BLUSH + GRAY PHOTOSHOP ACTION

I had a photo outing a few months ago with a guy I met on Craigslist*.  If that doesn’t sound like a missing person’s story ready to happen I don’t know what does.  How about if I told you that we went into secluded woods to shoot and it wasn’t just me but eight other guys, me being the only female shooter?  I know sounds creepier by the second right?  Fortunately, there were two models and the creep factor was non-existent.  The day was an adventure and although I thought it was going to be more of a workshop/outdoor classroom type day (it wasn’t), it was still a great experience. Prior I was taught to never shoot during high noon (especially a portrait)  but we shot in all kinds of light from dark, shady and dramatic to the brain melting hot sun. I am just now getting around to starting my edits.  I probably would have left these shots on my hard drive for eternity but I was making myself some black and white actions and thought why not a blush and warm gray?  I knew that I had a photo from this shoot that I wanted to try it out on. I think this image looks like it should be on an album cover.  I created the Blush + Gray action for download here, (It’s in a folder so click on the folder when you are in the actions palette and it will drop down to the action) it works best on lighter images with blown out highlights (that is if you want lots of creamy blush tones). Here’s a couple other photos from the shoot  here and here. Let me know if you have any questions or problems with the action, I am happy to help if I can (sometimes I may just add to your frustration instead of alleviating it).
*Please note, the guy is a professional photographer/teacher, but it sounds so much better for the story that he was just some guy.

**The action has been updated 8.31.11 and should work perfectly now.

DANA TANAMACHI| CHALK LETTERING

Just when you think the internet has served up all the inspiration you’ll get for one lifetime along comes Dana.  I was looking up messy chalkboard textures, because I am quite taken with the color of an erased chalkboard (aren’t you?) and I find the gifted Dana Tanamachi.  For someone so young, she is quote accomplished and if this is the beginning of her career I can only imagine what creative summits she will scale.  I believe in editorial parlance Miss Tanamachi would be considered ‘one to watch’.  I would love to one day see her installations in person, I am positive they would be even more impressive than they appear on my little computer screen. You can visit more of her portfolio here.

DARLING

This image is so incredibly darling I think I will faint.  I can’t give you the photographers name, but I would love to if I could (if you know please pipe up). It is so sweet and I think all Monday’s should be as sweet as this photo.

I have been working tirelessly on my product shots for the shop launch. I’m not very good at it.  I really should have used my lights and not relied so much on natural light.  It’s hard to get consistent natural light, it’s not just a matter of the same time each day, because light really changes from day to day.  These are some of the things I have learned the hard way.  I will have a few Photoshop actions I created for download hopefully this week that have saved me from ripping all my hair out. If anyone has any tips on getting consistent product shots I am all ears. This has definitely been a huge learning curve for me.  I am shaking in my ballerina flats to see how I am ever going to pull off shooting the jewelry that will be in the shop.  Jewelry?  Yes, jewelry, the real stuff, the kind you want to wear every day and never take off.  Once I have everything in the shop it might make more sense why this launch has taken so long. I don’t plan to launch all the products at once either. Let’s just say that I will be offering a few of my favorite things. So what are you waiting for?  Sign up to be the first one on your block to know when I open my virtual doors for business…

CLEAN PEACE

I don’t think it would come as a surprise to anyone reading this blog that I am a neat-freak.  I like things airy, bright and clean, very clean. If you were to open my closet door you would see rows upon rows of color coordinated shoes lined up like little soldiers, every shoe exactly half an inch apart from its neighbor. I clean everyday, but please take into consideration my flat is the size of a postage stamp so it is both easy to keep tidy and on the reverse side just as easy for my Fancy to mess up. I make a lot of my own cleaning products not because it’s the green thing to do, but it’s how my family has been obsessively cleaning for generations.  You would be amazed at the power of lemon, baking soda and vinegar.  With the same passion I reserve for my cleaning I also have an equal  adoration for pretty packaging.  Clean Peace thoughtfully has packed two of my favorite things together.  Please note, if I had an unlimited budget I would happily hand my cleaning duties off to a professional, but of course I might have to let them know the shoes were placed a quarter inch too close to each other but I could live with that.

PARIS POSTMARK DOWNLOAD @ YELLOW BRICK HOME

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to create a guest post for the delightful Yellow Brick Home.  I gratefully accepted and of course I immediately went into a tail spin.  I have been asked to do a guest post before from one of my favorite blogs, no less, what did I do?  I promptly forgot.  Forgot?! I don’t know how that was possible, but in my excited state I lost track of time and responsibility. I have hung my head in shame ever since. So, when Kim asked me to write a guest post I was on it.  To a degree that I am sure she only wishes she hadn’t asked me.  
The YBH is filled with creative home projects and plenty of cute animal photos, so I was truly at a loss of what I could contribute being that my flat looks like we just moved in, (since I am a pro-level procrastinator) and it looked like they were set in the fur baby department.  I know that Kim + Scott love vintage so I pulled out some of my Paris postcards and created these Photoshop stamps (brushes) to download.  I also included the texture of the postcard and all the files with transparent backgrounds (.pngs) so you can even use them in Word.  I have you covered (and me).  Now go over there and say hello and get your download on.
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