Over the summer I had the opportunity to photograph a gorgeous mother/daughter session. The daughter was getting ready to leave for college in LA where she would be studying acting (she’s gonna be a huge star one day!) and they wanted a vintage, old hollywood glam, noir type of session with a bit of an edge. Sure! I love stuff just like this. Really gets some creative juices flowing.
The first step was finding a good location. The one place I had been dying to shoot in had closed. So I searched the good ‘ole internet and found Manassas Junction B&B and the owner graciously allowed us to use the parlor for photos. It worked out great. Although the lighting was a little tricky.
Then it was time to edit these. And there were so many options to really enhance and pull out that vintage and noir feel that we wanted. I finally narrowed it down, after trying option after option and loving them all. And I realized in this process that one of the things I really love about what I get to do is the styling and creating a scene or tableau and then the creative editing. So that you can really experience the image, feel what it’s saying. So yes, I love Photoshop. There’s a whole camp of Photoshop loving photographers out there and there’s a whole camp of purists that say Photoshop is a cop out. Even if you do a lot of editing, you still have to get the basics down in camera and create a composition and scene. You can’t Photoshop everything.
So finally, here they are. I could probably keep playing with these forever but at some point you have to just say no. It’s an addiction.
Thank you Jen and Hannah!