Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Edit Me: Week 20

This week's Edit Me Challenge was right up my alley since I've been taking lots of pictures of my newborn these last two months.

The picture was taken by Kala at The Wishful Lamb.

Here is the SOOC:

And here is my edit:


-Adjusted in ACR (blacks, yellows, and luminance).
-Opened in PSE9. 
-Adjusted levels.
-Duplicated Layer and set blending mode to Soft Light (70% opacity). 
-Added a warm gradient-layer mask to remove from skin.
-Defined eyes and smoothed the skin just a tad.
-Moved picture to a baby announcement template (totally can't remember where I got it from). 
-Added text. 
-Resized and sharpened. 

Enjoy your week! :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Quarterly Top 5

Courtney at Click It Up a Notch hosts a quarterly challenge where she asks us to link up our 5 favorite shots taken during the last quarter.  There were a lot of changes in my life this last quarter-new camera, new lens, new BABY!!  Most of these pictures have sentimental value to me.  The last shot of the eagles was taken with my new 70-200mm.  I was thrilled to be able to get such a good shot even though they were high in a tree and across the street.

Click It Up A Notch

Click It Up A Notch


Being able to stay home with my boys is a wonderful gift.  I wouldn't trade it for anything.  Taking care of Brody during the days for the last year and a half has allowed me to enjoy that gift.  Not only that, but having him here teaches my son a lot of lessons.

Like sharing. And being nice. And that sometimes someone else gets my attention first.  

I believe that all of these lessons have helped Nate adjust quickly to being a big brother.  

At the early age of 8 months old, Nate met Brody, his first friend, and I'm grateful to have him in our lives. 

The Paper MamaSweet Shot Day

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Where has this week gone? It seems that each week goes by quicker than the last.  And the weekends? Don't even get me started on those. They fly by in the blink of an eye. 

Anyway...onto this week's hunt.

Low Key:

Lance at 8 weeks old. 


Every time we go to a restaurant that gives us crayons for Nate, Ryan always reminds me to put them in my purse and take them home.  Now he have quite the collection of crayons with various restaurant names on them.  


I'm sure every kid loves bubbles.  Nate is no exception.  


This is my collection of scarves.  My mother-in-law made most of them.  Aren't they awesome!? I'm excited for the weather to get cooler so I can start wearing them again.

Phone: old does my little boy look here? I asked him if he was talking to his girlfriend and he said, "Alice." :)  

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

8 Weeks

Eight weeks ago, Ryan and I were sitting in a hospital room and waiting for our second precious baby boy to enter the world.  I was on pitocin and we were just waiting.  We passed the time by playing checkers on the iPad, watching some TV, and listening to Lance's heartbeat.

I was so anxious to meet him.  I thought I was ready for anything that this labor might send my way.

We knew we were getting close.

A few hours later, I started experiencing contractions that rocked my world.  After that, everything happened pretty quickly.

Fast forward to today and I can't imagine my life without him.  Sometimes it's hard, but these little smiles make everything worthwhile.

You can read my birth stories here and here

Life is good with boys.

                Sweet Shot DayNapTime MomTogand then, she {snapped}

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Edit Me: Week 19

Time for more editing fun.  Nate is in bed but talking to himself and Lance is sleeping in my arms.  Lucky for me, I have a laptop and can still edit while sitting on the couch.

This picture was taken by Deb Duty.  It' s a perfect picture to get us in the mood for fall.

Here is the before: 

And here is my edit:


I opened the SOOC in ACR, adjusted the yellow slider to give it a warmer feel, adjusted the blacks and the fill light.  Then I opened it in PSE9, duplicated the layer and set it to soft light (opacity 50%) to give the image more depth.  Then I ran Pioneer Woman's action Boost.  After the action, I added two Kim Klassen textures: Scratched Magic and Serious Magic.  One of the textures was set to soft light at an opacity of 30% and the other was set to the Screen Blending Mode. 

Enjoy your week! 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sunday Scavenger Hunt

Street Photography:

I want to be like Oprah when I grow up.  Except with a husband and kids and not doing a talk show but something else. #justsayin

Quotography at {My}Perspective

From a Distance:


Who doesn't like to take a nap on Sunday?


On top of a waterfall.


Sit your behind down little man. :)

Flowers on Saturday

The weather is getting cooler and we are finding less and less time to venture outside so I don't have a new photo to share today.

However, I found this awesome template and thought that today would be the perfect time to share it.

Here's the link to the template.  Be sure to look around this site, because there are lots of free templates available.  :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

He's Getting So Big!

He's waking up out of that newborn stage where all he does is have a blank stare on his face when he's not sleeping.  Now, he's looking around, making eye contact, and, my favorite, smiling.

He likes his baths, loves to be held and snuggled, and look at the pictures of Nate on the wall.  And with only a little over a week until he is two months old, I am amazed at how quickly time flies.

My mantra: The days are long but the years are short. 

the long roadFavorite Fridays at Skinned Knees

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Edit Me: Week 18

I never got around to joining in last week's challenge, but I'm back now.  This picture was taken by Kathryn of a Ferris Wheel in Chicago.  Ryan and I have always talked about visiting the city.  Hopefully soon we can make our way there for a little vacation.

Anyway, here is the original image:

I loved the blue sky and the composition, but I decided to change it up a bit. 

Here is my edited version:

I've really been enjoying looking at single images that are broken up onto multiple canvases.  So I did that with this image.

But first, here are the steps that I took to achieve this look:

I opened the picture in ACR and adjusted the color sliders.  I pushed the top slider toward yellow and the bottom slider toward green to achieve the turquoise background.  I bumped up the contrast and the blacks and then increased the saturation just a tad.

Then I opened the picture in PSE9 and ran Everyday Elements action for curves.  I increased the blacks even further to get more contrast.  Then I ran two actions-Boost and Lovely and Ethereal from the Pioneer Woman.

Once I was satisfied with the color, I added a texture from Kim Klassen-Scripted Autumn.  I changed it to Hard Light Blending mode and selectively removed parts of the texture from the ferris wheel and sign using a soft brush at 30% opacity.  I then reduced the overall opacity of the texture to 40%.

And last but not least, Courtney from Click it Up a Notch, shared some places to get free storyboards last night.  I can never resist a free storyboard, so I checked them out.  I found the one above from Skinned Knees and love it.  Adding the picture onto the multiple layers is a one-step process, which is awesome! Make sure to check out these storyboards.

Enjoy your week!