Moosie's Little Girl

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Moosie's Little Girl

So not only did I get to photography moosie for maternity photos, she also let me photograph her beautiful little girl a few days later. I'm happy to say that I'm up to my ears in photos. Just wanted to share the first 3 I played with.

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I LOVE them! The coloring is awesome and such wonderful catchlights!

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What a honey...

#1... LOVE those luscious lips... definitely a wall hanger!!!

#2... really like the comp here... that door is great!!!

#3... such a sweet expression that you caught!!!

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Yay, I feel like I'm stalking you :0)

I'm so glad it's you up to your ears in photos and not me
haha

I can't wait to get some on my walls !!!

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I still lurk here, I just lost my photo mojo during this pregnancy and well the lighting stinks in my new apartment hopefully a new baby boy model will help me get my mojo back

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I saw these on your flickr, they are stunning! What a beautiful little girl too.

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Also wanted to add that the processing in number two is amazing. If you don't mind sharing your steps, I'd LOVE to hear them!

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I'm loving these photos of Alana!!!!! Gorgeous!

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Lovely shots, really enjoy the textures and processing.

Not sure if its just me but I'm not digging her left eye on the third shot. Seems too bright on the inside.

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"Malacai" wrote:

Lovely shots, really enjoy the textures and processing.

Not sure if its just me but I'm not digging her left eye on the third shot. Seems too bright on the inside.

It's probably the color in the catchlight that's bothering you...whatever was creating that catchlight was also kicking off some strong color I guess. I actually did desaturate it a little bit...but I guess I need to do it a touch more.

The processing of #2...hmmmm...well, that's hard to say. I don't quite remember step for step exactly what I did. Basically, I added a bunch of contrast, but then added a subtle color layer for a teeny touch of haze. I used the Boutwell's Magic Glasses action by Totally Rad Actions to bring out the texture in the wood...masked back the subject. I did a saturation boost to the wood and added some red, but masked back my subject. There's also a fairly strong vignette on this one.

I did lots to bring out the texture and color in the wood, but was very careful to protect the little girl from the harsh effects every step of the way. Hope that helps.

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ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! I'm sure it helps that you started with such an adorable little model, but you did an AMAZING job with these!!!

I really dig the texture on #3. Is that added or natural? I love it when I can't tell!

TFS,
GiGi

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The texture in #3 is added. Confession...it's there to cover up the extremely blown portion of the image. Alana was playing peek-a-boo around that pole...and she was looking at me and smiling! I couldn't pass up that opportunity just because I knew the background was going to blow out. The use of the texture makes the blown background less distracting and look more natural.

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It looks PERFECTLY natural! There's halo around her. It doesn't seem forced. It looks EXACTLY like an added texture should ... it's only there to enhance the image, not steal the show.

WOW!

Best,
GiGi

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"AmberBella" wrote:

It's probably the color in the catchlight that's bothering you...whatever was creating that catchlight was also kicking off some strong color I guess. I actually did desaturate it a little bit...but I guess I need to do it a touch more.

The processing of #2...hmmmm...well, that's hard to say. I don't quite remember step for step exactly what I did. Basically, I added a bunch of contrast, but then added a subtle color layer for a teeny touch of haze. I used the Boutwell's Magic Glasses action by Totally Rad Actions to bring out the texture in the wood...masked back the subject. I did a saturation boost to the wood and added some red, but masked back my subject. There's also a fairly strong vignette on this one.

I did lots to bring out the texture and color in the wood, but was very careful to protect the little girl from the harsh effects every step of the way. Hope that helps.

Thanks! Biggrin That's what I love about it, the wood looks amazing, yet the girl totally stands out.

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Alana is just a great model to begin with, but these are amazing!! I know Marcie is just on cloud nine with these Smile

Love the texture add to #3, it really does look natural and it's such a sweet capture!

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"AmberBella" wrote:

The texture in #3 is added. Confession...it's there to cover up the extremely blown portion of the image. Alana was playing peek-a-boo around that pole...and she was looking at me and smiling! I couldn't pass up that opportunity just because I knew the background was going to blow out. The use of the texture makes the blown background less distracting and look more natural.

how did you do that? when I blew the sky in my maternity session, I couldn't add a texture to save my life. every time I tried, it never applied to the blown section. I had to process a copy in ACR, reduce the exposure significantly, and then do a lot of masking just to replace the sky. so I'm wondering what the trick is, because I love your textured edit.

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"coolmama72" wrote:

how did you do that? when I blew the sky in my maternity session, I couldn't add a texture to save my life. every time I tried, it never applied to the blown section. I had to process a copy in ACR, reduce the exposure significantly, and then do a lot of masking just to replace the sky. so I'm wondering what the trick is, because I love your textured edit.

Turn the texture into a "hard light" layer. Most of the time I use "overlay" for the layer type when I add a texture...but, just like you said...it doesn't work on blown areas as an overlay.