Saturday, June 28, 2008

Summer Photo Fun #1

In the next month, I'm hoping to share some photos from a little shoot I did with my sisters a few weeks ago. I went down for my brother's high school graduation and had a chance to use my dad's super nice digital SLR (I want one sooo bad). I also got to meet the new additions, two pug puppies, Skyler & Lily (brother & sister). So I took the opportunity to use my dad's camera on my sisters & their new puppies!

Rewind about 9 years ago (I was 14 y.o.) when I was attending a media class for about 4 hours a day. After the summer session, I was asked to be the teacher's assistant and shortly after I was hired at the video production company. Due to all the resources I had, I decided to start my own photography business. My specialty was black & white, hand colored photos. At that time, digital SLRs weren't as common because they were really expensive. So to start, I used my dad's SLR from high school (I get the photo talent from both parents). I had a knack for capturing 'kodak' moments especially with children. I would always take pictures of my siblings and the children I would babysit. My business was very low key and I had clients here & there.

The other thing I enjoyed was graphic design, even before my media class. For years my dad encouraged me to pursue it as a career. I believe I was around 11 or 12 when I did my first real project for a local State Farm office. I was able to further my skills in the media class and profession. It has been a very helpful talent over the years. The best of all is that the two worlds collide, even more so today.

Now that most photography is digital, it makes it a lot easier! Digital scrapbooking and mixed media artists have become pretty popular. Usually you would have to go to school or take classes to learn these skills, but now there are tons of resources online to help with getting around programs like Photoshop. I'll post some links (at the end of this entry) of the sites that I used for the following project.

Here is the original photo I took of my sister, Jenna and her new puppy, Lily (10 weeks old):

I love how the picture turned out and I may do a little work on it before I send it to be printed. Now for the fun part! I used some techniques in Photoshop to create the picture box with-in the picture. Then I downloaded free floral brushes and a scrapbook kit for the lettering. I already had the handwriting font on my computer that I used in the lower right corner.

It is a simple design and could be used as a scrapbook page or printed and framed. It would be a great gift for family or friends. You can also save up the pages to have printed into a professionally bound book (more links to come). All it takes is a lot of playing around. There are kits, brushes & plugins that you can purchase, but I would suggest using free downloads to start. Then once you have the hang of it, you can choose to buy. Check back soon for more photos and links!

For this page I used:
Promise Collection Alphabet by Shabby Princess Designs
Astral Flora Brushes by lucerifous-glow on Brusheezy
Photoshop Elements 6

**Please do not use photos from this post without getting written permission from myself. I can be reached through email: Thanks!**


elliemook said...

That photo is beautiful, I really need to improve my photography skills x

Lisa said...

That is awesome! Doesn't even look like the same photo!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm gonna add you to my reader you have some great posts.

chelemom said...

Ooooh a pug! I have a pug! I love pugs! They are especially cute when they are puppies! Cute photo!