Three little angels!

Capturing a moment during a portrait session is tough. Most people aren’t exactly comfy in front of a lens. Smiles and gestures tend to look forced, and if the subject is a child their patience is like a very short fuse.

So what’s even harder? Three little angels! But it’s no sweat (dusts off shoulders), we do this everyday at Custom Minds.

All participants were in good spirits…

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…and very cute!

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Taking bad photos is easy.

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But with some props, guidance, and big sister love…

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…we were able to capture some memories.

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Thanks for your cooperation and cuteness girls!

Akane and family

I never thought we’d do an interesting family shoot like this when I first met Akane. She is a super-mom with two little children and four little dogs. Her lovely house is decorated with studio family photos but she wanted something outdoors, and we were happy to oblige.

The puppies were actually quite tame.

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Individual portraits were not a problem.

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There were grey skies so we had to add some “magic” in post processing.

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Tough love ^_^

 

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Thanks guys! Hope to see you again soon.

 

How to photograph a car with a harsh sun and yet have no harsh reflections

Good morning!
A few weeks ago we posted a car shoot of a R8 and a little girl.  We were limited on locations to shoot due to not wanting to drive the car too far (required race gas and wasn’t the best in stop/go daily driving.)   Our challenge was, how to take photos of two cars at 11am in Houston — one being a real car, and the other being a toy car with a 1yr old child.  We of course wouldn’t keep the child out in the heat long, so we decided to “paint” the car with light and then Photoshop it together after the shoot was over.   Here is how we did it.

Step 1, Coming prepared
You need a tripod and a remote trigger for your camera to properly “paint” a subject.  This allows your camera to stay in exactly the same position for each and every photo you take.  You also need one or more off-camera strobes.  Off-camera strobes could be either speed lights or remote triggers with powered strobes.  We did the remote triggers & powered strobes with an external power source.  We also brought a ladder just in case we needed a different angle.

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Step 2, Have the car clean and then clean it again.
While we set up, he helped spot clean.  Thanks!!  (see above)

Step 3, Test shots
Take a few test shots and then preview how the composition of the image will look.  Also looking at the viewfinder/image inside your car or in a shaded area will help — looking at the viewfinder on your camera in the direct sun does not always give the best results.

Step 4, Paint the subject
With the remote shutter, move the light to a new spot.  set it down and take a photo.  Now move the light to the next spot (few feet over), and take another photo.  Repeat this until you get all the angles you want for the final product.  It helps having a mental image of what you are looking for before you start this task.  Below are a group of shots showing about 28 photos that were needed for this final photo painting.

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Step 5, Layer everything together in Photoshop.
Use Photoshop “Layers” and merge each individual photo together until you get the desired result.  I will not go into the Photoshop details, but just know i use a few different methods for adding and subtracting the images to and from each other.  For larger detailed photos, this process should take about 45minutes to an hour in Photoshop.  If you are doing it for the first time and are familiar with Photoshop, earmark about 2 hours since you will end up playing around a bit for what works best for you.  Below is my final result of the Samoa Orange Audi R8.

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But wait, didn’t you say something about a child?!!  Yup, keep reading!

Step 6, Adding the child
Now that we have a pretty photo of the car by itself, we need to add the child and her mini R8.  We felt the little one would immediately start moving the mini R8, so we decided to just use one strobe for this shot.  With the camera in the exact same position on the tripod, we started taking photos of her next to the real car — so when you overlay the photos, it is as if she magically appears.

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Step 7, Adjusting Photo 1 and Photo 2
While the girl appears next to the shaded R8 (above), we really need the painted R8 in the photo.   So, we have to cut her and her mini R8 out and then paste her into the painted R8 image.  (we had to adjust the color/contrast on the little girls photo to match the r8 final image — same steps for the child as we did when creating the car only image.)  And finally this gives us the final product.

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Step 8, Relax!

Thanks for checking this out!

Epic Halloween Bash!!!

What a party we got to cover this year. In fact, this wasn’t a mere “party,” this was a full on event!

There was dancing by the pool, dancing on the second floor balcony, there were servers walking around with trays, a magician, two photographers, and two bars.

The food and props were creepy yet awesome; a mix of glowing eyes and disgusting/delicious horderves.

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I won’t even get into the costumes, you can see for yourself!

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Did you catch Hugh Hefner and Macho Man Randy Savage? “Ooooh Yyyeah!”

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It was a great event! Hope to see you there next year! And in the meantime, let us cover your next party (we’ll make it an event)!

Abigail and the Shot

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Good job photographer:mrgreen:!

Abigail is a bit of a natural beauty so you would think getting the perfect shot would be easy.

It is not.

Why you ask?

It’s tricky because Abigail isn’t exactly comfortable in front of a man with his face hidden behind a camera, attached to a lens, surrounded by lights.

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Big lights.

Fortunately the photographers at Custom Minds can be quite charming…even funny. And eventually Abigail was able to relax.

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That’s not relaxed.

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There we go!

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Perfect shot!

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Control yourself Abigail!

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Cha-ching!

Ok now let’s take a break.

 

 

While the studio temperature was 74 degrees, it still gets hot under those wedding dresses.

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Seriously. That fan was working overtime.

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Then it was back to work.

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I know, I know, we are so funny 8).

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Perfect shot!

And finally we took it outside for just a little bit.

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Testing. (Notice the red eyes. I was still jet lagged. Soldier 8))

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Thank you Abigail. The Photography God showered us with many perfect-shot blessings.

 

Salwa Owens Fashion Shoot #3

This is the final installment of the Salwa Owens Fashion Shoot series.  When we took these, it was a nice crisp 95 degrees here in Houston.  The location was at the covered square between Jones Hall and the Alley Theatre.

We attempted to get a few swinging purse photos during the shoot.  Salwa was having a great time whirling that beautiful bag around!  Her philosophy is to empower women through the joys of clothing.   And she is doing a great job; I plan to buy a few outfits for my wife!

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You can check out more her designs at SalwaOwens.com

Thank you again Salwa!!

 

 

 

 

Michael, Christine and some boots

What a great idea for a photoshoot: parents, puppy dog, bun in the oven, and boots. It’s all so warm, so family, such a big idea, so Texas!

On an August morning we all headed to a small area near Katy Heritage Park and made some great photos. It was hot of course, but you can’t tell by the pictures!

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Thanks Michael and Christine. Can’t wait to meet your beautiful baby!