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Door inspiration

4 Mar

So as I mentioned in my post a few days ago, I spend a lot of time these days looking at doors.  I’ve got brick with off-white windows so those are the two colors I need to coordinate with.  Here’s some inspiration:

And here’s me just trying it out some colors in Photoshop on a pic of Tilly’s Cottage. They’re both slightly greener than I was thinking of going but I need to get some work done so I have to stop my Photoshop fun for the moment.  I have plenty of time to think about it…

Ballet school photo shoot

22 Oct

In April, I did a shoot for the Aisling Doherty School of Ballet.  It was good fun albeit a lot more encompassing of a shoot than I originally planned.  It was supposed to be just a couple of headshots of the owner and her sister for their June performance program.  Aisling asked if I’d get in some shots of the different classes as well and so I did.  Eight hundred shots later, we were done.  It was a lot of work but also lots of fun with nice people and good subject matter for the shoot.

This was no small editing task.  I spent hours editing and correcting little things in the shots that I wish I’d seen when I was taking the photos.  Adobe Lightroom was my savior…it makes batch processing so easy and I can’t imagine how much time it would have taken me if I were using Photoshop alone. 

I thought I’d share some of my favorite shots from that day — I put an aged effect on the photo of the two junior ballerinas that I really like. 

I also thought it was hilarious because Aisling’s son was so mischievous — popping in and out of the back of the shots.  I was so focused on the girls in some of the shots that I didn’t notice him until the editing stage (a bit like Where’s Waldo — or as they say in Ireland, Where’s Wally).

But I did manage to get one shot of him and it turns out to be one of my favorites from the shoot — although not what I was getting paid for.

And finally, I loved the dynamic between Aisling and her sister.  They were adorable together and you can tell they really love and respect one another. They were very serious during both their individual shots and the shots of them together so I loved it when one of them said something to the other that brought on a big belly laugh — I’m glad I kept shooting because I love that I got the shot that captured the moment.

Purple Doors and Jessica’s Project

23 Sep

My friend, Jessica, has recently purchased a project of her own (well, technically, she and her husband are buying the house together but she keeps referring to it as “my house” so I keep calling it “Jessica’s House”). 

So…back to the project.  Since the day Jess first saw the house, she’s been dreaming of getting rid of the outer door and painting the inner exterior door purple.  I love this idea because it’s very Jessica — she’s full of color and personality herself so I think all would be right in the world if she had a door to match.

Photoshop and I couldn’t help but try this on for size and I think it has a lot of potential.  On the left is the house, currently, and on the right is with a little Photoshop help.

What do you think?