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12 posts from June 2010

June 04, 2010

Happy Birthday, Michael!


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It's hard to believe it's been 22 years since I first saw your sweet face.  Heck, it's sometimes hard to believe it's the same sweet face (so please forgive me if you catch me staring at you and smiling like an idiot). 

I love being your mom and I'm so proud of the man you've grown into.  You know we love you with all of our heart but did you also know that we like you?   Well we do.  And Gwen and Maddy are pretty enthusiastic about their big brother too!

Happy Birthday, my sweet boy!  I know you've not been a boy for many years but you'll always be "mine". 

Noodles and Noodles, Baby!  Noodles and noodles!

June 02, 2010

Before & After: Gwendolyn

I loved the angle and the way Gwen's hair looked in the original photo.  The highlights almost looked blue!  I picked this photo for my "Before & After" blog post because I knew it would be challenging.    Boy was I right! 

IMG_6128 original
The photo was really cute but Gwen's face was totally out of focus and the whole thing really needed some serious work if it was to stay out of the recycle bin. 

I had several photos from this shoot and one of them was taken from a similar angle so I transplanted her face from that photo onto this one.  Then I did a bunch of edits using photoshop actions from MCP:

  • Magic Recovery
  • Magic Midtone LIfter
  • Magic Clarity
  • Magic Light
  • Magic Dark
  • Magic skin
  • Fake Blue Sky Illusion
  • Pot of Gold

When I was nearly finished, I added a warm texture from Florabella and a little bitty frame and was pretty happy with the end result.  I hope you like it too!

IMG_6128 fixed blog


More cool Before & After photos here:  Pixel Perfect

I took a bunch of photos today because I needed something to inspire me to play around in photoshop.  I hoped I'd get one or two crummy photos that needed editing but I ended up with a bunch of FANTASTIC photos that really didn't need any editing at all!  Funny how that never happens when I want it to!

Here are some of my favorite photos from this afternoon (all unedited):







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