Family from a Magazine

I've been asked to photograph a few large groups, families and extended family mostly. Usually when you place 10 people ranging in age from 2year old twins and older it usually doesn't happen that you get the great group shot on the first try....but hey not everyone is like a family from a magazine.

Group shot 1:
It is possible :) No head swapping or major changes, just perfect on the first go...love it!

Of course if you know me or have ever worked with me, I believe that breaking it into smaller groups is necessary to commemorate the occasion, whatever that may be.




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Klontz {Family} | Killeen family photographer

I absolutely ♥ ♥ ♥ referrals, they are the BEST compliments someone can give me...or any type of artist for that matter. It means they truly love what you have done for them and want their friends to experience it too. This seriously adorable family was referred by one of my favorite clients, and I am so happy to have met them. I warn you though: Serious Cuteness Overload!
It was so great to meet your family Momma {S} all of your kiddos were a pleasure to work with...yes ALL of them :) I have lots more adorable images to get through to put your gallery together but I hope you enjoy this sneak preview while you wait!



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Adjusting the white balance using levels

It can happen!
You have everything set...and then you take THE perfect shot and it has a horrendous white balance :|
No fear, you can fix it. 

So on this I had a perfect white balance in camera BUT for this tutorial I made it horrible and fixed it.

This little trick will save some serious sanity time :)

Open your bad white balance image that you love ♥ and make a levels adjustment layer. Get out your gray dropper...and for the trick, the corners of the eyes are a great spot to get your gray.
I click on the various spots until I get that perfect color I like.


Photographer: Morgan Kervin
Edit by: Morgan Kervin
Model: Amelia
Bow: Petette
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Wright {Family} | Killeen family photographer

I hope you enjoy your preview and good luck to both Momma {W} and Daddy {W}, I wish you both a safe and successful journey throughout the next year. I always enjoy photographing your simply adorable family!




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Weekly challenge 1 Winner: Thankful

The winner of this weeks challenge is J&R's Photography

Thank you all for entering. I will draw the prize winner one per month out of the weekly winners of that month.
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Tutorial Tuesday: My workflow

This is my BASIC workflow
No cloning, or real touch ups. 
My clarity action does most of this plus it has a layer to make the skin creamy, to add warmth, no-harm dodging and burning, and take the red out.


From camera to finished files my workflow is the same for every session.
Once I have completed a session I plug my camera into my computer and save all the files from the session in their own folder. I also save them to my external hard drive and a CD.
To comb through the images I open the folder and use my windows photo viewer.

I go through first and delete any with terrible exposure, horrible faces or any with a bad angle or distractions


Once I delete all the blatantly bad images I pick my five favorite and edit them in Photoshop.
Once I do that I go through the images again with a more critical eye and any that really don't work aesthetically I delete.
Edit next five favorite in Photoshop
Go through images again and delete those with bad composition
Edit next five favorite in Photoshop
Go through and pick the last five best images from the ones left and edit them in Photoshop.
Doing this allows me to get the cream of the crop from the session to my clients.

Now to my editing workflow
Select my favorite image and open the RAW file in ACR

I adjust my blacks to 12-15, vibrance 20-30 and saturation 10

Then in curves I adjust the highlights +10 and shadows -10 for a small S-curve

Then I adjust the noise reduction

I am now finished in ACR and going to make adjustments in PS
First I do a levels adjustment
I have a preset of my grey card so I select that then flatten my image
Next I am going to highlight details such as the eyes, nose, mouth and hair start by duplicating your image.
You will apply a high pass filter
Set to 10, you can see the outlines it will highlight
Set the layer to soft light or overlay (your preference)
Then you want to add a layer mask that hides the effects of the high pass filter so that you can use a white brush to reveal what you want defined.
Check to make sure all of these are correct.
1. Layer mask is black with a white line around it which means it is the active layer
2. You have a white brush selected
3. The brush is soft
Now use your soft white brush to apply the definition to the eyes, nose, mouth and hair and flatten.

Now to brighten up the eyes
 Use a brightness/contrast adjustment layer
Set both to 100
I know it looks crazy right now, but we'll fix it :)
Now you want to change the blend mode to luminosity which will allow the brightness and contrast without effecting the color of the eyes.
Then you want to fill that white layer mask with black, I just use my paint bucket and set my swatch to black.
Then use the soft white brush on the black layer mask to paint the effect onto the iris and pupil
Bring the opacity to taste. For lighter eyes I use 20-30, for darker eyes 75-85
Flatten and duplicate the image.

Then on the duplicated layer I apply a screen layer blend mode change
Then adjust the opacity to taste

Then I want to make it more colorful for the last step by applying a vibrance adjustment layer

I usually put it around 50


Now you can have fun making it your own :)
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The new winners will have 48 hours to contact me at morgankphotography@gmail.com to claim their prize. If a winner has not contacted me within that time frame another winner will be chosen, announced and will also have 48 hours to contact me.
Using random.org here they are:

The winner of the soft pink Bows by Mia vintage flower headband #52  Leisa
 
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Photo challenge: Thankful

The holidays are a time to reflect on the time that has passed during the year and be thankful for the little things in your life. Everyday I am thankful that I have a handsome man to love me, that has blessed me with two beautiful healthy children and that I am able to do what I love as a career. I am thankful for everything I have worked to achieve and for everyone that has supported and helped me along the way. Of course I am first and foremost thankful to my husband and children and all they put up with :) I am also so very thankful to Rita, she has been such a great friend to me over the past year and introduced me to so many new wonderful people. I am also thankful for the new friends I have made that I talk to nearly everyday and I can talk "camera" to.
I am thankful for all of you, that read my blog and show your tremendous support and I feel like I am slowly getting to know each of you.

From now until midnight Monday CST you can add your entries. I will choose a winner Wednesday, so good luck to everyone, I can't wait to see your entries!

This week the photo challenge is: Thankful

Here is mine
I'm thankful for this day. Back where I'm from it snowed two times in the years that I lived there and only once enough to do anything with...and that one I don't remember, since I was only three.
Once we moved here (200 miles north) it snowed two years in a row back home and not here...bummer!
Then Christmas morning last year we wake up at 6am and the kids see their presents from Santa by the fireplace, exactly what they ask for. Then we see the white stuff littering our yard and it was a perfect day. It was a perfect day because things were finally going right, and it was the first Christmas with our completed family. To share a first Christmas snow with my husband and children, for all of us, was such a magical day and I am so thankful for it.

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Unclaimed prizes means new winners!

The new winners will have 48 hours to contact me at morgankphotography@gmail.com to claim their prize. If a winner has not contacted me within that time frame another winner will be chosen, announced and will also have 48 hours to contact me.
Using random.org here they are: 
 
The winner of the soft pink Bows by Mia vintage flower headband #19 Jaclyn


The winner of Sassy Designs $50 gift certificate #14 Kasie
 
The winner of the Hello Kitty sandwich keeper courtesy of Tupperware by Cynthia Dawson #51 Andrea

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Friday Faker- Backgrounds

Sometimes you wish you had a fabulously wallpapered wall in your studio right? Well with Photoshop and digital papers you can make it look like you do :)



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