FIGMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Figment Photography is a wedding and portrait photography studio based out of Rockford, Illinois. Our website displays a selection of our photography work with weddings, engagements, families, and seniors. Our blog gives a deeper look at the individual sessions we shoot.

Styled: Willow

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"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all." -Laura Ingalls Wilder

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A very special thanks to the below vendors who went above and beyond to help me create this shoot. My heart was and still is so overwhelmed by the gifts these makers and artists contributed. These are your A-Team vendors for creative and inspired art with amazing service and I would highly recommend each and every one. 

Florist: Event Floral

Bakery: Bella Luna Bakery

Hair + Makeup: Shear Renewal

Calligraphy: Lina LuLu Paperie

Table: More to a Door

Ribbons: A Ribbon's Nest

Groom's Ring: Bentwood Rings

This shoot was published on: Glamour & Grace

2017 in the Rear View Mirror

In lieu of a traditional top 9 post, here are a handful of my personal favorites from 2017, before and after editing. 

Photoshop is simply a tool in a much larger box that I use to create art that most accurately captures the feeling. It can be easy to look at edited images and feel tricked but a camera can only capture so much. My camera is a machine and I'm creating a piece of art so I'm going to use whatever other tools I have accessible to perfect that art. So here it is: 2017 Before and After

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Good Light and You

Summary: While this is just a an overview of good vs. bad light and why it affects you, your photographer should have a working knowledge of how light is the most valuable tool they have, where to find good light, and how to solve bad lighting problems (gyms, old churches, noon sun, etc.)  so that you look amazing. 

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Light: Good vs. Bad

Light is to photography what bacon is to a BLT. It’s part of a bigger scenario where every ingredient is vital but without it, you just don’t have a BLT. 

Good light tends to be:

  • natural light from the sun
  • either dynamic or soft 
  • flattering
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Bad light tends to be:

  • man made
  • harsh without being artistic
  • unflattering
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The best time to photograph tends to be when the sun is low on the horizon. Fewer unflattering shadows underneath your eyes, chin, etc. and a lot less squinting.


Good: For me, truly amazing light is found in natural locations an hour before sunset. It’s soft but still dynamic light that I can be creative with. It’s perfect all year round. 

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Mediocre: Okay light is a VERY cloudy day. While it is technically easier to shoot on days like that, the results are automatically less artistic because the sun isn’t as interesting. (This is ALWAYS preferred at outdoor wedding ceremonies when the alternative is: someone squinting into the sun)

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Bad: Bad light is man made lighting or basically anytime the light is overhead, including at midday when the sun is high. 

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Why You Care:

When it comes to the technical stuff, my favorite photos include:

  • beautiful skin (like a princess not an airbrushed barbie)

  • glow-y hair

  • soft but interesting backgrounds

  • golden light

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They’re probably your favorite too if you look through all your selfies, iphone shots, and professional photos. The ones where you have raccoon eyes, while sentimental, just aren’t as pretty. 

How I get this: AMAZING light.

There are plenty of ways to simulate good light and I’ll pull out every trick I know to give you amazing photos but when it comes down to it, good light like bacon just can’t be beat. 


Want to Know More?

Bokeh- the circles and soft watercolor look in the background. My all time fav is tree bokeh when the sun is shining through the leaves and creating patterns that are even more amazing in camera

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Noon Shoot- just because we are shooting at noon doesn’t mean we can’t get good light. Usually I find a massive area of shade and park us there to avoid raccoon eyes

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Tone Casts- when the surroundings reflect their color back onto the subject. (e.g. a red wall reflects red back onto the bride and groom :/) There’s usually nothing I can do about that even in post. #PickYourWeddingVenuesWisely

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