Category Archives: older child

Life with teens

I don’t often manage to persuade my children to take part in family photos but seeing as it’s been 4 years since the last time I got us all together in front of the camera I  thought it was time 🙂

Even though it’s August the weather was chilly and a little wet, you can see the rain in some of the photos and we almost decided to call it a day but I had faith that my 85mm 1.2L would bring enough light to the pictures. I <3 that lens so much!

So here we all are. Ages 49, 44, 16 and almost 14. In the spirit of celebrating the age you are and the age you look I have decided on a policy of no skin editing so here we all are, wrinkles and all.
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Band of brothers

Just look at these cute boys. It’s rare that you can get two older boys to happily sit for photos with a new baby sibling but these two were exeptional!
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Light and shadows – Backlighting

This month’s Light and Shadows blog circle is Backlighting. Backlighting is something that I naturally try and do when I’m shooting outdoors because well, for one, it means that you don’t have direct sunlight on your subject’s face. It can also bring some pretty haze to your images. I try to keep the sun to one side and behind rather than directly behind them because sunlight coming straight into your lens can sometimes lead to more haze than is fun to edit  🙂 This little boy is the friend of one of my nieces and the perfect model for me to try out my new 85mm 1.2 lens <3. Because the sun wasn’t exactly beaming out of the sky (I’m in Ireland, remember  🙂 ) I added one of my Sun Overlays in to give more of a warm sunshine feel. I also used one of my Sky actions to bring just a little blue to the washed out sky. The black and white image was converted using my Film Simple B&W action from Set2 which is one of my absolute favourites at the moment!

There’s a little tip that can be very useful when editing backlit images and that is to create a new levels adjustment layer in Photoshop, click on Auto in the top right hand corner of the levels panel and then lower the opacity of the layer. This will bring a little contrast to what could possibly be a hazy image. Another great tip is to duplicate your image layer, set the layer mode to Soft light and then lower the opacity to about 30%. This will give and instant boost of colour and contrast. It’s something that I didn’t do for the following images because I wanted a really soft feel for these.

As this is a blog circle you neeeed to follow on to Tonya Teran’s post on backlighting. She’s an incredible photographer and her children are just too cute!t03t02t01t04That’s it for this month! Don’t forget to continue the circle and head on to Tonya Teran’s post

Light and Shadows-Artificial light

Being part of this blog circle has always been so inspiring for me although this month I had to look back to images I took a little while back as time got on top of me. This month’s theme is Light and Shadows is Artificial Light. To continue the blog circle follow on to Marie Sant’s post for this month. She really knows how to work light beautifully!

When I first started out in photography I used to have to stop shooting for most of the winter months because there really wasn’t enough natural light for my camera to cope with happily. I then got myself a Speedlite and everything changed. Not only do I use it in all my studio work with it set up in a soft box but I have also figured out a way to use it to replicate natural light by placing it outside and softening the light with blinds, shower curtains or net curtains. This has meant that I can make rooms look like they’re flooded with light even at night. This first picture was taken on a dark dreary day and the second was taken 2 hours after sunset when it was pitch black outside. Of course this won’t work upstairs 🙂 but it’s always good to think outside the box when it comes to making the best use of the equipment you have.

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Playing with fire and knives

With both the younger square balloons claiming to be too old to dress up for Halloween this year I knew at least I’d have one happy pumpkin carver if I involved fire and knives in the task. The colours and light were too pretty not to snap away as he was carving. I made minor adjustments in ACR and then after making the collages I ran my Autumn Sun action (from Set2) over them all just taking out the sun layer.coll1col2