Oh the joys of expecting your first child plus…not finding out what your having until the arrival! There are some who choose to know what their having ahead of time and some who just want to have that moment of surprise. Vaughn and Kim are among the parents who wants that surprise!
It was a absolute joy talking with Vaughn and Kim to discuss what route they were interested in taking for their maternity shoot. Even a more joy when we met for the shoot, they are both just so easy going and the sweetest couple, I knew this would be a wonderful shoot and they both were such naturals in front of the camera. Thank you so much Vaughn & Kim for choosing me to apart of such an amazing moment in your lives.
I hope you all enjoy this wonderful shoot as much as I did!
So I’ve been wanting to do some before and after’s for a while. Mainly because I never show them, but I really wanted to let you all see the process. So when I was asked to test out the sleeklens Photoshop actions , I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.
Now, I’ve always been hesitant of using some of the Photoshop portrait actions that are out there, mainly because when I see the examples…they are usually not of African American’s.
If I use actions, it’s because it takes a lot of time off of my post processing and I can have a better turnaround for my clients. I’m not looking to spend 45mins on one image because I have to make adjustments to a Photoshop action.
But with all that being said, I picked five portraits and used the sleeklens Photoshop actions. With these actions, it was pretty easy to use. I like the Portrait Retouch and the Dodge and Burn(from a candy store)…A lot, These two actions made enhancing the eye color process very easy and fast and also softening the skin worked great also. I also liked using the Color Corrections, you can reduce some of the over barring colors that are in the images which the greens and reds work perfect!
Over all, I would recommend using Sleeklens, it does take some time figuring out what works best for your workflow and your style, but that’s with any post processing method you choose.
With this portrait I chose to use the portrait fast retouch for the eyes, I also used the base from golden hours.
The next four were a combination of Portrait smooth skin, Color correction and Base.
Travis and Laquisha are getting married, and what a joy it was to get to know them and shoot their engagement portraits.
We all know the saying ” if it’s meant to be, It will be”…right? Though I’m not sure they were thinking this way back in 2009 when their friendship slowly drifted away. After several years of little to no communication between the two, they finally reconnected via #Instagram with…she “liked” his pictures, he “liked” her pictures!
They both knew this was a relationship waiting to happen, but waiting to see who would make the first move. Travis asked her out to a work event and Laquisha said YES! This was their “It will be” moment and they’re enjoying every moment of this new chapter in their lives…Together.
This is their road to Mr. & Mrs. Beasley!
I want to send a very big Congratulations to Decorating Diva Sisters on the Amazing article in Black Enterprise.
This dynamic duo is just amazing, they are ranked #1 Decorators Worldwide. I love following them on Instagram which showcases why they are ranked #1 Their work is amazing!
If you didn’t get a chance to read the write up I did on them last year, please click the link and check them out. But more importantly check the article out in Black Enterprise and send them some love, they truly deserve it!
Decorating Diva Sisters
I’m wishing them continued success and Gods blessings!
What a joy it was to shoot this beauty. Jaiyda was in the Atlanta area visiting the campus of #ClarkAtlantaUniversity which will soon be her college home starting in the fall!
Jaiyda’s a very smart, hardworking and dedicated young lady, that is very determined to be successful. Clark Atlanta was one of her top schools to attend, so I was truly excited when I found out she was accepted… plus I’ll be able to see her more often!!
I’m wishing her much success and happiness as she starts this new chapter in her life! Continue to reach for SUCCESS, you deserve it!
JaiydaClark Atlanta University
Jaiyda Clark Atlanta University
I wanted to share some exciting news and give you all the opportunity to learn more about me and why I became a Photographer.
I was recently given the opportunity to share my story with VoyageAtl.com as one of ATL’s most inspiring stories . I am truly grateful that I can share this with you all. Some of you might even see a familiar face or two.
Please take some time to read the article at VoyageAtl.com if you have problems with the link you can also find it at http://www.voyageatl.com Inspiring Stories section at the top of the homepage as part of the Norcross collection.
Thank you for taking the time to read and share but most importantly, being apart of my journey…
I met Brooklynn in 2013, while capturing her and her bestie for High School portraits. Now this beauty is Graduating from #UGA with a degree in Education!!! How very exciting this moment is for her and her wonderful family.
Being accepted to a University such as UGA straight out of High School and now graduating, are not a small Accomplishments. As with every college graduate You deserve to be celebrated. So, I celebrate your accomplishments and pray that the career path your on leads you to moments of pride, change, and self fulfillment.
Thank you for wanting to give back by educating the children that are our future!
I hope you all enjoying, especially the moment shared between Brooklynn and her mom with Dr. Seuss. I think the title is perfect for this moment!
Brooklynn Univesity of Geogia
Brooklynn Univesity of Geogia
Brooklynn Univesity of Geogia
Since it’s #fbf and I never posted these images of the beautiful Ari. I thought today would be a wonderful day to post them.
Ari is one of my maternity babies so I’m always excited to have the little ones come for their photoshoot! She was so sweet and such a very happy little girl.
Take a look at her lemonade theme birthday shoot!
Karee and Devon are expecting their fourth daughter in April!! But this means Dad is still the only male in the house! #girlpower
Karee located me by way of #Instagram and had been following me for a while, this would be their first maternity shoot and first non studio setting! So I am truly grateful I was able to give them this first time experience and to share with you all this Amazing Maternity shoot!
Thank you Karee and Devon for allowing me to capture this new chapter in your family’s life…The countdown begins!