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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Cassatt Sessions with Sarah & Co. | A Denver Portrait Session

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Cassatt Sessions with Sarah & Co. | A Denver Portrait Session

 Denver mother portraits photography child baby

Lately, I've been making a series of work focusing on motherhood that is presented through the lens of our work as mothers. We care for our children, we bath them, feed them, make healthy decisions for them, teach them the boundaries of the world, weather their storms with love. We are the touchstone for them in their early lives. I wanted to dig into that visually and have been *loving* the work coming from this idea.

 Denver mother portraits photography child baby

I've met the most amazing open-hearted mamas to work with in this series, full of tender affection for their babes and an open approach to the experience of making this artwork. It's been such a joy to see mama's connecting to their littles in such natural ways. I am also loving the creative push with each new bathroom, tub, set of wild hearted babies and mama's vibes.

 Denver mother portraits photography child baby
 Denver mother portraits photography child baby
 Denver mother portraits photography child baby

It's also so sweet and tender to see the after bath snuggles and kisses. The genuine interactions are pulling on my heart and pushing me to make this work even more. 

 Denver mother portraits photography child baby
 Denver mother portraits photography child baby

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