So, in high school, I had a vague inclination towards photography and fine art. I found myself taking a two-year career tech photography class, and liked it so much I continued my photo education through college. There, I became intrigued with the works of photographers such as Jerry Uelsmann, Maggie Taylor, and Robert and Shana Parkeharrison; all famous for their work with photo manipulation and compositing. I then began experimenting on my own with photo manipulation in the darkroom. When I transitioned to digital photography, I just continued compositing inside the computer. It seemed like a more natural fit for me than shooting, I felt I had more control and creative freedom within that medium. After schooling, I started freelance retouching for TRG. Since then, I’ve been surrounded by some remarkable folks with huge brains, and have learned very much from them.
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One image that was a particular delight for me to work on was the cover for the Things Remembered Spring 2015 Wedding Catalog. It featured a kaleidoscope of butterflies swirling around two champagne flutes. The photographer had taken many, many shots of cellophane butterfly props at different angles. I then got to composite them all into a whimsical swarm. I added transparencies, blurs, and iridescent blues and purples to their teensy wings in order to achieve the look the client wanted. As a whole, this project was especially challenging and fun. Also, I have a fondness for butterfly creatures.