Saturday, December 22, 2012

New Beginnings-La Quinta Family Photographer

This family headed by a single mom has recently purchased their first home. In recognition of all the hard work it took to acheive that goal, my gift to them was a family photos to adorn the walls of their new space. It was so fun to do this shoot with them. They were so willing to do whatever I asked of them, and even asked me to do some shots I never would have dared ask for!







 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Learning New Tricks

CreativeLIVE is an awesome place. I have learned so much from watching their free webcasts. So it was very exciting to me that they are running all the 2012 webcasts on a loop from December 17th through 31st. You can learn anything from basic photography to business and marketing all the way to creative techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Speaking of Lightroom 4... I use that program 95% of the time and very rarely even open Photoshop Elements. It is an excellent program and will take your photography to an entirely new level if you shoot in RAW format as I do. It is also not a destructive process at all. All the changes you make in RAW are entirely reversible and you are not working in layers as in Photoshop. However, it does have it's limitations. There are some things you can't do in Lightroom and there are also some things that though you can do it in Lightroom, it is far easier to do in Photoshop.

Case in point...removing or reducing dark under eye circles. Lightroom can only go so far here. So I tried out a trick I learned in one of the CreativeLIVE webcast rebroadcasts.

I created 2 duplicate background layers and then used the clone tool set to the lighten mode at around 20% opacity to make my baby girl's dark under eye circles pretty much disappear without removing the lovely contours. Here you can see the before and after...

Before...

 
 
 After...
 
 

La Quinta Maternity Photographer





 
I have know this beautiful lady for a very long time, which made it all that much more fun to get to be her maternity photographer! We also got a few great shots of her older little one too. Check out those blue eyes!!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

La Quinta Family Photographer


 



 
This was the first time I got to meet this beautiful family, but because our big valley is really more like a small town, we actually spent our first few minutes chatting about all the people we knew in common!