Monday, August 4, 2014

Wildflower Composites

Sorry,  I haven't written a new blog post lately. 
My summer has been STUFFED with
all kinds of new projects
I am excited to share with YOU can try them, too.
First are these wildflower portraits.
Aren't they BEAUTIFUL???
The truth is...they are composites!
The baby wasn't really in the basket.
We have an amazing walking path near my house that is
overflowing with a colorful array of wildflowers.
I ride my bike on the path every morning and was dying
to photograph children in the wildflowers, but it's way too difficult
to haul my props and the toddlers that far onto the walking path.
Soooo...I came up with the idea of photographing the
props and adding the babies in Photoshop!
Yes, I looked silly with this big pink bassinet propped on my
bicycle handles...
As I was sitting in the wildflowers photographing the bassinet,
a woman approached me and kindly asked, "What are you doing???"
Ha ha!!  THIS is what I was photographing:
And another day, I hauled this basket on my bike:

The path also winds past our Community Gardens.
It's four long rows of endless color and Summer produce and flowers.
Another day, I hauled an old wash tub on my bike handles
to the Community gardens
and added a cute baby later in Photoshop!
I simply extracted adorable Allie out of this next photo and
plopped her into the fun wash tub.
If you don't know how to do this, there are numerous
tutorials online to show you how to move objects from
one photo to another.  That's how I learned how to do it.
Of course, I didn't want to haul my bubble machine
on my I added bubble overlays I bought from
I always run an action after I add the babies
to meld the colors together and make it look like the baby belongs in the photo.
To add some hazy sun,
Check out my free Haze Overlays.
Because I feel so fortunate to live near such summer splendor,
I am sharing my basket, bassinet and washtub originals
so you can try this with your own babies and toddlers.
You can also use the photo above of baby Allie for practice.
These are all free for you to use without any need to courtesy me
(Unless you want to... : )

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Portrait Composite Wall Art

As a portrait photographer, I really hate when people buy a pile
of prints with no framing or canvas.
I pretty much know they will likely end up stuffed in a drawer.
Fine art portraiture is a huge investment and I think
it should be displayed so the family can enjoy it forever.
That's why I came up with these Custom Wall Art Composites.
I work with parents to create a composite that ties in with
a child's personality, interests and bedroom colors and design.
This child has a turtle theme in his bedroom and red, white & blue:
Mounted on a Canvas Wrap, these become
artwork on the walls...and their child just happens to be in it!
Their names can also be incorporated into the design.
I am having fun thinking up themes, photographing the kids
and adding them to the composites.
I hope these become heirloom art that
is passed down from generation to generation.
I keep my camera with me to take photos
of animals to add to composites.
To learn more about my Custom Wall Art
visit my  website.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Flower Babies

After our harsh winter here in Michigan,
I was giddy about photographing spring flowers.
As a portrait photographer, I photograph a ton of babies,
so I decided to plop some into the flowers!
It's so much fun...I have been running around to
some of the most gorgeous flower gardens in Michigan this spring.
This garden happens to be in my friend Kathy's front yard.
I drive over every few days because new varieties pop out daily.
My eyes were popping out over her pink peonies!
I pictured a little newborn nestled into the flower.
In late May, I did a photo shoot at Dow Gardens in Midland.
Oh, my LORD!!!!
They are famous for their hundreds of tulips!
They were at peak bloom
in every variety, color and shape!

After the shoot, I photographed the tulips.
I quickly figured out how to frame the flower
to add a baby later.
Now I have a folder packed with tulip photos
waiting for babies!
I love the soft pastels to blur like Monet paintings
for the portrait backgrounds.
In June, I visited the Detroit Zoo with my photo club.
Forget the animals, I spent most of my time in the
exquisite iris gardens which were also at peak bloom.
Gorgeous irises in colors I have never seen before!

So many fun ways to add babies to flowers!

To see more, visit my website.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Custom Father's Day Cards

I adore the photo above of my dad and me taken on a trip to Florida
right before I got married 26 years ago.
I'm so sad my dad is no longer with us,
but I always think of him and all the dads on
Father's Day!
Of course, I love to honor dads, but I HATE to
shop for greeting cards. I get frustrated standing in card
shops and not finding the perfect card.
 I hate it so much that
I no longer even buy birthday cards for adult friends and family!
So imagine my hesitance when I received
an e-mail from Shutterfly...the company that prints our
family calendar and Christmas cards every year...asking
me to try out their new custom card creation and delivery site called
You know I LOVE photographs,
and I love being I figured if
this new service could combine those two
elements AND make it easy for me...
I'll give it a try!
May and June have been extremely busy
for my family because BOTH our kids
graduated from college!
Perusing the Treat site, I immediately found
perfect cards made even MORE perfect
adding my own family photos.
I ordered up this one for my son to give to  his dad.
No way could I find this in a card shop!
Posting this card here actually made me tear up
Then I found this card,
and it is PERFECT, too!
Dang, I really think my husband cloned himself!
Our family loves good humor and when
I saw this next card, I had to drop in that funny
photo from when our daughter was a baby.
That bewildered look on her face when Daddy whooshed
her into the air!
The PERFECT card!
This photo of the kiddies just goes with this fun card:
And, if my dad were still here today...I would
send him this:

That photo makes me LOL...I get my fun humor from him.
It was heaven creating the PERFECT cards to fit
my family and I did it sitting at home!
Since I enjoyed it so much, I thought you would enjoy it, too.
The site has cards for all occasions.  They will even
send the cards...the postage is included with the order.
The prices are cheaper than many card stores, and you
can send your card via e-mail for even cheaper.
 Yep, they have an app, too.
Here's a link to their Father's Day cards.

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