Thursday, August 26, 2010

Flowers from McCall - Love That Shot

As a part of the Love That Shot Design Team I took these photos during a recent trip to McCall. To learn more about these workshops open to any photographer at any skill level please visit ... and don't forget to tell them I referred you! You will be amazed at how easy it is to move your camera out of "auto" mode and how thinking outside the box can get you unique "wall" worthy photos!

and also just for fun let's play a fun game of where's Stefani Marie Photography's husband in this slideshow? He exists I promise! :D I am not making it up... I really am married! He is just always working and never in any photos I take. LOL!

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2010 Idaho State Sass Tournament - Black's Creek Shoot Out

I photographed my first "commercial" job. It was more work then I ever could have anticipated and I am so thankful my husband went camping with the kids... cause I literally worked 4 days straight... and slept maybe 5 hours the whole time. LOL!

I was in charge of posse photos and had to have them ready by the next day. I also put together a DVD with music, photos and action footage taken by me. It ended up being 25 minutes long and all my clients loved it! I took over 1500 action photos and spent Thursday - Sunday on the field from 8am to 4pm taking photos. I learned a lot during this event. But in the end it was worth every moment because I met all my deadlines... I met some amazing people and I got to see some an incredible Cowboy action tournament. Here are all the posse photos taken. If you want to see any of the action pictures please click here.

Meet Family "S"

This mommy of two sweet and busy little boys just sent her husband off to Iraq. It is such a sad story and I am always so saddened to hear when families are split apart... even temporarily. But what an amazing thing he does for us and for America. I am honored to have been able to photograph your beautiful family before he left.

We actually ended up doing two sessions for this family. I think I was physically exhaused when I did the first session and the boys were not interested in the camera so we didn't get a lot of great shots. But the second time around we took the kids to an area where they could just play and have fun. It was a great session and we ended up with so many shots!

Family "S" Sneak Peak

Do you remember these kiddos? I met them at my last wedding I photographed! Daddy is in New York right now and will soon be back home to join his family. He has been up there working hard for his family. They are so incredible and so sweet. Thanks for letting me photograph your beautiful family.

Shepherd Family Sneak Peak

This session was for my sister Jenny and her family. Here are a few of my favorites taken! We had a half hour session with only the girls since the boys were late... so we didn't get to start till around 8:00 and we lost light fast... may have to do reshoot!

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The whole clan!

and just for fun! 3200 ISO.... no flash... so not the greatest photo... but the only available light was from the moon and a streelight a ways back behind me

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Flowers from McCall - Post 1

I have been participating in a workshop called the Blossom Workshop at Love that Shot. It is very educational and I have learned so much about photographing flowers. I have never really photographed nature before. I find it beautiful and captivating... but have always been so busy photographing kids and babies that I never learned to capture flowers.

There is an art to photographing flowers. I think going into this workshop I thought it would be the same as photographing kids (well sorta) but I learned that it wasn't as easy to photograph a flower. It seems like you have to find that "perfect" flower that has non wilted petals and is sitting perfectly against a beautiful background already. It's not like you can pick up a flower and move it to another location if it is already rooted! :D

So I went on an adventure in McCall with my husband and we photographed flowers trying to find the perfect ones to capture. It was fun, educational and I think I finally got the hang of it. I will show you my before and afters and give you some tips on what I did to accomplish the final look.

Nikon D90 ~ 50mm Lens ~ f/1.8 ~ ISO 500 ~ Exposure 1/125
My focus was on the center of the flower

I cropped image and expanded the right edge to give it a banner look. Size is 5" x 2.5" Resolution 300
Sharpened the image
I smudged the background to give it added motion effect
I sharpened hand selected items mostly around the stem and center of the flower
I added a pastel filter using Nik Color Efex Software and adjusted the opacity
I added a foilage filter using Nik Color Efex and adjusted the opacity
I adjusted the contrast
I did darkened the outside of the background and lightned up the flower to bring attention to the flower
I found a quote I liked and added it to my photo.

Nikon D90 ~ 50mm Lens ~ f/1.8 ~ ISO 500 ~ Exposure 1/50


I used a combination of textures to create this effect. They are available for sale on their website. They are great textures to use for flowers. I love them and it saved me the time of having to find my own online. I didn't write down my steps on how I edited this but I played around quite a bit in order to get this final image. I did two different versions.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Meet Family "S" Sneak Peak

Wow was this family gorgeous! They were so stylish and perfect for photos. If you ever wonder what to wear to a session... check out this session! Everyone was perfectly dressed and coordinated.

Hope you enjoy your photos!

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Okay so here is the final proof for the family! But I will also include the original just for giggles! It's amazing what a little effort and photoshop will accomplish!

So here is the original photo! Quite a difference huh!
Love the candid tender moments!
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You are a beautiful family! Thanks so much for allowing me to photograph your family! If you are interested in a family session let me know! Email me at

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