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Glamorous Gatsby Themed Wedding at Clarks Landing | Artistic NJ Wedding Photographer

My good friends, Taylor & Rob, were married on Friday at St. Dominic Church in Brick, NJ followed by a stunning reception at Clark’s Landing in Point Pleasant, NJ.

Their Gatsby themed wedding was simply breathtaking! Taylor found the dress of her dreams at Kleinfeld’s  in New York, NY and their beautiful wedding rings were purchased at Tick Tock Jewelers’s in Burlington, VT. Taylor’s engagement ring is a vintage ring that was Rob’s great grandmothers, which I thought was amazing. Her engagement ring is so gorgeous, I absolutely love vintage jewelry & her flower ring is just stunning!

Her engagement ring surely set the tone for their vintage glam wedding vision. From the seating chart to the table numbers, from the candelabras to the grand chandeliers, there was not detail felt behind and Clark’s was the perfect location for their theme. Their venue has an elegant ballroom and jaw dropping sunset view.

Taylor surprised Rob by serenading him during the reception. She has such an amazing voice and I am so glad that she was able to find a way to really put her personality into her wedding. The dance floor was never empty because Taylor & Rob entertained the crowd throughout the night with their dancing and singing. They have so much amazing chemistry, you can clearly tell that they were meant to be together.

I will talk ore about their incredible wedding when I blog the entire day. For now, here are some previews to wet your appetite.icon smile Glamorous Gatsby Themed Wedding at Clarks Landing | Artistic NJ Wedding Photographer

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Scenic Golf Course Weddings in Neshanic Station | Neshanic Valley Golf Course Neshanic Valley, New Jersey | Romantic Central New Jersey Wedding Photographer

Jane and Ed were married at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Valley, New Jersey this August. The wedding day was very humid and hot but we did not let that hinder our images and creativity. The ceremony location at this venue is unbelievable! It is so gorgeous and provides a scenic view of the golf course as well as other beautiful scenery. The ceremony location does not need much decoration because the beauty of the natural surrounds just makes this location a stunning place to get married.

Jane and Ed’s family and friends were great.  The bridesmaids were so fun to hang out with, I felt like they were my friends. Ed’s dad is also a professional photographer so we spoke when we could about different lenses and shared a few images we had taken at the ceremony with each other. I really enjoyed working at this venue and would love to be asked back.

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My New Editing Workflow Utilizing Arc Soft Portrait + | Rustic New Jersey Wedding Photographer

Throughout the past 6 years of running my photography business, I have been searching for the most efficient ways to edit entire weddings, as well as, smaller portrait sessions because I spend entirely too much time perfecting my images to look their very best. I am 100% an over-shooter, photographing far more images than needed for each client so I work with hundreds, if not thousands, of files pertaining to each of my clients events or portrait sessions.

In the summer months, I get particularly swamped with editing because I am photographing clients almost every day which leaves little time to edit each session in a short period of time. Presently, my workflow consists of 4 major steps. 1.) I bring all of my images into Photo Mechanic, where I cull/narrow down the images that I want to edit for the client. I love this program because I am able to see the images quickly and scroll through them effortlessly to find the best images without waiting for them to import into Lightroom. Then, when I go into Lightroom I have a lot less images in the collection so Lightroom will run faster and I do not need to import images into Lightroom that I will never edit. 2.) I color class the images that I want to edit, select them and drag them into Lightroom from Photo Mechanic. Once they are imported into Lightroom, I make global adjustments to sections of the session/event based on the lighting scenarios. After I make those adjustments, I dig a bit deeper and look for more in depth corrections that I would like to make like removing distracting objects in the background of my image. 3.) Next, I export all of the images at high resolution and put them into a new folder. Then, I scroll through those images for any other major adjustments needed in the background, like taking someone out of the background or fixing loose hairs around my subject that are a little trickier. Those images will be opened individually in Photoshop and tweaked to my likeness. 4.) My last step is a new one and certainly the most exciting because it saves me a lot of labor intensive steps in Lightroom or Photoshop. I import the entire completed folder into Portrait + and make my final adjustments to each persons face and skin.

When I opened Portrait + for the first time, my jaw hit my keyboard, literally. This program is so functional and the technology behind it is superb. I am really in love with the features that it has and I am going to briefly describe the functionality of the software. When you first open the software, it asks you if you would like to import images individually or import an entire folder. Once your images are imported into the software, you can create your own presets or use the pre-made presets that they have listed in the toolbar. There is a list including: slight smoothing, medium smoothing, major smoothing, smoothing + maintain freckles, smoothing + remove shine, smoothing + slim face, smoothing + smile, smoothing + whiten teeth, smoothing + brighten eyes, & smoothing + multiple effects. I prefer to make my own presets and use a little of everything: slight smoothing, brighten eyes, whiten teeth, remove shine etc… You can also change skin tones very easily using numbers in RGB or the sliding bar they provide. There are skin brightening adjustments that you can make using a adjusting, sliding scale or by dialing in a percentage. This is very helpful and these adjustments take literally a second, there is not waiting to see these adjustments, they happen right before your very eyes!

As far as enhancements, you can: remove eye circles, remove blemishes, brighten eyes, deepen smile, lift cheeks, slim face, enlarge eyes, enhance nose, remove shine & white teeth. Yes, you can change some major facial features to enhance the look of your client. I did play with these and I did think that there are a few features that I might never use, but you really never do know. I did make someones eyes bigger as their eyelids were just a little droopy and it made a world of differece. I do like my clients to look as natural as possible but the changes can be as subtle or drastic as you want based on the control that you have with this software. The last adjustment menu that I want to talk about is the makeup menu. You can add blush, lipstick, colored contacts, change eye color, add eye lashes, eye liner, eye shadow & shape eyebrows. I have not used this section as much as I have used the others but I can see it being very beneficial for headshot or fashion clients or even if a wedding client just looks a little washed out.

Once you have made all of your basic adjustments, you can save your settings as a preset and/or you can apply the adjustments to ALL of your photos in the click of a button! What I do, is make minor adjustments and apply them to every image that recognizes a face in the image and then I go back and see if there are any images that I would like to make more adjustments to. Afterward, I just export all of the images to a separate folder so I have the before and after images to compare my adjustments and make sure I am happy with the adjustments that I made before I deliver them to my client.

Here are a few before and after examples from a recent wedding that I used the Portrait + software on to drastically perfect my images. Notice their skin is softer, blemishes are removed, under eye circles were removed, teeth are whiter & the white of the eyes are whiter. I am in love with this new software! If used correctly, you will not make clients look overdone or fake. They simply look more polished, beautiful and natural all at the same time.icon smile My New Editing Workflow Utilizing Arc Soft Portrait + | Rustic New Jersey Wedding Photographer

 

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Before I finish up, I just want to explain 3 more functions that are really great. 1.) You can lock a face that you do not want to edit so the other face or faces in the image are edited and the ones that you do not want to edit will not be touched. 2.) You can adjust key points on the face. I have not played with this function too much either, but it looks like a great function to have so you are able to manipulate specific points on their face. 3.) You can also view each image side by side, before and after you made your adjustments, which is an amazing way to see if you adjustments are looking the way you want them.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about my workflow and the amazing tools that Portrait + has to offer. I highly suggest you trying it out and if you would like to purchase the software, they offered an amazing discount to my readers. The Coupon Code Portrait45, will give you 45% off on any ArcSoft software! Please follow this link to purchase: http://www.arcsoft.com/portraitplus/?utm_source=imagerybymarianne&utm_medium=BD&utm_campaign=review

If you enjoyed this explanation and review of Portrait +, please share it and spread the word about it’s amazing tools for photographers!

~ Imagery By Marianne

 

 

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6 Month Old Baby Pictures | Central New Jersey Child Photographer

My friend Heather’s 2nd baby girl, Katelyn, had her 6 month old photo session with me in August. I had a few outfits in my studio that have not been used yet because of the size of the babies I have had in the studio lately were too small to fit in 3-6 month clothing so I brought along this outfit in hopes that it would fit her and sure enough it did and Heather had this great headband that went perfectly with the outfit we put her in. Heather had seen an image on Pinterest that was similar to what we had put together and that is where she got the idea to add the beaded necklace.

I came to their house and took these pictures in their backyard. We sat Katelyn up in a basket under a large tree because the sun was very strong at the time of day that I was photographing her. We also laid Katelyn on her back for a few pictures and tickled her to get more gorgeous smiles before our photo session came to a close.

She really was the perfect baby model. She was so happy the entire session and I was finished in under an hour!

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Intimate & Romantic New Jersey Wedding Venues | Rustic New Jersey Wedding Photographer | Modern NJ Wedding Photography

When looking for a beautiful and unique wedding venue in New Jersey, there are countless options available to you based on your personal style and budget. Yesterday, I had the honor of capturing Jane & Ed’s wedding at Nechanic Valley Golf Course. Here is a beautiful preview image from Jane & Ed’s breathtaking New Jersey wedding ceremony at Nechanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station, NJ. This venue is absolutely stunning! As soon as we turned the corner onto the property, both my assistant and I were in awe. The ceremony site is breathtaking and really does not need heavy decoration because the view is wonderful.

Nechanic Valley Golf Course is a really stunning venue and the staff was simply amazing to work with. The food was beyond delicious as well. I highly recommend Nechanic to future couples looking for a wonderful, intimate northern New Jersey wedding venue with a jaw dropping view. I can’t wait to come back to this location for another wedding.

Thank you to my assistant, Nevenka, for taking this image for me. Many more to come soon!

xoNESHANIC VALLEY GOLF CLUB WEDDING IMAGERY BY MARIANNE NJ WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER Intimate & Romantic New Jersey Wedding Venues | Rustic New Jersey Wedding Photographer

@Neshanic Valley Golf Course 2301 S Branch Rd, Neshanic Station, NJ 08853

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