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Welcome to New Orleans’ best kept secret in wedding and lifestyle photography! We are The Red M Studio, storytellers on a quest to create family legacies with an authentic, spirited photographic experience.

 

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What is a “fully retouched image”?

“Whah whah whah whah whah” … remember how the teacher on Charlie Brown sounded?? I sometimes fear that my clients will hear me that way.

I’ve come to realize photographers use all kind of lingo that we just take for granted that everyone understands. We quickly throw around terms to describe file size, aspect ratio and the like, and I’ve been at it so long now, it’s hard to step back and remember when or where I learned all that. I have to remind myself that not everyone knows exactly what we mean! I try my best to start every viewing and ordering appointment with a little “info sesh.” This is where I explain that the images that we show are proofs with basic retouching, meaning that they are white balanced, light balanced, and possibly cropped and straightened. But that is it. Only after an image is selected for purchase do I go in and do the final retouching.

 

Clients have a basic understanding of what a retouched image is. Some liken it to applying “filters” that are found on Instagram, as I have been asked before what filters I use. And much like a filter, there is something called a “preset”, that can be applied to all images at once in a “batch edit” to create a particular aesthetic.

 

Making Wall Art

 

From Camera to Wall Art – Our Typical Workflow

A typical workflow is to shoot a session, then bring the images onto the computer for culling and editing. The best images are then chosen, and then that set of images is white balanced, light balanced and straightened. Our own special “preset” is then applied, which is kind of like the secret sauce that gives our images our signature look. We could stop there, and a lot of photographers do. The images at this point do look great and they are proof ready. What happens next is what elevates our images to the next level and gets them ready to be printed and displayed, the final retouch, which is done by hand.  Some of these edits may look small, but once the image is blown up for hanging, the small touches really make the difference and add polish to the final product.

 

Before and After Retouching

 

The Final Retouch

This is where we go in and remove anything that might be distracting that we could not avoid while shooting. Typical cleanup is leaves on the ground, trash on the ground, trashcans, or anything in the background that pulls the eye away from the main subject in the image. Next the subject is retouched, and that often includes things like blemish removal, skin smoothing, brightening eyes, and lightening shadows. When it is requested of me, I will fix flyaway hair and slim bodies. Often, when we are photographing groups of people that include young children, it is hard to get a good expression on every person at the same time. And hence we pull out the big magic wand and do a head swap! I then finish off with a little selective sharpening, usually around the eyes, and maybe a sweep of the edges to burn down highlights and enhance shadows. The final result is a beautiful work of art that is ready to be made into wall art that you will be proud to display for a lifetime of memories!

 

Got a minute and want to see my editing in action?  (Actually, it’s a 16 minute edit condensed down to 1:06!)

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    Audubon Park Engagement // Lydia + Zachary

    We cannot wait to celebrate with Lydia and Zachary for their wedding this fall! We had a blast capturing their engagement photos, and getting to know one another a little bit better! Lydia told us she wanted a spot for the photos that showed a lot of greenery and Audubon Park in late summer, after the rains have brought out all of the resurrection fern was a fabulous choice!

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      Victoria has a Secret, and So do I

      Keeping up with social media is going to be the death of me. I’ve been spending way too many hours trying to figure out Reels, and well, let’s just say it’s going to be a while before I’m a master. But I did find a great little nugget during my latest foray into wasted time in the name of learning this week. I found lots of body positive reels set to a soundtrack by an artist called Jax, titled I Know Victoria’s Secret. It’s pretty catchy if you want to take a listen on YouTube, but the gist is that the bodies shown on Victoria’s Secret and magazine covers aren’t real, and are, most likely Photoshopped.

       

      Ah, good old Photoshop. I have a love/hate relationship with it. So many times I get requests to change body shape with Photoshop. I get it … we all want to look our best. But my philosophy is that we should all also look like who we are. I do use Photoshop to complete my images. I will even out skintones, remove stray hairs and remove background distractions. But when it comes to body modifications, I don’t do it unless it is specifically requested.

       

      So now you know Victoria’s Secret but what if I told you that I also have a secret for making you look your best in photos? And it has nothing to do with Photoshop. And you can do it yourself. What is this wizardry I speak of? Pssst … it’s posing. Believe it or not, the way that a body is presented to the camera can have a profound effect on the way the final image looks. Steve and I have studied posing extensively, and when we are photographing our clients we direct them to the most flattering pose. But when we are not around to direct you, I’ve got you covered. I’ve put our best posing advice into a video that you can watch for yourself right here!

       

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      • Tanya KingAmazing,  Marianne that was so very helpful and I never knew any of that. Thank you for sharing.  Your presentation was great.  ReplyCancel

      • DavennaLOVE YA GIRL… EXCELLENT INFORMATION! ReplyCancel

      Intimate Courtyard Wedding Celebration in New Orleans // Patricia + Daniel Married

      Pick up any good southern novel and I promise you the author will talk about the heat and humidity in New Orleans. It was that kind of day when Patricia and Daniel got married in New Orleans. It was hot, and sultry and the humidity hung in the air like a wet blanket — in other words, it was a perfect New Orleans summer day!  Steve met up with the bride in the bar at Hotel Provincial, where he found her cooling off and living her best single life single up until the very last minute! We brought her outside for a sweet first look with the groom, then proceeded to take the two of them (and friends) to some of our favorite places in the French Quarter to make some fun, beautiful, authentic New Orleans portraits.

       

      We headed back to Hotel Provincial for the ceremony which took place in the hotel’s quaint little courtyard.  Patricia and Daniel exchanged rings, and heartfelt vows.  Then the real fun began!  Kinfolk Brass Band came onto the scene to treat the wedding party to everyone’s favorite tradition, a New Orleans Second Line.  The entire party danced through the streets of the French Quarter and we made it back to the hotel just in time to avoid an impending rain storm. (For the record, I’ve been told it never rains at Hotel Provincial!) The day could not have been more perfect!  Wishing so many years of continued love and happiness to Patricia and Daniel!  Keep loving, and continue second lining your way through life together!

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      Vendor Love:

      Venue:  Hotel Provincial
      Bride’s Hair & Makeup:  Michelle Giamarino
      Bride’s Dress Purchased from Sundays Bridal
      Florist:  Beth’s Flowers
      Music:  Kinfolk Brass Band

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