Kids fashion photo-shoot. Whimsical Forest.

Just finished a next FUN photo-session with our little models:-) It was awesome collaboration with brilliant fashion designers Alla Koval and Francoise Lama-Solet

How it was in  reality see our behind-the-scene video below. As always, all technical aspects and full length video from this photo-session you can find on Alex Koloskov blog

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Children Fashion Photography. Polar Bear knitting Jacket.









I have a triple FUN in collaboration with a talented children fashion designer Alla Koval.

  1. Absolutely awesome unique clothes. It is a pleasure just to hold it in hands:-)
  2. I very like a stage photography, creativity and unusual results with such type of photography.
  3. At the end we are getting gorgeous pictures of my kids, every mom wants to have  great photos of her children:-)

Lilia is an excellent model. Almost 3 years old toddler act seriously as a professional model:-) You can see her on a stage on the behind-the-scene video below.

As always, all technical aspects and full length video from this photo-session you can find on Alex Koloskov blog

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Before and after retouched images

Before and after retouched images

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Senior portraits post-production and retouching. Before and After.




Big kids of our friends asked us to shoot their Senior Pictures for Walton High School Yearbook. During the shoot Alex had a chance to test his DIY Vagabond II and I experiment with several post-production and retouching techniques.
For some of the images I used this tutorial: The Double RAW Conversion Tutorial from Calvin Hollywood. I really like the double RAW conversion method and use it often.

Here is the result:

Studio portraits

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Studio portrait photography, Atlanta, GA

Studio portrait photography, Atlanta, GA

Studio portrait photographer, Atlanta, GA

Studio portrait photographer, Atlanta, GA

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Our twins go to school, so I am back to blogging:-)

We had a very busy month: a lot of assignment work, LIVE masterclass and preparation for our girls first school, Montessori. Eventually we got everyone ready, washed and potty-trained, and Monday was a first day of school for our girls and some sort of beginning of a new life for us:-)

Now I will have more time to describe  photo-sessions we do and (my favorite:-) to upload more photos including “before and after” on this blog.

Here, at AKELstudio we have so many plans and ideas:
We are going to change our stock web site www.akelphoto.com to specializing only in water stock photography. We want to re-design our Portfolio and run our LIVE  masterclasses to a regular basis.

Also I will fill up my inspirational and motivational collection (www.kapreez.com) with best photographers, designers, retouchers and readings.

Now photos of our first school day:

Editorial photography. Alex Koloskov

Editorial photography. Alex Koloskov

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Children fashion photography in studio and on location.

These pictures are our first collaboration with my favorite children fashion designer Alla Koval. If you are searching for a truly special for your little one, visit her web site www.mylittlecitygirl.com. Her designs look fabulous and unique! Once you see it you’ll never forget:-)

The images was shot for Alla’s pattern book. Lighting setup and technical details, as always, you can find on Alex Koloskov’s Atlanta photographer blog.

Big thank you to our little models – twin daughters Sonia and Lilia. This was their debut in a professional modeling:-)

Kids fashion photography

Kids fashion photography

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Portrait retouching manual and bonus links

It is not to easy to find lessons or tutorials how Pro prepare images of models for  magazines and advertising. I try to accumulate information what I  learn from different professional retouchers in this tutorial.

I do not pretend to “guru” status, you can correct me. I just want to learn how to do sublime retouching and post-production and share my knowledge with you.

This is an example of fast work-flow for a portrait retouching and post-production for print or web. If you like to learn this process in more details you can find a bonus links below.

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Portrait retouching and post-production lesson

Portrait retouching and post-production lesson

1 step. Clean Skin

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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta, GA

Mandir is the name for a Hindu place of worship and prayer. The word mandir is composed of two words, Man and Dir, whose meanings are mind and still, respectively.  Therefore, a mandir is a place where the mind becomes still; a place where we experience peace from worldly problems.  For centuries, the mandir has remained a spiritual, educational, social and physical cornerstone of Indian society.

Read more information about Mandir

It is very unusual to find something like this in Georgia. The place is truly beautiful and the marble carvings are amazing. Unfortunately we can take photos only from a distance. The rest beauty I’ll try to remember:-)

Lifestyle photography

Lifestyle photography

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Studio portrait photography with color gels

The idea of photoshoot with color gels was hanging in the air in our studio for a quite some time, and now Kevi Redding, beautiful young singer we were working before, asked us to do a portrait for her using colored lighting. After Kevi’s photo-shoot was done I wanted to try this lighting for myself:-)

The setup of this photo-session, some tips and video you can find on our photographer’s blog, supported by Alex Koloskov. On this post I’ll show you only the images.

Atlanta studio portrait photographer

Portrait photography lighting with color gels

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Kids. Before and After.

As I know, many of as like “Before and After” images:-) Mouse Over to see Before and After

Atlanta  photographer Alex Koloskov

Atlanta photographer. Kids group portrait

Atlanta photographer. Kids group portrait

Little butterflies. Atlanta photographer Alex Koloskov.

Several images from our trip to Callaway Gardens.

Portrait of twin girls

Portrait of twin girls

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