Love at First Shot

Take/Find a picture of a couple who are obviously in love. Use the picture to tell a story. Give the story some background and maybe even create a dialogue between the two or tell the story from each point of view. Just give it some detail and create a background to your photo! It can be a true story or a completely made up one, just have fun with it!

I thought this assignment, “Love at First Shot” would be perfect for my sister and her fiance. They are very much in love as you can see by this picture and I thought it would be fun to tell a story about them.

The Work Itself


It was Christmas Eve eve and Rhea was walking around downtown finishing up the last minute shopping that inevitable occurs every year. She was admiring the Christmas decorations and the general Christmas spirit that could be felt all around. There happened to be another person walking around that night. His name was Rob.

Rhea was about to walk back to her car when she noticed that the hotel downtown was hosting a Christmas tree competition. She thought it would be nice to go check it out.

As she was walking across the street she did not notice the black ice and being the clumsy person she is, she immediately began to slipping. However, just before she fell, the heroic Rob saved her! (And all of the gifts in her hands). She could not have been more grateful. Rhea asked her hero if he would like to go look at the Christmas trees at the hotel with her and maybe have coffee while they were there too. Rob was thrilled that she asked!

So they went looking at all of the wonderfully decorated Christmas trees and hit it off so well that Rob asked her out on another date! Rhea of course said yes and they have been dating ever since.

Their worlds have been much brighter since they met each other.

Telling the Story Behind the Story

As I said before, I thought this would be a fun assignment to include my sister and her fiance in. I chose this photo because I think it shows how much they are in love with each other. Whenever there is a photo of a couple laughing and smiling, it feels very genuine. I knew that I needed to make it a Christmas story because there was a giant Christmas tree in the background so there was pretty much no way around it.

Obviously this is not the true story of how they met but I thought it still made for a cute story and went along with the photo well.

Narrating the Process

In order to accomplish this effect, I used Photoshop Elements 11 which has been my go-to lately for this class. First I downloaded a photo of my sister’s Facebook page and opened it in Photoshop. Then I added another layer so I could make a gif. I also added a brightening and grain effect to the second layer. I did this because I wanted to illustrate their worlds becoming “brighter” once they met I was unsure how make a gif in Photoshop, but I knew that you could so I Googled it and found this video which showed me exactly what to do. It is actually quite simple. You just have to go to File–>Save for Web–>Gif.

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