A couple months ago, Sleeklens contacted me to try some of their presets for the purpose of reviewing their workflow. To be entirely candid, I have never been much of a presets gal. In my opinion and limited experience with presets, I find that in general, presets feel more like "filters" and have a tendency to cheapen professional work. So, other than a few select basic presets I had created from my own work, I like to rely mostly on hand edits. But I decided to go ahead and jump at this opportunity and give it the ol' college try, and while I still hold the same personal opinion about the over use of presets, I do find myself regularly using many of the brushes in a lot of my work.
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The Best Portraits Are The Candid Ones
Hone skills of stealth, speed and accuracy. Basically, think like a fighter jet.
Recently, I visited a home for a newborn session and was greeted by the tiniest painted turtle I had ever seen. His "mommy" thought he needed a mini newborn session too. I was schooled on his diet, habitation, and what bugs he strongly dislikes and how you can tell. I welcome these distractions. This is why I love what I do. I never know what to expect; it's like every shoot is a new adventure. I love the challenges and the fun interactions I wouldn't have if I had my own studio.
Together we got to discover that little-known ruggedly beautiful place. The clouds broke in that golden hour, the geese were honking and flying in V-shaped formations over us and birds were singing their evening lullaby. The light rays from the setting sun danced colorfully on the glass-smooth pond. The whole world around us was soaking in that wild beauty.
This is why I chase beauty on days when life feels oppressive.
This is why I can hardly bear compelling sunsets.
This is why I love Wisconsin, and experiencing it in all of its rugged beauty with my favorite people.
This is why I have invested thousands of dollars and years of study into my profession.
It's like telling a story without finishing it, or reading a book with the last couple pages torn out. You got most of the story, and it was a great story, but you're left hanging because the people got their feet chopped off and you know there's more to the story but there's no happy ending for you--actually no ending whatsoever which is even worse!