Archive for November, 2009

Lauer Family Shoot

Posted: November 25, 2009 in Photography, Pictures

I recently had the opportunity to photograph a good friend of mine and her beautiful family.  Even though it was extremely cold and windy out, we had a good time and we got some great fall/winter photos.

They were a wonderful family to work with and I wish them the best.  Next up:  Paisley – One Month Old.



I am exhausted today…a group of friends and I decided to be teenagers for a night and go see New Moon at midnight…I could fall asleep typing this…

I found today’s photo a little challenging.  I tried so many different things.  I have two edits.  One basic color and light enhancement with a crop and border, the other converted using CoffeeShop’s “Creamy B&W” action.  I didn’t have much patience this morning, and it shows.  Wish me luck…I will need it to survive the whole day at work…

I hope your Friday is going well!  I can’t wait to check out the other edits!!  While you are here, check out my first batch of Christmas Cards.  I had a ton of fun making them.  Let me know if you would like to use a template for your business/personal use!


New Logo

Posted: November 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

I made my first LOGO!!  Of course it is for my business, but if you would like to have a custom made logo, please let me know!  Let me know what you think about the new one.


New Cards…

Posted: November 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

I made a few more card designs, but I am not sure that they are “Professional” enough for Christmas cards.  I need some input.  Let me know what you think and if you would like the PSE file to use for your business/personal needs.

I hope you like them…I really enjoy making them, but I don’t have fancy embellishments or anything.  I tried making a few things, but thought they looked bad.  I am open to criticism and ideas!!!


I have been trying to figure out how I can make my own Christmas Card layouts.  I have finally figured it out!  It took me a while and now that I know what I am doing, I am so so so excited to make some more.  If you would like to use this template for a Christmas card, please leave me a comment stating so along with your email address and I can email you the psd file.  This was created with PSE7, so I am unsure as to how compatible it is with other Photoshop programs.  If you know the compatibility, please let me know!!


Keep in mind that I just threw in a few random photos over and over to fill in each spot so you know how the photos are laid out.  Let me know what you think!!


Photo Shoot

Posted: November 17, 2009 in Uncategorized

I have three shoots scheduled for this weekend.  Hopefully none of them fall through.  One family, one baby and one couple.  Should be great.  Check back for sneak peeks!!

Thanks for your patience…I could use some right now.


I am extremely late getting this post up today.  I didn’t have much time to get all the edits done that I pictured in my head, but I have a few.  Below is the original:


What a cutie!!!  His eyes are so gorgeous!

My first edit:


I adjusted the midtones to lighten things up a bit.  Then played with the saturation, increased the contrast and cropped very slightly.  I then used CoffeeShop’s “Eye Bright” action for PSE.  I used a low opacity (15-20%) white brush on the iris and a high opacity white brush for the “Define” part of the action. 


I took my photo above and ran CoffeeShop’s “Honey Retro” action.  I always test this action on portraits because it usually works out really well.  In this case, I really love what it did with the overall color of the photo as well as with the eyes!!  That is all for edit 2.


Lastly, I have a black and white addiction.  I always have to include one.  This is Edit 1, with CoffeeShop’s “Creamy Chocolate B&W” action.  I decreased the “creaminess” slightly and came up with the final edit.  I am pretty sure this one is my favorite.  Now it is time to check out every one elses photos they submitted.  This is my favorite part of Fix It Friday.  Thanks I Heart Faces!!!