There has been something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time and I just didn’t know where to start or how to get my vision onto the screen (into the camera?). Ai has been all the rage lately but I felt like making pictures solely out of Ai was cheating in more ways than one. I thought that it took away from the best part of creating art yourself. Thats not to say I don’t use Ai as a tool in my arsenal to help me build my art, I think it has its time and place. I wanted to figure out how to take my art from 90% Ai 10% original art to 90% original and 10% Ai. I think I found that balance.

I love doing wedding photography. There’s a timeless allure to capturing moments during the happiest day of most peoples lives. While traditional portraits hold their charm, (and something I still of course do) I wanted to build something unique for you. Something that can be put on your wall and everyone just has to stare at it for a minute. I wanted to add an extra layer of artistic elegance to the memories couples cherish forever: painterly portraits.

Painterly portraits is something we offer as a unique twist to wedding photography. These portraits resemble hand-painted masterpieces, exuding a soft, dreamlike quality that elevates the entire wedding album. I wanted something that looks like a renaissance masterpiece. I wanted to give you something that encapsulate the romance, emotion, and intimacy of the moment in a way that goes beyond mere documentation. Something dreamlike, unique and beautiful.

Before/After: Taken at Palmer Park, Colorado Springs. I added some castles in the background using Ai then converted the entire picture into a painterly style.  


The process begins with capturing the perfect moment. The loving gaze, the tender embrace, the stolen glances with a beautiful vast open landscape in the background. These raw images serve as the canvas where we start our editing.

Through a delicate interplay of light, color, and texture, the photographer transforms these moments into works of art. This might take seconds or minutes. We might need to find multiple locations. The lighting and camera angles all play into a roll to what makes a great start to making a painterly portrait.

If the background is too busy or if there is too much background blur then you might now know exactly what setting your in. If the light his your face in the wrong spot it won’t set the mood just perfectly. All these things are what we take into account for creating these portraits.

90%/10% Original/Ai
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10%/90% Original/Ai

You can see the differences between a 90/10 Original/Ai in the pictures above. I think the opportunities for portraits that are mostly Ai could be more “surreal” but I think loses the memory of your special day. I would rather bring in a more realistic location using most of the picture as a base and then bringing subtle additions that help add to your core memory.

The result? A collection of portraits that not only capture the essence of the day but also transcend it, immortalizing the love story in a way that resonates for generations to come.

For couples, painterly portraits offer more than just a stunning addition to their wedding album – they become cherished heirlooms, treasured mementos of a day filled with love and joy. It’s not just about documenting the event; it’s about encapsulating the essence of the couple’s unique bond in a way that resonates with their hearts.

Can you guess what I added using Ai? lol

The best part if you go hire us? As part of their wedding package, couples receive not only a collection of traditional photographs but also the enchanting beauty of painterly portraits. It’s an opportunity to transform ordinary moments into extraordinary memories, to celebrate love in all its splendor.

Or if you want to hire us to just create painterly portraits and hire a separate photographer because you like multiple styles you can too! We know our style is unique but might not be a style you want for all your pictures.

In a world where fleeting trends come and go, painterly portraits can stand the test of time. They’re not just photographs; they’re a testament to the enduring power of love and the artistry that brings it to life. They’re unique and timeless. I know there are a few artists out there that make paintings from scratch and if thats what you want then I 100% support that! Creating an oil painting from scratch is completely analog and beautiful and I love artists that can do that. I am not quite at that painting skill so I do what I am good at. If you love my style then I would love to get in touch. If you love this or hate this let me know, i am always looking to improve my skillset. If you love our stuff follow us on IG at Shoot us a message and allow us to be part of your day to capture the magic of weddings, consider adding a touch of painterly elegance to create memories that last a lifetime.

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