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Since posting the photo of my Little Wee G yesterday on Facebook, I got many, many emails from photographers, asking me how I created that shot.  I recreated that scene again today so you can get an idea what was done.

I propped both Little G and Little Wee G separately on the table so they can get more of the bokeh effect from the tree since there’s more lights up top than the bottom.  Always remember, SAFETY FIRST!!!  The Giant was less than a foot away and was there to help assist me during Little Wee G’s session.  I can’t stress this enough, safety, safety, safety!!

So here are the deets!

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camera-nikon d800, lens 85mm, f-stop 1.4, shutter 1/250, ISO 200

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camera-nikon d800, lens 85mm, f-stop 1.4, shutter 1/250, ISO 320

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camera-nikon d800, lens 85mm, f-stop 1.4, shutter 1/250, ISO 320

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I edited all three photos in Photoshop and this is what I did…

-adjust the levels to brighten up the photo to the amount desired

-used actions (harriet pop) from peta mazey, the childs play series

-sharpened with kevin kubota’s magic sharp

 

That’s it!  Just three simple steps!! If you want to achieve bigger bokehs, get closer to your subject and always shoot wide (f/1.4)

Litte Wee G’s elf hat can be purchased here.

Litte G’s pajamas can be purchased here.

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Hope this helps.  Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

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Happy Halloween! There is nothing haunted about this wedding though – it’s Hollywood glamour through and through. Soo and Ron’s glittering wedding day at O’Hare InterContinental was created by Yanni Design Studio – giving pink and black an infusion of grown-up glamour, bejeweled bouquets handmade by Ky Kampfeld, and morsel-sized sweets by Yum Squared. Everything is covered in a blanket of bold, striking shades of pink, there’s not a single detail you won’t want to pin to your girly heart’s content!

A bit on the serious side, Soo and Ron were in a car accident just two weeks before their wedding. She was afraid she wouldn’t be able to walk down the aisle – but luckily this was not the case and everything came together beautifully. Ain’t she a stunning bride? Just like an A-List celeb on the red carpet, except more authentic and glowing as only a bride can be.

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Bouquets by Ky (Ky Kampfeld)
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Wishing Soo and Ron all the best – they make an adorable couple!

xo, Melissa

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Soo and Ron’s Wedding Guide ::

Venue, O’Hare InterContinental (ceremony and reception)  //  Bride’s Attire, KITTYCHEN Couture gown via The Dress by Nicole, Benjamin Adams shoes via The Left Bank  //  Bride’s Hair and Makeup, Sonia Roselli Makeup Studio  //  Groom’s Attire, custom from DeLouice  //  Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Jenny Yoo  //  Bridal Bouquet, Bridemaids’ Bouquets, and Boutonnieres, Bouquets by Ky (Ky Kampfeld)  //  Event Designer, Yanni Design Studio  //  Cake, Cake Sweet Food Chicago // Dessert Table. Yum Squared

 

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Oh, Wicker Park! I love this Chicago neighborhood – in all its gritty, boheme glory. Lyndsay and Reid were the perfect subjects to really bring the well-worn, raw and run-down backdrops to life. Even the peeling paint in Wicker Park manages to look cool and artfully done just so, don’t you think?

When Lyndsay and I met during the consultation, it was girl crush at first sight. We clicked just like that – we couldn’t stop laughing together, we’re both die-hard Democrats (how that came up, I have no idea!), and at one point I said to Lyndsay, you MUST be an Aries, like me. She said yes, and we both screamed! See? Girl crush.

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Bringing this back to their engagement shoot, needless to say, it was non-stop laughter – after Lyndsay got over some nerves (a little liquid courage during your hair and makeup session never hurts!). I think both Reid and Lyndsay look like natural born models, seriously owning it! Especially in this next shot. Rrrrrrrrr.

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All in all, I was happy to get a text from Lyndsay after we parted ways – saying that she’s never felt more confident or sexier than she did during the shoot. There’s nothing I like to hear more! I’ll be shooting Lyndsay and Reid’s wedding in 2014 – cheers to double the confidence by then!

xo, Melissa

 

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  • Lyndsay TraffOctober 23, 2013 - 3:38 pm

    Melissa…what can I say other than you are a true master of your craft. You are so talented and I feel blessed that I stumbled upon you while looking for photographers for our 2014 wedding. Truly, I do. We looked at so many people/companies and nothing moved me. I liken your work to romance meets Vanity Fair.
    Also, you ROCK! We love you. You are so sweet. I felt so comfortable with you the instant we met; you are very approachable and friendly as well as professional all at the same time. I have to say, and anyone I know will agree, I HATE pictures of myself. HATE THEM. You helped me pose while making me feel confident and sexy.
    Thank you for putting together such an awesome engagement session for Reid and I!
    XOXO Lyndsay

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