Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Contest Time @ The Maternal Lens!!!

The fabulous ladies over at the Maternal Lens are hosting a giveaway for some very cool goodies from Sassy Design!

Sassy Design is a fantastic site for any one out there. It's packed full of amazing goodies. from digital papers, to card templates, to design elements.

Terry, the owner of Sassy Design is giving away 5 of her beautiful products to five lucky Maternal Lens blog readers!!!

So head on over & enter the contest!!!!!

Good Luck!!!

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Friday, January 29, 2010

From belly to baby {Handsome Hunter}

So, you remember the beautiful maternity session that I had posted for the Harringtons...Well this is the handsome little guy that was growing in Heathers cute belly!
He was such a good little guy for his entire session! Kevin and Heather could not be more proud to be the parents of this little angel & it was SUCH an honor to be the photographer behind the camera for his first professional photo session :)

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

I heart faces "Texture" photo challenge

I was so happy to see that the challenge this week was "texture images"! I have purchased a lot of textures and have been wanting to practice using them on portraits for some time now, so this was a really fun project for me!

This is my entry :)

I hope you will head over to I ♥ Faces & check out all of the fun images!

Happy Monday!!!!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

I Heart Faces {Fix it Friday}

Every Friday at I ♥ Faces an image is posted for Fix it Friday. It is a chance for photographers of all skill levels to try out their editing skills, and it gives you a chance to learn something new!

This is the original image that was posted. I adore everything about this photo & it really didn't need much editing done.

This is my first edit. My goal here was to add a little contrast & pop the colors.
- The first thing I did was a curve adjustment (simple s curve)
- Then I made a hue/sat. adj layer & masked out the skin tones with a soft, low opacity brush.
- Ran "green with envy" from TRA on the grass areas and lowered the opacity to 15%
- Used my burn tool to darken background & make the subjects pop.
- Cropped

This is edit #2
- Ran Flora Bella champagne b/w conversion & tweaked to taste.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I Heart Faces

Last week was a huge week for the I ♥ Faces website! Not only was it their first birthday, but they teased everyone all week about the suprise rockstar guest photographer that would be the judge of the "Best Face" photo challenge.
The day before the contest started, they posted the suprise judge...only it was not one rockstar photographer...it was 18!!!

My jaw dropped when I read the names of the judges:
Jose Villa, Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman), Angie Monson, Nate Kaiser, Sheye Rosemeyer, Becker, Simon Pollock, Rebekah Westover, Amy Wenzel, Justin & Mary Marantz, Rog Ellsworth, Michael Howard, Patti Schmidt, Raya Carlisle, Lori Nordstrom, Lyndzee Ellsworth & Donna Boucher!

Almost 1000 talented photographers entered images, so Saturday when I went to the I ♥ Faces website to check out who the winners were, I was shocked to learn that Justin & Mary Marantz & Jose Villa had chosen my image as one of their top 5 favorite images!

I'm still quite shocked...and truly honored. I admire Jose, Justin & Mary so much & can't believe that my image made it into their top 5 picks!

I now get to display this little gem on my blog :)

This has truly made my week!

If you have never visited the I ♥ Faces website, I encourage you to give it a try! All levels of photographers are welcome to join in the fun & it is a great place to learn & meet friends that love photography!

Thank you for visiting today & I hope you have a wonderful week!!

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Week 3 {We are Family} Photo Challenge

This weeks challenge is "We are Family"! I hope you will head over to I heart faces and join the fun!

This is one of my favorite family images right now :) I love all of the different expressions!
Thank you so much for looking!

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Friday, January 15, 2010

From Belly to Baby {The Harringtons}

Before Christmas, I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin & Heather for their maternity session. They are the nicest people & were soooo excited to welcome their first child into the world.
Hunter was born a few weeks later, and a few days before Christmas we had had another session to celebrate Hunters arrivial! I will post a full newborn post soon, but for now you can see a sneak peek of this cute little guy here!

This is my favorite maternity image to date! Heather looks incredible!

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