Gilmar Silva is a Brazilian photographer who does a lot of magical, soft and flattering photo shoots; you know the kind. Engagement photos where people float on a lake, pregnancy announcements where everyone is wearing garlands of flowers. It seems to be the hot thing these days to come up with these crazy photos just to one up your sister-in-law on Facebook. Some couples go to crazy lengths to get the perfect shot, we've even seen some pose with wild animals to show they have an adventurous side. These type of photos all make us cringe when they pop up in our feeds too. Oh yes another couple is engaged, or having a baby, or celebrating their anniversary. You name it, there's probably a photo shoot for it.
They're very pretty and very unrealistic, which is fine. You should photograph the big events in your life any way you want.
But Silva wants to show everyone what things look like behind the scenes. He's exposing how the photo sausage gets made, and it's not pretty. After looking through these, you'll probably have a new found respect for the craft and effort that goes into making these 'perfect' photos happen:
The project is called LUGARxPHOTO, according to Bored Panda, which means "place and photo." On his Instagram page, Silva shows what the photo shoot looks like compared to the finished product, and the results are a hilarious juxtaposition of sitting in dirt roads next to a perfect version of that captured moment. He really goes the extra mile to make these things come to life. Maybe he's just showing off his incredible Photoshop skills, but whatever the reason, it's great:
Sometimes that magic moment just needs a little help in post.
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