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  • Thanks for visiting my website! I'm Jessica Watson, a wedding and portrait photographer based in Portland OR, and traveling to lands abroad. Here you'll find all my work that's dedicated to you. To your life, your wedding, your kids, and all the beautiful moments of your life you want to keep as one-of-a-kind works of art. Below you'll see posts of all my recent adventures, and from the menu above you can get more info and see my whole portfolio.
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How I do That 2

Edited to add: I started this post 6 or 7 months ago, then forgot about it until I came across it just now.  To the person who originally emailed me…I apologize it took so long!

I received an e-mail asking if I could do another “How I do that” post using images from my baby post not too long ago.  Although I don’t always have as much time as I’d like, I do like helping out other photographers, especially when they title their e-mail as “fan e-mail.” ;)  So, here are some straight out of camera (SOOC), proof, and final images!  The SOOC images have only been sharpened for web.

The adorable Abby, SOOC.

Proof stage. Slight exposure and contrast bump, and color balance.  Then, Kubota’s midbright at 9% and the Daily Multi Vitamin.

Final image. Added Jesh’s Warm 70′s Love to the proof.  I believe I also used Totally Rad’s pro retouch to brighten her eyes a bit.

Kelsey & Colby SOOC.

Again, exposure, contrast, then midbright 9% & Multi-Vitamin.

Liquify tool, Pro retouch, Warm 70′s Love, and some digital light painting.

Lena SOOC.

Midbright 9%, Multi Vitamin.

Final. Lux Soft w/some Get Faded (autumn).

And, now to FINALLY finish up this blog post (SO sorry it took so long!!), one before and after from Isabelle’s newborn session earlier this month.  A lot of this one was done by Spencer (he’s better at the more complicated PS work!), but we did Totally Rad Pro-retouch for skin smoothing and to brighten the eyes, and some selective curves adjustments to remove the red blotches and even out the skin tone.  Digital light painting was done to give the image more depth (make the shadows darker and the highlights brighter).  Then, finally some of Jesh de Rox’s colorshift actions to add some of my special toning.

Laura - June 21, 2010 - 3:58 pm

That was my email! :) Thanks for the insightful post, Jessica! It is so so helpful for me to learn this way. It’s already triggered some ideas for me. Thank you :)

Diane - June 21, 2010 - 8:59 pm

I like the new site design and changes! And as always, I LOVE your pics! :-)

Lisa - June 22, 2010 - 12:51 pm

Wow, that last picture with Baby Isabelle really shows the difference some touching up can do! It makes you wonder what all commercial photos look like SOOC. LOL! You guys do amazing work!

Cameron & Simon’s Wedding

Spencer and I had a great time at Cameron & Simon’s wedding in April at a church in NE Portland and the Arista Ballroom.  Cameron and I were both sick that day, but she was still just as sweet as always!  Here’s a few of my faves from the day.

Venue & caterer: Arista Ballroom

Florist: Gateway Florist

Cake: Lamb’s Thriftway in Garden Home

Love this one Spencer got from the balcony

Everybody loved the guest book I made from their engagement session images!

My view

Spencer’s view

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