Friday, March 19, 2010

T and O and a gorgeous blue boat

(Disclaimer, our home computer will no longer allow me to upload photos so Chris was kind enough to take a DVD with the sessions photos on it and upload a smattering, I am missing some of my favs but what can you do, I am just grateful he was able to upload any!) I had so much fun shooting a surprise birthday present for T and O's Daddy! Their gorgeous mom brought me down to the beach in front of their home and right to the coolest prop ever... a bright blue boat!!!
She wanted lots of candids of the kids just playing-- the best and funnest kind to take of children, I think.
T had so much fun jumping around his boat. His mom and I really had to work to get his attention
We got a few of the boys together
and a few separate
(Aren't those cheekers AMAZING for a three month old)
Once again I am torn, Color:
Or Black and White:
This was T trying to make O smile... it looks like they are having a vicious staring contest
With such a cool boat to play with and people fishing etc. it was "harder" (not really) to have T look at the camera. We learned not to say "where is Kelly"
Instead we would say "look at the light house!"
O is such a smiley guy when you catch his eye. Can you believe those adorable cheeks!
Jean is good friends with a lovely Timorese lady who adores her boys so we had to get one with her
There is one in particular that I LOVE that I didn't get to post... hopefully the internet at home will start cooperating... until then, happy sailing!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

What it means to Post Process

One of my photography teachers stressed that fact that editing is going through the images you have taken and deciding which ones go straight to the trash and which ones you keep. Just like in editing live film. Once you have gone through and edited your images then you start "post production". This is when you make actual changes to the image, enhance color, remove color whatever you decide. I love this part. A lot of big time photographers will out process the initial part of this process (the color and white balance correcting etc.) The thought of having to do this makes me giddy because it means you are so busy with shoots that you just don't have time to do this, how cool would that be. Then when the images come back nice and clean they do artistic touches. This generally means photoshop actions and textures. Before I bought photoshop I always wondered how in the world photographers got certain looks to their pictures. Welp its totally from photoshop and the actions. I thought it might be interesting to show you (my none existent reader) what can happen to a photo. This is Sammy my oldest. I actually didn't take this photo it is from our family session but my friend who took it was kind enough to give me the RAW images to do with what I may. I chose this one though because I was playing around with it last night when I got the idea for this post. Plus I like funkier pictures which I know are an acquired taste.
On the right you have the original image as it looked after I sent it through Adobe bridge, lightening it up, adding a little saturation then opening it up in photoshop, running a clarity action and lightening up Sams face. I added saturation of color just to his tie and his jeans because I planned on desaturating the entire image eventually and didn't want those parts to totally disappear. I then ran a desaturating action, another clarity action (which I then erased everywhere but on Sam). I ended by adding a texture file, and reducing the opacity dramatically and erasing it completely on Sam's hands and face. So there you go. While I know the general audience would prefer the only slightly touched up version I think it is fun to get a little crazy every now and then and thats how you do it ;)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hit the ground runnin

I had my first shoot in Dili the other day! Whoo hoo! It was for the sweetest baby girl who was born on Christmas Eve. What a lovely Christmas present. Her lovely mother works at the Embassy and was kind enough to hold out on baby announcements until I got here. Now we just have to order them, have them mailed to dili then mailed back out... so by the time she is one people will know she was born haaaa! Here is one of the announcements I made for her (the info is all made up for her safety).
Since I haven't received our shipment that has all of my photography stuff we just did this in my front room with blankets we had lying around! I am so glad it turned out well.
Last one
such a good girl!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Easy pesy 1 2 3asy

Shooting this adorable baby girl was so easy. The lighting was perfect and she LOVED the camera. She would just stare at it. There were lots of belly kisses to get some smiles out of her because she took her session pretty seriously :)
She had such great hair we had fun putting all sorts of accessories in it
Purple is defiantly her color, it looks amazing with her dark hair
Her mom looked AMAZING for just having a baby.
I love this little tiny smile. Its as if she was saying "I guess I'll give you something"
Thank you for the super fun and oh so easy photo shoot ;)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Pay Back Photographer Style

Sunday morning was awesome. It was my turn to repay Elizabeth for our fabulous family pictures. I had so much fun taking them! We were worried at first because it was raining pretty hard. Luckily I thought of a place by our house that has a cool bike/ running trail that goes through a tunnel I thought would make a urban chic background.
I know I am bias because I took them and Elizabeth is one of my closest friends, but HELLO how cute are they!
Elizabeth did such a good job of putting together such awesome outfits. She and Bandon looked like they should be in a clothing add:
Gwyneth was so adorable! I felt awful making her be out in the cold since she had been so sick earlier in the weekend... its all for the pictures though right?
Poor Atticus was so cold. Elizabeth was so prepared with hand warmers and everything, it was just so cold. What a trooper
Elizabeth and Brandon pretended to beat each other up to coax out these cute smiles, you gotta do what you gotta do!
I hope you like them as much as I do Elizabeth! What do you think same deal in two years?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Smilie McGee

This little fellow was an absolute dream to shoot! He was smiley and giggle the whole time. I have been doing so many under five month shoots that I forgot what a snap it is to get adorable pictures of seven month olds.
Anyway we would place him he was grinning away for his momma
who (like most moms) suffered from the occasional "attack of the face" (I LOVE when Abby does this to me... it makes me feel so loved).
It was great working with such a happy camper
I had to post process these SOOOO fast since in about an hour the movers come to take my computer away ahhhhhhhh! What will I do with out my MAC for four weeks! I'll tell you what, my pictures are not going to look like this:
Next time I see you it may be from East TImor. As Kathleen Kelly would say "Good night dear void"

LIttle Henry

This little guy was just five days old when I got to take some pictures of him. No matter how many newborn sessions I do I am always blown away at how tiny they are!
After his Mom got him to sleep he was good and zonked for the duration.
I almost felt bad finish and having to get him all dressed again :) Although everyone was pretty happy that we could turn the heat off haaa!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What happens when you are my friend

Your kids become subjects at the drop of the hat. We took these off the cuff today before heading to Monkey Business.
Gotta love the hat!
Quick outfit change...
I taught Cady how to make a pettiskirt and finished this red one for Quinn. I seriously have NO idea how I made so many of these this last summer!
Jarrett was doing these cute little sneaky peaks over the couch so I had to catch one

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Birdie Girl

I had so much fun shooting this little doll. Her parents call her Birdie, how cute is that! I knew it was going to be a fabulous shoot the moment I walked into their home and wished I could call it my own! McCall was a dream to work with and had me laughing the whole time. Add in the fact that Birdie was a smiley happy girl and tah-dah dream shoot!
Birdies nursery was so serene I loved it! We had to get a shot with her cute mirror. Luckily she looked at me just when I took it!
Plus I kept telling them that good looking people make my job soooo easy!
I loved their wedding rings so I had to get one with Birdie sporting their bling.
Again I have been having the hardest time choosing my favorites between black and white and color. Well at least with my philosophy my clients don't have to choose and get all of them :)
Thank you thank you thank you for such a fun shoot!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The power of a red head

This little man was so adorable! He was very serious and very interested in everything around him. He had the cutest little dimple, couple that with his red hair and you get stinkin adorable! I had so much fun being crazy with his mom trying to get him to smile. If someone had video taped us it would have been pretty fun to watch!
I made that bow tie... I think I am going to make a bunch more now that I realize how easy it is!
Look at those blue eyes! I just love red hair with blue eyes. I totally thought with Chris's red beard and my Irish roots we would get a red head-- no such luck yet :)
Doesn't it look like he is puckering for a kiss?
The tie I got for our Family pictures for Sam. Isn't it adorable! It is from Matilda and Me on Etsy
He is just learning to sit up so there was actually an arm in this picture but I photoshoped it out-- woo hoo for photoshop! I had to include this last one because it is HILARIOUS! When you catch such silly faces... he is saying ughhhh how much longer do I have to be cute?