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Friday, December 11, 2009

Fix-It Friday: Dec 11, 2009 (week 39)

It's that time again: FRIDAY! This weeks entry is a little something different and I LOVE love LOVE this image... did I mention I love it? Really makes me think back to my childhood and all the times my grandfather and I spent together at horse shows and rodeos. Those memories will forever be in my heart.

Lets take a look at the original photo:

Now for my edit:

Lets start off with my program, I used PS CS3. I opened this image in Camera Raw and made adjustments there first. Then I opened it in PS and ran my noiseware program and Boutwell's Magic Glasses from Totally Rad Actions. I then ran my adjustment layers and played with them until I got the look I wanted. Cropped the image to draw the eye to the main attraction and not the onlooking cowboys. I ran CoffeeShops Little Perk action, turning off the sharpening layer (i always save my sharpening for last). Adjusted the Little Perk to my liking. Then I ran CoffeeShops Golden Vintage action, adjusting to my preference. Then I ran Coffeeshops Creamy Toffee Latte Action, again adjusting to my preference. The Toffee Latte action added a little too much red so I added a curve and adjusted the red.

I finished up my edit by adding a few textures, I kept the emphasis of the bull being brought down by masking out the textures on the bull and cowboy. I sharpened and whalla!

Please visit I heart Faces blog to see other ways this photo was "fixed"!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I Heart Faces- Sweet Dreams Photo Challenge (week 48)

This weeks photo challenge theme is "Sweet Dreams".

I was unsure which photo that I would use, so I spent hours browsing through my folders. I had lots of sleeping newborns and babies. But I wanted to really put my focus on the Face, since this is I heart Faces! :)

Then I remembered my shoot with these sweet, tiny, innocent twin boys. Their mom was such a trooper during the whole pregnancy and they were great little fighters once they arrived! I love this shot for multiple reasons, the main reason being all the fresh baby peach fuzz they still have on their faces.

Please visit I Heart Faces Blog to see more entries in the "Sweet Dreams" challenge!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fix-It Friday: Dec 4, 2009 (Week #38)

It's that time again, I had to take a break last week to spend time with family but I am super excited to be back at it this Friday.

Let's take a look at the photo submitted for editing:

What a cute subject to work with, so interested in the camera! I always wonder just what these little ones think when they see this big black box in front of someone's face... :)

Now for my edits, i'll start with my "original" edit:

I ran noiseware and then boutwell's magic glasses. I ran the usual adjustment layers and tinkered until I was pleased. Then I ran coffeeshop's powderroom action (read the tutorial if you choose to try this action). After that I went into MommaZiggy's Workflow set and ran warmer/cooler action, again adjusting to my liking. I cropped the image slightly and tinkered with the adjustment layers some more, until I was satisfied. Sharpened and whalla! And although I think this picture is great as is, what is fix-it friday if you don't push your limits?

This is my first special edit:

I took my "original" edit and ran coffeeshop's crossprocess action (this action takes alot of tinkering, but I think I have found the settings I enjoy the most). I then added two different textures, making sure to erase the textures from his skin. Tinkered a little with the adjustment layers, sharpened, and whalla!

And since I am up in the middle of the night, I figured "why not give it another go?" So here is my second special edit:

For this edit, I took my "original" edit and ran mommaziggie's XP action set (Xtreme with a XP soft) and tinkered to my liking. I played around with the adjustment layers until I was pleased! I then added a slight burgandy vignette, sharpened and whalla?
Which is your favorite?
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Monday, November 30, 2009

I Heart Faces- Tooshie Challenge (Week 47)

This weeks challenge was the opposite of what i heart faces is normally looking for, TOOSHIES! Who doesn't get tooshie shots? Especially with toddlers! This little girl was so active and was in love with the surroundings, so I just snapped and ran along beside her.

I love the vibrance of the yellow leaves and the hint of sun coming in from the left. I added a few textures here and did some slight cross-processing.

To see more entries for this weeks challenge please visit the i heart faces photography blog!

Monday, November 23, 2009

I Heart Faces- Sun Flare Challenge

My very first entry in the weekly challenges! I was always so scared of the sun, but recently I have started embracing it. Here is my entry for the Sun Flare challenge:

This lovely mommy to be was truely glowing with this captured sunflare, I just love it!

Be sure to visit I Heart Faces to see more entries in this weeks challenge!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fix-It Friday: Nov 13, 2009

It's Friday and you all know what that means! FIT-IT Friday! I am really starting to look forward for every Friday so I can give these pictures a little bit of my pizazz!

So here we go, starting with the original photo. Which I must say was a great photo to work with, the creamy bokeh was just delish! And such a cute subject too...

For starters I went ahead and composed my "original edit", i ran noiseware and adjusted the layers. Popped those gorgeous eyes, masked out the blown white shirt, and warmed it up a bit. I also did a small amount of cropping to get rid of the object on the left part of the photo.

Now on to the fun stuff! I manufactured in some sun/lens flare, which I am really digging these days. I also did some cross processing to get a retro/vintage look, making sure to mask out those beautiful eyes.

Then for just one additional step, I changed the cross-processed image to B&W and added a soft overlay. The soft B&Ws are something else i'm really into these days! I of course masked out the eyes to keep those sharp.

Hope you enjoy! I do all of my editing with PS CS3.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fix-It Friday: Nov 06, 2009

It's Friday again and I am so glad to have finished my second round of "Fix It Friday" with I heart faces!

This is the original:

This is my "original" edit:

This is my take on a b&w with a soft overlay:

Last week I put all of my steps and I would really love to do that again, but my two year old has other plans for me at the moment. So I must post and run!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Fix-It Friday: Oct 30, 2009

I have recently joined the world of "I heart Faces" and I just love it there. This is my first ever post of any kind for them. Fix-it friday consists of a member posting an image and everyone taking their turn at, well, fixing it! This weeks entry was in the spirit of halloween and what a cute little subject we all had to work with.

This was the original:

This is my edit:

The program I use is PS CS3. I ran my noiseware, ran boutwell's magic glasses, tinkered with the adjustment layers, added a duplicate layer on multiply with a layer mask (inverted the mask) and painted on the blown spots on her face with black at 18% opacity. Then I adjusted the opacity of the layer to make it look natural. I still had some blown spots, so I added another layer and grabbed a color from a non-blown spot on her cheek and painted over the blown spots. Adjusting the layer's opacity to taste. I added another duplicate layer and cloned out the yellow spot on her elbow and the bruises. Then I ran coffeeshops powder-room to pop the eyes and smooth the skin. The picture was very cool, so I warmed it up a bit. Then I added a light pink wash. I then added a gausian blur to the background, playing with the settings until I got the look I wanted. Cropped to my liking. Sharpened the edges, then resized and sharpened for web.

I hope you enjoyed my very first fix-it friday!! And let me know what you think! Hopefully some of my little hints can help someone else out.

Friday, September 11, 2009

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My husband graduating from BLET and is now an official Police Officer! Badge, gun, stun-gun, and all.
Congrats Hubby!

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I didn't get this one up on the post with my last newborn session but since I had such a great response to it, I thought it deserved a spot in my blog as well.

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Part 2 of the Beckelhimer's photos!

We got rained out during our first session but we rescheduled and it was a beautiful day. Little A is one of the most active toddlers I have ever met, but she is such a doll. We had a whole vintage shoot set up for her with old luggage and dresses and old jewelry but she wanted nothing to do with it. She is a free spirit!

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I had the opportunity to meet up with a sorority sister! Talked her into posing for me. She is gorgeous.

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An oldy but a goody! This was taken in Charleston, SC at Folly Beach.

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State Fair!

I recently visited the state fair with my little one and my mom and dad! We had a blast, well my son wasn't too sure about the rides, haha

I simply adore this photo of my father and my son:
I believe my friend called this the "Cruella Deville hairstyle"

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Once again I have let my blog get behind! I am in the middle of editing a wedding and it is taking my full devotion to get it done. I have so much on the books in the near future and I am so greatful for all of my clients I have encountered and how much support they have shown me.

For today I will share a picture of myself:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

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High Rock State Park! We had a blast....

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My Grandmother's House! I love and miss her dearly, things just aren't the same without her.