I've known Leah since she was just a baby. Her sister and I met in daycare and were best friends growing up, and I was thrilled when she asked me to take her senior photos. We met up at Fort Wayne's Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory and had so much fun utilizing all of the gorgeous plants for this shoot.
Good luck with your senior year, Leah!
As much as magazine covers would like you to believe it, nobody's skin is perfect (although Sophie's is pretty darn close). Skin retouching is the first thing I do when editing portraits. It's not difficult to do, but the results go a long way! Just check out this before and after:
Some photographers send their photos off to professional photo retouchers (shout out to Solstice Retouch, a total retouching guru) to save time. But knowing some of these essential Photoshop tools should be more than enough to get you started:
If you know me, you know I love reading about the Cosmos. I also love spending hours in Photoshop, but most of the time that means editing photos, usually portraits. This time, I wanted to make something entirely from scratch, no tutorials. So I tried my hand at creating a Photoshop galaxy.
It's a little rough around the spiral arms, but I figure it's decent for a first attempt. 🌌
Even if you ask her to be serious for a photo, nothing can stop Avni's effervescent personality from shining through. She got dressed up in a gorgeous traditional red sari for this shoot and adorned herself with jewelry and henna. She truly looked like an Indian goddess.
Sophie is an incredible makeup artist - and model - who channeled her inner elf queen for this summertime shoot.
Check out her work over at Sophia Rhoads Cosmetics.
I've heard it's good to stop and smell the roses. But when I took a walk this evening, the trash and cigarettes on the sidewalks seemed much more honest than the pots of manicured flowers.
The facts about our impact on the environment are overwhelming. The average person throws away approximately 4.4 pounds of trash daily, and it is estimated that 5.25 trillion pieces of trash are floating in Earth's oceans. Our habits need to change.
Living a sustainable lifestyle takes work. Cutting back one's day-to-day waste will not happen overnight. However, being aware of our collective impact on the environment is a great first step.
Carl Sagan once stated, "The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand."
We have one planet - one home - to call our own. We don't get a do-over. Use fewer straws. Invest in a reusable water bottle. Bring your own reusable food containers to restaurants. We all share the Earth. Let's keep it clean and safe for everyone.
In addition to being the home of the Indiana University Hoosiers, Bloomington, Indiana, is, as you can likely infer from its name, known for its many trees and flowers. It is, in my somewhat biased opinion, the prettiest town in the state. I instantly loved this photo, from my shoot with Destiny, but when I threw it into Photoshop for editing, I knew that some revamping would serve the image well.
I loved the effect and the color of the bokeh flowers in the background and I wanted to try adapting the orientation of this photo from portrait to landscape to capitalize on these gorgeous flowers even more. So I expanded the canvas and got to work adding flowers to the background. It took quite a bit of time, patience, and use of Photoshop's stamp and patch tools, but I made it happen.
You can check out the final result below (or on the home page of this website 😉).
Last week, I touched down on the West Coast for the first time and explored Los Angeles with my best friend, Bailey.
During our adventures, I had some of the best margaritas of all time, saw some of the most gorgeous beaches, and, of course, caught a glimpse of the famous Hollywood sign. And, perhaps best of all, there wasn't a trace of humid weather the entire time I was there.
Bailey and I covered a lot of ground in a short time. We sipped wine at Rodeo Drive, read about the stars at the Griffith Conservatory, rode the Ferris wheel at Santa Monica Pier, spotted some of our favorite musicians' stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, ordered In-N-Out in Long Beach, and took quirky photos at "Urban Light" at LACMA.
I really have to give Bailey an extra special shout-out for putting up with the infamous I-405 traffic (yes, it's as bad as you've probably heard), teaching me about plants, and showing me the ins-and-outs of L.A. Thanks for an amazing time!
Photoshop is my go-to photo editing software, but the before and after shown here was done entirely on my iPhone.
There are a number of fantastic photo editing apps you can download directly to your smartphone (many of them free) that make on-the-go editing simple and effective. Will you have the same robust tools on your phone that you will in Photoshop? No, of course not. But apps like A Color Story, Enlight, and VSCO offer a variety of features to make your pictures pop. Plus, there's the convenience factor of having these tools right at your fingertips.
If you're just starting out with photography, I highly recommend checking out these apps to learn basic photo editing and enhancement tools. It's possible to discover your editing style just by using your phone. Take the time to explore. Happy editing!
When I want to work on my Photoshop skills, I dig up old, typically overlooked photos that I want to reinvent. The photo on the left was taken in the spring of 2016, but I didn't share it until recently - after a bit of transformation. I felt that this profile shot presented an opportune canvas to work with due to the empty background and existing color pallet in the photograph.
In the photo, on the right, you'll notice quite a few changes from the original that I felt brought the image to life. More vibrant colors, a textured background, and some tactful dodging and burning went into this transformation. And of course, perhaps more noticeable is the entirety of Sanya's head, which was moved just slightly to the right.
I think the second photo does a better job of showcasing Sanya's personality and telling her effervescent story.