative ambitions and curiosity draw me here but my Jersey roots will always call the suburbs home. Circumstances are leading me back to New York and I'm going to embrace the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and push myself to grow in every area possible, from my career to skills to my faith. NYC let's see what you got for me this year.

My First Wedding

Here are some photos I shot for Gabe & Melanie's wedding over the summer. The event including pre-ceremony was 9 hours total and I was able to capture every special moment from the first look, to the bridal party, to the wedding ceremony and the kiss! Wedding photography is an entire new ballpark from the headshots and photoshoots I used to do for clients and this was a great first experience. 

There were some scenarios I hadn't expected, for instance acting not only as a photographer but a coordinator in which I had to direct an entire wedding party for certain shots. I realized that good management skills were just as important as having a good eye and handle with the camera. I had to constantly be in communication with my assistant (thanks Andy!), stay on schedule with the order of events, prepare for each big 'must-take' shot and also stay alert for any spontaneous moments. 

The day could have turned out a lot more stressful but thankfully, I had a great assistant who was able to capture the important shots I couldn't take and an amazingly patient groom who kept me well-informed of the day's agenda and walked me through the kind of photos the couple wanted. Overall I had a lot of fun and am hoping for more opportunities like this in the future!

Retouching

Raw (Before)

Raw (Before)

Edited (After)

Edited (After)

Here's my first retouching job! Brian (aka BMO) asked me to fix up a headshot for his LinkedIn profile so I happily offered to use some tricks I learned at my previous internship. This needed very minor changes so I did my best to clean out some shadows underneath the earlobes and fix up the color/white balance. Before I went into Photoshop, I made some color edits in Lightroom first (ps. I am not a fan of portraits taken with flash). When I work on portraits, I try my best to avoid any edits on the face such as blemishing, retouching, and distorting-- It's all about keeping it natural!