Thursday, July 29, 2010

This Texas Wedding: A Note About Photo Post-Processing

I am almost done with the wedding recaps (bet you never thought that would happen!) I think all I have left is a quick run through of all the paper products I made and an attempt at a cost post. But since I am done with most of the photos I wanted to get to that post-processing post I promised y'all.

Post processing can be a great thing! Let me show you some of the ones I think turned out good after being professionally post-processed.

Before Professional Post-Processing
After Professional Post Processing
Not too much was done on this one, but what was helped it out so much. They removed the half done horseshoe pits we have, greened up the grass and blued up the sky. The dark edges just help to focus your eye.

Before Professional Post Processing
After Professional Post Processing
 I love this picture of my dad and I. One of the main reasons I love the after is because all of our sweat and shine was removed! I get my sweatyness from my dad, it will be 30ยบ outside and he will still be sweating, and while I am not that bad I am close to it! Hudson decided to sit in on this photo, and he got the boot in post processing along with some winkles on my dad's suit. Something else that I love that they tried to do in all the post processed image of me is smooth out my arms. I have a skin condition called keratosis pilaris that makes my arms a splotchy red. So you'll noticed they smoothed that out some, but not to much to make it look weird!

Pre Professional Post Processing
Post Professional Post Processing
Post Professional Post Processing
 Holy cow! Saturated colors helped so much with this photo! I am forever happy that the truck got removed from the left side and the fence extended. Also, the telephone pole was removed from the left side. It's almost like after all the work was done to the left side there was no time for the right. I would love for that right side telephone pole to be removed, and maybe one day I will attempt to do it myself, I don't think it would be too hard, just take a little time. And who knows, maybe that pole adds a good balance with the white fence on the other side, I don't know. I'll just have to try it and see! I would love the last one about a million times more if it had been about 2 seconds later and we were actually kissing, not just about to.

Now on to some of the funnier, but still turned out fantastic professional post processing shots.

Before Professional Post Processing
After Professional Post Processing
Hehe, this one makes me laugh, and I think after I point out why you will be laughing too! Again, greened up the grass, blued up the sky and darkened the edges. Also, remove those pesky half done horseshoe pits. Removed some weird shadow, matted my face (I am a shinny, sweaty person!). Haha, but if you look closely, Hudson was a little, umm, excited? And they removed that! Ahh, when I first noticed it I laughed so hard and then felt so bad that they had to do that! But it made an amazing photo in the end!

Before Professional Post Processing
After Professional Post Precessing
Another one of my dad and I! I love, love, love this picture too. Especially after the post processing and my dad's facial expression changing! Didn't notice that at first did ya? Me either! It was something I just noticed not to long ago. The whole time walking down the aisle my dad was talking to me, could I tell you a word of what he said? Nope, not a word. So, where did that face come from?
Post Professional Processing face came from here!
That's right, the face came from a whole 'nother picture! But can anyone tell? I could not, and if I can not tell that's all that matters.
Before Professional Post Processing
After Professional Post Processing
Lurv my smooth arms. And another case of "woah, where'd that come from!?" As in, where did that unity candle come from?
Came from here!
They also removed the lighters and some bark that fell off the holder. It's a great picture, but looks a little off in my opinion.

Before Professional Post Processing
After Professional Post Processing
Hehe, I think this one might be my favorite. There was a table coming out of my booty, and then magically it was gone!

Before Professional Post Processing
After Professional Post Processing
I love how the colors were edited to be so nice and golden warm. I also love how my dress was lowered to hide my something blue socks! Along with the styrofoam cup and car being removed.

Now, I want to show you some of the professional post processed pictures that I took a little further and edited myself. I'll show you the before any processing if they are pictures we have not looked at before.

Professional Post Processing
Meredith Post Processing
Remember this picture from above, with the transplant face? Well they also gave it to me in this pretty sepia tone. In both versions I found the people on the left side to be a bit of a distraction, perhaps if there had been people on both sides it would of been better. But I kept finding my eye drawn to the left side, not where it should be drawn. So, I edited those suckers out! I used the sepia one for this because I figured it would be a lot easier than the color one, I have still yet to tackle the color one.

Pre Professional Post Processing
Post Professional Post Processing
 I think this picture is one of my favorites, I believe I mentioned that this photo was Robert's idea, when I showed it in one of my picture posts. Someone told me this photo made them sad! I don't know why, I totally take it as us walking off into the sunset to live happily ever after! I love how blue the professional post processing made the sky. However, that road dot was driving me insane, I hated it, hated it with a passion. I believe this was the first photo I post processed, because I hated that dot so much! Below is what I came up with:

Meredith Post Processing

 Like a million times better, right? I think so. I think this a fantastic case of editing the littlest thing yourself makes a huge difference and make a great photo fantastic.

Pre Any Post Processing
Meredith Post Processing
Our photographer did not post process this one at all. I really liked how Robert and I looked in this one but hated the people and truck in the background on the left and that dang telephone pole on the right. So! I photoshopped out the truck and people on the left and the telephone lines on the right (thank you clone stamp!) and then with a little careful cropping, cropped out the telephone pole. Nope, I did photoshop it out, for some reason that pole scares me!

My goal is to get one of our wedding pictures printed on a gallery wrap canvas for our anniversary. I am not sure if I want to hang it above our fireplace or in our bedroom or where yet. Plus I need to decide which one I want! I think I will pick one of the following:

What's your vote?

Friday, July 23, 2010

This Texas Wedding: Group Pictures

Robert and I tried to make our way around to every table and get a picture with all of our guests. I later included these pictures (after I edited them) in with our thank you notes.

Robert old roommate (from the house he was living in when we met), Seth, and his dad, Richard.

Friends of my parents, Tindy, her daughter, Nicole, and her husband, Rob.

Friends of my family, Denise, Russell, Brook and Brice. I used to baby sit those girls when they were babies! Denise works for Sisco and help proved a lot of the serving pieces we used.
Jason and Amanda, Robert met Amanda when he was going to school in Waco and then they were roommates for a while in Austin. They got married in April (I think April) of the same year we did.

My friend from college, Melissa and her boyfriend Hunter. I love our prom pose here. Melissa is so much fun and I wish we were able to hang out more!

Robert's friends from Waco Tim and Leslie.

My friend from high-school and freshman year of college, Melanie (next to me) and her friend AJ.

The bookkeeper for my office, Doreen.

My parents next door neighbors, Jennifer and her mom Susan. I used to baby sit Jennifer too!

Friends of my parents Ed and Kendra.

Friends of my family, Sue, she has two girls close to my age that I grew up hanging out with, Diane and Dick.

My friend from high school and college, she's the only reason I even knew SWT, when it was SWT, had a Com Des program!

Friends of my mom's side of the family, Wayne, Lisa, Paige and Kendall.

The Figgs!

The Franks!

Sean and Rebecca.

Josh and Nancy, they are getting married this yeah on 10.10.10, in China! Isn't that awesome?

 Robert's step-great-aunt and uncle and cousins, at least I think that is the correct term! Vicki is Robert's step-dad's, mom's sister. Cody, James, Vicki and Callee.

My aunt Allison, Uncle Paul and one of the twin cousins, Alex, the other twin, Blair could not make it.

My granddad!

My little brother!

Robert with his mom and step-dad.

Robert with his dad.

Robert and I with Darcy and Ryan. Ryan is one of Robert's co-workers and Darcy is his wife. Darcy used to do wedding planning before she became a SAHM, so she offered to help out with the wedding. It was a true blessing to have her around. Looking back on everything I don't know how it all would of come together with out her!

With Robert's step-grandparents, Peggy and Wayne.

Robert's dad wanted this picture with all of his "kids". Clinton and Bambi, Robert and I and Rance.