So I’ve been wanting to do some before and after’s for a while. Mainly because I never show them, but I really wanted to let you all see the process. So when I was asked to test out the sleeklens Photoshop actions , I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.
Now, I’ve always been hesitant of using some of the Photoshop portrait actions that are out there, mainly because when I see the examples…they are usually not of African American’s.
If I use actions, it’s because it takes a lot of time off of my post processing and I can have a better turnaround for my clients. I’m not looking to spend 45mins on one image because I have to make adjustments to a Photoshop action.
But with all that being said, I picked five portraits and used the sleeklens Photoshop actions. With these actions, it was pretty easy to use. I like the Portrait Retouch and the Dodge and Burn(from a candy store)…A lot, These two actions made enhancing the eye color process very easy and fast and also softening the skin worked great also. I also liked using the Color Corrections, you can reduce some of the over barring colors that are in the images which the greens and reds work perfect!
Over all, I would recommend using Sleeklens, it does take some time figuring out what works best for your workflow and your style, but that’s with any post processing method you choose.
With this portrait I chose to use the portrait fast retouch for the eyes, I also used the base from golden hours.
The next four were a combination of Portrait smooth skin, Color correction and Base.
Though the date was April 1st, there were no jokes being made. After all, Trey & Tiffany were getting married and this was a day of Celebration!
This day was filled with moments of happy tears and moments of laughter that would be shared just between Trey & Tiffany! This was the beginning of their union. Witnessing love not only between the two of them but the love that was shown from their family and friends. I couldn’t help but admire Tiffany’s Grandmother while they were embracing, and the beautiful smile on Trey’s Mothers face when she danced with her son. These were Priceless Moments!
The Piedmont Room was the perfect place to showcase their love for each other and their love for Travel. Trey and Tiffany worked with the amazing Eternity Events by B. Simms team to bring their Travel inspired Wedding to life. From their signature drink “Happily Ever After” to the beautifully themed (favorite places to travel)table décor. I would say…they were giving their guest a peek inside their love for travel!
So no, this wasn’t your typical April Fools Day, but it was the beginning of Mr. & Mrs. Ashley’s Life together as husband and wife, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity of capturing this beautiful moment!
Special thanks to the wonderful team that helped make this day a success for Trey and Tiffany:
Arriving at Berkeley Hills Country Club I could feel that fall was just around the corner, and Love was in the air. The wind was blowing and the temperature was just right for a outdoor wedding. it’s amazing what little time is needed in order to stop, breath and relax. I can see why the Kwesi and Orion chose this Beautiful Country Club.
Kwesi walked into the ballroom being escorted by his father, not knowing what his beautiful bride looked like from under the mask he was wearing. Orion smiled and laughed, and when they were finally close to each other Kwesi asked…can I touch her?
They touched each other and it was like they didn’t want to let each other go. The both of them complimented each other on how good they smelled. These moments always seem to be my favorite…because I see and feel when they’ve started to embrace the moment they’ve been waiting for.
I love that Orion and Kwesi decided to celebrate their #10yearweddinganniversery by showing their continued love for each other with family and friends.
Thank you Kwesi and Orion for allowing me to be apart of such a beautiful day in your lives. Your love for each other was a joy to capture and is truly appreciated. May you always pray together, laugh together and run together!
Special thanks to:
The Bride and Grooms fantastic friends and family, you all are a group of wonderful people who embraced me from the moment of meeting. I love your love and support for Kwesi and Orion!
In the South on a beautiful hot summer day, Cedreon greeted me with her beautiful warm smile while getting her hair styled. Their day was finally here…with every hair piece, lipstick, or eye shadow she put on it turned her into an even more beautiful bride, I couldn’t help but think of why #LOVEWINS.
When I arrived at the venue Historic Fourth Ward Park, I had a moment with the handsome groom, Ajay. He’s such a layed back chill kind of guy. I told him how beautiful Cedreon looked, He said “Really…you saw her”? The mention of her beauty left him with such a wonderful loving smile. This was love!
Ajay looked to the top of the staircase, at that moment I knew he was Embracing every moment of Cedreon’s beauty. She made it to the bottom of the staircase and her Grandfather gave Ajay his blessing by placing her hand in his. As Ajay walked her down the aisle, he whispered to her…”you look Beautiful!”
Ajay & Cedreon,Thank you for giving me the opportunity to capture your Union. Your wedding day was Beautiful, I pray for many Blessings and continued Love throughout your marriage. Thank you for letting #lovewin
The day was absolutely beautiful and i’m truly appreciative for all that helped make it such a success for the bride and groom