April 25, 2011
Categories: Shoot and Edit, SOOC
Shoot and Edit: Week 16 – Family/Friends SOOC
Welcome to the 16th week of Shoot and Edit: Part 1. Click HERE for all the details and upcoming prompts/themes.  

This week our theme or prompt is “Family/Friends” (this is just a suggestion, you can show us any SOOC shot).  You have until Wednesday each week to link your SOOC shot up on Jill’s blog. On Thursday, you can link up your edits with ME after following some of my tips on how to edit your shots (or just post your edit on Thursday and you can pick up my tips for next week).

This week, I had hoped I would share a sneak peak from my scheduled maternity session this past weekend. Unfortunately for me, I received an email on Wednesday morning from my client that she was in labor early. So…congratulations to her! I also learned a valuable lesson about scheduling maternity sessions – schedule at seven months vs. eight. I guess you live and you learn. 

I did spend time with family this weekend, so I had other opportunities to take photos for this week’s theme. However, I made a decision a long time ago to intentionally put my camera away and enjoy spending time with family/friends rather than trying to capture every moment. If you’re like me, it’s hard fora  blogging photographer to put the camera down, but living life is soooo important! 

With that said, during Sunday lunch, I got up for a few minutes to capture a photo for this week’s theme. Like many grandparents, mine have always kept pictures of their grandchildren on the lower level of a bookcase in their living room – we have eight grandchildren on my mother’s side. My cousin and I even pointed out that there are a few pictures that we wish we could destroy (you know, the awkward years). There was one picture that immediately grabbed my attention – a picture of my grandfather dancing with my sister during her Senior Debuette Ball (it’s a southern thing). My grandfather actually passed away several years ago, but I remember the year this picture was taken rather well because my sister was in a pretty horrific car accident within a few weeks of the photo.  He was really an incredible man, known so well in our community and we miss him so much. Here’s my SOOC shot:
Family Photos SOOC RS

Family Photos EXIF

My image this week is fairly well exposed…could probably be lightened up a little. I’ve been exploring the advanced usage of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) recently, so I’m hoping to share some lessons with you by Thursday. It’s taken me a while, but I now realize that I can use presets in ACR which may make life even easier in terms of bulk editing (insert happy dance). There’s also some lighting techniques I may share with you. So, be sure you come back on Thursday to see what exactly I talk about. If you have any suggestions, let me know. Next week’s theme is “Growth.” With that said, be sure to check out other “Family/Friends” SOOC shots at:
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    I think it’s a prerequisite of grandparents to have the Awkward Years photos proudly displayed. I know my cousins and I always wanted to steal ours back (especially the one of mine from the 7th grade), if only our grandma didn’t display them so prominently.
    Your photo this week gives me such a warm and cozy feeling already – I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with it!

    AMEN! As much as I love to capture photos too – at family events I only bring out my camera for a few minutes.

    Beautiful photo of you on your wedding day!

    Have a blessed week!

    beautiful story to go with the picture! I bet your sister cherishes this picture huh?

    Hey, do you happen to have an address for our photography thing tomorrow?

    I love the perspective of this photo! I put my camera down this weekend too. It was nice to enjoy time with the family, but I do wish I had some more photos!

    what a great capture! I just love the blog post you wrote with it! Grandparents are just the best!

    I can’t wait to see your edit! I learn so much from you!! :)

    I spent the day alone so did not get any family shots, but this one of yours is nice.

    How sweet. Grandpa’s are the best.

    I’ve been trying to put the camera down more lately, too! Actually I didn’t take ONE picture on Easter – and although I really did enjoy the day (camera free)… I think it was a major fail not to get just one family picture. Ah well!

    the photo you took of the photos It screams memories! Love it

    Love the perspective of this shot! I miss both my grandparents terribly. Glad you enjoyed Easter with family!

    I really like how you have just the one photo in focus. Very nice.

    Totally agree! LOVE the perspective on that shot.

    Maybe I’m a sentimental sap…or maybe it’s because my grandparents and my Dad are gone, but I just plain love this shot as is. Give it a few more years and you’ll look back on those awkward shots a little more fondly. If nothing, they are fun to laugh at (which I’ve done more than once on my blog!). Such a sweet remembrance.

    This is a great shot.

    I bet your sister thinks that picture is priceless. I hope you had a wonderful Easter. :)

    Marla @ http://www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

    Such a great perspective, Ashley!

    Great perspective! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I also put down the camera the entire day (except for Jacks’s Easter egg hunt). Sometimes, it does interfere with just enjoying the day.

    lovely photo…

    your photography is beautiful! :)

    What a fabulous shot with such wonderful memories attached to it! Can’t wait for the edit and your next tutorial.

    Oh what precious memories old photos evoke! Great composition aswell Ashley.

    OK I’m going to be all eyes and ears if you are talking presets for ACR as I see that button but don’t know what to do next LOL.

    What a beautiful capture!

    Even those awkward photos somehow look better at Grandma’s house

    Bummer about your maternity session- but exciting for her. Hope she plans on letting you do the newborn session! I totally expect you to post those as I am sure they will be amazing.

    Loving your creativity for this week’s theme.

    presets in acr??? really??? cool! :)

    And I’ve been doing that more too — only pulling out the camera for a bit, but mostly leaving it close by “just in case” but not running to it for everything! In fact, it’s more often that I’m *asked* to grab my camera than me just having it out…

    Love the shot! I’m glad I’m not the only one who takes pics of pics. :) What a great memory – and what a great view! Love seeing mantles covered with memories!

    Love this picture. I too feel the same way. I’m finding the need to put the camera aside and enjoy everyone around me instead. Look forward to seeing your post-processing.

    I love this photo. Can’t wait to hear about the RAW presets. I need to figure out a way to mass edit now that I have the D7000. I guess I need to get Elements 9. ha ha.

    hi ashley..
    i like your photo work

    I love the perspective (and the background story) of this shot; it’s pretty darn close to perfect!

    What an interesting shot… I know you have something cool cooked up for this one.

    Glad you could spend time with family for the holiday! I totally agree and try my best to not be absorbed in taking photos all the time. Hard as a mom because I’m afraid of missing “something” – but then I remind myself my mom didn’t take photos of every second of my life and I’m ok with that so I’m sure my son will be too. ;) Need to enjoy the moments with him as well as photograph some.

    Beautiful photo. I love the angle & focus.