Happy Holidays: The Scott Family

I’m so excited to share the wonderful Scott family holiday portraits!  They were such a joy to shoot, plus they were excited.  Thanking Mom for wanting to capture the moment while she was in town, she new she would have her Children and grandchildren in the same place during the holidays and wanted to make sure the moment was captured.  That’s how you do it!!!

The smiles and happiness between Mom and her children are priceless, I really had a wonderful time seeing their smiles and how happy they were to be in each others presence.  This is Family, This is Love and this is a family that is blessed!

Enjoy, and happy holidays from the Scott Family!

Happy Holidays: Marshall Family

With the new addition to the Marshall family Mom was ready for some updated portraits and what a wonderful shoot it was.  If Mom and dad look a little familiar it might be because they were with me back in March doing their maternity shoot waiting the arrival of Devyn! This was a beautiful shoot and a great time to capture their family portraits!

Thank you so much Marshall family wishing you all a very Happy Holidays!

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Graham’s Holiday Shoot!

Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen a sneak peek of this extremely handsome little fella!  This is Graham, and it was a pure joy to work with…from his smile, his curiosity and his dance moves we had a really good time on this shoot.  As I sat editing his portraits I began to smile, because his smile made me smile.  Thank you Graham for such a wonderful shoot and for being such a wonderful happy little boy.

Enjoy!

 

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It’s Baby #1 for Vaughn & Kim!

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!

 

Before and After’s

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.

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The next four were a combination of Portrait smooth skin, Color correction and Base.

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Mommy and Me Shoot!

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.

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Take a look at her lemonade theme birthday shoot!

 

 

 

 

 

Maternity Session: Baby Girl on the way!

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!

 

 

The Ashley’s are Expecting

I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged…But I’m back!

How excited I am to post about this amazing loving couple, Trey and Tiffany!  I’m sure some of you may be thinking, I’ve seen them before…that’s because you have, right here on my blog!

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The Ashley’s got married on April 1st 2016  and now their Expecting A Baby!!!

It’s always a joy for me to be apart of such an amazing moment like this one.  Trey and Tiffany are still loving each other and laughing together but more importantly, enjoying this new chapter in their lives.  I’m so excited for them and praying that God blesses the little bundle of joy they are soon to receive!

 

 

 

Holiday Mini: The Smith’s

As my holiday mini’s are starting to come to an end, I was very grateful to capture Genea and her family again this year! With two new faces this year…her Mom and Dad!  Genea informed me they hadn’t had their pictures taken in over 15yrs, so I was truly appreciative to capture this moment.

Happy Holidays!

 

 

Holiday Mini: A family of Love

During the holiday’s is a great time to schedule a family shoot, due to everyone being in one place.  Which is what this family did.  Mom was excited for this family shoot because it’s been a while since she’s had a family portrait, so I’m excited I was able to do this for them.

Thank you for allowing me to be apart of this family moment!