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09/28/09
Sweet 16 Party
Filed under: Live Caricature
Posted by: Paul McCall @ 11:35 am

Friday night I drew for a Sweet Sixteen party in Noblesville, IN at a local park. Fortunately we were under a very nice shelter that had electric outlets since it was drizzling rain the entire time and the sun was down by quitting time. Unfortunately my “cunning plan” to solve my photography problems of the last few bookings were defeated by human error, that is, forgetting to turn the flash on to compensate for the encroaching darkness. Couple that with teenagers that, at the best of times, can’t be expected to sit perfectly still for a photograph then you get the increasingly crappy shots you will see below. Ah, well, maybe next weekend I’ll overcome my photographic shortcomings.

The grandparents, who showed wisdom by getting their drawings done early (photo-wise, at least!).


NOT a remake of “The Mask” just a teenager who can’t sit still!


The birthday girl in the tiara, this is where the shots start to go bad.


I run all my bookings shots through Photoshop to get the most accurate look of the drawings to the subjects, using levels and taking out the color in the B&W drawings to sharpen them. In this way I was able to “save” some of these twilight shots.


Then again…


Now it’s full dark and I’m posting these just to punish myself and hopefully learn a lesson. (TURN ON THE FLASH!)


The parents.


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