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Sunday, July 05, 2009


I played around with some photoshop actions (tints over your photos basically) for a few hours this weekend. Of course I still have NO IDEA what I'm doing when it comes to 3/4 of that program but I'm bound and determined to not let it kick my butt. It's on like donkey kong now. I like a clear, crisp, image most times so I don't really enjoy using much of what photoshop has to offer. It's still fun to switch things up here and there somewhat though I guess. What did we do without photoshop before anyhow? Well, we took shots straight out of the camera and made sure we were getting good enough shots that we didn't have to worry about altering them in a program somewhere. I remember being back in my college photography courses way back when and praying in the dark room that a shot would turn out. Just P-R-A-Y-I-N-G! Back in the day, we snapped the shot and you'd better hope it was a decent/good one because film cost time and money back then. Today - in the world of digital and photoshop - no such thing. I will say that it is still fun to be able to change an image up just a tad when you want to though. I just never want to get into the habit of using photoshop on every single image I ever take let alone even the majority. I want the bare bones, the clean, crisp, original image that focuses on the subject at hand and not the textures, actions, etc. of photoshops details. I know some photographers love to doll up their images with everything photoshop. And that is great. Their work makes me swoon and I love it all. They are stunning and beautiful images - forces to be reckoned with. However, I'm after the original image - the clean and crisp shot. Give me color, give me sharp and give me crystal clear and then I'm just peachy when it comes to an image.

While playing this weekend, I took some shots of Brent and the kids in the pool. Of course Brent wouldn't let me post the REAL behind the scenes shots I got of him goofing around and acting silly in front of my camera. Trust me though - I have them stored for safe keeping should I need them for blackmail one day. HA! Kenidi's eyes really stood out to me in a lot of these pictures because she was up against this brilliant blue water in the pool. Therefore, I had fun playing up her eyes. Maybe a little too much. Ha ha! Again, still learning...

Love this girl. Love her look. Love her smile. And I definitely love those eyes...

And above...we have Zsa Zsa Gabore...hee hee!

These eyelashes are to die for. Where the girl inherited her hair and her lashes from, I have no idea. She has no idea just how blessed she is yet.

I love this picture of Kenidi and Brent above. They were blowing bubbles in the water - nose to nose - with one another. Great daddy/daughter moment.

And here is Daddy - playing down his silliness - just so I could get a snapshot of him for the blog. Here he is Joe Cool - in the others previous to this shot - he was my best friend playing in front of a camera and being all out goofy. Loved it! No worries babe...your secrets are safe with me. I've got plenty of pictures to prove it. Ha ha! I love how Brent turns red in the sun. Poor guy - the rest of us just frolic in the sunshine basking in the heat and the rays but he has to lather up, hide under an umbrella, and still pray that the sun doesn't reach his skin. Somehow it always does though - no matter what he does to prevent it.

And last, as Brennen is yelling at me to not put this on the blog, I'm putting it on the blog anyway. HA! He is turning into a mini me and really detests being in front of a camera. Especially because he has little girls from his class that read this blog. Hi girls! :) Anywho, loved this impromptu picture of him and Kenidi giving one another a "muah." A muah in our house is a kiss of course. Kenidi established that code word for us a couple of years ago and it has stuck ever since. (It's the sound you make when you give someone a kiss) She couldn't say "kiss" back then so she says what sounds more like "Muh" today. It's so stinking cute.

We are headed out the door to run some errands for now. I'll check back in tomorrow as usual. PS...I hear Indy has sunshine there today. YYAAAAYYYY! Muah, Angie

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Blogger katy said...

great photos, as always...
the one of Kenedi in b/w looking straight up at the looked so much like her big brother right there! I've never noticed it before :-)
Have a great Summer

7/06/2009 2:01 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Oh Angie, those pics are SO good! Honestly, I don't know how you decide which ones to frame~you've got sooooo many good ones!

7/06/2009 2:48 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

THey are looking good. I'm with you it seems everything is photshoped anymore. It is nice to just have the talent to do it right first.. That is when I'm most happy with my pictures. It is almost impossible not to find pros that do not photoshop everything. Looks like your having a great time.

7/06/2009 3:36 PM  
Anonymous GRANDMA SUE said...


7/06/2009 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brennen is such a wonderful big brother! He is a sweetheart and should be proud of that fact! The girls will be gaga over his sensitive side in a few years!

As always it is great to see the family in your beautiful photographs!

Mrs. Jennifer

7/06/2009 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Melissa M said...


I am glad to see that all of you are spending some time just having a ball and relaxing. Hope Brent isn't working too much!

PS.. Grandma Sue is right!!! You need to put some pics of you up. Its been forever since we have seen ya!

7/08/2009 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Julie Ann from home said...

Sephora finally got Surfer Girl in! It has been on a huge back order here. I'll enjoy it in the shower and wait for more beautiful pics like these of your little waterbugs!
Miss you here- the corn wasn't knee high by the 4th of July for the first time in years!
Julie Ann

7/08/2009 10:34 PM  
Blogger Aubree @ The Weathered Cottage said...

Gorgeous! I'm a new follower of your blog and love your photography style. I love how her eyes turned out. I too wish I knew a thing or two about photoshop, but I agree that straight out of the camera is best!

7/08/2009 11:30 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

I love the first one of Kenidi, her eyes were so sparkly! Great pictures as always. Have a great day!
~Molly P

7/09/2009 11:21 AM  

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