A Glimpse Behind the Curtain - Lotus Double Exposure

Photography is half realism and half magic. For this post, I wanted to reveal a bit of the behind the scenes for how I make a double exposure. First, I usually begin with a silhouetted shot of the couple and focus on their profiles. Then I bring this image into Photoshop and start looking for an interesting photo to layer on top of the silhouette. For Jane and Frank, since their wedding will be at Rats next year, I decided to use a photo from Grounds for Sculpture. I actually found a photo I had taken at Grounds three years ago and that I've never used or edited. This single lotus made for a perfect focal point right in between them and to me is symbolic of their blooming love. After various layer adjustments, masking the lotus, and several gradients, the double exposure was ready to share!