Vancouver Nightscape couple portrait

Got down to Stanley park with Shawn and Michelle for some night time portrait. I brought Aidan to the Bright Night a couple weeks before, so when Michelle mention she wanted some pretty Christmas night as background, I immediately thought of this place.


Collages print from Lightroom to Jpeg, with layout preset for Big Pictures…

A web version of my portfoilo using LR "print to file" function

A web version of my portfoilo using LR "print to file" function

Remember this post I did back then using contact sheet II from bridge? Well, I was updating my portfolio printing from lightroom this weekend, and I thought to myself, I like what I see with the unify space and such, I wonder if there is a easier way for me to STOP making the grid and open these countless individual PSD files and combine them manually.

I look around in lightroom, then it hit me..all I have to do is just to set it at “Print to Jpeg File” (here is to countless night I spend coping ALBUM layout on photoshop…..what a waste of time). Thus, to live up to my matto of making everything in my life as fancy and extra spicy, I found a way to combine this LR function with the BIG PICTURE from PanosFX

1) Download the “Big Picture 2”  from Free or Commercial, it is totally up to you). It’s a photoshop Action, they do have it in Element as well but I don’t use it so in theory I think you can do what I am about to do in Element as well.

2) Open up Lightroom and select 25 photos. The Big Picture action will require you to open a landscape orientation in PS later, so with that in mind, go to the “PRINT” module and open up the “PAGE SETUP” make sure you have a Landscape orientation.

3) I had made a screen cap of the setting:

lightroom setting

Thus you will get this jpeg as a result:


4) Open this jpeg in Photoshop, and make sure you have the Big Picture actions install, apply the one of the “action” from the “PFxBig picture” folder.

5) Follow the instruction, and you will get something like this:

After Big picture

But why stop there, when you can have some fun rearranging stuff and change sizes :

Rearrange and resize some key moments

I think this method is more forward and require less time for the PC to open and process 25 folders, plus I can adjust the crop in the print module….Which is a plus since I would say I work extensively in Lightroom.after ceremonyPreset download:

Print 25 photos on 8×10 : LR2 only I think…Download here

Now, this is a trick I use normally if I don’t want the photos to be evenly space out. I will make a couple (2 to 3 ) virtual copy of the one I would like to leap in 2 cells (or 3). Then adjust the placement on the mat…(place your cursor on the cell and then hold down mouse button and toggle). Combine with cell spacing, which will give me something like this:

2rows of photo

After I ran Big Picture action in PS :


You can download a lightroom print preset for the above effect here

I then got ride of the row of white space, and then resize and move stuff around:

Nightscape copy

Now, go out there and have some fun!! If you like these idea and would like me to continue posting print layout preset, please comment below!

A wedding up on Grouse Mountain

Gouse mountain wedding ~ 1st dance

I was really excited to be shooting Kaley and Pale’s wedding. The whole day was really beautiful. Although the rain did made an appearances and they had to move their ceremony back indoor, we did manage to take a break in between the speeches ( and toasting) and got a couple of those Vancouver landscape background Pale wanted.

RS party animal & Retro normal preset

I usually will like to develop a couple of different special toning effect for each wedding, because I believe each couple has different taste, so like B&W, some like color manipulation, some like Sepia.

Tailor to Randi’s taste, I re-develop the party animal and the retro normal presets so they will work really great for her wedding photos. These version are more tame…and while it still leak through some of the red, they are not as pronounce.

You can download the preset here : RS party animal & Retro preset

RS wedding-0379

Rings as eyes, waiting for a kiss

I am NUTS about ring shot. As with Michelle and Brads’ wedding, the first batch of photos that I edit will always be lensbabies because I want to see how cool they are…and then it will always be the wedding bands shots.
Take this photos as an example, I didn’t plan it when I was shooting but I was trying to do something a bit different other than sticking both bands into the rose bud, but somehow I like this composition. It’s like a red princess with pearl crown, pouting out her lips, awaiting for a kiss.

So I have a group of presets for download: halogen lighting as available light.You can download the zip here, it will contain 2 for still life, and 1 for portrait.


Randi and Steve ~ perfect outdoor wedding

I had finish shooting my last wedding this past Saturday till Donnie comes and I am not sure if it was the hormones or because I actually KNEW the bride (we were college roommate), I cried when I saw her walked down with her dad. We joked about the possibility of me giving birth right there in the lodge between e-mails and thus I was mostly doing secondary shooting the whole day.

The weather was perfect, after a week of freakishly good sunny weather we had overcast sky for our mid-afternoon outdoor shoot at Granville Island. Just when we were about to leave for Queen’s park in New West, it started to rain…lightly. When we get to the rose garden, the rain stop. Randi and Steve had their wonderful ceremony , and the pillars withstand the constant kicking of the ring bearer (who refused to take the pillow back because he thought he was done after he handed it to Steve). I was glad my friend Kevin agree to help out because to be honest, it was getting hard for me to do the constant kneeling down shot and then try to gracefully get back up spotting the 20 lbs….

It was perfect. The food was good, I had a lot of fun and I am pretty proud of the photos outcome…

Getting down to editing now since I will try to finish this as soon as possible. Please come back and check for more photos.

Erica and Chris flash album

View the entire album at Erica & Chris ‘s flash gallery

Out of all of the layout, I definitely like this one the most. All of these were taken without flash and the couple was lighted by the videographer’s light only in a pitch dark room. I just really love how kinda look like a spot light on random part of the photos..and there they are! kind of feel.