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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Strawberry Picking with Olivia

With school getting ready to close for the summer I’ve been looking for different things to do with the girls, things they’ve never done.  Laila went Strawberry picking with Darrell years ago, so I thought it was time to take Olivia on her first Strawberry adventure!

I decided to take her to Washington Farms  because it was close to home.  They have two locations,  Watkinsville  which carries blueberries and blackberries  (summer season) and also Pumpkins (fall season). We went to the Loganville location and they only carry Strawberries.

Olivia had a really great adventure, she talked the whole time! This was also a really good learning experience with her colors…Red all over means it’s ready! If it’s green you have to leave it so that it can continue to grow.  After picking, she had a nice cup of their Strawberry Ice Cream!

The strawberries were very good and we even made a nice dessert over the weekend that I found on here via Pinterest.  It’s a No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake, and it was delicious!

Hope you all enjoy our little adventure, what’s your family adventures for the summer?

 

 

Tips to prepare you for your Maternity Shoot!

Preparing for your Maternity Photo Shoot can be a little intimidating…especially if it’s your first child. I’m sure you’ve seen thousands of Maternity images on the internet or if you’re a Pinterestholic, you’ve probably got a board all set up of how you want your shoot to look.

I’ve come up with some tips to get you ready for your photo shoot!

-Get plenty of rest the night before, relax and take it easy.

The last thing a mom wants is to get to her session and feel tired and uncomfortable.

-Bring comfortable walking shoes.

If you plan to wear heels for your shoot, you will want shoes that are comfortable while walking around.

-Make sure Mom and Dads hands are nicely groomed and moisturized. And don’t forget to moisturize that Tummy!

Wearing a nice bracelet always looks nice, the majority of your shots will focus on your hands embracing that beautiful mommy tummy.

-Mom, don’t forget your touch up makeup and mirror.

– If you know it’s going to be a hot day, bring a towel along and water.

-Wear outfits that are flowy, shear, stretchy (on the mommy tummy) and comfortable, keep it simple not a lot of colors or designs.

Remember, you want the attention to be on you and your tummy!

-Bring props.

Maybe a dress or bowtie, shoes or something that reveals the gender, especially if you want to do a gender reveal.

-If your session is taking place near water, inform the photographer what you are/not comfortable doing when it comes to you being in or near the water.

-If you know the gender of your child, make sure to inform your photographer.

-Your photographer will need to know ahead of time what style you are going for…Soft and intimate? Contemporary? Or Classic?

And always make sure Mom and Dad are on the same page, this helps set the mood for the shoot.

I hope this helps your Maternity shoot become a success!

Please feel free to leave a comment and/or some ideas that may have helped you prepare for your shoot!

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Adrian and Andrew’s Easter Portraits

What a beautiful day it turned out to be.  I haven’t been able to shoot for a while due to the bad weather we’ve had.

Miss. Adrian and the handsome Andrew, were definitely a joy to capture today, Andrew was full of energy and loved watching the many dogs that were at the park.

I hope you enjoy viewing these images as much as I did capturing them.

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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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