Some people dream in black & white and some dream in color. I’ve recently come to realize that I dream in photoshoots and this one, in particular, was an absolute dream come true! Today, I’m going to share some behind the scenes tips with you on how I execute my photoshoots, and it should come as no surprise that it all starts with the Presets. I start by looking at my collections and dream about locations that would pair well with the presets that I want to highlight. For this shoot, it was The Wedding Collection and the “Perfection” Lightroom Preset. It gives a subtle boost of vibrancy, noise reduction, contrast and sharpening. Next, I lock down a location and research when the sun will rise on the day of the shoot. Timing and lighting are very important to me. I know that the best way to get uninterrupted images in a busy city is to take the photos before anyone else is awake. Next, I search for inspiration material and I begin to piece together a Photoshop storyboard to have on hand during the shoot. I email it to myself so I can quickly look at it on my phone and move on to the next shot that I had in mind. When you’re in front of the camera and also behind the camera like me, it helps to have some extra direction to keep you on track. Since we had visited this bridge before, I already knew the best angles and sightlines that I wanted to focus on. We were able to bang this shoot out in a matter of 20 mins, just seconds before the Parisians started to appear on their way to work. I had a number of lenses and f-stops in mind for each shot and we were able to accomplish everything I was hoping to capture. Finally, back at home, I pick the best shots (Sometimes this takes a while. We shoot hundreds of photos and narrow it down to a select few.) and then the final step is importing all of the RAW files into Lightroom. I apply the Preset and, voila! Instant edit! The collection that I used today is also available in The Complete Collection, which features 500+ Lightroom Presets and Brushes for you to discover! Don’t forget to check out the before and after transformation at the bottom of the post before you go. Now, let’s slip into a little dream together, shall we? Cheers!
Before & After! (Click & drag across)