Chris and Loren are wedding and portrait photographers based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Most of our customers know them as Loren X Chris, the creative couple behind the LXC presets. Today, we talk to them about inspiration, post-production and staying creative.
Tribe Collective: What preset did you use to edit these images?
Loren x Chris: We used LXCN by Tribe Archipelago.
TC: What gear did you use for this session?
LXC: We use a Canon 5D Mark iii, a Sigma 50 mm 1.4, a Canon 85 mm 1.2 and a Sigma 35 mm 1.4.
TC: What was the background of this session? What was the inspiration behind this session? Do you have any interesting details or challenges you had to face during the session?
LXC: When Loren and I were first trying to grow our business out of state, we set up several destination sessions with the intent of getting some content in our work on the level that we wanted, and by doing this I was going to attract my target clientele with the images we made.
I set up photo sessions for us in San Fransisco, Oregon, and Yosemite. We were able to get our Yosemite Session featured on a wedding blog and low and behold, the inquiries for Yosemite Weddings came in.
Lesson To Be Learned: What you put out, is what you get back.
This session is a real wedding. We did two days of photographing because Yosemite is beautiful and our couple wanted lots of portraits all around the area but didn't want to exclude themselves from the wedding festivities on the big day.
I knew I wanted to do a sunrise session from a spot where we could get epic views. It was incredibly early, but Loren and the couple were up for it. The light was magic and the view was epic. It has been one of my favourite sessions to date.
TC: How has your photography style evolved over time?
LXC: My style evolved naturally. I, of course, had some photographers that I admired and would do my best to research their editing techniques, what gear they were using. I would study what I liked most about each individual's work and tried to incorporate those things into my work. I was influenced a lot by symmetry and minimalism. Through practice, I discovered that I love to give the subject space, or rather give the landscape more room in the frame alongside the subject. I like to use light with purpose and create clean modern romantic images.
TC: What are your favourite tools for capturing, editing, and enhancing your photographs?
LXC: Of course, my favourite tool would be, Tribe Archipelago Presets. I developed the skin tones and colours that I love and the presets obviously make my post process so easy.
TC: What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?
I would say the best advice for emerging photographers would be: to try and be different. Everyone is influenced by others and it's great to draw inspiration, but draw it from everything and find your own voice. Only you can do what you do and see what you see. It's your perspective that you have to chase after.
Also, Presets are an awesome basis for you to get great results quickly. It will help you focus more on your work and less on your post process!