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Thursday April 28, 2011

{ Photoshop Actions | Here Comes the Sun! | A Styled Family Session }

Photoshop Actions Free Sun Flare Tutorial

I know … it’s crazy. Another session with the Manning family so soon already? We had so much fun a couple weeks ago that we headed out again for more (okay, maybe I had most of the fun, but if they dig down deep the rest of the family would admit it wasn’t all that bad for them either). My five year old, Adeline, played stylist with me as I let her pick some of the props and session ideas.

The light was glorious and one of our first sunny days we’ve had here in our little rainy Oregon town in many months. I was able to use one of my favorite go to actions again, Pop My Flare! from the Fresh set. For Elements users lusting after this action, look for the upcoming Fresh Wonderland II set which will give PSE users all the actions they’ve been missing out on from the Fresh and Wonderland sets. I also used a good heaping of Picture Perfect with a little Moxie and Coffee House mixed in. So much fun! I’ll be posting some recipes and tips from both this session and the last family session in the coming week … possibly even a video tutorial and tips on sun flare!

I have SO many photos from this shoot, but I didn’t want to bombard everyone with a photo overload. So, look for the second part of this post to be up this weekend with the other half of this session’s photos. For the photographers out there interested, these were taken with a Nikon D700 and either my Nikon 35mm 1.4G lens or my 85mm 1.4G. Most were taken at f1.4, with the exception of a couple family shots at f2.5.

PSE Actions Sun Flare Color Pop Children

Adeline adores this old Argus of mine and picks it to play with almost every time we go out … so, yes, it’s a little overused in our pictures but she loves it!

Elements Actions Vintage Color Pop

My happy little Junebug.

Photoshop Actions PSE Babies Photos Portraits

And, can you believe it, yet another photo with me in it! I think I’ve been in more of our family photos this past few weeks than I have in all the past five years combined. I’m rather proud that we were able to get these done since my remote has been broken (and I keep forgetting to replace it) and all these photos with lil’ ol’ me in them were done with the old self timer, tripod and SCRAMBLE method. LOL!

Photoshop Actions Family Photography Vintage Session
Photoshop Actions Textures Vintage Family Photos
PSE Actions Photoshop Family Photographer
Photoshop Actions Children Outdoor Photography Sun

Me (again – gasp!), the Bee and the Bug. Not too easy to capture with a tripod and getting that sun flare just right!! Ha!

PSE Actions Photoshop Sun Flare Color Pop

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0 thoughts on “{ Photoshop Actions | Here Comes the Sun! | A Styled Family Session }

  1. Crystal Francisco says:

    Soooooo Beautiful ! ???

  2. Jennifer Warmbrodt says:

    Annie, these are so beautiful! What a precious little family you have! Love the one with all of you looking at your little one :)

  3. Crystal Francisco says:

    Those were saposed to be hearts

  4. I just want to tell you how much I LOVE your family pictures! I live in small Chubbuck, ID! and finding a photographer is a mess here. I love taking pictures! You really inspired me to try and take our pictures. I am looking into buying a lens, would you tell me what lens is better between these three: 70-300mm, 50 mm f/1.4 or 18-200mm?

    Thank you so much!
    Analia

  5. I just want to tell you how much I LOVE your family pictures! I live in small Chubbuck, ID! and finding a photographer is a mess here. I love taking pictures! You really inspired me to try and take our pictures. I am looking into buying a lens, would you tell me what lens is better between these three: 70-300mm, 50 mm f/1.4 or 18-200mm?

    By the way, your girls are beautiful! I have two girls too!

    Thank you so much!
    Analia

  6. LOOOOVE these! So do you do a wardrobe change while out there? Gosh I wish I could get my family pics this good! I did do one with a remote on Easter, I’ll have to upload it on your page, I think you’d be proud! :D Can’t wait to see your recipes!

  7. Julie Carrow says:

    Oh Annie….the photos ARE BEAUTIFUL love love love love them!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing! My favorite is you all looking at Miss E

  8. Awww so pretty!! Love this!!

  9. Annie:
    Not only are these beautiful, but I’m so impressed that you were able to scramble around in those adorable shoes, skip over the dog and the apples without tripping, pick up the baby and look so relaxed in that family shot! You are amazing!

  10. Love them, Annie!! I LOVE your polka dot platforms :)

  11. Daisyplusthree says:

    Love all of these! You are all too adorable!!

  12. Jennifer Strom says:

    I adore these!! You guys are beautiful! Great shots!! You are talented!! <3

  13. With a tripod? You are some kind of photographer genious! Incredible.

  14. Okay…you have insired me yet again! I NEED to get some family photos done with me in them! Lol! They are absolutely fabulous. Gorgeous gorgeous GORGEOUS!

  15. jennifer leigh says:

    Amazing!!!!

  16. OH… WOW!!!! Beyond stunning! Miss A picked well :D I have no idea how to get myself into an image and have it focus right, ugh! YOU did amazing!!!!!!! Flare and everything!!!

  17. I just went through again and noticed the “possiblity” of a tutorial on sunflare… PLEASE DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been angst over capturing that for over a year and can’t seem to get it right :(

  18. Gorgeous pictures! You have the most beautiful family. I love the black and white of daddy and baby.

  19. Ivonne Brown says:

    OH my gosh Annie…I’m drooling over here…your pictures are GORGEOUS!!! LOVE IT!

  20. OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH!! I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE these Annie!!! Sooooo stinkin cute! I have those same wood and wire basket/boxes too!! hehe…xoxo

  21. You are soo gorgeous Annie! No wonder your little girls are as cute as they are with parents like you two! We really need to have a family session to get some photos of my crew!

  22. Just Beautiful captures of your gorgeous family, such an inspiration to keep learning and try new things in photography! I am so thankful to my girlfriend who suggested I take a look at your page in the first place…..

  23. love love love! Your little family is beautiful :) I love the one of the four of you each holding an apple and the b&w kiss :)

  24. Love Love Love this photos!!! The sun light is amazingly beautiful!

  25. I LOVE your polkadot shoes and your vintage camera! Lovely photos and family!

  26. aww, these are so beautiful!! such a gorgeous family!

  27. wow!! Just BEAUTIFUL! Love, Love, Love these!

  28. These are all so beautiful! How on earth do you get your oldest daughter to cooperate? I have tried just about everything I can think of, especially bribes. It doesn’t seem to work. I love the last one of your youngest with just a peep of your shoes;)

  29. These are great! Such a beautiful family.

  30. Jessica Lawson says:

    Love the country flare! the vivid warm tones are excellent! Lovely photos Annie. You even got the dog ;D

  31. your husband is terribly photogenic aswell…. it’s nice that he like to be a part of the photos:)

  32. Oh, the one with Scott kissing Eliza June. swoon…..

  33. Wow!!! My favorite session ever! <3

  34. Beautiful. Sunrise, sunset or what time od day? I would love to know. The light is BEAUTIFUL(and so is your family)

  35. Please, NEVER apologize for sharing your family images. They are filled with such love and joy…always bringing a smile to my face, as I am sure to everyone else’s as well. Thank you so much!
    Kindest regards,
    Judy Thompson

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