Fun engagement pictures in Garden City on a cold afternoon and Storyboard 3

I haven’t had a chance to blog about engagement portraits recently. Things are getting slow, so I thought I would post pictures from this recent cold weather engagement session down at the southern tip of Garden City Beach. I’ve done many photo sessions in Garden City, but this one was unusual because they live in a private neighborhood where I usually can’t photograph. The southern end of Garden City is beautiful. It’s a short walk from the beach to the boardwalks that go out and over the marsh. I rarely get to shoot on a marsh walkway because most of these are privately owned and marked with no trespassing. They also brought along their two dogs to get in some of the shots. Because they are still puppies, they wouldn’t sit still for more than a second or two. Besides it being so cold and the couple having to suffer from freezing a bit, I think everything went well. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

I’m using the new Storyboard 3 Photoshop script for the pictures below. I’ve been using the Storyboard software for a couple of years to do my blog layouts. It’s a more fun way to tell a story with pictures instead of just putting one shot right after another. It’s necessary to do a layout like this for a wide-format blog like mine. Otherwise, portrait format images would be far taller than the screen on some displays.

WordPress plugins and other things will simulate a storyboard look, but this software is the only thing I’ve found to give complete control over the layout and make it look exactly like I want. Version 3.0 adds many new features like a Mac Droplet, so I can drag pictures directly from Lightroom into Storyboard without exporting them. They have a new layout designer, which should greatly speed up my blogging workflow. It has some bugs they need to work out before I can use it. I’m in contact with support. It also has new cropping and SEO tools that I could do manually, but this just makes it a lot faster and easier. I realize it takes me a few hours to make a blog post like this, so I appreciate any software to speed up my workflow.

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