Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pixel Perfect Before/After

Here is the before. A nice enough shot of my kids, but kind of blah.

After: In PSE 6, I used MCP actions vivid color finder brush (love this!) and popped the background a bit. Then I used a warming action followed by a little bit of softening. I added a plain WM and that's it.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

People who make our lives so much better

We love our au pair! Feliz is from Thailand and has been with us since February. Seriously? I don't know what I will do without her, she makes life run so much more smoothly for us. For those of us who are Moms, we know how valuable that is!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I'm Contest Happy Today

This is for the Paper Mama photo challenge. The theme is black and white. I took this pic of my kids standing under a bridge and caught this moment as the train went overhead. Love it!

The Paper Mama

iheartfaces photo challenge

The photo challenge of the week at iheartfaces is PINK, in honor of breast cancer awareness. I automatically thought of this fun shot of Evelyn at the tulip festival last spring

Friday, October 22, 2010

Preview For the Hilen Fam

Here you are Lily! Just a few (there are tons more to come...) Oh, I can't for the life of me get the blog pics to look as good as they look on photoshop, so they really look much better than this:)
I love this one. So sweet!And oh, I love this. Wilder is the cutest thing!

And Hudson? Cracked me up!

Here are two versions of the same shot. Thought is was unique. Much like this family!

Hudson being goofy again.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Little Lady

I drove by a building the other day and couldn't wait to get back there to snap some pics! Then Evelyn got this adorable little ladybug outfit and I just had to get some pics of her in it. So I seized the opportunity yesterday afternoon and I am in love with these!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Check this giveaway out!

Amy McMaster photography blog is having an amazing contest. I love her actions and this is an amazing chance to win everything! During the contest, she is offering 20% actions too. Click here to check it out!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Decided to enter the Simplicity photo challenge with the theme "light".
This was 6 pm and the sun was starting to slowly go down. I love the way the natural light really just makes this shot.href="" target="_blank">

Monday, October 11, 2010

Finally! Feliz photos are up!

Wow. I was so good about keeping up with this at first...
Life goes on. Sometimes blogging isn't my first priority. I have been meaning to get some pics up of a practice session I did with Feliz, our amazing au pair from Thailand. We absolutely love her and she enriches our lives in so many ways. She is also extremely beautiful, so taking these was pretty easy. I don't think the quality here looks as good on the blog as they do in Photoshop. I've got to figure that one out. Sharpening didn't seem to help, just made them grainy. Hmmm...


I think this is my favorite one of the shoot.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Before and After

I took our Au Pair, Feliz, out for a photo shoot last weekend (more pics to come). She is so beautiful, it was pretty easy! They all turned out gorgeous. In this shot, I just did some cropping, popped the color, and softened it a bit. I think it looks kind of dreamy. Love it!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fix it Friday

This is a photo that I didn't take, I am just given permission to edit it from in order to participate. I thought it might be fun to see what kind of edit I could come up with!

My Edit:

Here is what I did using PSE 6
I actually used a couple of actions here. 1st I used PW "Bring out the eyes" action to make the eyes pop. I then I used Coffeshop action "urban grit" to add some texture and contrast on the sidewalk and a few other areas. After that I added a bit of purplish tint, then lightened a bit. That's it.