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Jaxon : A fresh 48 & Newborn Story

We all know that Freshies are just about my favorite thing and this sweet snowy day was no exception to that rule! Little Jaxon Luke had made his appearance in the world and I ran right over to meet him! 

This little one had the most adorable chunky cheeks and the most impossibly awful smelling gas! It was a wild ride of " awww how cute and OMG what is that ?!?!" Good thing he was so adorable!! Mom and dad didn't care, and of course neither did I, too funny though. 

All of a sudden, it's two weeks later and I'm on my way to see that babe in his house; all snuggled up with mom and dad, and fur siblings! Everyone was settled into a nice routine and of course, a little bit obsessed with the new family memeber.

Many children are wished for and celebrated; this little one was SO wished for and his arrival was greeted with that impossible euphoria of a dream come true. 

Welcome to the World Jaxon, you are so very very loved already!

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Artemisia | A post Processing Love story

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Artemisia | A post Processing Love story

As a photographer who trained in the darkroom, I love film. I love the smell. I love the dim lighting of the darkroom, the sound of constantly running water, the tedious but wonderful process of slowly testing out your exposures. I love the process.

I actually love the process of digital as well. Somehow, my love for the old school just carried right on over to technology. I *love* the control of digital and the speed! I also love carrying my knowledge of zones, dodging and burning and using contrast filters to control my art. Sometimes people who learn on digital think that post shouldn't be a lot of work. That if we were "good", we'd just hand out our RAWs. 

Sidebar: Great reading on creating a final image - Ansel Adams - Photography Series

 

I'll tell you. We never did that. Photography is an art form and as such, it involves control from the first formation of my frame to the final color correction and physical print. 

I recently took the time to build a collection of presets for post processing that are inspired by master painters. A lot of my own work is heavily influenced by master painters color palettes and contrast schemes. Initially, I just wanted the presets for myself, to streamline my workflow and build cohesion in my work. Then, as I started sharing my work, interest built. So, this December I released the collection and it's been pretty awesome. 

Artemisia is my favorite preset ( it feels like having a favorite child!), so I made a video showing my editing process:

I've been having so much fun making the editing videos that come with the collection. I've had some great photographers help me out ( testing the presets before release and sending me RAW images to edit with for the videos) 

 

Post processing should be like every other part of your creative workflow; fun and exciting and satisfying!! 

Want these presets? Grab them HERE

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Katy | A Denver Motherhood Story

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Katy | A Denver Motherhood Story

My biggest challenge is balancing my work with my time with my boys. I work so that we can go on fun adventures, but sometimes they take a backseat to my work, and it kills me. I want to show them the importance of a strong work ethic as well as the importance of women who work, but I don't want them to ever feel like my work is more important than they are.

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