Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Kittens, New Lens, New Schedule!

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My life has been more than hectic this summer.  It just hasn’t seem to slow down much but I can’t complain!  My house is in order, doctors appointments for both of us are all caught up on, my photo business has flourished with a new website, new clients and fancy blog.. and I am pretty ready to start my second year in grad school.  My internship starts in two weeks!  I don’t know how much I can publicly say about the agency-  but I will be doing in-home therapy for families/teens with mental health crisis’.   I am both excited and a little terrified-  I have never held a professional level job like this before!  My prior work experience is hands on work with individuals in group homes-  but it’s always been the grunt work.  This is why I am going to graduate school though-  to move beyond that and hopefully to greener pastures.

With that in mind, my business will be taking a back seat.  I will be taking a very limited number of clients through October (perhaps one or two more for October, September is booked), and from November forward I will be putting families on hold and only accepting newborn requests.  I’m sure to hold a newborn special at that point, so if you are due then, please inquire now so I can ensure your spot!

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Yes those are ADORABLE KITTENS!   These shots were taken with my new lens, that I’m SO excited to have!  I have thus far shot, and built my entire business upon, my little 50mm 1.8 lens.  For those not so knowledgeable about photography stuff, the “nifty fifty” is a prime lens (it cannot zoom) that is your very basic beginners lens.  It’s nothing fancy, costs less than $100.00 and is very light weight!  I finally invested in me (go me!)  and purchased both my new website (now at www.kellylindseyphotography.com)  and my new lens (a tamron 28-75mm 2.8!).  Of course, the day it was mailed to me, I had this crazy back spasm that had me flat on my back for 3 days straight.  The only thing I could do besides cry in my cereal was take pictures of these little kittens that would climb up my bed to visit me!  Luckily, I had family to take Caleb for 2 straight days while I just laid there (watching TV for 2 straight days is really not as fun as it sounds!).  But the kittens totally made me smile and I enjoyed their company.

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Lastly, I said my next blog post would be about my Maine vacation.  And it really needs to be :)  If only I were further along in processing those 400 photo’s!  I have a few to share, though, and it was an absolute blast.  Caleb, last year and this year:

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Wrestling  (I totally waded in up to my neck with my camera! :O  Remember how I said the 50mm doesn’t zoom… ? )

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Caleb tubing with Becca (why does this picture make me cry every time I see it??  I don’t know if it’s just the happiness from him or how big he is getting or how his face lights up every time he talks about Becca… but this picture totally does it for me!)

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the older kids tubing

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OK I thought I was done, but at the end of my card, I had taken pictures of something that I have to share with everyone.  I have a group of aspiring photographers that I mentor- they are really the best group of women.  I could not have hand picked better people to just be around.  I got the sweetest package in the mail from them-  two newborn hats, lovingly knit by the fantastic Janete Mannis of J. Mannis Creations.  

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I want to thank every single one of them, for thinking of me, and supporting me.  And I just love you guys!  <3  Someone please book a newborn with me so that I can use these fantastic hats!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Henry’s First Birthday | Boston, Ma Children’s Photographer

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So I got to shoot my first official birthday party over the weekend.  My friend, and fellow photographer Jennalle Dunn (www.jennalledunn.com), planned the best day for her little man.  The location was fabulooouuuus.   A huge yard, with plenty of shade for cooking out, lots of room for people to hang out. 

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All the little details were beautiful

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He thoroughly enjoyed his cake smash!

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This was such a great day.  I wish I had hired someone for my son’s first birthday.  I hope you love these like I love them.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Scott Danger | Boston, Ma Newborn Photographer

I just love saying his name-  Scott Danger.  Hi there, Scott Danger here.  Danger… Scott Danger.  It’s a beautiful thing to have your four year old name their baby brother and my friend Katie is just cool enough to do it.

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“We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.”  - Woodrow Wilson

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Dream peacefully, Scott.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Fix-It-Friday plus other stuff!

 

So I’ll start out with the fix it friday stuff.  I Heart Faces hosts this every week and it’s a great community if you enjoy photography.  Lots of talent there.  I was SOO pleased last week when they recognized my last blog post found here, and posted it on their facebook fan site, found here.  Check them out!

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Here is the straight out of the camera (SOOC)

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First things first, crop to 8x12 ratio, unsharp mask (USM) @ 60, 1.3, 0

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Tackle white balance and exposure first and foremost.  I’m going to start with the WB because I know for this photo it’s going to affect my exposure greatly.  His face is close to blown, and I know that when I correct the cyan and bring it warmer, that red channel in his face will go completely out of gamut.  You can tell that it’s on the cool side of WB several ways.  First, I can see a lot of shade/shadows in this photo and cameras pick this up as cyan.  (Think:  sun is warm, shade is cool).  Second, I can eyedropper click the whites of his eye and see they are in the blue spectrum.

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Note that this trick isn’t always accurate.  The whites of eyes are NEVER completely white.  Especially in children who tend to have a light blue hue to the whites of their eye.  You have to take a lot of photo’s and look at the whites of a lot of eyes before you can start to differentiate when your seeing a natural soft blue hue in the whites of an eye, or a cyan eye.

So… naturally the next step is to correct that and I used my own action, warmer, which looks just like this:

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Its a simple curve layer adjusting the red and blue channels.

Next I used the patch tool to fix some blemishes (I didn’t bother with the under eye bags for this shot) and then did a little portraiture since it’s my new toy (thanks Sarah! ;) )

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I noticed after I corrected the WB that the red channel did, in fact, blow.  I then eye dropper clicked on an area of skin I thought was good looking, duplicated the background layer, then simply used the paint tool and painted on the skin that was blown (the side of the nose, the hands).  Then lowered the opacity of the layer to like 15%.

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Last step is personal for me… I really love blue fill layers.  It makes a picture hazy and sweet.  Some people dislike them, and that’s fine, just skip right over this part!  To do the fill layer, just go to Layer>New Fill Layer> Solid Color and choose a soft blue.  Then in your layers panel, drop down your blending modes and choose “lighten”, then drop the opacity to taste.  I think mine was at 15%.

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And here’s our SOOC and Final.

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And in other news- I just returned home from a MUCH needed vacation!  I am still trying to catch up from my last session as well as update the blog and get my PDF pricing to those that have requested it.  My summer digital sale has ended and I will be posting my end of summer special very soon.  It will coincide with a new portrait package that I’m offering and I am very excited about this package-  it will have a gallery wrap canvas and a storyboard offering in it and when those items come in the mail, they totally take your breath away. 

Oh and the image boxes that come with the digital collection- to die for!!  This is from my most recent order.  I design the entire box by hand:

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and the following order, I went for something bolder (I blotted out their name as they wished me to do so in their contract)-

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I’m going to be expanding the image box into some of the print packages so that this is available for anyone who goes the print route for their order.  After seeing it in the mail, I knew it was a keepsake that would generate a lot of interest and most importantly, it is timeless. 

Next post up will be my vacation photo’s-  I can’t wait to share them.  I vacation in a tiny town north of Augusta, Maine every year and I lovvvvvvve that everyone makes it a priority to go every single year and how lovely it is to be with each other. My family is BEAUTIFUL and I am not biased in the least and I could really go on and on about them (and probably will in my next blog post! :) )  I want to just post a couple that I’ve edited so far..  This bridge is at least 30 feet high and my cousins have no fear. 

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I really wish I had a wider angle lens to be able to take in more of the environment there.  So there’s my big long update blog post.  Will post more vacation shots as I get them edited!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Littlest Hero - Boston, MA Family Photographer

Before I leave on my mini trip, I wanted to get this post up here.  It’s been on my to-do list for an entire week.  So now its almost 1am the night before I have to leave and I realized I still hadn’t done it :)  So here it is!  Enjoy this family, like I did.  I hope I could convey what I saw-  this family as a unit, a mom so in-tuned to her daughter, a sweet son that couldn’t have been more polite… just a family you hope to get at any session.  Thank you, Alexis for opening up to me and letting me take your pictures.

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for making the session possible for millions of children with special needs.  They are a fantastic organization, so please check them out if you have a moment. 

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