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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Class of 2017

Congratulations to the #classof2017.  Especially those that I had the opportunity of capturing.  You all have worked so very hard to get to this point and I hope this next chapter in your life takes you to places you’ve never imagined!  From Graduating from the #universityofgeorgia, to being accepting to #univeristyofalabama , #pfeifferuniversity , and the #universityofwestgeorgia !  You all are an amazing group of young adults!

May God bless each of you!

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Jaiyda headed to Clark Atlanta University
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Brooklynn Graduated from the Univesity of Geogia
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Engagement Shoot: Travis & Laquisha

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!

 

 

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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Class of 2017: Jaiyda

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!

Being Grateful!

Hello Everyone,

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…