Friday, September 19, 2014

Huffington Series, Numero Uno.

I have been working on something for the Huffington Post for awhile. 
It didn't really go as planned.
I can honestly say that I don't think any of my photo 'things' every go exactly how I envision.  But, I keep on truckn'.
Well, most of the time. 
I have scrapped a few projects. 
Cause they sucked.
Okay, I'm not sure where I'm going with this. I like to free flow... all the greats do it right?
Not that I am a great.. I'm just a regular, but oh man...
this post is going downhill and nowhere at the same time.

Back on track...
I wanted to do something in a series, an ongoing project if you will. 
It's taking a lot time, and willing subjects (my kids), so there have been a few hurdles, about three to be exact. 
But here she be:

If you have the time,
could you please like and share my post from the Huffington site?
The more likes and shares I get of the the original article the farther up the roster I get to move.
I would be eternally grateful!

Thanks so much, especially if at this point you are still reading this.
You rock.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014


Whenever I read the word notorious I can't help but kinda sing/rap it.
Even if it doesn't make sense.
Even though I'm a white girl with no rhythm.
Even if the only words I can remember from the song are...
 notorious and well.... 

I just don't have a knack for the rap. 

But lets talk about this photo.
The one in the background is the Notorious.
As in B.O.M.B.E.R
It doesn't roll of the tongue now, but give it time.
She does have the knack for photo bombing.
She's been doing it for ages.

 Before Photo Bombing was a thing.

She even throws in a duck face.

She is always one step ahead of trends I tell ya!

However, we are still waiting for this one to catch on:
Mark my words,
there will come a day where we all wear kitchen towels on our heads and washcloth bib thingy-ma-bobs.

Little Things

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Oh, what a beautiful morning.

If you follow me on Instagram you might of seen this photo this morning. 
I snapped it as we walked down to the bus.
(Though I'm sure the backpacks were a dead giveaway on that. 
Captain Obvious here at your service.)
 But as I was saying,
 when I took this picture I just felt like it was going to be a good day. 
You know what I mean?
Perhaps these feelings were brought on by the fact the girls only fought 3.5 times while getting ready for school.

Which is pretty darn good.

It was the perfect beginning to the day.
And when they got home.......
 I'll be dang,
they only fought another 2.75 times, each crying only once, and to top it off they both got all their homework done.
That's right!
 Uh huh!

So like all mothers do, I gave myself a self-high-five,
(which isn't awkward at all)
 and called it a successful day in the mothering department. 

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Friday, September 12, 2014

I Fake it.

You read right.
I fake it.

I fake golden hour back lighting.

As Autumn draws closer, the sun seemingly disappears. 
 It gets darker sooner and the glorious golden hour (where the sun basks the Earth in all its beautiful sunsetting-golden-glory) fades right along with it.

So whats a gal to do?
She fakes it.
Now let me get this straight.
Photoshop is a just a substitute. 
I don't think you can replicate glorious natural backlight, but you can try. 

And here is how.

I chose a picture of my daughter where we missed the golden hour by a few min. So the sun was still there, but not really giving me the full effect I wanted. 
This is my SOOC (straight out of camera) shot.
 The first thing I did was give the photo a little sharpness.
I found an  amazing free action from Greater Than Gatsby that does just the trick.
I ran it and adjusted the opacity (it was a little too sharp) and then merged the two photos together.

Next I really wanted more depth in the colors so I duplicated my background layer.
-right click background> duplicate layer
*-Dbl click on the name background copy and rename (*not a necessary step, just helps keeps layers a little more organized)

While your new layer is selected (will be highlighted blue) go to images>adjustments>selective color

A small window will open with a color drop down menu.
 Adjust the colors.
I usually darken the blues and greens on the black scale.
When your satisfied, click OK.

Now that I have my base ready, I need to add my missing sun.
Create a new layer, make it black.
and click on Filter>Render>Lens Flare.
Once you have your Lens Flare choose screen from the drop down menu and adjust the opacity.

Whew, that's better.
But now we need to make some more adjustments. Add a Layer Mask (arrow is pointing to icon) and paint away the obvious lens flares by using a black brush on your new white Layer Mask.

I wanted a little more Lens Flare...more I tell ya!
 So I just repeated the above step and created another Lens Flare Layer.

Now we need to add some warmth, and we do that by clicking the Create a  Fill or Adjustment Layer circle and adding a Photo Filter.

I chose the Warming Filter 85 and adjusted the Density to my liking.
As you can see in the screen capture above, I used the same process as the Lens Flare and added a Layer Mask to take some of the filter off my daughters face. 
I also ended up duplicating the layer for more warmth.

Now that I have my fake back-lighting, I wanted to add some texture.
My favorite texture is called Harper by Jessica Drossin.
You can get it for free here.

Once I added the texture I moved it just above my layer labeled green. and adjusted the opacity.

(If your unsure about how to add a texture, you can check out my Texture Tutorial.)

Now I wanted to make the eyes pop a bit more so I ran Pioneer Woman's Bring on the Eyes Action.
You can find her actions here.

And last, but not least, I wanted to take some of the 'washed out' feel from my daughters hair and scarf.
In order to do that I duplicated my layer named green and grabbed the Burn Tool from my Items menu.

Burning can help add depth when your shadows get lost and its certainly one of my favorite edit tools.
For this photo, I used the Burn brush on the shadow option at a very low opacity. 
I went around her hair and under her neck where she would be more shaded from the sun.


And here is an animation of before and after.

And for more tutorials you can check out my Photoshop Page.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thief in the Night.

Take note all you seven year old's out there.
Yes you.
Especially the ones who think you are all sneaky up in here.
I've been finding your wrappers hidden in the pantry and crammed in the crayon box.
You left a trail of gum wrappers through the hall.
I know you have been stealing pepperoni, you forget to zip the bag.
And the half dozen string cheese wrappers?
Oh yeah, I found those too.
Just remember when your breath smells like Cheetos at 10pm,
 I know its not the new toothpaste.
And the crumbs...
Oh, the crumbs...
How they tell on you.
 Mom knows.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014


She calls me Mom-mia
I have no idea where she got it from.
But I answer to it.
I like to claim I am the boss, but when you have kids there are moments when YOUR the good little go along.
 I like to own up to my weaknesses... and Mom-mia might just be one.
And her one little dimple doesn't help.
Lord help me.
I'm a slave to a two year old.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Forever and Ever. Amen.

My oldest has blue saucers for eyes.
She also has a heart of gold and a flare for the dramatics.
She loves art, design, and pestering her little sister when I'm not looking.
She told me she doesn't want to go far away for college and live with me forever. 
I made her swear it and sign a contract.

The End.

I happen to glance at this photo again and for a second thought it was me.
I think I may of had too much wine.
Good night.

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