Before & Afters | Lauren Wittry Photography

I wanted to write a little diddy (hee hee) to my clients, and anyone else reading my posts, about the editing process and why it takes time after your shoot to receive images. I also want you to see my process and why I take such pride in the portraits I provide for you and why I consider photography to really be considered a form of art. I am proud to tell everyone that I am self taught, and I have spent hours teaching myself the editing process. And while I love my photography today, I know I still have so much more to learn! Enjoy these before and afters!

Here I caught my client in a candid moment, where he was actually laughing at something his daughter was doing. But I loved this photo so much, because it caught such a great expression. You can see straight out of camera it looks a little flat and gray. I brought up some of the exposure and edited it so that you can see more of the colors and cropped it in a little to bring you closer to the subject. But - I should have had him take his phone out of his pocket :)

For this photo, she was in a lot of shade under these huge trees in the park. But I loved capturing her within the trees, so I really wanted to keep this photo. I brought up the exposure and tweaked it a little to make the photo a little softer.

This is one of my favorite photos from this session. It was definitely a bit chilly, and the expression on their faces is just so sweet. I cropped it to bring more attention to their faces, and to eliminate the iron bench in the background. Then I added some softness and peachy tones to the photo.

This bubble session was so fun! I really wanted to bring out the beautiful fall colors of North Carolina that the camera didn't capture perfectly - you can see the difference in the trees. I also brightened it up a bit, and added a little more detail to the bubble itself, to make it stand out against the background. If you look closely, you can see the reflection of the old barn behind us in the bubble.

This was a styled shoot I was a part of, and these sisters were great models. I cropped the photo to bring the subjects in, and softened it a bit. But the biggest edit is on the right - you can see I removed the people from the background so they weren't so distracting in the image.

I hope you enjoyed this post on my editing process, and can understand why I think it's so important to print your photos at the right lab. A lot of time and effort goes in to making portraits I want you to be proud of, and I wouldn't want you to be disappointed with any prints you received!

Delivery From The Universe

It's funny how things present themselves to you when you need them most. I have been in a creative rut lately, and it’s been keeping me down. Which has kind of surprised me. Then, I came across this video on a Sue Bryce's website, where she quoted the poem Love After Love (every woman should look it up). 

Sue Bryce is someone I have always loved. She is amazing all around - a speaker, a photographer, a teacher and just as a person (and, I get to meet her in a few weeks). I was always drawn to her work, but never saw it as something I was interested in, creatively. Sue is bringing back beautiful, timeless, romantic Glamour Portraits. Basically, they are beautiful portraits (hair, makeup, the whole jazz) of women to make them feel confident and beautiful like they are every day. Think Glamour Shots, without the mall and cheesy, horrible makeup and outfits.

So yesterday, when I was feeling the ruttiest, I happened to click on to her website, saw that video, and was completely inspired to change what I am learning. Which will take months if not years, to master her way of photographing, but I am excited.

So, I decided to call it my personal photography project. Something I do on the side, in my spare time, with no intention of making money doing it. In that moment, I realized I NEVER call myself a photographer. I never own that part of me, because I am afraid of what people will think. 

And just like that, I came across another inspiring video where she talks about fear and blocks. She talks about how fear really isn't fear, it's just anxiety and how you need to own who you are.

I need to believe the more I think my work is worth, the luckier I am going to get. I need to stare the anxiety in the face. I loved the video and I felt completely inspired. I am excited to show women how beautiful they really are and provide them with art that they can proudly hang on their walls. I am excited to push myself creatively. 

And then low and behold, Elizabeth Gilbert's new book, Big Magic, book pops into my Facebook news feed two minutes later (you should look that up, too).

I'm telling you - the universe shows you what you need to see. Now, if only I could find more time in my day…..

Clients | What To Wear | San Antonio Family Photography

One common question photographers get is "What should I wear to my family session?" Now I am not a stylist, but there are some great photographer tips out there. This blog post from Courtney over at Click It Up A Notch (LOVE her name, and her website), did the hard work and I often reference her post when I give advice. So now I'm going to share it with you!

1. Coordinating colors not matching.

Long gone are the days of everyone wearing a white shirt and matching. Instead, pick a couple of colors and choose clothes that will fit in this color scheme.

2. Look at your home decor.

Do you like bright colors? Neutrals? Since you will be hanging these photos in your house you want to make sure the colors of your clothes go with the color scheme of your home.

3. Don’t forget accessories.

Accessories not only add to your outfit but they can be fun to use in photos. Have the man wear a tie for the woman to hold. Necklaces for the kids to play with or hats to hide behind.

4. Limit patterns.

Personally, I enjoy having an outfit in the mix that has all the colors in it. However, not everyone in the photo should wear patterns as it may distract the final image.

5. Look for clothing collections.

When shopping for clothes for my kids, I head to stores that typically have color coordinating collections. I can then purchase clothes for all the children from one store. I know their clothes will coordinate.

6. Plan ahead

Once you book your session, start thinking of the clothes right away. You may think certain clothes will fit your kids or that one dress is clean. If you wait until the day of or day before you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting, being dirty or need to be dry cleaned.

7. Say no to characters.

Yes, your little one may love their Toy Story shirt but you may want to skip it for the family photo session. Just like patterns, characters on shirts can be pretty distracting.

8. Avoid all white or all black clothing.

If you are wearing an all white shirt then it is very easy to blow out parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail. Same can be said with all black, it’s easy to have clipping on black clothing and the detail is lost.

9. Textures are your friend.

I am a huge fan of a cotton fitted shirt. However, in photographs I like to add textures like scarves or belts to add a little more to the image. Don’t shy away from different textures.

10. Consider your background.

If you are taking photos in front of a backdrop, consider what you are wearing. I remember and image my sister, her husband and newborn son took where they were all wearing black in front of a black backdrop. She and her husband look like floating heads holding a baby.

11. Think classic.

These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years to come. By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel.

For some inspiration, go check out her site! She has some great style boards in her article.