Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Just The Pictures | Toronto Photographer

I had some fun with Manda on this shoot, trying to get a variety of casual images. I think we did okay.

I love smiles.
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

 

Same light, different angles.
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

 

Something in black and white
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

 

Curves for days ;)
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

 

I love tight shots because…
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

 

…it’s just about the eyes
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

 

Just hanging out
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

 

So pretty
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

 

She’s the boss
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

 

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Toronto Light Photographer - Ardean Peters

When Shadow and Light Collide | Toronto Light Photographer

My world aligns and I see the light.

This light, is old light from last May, so I am hard pressed to remember exactly where in the city I captured them, except for the one clue of ‘BMV’.

I like the isolation of light at the end of a space or tunnel of sorts. How it pulls you in.

Toronto Light Photographer - Ardean Peters

Camera: Canon XTI with 18-55 kit lens, f8, 1/500, Iso 100, 25mm (crop sensor)

This lovely light on the corner of the building, balanced by an early evening moon, which happens to be one of my favourite things.

Toronto Light Photographer - Ardean Peters

Camera: Canon XTI with 18-55 kit lens, f18, 1/125, Iso 200, 55mm (crop sensor)

Standing tall and proud with a badge of light on one ‘shoulder’.

Toronto Light Photographer - Ardean Peters

Camera: Canon XTI with 18-55 kit lens, f5, 1/160, Iso 400, 21mm (crop sensor)

A shadowy street of light and dark, silhouette and pattern.

Toronto Light Photographer - Ardean Peters

Camera: Canon XTI with 18-55 kit lens, f8, 1/400, Iso 100, 24mm (crop sensor)

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Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

A Shoot with Jess | Toronto Photographer

Quirky, energetic, excited, creative, beautiful; this describes Jess. And this is both the beauty and the challenge of photographing her. And I love it. I really like these images because I think I’ve managed to capture some of those qualities of Jess listed above. My favourite image? The very last portrait because I feel it really captures a little bit of the ‘real’ Jess, right now. And she’s beautiful.

Comfortable in her skin
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

That gaze…
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

So pretty. I love doing these kinds of images
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

A little on the wild side…
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

…as she whips her hair…
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

look…
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Even more comfortable…
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

My favourite…
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Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

The Portrait – Behind the Scenes with Ardean | Toronto Photographer

People tend to comment that my photos are really ‘natural’ looking and ‘real’. I take that as a compliment, because I really strive to capture images of people that reflect who they are, as seen by themselves and their close family and friends, as much as possible. Real smiles. genuine expression. Their real beauty. And then in comes Photography and especially the digital age of high-resolution and 3 million pixels and everyone wanting themselves to be ‘shopped’. While there is a place for that, that is not what I like doing. So the challenge becomes capturing an image with an un-forgiving, all-seeing, tool and bringing it back to how ‘eye’ see you, when we first interacted in person, in real life. The human eye is much more forgiving. Not even that it’s forgiving, but that it’s much more encompassing… It doesn’t see absolutely.

All that to say, here’s a look into some before and afters of my images, to give you and idea of how I take the image the camera sees, and transform it back to how ‘eye’ saw it.


This is a pull back look of what the lighting looks like on the left.
1) Softbox with speedlight as the main light source
2) A west-facing window providing ‘fill’ light
3) A reflector camera left in front of the subject to ‘fill’ the shadows on the left side of her face.
On the right and below, are the resulting final images.
Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

So again, my ‘style’ is really simple and there are not that many steps (at least I don’t think), to my editing process.
These steps apply to all the before/after images below

1) I view the original image on the left, in Lightroom where I…
2) Sharpen the image. I usually do this first. Force of habit, to make sure I ‘hit’ focus
3) Increase exposure if needed (brighten the image)
4) Add ‘Fill light’ (this lifts shadows in the eye area, etc.)
5) Go back and add back shadows in other areas, by using the ‘Blacks’ slider (makes the tones in the hair stand out again)
6) Adjust colour temperature and crop the image if needed.
7) Open the image in Photoshop Elements (I don’t even have the full version of Photoshop!) and get rid of any blemishes. When doing this, I only attempt to achieve that look, you know, when you wake up one morning and you look at your skin and say, ‘wow, my skin looks great today!’. That’s the look I go for. Natural, not fake perfection.
8) Then I open in Picmonkey (yes!) and using one of their tools which gives very natural skin softening feel, without it looking ‘shopped’

And then I’m essentially done, with maybe some more minor exposure/brightness tweaks. My editing in a nutshell.
I hope you liked this little peek into my workflow. Please comment below with any thoughts :)

Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

Portrait Photo Shoot with Toronto Photographer Ardean Peters

 

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