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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Black Enterprise: Decorating Diva Sisters

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!

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I’m wishing them continued success and Gods blessings!

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2016 Wedding Look Book!

I’m so excited to be able to introduce my first Wedding Look Book for 2016. I had some amazing couples last year and I’ve been blessed enough to gain several new couples so far this year.

In the Wedding look book you’ll see some of the weddings from 2015, Q&A, along with engagements for couples that will become husband and wife in 2016!

Feel free to take a look inside!

 

Have a wonderful Week!

 

 

The love I have for 2015

There have been moments that I’ve found myself smiling, laughing and even shedding a couple of tears this year… not from sadness, but because I’ve been able to witness Love in so many ways from my clients.

We all express love in different ways, it may be a look, a touch, or even our words but how ever we choose to show it…it’s Love.  Accept it, appreciate it and embrace it.

My love for 2015, is because of the many loving beautiful people who let me into their lives to see how they love. Thank you all for being in the moment, for being comfortable enough that you could display your love in the presence of me and baby Jean(my camera). Your smiles and love will forever be apart of my heart.

Please, click and enjoy some of the love I’ve had the pleasure of capturing in 2015!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asthma Sucks!

Growing up I always knew my oldest sister and my Aunt had asthma. Later I learned my Grandmother had it really bad when she was younger. My mother was diagnosed as she got older.
So this is definitely something that will always be apart of our family medical records.

Fast forwarding many years later,  both of my daughters have asthma…along with Olivia being allergic to cashews and having eczema.

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Our oldest daughter Laila was diagnosed with Asthma around the age of 5, after many trips to the ER and her pediatrician due to congestion and a whole lot of night coughing.  After a scar with an allergic reaction to cashews at the beginning of the year, the doctor informed us that Olivia has Asthma also.

This past Thursday morning at 4am I found myself in the Emergency room with our little Liv.

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This was our first experience with a asthma attack. I tried giving her the inhaler before I made the drive to the ER, but that didn’t seem to help.

We made it to the ER and they immediately took her in and started with the treatments.  They started with a 5min albuterol nebulizer treatment, after that they gave her Motrin (for the fever) and a steroid(to relieve the swelling). Her Oxygen level stayed between 82-83 for several hours (oxygen levels should be over 90) they informed us if her levels didn’t increase they would put her on oxygen.

Olivia’s levels started to increase but they still needed her breathing to get better,

so this time they put her on the continuous nebulizer(she would be on it for at least 45mins).

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Things were starting to look better and she was finally able to go home after being there for about 6hours.
We’re still not sure what triggered the attack but will hopefully get some ideas once she visits her asthma doctor.

This was definitely a scary moment for us, and we’re grateful everything worked out for our Liv.

I wanted to post this because it really affected our family in a major way. I also wanted parents who’ve never experienced it to know what to look for and what to expect.

Things to look for if you think your child is having a Asthma Attack:

·Rapid or irregular breathing (check your child’s throat and stomach. These two areas will play a big part of you getting to the ER)
·Wheezing
·Restless sleep
·Tightness in the chest
·Dry or wet cough (Olivia had a wet cough which made them think it could have been pneumonia…most asthma coughs are dry)

I really hope this helps someone. Feel free to leave comments and if you’ve experienced it with your child I would love to hear your story.

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When I’m not shooting People.

What do you do to relax or Let your mind run free?

Well, my hobby is sewing.  For me, it’s relaxing fun and rewarding.  The rewarding part, is knowing what I make is going to fit just how I want it to…and at a very reasonable price.  I haven’t been sewing long and I still have  a lot to learn, but thank God for my mother-in-law, she’s my go to person when I have questions! And there are times I have a lot of questions…I hadn’t used a sewing machine since I was in Junior High School, but the basics came back with no problem.

I find a lot of inspiring projects on Pinterest, some are easy and some are challenging. But my all time favorite person to follow  is Mimi G Style, she has the best styles and tutorials! I’ve sewn several of her patterns and tutorials. Check out my Pinterest board on things I’ve sewn or to see some of the things I need to sew! I know you’ll love all the boards.

What is it you Love to do…scrapbooking, sewing, designing etc?

At some point I’ll start to add my hobby in with my Passion of shooting people!

So far this is one of my favorite projects, This jumpsuit is so comfortable! This image was taken with my phone, so i’ll have to get more professional ones soon!

Enjoy!

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