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Portraits | Lexie | Children’s Portraits

I somehow found myself finishing my yoga routine from this morning while watching the Democratic Presidential Debate and brainstorming creative projects tonight. All at once. A little bit of juggling going on.

I’m usually all for doing one thing at a time. Focus. But I suppose life gets the best of all of us once in a while. 

What can you do? I say, don’t stress on it. Sometimes we’re full of focus, and sometimes we’re juggling. I just try to make sure I have more days of focus than days of juggling. And I try to let it all roll off my back in the end. Just enjoy life.

And that’s precisely what I was doing at the shoot below.

Man, I love this girl!

This is Lexie. She’s freaking adorable. Beautiful and full of personality. You know what I love about these photos? They’re so authentic to her little facial expressions and how she was feeling that day. A little girl full of sweetness. And lots of laughs, wonder, and silliness.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

xo

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Portraits | Fall Mini Portrait Sessions!

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It’s that time of year! The weather is starting to change (be it ever so slightly because it is still hot, hot, HOT here in Las Vegas), and the holidays are just around the corner (crazy, I know!).

This is a great time to start planning those holiday cards and updating family photos. Speaking of…when was the last time you had a great family portrait done?

People have been asking me for these, and I am so excited to announce — Fall Mini Sessions are here!!

I only offer mini sessions a few times a year, and there are a very limited number of slots available — so book now!

Here’s the skinny on the details:

  • When: Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Red Rock Canyon (a super easy to get to location)*
  • Cost: $250
  • 20-minute session for up to five people (including pets)**
  • 3 digital negatives of your choice, yours to keep and print wherever you choose.
  • An online gallery of proofs from the day. You will choose your 3 digital negatives from this gallery. [If you can’t decide, you have the option to purchase the entire gallery for an additional $200. If you choose this option, you will get all full-size digital negatives from your online gallery (approximately 20 digital images).]

I welcome all kinds of families for these fall mini sessions! Fur babies, baby-bumps, BFFs, can’t-live-without-you friendships. If there are special people in your life you would like to celebrate with a mini portrait session, let’s make it happen!

Fall mini sessions are limited and must be booked in advance. Your full session fee of $250 must be paid to confirm your booking.

Please contact me at heather@heatherraemurphy.com to reserve your spot.

*The rainy day date is Sunday, November 8. If we have to postpone due to rain (highly unlikely here in Las Vegas), the sessions will be held on November 8 instead.

**If you require a larger family booking (greater than 5), please contact me to discuss options.

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Portraits | Children’s Portraits | Before and After Post-Processing

Continuing down the path of showing you before and afters, here’s one of my favorite shots from Marissa’s fairytale session. I seriously love the after version of this shot! The before however? Well…

I’m just going to go ahead and admit that I overexposed this shot like a mutha…you get the idea. Actually, I’m ridiculously embarrassed to show this to you. I questioned my sanity when I chose it as the before and after shot of the day. But I’m just going to be real and admit to you that I freaking messed up. It happens. We’re all human. I don’t know why I did it, and I don’t remember the circumstances. It was likely just plain old operator error and my lack of checking the back of my camera. And…yeah, shit happens.

Regardless, I wanted this shot in her final gallery! I wanted a bit of a dark and mysterious look to the photo. So I rolled up my sleeves, took out my ninja editing skills, and got to work. I knew it was going to take a bit of creativity to get a really overexposed shot to look dark and moody. This is the beauty of shooting in RAW and knowing your way around Lightroom and Photoshop.

Honestly, I’m so glad I didn’t just delete the photo. This photo turned out to be one of my favorites from the session. And for it’s creative edge, one of my favorites ever.

So take it from me. Even bad shots are often salvageable (not all of them — but many are). You’re not a bad photographer if you make a mistake. Rather than being upset with yourself, explore what you can learn from your mistake. Perhaps you can learn something about your workflow in the field. Perhaps you can learn a new editing skill. Perhaps you’ll just learn to check the back of your camera on occasion. Whatever you learn, pay attention, and soak it in. It’s all part of your journey.

xo

Here’s the shot straight out of camera (SOOC). OMG, eek!

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And here’s the “after” version after applying ninja editing:

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Portraits | Marissa | Children’s Portraits

I am ridiculously excited to share this portrait session with you today! It may just be my favorite styled session ever. I had such an amazing time developing the concept for this shoot. There’s something about fairytale mashups that I absolutely adore.

This is a modern day twist on Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood, mixed into one!

And Marissa was SO fun to work with. Seriously. I love this girl – she has my heart. There was so much laughing and creativity. So many ideas being thrown around. I had the best time with Marissa and her sisters (who were my fabulous assistants)!

And you know what I love about working with kids? They love to get into character. For reals. Tell them to pretend they’re scared and alone in the forest, and they take that direction to heart. They’ll give you everything you ask for…and more. And the end is always a giggle fit.

Can you guess where we shot this? Although it looks like a forest, we were actually in Red Rock Canyon here in Las Vegas. I LOVE when I can make a setting look different than you might imagine.

Good times, my friends. Good times. Enjoy the photos!

xo

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Portraits | Children’s Portraits | Before and After Post-Processing

Last week I introduced you to Ashley and Destiney, and the styled portrait session I did with them. It’s still one of my favorite sessions! I’ve really been enjoying sharing all these portrait sessions with you, and even more so, sharing my editing style through before and after photos. 

This before and after is a special one. I had an idea in my mind for an artistic portrait. Of course, as I worked on the shoot, I got wrapped up in other photos, and I nearly forgot to take the artistic portrait I was hoping for! But I remembered just in time. We were losing the sun behind the mountains, but we had just enough to get what I needed.

What do you think? I love the warm tone, the added the light, and the hint of magic. I’m a sucker for magic. Fine art portraits are fast becoming some of my favorites.

xo

Here’s the shot straight out of camera (SOOC). It’s quite a bit different from my final edit, and that’s exactly what I intended:

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And here’s the “after” version with that bit of magic added in:

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Portraits | Ashley and Destiney | Children’s Portraits

These two. They are so freaking beautiful, and fun, and not to mention, super sweet! I must admit I’m likely biased, as these gorgeous girls are my nieces. Granted, I think you would agree with everything I said if you met them! But in all seriousness, they are SO amazing to photograph. They are always up for my creative ideas and locations that require hiking to get to. And in Vegas, if you want to find a place in nature that has this look, you’re going to have to walk to get there!

If there’s one thing I ADORE doing, it’s creating styled shoots. I love to plan outfits and locations. I love to plan for a certain feel. For this shoot, I wanted a bit of a boho feel. Boho and nature and flowers and glitter.

The more I do styled shoots, the more I love them. My ideas keep getting bigger and better. I’m currently in the process of planning new individual styled shoots for these two with winter and fall themes. And I’m giddy with excitement coming up with ideas! My ideas are tightly under wraps at the moment (I don’t want the girls to know the themes until I’m sure I’ve settled on them – I want to surprise them with outfits and props). But as soon as the cat’s out of the bag, I promise to share my planning process with you. Sometimes these types of shoots can seem overwhelming. What I’ve learned, however, is that they’re not. They’re boatloads of fun, and they don’t have to take up all your time!

I hope you enjoy this peek at our shoot!

xo

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Creativity Sparks | Creative Space | My Art Room

I’ve been getting requests to show pictures of the updated art room. And I’ve got to tell you — this is my new favorite space in the house! Ok, I Actually think my dining area still wins because everything about it screams “Heather.” But then, everything about this room screams my name too. It’s so hard to choose! But really, I just love it because I want to spend time in here. Because even though the TV is smaller, I don’t really care, and I’d rather watch TV in here while editing in my newly dubbed “editing chair” or painting in my little paint area.

What I love about it most is that all of my art supplies are out. I don’t have to go searching for them. I don’t have to pull things out and put them away when I’m done. I just leave it all out. This little fact makes it so easy to start a creative project on a whim. And that is precisely what I wanted – a perfect little space for inspiration and projects. A work room. A painting space. A brainstorming space. An editing space.

Ok. Now I’ll stop talking about it and show you pictures! Enjoy, my friends.

xo

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Portraits | Senior Portraits | Before and After Post-Processing

It turns out, it was kind of fun sharing that before and after with you last week! I really do love to edit (perhaps not 500 photos in a row, but I love to make art with my photography, and much of my art comes through in my editing style). I used to worry what people would think if they saw my before and afters (I don’t know why — I’m just one of those overthinkers sometimes). But I took a photography class a few months back (I’m always taking new classes, working to learn new techniques), and my teacher really impressed upon me that your editing style is all yours. It’s personal preference. Some people are going to love it, and some people are going to hate it. And some people really just won’t care. So I’m embracing my editing style, and I’m letting you see my art in the raw, before it’s totally complete. And I kind of love that! There’s something cool about seeing a person’s vision from beginning to end. 

On a side, note, I just finished redecorating my art room a bit (not everything, but still lots of changes), and I am IN LOVE with it. One of my favorite changes is that I now have a pretty, comfy new chair that is set up specifically for plopping my laptop on my lap and editing while Netflix (or whatever else) streams in the background. I seriously want to go in that room and sit there for hours. And I really think that room is making me love editing even more (because I just love to be in there). I’ll be showing you a before and after of the art room next week. Can’t wait to share!

For this week I’m sharing a portrait from the collection I showed you earlier in the week. My gorgeous student, Tamar.

Here’s the shot straight out of camera (SOOC). I still love the shot as is, but you know, I love to add a little of my own flare:

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And here’s the “after” version with a little golden sunshine and a color pop added in:

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I hope you enjoyed this week’s before and after! Thanks for stopping by, my friends! xo

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Portraits | Tamar | Senior Portraits

This gorgeous girl did senior portraits with me last school year, and I just have to post a few of my favorites from the session.

I’ve been thinking about her recently because she posted on Instagram that she was about to hop on a plane, as she’s spending this year studying in Israel. This got me thinking about what an amazing person she is, and how freaking excited I am for her! Seriously. In addition to taking her senior portraits, I was also her teacher three of her four years in high school. I got to know her quite well over the years, and I can honestly say, she’s an amazing person. She’s kind. She’s funny. She’s smart. And she’s full of love. A total sweetheart.

Tonight, I’m sending her love and good wishes for the most amazing, life changing, fulfilling year yet! Tamar, you are a special soul, a beautiful person inside and out. And I can’t wait to see what comes your way this year. You deserve all the best the world has to offer!

xo

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Portraits | Maternity | Before and After Post-Processing

I often get some wonderful compliments on my photography. And I’ve got to say, it makes me blush and makes me feel really proud of my work. I love that my work makes people smile. Those smiles make it ever so meaningful to me.

One thing many people don’t know is the reason my work has a specific look. You see, it has more to do with my post-processing style (or editing style) than with my style of capturing a photo in-camera. Granted, I do shoot in manual 99.9% of the time, and I love using my manual settings to capture a photo in a specific way. But once I’ve captured a photo and I download that photo onto my computer, the artist in me comes out. I love to play! I love to see what I can create!

My artist self sits on that cozy couch editing — a blanket over my legs, TV playing in the background. If it weren’t for my janky eyes, I could edit for hours on end. It’s fun to see what I can create!

I don’t often share before and after versions of my photos. But then I was thinking — hey, it might be fun to let you in on a little of the behind the scenes action!

So here I am today, sharing a before and after with you. This particular before and after is of a photo I posted earlier this week from the maternity session with Christa. The afternoon we took this picture was entirely overcast. The skies were threatening rain, and it was getting late, so we were losing light fast. The conditions were far from ideal, but we had a limited window in which we could do this shoot, and we had no plans to give up! This is one of the reasons I love shooting in RAW and one of the reasons I love the ability to edit in post-processing. Even if the conditions are not ideal, there is SO much I can do to correct a photo after the fact. And that, my friends, is awesomesauce.

Here’s the shot, straight out of camera (SOOC):

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And here’s the shot after bringing the colors back to life, working a bit on the sky, and adding a touch of my own flare:

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In my opinion, the change is not too drastic, just enough to make it pop! And I love a little pop in my life.

Thanks for checking out my post today. I hope you enjoyed this peek behind the scenes! xo

 

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