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  • Kate Crabtree is an award winning Maine wedding photographer who creates evocative and timeless wedding photography for couples who would like their love story to be told authentically. Although she is located in Bangor, Maine (central Maine), she happily travels to coastal and southern Maine, and throughout New England to capture unique wedding photos and engagement portraits. She has been featured on Style Me Pretty, recently named as one of the top 50 wedding photographers in the United States by Weddzilla, and published in Maine Magazine and Real Maine Weddings.

(Day 26/30 of the 30 day blog challenge. Read more about it here!)

During my time as a professional photographer I’ve found that some of my potential clients believe that once I’ve finished the session or shooting the wedding that all I have to do is just burn the images to a CD and poof, I’m done!

I SURE WISH it were that easy!  In reality, I spend a lot more time editing the photos than I do taking them!  After each session/wedding, I carefully cull the images, choosing the ones that are the best, and then I edit each and every one to make sure the image is exactly how I envisioned it.

There are many photographers who will never show an unedited photo, and I totally understand why they choose not to, but, for education purposes, I decided to show a few photos straight out of the camera (the photos on the left) and what they looked like once I finished editing them.  The only thing I’ve done to the before pictures is sharpen them for the web.

A before and after engagement photo of Erin and Keith

Not much was done to this adorable portrait from Erin and Keith’s engagement session at the Cellardoor Winery.  I added a little bit of fill light to bring out some details that were lost in shadow and slightly brightened it.

A before and after photo of Maine model Bria

This portrait of Bria was a little dark for my taste, so I lifted the exposure a little and added a little fill light.  By doing that, I was able to save some of the detail in her hair, which had been lost in the original capture.  I also slightly brightened her eyes.

A before and after portrait of model Lydia

In this photo from a fashion shoot with Lydia, I slightly lifted the exposure, brightened the image, added a bit of saturation, and sharpened the eyes a bit.  Her nose and fingers were a bit red due to the cold, so I desaturated them and I cleaned up a few stray pimples on her skin.  Finally, I applied a black and white conversion.

A before and after teen portrait of Kristina

I wanted this portrait of Kristina to feel a bit more airy, so I lifted the exposure a bit and added a bit of saturation to brighten those wonderful boots.

These descriptions of my edits may sound simple, but I take a long time deciding what each image needs to make it look its best.  My goal is for each portrait to not look like it has been digitally enhanced, but for the subject(s) in that portrait to look like themselves on a particularly awesome day.  The editing, in my opinion, is just as important as the shooting itself!


(Day 25/30 of the 30 day blog challenge. Read more about it here!)

Lizard People by Charlie Price

I’ve got to be honest– I would have never read this book had I not found it at Marden’s.  Marden’s, for all of you non-Mainers, is a fantastic salvage chain.  It can be kind of hit or miss, but when you score, you score– I’m still thrilled about the $100+ running windbreaker that I scored for $30 or $40.  Winning!  A few weeks ago Tony and I happened to be at the Ellsworth Marden’s (the one with the best selection of books), so I went through and picked up a few of the most interesting ones.  Lizard People was only a couple of dollars and had a reasonably interesting premise, so I figured that if it was awful, I was only out two dollars.

Our narrator, Ben, has a mentally ill mother who believes that the “lizard people” are out to take over the world and has psychotic breaks in which she paints herself red to keep them away from her (the lizards hate the color red).  Ben, who is in high school, is the only one around to take care of her; his father has recently checked out of their lives.  She really needs to be institutionalized, or at least watched over closely, but the money isn’t there and Ben needs to attend school.

One day, while Ben is in the waiting room waiting to hear from his mother’s doctor, he meets Marco, a boy who also has a mentally ill mother.  What’s weird, however, is that he tells Ben that he’s been to the future, where the humans have lizard names and sometimes look a bit reptilian… Is Marco telling the truth, or has he inherited his mother’s illness?

As the summary suggests, this book is definitely strange, and Marco’s story is even more curious.  It’s definitely interesting, however, how Price allows us into the mind of an individual who may be having a mental break, but also may be exploring learning about the year 4000.  In a sense, the reader doesn’t know if what he or she is reading is realistic fiction or science fiction/fantasy, which is somewhat awkward, but works here.

This is a short novel (I’d go so far to call it a novella), so it’s worth picking it up for a quick read.  Enjoy!