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.
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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!
There's no need to blow the blank when it comes to looking glamorous on your special day! Who says you need a high dollar on-location makeup artist? Take the beautification into your own hands with a few of the quick ideas and reminders listed below.
Are you feeling a little nervous about that berry-tinted lip shade sliding around? How will you eat and drink without constant reapplication? Moreover, how will you kiss? Keep lips firmly in place by outlining in lip liner. Next, swipe on your favorite lipstick, blot with a tissue and carefully tap a loose transparent powder on top. You're all set! Bonus tip: for a brighter and bolder pout, apply concealer to your lips before applying lipstick. The lighter base will help its color to truly pop!
Lights, Camera, Action
It's no secret that some types of makeup simply reflect better on camera than others. On your wedding day, you'll feel like you're surrounded by paparazzi; ensure that everyone is capturing more queen than sheen by sticking to matte finishes! Skip any of the illuminating foundations and light-handed on highlighters. If you're dedicated to wearing a shimmery eye-shadow, test it out on camera before the big day to see how flattering it appears.
A fierce set of brows will draw your entire look together, not to mention, capture all of your heartwarming expressions on this special day. If your brows are a bit sparse, you may want to consider microblading to fill them out. This procedure is semi-permanent and creates a natural look that fits your facial structure. If this is what you want, consider booking an appointment with a professional several weeks in advance to make sure you get it looking exactly right, and your brows have time to heal properly.
Wide-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed
Look, sometimes getting everything prepped and prepared for a wedding can be a little stressful. Did butterflies in your stomach keep you from a good night's sleep? No worries! Target under-eye bags with a relaxing under-eye mask the morning of your wedding. Don't have any? Craft a spontaneous fix by popping two metal spoons into the freezer until cold; press them under your eyes for one minute to reduce swelling of the blood vessels.
Underneath It All
Your look is nothing without good skin underneath! Be certain to get into a good habit of moisturizing daily and exfoliating weekly to ensure skin that's glowing, radiant, and ready to astonish. If you feel like your skin is struggling, invest in a moisturizing mask and make sure you are getting enough water and sleep every day.
You want your wedding photos to look perfect and stand the test of time, so use these makeup hacks to look your best. You should also make sure you practice your look a couple of times leading up to the actual day, so you don’t have to panic last minute.
We met Sarah and Tanner last summer and from the minute we met them at our wedding consult, I knew they would be an amazing couple to work with at their wedding. They are a fun loving couple who loves a dramatic style of photograph....my personal favorite type as well. We decided to take a short hike to Troll Falls and am I ever glad we did. I had never done engagement photos there before and it quickly became a favorite winter location for me.
As we hiked to the falls, we talked and laughed and had a great couple hours as we photographed their session. On our way back to the parking area, we stopped for a couple last photos and had some more laughs as Sarah decided to jump on Tanner's back.
We are definitely looking forward to photographing their wedding later this summer.
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