Wednesday, March 31, 2010

C & J’s Bunny Sneak Peek

Another set of adorable siblings…and my oh my how fast the little princess has grown.  It’s hard to believe she’s already a year old [plus some]. 

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

J’s Bunny Sneak Peek

This adorable little girl just wanted to cuddle the bunny…and bunny was very jumpy during her shoot…just wouldn’t sit still.  Love rapid fire for times like this!  And I do have to say that my own daughter adores “J” and sat by side the entire time I worked on this set of photos.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Dramatic Black and White

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I love B&W…love it!  I knew exactly which recent photo [OK – there were two I would have liked to enter from this shoot, but my husband likes this one better] I would enter this week over at iheartfaces as soon as I knew the theme was Dramatic Black & White.  If you follow my blog, you have probably seen this photo before, but I have never entered it.  I love everything about…it makes me smile.  It’s one of those capture I “hope” for as a photographer!

IMG_4802-Splendor2 When you have a few minutes…or hours [because there are that many great ones!]…hop on over to iheartfaces and check out some of the other entries.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Focusing on Angles

I_Heart_Faces ButtonWe all know that a photo shot straight on is far less interesting that one with a more creative angle.  This week over at iheartfaces, this is exactly the focus.  I can honestly say that I hardly ever shoot straight on…when shooting for clients I have to force myself to remember to shoot some shots straight on because the average consumer isn’t always impressed with a “crooked” or artistic portrait of Johnny!  Unfortunate, but true!  So after digging through my images, I decided to shoot a new one.

I laid in the mulch…and if you knew how much I hate mulch [or sand….or dirt] you would know that even for me [who shoots weird angles all the time] this was outside my comfort zone.  And I am still picking tiny bits of mulch out of my hair and pockets.

I used PSE to do some minor edits.  I increased the flare, lightened her face just a little [enough to see her expression] and softened the entire image.

EntryMake sure you head over to iheartfaces and check out more of the entries…there are some very creative angles!

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

B & J’s Bunny Sneak Peek

Check out this new big brother and his tiny little sister!  Doesn’t he look so sweet!  The bunny was only cooperative in short spurts….so I was shooting fast.  I am pleased with the shots I got!

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

C’s Bunny Sneak Peek

I promised these on Friday…so I am a day late, but here they are.  This adorable little munchkin was delightful to work with.  Only 2 months old and he let me handle him, move him around [constantly], reposition him between shots…and not one single peep.  He was so chill!


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Friday, March 19, 2010

POTD – March 19, 2010

I promise there will be more Bunny Sneak Peeks tomorrow…it’s been a long, rough day and I just didn’t have the time to finish editing.  So for today, pretty tree….

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

K’s Bunny Sneak Peek

How cute are these!  And her red curls just shine!  Don’t you just love how little kids interact with live animals…makes for the most precious shots!

IMG_0026-ToffeeIMG_0039-Rasp BWIMG_0055-BlueberryIMG_0085-Blur More previews of adorable bunny portraits coming tomorrow….stay tuned!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hippity Hop Easter’s on its Way!

POTD – March 17, 2010

I love bunnies…soft and cuddly…and even better when paired with adorable munchkins.  These aren’t the sneak peeks…just a little taste of the mini-sessions from today.  I was supposed to work in the grass with a nice natural background, but it rained.  So I brought a few props and shot under the pavilion.  Hopefully on Friday, the weather will be much improved and I can shoot as planned.

Bunny 1 Bunny 2Not bad for a back-up rain plan….

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Bundled Up

POTD – March 16, 2010

I_Heart_Faces ButtonThe theme this week over at iheartfaces is “All Bundled Up.”  I almost considered skipping this one…I mean seriously, I live in South Florida.  And yes we have had an unseasonable cool winter…even some nights in the 30’s…but really!  During the day…even on cold days…50 is the lowest it got and that is pushing it.  For us, a light sweater was sufficient.  I suppose I could have taken pictures of all the native Miamians who bust out their leather jackets, leather gloves, scarves, and ear muffs as soon as it hits 65…but generally I just laugh at them as I stroll by them in shorts and a long sleeve shirt [lightweight one at that!].  But, I do have this adorable photo of my niece from the weekend they came to visit from sunny Central Florida.  It was in the 60’s that weekend and she sported this blanket cocoon all weekend when we were outside.

Bundled UpMake sure you head on over to iheartfaces to check out some “real” bundled up shots complete with ice and snow…real cold!

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

POTD – March 13, 2010

I had the opportunity to see Michael Buble in concert last night and was able to get the Canon 20D through security.  Took the 50mm 1.4 since I knew lighting would be an issue…no zoom, but still figured this would be my best shot at getting decent photos without flash!  Here are a few, SOOC…not bad if I say so myself!

IMG_0124This is Naturally 7, the opening act.  7 Guys out of New York that create their entire sound using voices only!  No instruments…if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I would have never believed that the drums, electric guitars, harmonicas, cellos, violins [you name it] were all being created with their voices.  Simply amazing!

IMG_0140IMG_0155IMG_0242IMG_0272IMG_0320 Had such a great time…the show was amazing!  I had no idea what to expect because I had never seen Michael Buble live…and never realized that he is such a comedian!!!

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Fix It Friday

POTD – March 12, 2010

iheartfaces fix-it-friday Missed a day…but here we are at Friday and it’s time for Fix It Friday over at iheartfaces.  This week’s photo needed some adjustments.  It was under-exposed, but not impossible to fix.

Here is the original:

OriginalFor my first fix, I just wanted to lighten it up a bit.  I also cropped it and cloned part of the little girl’s arm.  Once lightened it had an obvious color cast that I then corrected.  That gave me a better palette to work with.

Fix 1:

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Much better…but there was still work to be done.  I reduced the noise and applied Perfect Portrait [a CoffeeShop Action] to the photo.  Then, the dark circles under the eyes were bothering me so I touched those up.  Personally, I’m not a 100% happy with how they turned out, but they are better.  There were also a few stray hairs that really stood out so I got rid of them.


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Then for fun, here are a few more.

Fix 3: Increased blur in the background

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Fix 4: Selective coloring on the pinball machine

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And finally, I used Picnik to give it a vintage look:

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Check out some of the other “takes” on this photo over at iheartfaces…there are some seriously talented photo editors over there.

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