I thought I might ask everyone, who has a minute, to follow some links and critique some of my new work. I'm trying to get a new site up and am having a real hard time being unemotionally connected to my images for true selection. I thrive on criticism so please don't be nice just to be nice; I'm looking for truth. Here are the links:
You have some great work. I love your style and boldness of your colors and contrast.
I only had time to comment on the ones that jumped at me. Also, I only commented on the engagement page. I will look over the other pages soon and try and get some other comments up. Note that some of these comments are more of a preference on my part and my own likes and dislikes. Photographers can be pretty critical but your intended audience is rarely photographers.
Thanks for sharing.
engagement 0000.jpg – Great color and concept. However, I think the crop on the lower goes too far down on the man’s head
engagement 0003.jpg – Love the leading lines and feel of this image
engagement 0005.jpg – Love the wall, color and contrast. I do think the white circle (pipe maybe) in the upper right is a little distracting.
engagement 0008.jpg – cool Shot. Love the red.
engagement 0012.jpg – Cool shot. Love the elevator.
engagement 0014.jpg – Very unique. Great depth of field.
engagement 0016.jpg – Neat idea but I think the pose seems too awkward. Also, with her square to the camera from the back it seems a little less flattering than it could be. I do like the composition with the tree and the flowers in the foreground.
engagement 0018.jpg – Great shot and colors. I find the women’s neck a little distracting and think it could be cropped just a little lower to get rid of her neck.
Ok, I have the bridals covered. Here's my two cents and a lot of opinion. Feel free to return to favor. I have to say first off, you have a great style. I love your fresh ideas.
Bridal 0000 – interesting idea but the stand puts it just over the top for me as distracting
01- I LOVE the right photo. GREAT angle, composition and color.
02- Beautiful. Love it. Maybe the blacks would look better blacker. Looking at it compared to your web background, it starts to seem faded. Maybe it’s just me though.
04- I wish you could see more of her eye in left photo.
05- I love this pose. The black abyss on the left is a little distracting though
06- Gorgeous. I really like this one. Her hand looks a little stressed but I don’t think it’s a big deal.
07- WOW! Really creative. Great color.
08- This one is pretty but the direction is a little off for me. In my opinion, this one would have worked better to have put her on the left. 06 worked great to break the rule but this one is too far away. The field comes to a little peak and that is where my eye was lead. I would have like to seen a bride there.
09- Beautiful. I love the negative space. I would have liked to see the back light extended a little higher though to give her hair some breathing room.
11- Beautiful picture. She doesn’t look too happy to be getting married though!
12- These are ok.
13- Love this one
15- Pretty. I like the saturation
16- The contrast is a little too over bearing for me in the left one. The pastel colors would look better soft, not harsh. It works for me in the right one. Red is meant to be vibrant! It gives it more attitude.
17- This one is ok. The foliage on the left is a little to distracting to me.
18- Love this one. Great pose and use of color (or absence of)
19- Love it
Your thoughts are definitely helpful. It's obvious that you know your stuff. I'd love to know what you think about my other two links. But even if you don't have time for the others, thanks for your opinions.
Hey - I'll call out the ones that pop out to me as well. Or ideas i like not necessarily the execution. Like Doug said this is my opinion and should be taken as such. All photog critiques should be taken with that in mind.
Engagement 001 - I love the way the couple kissing frames the ring shot. This is a fun idea for a ring shot. Might be a little better if her hands were proped up at a angle by their faces. Maybe not
Engagement 003 - I really like the lines and this is one of the better railline shots I've seen, it does seem a little soft on the focus for the couple but that might just be the small laptop monitor I'm looking at them on. (Definately a shot Doug would like :) )
Engagement 005 - really like this one! The brick adds some nice framing. I might dodge the pipe so it doesn't distract like Doug was saying.
Engagement 008 - Fantastic colors and I like the way the decking lines lead to the couple. Vary nyess! (in a bad French accent)
Engagement 0014 - I like the flowers and DOF / idea. The black blurred background is a little busy and distracting to me.
Engagement 0015 - I like this one, not as much as 008 but definately a cool shot.
Engagement 0016 - LIke the location and composition, don't love the pose - feels awkward.
Bridals 001 - really like the right half of this one!
Bridals 002 - YES! - only thing I don't like is the bright light to the left of the dress train. Little distracting, I wish it was like the right side..
Bridals 005 - cool leading lines, pose, and composition. Only wish that her face had a little more light or that the dress wasn't so bright. With the darkness of the trees a full vignette might go well with this shot.
Bridals 006 - really like the color and simplicity.
Bridals 008 - I like it but she seems to get a little lost in the large backdrop.
Bridals 009 - Definately a fav - but I'm becoming partial to B&W :) The focal point seems a little soft on her and too sharp on the column.
Bridals 0015 - hmmm the color of the wood makes her hair pop to me. I like the pose and location for this one. I might clone out the sky in the window as its a little distracting.
Wedding Day 001 - Nice detail shot
Wedding Day 004 - very interesting angle
Wedding Day 006 - I'm liking the backlighting shots
Wedding Day 0022 - fun series
Wedding Day 0027 - Nice idea - too bad the middle back guy looks tired of pics.
Wedding Day 0028 - HA - that one rocks!
Wedding Day 0035 - I like this one, the face crop is a little tough, I might have cropped down and right to show mainly the hands .
Nice style overall! I think you have some great pictures, I might narrow it to those that you feel best relay your style.
You obviously put a lot of time into this; thank you so much. I agree about narrowing, especially since I also shoot kids, families, seniors, etc. I was thinking maybe 12 images per. What do you think about that? I also think I'll split my wedding gallery in two: couple shots etc, and then 'details'. Again thanks, it's much apreciated.
Jana - I think I would draw a range of photo's 8-12 then put in those that you feel are absolute knockout. And you definately have some of those, and add if you don't have those that fit your current style. I like the idea of splitting it into couple shots and details. You have some really neat detail photos.
Your stuff is really beautiful! I can't critique you cuz you're too outta my league, but I do have some questions. =)
Where are some of your favorite places to take bridals and engagements? All the locations are beautiful! How long have you been doing photography? What camera/lenses do you use?
I'd love to hear your opinion no matter what you think of yourself as a photographer. I love to find new places almost everytime I shoot. I would suggest taking a day off and just drive around and get lost. I've really been into the backs of old buildings lately. Go to the old part of town and drive around the block to the back of the commercial buildings and whalla! But of course there's always the old standby's: Riverwoods in Provo, Provo castle on Center in Provo, Thanksgiving Point, and Tahition Noni in Provo. I've owned my own business for about 6 or 7 years but have been shooting since high school. I would definitely suggest a college degree. I graduated from UVU and getting down those basics is key. There's nothing like hands on expirience either though. I shoot with a Canon 5D and am loving it. I've always been a Canon girl mainly because my dad shot Canon but I'm sure Nikon has great equipment too. My favorite lens currently in my 50 mm prime. It gives me a real shallow depth of feild which in my mind just creates magic. I hope this has helped; let me know what else you'd like to know.