Yes this blog will be about Wedding Dinosaurs but first…
Preface: The first time I heard the words “Photoshop”, was in 1996. I was in the 9th grade. My high school decided to have an elective based on learning this program. Honestly, I don’t remember why or how I was signed up for it but I’m very thankful that it happened.
I dabbled in PS over the years, here and there, always making sure I had a copy of it installed in on my computer. I created the flyers for my grunge rock band, and also played around with composites, before I even knew what a composite was. I don’t consider myself a pro in PS, although with the time I have wasted playing with it, I should be. Over the years, I have found many resources online and built up my knowledge and know-how.
I love photography. I love Photoshop. In my mind, one can not exist without the other. Composites are the merging of photography and dreams. Anything you can imagine can be created in PS.
Ever had this thought?- “I wish my eyes could take pictures.” Or “I wish I could just print out that image in my head.”
PS allows us to create that image in your mind. It’s an amazing tool.
A few years ago, my niece got married. (She’s beautiful, the wedding was beautiful, everything was beautiful.) My mother, her grandmother, was very adamant about having/getting a photo of a dinosaur chasing the bridal party and guests. I’m sure you’ve seen photos on “the google” of families and wedding parties running towards the camera, full of fear, because something huge is behind them…
No? I guess I just lost you then. Take a minute to go google it. “Wedding Dinosaurs”
Sadly there were no dinosaurs around to chase the bridal party on my nieces wedding day… but, I can change that!
– And I did 😬
– And it was Awesome.
Notice the happy faces of our bride and groom. Now, look at Mr. Raptor, with that turtle like smile, his come hither eyes singing a balled that Eric Carmen could relate to. I really do think I nailed the aesthetic I was going for. I couldn’t stop there though. No, I had to continue. I was on a mission to fulfill my moms dreams of seeing family mere moments before some extinct species starts eating their faces off.
This one was a little more difficult to pull off as my niece was originally smiling at her other grandmother in this photo. I removed her, as you can see, and replaced her with Mr. Raptor. To do this, I had to paint in parts of the wall and the mannequin in the background.
I enjoy the look of both bride and beast. I like to think Mr. Raptor has a very dry sense of humor here. My niece is smiling at the compliment he just gave her, “You look as beautiful as a Protoceratops running through my territory. Yes My dear, you look ravishing.”
“You’re so cute, I could eat you up… I’d start with your legs.”
In the end, my mother was pleased and all was right with the world.
Original Photo Credits: Mandi Mitchell @ mandimitchell.com
Mandi is a wonderful wedding photographer! Please go check out her work!