Today, I’m headed out with some cute kids to scout. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks of running a business. I get weighed down by the mundane, so this little experience of looking for new places that inspire me puts the wind back in my sail. I can’t wait to share new places with you that will have you ooohing and ahhing right along with me!
// This photo was recently taken at a commercial child photography session in Orange County.
Today I’m over on Modern Parents Messy Kids talking about moms getting into the picture. This definitely isn’t a new topic, but it’s worth re-visiting. I share a few tips that have helped me get out from behind the camera. And trust me, as a photographer…that’s where I’m most comfortable! But, I want to enjoy life with my family and have some photos to prove it!
In other news…last week was eventful!! We have a new family member. Her name is Pippa. This was the kids’ reaction when she came. *camera blurrrrr*
The other night I got home from a photo session and Brent was leaving to hang out with friends. The kids and I decided to go out for a burger and shakes! We took a moment for a selfie with the CameraTimer app on my iPhone.
The other day we were at the dentist office and Cooper brought me a magazine and pointed out a recipe he thought we should try. It’s not often that my 10 year makes recipe suggestions, so we made it last weekend. It was delicious! I tweaked the recipe a little and of course photographed it before we devoured it, so I’ll be sharing it soon on the blog.
On Sunday we were at the Galaxy game and they were kind enough to let the kids be in the high-five line before the game!
Brent and I waiting to see them down on the field. Oh and I really like Brent in his glasses, so I made this my new FB profile pic.
Annnd I worked a lot too. I’m shooting a catalog for Little Skye right now. (yay!) My friend Laura took this behind the scenes shot for me.
I hope this week is off to a good start for everyone! Happy Hump Day!
One of the fun perks of my job is getting to do commercial photography. That means playing dress up with cute models at a fun location. This time we were in Long Beach, photographing against a stone wall with chalk art. The photos are for Oilily (a children’s clothing company)…go check out their website!
I’ve been busy lately shooting fall lines for Little Skye Children’s Boutique. Which means it’s pretty hot and the models have to pretend they are loving the sweaters and hats and tights. But, Fiona rocked it out for me last week! We headed straight for Starbucks when the shoot was over and soaked up all the air conditioning we could! I’m lucky to have such cute models and a fun job that includes playing dress up. Even if it isn’t seasonally appropriate!
Don’t forget! Today…Friday October 28 (Rossmoor) and Monday October 31 (Huntington Beach) I’ll be at Rascals to Rebels to take pictures of your kids in their Halloween costumes! There are no appointments, so bring your kids by any time between 4 and 5pm on Friday and 3 and 5pm on Monday. It’s $20 (cash or check only) for 3 digital images (of my choice) that will be emailed to you the next day. Quick and easy..and an amazing deal!
In other news, last week I photographed a line from Sierra Julian. My models were so adorable and it was a first time for all of them! They all did so well!
I’m so excited to share a few places that I’m featured on the web!
First up is the “Just Spotted” blog. I’ve been nominated for this photography blog! The cool thing about this is that I’ve only been in business in the OC for 2 years. The award will go to the blog with the most votes, so pretty please throw a vote my way!!
To vote, click HERE and once you’re on the Just Spotted website (www.justspotted.com) click on the link to vote!
Remember Cooper’s birthday party a few weeks ago? Well, the party has been around the web! It’s featured on Sara’s Party Perfect.
And a Spanish website called Alguma Bossa. I’m not sure exactly what all the text says, but I think it’s good!!
Lastly, the website where I bought a lot of my party supplies at, Garnish, featured me on their blog!
I mentioned before that I’m pretty behind on updating my blog…but I do twitter pictures after the session (follow me on twitter!) more often than I put them on my blog. I guess it’s just easier to quickly put it on my phone with a quick…how cute is this!?
Blog posts take much more effort! I’m just not a writer…I get distracted and my point is a jumbled up mess in between the pretty pictures.
ANYWAY…I had Emily’s senior session this week and her mom was telling me how much she enjoyed the before and afters. I thought I’d take one of Emily’s pictures and show a few different ways I would edit the image.
Here’s the RAW image with slight adjustments in ACR. Nothing major, just adjusting the brightness and contrast. I gotta say, I love the color that comes of out my Canon 5D Mark ii. And my 50 1.2 isn’t too shabby either. The stats for this image: f/2.8 1/500s ISO 200.
While I love it plain and simple, it also looks great in B&W. One of my favorite B&W conversions is TRA Boring Old Black and White. I applied Yin Yang (dodging and burning) then Nichole Van Soft Gold at 60% and a fake tilt shift.
The old wood lent itself to a vintage feel, so I tried out my newest actions from LilyBlue. This one is Honey and it’s great for skin tones. I also added her Walnut Blurgrain for a little hmmmph.
Another LilyBlue action that I love is Coral. It looks great here, but I also love to use it on pictures with greenery.
Lastly, I wanted to try to pump up the sunshine, so I used TRA2 Faded Summer along with overlays by Jesh De Rox called India and Moon Landing.
I promise to share some more from Emily’s gallery soon…but for now back to work!
I don’t talk a lot on the blog about post-processing, but it’s a pretty big part of my job. So much of a photographer’s style is defined by photoshop. It goes without saying that you have to start with a good picture…but the picture goes from good to *take your breath away* after the shutter clicks.
In the beginning of this journey I went a little photoshop crazy…trying a bit of this and a bit of that until I landed on a style that is uniquely me. I want the photos I take to look like the best version of you. I don’t want you to look at the image and say “what did you do to me?”
The camera can be harsh, so again…I want to use angles and lighting to take the most flattering picture I can, then *enhance* it in photoshop.
To illustrate what I’m talking about, I have a few before and afters. This picture was taken as a RAW image, then in Adobe Camera Raw, I simply made a few adjustments in color and clarity. Done. Sometimes an image doesn’t need a lot. Sometimes adding more would ruin it. (By the way SOOC stands for straight out of the camera.)
50mm f/1.4 1/1000s ISO 200
Next we’ll talk about actions. Actions are a series of adjustments made in photoshop, then recorded, so they can be done again and again. An action makes a photographer’s job much much easier! The trouble with actions is that they aren’t a one size fits all solution. Many times photographers will ask me, “what action do you use?”…as if this is the magic bullet to a beautiful image.
I wish this were the case, but just as a good cook seasons a meal according to taste, a good photographer alters an image to taste. After seeing an image, I know the direction I want to take it…sometimes it’s staying true to the original, other times I want to give it a different feel. Hence…the actions.
One of my favorite actions is the soft color pop by Nichole Van. It must be used sparingly…and personally, I only like it on children…but it makes skin clearer, *pops* the color and warms things up a bit.
24-70mm f/2.8 1/250s ISO 800
I like this action because it’s not a press the button and be done kind of thing. Each adjustment has a layer, so the possibilities are endless. This is where being an artist comes in…the photographer gets to decide how to use the color, where to make things darker and lighter, etc. A truly unique result every time.
Another favorite series of actions are the Totally Rad Actions by the Boutwells. I prefer these actions for adults because the results can be pretty dramatic. Again, each action has a series of layers, so the photographer can make each picture unique to them. They can be applied over each other for endless results. For this image, I wanted a fairy-tale kind of feel, so I used Get Faded (Autumn) 52%, , Dirty Loving Texture 100% and Cinnamon Toast 44%. After that I used the burn tool at 30% opacity to darken the edges. Again, a more dramatic result, which I prefer for adults instead of children.
24-70mm f/2.8 1/400s ISO 320
So…after working with actions over the past few years, I’ve started to play around with taking them apart…seeing how they work. Many actions use a Channel Mixer, which affects the color of the image. The three primary colors (red, green and blue) each have a slider, so you can completely change the look of the image…a little or a lot.
For this newborn image, I wanted a soft look with richer colors, so I used the Channel Mixer to create my own look.
50mm f/3.5 1/160s ISO 800
Well, this gives you a glimpse into my world! I am still just scratching the surface of the world of color and post-processing, but hopefully it was helpful…even if just to one person.