Before and After: Dustyn!

October 21, 2010
For those of you with children, you know how much “fun” it can be to get a two year old to stop and smile at you. The reality is that you get comfortable and play like a two year old to get that perfect shot. Alright…so, take all of that with a grain of salt – I’m certainly not a professional, but my limited experience tells me that children are more likely to act natural and show their personality if you’re playing with them. Well, I did just that on Tuesday evening. As I mentioned the other day, I met up with Sarah and her family for a mini-portrait...
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Touch-Up Tuesday

October 19, 2010
A week or so ago, Kathy sent me a picture of her son taking a bath in the kitchen sink. I’ve edited a couple of photos of Andrew before…he is such a cute kid! Although she edited a few photos from the set (see them here), she wanted to see what I could do with this particular shot. I’ll be honest…I think I like her edits better. Nonetheless, here’s what I did.  I started by pulling the raw file into Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). If you want better control of your photos, I strongly encourage you to 1. Shoot MANUAL and 2. Shoot in RAW. Typically, any exposure data that...
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Before & After: “Fairy Garden” Effect...

October 07, 2010
Earlier this year, I stumbled upon a tutorial on I Heart Faces called: “In the Fairy Garden.” At the time, I was so excited to use it that I wrote my own variation of the tutorial for Photoshop Elements – HERE. I used those same steps to create the photo I submitted to Pioneer Woman (you know, the one that made Group 1…even though it didn’t make it onto the finals), and then I used it again on my Macro Monday this week…teasing you that I would give you a tutorial today. Well, wait no  more…I wrote a tutorial over at Paper Heart Camera today!...
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Love on a Golf Course

October 05, 2010
On Sunday, I met up with Tommy and Stacey for an engagement photo session. This was my second engagement session (the first being our friends Caroline and Jason), and I have to admit…I was a bit nervous. We had a beautiful day though and I took a number of shots that I think the couple will love – I’m actually in the process of editing those shots right now so I can do a more thorough sneak peak. They’re getting married at the same location next May. Anyways, I thought I’d share the shot below for a couple of reasons…I mean challenges:The Paper Heart...
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