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    I'm back, with new purpose for this little space of the internet that I've carved out for myself. I took a break to have baby #4 and along the way, rediscovered my passion, ambition, and zest for life. Here is where I'll tell about my journey and findings. I'm open and honest, and I likely share too much. But that's just me. If you find that this particular shade of Amber suits you, then let's be friends!

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Attic Tea Party

The wonderful thing about being mostly stuck indoors is it gives me a chance to catch up on some blogging! We did this “Attic Tea Party” session on Halloween day. After the Little Spooks session I just still can’t get enough of the vintage feel, and with the help of Andee of Crave Photography this Tea Party came together, literally in the spacious attic of the mill! Joy and Shelby were our gorgeous models who completely nailed the look we were going for. This has been one of my favorites so far (hmm, I’m pretty sure I say that with every session!) I hope you enjoy, and have a lovely weekend!

P.S. Happy Birthday today to my favorite 5-year old! Love you, “Buhda”!

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crave photography - January 26, 2011 - 8:28 am

Amber, these turned out so gorgeous!!! I love every single one of them!!! One of these days I will get going on mine :)

Irene K. - March 17, 2011 - 4:21 am

how fun! this is amazing!

Tuesday Tips

I realize I’m a day late for this, but we did just get back last night from a very awesome trip to Arizona and Las Vegas visiting family. We were gone for five whole nights and six days! We loved seeing all of them and can’t wait to do it again… plus, their weather was more like early summer and we came home to 18+ inches of snow!

Do you have Photoshop? If not, get it! If you are really into photography and want to learn how to make your pictures even more awesome, there’s no better way to learn than playing around. Read photography websites. Pick up tips from other photographers, and see what is current in the industry. One site that I love is Pioneer Woman. She blogs about everything, from home-schooling to her life on the mid-west plains. She also loves photography and shares wonderful tips! I love her (free!) action sets. Photoshop actions are a way of speeding up your workflow and can give your photos more *pop*, or *umph* or *pizazz*, you pick. Once you understand how they work and how you can tweak them, you can get amazing results! Click here to see her Photoshop actions. She has sets for full Photoshop and also Photoshop Elements. They are really fun to play with and can be a good way to learn new tricks!

For this edit, I didn’t only use Pioneer Woman’s actions. I did some tweaking of my own, but her actions definitely got me closer to the end result I desired more quickly then doing those same edits one at a time. I used her “Warmer”, “Bring on the Eyes”, and “Slight Lighten” actions, to name a few. I needed more light on her face and wanted to brighten her pretty eyes. Have a lovely Christmas everyone!!

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Andrea Kirk - January 22, 2011 - 7:55 am

Amber! I didn’t know that you did photography!! I will call you for my artwork. I always need a good photographer when I paint people. I really wish I could bring you to Haiti with me and get amazing pictures of Kethia and her friends. Good work! You are very talented.

Tuesday Tips

I’ve been wanting to do a regular “before & after” series on my blog for some time now, so I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with a clever title for these posts. Finally I think I’ve decided on “Tuesday Tips”. Is it too cheesy? Tuesday is a good day for me to consistently post (I think), and why not throw in a tip while I’m at it? I know, I know, the whole “first letter of the day with a coordinating word” thing is not my idea, I’m just jumping on the band wagon! There’s Tuesday Teasers, Thrifty Thursdays, and Fix-it-Fridays, so why not a Tuesday Tips? I thought about calling it “Manic Mondays”, but somehow it didn’t convey the message I was aiming for. Hehehe.

Today’s tip is about using the “rule of thirds” in photography. Wikipedia says it better than I can, but basically you want your subject to fall somewhere in the intersecting lines.

Here’s my before, straight-out-of-camera (or s.o.o.c.) with a grid:

And here’s my after! (With a grid for instructional purposes.)

Obviously I did more to this picture than just crop it, but cropping by itself can add so much more interest and “energy flow” to your photograph. Your eyes need a place to “rest” visually, and with a subject smack in the center, there’s not much flow or rest area for your eye balls. I tend to forget this when I pull out the camera and start clicking away, but luckily my camera has a “viewfinder grid” I can turn on and off which helps me remember to place my subject in the rule of thirds area. Even if I still forget with the grid on, cropping in any photo-editing software can help alleviate this error until I can fix my habit. Another bonus to cropping is being able to remove distracting elements, like the sunglasses this cutie is holding. Happy shooting!

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Melinda - December 15, 2010 - 5:36 am

I love the idea of Tuesday Tips. You are so creative and I love hearing what you have to suggest!

a little “Before and After” fun

Whoops! I just realized that my last post was um, last month. Where does all the time go? I’ve been trying to finish up lots of family pictures lately (my own included!) so everyone can get their Christmas cards out on time. So I’ve slacked a bit on blogging.

This lovely little lady is my baby girl. I love seeing before and after versions of photographs. I find them to be super inspiring (“What? That is what your picture looked like before? That’s what mine looks like too!”) and you get a good idea of just what can happen in Photoshop. I thought, hey, it might be fun to post some of my own! The first picture is the “s.o.o.c.” (stands for straight out of camera), and the other two are my edits. I love color so much, but the black and white version is a fierce competitor!

Happy Monday (err, Tuesday now). Hmmm, I used way too many parentheses in this post (but that’s how I roll.)

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amber - December 7, 2010 - 5:48 pm

WOW! Amazing what edits can do! Especially when you have an AMAZING photographer doing them! I loved your parentheses comments they made me giggle. I love ya. Oh and I think the black and white is my fav! She is GORGEOUS!

elise - December 8, 2010 - 1:44 am

oooohhhh I like these your girl is adorable!!! I’m jealous!! ha

crave photography - December 13, 2010 - 7:06 pm

I love this!!

Jennie Isaac - January 15, 2011 - 7:30 pm

You are amazing! What a talented daughter I have!!!

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