Here Comes Baby! - Our Pregnancy Announcement

February 05, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
 
So Jennifer and I are expecting our first child, and before you ask - I feel just fine. Haven't been nauseous or losing any sleep lately, and I am even down a few pounds! ;)

We wanted to share the announcement with our families and friends, but in a creative way. It only takes a very quick Google search to realize that we weren't the first ones to have this desire. But after looking at different examples for inspiration, there was one that we thought would be the most fun:

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We settled on that idea, with me looking worried while reading a pregnancy book and Jenny stuffing her face with food while being surrounded by tons of junk food on our bed.

So after heading to the library to grab a few books that dealt with the subject (namely the "...For Dummies" series), our last stop was the supermarket to get the junk food that have never stepped foot in our house before. We are very healthy and clean eaters (for example if we have a dessert we want, Jenny usually makes it using healthy and unprocessed ingredients - and damn is she good at it!), so it was especially funny to see the shopping cart filled with nothing but Oreos, Doritos, and ice cream with Jenny repeatedly saying "Ooh! I've never looked in this section before!" I regret not grabbing a photo of our cart for not only this blog post, but also because it really was just so out of character for us. I'll keep it in mind for the next announcement...

So first, I took a test shot. Improperly managed strobes aside, Jenny told me that I needed to take a vertical image to make it the same as a movie poster (Jenny was so happy I was showing this image):

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And so the next image was made to fit the proper orientation, featuring Amber (my sister that lives with us) to help me with the framing while I was behind the camera:

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This may look like a picture of me playing on my phone while Jenny can't move, it's actually me viewing the set-up from my remote-liveview enabled phone, a feature that is absolutely incredible. I first alluded to it in my Soldier by Day, Photographer by Night post on how it was 21st Century photography. The fact that I was looking down at my phone and able to see what my lens saw (in other words, myself) as live footage due to the remote LiveView (the "live video" that appears on the back of your camera's LCD screen) still blows my mind. Never mind the ability to set the camera settings and then "press" the shutter button from my phone as well. Here was one test shot taken that way to ensure I had the lighting properly dialed in:

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So I handed the phone to Amber, picked up the book I was to be studying so intently, and had her take the picture. The image on the left is the original, straight-out-of-camera-sans-any-edits version, and on the right is the final version of the image after being edited. Because I didn't want the bottom of the image to be the brightest (and thus bringing your initial attention to the foot of the bed), I applied a digital neutral density graduated (ND Grad) filter in Lightroom to darken it along with some other minor edits. The final touch was running the photo through Topaz Clarity for that little "pop" that I've come to love from that Photoshop plug-in:

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After I was done with the image, Jenny demanded that I get out of the cockpit and hand things over to her. The final finished product can be attributed to her after a few hours' toiling away in Photoshop (and now you can see the purpose behind all the empty space above us):

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If your eyes are going bad, here are some enlargements to help with the top and bottom fine text. I wish I could take credit for the these, but again, these were all Jenny:

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And finally, for those who just love a good Behind-the-Scenes look, here's the BTS photo (after some of the food had been cleared):

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Equipment Used

- Pentax K-3 on Tripod
- DA L 35mm F2.4 lens (f/9.5)
- Cactus V6 Commander on Camera
- 2x Cactus RF-60 Flash in 30" Reflective Umbrella

        Camera Left: 1/8 power
        Camera Right: 1/16 power
- Pentax FluCard
and Cellphone
- Disgruntled Teenager
- 3x Supermarket Snack Food Aisles

Software Used

- Adobe Lightroom 4.4
- Adobe Photoshop Elements 11
- Topaz Clarity

 

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