2018 New Client Holiday Mini

It’s the holidays and family will be in town, so why not book your family shoot now!!! Even if it’s just the kids, cousins, or Grandparents This is the time. Book because you’re in need of updated portraits that you can display in your home.

Face it…3, 5 or 10 years is way too long to have not taken any family portraits. Please contact me for additional information.

For New Clients Only!!

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Mr. & Mrs. Jones + One!!

Whitney and Emmanuel are such a beautiful and loving couple whos baby girl will be arriving shortly!  It was my pleasure to capture this joyous moment for them.  Not only did Whitney agree to wear one of my Lace Maternity Gowns, she gave me the opportunity to shoot my first Maternity Milk Bath.  Thank You!

With further ado, please take the time to view these amazing Maternity images of Whitney & Emmanuel!

If you would like to book a maternity session please contact me HERE!

 

 

 

 

A special Thank you to the Beautiful Mom-to-be.  I met her via a client who hired me to take pictures of her staged home which Whitney designed for her.  Whitney is an Interior Designer here in the Atlanta area.  Interiorsbywhitneyj   Please check her out for all your Designer needs.

 

 

Happy Sweet 16 Caviana!

Today Ms. Caviana turns the Big 16! Caviana is one of my favorites to work with.  She has a beautiful spirit, confidence and just a beautiful person!  When we did her first shoot I was blown away at how comfortable she was in front of the camera.

Fast forward to her Sweet 16 birthday party…just amazing!! She and her step team performed a dance routine and it was wonderful.

I will say that I was truly amazed and proud when I arrived at the party…There were so many pictures on display from her photoshoot, most times clients ask to purchase there entire gallery but you hardly ever get to see what they do with the images…do they print them or do they grow old and lost on the computer. So it was a blessing for me to walk in and see all these images on the tables, and throughout the event.

Enjoy!!

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The Crew!!!

 

They partied like no other!!!

Special Thanks to the Team that put all this together”

Event planner: Red Carpet Event Planning

Makeup Artist: Karen Ficklin Instagram:@karenficklinbeauty

Hair: Kyshia Richardson  Instagram: @styles_by_ky09

Cake: Brittaney Moore Bliss Venue Styling & Catering

Cake Charm/Custom Signage:  Nolram Bak

Event Locaiton: Inviting Events

Banner: Instagram @kaleighscreations

 

Wedding Bells: Mr. & Mrs. McClendon

Mallory and Latisa were married at the beautiful Buford Community Center in Buford, GA. It was a beautiful day that was filled with so much love and happiness for Mallory & Latisa.  I am very grateful they chose me for this wonderful moment in their lives.

The couple decided on their first look to be before the ceremony.  Latisa was so anxious for Mallory to see her, and he didn’t let her down…he was truly in Aw over his Beautiful Bride-to-be.

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A special thanks to Tastefully Southern Events for the amazing job they did on the Bouquet, Cake and Décor.  Everything was just amazing!

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From the First dance to the last dance DJ C-Los had the guest dancing.

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What a beautiful Couple and I am wishing them a life time of happiness!!!

Thanks to the wonderful team of people for making sure the day was a success:

Hair:  Kimya Carter

Makeup: Chelsea Mikaela Instagram profile @datchineegyal

Venue: Buford Community Center Amy Brown

Wedding planner, Bouquet/ Boutonniere, Cake: Tastefully Southern

Entertainment: DJ Carlos A. Turner

 

 

Prom 2018: Nykira & Roderick

Several months ago one of my clients  posted on social media that she would be sponsoring a young person for prom this year.  That post stayed with me for several weeks, it was just a really great thing to do for someone.  I reached out to let her know I was interested in helping out.  Lets face it… Senior year is one of thee most expensive moments for parents and unfortunately there are just some things that may not be in the budget for parents.

I really want to thank Mrs. Tararra for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful moment. Nykira is such a beautiful person with an amazing story. Her Date Roderick, was such the gentleman, from caring the train of her dress to helping her in the car.  I’m sure they had a wonderful time at their Prom. Which was held at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta.

Please take sometime to View Nykira and Roderick’s Prom, You’ll love it!

 

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Special Thanks to the wonderful people who helped with this very special moment:

Dress By Fatima Lewis- @Fatima22209 (Instagram for inquires)
Makeup by Kay Kay – @gameface_kayka (Instagram for inquires)
Hair by Ce Ce Michelle @cecemichelle (Instagram for inquires)

 

Kidd & McClendon: Engagement Shoot

I had the pleasure of  working with this wonderful couple for their engagement shoot Ms. Latisa and Mr. Mallory! The wonderful couple will be exchanging their vows this April, at the Buford Community Center and I can’t wait to capture the beautiful moment!

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The weather was beautiful and this location was perfect for them. They both were truly in the moment and Latisa blessed us with her wonderful contagious laugh! They danced, kissed and laughed and it was beautiful!

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What I loved most is the happiness that was shown between the two of them for each other, Mallory looked at her with such pride and Love, with Latisa looking back with such confidence in knowing this was her prince charming… it was just beautiful.

I hope you all feel and see the love that took place on this shoot and the love they have for each other.   I’m so excited for them…I pray they continue to Love, Dance, and laugh for many years to come!

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The Big Thirteen!!

This was a very exciting shoot, and I’m so grateful that Onaly’s mom chose me to capture this moment for her!

The girls were so excited to have their own photoshoot and I was excited to see them have a really good time in front of the camera.  They all were sweet young ladies with wonderful spirits.   They were singing and dancing and having a great time, being in the moment.

The location that was chosen was Cabbage town which is one of my favorite spots to visit in Atlanta. There’s so much to do and the artwork is Amazing!!  Happy Birthday Onaly!!!

Hope you all Enjoy!

 

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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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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