Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What to Wear ~ Fall Family Session

Everything here can be found at Old Navy!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Old Photo Flare

I have been looking at photographs differently lately.
When I see something that stands out I ask myself,
"Do I like that?"
if the answer is yes, then I ask myself,
It has been through this process that I have come to realize that I love, Love, LOVE photographs with an old photo flare. What about you, do you love old photos too?

Just for fun...

...just for me!

                   when I asked Ken for his ring today he said "Sure, but for what?"
This was what:

to photograph of course!

CD & DVD Cases

Perfect for your photo slide show!

Monday, August 22, 2011

I Heart Faces ~ Pets

I usually don't do much personal posting on the blog. However when I saw that this weeks challenge on iheartfaces was pets, my mind went right to the pics I just took of Tess.
I am certainly not a pet photographer so when I get a photograph where she is looking at me I tend to think it is great. Anyway here is a photo for this weeks challenge of our 3 1/2 year old lab beagle mix.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

One Photo ~ Three Ways

I am a firm believer that if you are a professional photographer then your photographs should reflect that. So today I wanted to show how I go from a raw image straight out of my camera to my finished product. I can certainly see a differance in these images, but the goal is to still make them look natural not fake.
This image was taken on a ridiculusly hot day, and it was partly cloudy.

This is straight out of the camera, not to bad - maybe a little bright but not blown out.

and this is the same image just edited,
so in photoshop I adjusted my levels (made my blacks blacker & whites whiter)
then took my paintbrush @ 23% opacity & took some of the shine off their faces
took my dodge tool & lightly did their eyes
took my burn tool & burned the edges of the brick to draw the eye into the center
put a softening filter @ 20% then erased eye & mouth areas
& wah-lah the finished product:

For black & white images I desaturate (the image always needs to be tweaked after it is desaturated)
then I go into levels & tweak again
then I tweak in curves (very similar to levels but helps to pop the image a little more)
personally I don't mind my black & white images blown out a little
then I burn the edges a little more to give it more contrast
it looks like this:

If you liked this post  please leave a comment & I will do more like this.
If you have any questions put thoes in a comment as well & I will be sure to respond!
Thanks & have a good Thursday!

Monday, August 15, 2011

It's all in the eyes...

This weeks challenge is beautiful eyes.
This is a photograph I took in 2006. It was the first wedding I ever booked. The bride, Jessie, has the most amazing eyes. So I dug through my archives & found this image. I think it is perfect for this weeks challenge.

To see more creative photographs check out iheartfaces:

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Funny Faces :)

I have been so excited to post these images. We took these at the end of the shoot & I think we were all pretty tired out from the heat. So we just plopped down in the grass & I told them to make faces at me :)
Ha ha ha ~ I thought it was pretty funny what they came up with!
The big one in the middle is my favorite - I can't look at it & not laugh!

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Ring...

No engagement session would be complete without a photograph to show off the ring right?

(in case you were wondering, the tootsie roll has to do with the proposal)

Thanks for taking a look!
Thanks for looking at some of my work. I would love to do photos for you. If you have any questions or want to set up a session, please send me an email. I would love to hear from you!

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