Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Something Old, Something New!

I had an awesome family shoot with the Woods last weekend!!! Here's another technique I've wanted to try- it's all about the texture.

When I was shooting this I was thinking umm- not exactly the greatest backgound, I have to move! So I did, but when I got home and uploaded it I thought how perfect for a layered image!

Basically you'll want to grab a cool free texture from a site like this one- http://www.mayang.com/textures/
and drag it on top of the image you'd like texture in! You should stretch the texture so it covers the entire image and then change it's layer mode- I think I used multiply on this one, but check them all out because they each have different effects. Usually you'll want to desaturate the layer too but I liked how it looked in this one so I kept its color. Then I went over with the eraser tool the parts I didn't want grunge- like their faces!

I love it!!! So Fun! :0)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Suan and Don's wedding at Four Points Sheraton

Susan and Don are such an awesome couple! They are both so laid back and easy going it was a joy to shoot their wedding. The best part is they didn't mind a bit each time I asked them to 'oh, just come over here for a second' or especially when they postponed a dance so we could take a few images outside after it cooled down!

I just had to laugh when they were both sitting in the lobby at their own reception, watching our Phoenix Suns!!! :0)

As you can plainly see we have some sports fans here!

Susan and Don both got ready at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, right across the hall from each other. They did a perfect job of not seeing each other for being so close!

Here is Don, about to go into the church while Susan is tucked away into a little nook not more than five feet away...

My second photographer for the day, Aimee Cooper captured this shot of Susan's dad glancing over at her as they were about to walk down. I love this one!!

Did I mention it got up to 105 F on Saturday?!?!! Here's a little sun flare just for the occasion!! :0)

The reception was at the Four Points Sheraton Phoenix and the dinner was so yummy. I didn't get to eat much- Melissa, the coordinator, was fantastic to set up a table for me and I worked on my slideshow of images from earlier in the day. It went great!

And here is Suellen and Don for the mother son dance- we are in a book club together and I wouldn't have hooked up with her awesome son & new daughter-in-law without her!

And here is the fun shot of the night! It's a tricky one- you have to use a slow enough shutter speed to get the glow of the lights but fast enough so you have no blur. It turned out perfect!!

Congratulations to a beautiful couple inside and out!! Check back on my website soon for the slideshow!!

Monday, May 07, 2007


Just got back from a family vacation and it was so fun! We spent a day at the San Diego Zoo, a day at Sea World, a beach day and three days at Disneyland! Wouldn't it be cool to shoot a wedding there?

Here's a game for you- how many kids can you count??? I went with my two brothers, their families and my mom too! It was a huge group and they had a blast with each other.

Ok, so the answer is 8! Eight kids in the image (one was asleep in the stroller!) if you only counted seven, look again between my son and Pluto's armpit!!! ;0)

I think Sea World was my favorite, here I am petting a dolphin!

My son ran through this tunnel about three times just to do it again- it was pretty cool I must admit, but in the end he decided he does not want to be a shark trainer when he grows up anymore because- they bite. :0)

Here is my husband and daughter on the beach- she loved jumping in the waves!

And here is a misc. shot from staying in PA with Robin. This is her adorable little Xander!! I've heard he has his own blog! (ummm... that's not a joke!!!)