Thursday, October 28, 2010

Before/After + trip update and kinda tutorial....

EDIT: WOW! Thanks Monica! I'm so excited to have my photo picked as favorite last week!

It's Thursday again, and my favorite time of week! Pixel Perfect's Before/After blog hop!


I loved this shot, but it's a little underexposed. It was actually a candid I took during a session, and I was packing up my stuff....he just looked so cute, I snapped with whatever my camera was set at.


I love how this turned out :) This photo is from the same session as my entry from last week...here's a few more shots I edited like the one last week...

I hate using the word tutorial, because I am learning so much myself, I don't really feel like I should be "teaching" anything just yet, but I had a lot of people ask me how I edited my photo from last week, so I thought I'd share what I do!

I edit in Lightroom3 and and Photoshop CS5....these photos I edited completely in Lightroom, but you can get the same effect in Photoshop pretty easily.

I spend a lot of time playing with the curves. It is amazing to me how much drama you can create in a photo with slight changes to the light and dark areas. For this effect, I get the curve looking like this:

I also upped the blacks a little, and the contrast. I almost always bump up the clarity a little too! (In photoshop, you can get the same clarity using unsharpen mask or a high pass filter - just don't over due it!)

I added a little vignetting, and adjusted the exposure, fill lights, and brightness until I was happy with the results!

The best piece of advice I was ever given, whether it be for taking photos or editing(or getting to Carnegie Hall, if you feel so inclined!), is practice, practice, practice! I edit ALL my photos. Even my snapshots....and I take a lot of photos. Whether I have a session or not, I try to not let a week go by without taking at least 300 photos.....usually it's closer to 500 - 1000. I edit them, not because anyone is going to see them.....chances are for most of them, no one will! I edit them for the practice. The more I use these programs, the better I get at them.....the more photos I take, the stronger a photographer I become! :)

Anyway, S and I's trip to Rochester was good. Our Rockstar surgeon checked out my munchkin, and we're looking at no surgery in the immediate future. We need her to start trying to make "B", "D", "P" and "T" sounds....sounds you need your palate to function to make. If we don't have those in the next year, we're looking at probably having a surgery to fix the function of the palate. About 20% of kids with clefts need some extra palate surgery to help with function. So, please pray for speech. It would do my husband's heart good to hear her call him "Dada"....a man can only take being called "Mama" for so long, and, well, we're tired of sharing the title.....it gets confusing!

It was really cool yesterday though... I got a phone call from our local hospital asking if i could come help them get a newborn baby with a cleft eating. I guess my mini-rampages about giving babies with clefts feeding tubes before exhausting all the other options finally worked! It was so great to be able to help, and to give this family hope. It's such a shock to find out your child has a birth anomaly (I hate the term birth defect....it makes it sound like my kid was defective, and she most certainly was not. Anomaly means "a deviation from the common" and let me assure you, S is ANYTHING but common!) It's such an honor to be able to show family's S at birth, and photos of S now, and see the relief come across their faces. It's an amazing blessing to get to help others like that!

Anyway,I hope you all have a beautiful day, and hop on over to Pixel Perfect and check out everyone's amazing edits!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Guess Who Got Glasses?

And a few more, just because I really love them!

Have a beautiful, blessed day everyone! We're headed to S's appointment in Rochester that got rescheduled a little bit back!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


EDIT: I figured it would be easier to answer this on here! lol.....A bunch of people asked me if I used an action. No actions or presets....I actually use very few actions or presets, that I didn't make myself. I did save this though....I'll have to go through it and write down my thought process to share with you guys :). Most of the time, I just sit at Lightroom and play with it, until what I have in front of me matches the picture I have in my head. Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments though! They mean a ton to me!

I really love this blog hop :) Be sure to hop on over to Pixel Perfect and check out all the other awesome edits this week!

This is from a family session I did the other day...they were so much fun! It was really hard to just pick one photo for the blog hop today. Besides it being GORGEOUS in my neck of the woods this time of year, this family was just awesome!



Shot with my Canon 50D, 85mm 1.8, and edited in Lightroom 3, and CS5

Friday, October 15, 2010

Macro Friday!

It's that time of week!

I'm so tired....it's been a long one, and I REALLY look forward to getting some sleep tonight!

Note to self: Babies don't like to stand still long enough for very effective use of a macro filter! lol

Hop on over to BLogging From Bolivia, and check out everyone's amazing macro shots!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


It feels like it's been forever since I've been able to do one of these!

I photographed a birthday party this past weekend, and this little one was the baby sister of the birthday boy!



I did a color one too, but I loved this shot in b&w....here it is in color if anyone's interested!

Shot with my Canon 50D, and edited in Lightroom

So, hop on over to Pixel Perfect, and join in the fun!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Our Soon To Be New Home...

More house than I could have ever imagined we'd be able to own!



From the back..


The Garage.. (Which is going to be completely painted and have a new roof....I actually took these photos right after the contractor left)


Inside the Garage Loft

Back Yard

Entrance way from back door...

Third Floor - Full Bath

Third Floor (My Space)

Second Floor - Bedroom 1


Second Floor- Bedroom 2 (I think maybe the Toddler's room)

Second FLoor - Bedroom 3

Second Floor - Bedroom 4

Second Floor - Bedroom 5

Second Floor - Bedroom 6 (Possibly the teens...smallest room, and he has very few toys (more videogames than anything)

Second Floor - Full Bath #2

First Floor - Family Room/Office

First Floor - Livingroom

The front door/entrance-way is between the livingroom and diningroom, but I didn't get a photo...I was kinda rushed, as the Realtor had an appointment and had to leave

First Floor - Diningroom

First Floor - Kitchen

First Floor - Half bathroom off kitchen

First Floor - Mudroom

And outside, next to the house....this one little lone flower...the only one still (kinda) alive...


We are so excited....just waiting for Bank commitment letter...but they don't for-see any issues..... Contractor is going through right after closing to fix any and all peeling, chipping paint, and put a new stove in.

We were so heart broken two years ago, when we had put an offer in on a house, and Rick got laid off.......so we lost it.......I told myself it just wasn't in God's plan, that he had something better in mind.....

He sure did! This is twice the house the other one was! My parents live next door, and the kids elementary school is 4 blocks away!


Friday, October 8, 2010

Macro Friday!

Hey, look at this! I'm alive!

I even actually have a Macro Friday post!

Quick update.....more detailed post to come!

1. We got the house! They accepted our offer, working on Bank commitment (we had the pre-approval, but this is the next step...)It has pretty much taken over my life, at the moment, but we hope to have closing by December....

2. Blood testing for S is imminent....have to pick up the order in a little while. Hope fully, will do it tomorrow, or Monday at the latest.

3. Photography business is slowly, but surely, starting to build. :) I've got a few upcoming things, and I recently did a wedding. Having a blast though, and that's what counts :)

So, hop on over the Blogging from Bolivia, and check out all the other cool Macro pics!

PS House update coming soon, with photos!

Monday, October 4, 2010

My Genius...

“The principal mark of genius is not perfection, but originality.”