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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.


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


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!



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Sneak Peek Friday | Makenna | Senior Portraits

I have a very special senior portrait session to share with you today! Oh how I love this girl. She’s smart and funny and quick witted. She’s got boatloads of talent. Let me tell you — this girl can sing! She also happens to be gorgeous. And she has no idea how beautiful she really is. She’s got big dreams and big plans, and she’s working on making them a reality. I love people that don’t limit themselves: the dreamers, the doers and the change makers. She’s one of those people.

Meet Makenna.

Oh, and did I mention she’s got this awesome vintage style? To die for. Unique. And it made this portrait session so much fun!

Makenna and I had an amazing time just outside Las Vegas in this great middle of nowhere desert town called Nelson. We embraced that vintage style of hers and planned a shoot that would show it off. And we laughed. Seriously, I loved everything about this shoot.

Makenna’s latest adventure is off at college in Oregon! She’s in love with the green surroundings and the drastic change from desert life. She’s soaking in the rain and the clouds and the scarf-wearing weather, and she’s studying languages and culture and working toward kicking butt with those incredible vocal skills of hers.

It was such an honor to create Makenna’s senior portraits. I really do feel so lucky to know so many amazing teens with big dreams and the will to reach them.

I can’t wait to see where the future takes you, girl. You’ve got this!

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Coffee Monday | Styled Shoots and Inspiration

Happy Monday, Peeps! In this episode of Coffee Monday, I talk about a few of the styled shoots I’m planning for the next few months. I LOVE styled shoots. If you’ve ever flipped through the pages of a fashion magazine, you’ve seen one. And if you’re unsure of what they are, they’re basically photoshoots that are styled around a particular theme. The makeup, the hair, the clothing, the accesories, the props — everything is put together in such a way as to support the theme. And the theme can pretty much be anything you dream up. That’s what makes them SO fun!

If you would like to do something a little different for your portraits, I highly recommend brainstorming with me and creating a styled shoot! We would dream up the perfect theme — one that represents you and something that you love. And then I would pour my heart into finding just the right location, just the right props, just the right mood to make that crazy idea a reality. Want an enchanted forest theme? We can totally do that. Even in the desert. Want a beach theme? Oh yes, we can make that happen right here in Vegas.

So here’s a little snip of me talking about the themes for some styled shoots I have coming up over the next few months. I can’t wait to share the final products with you! And I add a little inspiration for your week ahead (I couldn’t help myself!). (My apologies for the UFO hovering in the background. Clearly, there was one, because that’s the only thing that could explain the crazy noise in the video. I’ll get this video thing under control one of these days!…)

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