Before & After | Disappearing Man!

There he was in plain sight.  That bright blue shirt taunted me.  I stared at the picture, kicking myself for not noticing this man when I shot the picture.  In an otherwise cute picture, there sat a blue-shirted man directly behind Stef.  I was ready to give up on the picture when Richelle volunteered to edit the man out.  As I watched, I saw Richelle so creatively manipulate the photo.  I began to get a headache just watching her.  Editing the man out posed a difficult challenge, but Richelle did it!  She made the man disappear. I was inspired!

I continued editing the rest of the pictures in the series, meticulously editing out the blue-shirted man just as I had watched Richelle.  The best tip I could offer after watching Richelle and editing a few pictures myself is, mask off small areas to work on before using the stamp tool to make unwanted things disappear.

The final picture (Below)

(Below) The picture with the man | The blue-shirted man distracts from the couple, so I obviously had to get rid of him or else I would have tossed the picture.

(Below) The original picture | The day of the engagement session, San Francisco experienced a rare 80 degree afternoon.  Harsh light made color balance and blacks particularly ugly. In editing the picture I adjusted the white balance, exposure, fill light and tone.  

Raleigh | Two men in a museum

As I walked through the North Carolina Museum of Art, I came across these two older men enjoying each other's company.  Earlier that day, I shared a conversation with an older lady who described her life as a widower, mother, business owner and part-time museum worker.  She must have been in her 60s or 70s, but she was radiant.  I admire older people so much, and when they have something to say, I make a point to listen.  They understand life and have experienced its full potential.  Then I was reminded of what my friend, Geoff, had said to me earlier in the week during another of his life-lesson-pep-talks he always gives me, "Wisdom and life experience are what it's all about.  Pack your days with experiences."

It sometimes amazes me how an atheist like him and a Christian like me can be friends.  Who would have thought?  I've always sought to surround myself with people, especially those older than me, who have chosen to make the most of their life.  Everyone chooses their own paths in life, some motivated by success or love, others by fear.  Instead, I try to pave my own path driven by God's guidance.  He continues to fill my life with experiences, always showing his faithfulness in my life.  I am blessed beyond words for all the experiences in my life and both the good and the bad ahead of me.

Love: Grace and Chris Engaged!

I met Grace and Chris back in college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, when I pledged Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed community service fraternity.  (Yes... even in college I remained a nerd.)  By the time I joined the fraternity, they had been dating for a year or so.  Now we're all grown up, and after many years of dating, Grace and Chris are ready for the next chapter in their life. To this day, Grace is the only one who can perfectly describe my type of man: burly.  She's sassy and full of grace (of course!) and knows more about cars than any girl I know--maybe any boy, too.  She majored in graphic communications while Chris majored in political science.  Despite the obvious contradiction of politics and the arts, Grace and Chris mesh perfectly with each other.

We shot their session at three different locations, but my favorite was Fort Funston.  Grace and Chris would go there often; it's a great place to bring a dog, enjoy the view and watch hang gliders.  I loved shooting their engagement session and witnessing their goofiness and shared giggles.