Posts Tagged ‘women’s portraits’

Sleeklens Strike a Pose Portrait Workflow Review

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Sleeklens review Strike a Pose Portrait Workflow sample edits

I recently had the opportunity to try out the Sleeklens Strike a Pose Portrait Workflow, which is an awesome collection of Lightroom presets and brushes designed for portrait editing. Using only the workflow and tools in Lightroom, I was able to fully edit my images without needing to open them in Photoshop for refined retouching (as I normally do). I was really impressed by the subtlety of the skin softening tools, make-up enhancements, and other effects that were included. Almost every preset worked great with my images, which comes as a surprise as presets are usually too extreme and need a lot of tweaking to make them work. These ones looked great as they were.

The make-up brushes were definitely a highlight of this set for me. The “add shine to lips” brush is probably my favourite, which added a very natural looking gloss to the lips. The two blush colours were also very natural and can be tweaked if the colour isn’t quite right, but I loved them in their default colours as an accent to the blush already on the model’s face.

I pulled up a few of my photos of Megan from this summer to see what looks I could achieve using only the portrait workflow. I started with images straight out of camera and played around with the presets on my own, rather than following the product’s recipe list.

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Barnwell Equestrian Portraits [Tayler]

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Barnwell equestrian portraits

This was my third time going out to Tayler’s family acreage in Barnwell to spend an amazing afternoon with her and her adorable pets. This year we focused a little more on the equestrian portraits when Tayler took one of her horses out to the field for some riding action shots. I love seeing her interact with her animals. She already has such a kind personality but the way she interacts with the pets, as well as how sweetly they respond to her, shows how nurturing she truly is. Being such an animal lover myself, I love being around this!

As usual, Tayler rocked her session and is always a natural in front of the camera. She makes my job so easy!

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University of Lethbridge Graduation Photos [Michelle]

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

University of Lethbridge graduation photos

I started out the U of L grad week with the lovely Michelle who was celebrating her newly acquired degree! Michelle and her family came back to the city for her convocation and University of Lethbridge graduation photos. To avoid being rushed we did her session the night before grad, which I think was a fantastic move as convocation day is so crazy! Her mom and dad (mostly dad) tried their best to embarrass her during the photos but Michelle would have none of that ;) After her cap and gown photos around the university campus, we headed over to Aperture Park for more casual portraits. The rain tried to threaten us but instead we had a beautiful evening!

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Casual Lethbridge Urban Portraits [Megan]

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

casual Lethbridge urban portraits

I’ve met Megan a couple times while we were modelling together at local fashion shows and have been super interested in getting her in front of my camera. I knew it was time to make this happen when I came across a new location I wanted to shoot at! After having her makeup done by the very talented Ash Makeup Artistry, we headed out for an evening of casual Lethbridge urban portraits.

The city has been doing a fantastic job putting in new architecture with personality and I’m so glad I got to try out all these new spots with such a talented model. Megan is gorgeous and has so much charisma in front of the camera. I think she has a very promising career in modelling!

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Lethbridge High School Grad Photos [Hailey]

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Lethbridge high school grad photos

This graduation season I was thrilled to work with Hailey for her Lethbridge high school grad photos. From our brief time taking photos, she gave off such an air of maturity and kindness. She is beautiful both inside and out!

The rain from the day before and threat of even more rain that day made for fantastic photos in Indian Battle Park. The colors became so deep and rich, really making Hailey’s dress pop out.

Hailey wore a stunning black and gold floor length dress with sheer lace accents, and the gold perfectly complemented her long blonde hair. She rocked that dress!

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An Explosion of World Dance and Music, our 2016 Lethbridge show!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Ammena Dance Company Explosion of World Dance and Music poster

Ammena Dance Company’s “An Explosion of World Dance and Music” 2016 is coming soon! Tickets will be on sale on February 2nd at the Yates Memorial Centre in Lethbridge and this year we are doing two shows again: Friday March 4th and Saturday March 5th!

This is a very theatrical year for the show as we feature a reoccurring character throughout the pieces, have a few numbers bigger than ever, and open the show with a fun circus themed piece. This year’s show really centred around the circus so we did the poster photos earlier this year to make use of the Whoop Up Days fair in August. Ammena Talhami was quite the spectacle at the fair grounds in her costume, though I’m shocked we had no photo bombers ;)

This year’s show will feature Can Can, Bollywood, bellydance, African, Dancehall, funk, jazz, and more, including the special circus themed piece so please come check it out! The show will also be starting a little earlier this year as we do our first preshow, continuing the circus theme.

Model, Wardrobe: Ammena Talhami
Makeup and Hair: Jennifer Murray
Concept, photography, design: Tanya Plonka

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