I Heart Faces - Anything But a Face!

 Monday, February 28, 2011

I Heart Faces theme for the week is "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes--Anything But a Face!"

I've posted this picture a couple times before, but when I think "Knees and Toes" this picture came to mind as my favorite!


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Family Session - Kristin and Mike (Preview!)

 Saturday, February 26, 2011

I won Twisted Fate's "Heroes" photography challenge for my Fort Sam Cemetery picture! Check it out!

I've been in Texas all week for various reasons, and my last stop on my trip is to visit my good friends Kristin and Mike to see their new baby girl, Kenley.  I couldn't wait to use this as an excuse to practice my portrait photography! I've already taken tons of pics, but here's just a few...

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I can't wait to post the rest of these. I'm gonna enter the first one in Twisted Fate's Park Bench challenge, even tho you can only see part of the bench! And I'm submitting the last one to Allie Reid's "children" contest!





and then, she {snapped}The Paper Mama

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Heroes at Fort Sam

 Thursday, February 24, 2011

I went to a funeral at Fort Sam Military Base in San Antonio, Texas yesterday.  The cemetery is all veterans and I thought it would be perfect for Twisted Fate's "Hero" challenge.  Also linking up to Pixel Perfect's Before and After blog hop, so here is two versions of the picture.

BEFORE

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The before isn't SOOC, but all I did was run the Mini Fusion Action at a lowered opacity.
For the next edit, I ran Pioneer Women's Vintage Action and adjusted the layers, including almost completely removing the sepia tone, which I never realized I could do on that action!

AFTER

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I think everyone that lies here is definitely a hero!




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Touch Up Tuesday - Horse Feeding

 Wednesday, February 23, 2011

So I'm a day late for all my Tuesday challenges, but I've been out of town and its been difficult to find time to blog!  But we did get a chance to go feed some horses and I snapped this shot of this little girl feeding an apple to a horse.  I really like how her hair was blowing and blending in with the horse manes.

This is the shot Straight Out Of Camera:

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I ran the Mini Fusion Action--my new favorite! And I adjusted the layers, and turned on the pink filter layer, which I hadn't tried before. I lowered the opacity of it and really liked how it worked. And that's all I did! Its a subtle edit, but I like it.

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Then I ran Pioneer Woman's Black and White Action and adjusted the lighting and contrast a bit.

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I think the color edit is my favorite, but I like it in black and white too!

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Pretty Mellow Yellow Daisies

 Monday, February 21, 2011

I'm out of town this week so having time to take pictures and blog have been tough, but I'd like to try to stay on top of at least a few photo challenges, so I'm pulling one from the archives for Allie Reid's Happy Monday "Yellow" challenge.

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The View From Above

 Sunday, February 20, 2011

This is what you DON'T want to see out your window before taking off in an airplane! You also don't want what you can't see in this picture, which is 35+ mph winds!

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But then the plane pulls above the storm!

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And slowly we flew away from it, and the clouds started to break up.

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And away from the storm we are left with breathtaking beauty!

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Hope everyone's having a great weekend!



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Impromptu Portraits with My Niece Ashlei

 Friday, February 18, 2011

My lovely niece, Ashlei, came over for dinner the other night, and I just couldn't let her leave without snapping a few pictures.  These were very impromptu, she is just sitting on my couch where she was sitting when I decided to grab my camera, but it was dark outside so it gave me a little practice with my speedlight.


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Isn't she adorable?? I think my favorite niece works for the "Few of my Favorite Things" cahllenge!






and then, she {snapped}PhotoStory Friday



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Before and After with Mini Fusion

 Thursday, February 17, 2011

So I'm loving the new Mini Fusion action that MCP is giving away for free here.  Its simple but affective.  So I've been trying it out on some pictures I already had to see the difference.

This is one of my favorite shots of my friend Kristin from our Beach Photo Shoot which was pretty much my first attempt ever at portrait photography.

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First I ran Coffee Shop's Baby Powder Room action.  I love this action because when you first run it, nothing happens to your photo.  It just creates a bunch of layers and masks for you to easily work with to clean up your photo.  One of the layers is eye define.  All you do is click on the black layer mask on the eye define layer, set your brush to white, and paint over the eyes, and they magically pop! Its the easiest way I've found so far to instantly bring out the eyes.

Then I ran the Mini Fusion Action, and thats it! I didn't even need to edit the layers of the action, I liked how it came out right away.

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To me it looks clearer and warmer and I love what it did to her hair.  And I love the difference in her eyes. I think its a nice improvement without making the picture look overly photoshopped.

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From Paris, With Love

 Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Warning: I may never stop posting pictures of my trip to Paris in black and white.  I'm obsessed.  I've found that many pictures I overlooked as not being anything special come to life and look amazing in black and white.  Here are a few more...


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