Monday, May 31, 2010

Hadden Sneak Peek

I had the privilege of photographing my beautiful sister and absolutely adorable niece while I was home a few weeks ago!  Mom was a little disappointed that we weren’t shooting in the part of the yard with all the new flowers…but the sun was not cooperating near the flowers!  Anyway, these shots of her and her daughter are for a “Father’s Day” surprise.  Sure hope my BIL likes them….so shhhhhh!  It’s a surprise [and no he does not come here, so don’t give him any ideas!]

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Perfect Time

Thanks to iheartfaces and many others for circulating this article!  Interestingly enough, I  think about this topic all the time!  It comes up so many times in conversation with friends too!  I hear “maybe next time” and “maybe next year” so often.  And for reason like “I don’t like my hair cut” and “I don’t like my new hair color” and “ I want to lose 20 more pounds” and “I can’t afford it right now.”  In fact, I come up with the same excuses all the time.  If only I could lose more weight…If only I was having a good hair day…If only I wasn’t breaking out right now!  Our last family portrait was taken when our daughter turned 1!  She will be three in two months.  I regret not having a family photo from when she turned to two!  And because I am always the one behind the camera, we don’t even have a snapshot of all of us from last year!

Anyway, check this out…and remember, the right time is NOW!  You never know what tomorrow holds!

And for those of you that will not click on the link above….I will summarize in photos from the article.

Disclaimer: ***These are not my photos…they can be found on DebSchwedhelm Photoblog.

imageimageimageYes…same family.  I bet those boys won’t care one bit what their mom looked like in each photo 20 years from now.  But they sure will be HAPPY to have the photos…because they don’t have her anymore!

Just food for thought!

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pfefferkorn Belly Sneak Peek

Do you know what it’s like to have have shot 1000ish awesomely exciting photos and not be able to do anything with them??  My computer [we’ll call her Lily]…well, Lily wouldn’t turn on Thursday morning.  Seriously would not turn on!!!  Nothing!  And, I got a phone call from my mommy friend whose shoot was scheduled for Saturday that she had a rough night of contractions…and could I come over NOW to take some shots just in case we didn’t make it to Saturday!  OMG – absolutely I could…but I couldn’t believe I would get to see them on on super awesome and super large screen after shooting! 

OK – so we’ve all been there at one point in time or another…and if you haven’t, it sucks!

Anyway, I got some great shots…and she made it to Saturday [more great shots].  And the indoor emergency shoot allowed us to get some of “those” shots that we couldn’t have pulled off at the park.  And they are seriously HOT!!!  Just a few…because I have to catch up on being without my computer for three days…lots of deadline projects to finish! But here’s a sneak peek at a few “emergency” shots from Thursday. 

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Water Wednesday

I have loads of photos to share…especially since I took last week off b/c I didn’t shoot the previous Friday.  In fact, I have been shooting all over the place due to the kiddos starting to test out.  I did shoot some underwater shots last Friday and I promise those are coming…but this week, I am sharing photos of the little ones swimming in their clothes.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010


I_Heart_Faces ButtonThis week’s theme over at iheartfaces is “Yellow!”…bright and cheerful yellow! I actually tried to take new photos for this challenge…I decided it was time to get new shots and not dig through recent and archived photos. I tried a few things…the “classic” portrait-type shots…but I ended up going with “FUN!” What is more “Yellow” than summertime…SUN…a yellow sand bucket and a yellow shovel?? Let the sand fly! And a little playing around with photo shop…and this is what I have come up with for this week’s theme! I really wanted it to be blown out [over-exposed] to emphasize the bright summer sun...without losing the yellow!
Make sure you check out all the other entries over at iheartfaces…I can’t wait see what others came up with! I am sure I will be amazed!

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Fix-It Friday

iheartfaces fix-it-fridayIt’s that time again….and since I am actually in town, I am participating again!  I love these.  I love fixing pictures.  This week's photo was submitted by Shelle from Mommy Can't Sing.

She wrote: "This is a photo of my 16 months old baby girl. I am currently doing a 365 challenge where I take at least one photo per day. This was one of the photos. Unfortunately, before Daylight Savings a lot of time I was scrambling to take a photo before the light was gone. Well, in this photo it was beyond gone! But my baby was sitting there so sweetly that I couldn't resist taking her photo. The color is bad and the background is messy, but just love her face!"

I totally agree about the color…the white balance is way off.  But, the background didn’t bother me so much.  The shallow depth of field already helped make the background less distracting!

Here is the original:

OriginalYep…she is way too yellow!  Must fix that!

Here is my fix:

Fix 1Pretty drastic difference.  And since she was concerned about the background, I applied a smart blur filter to blur it even more.  Then I used a CoffeeShop Action [Perfect Portrait] to fix minor skin issues and make the eyes a bit more defined.  Finally, I sharpened and reduced the noise.

Here are a couple more creative fixes that worked off of the above fix:

Fix 2 - rotate cropFlipped photo and cropped

Fix 3 - GlazeApplied Bakery Glaze Action [Blueberry and Vanilla} and adjusted opacity.

Fix 4 - BWSplendor B&W Action with a soft blur.

Fix 5 - HC crop Hot Cocoa Action, then lightened the face!

Make sure you check out all the other fixes at iheartfaces…there sure are some snazzy one!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My Beautiful Sister

and her adorable daughter…more to come later.  But I LOVE this one!!!

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Baby Behary Session

I finally finished the newborn session that I shot a few weeks ago!  And boy oh boy is she precious!!!  Just darling!  And I just couldn’t get over her cheeks and her absolutely beautiful little baby lips!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Water Wednesday

The photos from last Friday are super special. They are underwater photos…and not just any underwater photos…kick butt underwater photos! My friend Bill Lamp’l from Grove Scuba volunteered his time [and his super big daddy camera] to take photos during Friday’s lessons. We missed 5-ish kids because of a pool fail!! Hoping he will come back one more time to get the rest of them! Wink Wink!! And if you are ever in the Miami area…and want to snorkel or dive the amazing wrecks and reefs off our coast…you must check out Grove Scuba!

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