Engagement announcement photos (added images)

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  1. Ben Egbert

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    My granddaughter asked me to do this for her upcoming wedding. How could I say no? I have 238 images, these are just a small sample, and I would like to get some comments on them before I proceed. Things to watch for especially color and WB. I have been warming them up to eliminate the blue cast in the snow.

    Any other comments like poses, expressions, need a tighter crop or more room?

    Thanks in advance
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    #2
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    #3
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    #4

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  2. Ben Egbert

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    I would really like some feedback here, good or bad. I could put this post in the critique forum if that would be a better place for it.
     
  3. AlanLichty

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    They are nice looking images but as far as how they fit into wedding photo collections I am clueless. #2 and #4 seem like the best ones to me. I might be inclined to trim just a tiny bit off the top of #2.

    (My wife and I got married at the county clerk's office and the last time I attended a formal wedding was 40 years ago.)
     
  4. Ben Egbert

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    Thanks Alan, my wife and I got married like you, but my kids all have church weddings.

    I will try trimming #2. I was worried about 4 making the kids too small in order to get the entire structure in. I suppose I could have had them walk forward a bit.
     
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    Some very nice poses Ben. I think you did them proud from this sample.

    A couple of suggestions. 1st, vignetting is huge in the portrait world, especially when it comes to weddings and engagements. So I would add vignetting to a bunch of these, In fact, perhaps almost of them. I also think a mix of Color and B&W is great.

    I am not sure how much time I will have on Monday, but I could try to work up a few suggestions for you.

    My biggest suggestion is that with portraits like this is to process them 180 degrees different then you would landscape photos. That means pushing contrasts, blowing out highlights and adding vignettes.
     
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    Nice series. I'd go for a much tighter crop on the first. The guys back doesn't bring much to the image. If you crop relatively tight to mostly just include their faces, the image gets much stronger IMHO.
    Like the others as they are. In #4 it would have been great if she could have gone on that "balcony" with him looking up at her from below. Like some funny hint at certain fairy tales.
     
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    Thanks Jim, so I could have left in the power lines in the sky of #4? Just kidding. These all have vignette, just not enough I suppose.

    Thanks Carlo, that is a great idea for #4, I do have closer shots of some of these as you can see between 2 and 3. I agree on #1, I will look to see if I have a better pose and then crop it.
     
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    Ok here is #2 cropped and with a heavy vignette.

    191130-12123-5DS R vig.jpg


    And here is another image I liked also with a heavy vignette.
    191130-12060-5DS R vig.jpg
     
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    I like the new ones.
     
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