McManus Family, Feb. 19, 2015
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Hi Alan and Carmen (and Eric)! Such a pleasure to get to make these images with you - and this is only part one! I'm putting up the selections from this first shoot now - and then when we go back to the Bund/Bridge, I'll do a separate gallery for that. As I mentioned, I'm happy to give you all of the images here at full-resolution, but maybe just pick 25 for final, full edits - and the rest I'll just put in a separate folder when I get them to you on a flash drive.
As you pick final edits, keep in mind the following tips and instructions:
1) All images are essentially unedited, except for some minor adjustments if I would have planned on cropping in advance, etc. Otherwise, they are taken as-shot, straight out of the camera. Don't worry about skin blemishes, stray hairs, etc. - I'm very good at editing those types of details! Please also note that whenever possible, I'll remove distracting background elements - basically, I'll make your final selection edits reflect the absolute best those particular pictures can be.
2) Pick images based on things like: what you have the strongest emotional response to, expressions, poses, and overall composition/framing. Don't leave an image off of your 'list' of picks because of small variations in color, tone, or small distractions (like a few stray hairs that are out of place, etc.). Those issues can all typically be fixed/corrected in editing.
3) All images below are not full-resolution - they are sized for convenient downloading/viewing here on the website. I will edit the final images you choose and give them to you on a flash drive, or make them available for digital download at full resolution, without a watermark. The size of final images is quite large - and more than enough to make large (actually, gigantic!) prints of if you wish.
4) Different people have different tastes when it comes to editing in Photoshop. I always aim for a balance of editing that looks natural, but that highlights the beauty of the subject in the most flattering way possible. Some people like images to be almost completely unedited - leave all freckles, moles, etc. I can edit the pictures for you according to your preferences - because they need to be images that resonate with you!
Selecting Your Final Images for Editing:
Please follow the instructions in the comment box below for selecting the final images you want me to edit and get to you in full-resolution. Once you have finished selecting your images in the comment box below, please either send me an email () - text, WeChat, or WhatsApp messages are also fine! Editing will typically take no more than one week from the day you have made your selections; I try to get them done as quickly as possible, however. Once we do the other shoot, we'll do the same process with those.
For prints, I'd recommend waiting until we have done the second shoot so you have the 'full' set to choose from - and we can chat about different options you've got for those (ie, whether you'd prefer several 8x10s or a larger single print, etc.).
I can't wait to see what you pick!