Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Adding Bokeh to Backgrounds

It's early March here in Michigan and we just got another
punch of winter...a foot of snow!  I took advantage by scheduling
some snow shoots.
If you're editing your winter photos and want to add a bit
of extra sparkle...try adding white bokeh!
See it in the backgrounds of these photos?

I challenged myself to photograph beautiful Meghan at the
height of heavy snowfall.
It was CRAZY!  Her face was wet with mascara crying down her cheeks,
her hair, coat and hat were immediately sopping wet.
My camera was in a plastic bag making it pesky to work the buttons,
but all the chaos was WORTH IT!
I added some white bokeh during editing and I think the bokeh gives
winter photos a twinkly pop!

White bokeh looks wintery!
I photographed my own white bokeh in my studio and am
now selling a set of 4 exclusive white bokeh overlays in my
These were created by photographing real lights, so they look
realistic in photos.  They are not computer or photoshop generated.
The collection includes four high resolution jpgs that you simply
FILE>PLACE over your photo in any editing program that supports
the use of layers.  SCREEN blend mode.  Lower opacity to taste,
Mask or erase off subject or where you don't want the bokeh.


I also use the white bokeh overlays in all other seasons,
but I especially love them in winter.
Enjoy these!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Digital Birthday Props

In my portrait photography business, I shoot many birthday sessions.
I work hard to create magic for each birthday child in every season.
But the props like cakes, balloons, etc. are very expensive and
take time and effort to gather.
That's why I created my Birthday Goodies PNG Overlays.
I actually bought and photographed real balloons in my studio
so the PNGs would look real in the photos.  They are not drawings or vectors.
I use these in my own portrait photography business and am
now selling them in my Etsy Shop for anyone to use! 
The balloons come in various colors
and I have a balloon bouquet.
I bought wonderful glassware from thrift shops, glued them together,
and spray painted them into pedestal cake stands.
I used them to photograph birthday cakes and made them
into PNGs. This means the background is transparent, so, like the balloons, they are
ready to instantly add to your photo.
I even photographed cupcakes!

And, what goes on the cakes? 
Yes, I photographed every kind of birthday candle with a lit flame,
and made them into individual PNGs.
My candle collection is my favorite because I never need to
purchase candles or have young children around lit flames!
I always have the ages and candles I need.
I also photographed some of my fun birthday props like colorful rugs.

And, I have used this wonderful girly lamp in MANY photo shoots!

I also sell birthday backgrounds so all you need to do is add your child!
My birthday PNG props can be quickly added in any
editing program that supports the use of layers.
Simply FILE and PLACE over your photo, use MOVE tool to
position and size the PNG.  Mask or erase off areas where needed.
Upon purchase of the backgrounds, you will receive a link
to my video tutorial showing you how to add your child and match tones.
Ease up on the stress and create magical birthday portraits
the fun and easy way!
To visit my Etsy Birthday Goodies Gallery:
I hope you enjoy these goodies as much as I have!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Bird Composites

I think winter bird photos are extra special because of snow!
But the chances of capturing a colorful bird on a beautiful tree
especially in winter are nil.  That's why I composite winter bird photos
and turn them into fine art that I sell below to hang on your wall.
Here is my original photo of the bluebird.  I love this, but the blue
berries in the photo above look even prettier.
First, I hiked through Dow Gardens which has a large variety of
trees and plants.  I looked at all the branches for interesting bird backgrounds.
I LOVED the red berries in this tree, so I photographed them as
Then I hiked at our county recreation area and photographed
the red cardinal.  I composited the bird into the background.
  Looks so nice with the red berries!
The recreation area has a grouping of bird feeders where it is
easy to capture many colorful birds while feeding.
I find it much easier to photograph birds by feeders where you get a nice variety,
and they are still for a bit while feeding.
Then you can composite them into a new background.
Notice the bottom of the tail is missing from this red-bellied woodpecker in this shot. 
I simply positioned the bird to mask that behind a leaf.
Whenever you're out with your camera in the winter, look
for pretty and interesting backgrounds for birds.
Get in close and photograph single branches with a narrow depth of field.
(the bigger the aperture...the narrower the depth of field.)
I also added my white bokeh to the background from the white bokeh
 collection I sell here in my Etsy Shop.
Blue jay  

Female Cardinal

Female Cardinal

Red Cardinal in holly bush...looks like a Christmas card!

Mourning Dove


Robin the harbinger of spring.
These fine art bird photographs are for sale in my Fine Art Gallery!
But, you can create them yourself through compositing!

Michigan's Glorious Winter Birds

My fine art photographs of Michigan's glorious winter birds
are up for sale in prints, framed art, canvas, greeting cards,
pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains, phone cases and more!

Blue Jay

Red Cardinal


Female Cardinal

Female Cardinal

Male Cardinal in a holly bush makes a great Christmas card!

Mourning Dove

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Gold Finch
To learn how I created my bird fine art:  Click here