Chadwick {family} | Killeen family photographer

It was hot. The kids weren't happy, but we were determined to get some shots in that day. You have a beautiful family C&T.

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Generations {family} | Killeen family photographer

Fun, easy going, adorable children....what more could a photographer ask for?


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Olivia {newborn} | Killeen newborn photographer

I got to spend this morning with a beautiful family and a sweet little girl

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Setting a custom white balance

Using a gray card sounds scary, right? Custom white balance sounds even more scary when you're first starting out....and that's if you know what they mean.
You could always just crank your camera into auto white balance mode, but what happens if you have dominant color that throws the whole thing off like this....

Not exactly what colors it should be...imagine trying to fix that white balance in post OR you could just take a quick picture and set your custom white balance to get it right in camera and save you time later when you're trying to edit those 20+ images.

So how do you do it? First get a gray card.

My grey card from Digital Image Flow has an 18% gray 5x7 on one side

and a color reference on the other

You go into your camera's menu and choose your white balance options, it will have a preset option that you want to look for. You will need to fill your frame with the gray side of the gray card and take a picture (I have to lock focus or set my lens to manual focus) and record the gray card in the light you will be using.

Once you have your custom white balance set you are good to go...until the next lighting/location change!


All of the images in this post are SOOC (straight out of camera). My way of doing things does not mean they are the only way or even the correct way, the way I do things is the way that works for me. 
Vroom! Go shoot something and make it custom :)


Features of the DKC-Pro Multifunction Color Chart from Digital Image Flow
--- Multiple neutral gray targets for performing white balance in all lighting conditions
--- Large calibrated 18% gray patch and 6-step gray scale for performing exposure setting
-- 18 scientifically prepared color targets for performing color correction in cameras, displays, and printers - includes software for creating custom color profiles using Adobe Camera Raw (CS2 or higher)
Whats in the Package:
- DKC-Pro card 5" x 7"
- Quick-start guide 3-fold card
- Resource CD with additional guides and color profile software

The color patches are now 100% coated with our new n-Chrome process. This new system has allowed us to achieve a much higher level of color saturation, luminance, and accuracy, while eliminating metamerism.
The new DKC-Pro will provide photographers with all of the color, white balance, and exposure tools they need in a compact and economical package, and now with a new, unprecedented level of color accuracy and color fidelity.

The DKC-Pro card is a 5" x 7" color chart (chip chart for those in video and film) with 18 color patches on one side and a large 18% gray color chip on the reverse. We have build a lot of features into this one little card, including:
--- One the front side, there are 18 scientifically prepared color patches that represent the primary colors, process colors, and natural colors such as human skin, sky, flowers, fruit, and foliage. These color patches (chips) are 100% n-Chrome coated. The card creates an objective reference you can use in the studio or in your post-production work to compare and analyze any color differences or errors that may have occurred. In this way you can be assured of perfect digital colors every time from capture to display to print.
--- The DKC-Pro can also be used as an 18% gray target for digital, film, and video white balance. The card includes a large calibrated 18% gray target for accurate and uniform white balance under all lighting conditions. Our new n-Chrome coated 18% gray chips are the most accurate available.
--- The DKC-Pro has a 6-step grayscale that can be used to adjust and control for proper exposure using the histogram function of DSLR's and HD video cameras.
--- When used with color profiling software (free download) and Adobe Camera Raw, the DKC-Pro can be used to create individualized precision camera profiles and insure optimum color reproduction for critical applications.
For more information, please visit this products webpage.
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4000 fans winner!

I know I was going to wait until Monday, but I just couldn't help myself!

The winner of the MKP 4000 fan giveaway is........................
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Tammy from GlitterBird Photography

What did you win?
A mentoring session with yours truly :) and Bows by Mia has been generous enough to also donate a $15 Gift Certificate to her store!

Tammy please use the contact tab over on the left to contact me and claim your prizes, congratulations Tammy.
Thank you to everyone that participated and for everyone that is a fan - you are awesome!
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Creech {family} | Killeen family photographer

You should know this family well by now if you've been following my blog for a while :)
In the past year (almost) I have photographed their maternity, newborn, and 6 month milestones - I must say they are some of my favorite people and clients that I am lucky to call friends. I am sad I won't see their family for the next year but I look forward to keeping in touch and seeing them when they get back. Best of luck Creech family! You will be missed.


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Cutest Kid Contest 2011







































Send your entries to morgan@morgankervin.com
MKPCKC2011 is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
Participant is providing information to Morgan Kervin Photography and not to Facebook.
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Melanie {maternity} | Killeen maternity photographer

















A little preview of the beautiful momma-to-be I got the chance to photograph today. Congratulations and I am so excited to meet your little diva daughter next month :)
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4000 fans! -CLOSED

ENTRY CLOSED
Have you ever wanted to have just a few hours with me one on one to ask questions?
Have you wanted and promised yourself you would learn how to use your camera in manual mode...but just haven't gotten around to it yet?
Have you told yourself that one day you'll learn what adjustment layers, levels, curves and all the other many many tools there are in Photoshop do?
Well here is your chance! As a big hoo-rah for reaching 4000 fans (very soon) I am giving away 2 mentoring sessions, how awesome is that?!
One will be given to the person that refers to most new fans to Morgan Kervin Photography the second person will be a random fan chosen from the blog here 
(must be a fan of MKP).

So what do you have to do to win?
If you're already a fan of MKP then all you have to do is leave a comment here on this blog post saying why you want to win and which mentoring you're interested in :)

What mentoring is available?
Rockin' your Camera (must live or be willing to travel to Killeen, Texas)
Rockin' Photoshop (available to anyone with access to Skype, which is free)

You will have ONE week to comment why you want to win, with the entry period ending Friday May 20 at 11:59 CST. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and announced May 23.
One entry per person please


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OpLove {May} | Killeen military photographer

If you haven't heard of OpLove it is a great organization that partners photographers and family of deployed military members. On Mother's Day I met with Mrs. M and her beautiful kiddos to take pictures to be sent to her deployed husband. I excited to send over a little piece of home to Mr. M
The photos and other content of this publication do not constitute or imply any endorsement or recommendation by the Department of Defense.
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Luisa {senior} | Killeen senior photographer

I met Luisa almost a year ago when she modeled for a workshop that I was hosting, I really enjoyed working with her then and enjoyed it even more this time around for her senior portraits. Here is a little sneak peek into our morning.


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Showcasing a fighter! {Jayden}

 Once upon a time there was a beautiful woman expecting her first child, a son who would be named Jayden. Everything seemed fine until Jayden was about 6 months old and his pediatrician heard a loud heart murmur. Jayden was referred to a cardiologist that discovered he had a large hole in his heart-what is called an atrial septal defect.  Most kids with ASD don't develop as quickly, but Jayden did which is why is his cardiologist opted to wait until he was a little older to have his procedure.  When he turned 6, his Doctor decided to schedule what's called a cath procedure to have a catheter put on his his heart to kind of hold it in place, which is done by going through the leg attaching it to the heart.  On June 24, 2010 Jayden and his family went to Cook Children's Hospital in Ft. Worth to have his procedure done, but there were complications, the surgeon determined that his hole was way too big for the catheter and the walls around the hole were too weak to hold it.  Sadly, open heart surgery was scheduled for the next morning and Jayden was in surgery for several hours.  What was meant to be a one night stay in the hospital turned into a week long stay and a 6 week recovery.  For six weeks, he couldn't lift his arms because of his ribs being broken in order to get to his heart...which for a 6 year old was almost impossible.  This meant that he couldn't throw a ball, couldn't play his Wii, couldn't catch, had to wear a pillow between his chest and a seat belt, no swimming, even no hugging!  He was very restricted to what he could do.  He had to be on medications around the clock.  About a week after being home, he was hospitalized again because he began to developed fluid around his heart and Jayden battled with the fluid for another month after surgery.  Finally, he was put on steroids and the fluid finally drained.  Almost a year later, Jayden has been 100% cleared to do all activities he'll always have to be seen by a cardiologist, but he is healthy!  Thank God!! 



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Spencer {newborn} | Killeen newborn photographer

No words needed for this beautiful family.
Thank you for letting me meet Spencer aka PGA tour winner 2029!

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