Tuesday, 25 January 2011

First Official Newborn Shoot

Hi all.

Well here I am again with my latest project.  I still dabbling in the photographic area, and with a willing subject I'm having a great time. 

So today I got together with my Daughter-In-Law and little baby Grandson to do my first proper newborn shoot.  I have been patiently waiting for the opportunity to do a proper shoot, as it's something I'm really considering in branching out in on a more professional level. 

I've been doing a alot of research over the past few weeks, and think I'm ready to give it a 'shot' now.  I went over to my Daughter-In-Laws home with my camera, and a little equipment, and had a really productive session.  I'm really pleased with the outcome, and thought I'd share a couple of shots with you today. 

I'm so proud of these shots, and have another session booked on Sunday, this time to include Daddy...my very proud son. 

Thank you for visiting me today.  I would love to hear your comments.


Monday, 17 January 2011

Precious Baby

Hi all

I managed to take a few photo's of my Grandson Harry yesterday. It didn't quite go how I wanted it too, but I got a couple of nice ones.  I prefer to photograph in daylight, but didn't manage to do that, so I got that mean colour cast you get from tungston lights, on top of blurred images from a slow shutter speed.  However. I'm pleased with this shot I'm posting today. 

I used The Coffee Shop actions: Eye Bright and Creamy Chocolate B&W again.  I just love this action, it has a lovely warmth to it.  If you want to know more about The Coffee Shop, I have a link on my side bar.

Now I'm after doing a few more baby shoots in a more artistic style.  I might offer free sessions for newborns to get some practice.  Thanks for taking the time to visit me today. 


Saturday, 15 January 2011

More Action

Hi all.

Today I'm showing a photo that I took of my Granddaughter, Nicole, a few months ago....It's another one that I've been experimenting with Actions from The Coffee Shop Blog.  I think the main thing with actions, like most things, is understanding how they work.  Once you've done that, then you can adjust the settings and layers to your liking.  Easy!!!!  Well not quite, but I understand more about them today, that yesterday.

So....The one I've used today is Creamy Chocolate B&W....It doesn't just convert your photo to black and white, but also adds a faint creamy/chocolate tint.  You probably can't see the difference on this shot alone, but against a simple black and white one you can.  I love it......

I used the Eye Bright action first, then the Creamy Chocolate B&W one.  I absolutely Love the result. 

Tomorrow I'm going to do a photo session with my newest Grandson....3 week old Harry.  I hope it's successful.


Thursday, 13 January 2011

Getting Creative With Photoshop

Hi all hope you are well.

I'm starting to play around a bit more with Photoshop CS2.  I've seen so many lovely photos that have been successfully enhanced using lots of different techniques. 

Recently I came across a blog called The Coffee Shop.   It's run by a lovely and very talented lady called Rita.  Now Rita is also very generous....She writes actions for Photoshop and lets you download them for FREE...how good is that.

Anyway, as I'd seen so many beautiful shots using her actions I thought I'd try and work through one of them.  I downloaded and installed EYE BRIGHT.  Now I've never used actions before myself, and I can tell you it was not easy to get my head round it at first.  However, now I think I've got it, and can't wait to try more.  I do need a bit more practice with this one, but at least I'm on my way now.  Here's what I did:

As you can see, this action has made quite a dramatic difference to the eyes.  They really POP now.  I've still got a way to go before I really get the best out of it, but I think this is not bad for my first attempt.  If you love photography, and want to learn more about Photoshop, and actions, then check out Rita's blog.

Thanks for tuning in. 


Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Truky Scrumptious Challenge 48

Hi all. 

It's time for another challenge over at Truly Scrumptious, and we have another fabulous sketch for you, with the optional theme of 'Dreaming Of Summer' and a fabulous prize up for grabs too.

So get out your stash, and have a go. 

I turned the sketch round 90degrees and here is the result.

I've used this Magnolia image of Edwin riding his bike.  There's nothing quite like enjoying summer bicycle rides, I just love them.  I've used Edwin because I needed an image that would suit my grandson....it's a card for his birthday later this month....hope he likes it.  
I used a punch by Stampin' Up! for the leaves, and added some dots of liquid pearls to resemble simple flowers....don't want my grandson to think it's a girls card now do I?  He'll only be six, but you know how funny they can be even at that age.  I added a sun button that I've had ever since I started papercrafting, which adds that last touch of summer....lets hope we get lots of sun when summer eventually comes.
Thanks for looking
Bye for now....
Debbie xx

Monday, 3 January 2011

Baby Layout


Hope you're all having a good day.

I've begun my spring cleaning after taking down the Christmas decorations...Hardly anyone keeps them up until the twelvth night anymore, we tend to want to get them down and start cleaning. 

Anyway, I've used my couple of days off to do a little crafting, and thought I'd try to get back into scrapbooking a bit more, especially as I love photography so much.  I have to say it's a short post, although you'll pehaps be glad of that....I'll let the photo's say the words. 

So here's what I did:
I'd be glad to receive your comments, and if there's anything you'd like to know, then please don't hesitate to ask.  Thanks for visiting me today.


Sunday, 2 January 2011

Mojo Monday 171

Hi all

Well I'm back with my first card of 2011.  I've followed the Mojo Monday sketch challenge this week.  It's a great sketch as you get to choose a round or square design.

As my eldest daughter is celebrating her 30th (can't believe I have a daughter that old) birthday today, this one is for her.  And as her birthday is in the middle of winter, I thought I'd make it a wintery card using cold blue's with a touch of caramel. 

 I've used a mix of stamps for this one.  The lovely Miss Anya from The Greetings Farm for my main image.  She's coloured with Copic markers which I love.  Grunge stamps from Stempleglede form the borders, stamped with Creamy Caramel ink from Stampin' Up! 
The Prima flowers are decorated with some chunky Twinklets glitter from Hobbycraft just around the edges...almost as if they've caught a bit of frost.  The leaves are from a Sizzix die, and the flourish from a punch.  I added a little Glossy Accents to the edges of the leaves too.

Enjoy the rest of your day, and thanks for visiting.


Let Me Introduce You....

Hi everyone.

Well here he is....my brand new Grandson Harry George.  Born on 26th December 2010 at 8.59pm, weighing in at 8lb 10oz.  A perfectly healthy beautiful boy.  I'm so lucky.  That makes four grandchildren for me now.

When I first saw Harry I thought he looked just like his dad....My son Paul....so I dug out a photo of Paul so you could judge for yourselves....It's not that great a photo as it was taken by a very old basic camera, but I think you can see enough of a likeness.  It'll be interesting to see how Harry develops, and if he stays looking like his father.


Card Slideshow

Digital Scrapping


Leona Lewis - Il Divo