When You Can’t Quite Get Two Smiles

by Blake Robinson

December 4th, 2012    7 Comments     Add Comment
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Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing these terrific guys, Ben (age 3) and Zach (14 months). We got some good shots of each of them, but struggled to get a good image of the two together. On this particular day, these boys were, well, let’s just say – pretty lively.

In the picture above, Ben looked fine, but Zach wasn’t at his best. The eye injury, one of the little mishaps of the day, could have been fixed in Photoshop, but not his facial expression.

But I did catch this good smile of Zach by himself. So, Photoshop to the rescue! I cut Zach out of this picture and pasted him into the other image with his brother. The composited photograph appears below, with the eye injury magically healed as well.  It takes some time to achieve a natural look with these cut-and-paste pictures – about 2 hours in this case.

Mom liked the results – she wrote: “Amazing! You nailed it!” The family holiday card is ready to roll.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

7 Responses

  1. Mom says:

    Blake, I love that you make such a beautiful image of a moment that never actually happened! Yes, they were lively that day and Zach’s eye injury mid-shoot was rather unexpected, but it was fun to work with you and this photo is definitely a keeper!

  2. Hilda Hewalo says:

    Great job of pasting 2 pictures together. It is really hard to get a shot of more than 1 and be perfect. Great solution. Thank you. Hilda. (Lis’ mom)

  3. Stephanie Royan says:

    Wow! What a great shot of these great boys! I love their expressions! The setting is perfect and they both look so natural and happy. Great work!
    (Auntie)

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