I just got back from my short road trip to Portland and Oregon Coast. It was nice and relaxing. I just wish it was a bit longer because one week isn’t really enough to satisfy my craving for vacation.
Anyways, yesterday Al and I went to HN Wedding to view our pre-wedding photos. I was really nervous from the time we finished the photoshoot till yesterday because I know I can’t do the faint smile and was worried that the pictures would turn out bad. However I was in for a surprise. Many of the photos turned out really well. Poses which I thought looked silly acutally look very normal with the setting and the lighting.
Vivian let us browsed throught all the photos first before we start to rate them and take out the ones we don’t want. The photos are raw files and haven’t been touched up. I really liked how they showed you original photos instead of ones where they had been touched up because then you can see what you really look like. Of the four different dresses/shoots, I think the first one (the one with the moulin rouge dress) was the only one that didn’t turn out too well. I was expecting that because it was our first session and both Al and I were too nervous to smile and we didn’t know how to pose and such. We did managed to pick three shots out of the stack thought.
The photos at Hycroft Mansion was one of the best. The natural lighting combined with the interior decor made it very vintage and classy looking. It was very tough trying to take out photos from the Hycroft session because almost all of then turned out very good. We also took some shots at the garden outside the house but since Al and I aren’t big fans of greens, we took most of it out to save room for the Gastown shots.
As I previously mentioned, the spot in Gastown which we had originally want to take the photos at were under construction. Part of it was even taken down. So we ended up just taking pictures along the streets, the side of the brick buildings and by the lamp posts. I was worried that it’d be kind of plain and look too much like tourist photos. Again I was surprised that it turned out a lot nicer that what I had in mind. For example, we too a couple of pictures at some staircase that’s particially hidden. It seems like some normal old staircase but in the photo it gives off this mysterious atmosphere.
The final shoot took place back at the studio and it was another wedding gown session. I think I looked like myself the most probably because of the hairstyle (it was down instead of up). We didn’t pick too many from this session because the outdoor photos were just way too nice to pass up. We picked a very tradition looking pose and another one with Ah Bu (a pug). The pictures with Ah Bu were all very cute. It’s very natural and he was looking at the camera for most of the shots.
It took us about three hours to narrow down pictures for the albums, the enlargement and the signing scroll. Al and I picked a very interesting picture for our enlargement. Most people would pick more tradition, portrait style shots for their enlargement for use at the reception. But we decided to go with a more artistic piece so that when we hang at our house, it would look more like a piece of artwork. Thanks Vivian for this nice suggestion.
After picking the photos, the frame for the enlargement and the album style we want, Vivian gave us some suggestions on what she thinks would need to be touched up. For example, Al is very skinny and his face has some blemish marks. So Vivian suggested that, aside from smoothing out the skin a little, it would be good to add a bit of puffiness to the cheeks so he doesn’t look too much like skin and bones. She also mentioned that most of the stuff in the photos can be corrected, such as dark spots in the under arm area, blemishes, moles, and even making you slimmer or fatter. There are two things that can’t be done by manipulating the photos and that is your smile and the feeling you are giving off from your expression. That’s why it’s very important that you practice smiling before going into a photoshoot!
I can’t wait to get my negatives so I can post some up. Hopefully I’ll be able to get them in 2-3 weeks, depending on when they finish with the preliminary layout of the album.