Weddings + Lens Distortions

Weddings + Lens Distortions

Weddings + Lens Distortions | Subtly define key moments of the big day
Paul Tellefsen

Paul Tellefsen

Community Lead

Paul Tellefsen

Paul Tellefsen

Community Lead

10 years ago, I remember photographing my first wedding. It was an honor to take part in the couple’s engagement and ceremony, but it was the last wedding I ever shot… I’ll just say, it takes a very passionate and gifted leader to be a professional wedding photographer or filmmakers.

This experience sparked in me a love of photographing people and live events. So even though I wasn’t cut out for weddings, I can still relate to the excitement and pressure of shooting the big day.

The Wendell Stewarts, Emmy Award Winning Photographers

Couples often say their wedding day was a blur. Some of the most memorable moments in their lives are happening in rapid succession and it’s up to you, the photographer or filmmaker, to artfully tell the story from an honest perspective. But even the most experienced creatives end up with some good shots that would have been great if only they had a little more control over the environment.

This is where I think quality effects are indispensable in every wedding photographers tool kit. Whether you want to better frame up the focal point (or frame out a distraction) or dial in the intensity of some memorable weather, effects can help subtly define moments in the way you envisioned.

Noah Mensink, Wedding Photographer

Lens Distortions effects are hiding in plain sight in the portfolios of wedding photographers and filmmakers across the globe. Several of them were kind enough to share their perspective on our photo packs and some of their unique results.

The Wendell Stewarts
Husband and wife wedding photographer duo, Tanner and Maria Stewart are from Seattle, Washington. They have built an astounding portfolio both personally and together as The Wendell Stewarts, even winning an Emmy for their photographic work. The story being told in each image is what catches our eye about their work. It doesn’t fit the classic mold of wedding photography.
@thewendellstewarts
“Using Lens Distortions effects is a super easy way to add some artistic flare to make the images just that much more epic. We use a bit of fog in some photos to embrace the atmospheric moody look. We also love the texture you can add to images to give a vintage film look.”

Tanner Stewart, Emmy Award Winning Photographer
Morgan McCanne
Morgan is a wedding and lifestyle photographer from San Diego, California whose work depicts the essence of the hopelessly in love and adventurous at heart. Morgans timing and tasteful use of flares and glass elements in her edits are a few reasons we admire her photographic work.
@morganmccannephoto
Noah Mensink
Weddings, portraits, travel and music are subjects that Noah Mensink, a photographer from Long Beach, California captures with his lens. We admire the way he is able to capture the soft nostalgia of very personal moments.
@n.sink
“The experience I’ve had with using Lens Distortions effects has been nothing but seamless. It’s like picking up a paint brush that was made to bring even more life into each and every photograph with ease. When it comes to wedding photography, they can add another layer of emotion that you perceived in your mind beyond what the lens could capture for those photos that will last a life time.”

Noah Mensink, California Wedding Photographer
White in Revery
Kristine and Calen Rhome are White in Revery, a husband and wife videography team from Denver, Colorado that is captivated with telling cinematic stories. In this clip, they use our Anticipation SFX library to create a custom score for a mini social media cut. (Note: You can build custom underscores for your entire wedding films using our new Idyllic Underscore Elements library.)
@whiteinrevery
“With the SFX libraries from Lens Distortions, I can really create the sound bed I want to match the couple and match the style I’m going for.”

Calen Rhome, White In Revery
Adam Lora
Wedding filmmaker and photographer Adam Lora is from Tampa, Florida. His work stands out to us because he showcases the authenticity of each couples unique story through every film he creates.
@adamlora
“With my style of wedding filmmaking, I like to make my films feel dreamy and cinematic. I achieve this by using a lot of footage shot in 60fps and Lens Distortions effects. They are a quick and easy way to add dynamic (motion) to a clip that feels a little boring or drawn out. They also look organic to the scene, adding that warm and dreamy feeling.”

Adam Lora, Wedding Filmmaker
Paul Tellefsen

Paul Tellefsen

Community Lead

Paul Tellefsen is a lifestyle and travel photographer living in San Diego. His clients include IBM, Buick, Travel Alberta, Ford, Marriott and country music hall of fame member Paul Brandt.

Zoe Rain // Candid Storylines

Zoe Rain // Candid Storylines

Zoe Rain | Candid Storylines

Zoe Rain is a Chicago-based portrait photographer originally from Seattle. She began assisting for Jkoe Photography in 2010, and since then has shot over 65 weddings in the last five years. She has a solid expertise in capturing candid portraits and story lines in her wedding imagery.

“I really enjoy the Legacy effects, which are masked light layers made with glass textures. They are easy to use in a subtle way, without totally giving away the fact that I am enhancing the image in post,” Zoe said.

“It isn’t a stereotypical effect and I like using something for a different intention than how it was advertised and playing with blending modes, opacity etc.”

“I recently have been playing around with using Legacy to add color to shots. I think my favorite way to use these effects has been coloring backgrounds or adding a ‘colored gel’ like glow.”

See more of Zoe’s wedding work at zoerainweddings.com.

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Legacy

Legacy brings the iconic shoot-through technique to Photoshop - Elegantly frame your subject with optically captured elements, including glass and crystal.

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White In Revery // Cinematic Wedding Films

White In Revery // Cinematic Wedding Films

White In Revery | Cinematic wedding films

“We consider Lens Distortions effects as that ‘cherry-on-top’ to the film.”

White In Revery is a husband and wife team based in Denver, CO that specializes in storytelling primarily, but not exclusively, as wedding filmmakers.

They currently use our full lineup of 4K Video Overlays.

White in Revery shared some of their best tips for editing wedding videos with our Light Hits lens flares and Shimmer particle effects.

“We love utilizing Lens Distortions effects to smoothly guide the viewer throughout our films and to articulate certain moods. Sometimes there is negative space that we subtly fill with a Light Hit to help the viewer focus on the content and emotion that is actually going on in the scene.”

“We use Light Hits to add movement to a still frame, smooth out transitions between shots, and even strengthen pivotal beats in a song to make the scene a bit stronger and more effective. We consider Lens Distortions effects as that ‘cherry-on-top’ to the film.”

“For receptions, Shimmer is fantastic. We sometimes have to balance a photographer’s flash into a shot and the Shimmer pack really smooths it out. By incorporating Shimmer into dancing sequences, we feel it adds just enough movement and energy to the frame without being too distracting.”

 

See more of White In Revery’s work at whiteinrevery.com.

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Luminary

Luminary was crafted with fashion projects and luxury brands in mind and is filled with gorgeous overlays made from intricate glass elements.

Light Hits

Soft and simple. Light Hits is made from actual sunlight, and helps you quickly add a little extra pop to the corners of your shots.

Shimmer

Optically-captured in stunning detail, Shimmer is made from glistening particles, glass shards, and explosive fragments of light.

Fog

Cinematic haze, smoke, and atmospheric effects

Legacy

Stunning textures, light leaks, and flares. Made from shards of glass and crystal, Legacy is packed with curated clips for your next music video, commercial, or narrative.

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Narsete Photography // Dreamy couple portraits

Narsete Photography // Dreamy couple portraits

Narsete Photography | Dreamy couple portraits

“Sometimes just adding one of the effects can really give your image that wow factor.”

Narsete Photography is an international, award-winning, husband and wife wedding photography team based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
They currently use our Light Hits, Fog, and Legacy Photoshop Actions.

  • Before-Wedding Image with Lens Flare
    After-Wedding Image with Lens Flare
    Before Wedding Image with Lens Flare After

Here’s what Narsete had to say about Lens Distortions, “We love using the effects because they create a very romantic and dreamy feel to the images. We typically use them for our couple portraits and detail shots on the wedding day. Sometimes just adding one of the effects can really give your image that wow factor.

It also helps to create more of a mood, whether it be a touch of sun (Light Hits) that was added to brighten up the image or a touch of Fog to create mystery and romance. We use the Legacy effect to add depth of field/dimension to the images.

One of our favorite effects to use is Light Hit number 29 because it gives a beautiful, warm, soft light to the image. The effects are very easy to use and the final results are amazing!”

See more of their work at narsetephotography.com

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Light Hits

Made from actual sunlight - Light Hits features stunning lens flares and soft glows, perfect for intensifying the natural light in your shots.

Fog

Made from optically captured haze - Fog adds atmospheric depth and dimension to your overcast shots.

Legacy

Legacy brings the iconic shoot-through technique to Photoshop - Elegantly frame your subject with optically captured elements, including glass and crystal.

Collections

See how emerging artists and global brands use Lens Distortions in their projects.

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Weddings

VFX

Ray Santana // Fine Art Photography

Ray Santana // Fine Art Photography

Ray Santana | Fine Art Photography

“Len Distortions lets me take my photographs to the next level, yet maintain a simple, timeless look.”

Ray Santana is an International Fine Art Wedding Photographer based out of Miami, Florida. He’s been featured in numerous wedding publications and is a contributing photographer for Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine. He’s also worked with numerous fashion events in Miami (Chanel), New York, Florence, and Milan Runway Fashion Shows.

Ray currently uses our full lineup of photo effects.

Some thoughts from Ray, “Len Distortions lets me take my photographs to the next level, yet maintain a simple, timeless look.
Loving the Light Hits & Legacy!”

Light Hits… What can I say? They just add a little extra something – that early or late afternoon, sun going down, sun flare look that you can sometimes miss on rainy or cloudy days.

Legacy lets me get incredible looks, especially indoors, that I can only get with a handful of lenses.
Just a classic look and feel to my fine art photographs.”

See more of Ray’s work at raysantanaphotography.com.

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Light Hits

Made from actual sunlight - Light Hits features stunning lens flares and soft glows, perfect for intensifying the natural light in your shots.

Legacy

Legacy brings the iconic shoot-through technique to Photoshop - Elegantly frame your subject with optically captured elements, including glass and crystal.

Collections

See how emerging artists and global brands use Lens Distortions in their projects.

Brands

Weddings

VFX

Tommy Reynolds // Timeless wedding edits

Tommy Reynolds // Timeless wedding edits

Tommy Reynolds | Timeless wedding edits

“Light Hits add a greater depth to the image and just lift the photo exponentially.”

Tommy Reynolds is a professional photographer and director based in South East England. He uses Light Hits and Principle Light Hits optically captured lens flares from Lens Distortions to intensify the natural light in some of his wedding edits.

In an interview for the Lens Distortions blog, Tommy shared some thoughts on our effects. “Light Hits add a greater depth to the image and just lift the photo exponentially. I have found that I can use the effects very discreetly and other times quite predominately.”

“They add an additional focus point to the image, too. This is true for all LD effects, not just Light Hits. They can turn a flat image into a bloody cool looking image.”

See more of Ali’s work at tommyreynolds.co.uk

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Light Hits

Made from actual sunlight - Light Hits features stunning lens flares and soft glows, perfect for intensifying the natural light in your shots.

Collections

See how emerging artists and global brands use Lens Distortions in their projects.

Brands

Weddings

VFX