The Lock Down Wedding

Mr. & Mrs. Lock tied the knot on March 11th,. 2016 in Winston-Salem, NC and I was grateful to be part of this union. It was held in the down stairs section of the

The Millennium Center down town. This building used to be an old court-house and it has such classic character. Marble floors, wood details, and so much more.

The ambiance and lighting was so pretty regardless of the challenges it presented taking photos, but we got it done! I want to thank the Locks for sharing me their story and getting to know them closer on their special night!

Here are some of my favorite photos and how I accomplished them.

This first image was taken on the first floor in one of their booth set ups, the chandelier is real, the bench, and velvet curtains also. I saw an immediate opportunity for super classy and more expensive backdrops here. So I posed Jen and Steven and got to snapping. The real art came in Photoshop and LightRoom.

1.) I did sharpening and basic retouching in light room and opened them up in Photoshop.

2.) I googled in images sparkler writing and art, found the one I thought would fit effortlessly and saved it to my desktop.

3.) In Photoshop I opened up a new blank canvas by making it 11×14 in size and black.

4.) I copied the Photo and pasted it on top of the black canvas.

5.) The free transformed the image to fit inside the black canvas with some room to spare on the edges of the photo as if it was frame matting.

6.) Then I took the brush tool and put it on clear and started to blend the photo in to the black canvas and touched up the floor shadows with the Burn tool.

7.) Then I copied and pasted the sparkler script on top where I see suited best and then used the clear brush tool to clean up the edges and lowered the transparency of the script only to about 90% to make the smallest details of missed brushing fade out..


Love Sparkler Sample

This photo below was taken so well I didn’t have to do much to it, that is why I try to practice taking the best photo I can at the beginning to cut down on editing time.

I only edited this image in Light Room. I opened it and perfected the lighting, sharpening, and so forth. Then I moved to the brush tools and brought up the lantern glowing lights a little more to pop from the back light of the doors behind the bride. Then made sure it was balanced and even all around as close as I could get it.


My last but not my least fave is the one below..

I cloned some sparklers in to hands where theirs burned out already and did the same thing for the sparkler halo as I did in the first pic of this blog page. I love how it glows!




About me

I started off in photography in 2002.

I got the idea to start my own business when I hired a local amateur small business owner to do my High School Senior Photos. She had a retro film camera, was cheap, and gave a mini album of my best 4×6’s prints. Coming from a small town with a lot of poverty she made good money for her prices.

I observed her and her routine and thought if she can do it so can I……..

After I moved away as a new military bride to Fort Campbell, KY I started to spread my wings. I took a cheap point and shoot camera and walked down the river walk offering free photos to people and mailed them their 4x6s.

I took one photo of my friend while she was pregnant and she mailed it to her husband in Iraq and it was history. People started asking who took this photo and then my name started to spread solely by word of mouth. That’s the best kind of advertising.

“It wont happen until you put yourself out there.”

I have always been the artsy type. So as for my style I have seen I have the ability to take on the clients or subjects style and capture that along with catching the natural beauty caught in the moment! I just don’t know how to explain it, but none of my photos are planned ahead of time. I never carry much equipment and use ISO and shutter speeds for light manipulation. I do however want to go to a class and learn more lighting techniques to further polish my art.

What do I love about photography? I love capturing memories that will last forever and I love the ones you can look on and it starts the movie in your head, and then a blissful smile falls on your lips! Happiness.

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