Calgary Wedding and Engagement Photographers
Want to see the latest photographic adventures that Patton Photography have undertaken lately. From Weddings, to families, to product, and even weddings in beautiful destinations outside of Calgary, this is where you will find all the latest work. On occasion we will also add in a behind the scenes article on how we did a particular shot.
Looking for ideas for your wedding or family photos? Have a look through our blog entries and perhaps they will spark some creative ideas.
Hope you enjoy all the stories and photos.
I met with Kristyn and Carter to discuss their wedding photography with them and from the first moment knew we would hit it off great. We scheduled their engagement photography and decided on a location near Priddis and Millarville, just outside Calgary. The ranch we photographed on was one of the most beautiful pieces of property I have ever been on, combined with the incredible light at sunset, this engagement session was absolute magic. These photos are some of my absolute favorites that we have ever taken.
It has been a crazy week for us as we have had four sizable photo shoots this week, from an engagement shoot to corporate head shots to a dance academy, this week has had it all....as well as photographing paintings and artwork for the ultra talented Martin Pryce.
We had never done this type of photography before so it was a learning experience, however we are super happy with how they turned out. Be sure to check out more of his paintings on his website http://www.martinpryce.com
As many people know, the hours spent in front of the camera are just a small portion of the entire photography process. Many hours are spent in front of the computer, selecting which photos to keep and which to get rid of, editing the photos to reveal the best possible look, and the overall creative time spent creating the overall story. From a business stand point, speeding up the post production side will increase the overall efficiency of your business, allowing the photographers more time to get out and do what you love....taking your photos.
Enter SleekLens workflow presets. We recently had the opportunity to try out the Forever Thine Wedding presets and all I can say is AMAZING. The preset package includes groups of presets to apply overall, as well as brushes to apply more focused adjustments. The presets have been set up brilliantly with a grouping of 'All in One' presets which with one quick click apply a grouping of presets at once. You also have the opportunity to apply the stackable presets one at a time, creating a look that is totally your own.
While we have only been using these presets for a short time, they have quickly become some of our favorites. If you are a photographer that is serious about improving your workflow and providing your clients with the best possible photos, then you need to look at the various packages that are offered through SleekLens.
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Charmaine and Chris are a fun couple who we met last year as they were in the early stages of their Calgary wedding planning. As they met at Lina's Italian Market, we were sure to incorporate it into their wedding first look photographs. We did wedding formal photographs prior to the ceremony at the awesome St. Patrick's Island which is one of my favorite wedding photo locations in Calgary. The wedding ceremony itself was held at the beautiful Reader Rock Gardens with some additional photographs done in the surrounding gardens after the wedding. The reception was at the Southern Alberta Pioneers building and catered by the amazing Black Apron Cuisine. It was a beautiful day and we wish Charmaine and Chris all the best for a long happy life together
You never know when the perfect photo opportunity is going to arise. As a photographer, this means you need to be ready to work with the lighting in any location, regardless of its challenges. That’s right, that includes the great indoors. Indoor lighting is notorious for creating awkward lines and unflattering shadows, but you can still shoot beautiful images if you follow a few simple guidelines.
Your setting is always going to be your greatest asset when shooting indoors. Arrange your subject a foot or two away from windows or open doors to catch the light. The little bit of distance will minimize any harsh contrasts on your subject. Try to set up some kind of focal background point. Perhaps your subjects are in front of a row of books, be sure to arrange them so the background and distance between them is symmetrical. Get them to split the barn door they are in front of, in half. Symmetry and angles will help you pull a beautiful photo out of any room. It’s also worth remembering that natural and artificial lights don’t mix well. Turn off your indoor lights, especially overheads, and let the natural sunlight do its good work. If there isn’t much natural light available, you might need to work on creating extra illumination with professional photography lamps and reflectors.
Sometimes, you don’t have the choice of arranging your subject. Say you’re trying to photograph a room’s décor, small pieces of jewelry, or food. For some you can move them to the nearest window, but for more bulky items, you’ll need to get creative. Use the tools you have available, namely the settings on your camera. First and foremost, switch auto mode off. If you have time to adjust, a custom setting will always be better suited than one-size-fits-all. Next, open the aperture on your camera. This may be called Aperture Priority Mode. You can also do this manually by lowering the f-stop. The lower the f-stop, the more light you are letting into your camera. An open aperture comes with the bonus of giving you a shallow depth of field, which will put your subject in focus and soften the background.
Other tools you can use to improve indoor lights are backdrops (like a light-colored fabric behind your subject) or reflectors. Reflectors can be as simple as a piece of white poster board held near the subject. If you’re photographing something small, like a custom-made decoration, you may also consider using a light box, which can be made by cutting the sides out of a cardboard box and covering them with white tissue paper. Place your subject inside, and voilà! Beautiful, diffused lighting!
Getting just the right lighting indoors is a challenge, but it’s one that’s easily overcome with strategy, resourcefulness, and ingenuity. Don’t let the bad weather outside stop you. Pick up your camera and create something beautiful!
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