alisha - fort collins portrait photographer

This beautiful pregnant woman is a gifted large format photographer.
I have seen some of her prints in person and they are truly gorgeous.
Hoping to get my girls in front of her lens one of these days.

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just.one.for.now - fort collins portrait photographer

{Portra 400 film}

I had the good fortune of getting together with Kiera as well as meeting a few new photographers (many thanks Leslie & Alisha!) over Thanksgiving break.  I forced myself to shoot film (ya like how I put that?) and I really wished I hadn't because the lab (which I will graciously not name) royally screwed up the developing on both rolls of film I shot.  The color balance is so off that it looks like a kindergartner may have been behind the wheel ... big ugh.  I repaired the image above, but it took quite a bit of monkeying around in LR and PS.  So much for the time-saving feature of shooting film!  Go here to see some of the fun photos Kiera took of me that day.  Also?  I'm so in love with this series she took of Leslie's laugh.  Wishing I had a series just like that capturing the laughter of my own girlies three.  Thanks to all three of you for the fun afternoon.  Would really love a repeat.   

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Digital.it.is! - fort collins portrait photographer

{Left image:  original digital image; processed with VSCO}           
  {Right image:  original digital image; PS3 processed}

Thank you so much for your feedback on the previous post.  Most people guessed the correct answer:  the film was on the right.   Man, you guys are good!  Above, you can see the comparison between the original digital image processed to look like film and also processed with my normal Photoshop edits.  I think the difference is subtle, in part, because I like a really clean editing style to begin with so there isn't as much of a dramatic shift between the two images.  However, the digital version is obviously sharper, has cleaner lines and is brighter in overall mood.  Whether or not you prefer that look is entirely based on personal preference.  As for me?  I'm leaning more to the one on the left that has more of a film-like appearance.  Hmmm ... I can tell I have some fun editing experiments in my near future.

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Is.it.film? - fort collins portrait photographer

{Which is film and which is digital?  There IS one of both.}

 I really love the look of film, but for my current situation, it has more limitations than digital does.  This is one of the reasons I was so intrigued with this new product by VSCO.  Basically, it gives you post-production tools that can be used to make a digital image look more like a film image.  I know, I know ... I can already hear the outcry of film enthusiasts everywhere and I get it.  I really do.  There's SO much more to shooting film than just the way it looks.  For the record, I hear you and I agree, BUT just bear with me here and let me know what you think of the above comparison, based on visual appearance alone.  I'm really curious.  Please?
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her.first.homecoming - fort collins portrait photographer

{Caroline's first high school dance;  Homecoming 2011}

When my children were toddlers, I remember feeling like it was so difficult to get their cooperation when taking pictures of them.  Lets just say that, at that point in my life, I had never had the singular experience of trying to photograph my own teenager.  Sheesh!  'Nuff said.
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