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  • Welcome! My name is Amber Prior…

    ... and here are some fun facts about me: I've been 5'11" tall since eighth grade. I am a bit of a nerd; I love listening to long audio books (Brandon Sandersen is my current fave!) while I clean the house. I wear glasses when I can't stand my contacts any longer. Believe it or not, I married a total hunk who is my best friend. We have four beautiful children together: two boys and two girls. We are a full-time homeschooling, part-time traveling crazy little group of musical gypsies. Oh, and I happen to be a photographer on the side.

    This blog is where I record my photographic pursuits. My obsession with cameras has taken a back seat to teaching and raising our family, but I still dabble with professional work once in a while. I specialize in natural-light portraiture. I love shooting outdoors and am always on the lookout for the best lighting combined with the perfect location. Contact me for availability and pricing.

…Tuesday? Tricks

I’m sorry.
Isn’t it so lame that I’m posting a Tuesday trick on a Wednesday?
Yes, yes it is. From now on, this post-series will just be called Tricks.

(Sort of kidding.)

I didn’t take this picture, but I wish I did. From the moment I first saw it on iheartfaces’ Photoshop Friday, I fell in love with it. It just spoke to me, man! This picture was featured over a month ago, but I never got around to finishing my edit even though I kept revisiting it. Good thing too, because I learned something new about editing skin tones in the meantime. I basically started from scratch today and did a way better job the second time around. I couldn’t quite get the greenish tone out of this nice man’s face — that is, until Camera Raw (a.k.a. ACR). Here’s the best part: this image is a jpeg, but it is still totally possible and practical to edit jpegs in Camera Raw. I have always been a Photoshop FREAK but now have a new appreciation and love for ACR. I’m amazed how these skin tones changed within about two seconds of adjusting inside Camera Raw when I spent well over an hour in Photoshop and STILL did NOT achieve the right look. If you want more details about this, just pop me an email and I’ll spill the juicy (yet simple) beans. Happy… what day is it again? Oh. Wednesday. (!)

:: SOOC ::

:: My crappy first edit ::
(see how green his face is? not cute.)

:: Second go-round ::
(ahh. much more natural.)

Kristi Reutzel - February 12, 2011 - 8:05 pm

Yes, yes, yes! I want to know more about what you did to fix his skin tone. Actually, I would love to know all the details, the photo looks great! I love that you can still use ACR even with JPG images, but am no pro with it by any means. You are so talented!

Amanda Phillips - April 23, 2011 - 4:40 am

I know I am a little late but I just found your website. If you are still interesting in telling how to fix his skin tone I would be more then happy to know!

Lisa - November 7, 2011 - 10:25 pm

Hello. I just happened to find your website, and I am in love!!!

I know the posting is older, but I was wondering if you would still share how you edited skin tones in camera raw?

Thank you so much.

marlie - August 25, 2012 - 6:17 pm

{OMG}! PLEASE, i wanna LEARN from you!
This is so cool to see the differences!
You are amaaaaazing! (i’m sure you’ve been told that a
gazillion-trillion times)!

My Family

For our Christmas card 2010 we took pictures on our family’s dairy farm, where we’ve done pictures for the past two years. I know that you’re thinking, “A dairy farm, really?” But actually, it’s quite the happening spot for photographers! HUGE thanks to Allison for coming along to snap all the photos I had to be in. She did a fantastic job! She was extremely patient with all of us and I’m so glad she helped capture our family.

Forgive me for gushing, but I think we’re pretty cute. I especially love the first one of my hubby and daughter. Yes, she will break his heart one day.

megan - January 27, 2011 - 7:56 pm

love how you used the train-track! these are great! :)

erika - February 4, 2011 - 5:14 am

These photos really show the family dynamic. You can tell who the jokester is! I’m sure the family will love them forever =)

crave photography - February 14, 2011 - 7:54 am

Darling family!!!!

Just for fun: “Fix-it Friday”

There’s a great community for photographers on the web called I Heart Faces. I love visiting their site and reading up on latest trends and tricks, and also joining in their online forums considering all things photography. Every Friday they have a new “Fix-it Friday” s.o.o.c. photo where anyone can download and edit that week’s photo in their own way. This one caught my eye; I knew I wanted to really push the reality boundaries and ramp it up a lot, just for fun! I felt like the action and movement in the photo deserved a colorful pop. I also knew right away that I wanted to take out the boulder/log to make it look like he was flying. I called my edit “Coming in for a landing”.
This is my edit:

This is the original, s.o.o.c. shot from (Which I think is a really amazing photo to begin with! I love the composition and “fish eye” lens look.)


Digital Paradise - January 22, 2011 - 9:44 pm

That is a really great edit. Love your creativity! :)

A-train & J.J.

Oh how I love these boys. And oh how I love these pictures. Not because I took them — oh no, I can’t take any credit for the cuteness. Their adorable parents get that. They are two of my most favorite people who happen to make darling babies. I waited five years after having my own children to become an aunt, and in Utah that is a long time! Being an aunt is so wonderful. I wanted to do some pictures for their little family, especially with the goal of capturing some brotherly love. We lasted a fair amount of time before baby J.J. had to be fed, and after that A-train and I went outside to go exploring. He was so full of spunk and personality, pulling awesome expressions all over the place. These pictures make my whole weekend brighter, and I hope they do the same for you!

Natalie Park - January 26, 2011 - 10:46 pm

Hey Amber!
I am not sure if you remember me? I am Natalie Hitchcock who used to live a few houses down from you in Nephi. I ran across your blog while blog stalking. I found your blog through Crave. Anyway, your photos are awesome! Is this Melinda’s little guy? Anyway, hope everything is going well with you and your family! Nice to run into a familiar face sometimes! :)

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