A review! Sleeklens Forever Thine Wedding Workflow presets

A while ago, I was asked to review a set of presets for wedding editing that are compatible with Lightroom…the Forever Thine Wedding Workflow by Sleeklens.

First, I have never been asked to review anything before, so I feel pretty great about that. Thank you, sleeklens!

Second, I should note that I don’t regularly use presets in Lightroom or actions in Photoshop in my wedding editing workflow. I have some presets and actions I made myself of things I do to every raw image and I apply those to speed up my editing process so that I don’t have to do the same things over and over. Other than that, I do everything myself and by hand. I have tried presets and actions before though, so I have some previous knowledge to work with.

So…after saying that…This is a pretty great workflow set. It’s not just a set of presets. It’s a big set of presets AND a set of brushes. There are 11 SETS of presets and 5 SETS of brushes, with a bunch in each set. The presets: All-in-ones, bases, exposure, color, tone/tint, polish, vignettes, film, fashion, matte, vintage, and black and white. The brushes: color, face, haze, light, wedding.

You can start with a preset, tweak it how you like, and then use the brushes to do fine adjustments. They send you a PDF with a few recipes to do just that, to get you started.

I chose a few images from one of my weddings this summer to do a few examples.

First…This was my edit from this wedding. The one I sent my client.

This next one is the one I made using the Forever Thine Wedding Workflow:

This is “Base – warmer” with “Tone/tint – Fading Dream” with a bump in tint, clarity, and temperature. This formula is pretty much straight from their instructional PDF.

Honestly, I don’t love it as much as the one I sent my client. But I could probably tweak it a little more and get it there.

Here’s another of my own that I sent my client:

 

And one I made using the workflow:

This is “Wedding Film – Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with “Fix Over-exposure” brush on their bodies.

I know, they’re not the same. But it could be done. I’m trying to showcase what can be done with their presets, not my own editing.  This is more like an editing style that is popular right now. Muted greens and grayed tones. If that’s your thing, this set of presets has a few muted tone and film style looks.

And here’s a look at a raw version of another photo with my edit:

And two versions from the workflow:

This is “Wedding Film – Gone with the Wind” with the “Add Golden Sun” brush on the left and “All-in-One – Best Man” with the “Add Golden Sun” brush on the right.

These are both beautiful as well.

A black and white of my own:

Another popular style…the dark and moody black and white. This one is made using “Repulsion” (They may want to reconsider that name? haha), using the brush “Fix underexpose” on the face and shoulder area, and pulling exposure up a bit.

There are so many things you can do with these presets. Depending on your style, it would be really easy to come up with a formula and dramatically reduce the amount of time you spend editing. And for $31, it’s pretty much a steal to get this many presets and brushes.

What do I do with my images?

What do I do with my images?

That’s a new menu I’ve added to the website tonight. I’m still working on the images because I need to take more photos of things I make for you lovely people. With my big fancy cameras instead of my phone. haha Hey, the best camera is the one that’s with you, right?

New goal…more “after” photos on the website.

Basically…

Put your faces on your walls. Exist in your space. Have me make albums of your gorgeous weddings. Put your images in beautiful portrait boxes on your tables and shelves.

It’s good for you to see how awesome you are. And I love that I get to do that for you.

Gratitude!

This summer I had some really amazing weddings. I will finish blogging about the individual weddings (I’ve already done one here).

At the end of every one I’m a combination of exhaustion and elation. When I deliver to my clients I’m like a kid at Christmas. After delivering one wedding this summer, I said this to a friend, “I wish I had weddings every weekend so I can be this happy all the time!”

So this post is really to say thank you for a beautiful summer wedding season. Here’s to a 2018 season that is just as awesome!

Before and After Photos

You know, I was never a fan of before and after photos. I don’t know…I guess I always thought it was a little bit like ‘look how crappy this person looks in the before photo and how amazing they look after I got a hold of them…so much better than they usually look.’  So that’s real nice. hahaha

But…I have changed my mind. I was thinking about it all wrong. The point is not that you look crappy in the before photo, because of course you are beautiful anyway. The point is that anyone…absolutely anyone, can look like they’re a supermodel gracing the pages of a magazine and it’s about the experience.

In fact, I’ll admit that before I didn’t even think professional hair and makeup was actually a necessity for a session. Because I truly and fully believe that we are already beautiful and do not need to be edited until we don’t even look like ourselves.

But I seriously missed the point.

How did I change my mind? I had never experienced what I do for other people for myself. So I gave myself part of the experience.

I put a few outfits together for some new headshots for my website. I didn’t go too crazy here.  I mean…if you know me, then you know I’m like a colorful mermaid or something. Who wears a lot of black. There isn’t really a category. Let’s just go with it. I’m Beth. Hi.

And then…I made an appointment to have my hair re-colored. Then I booked hair and makeup. For myself.

I can tell you now…it’s not at all about not looking good every day. It’s about having an experience and doing something…just. for. you. About you. It was really fun!

And then I took some photos of myself. I will share some of them later. But for now…I’m going to share my before and after. I didn’t even change my shirt yet!

Now, my daily look is sometimes really good and sometimes “I have a preschooler”. And my makeup artist didn’t even go all out on me, but I felt amazing. And I got a million compliments for the rest of the day. I probably should have made a day of it and gone out with my husband for dinner.

So. That’s what I want for you. Get a mani/pedi. Do something fun and new for yourself. Whatever that means for you. I got a new tattoo and a hair re-color and I felt super awesome…hey, we all have our things we like. Then…come into Beth Waldron Photography and have another awesome experience that is all about you. We’ll do your hair and makeup and pick outfits together. We’ll make beautiful portraits. Then you can go out and do something fun while you’re feeling…extra. Make a day of it. For you.

For this shoot:
Hair color: Alysson King at Fabrik
Makeup: Meg Hansen at Fabrik
(Love those ladies at Fabrik)

I painted this unstretched canvas as a backdrop especially for myself and this selfie shoot. Because I’m also an artist and I wanted my headshots to reflect that… Look! I’m not even wearing black!

Emily + Ron – Hamilton, Montana Wedding July 2017

Are you ready for some wedding blogs? The software I use to make albums has a blog collage feature! What an awesome thing! This is a fraction of the photos, but I can post so many more this way!

Ok. Enough about me…

Emily and Ron’s wedding, you guys! Not only are they completely adorable with each other, their wedding was super. It was on private property in the Bitterroot with a glorious view of the mountains and a private little field. They couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous sunny day (we could have turned the heat down a little…100 degrees most of the day) and during the ceremony we got some clouds which made for really nice light.

They had this RZR driving around that was super fun, and they had a horse and carriage! The guys rolled up on the RZR for the ceremony and the ladies were brought over in the carriage. So many cool details at the reception area too. There was a big sitting area with hay bales and a chandelier next to the dance floor and there was a sweet little family memory area.

And the most important part. All the love going around all day. So much love from friends and family and for each other.  Everyone should have someone who looks at them the way Emily and Ron look at each other. <3 <3 <3

Vendor information for their wedding:
Planner/Coordinator: Erika’s Event Planning
Catering: Caffe Firenze
Flowers: Flower Happy Florals & Gifts
Cake/Cupcakes: Petals & Pastries (Red Rooster Artesian Bakery)
Music: RMF Entertainment DJ Services (Jordan Waldo)
Horse/Carriage: Pioneer Carriage Services  (I don’t think they have a website, but they’re in Corvallis 😉
Rentals: Hamilton Party Rentals 

The Paige Marie Photography workshop!

I know I mentioned it before, but I absolutely love continuing education. For one thing, it’s important to remember that you can always learn something new. And it’s really fun to meet other photographers and see how they do things.

So, someone couldn’t make it to their spot at the Paige Marie Photography workshop at The Loft a couple of weeks ago and they posted it on Facebook. I snapped it up. Lots of fun things to talk about, a styled shoot at The Loft and in Greenough Park by Soirée 99 Events, tips from Brian Powers, a talk and Q&A session with Aimee Miklovic, an SEO guru who helped us with our Instagram accounts (seriously, check her out @assistantextraordinaire on Instagram).

The light at the end of the day was magical with cottonwood catching the sun (and my sinuses haha), so the styled shoot in the park was perfect. And we ended with dinner at Cafe Dolce, which is amazing. It was a very good day.

If you’re looking for a local workshop with a “rising tide lifts all boats” kind of feel, then I can’t recommend it enough. It’s so great when people work together.

Here’s a list of vendors for the day and styled sessions:

Venue: @theloftmissoula
Cookies: @upthehillcookiesbyjill
Rings: @rogersandco.finejewelry
Invites and Graphic Design: @heytayler
Floral: @soulandstemfloral
Dress: @velvetbride
Coordination and Tablescape: @soiree99events
Makeup: @skinchic406

Trying a new blog image layout…what do you think?

Booking for weddings and sessions is here. I’d love to talk to you!

Sunset styled shoot/workshop!

I strongly believe that once or twice a year, you should continue your education, even if it’s in small ways. I pay for yearly access to an online wedding school, buy classes on Creative Live, and take workshops when I can. Never stop learning!

And so last night I attended a sunset styled shoot/workshop given by Jackie Haugen of Jacilyn M Photography. The weather was uncooperative, to say the least. haha It poured! But the couple was gorgeous, the dress was seriously amazing, and the bouquet was one of my favorite ones I’ve ever seen…with CACTUS! I have such a soft spot for cactus.

The field was filled with flowers, there were dramatic storm clouds and occasional spots of light, and it was windy. You might think the clouds and wind would be bad, but wedding photographers shoot in all kinds of weather. I personally love dramatic and gloomy weather.

The dress was from Velvet Bride, the makeup was done at Skin Chic, and the oh so lovely bouquet was made by Habitat Floral Studio.

The studio

Over the last month or so, I’ve been getting a studio space ready downtown. I am working on signage next, but I’m basically ready to work in there now. I’m very excited about it! The light is great, I put up a backdrop mount and paper roll. There’s a space for us to sit and chat. And…

A dedicated boudoir space. I have a bed in there and a pretty vintage chair, with sheers up on the window. Want to see it?!

EEEeeeeee!

Want to book a session? Contact me here!

Hello world!

This is my first post on the new blog. I’ve been working on a new website, which is light speed compared to my old website. My biggest frustration with the old site was how slow it was. It was pretty, if you could wait for everything to load. haha

This one is pretty too. And has more features I wanted. Plus the super fast part. Really…that’s the most important thing. If I go to someone’s website to look for info and it takes forever to load I might skip it altogether. I hate to think of how many brides I may have lost just because my website was slow. It makes me sad.

So if you go scrolling through to see the old posts…they don’t have photos in them? I thought I migrated everything successfully, but clearly I didn’t know as much as I thought I did. 😉  Maybe I will re-blog some of the more important posts.

Welcome to the new site and new blog. 🙂