Eileen Earnest Photography: Blog https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Eileen Earnest Photography eileenearnestphoto@gmail.com (Eileen Earnest Photography) Sat, 02 Nov 2013 17:54:00 GMT Sat, 02 Nov 2013 17:54:00 GMT https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u1072042366-o279619105-50.jpg Eileen Earnest Photography: Blog https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog 120 90 Happy Halloween https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/happy-halloween 2013... our first stateside halloween since 2008.  The kids were so excited!  Unfortunately, my oldest, who may not be at this much longer, was sick all week.   But for Zach, my little guy, this was a night of nights!  And then I started thinking about all the little newborns I've met this year.  This is their year of firsts.... first halloween, first Thanksgiving, first Hanukkah or Christmas.  So many new and exciting things for them to discover in these next few months.  And not only for them, but for their parents. The way I saw , felt, experienced holidays was infinitely changed after my daughter was born. 

So maybe it seems odd to be so sentimental on Halloween.  I think it's this time of year upon us... the "Thankful" season.  Maybe it's having been abroad for these past few years and rediscovering everything like it's the first time again.  Whatever the reason, my wish for you and yours is that you savor all the firsts, all the little moments in the coming months. You'll never get these little milestones back and you'll be forever changed having been a part of them.  Happy Halloween!

 

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Kallie https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/kallie Precious little Kallie!  So I promised adorable newborns ahead in the last post and as you can see I was *not* exaggerating!!  She was a tiny little peanut!  Born 5 weeks early, but a strong one for sure!  She came in at 4 weeks old, so still a week before her original due date.  It was a pleasure to meet her mom and her grandparents!! I say it all the time, but I just love always getting to meet and chat with new people and this is certainly the perfect job to get to do just that! 

I thought I would share a few more images from our session :)  Look at her perfect little nose!!  A shimmery angel! 

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I'll admit she was a tad more interested in whatever mom and I doing, than sleeping, but she did fall off eventually and we got these perfect little memories of her snoozing peacefully!  I love these photo sessions because the images that result are such a sweet record for mom and dad.  In a few short months, your child is awake more than asleep. This sleepy, snuggly, melt-in-to-you time is so fleeting. I hope I get to see this little one again, and I am very grateful to Chris Rager for the referral!  I think it's awesome that someone living in Abu Dhabi is sending Maryland clients my way from all the way over there.  Chris definitely gets the top referral guy award!  Thank you, I really appreciate it!! 

 

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Melanie https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/melanie Shame on me! So behind on the blog!!  I would be absolutely remiss to not share the beautiful Mel, a high school senior about to head out into the "real world"!  I have no doubt this kind, funny and smart young woman will go far, far, far!!!  I met Mel and her family years ago so it's pretty special to me that I got to shoot her senior portraits.  We photographed on their family farm... such a fantastic setting... they should probably be ready and willing for me to randomly show up with other clients because their property ROCKS for a photo session!!  On top of the barn, the pastures, the ponies, we had some incredible light.  The sun was setting and the warm glow just washed over all our images!! 

One of my favorites from the session! Mel and her sister! 

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Mel wanted her first "car" to be a truck. But not a brand-new truck... a proper retro farm truck.  They found exactly what they were looking for one day driving down the road, stopped, called and a few days later she had her dream vehicle!!  I have to say, I do love modern technology... my GPS and my bluetooth are non-negotiable, but this truck is pretty fantastic.  My own daughter now also thinks she needs one! (Thank goodness we have 4 years to go to cross that bridge!) 

 

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She's just such a beautiful girl, inside and out!  I was honored to be a small part in this time of her life! 

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Thanks for checking in with me!  Until next time (be forewarned... some ridiculously adorable newborns coming up soon!)!! Take care! 

~E

 

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Deanna https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/deanna Miss Deanna's gallery has been sent off to Mom and Dad and it's time to feature her on the blog!! What a sweet girl, and such AAAMMMAAAZZZIIINNNGGG skin!  To be honest, I am a little jealous myself, haha! 

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I have to say I was a *tad* nervous before she and mom arrived, because at 3 weeks already, she was my oldest baby so far.  But it was all for nothing!  Once she fell asleep, it was full speed ahead! 

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Never too early to start with the shimmer... Mom works at a diamond center so I have a feeling Deanna will be no stranger to bling!!  

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Deanna's was my first session where I needed mom to assist.  My own mother was nearby the studio and she said it sounded like two old friends were in there laughing away!  I have had the most lovely moms (and Dads!) anyone could ask for, especially just starting out with the newborns, and Nichole was no exception.  Thank you Nichole, it was wonderful to meet you and you made my morning so much fun!  

 

So much fun stuff on the horizon!  The casting call ends May 15th but I am still waiting on several little models to make their debut!  Can't wait to meet each of them!!  And so, so excited to photograph an athletic series and a senior session later this week.  Four shoots in the next 7 days... if you need me I will be lost in editing!!  With the warmer weather upon us, I am booking up fast for outdoor sessions!  So much to look forward to!  Until next time... 

 

 

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1000 Likes and Mr. Blake! https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/1000-likes-and-mr-blake So whoohooo my Facebook business page has hit 1000 likes!  It's only fitting that little Blake be included in this post because my "likes" increased the absolute most in the shortest time they ever have when I posted him in his little plaid tie.  Apparently people *really* love squishy little babies in ties and I do believe Mr. Blake pulled off the look like none other!  

I can't remember how long after I started the website that I opened the Facebook page... a month or two maybe.  What I can remember is looking at other photographer's pages that I follow and thinking... I will never, ever have that many page followers myself!  I am pretty sure my first 50 likes shared some amount DNA with me, ha!  I've said it before a million times but this journey has been such an amazing and life changing experience. I was probably in way over my head when I started but the surface is finally in view! 1000 likes to me... it is huge.  It's an honor to get to capture and document important moments in other people's... strangers!... lives.  And to have this numerical evidence that I'm working in the right direction is really encouraging.  I am excited to host the giveaway to thank everyone who has supported me the last 17 months!!  And after this, the sky is the limit!! 

Enough about all that and on to the cuteness!  

Jr. Executive of Preppy-ness taking a break! 

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I do believe his eyes are smiling too!  Love that little face =) 

Ok, normally I would *never* take a photo with the pacifier in... BUT we are in Raven's Nation and clearly this little guy is a Raven's fan already!! 

Blake was such a chill little man! His photo session was a piece of cake and not only was it great to work with Blake but I also had my first opportunity to collaborate with fellow photographer Lisie Veloso.  She was invaluable at this shoot!  I LOVE to get to know and work with other photographers... we all have a different perspective and it's really cool to share with and learn from other people who love this profession as well! 

Until next time!!  (Hint... lots of ssshhhiimmmerrr coming to you next week!) 

 

Also... just to remind everyone, the casting call is coming to an end on May 15th.  If you know of any moms that are due in the next 3 weeks, please share the casting call information with them! 

 

 

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Perry https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/perry Well Easter has passed and things are settling down!  This was our first major holiday in the USA since 2009 and it was great to be with family.  But before all the peeps and bunnies were consumed, I finished up the gallery for Mr. Perry, a very handsome little peanut!  (Good thing too, because editing in a chocolate coma can be very risky!!!) 

 

Here are some extra peeks at our session!  Dad definitely had the magic touch this day as you can see.  I love a smile that lights up a face... Perry has a fantastic little grin!!  

 

The little guy perfectly content and soundly sleeping! 

 

Throwing this one in because as much as I love color and creamy newborn skin, I do so love black and whites of the babes... it's simple and pure, just like they are! 
Perry and his parents were a joy to meet and have in the studio!  It's the best job to get to meet people at the dawn of such a major life change... all of the hope and possibility, & the birth of a previously unimaginable bond... it's amazing!!  I can't wait for my next little client to arrive!  I am still looking for babies born this month and early May to include in the modeling sessions. Click here for more details. 

 

 

 

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Juliana https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/juliana Meet precious little Juliana!  She came to the studio at 8 days old with her super cute big brother, Jackson! I immediately converted this to black and white when I imported it because usually I favor b&w's with such a sweet simple image.  However, once I saw their little faces together in color I fell in love!  

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Just a perfect symbol of the love and support she's been born into :) 

 

 

And a couple outtakes from the session which ended up being some of my personal faves!  Jackson was waiting for his lil sister to settle so I snapped a few of him on the backdrop!  Such a great smile!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last photo is of mom holding Juliana... at the very.very.very end of our nearly four and a half hours together (these guys were seriously troopers!). I said we were finished but then I saw that little face looking so content in mom's arms... I had to get *one* more!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Opening and Other Little (very, very little) Things! https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/grand-opening-photo-studio This week saw some really exciting changes!  To start, we finished work on my studio.  I had a studio in Abu Dhabi but it was roving to say the least... first a guest room converted, then I cleared out and took over my dining room and by the end I was shooting in my living room.  My family truly needed to look before they sat!! What was I doing with all those moves?  Searching for the light... In Abu I just didn't have anywhere to shoot without studio equipment. I longed for a big bright space that allowed me the *choice* between natural and electric.

 

So I didn't get BIG but I definitely got BRIGHT!  It's a great space and I can't wait to welcome many clients to enjoy it with me.   

 

My husband John did a lot of the heavy lifting... this used to be our formal living room, filled with dark, heavy furniture. I didn't even see it as a candidate for a natural light space because it always seemed so dark in there to me.  John was able to transform the room right before my eyes.   He is seriously amazing and my best supporter. 

We finished it on Monday night, and the first client came on Tuesday morning... it was like at the end of Trading Spaces when the people run around insanely as the other couple is walking through the door! Exhausting but worth it!

I am so so so grateful to have a this permanent, cozy space, that sometimes I have to pinch myself when I walk past it!  I am thinking of having a grand opening party soon to celebrate!!  My dream is to one day have a space that could hold art shows for other local artists and be a cool place to gather as well as a photography studio.  This is the first baby step towards making that dream a reality.  

 

And *speaking* of babies!!! Until this week I have not had a client under one year old.  Mr. Jackson was my very first newbie customer and I loved every minute of it! At just 9 days new to this world, he was just a little peanut and a bundle of joy.

I've always been partial to b&w photos so it's no wonder that these two with Jackson and his dad are some of my favorite from the session. 

 I love that beautiful toothless baby smile!! 

And one more of the little guy:

For a few more sneak peeks, you can visit my Eileen Earnest Photography Facebook page.

Later in the week, I was visited by the Adkin's family with their precious 8 day old Juliana & 3 year old son, Jackson! I had a wonderful time getting to know this great family~ after our session together I felt like they were friends rather than strangers.  I'm starting work on their gallery today, I can't wait to see all the pinkkk!!!  

All in all, it was a great first week in business here at home in Maryland!  I am so grateful for all the support, encouragement and just plain amazingness of the people in my life, both virtual and physical.  My dream is coming true because you've all convinced me to believe it can <3 

 

 

 

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Fresh McKenzie Winter Fest Benefit for Ava Sophia Daniels https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/fresh-mckenzie-winter-fest-benefit-for-ava-sophia-daniels Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking part in a fantastic Winter Fest at Fresh McKenzie farm!  There was so much to do for kids and adults alike... bouncy castle, pony rides, carnival throwing games, plus helicopter rides and a massive bonfire!!  The blue grass band playing sounded awesome and the food was delicious!!  But the best part of the day was not what you could do but who you were doing it for.  Ava Sophia Daniels is a 5 year old little girl who has been battling cancer since she was two.  I have not had the honor of meeting Miss Ava, nor do I know her family, but she and her warrior spirit have clearly struck a chord with this community.  Kudos to John and Stacey McKenzie for opening their farm and their hearts to this little girl with the great smile... I was so pleased to take in the atmosphere and document some of the happenings.  I will pass on the majority of the photos to the organizers but I wanted to share a few of my personal favorite bits of the day!  I can't wait to go back to the farm and take my own children!  (FYI the McKenzie's have an Easter Egg Hunt coming up in March~ check their website as it gets closer for more details!)

 

 

 

 

 

Can you say ridiculously adorable?  And tolerant... these ponies were poked at all day and barely heard a neigh out of them!! 

 

Abby bonding with Pete, one of the very patient ponies of Patti's Pet Parade!  

All of the ponies giving rides yesterday worked hard for their supper & I have many photos of smiling kiddos as a result! Abby had a blast helping out. We were both so appreciative to have a tiny role in such an important day... the weather was cold but our hearts were warm.  

 

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Photoshop Faux Pas https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/photoshop-faux-pas I am about to show you my early work in Photoshop.... now, be nice! Ok, and maybe put on sunglasses cos I blew these images right out!!!  Yikes!  Why highlight (hehe no pun intended!) my bad work?  I believe there's a huge benefit, not only for me to see my own progression, but for anyone who was like me, just learning PS, getting all jiggy with the sliders, to see just because you *can* doesn't mean you *should*!!!

So it all started when I read a blog post by the lovely Melissa Beattie about looking back though your images and finding lost treasures.  I thought, "Hey I should do that!" I have no one to photograph since I haven't re-opened business yet, and this will be a fab way to calm my 'I-have-to-shoot-something-soon' jitters.  What I found, however, was less lost treasures and more quite a few really, really bad edits.  When I was a hobby photographer, photographing my kiddos and family friends, I hardly ever left Lightroom.  Once I started photographing actual clients, I knew it was time to learn the beast... and so I have self taught/ learned loads from CreativeLIVE & various online tutorials, how to use Photoshop.  Although I do have a love affair with LR, I have to say learning PS is like being a kid in a candy store!! So many options and creative elements... a girl could just go crazy.  But, like too much candy can cause cavities, too much PS can ruin a photograph.  I see it all over Facebook each day... and I see it all over my own early work. 

As I looked though my library, I found two glaring examples of over editing... and THANK GOD both were in my personal project collection!  I should give a shout out to shooting in RAW at this juncture as well... a million reasons why it's the bomb, not least of which it allows us to re-edit a clean image.  So, for these two photos, I went back to my RAW file for this session and opened them in LR (I am on a different computer than I was when I shot these).  I didn't do too much in LR other than a little exposure gradient in the top left of the drumsticks photo. 

I opened the LR export into PS and began with my usual bits... whiter teeth, high pass on the eyes, removed some stray hairs.  Then I added a warming filter, some light vignetting, tweaked the levels a bit, added a sliver of surface blur, etc.  What I *didn't* do is the more important element here:  I didn't bump the exposure to nearly clipping, I didn't then also add a center light action (seriously...it hurts to type it!) and I didn't add a sharp vignette.  So goodbye little girl looking like a stand up comedian with a blown out spot light on her, and hello little girl looking like... a normal little girl!  

Is the new edit perfect... of course not!  Perfect is subjective so I try not to hold myself to that imaginary standard... but I like it. I'm more comfortable with this reflection of my work.  I am happy with the reflection of the progress I've made in my editing education.  I dedicate one day a week to a workshop or a book on some element of my profession. This week is graphic design for dummies.  Ok, not really, I added the "for dummies," but it does appropriately describe my design ability!  It's a good feeling to see the fruits of that effort, and worth all the times I've made my self stop bulldozing and just learn.

The moral of the story:  #1, Keep your RAWs. #2, Never stop making time for learning.  If you can't afford workshops or classes, go to youtube.  There is ALWAYS something else to know in photoshop unless you're Scott Kelby. #3, Be willing to re-assess your own work.  #4, Don't make fun of my original edits (haha, just kidding! Make fun, they're pretty bad). 

 

Ok, here's example #1:  

 

And example #2: 

 

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Weathering the Weather https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/weathering-the-weather I've always known that I am a person whose mood is affected by the weather, but never has it been so apparent as this week.  Moving from Abu Dhabi, where the sun shines 264.5 days a year, to this East Coast cold & rainy weather has been a bit of a shocker!  (Did we accidentally move to London??) 

I will admit, I've been in a slump this past week.  I dearly miss my buds and my lifestyle in Abu Dhabi.  This life here in the USA is pretty nice too, and I've been so fortunate to have the best of both worlds for nearly four years.  However, knowing we aren't heading back in a couple months is hard to wrap my head around. 

Today I realized something else though... it has been eleven days since I've had a camera in my hand.  In Abu Dhabi, I took photos of *something* nearly daily.  So it seems these dreary days and the lack of my favorite snapping companion have gotten the best of me.  I can't change the weather, but I can do what I love!  I decided to take my camera with me to pick up the kids from school. I was determined to find at least one photo that showed the beauty in the dampness. Ironically, I didn't have to go too far to find any of these. (Note to self: must buy a macro lens!) 

I have always believed in the power of choice.  Today, I chose to see beauty instead of gloom.  If you are reading this and are feeling that today is not your best day, I hope you will also choose to look for the beauty somewhere around you.  

~E x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peacing Out of the Middle East https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/12/peacing-out-of-the-middle-east I have been so fortunate to start my photography business here in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  I have been surrounded by the most amazing, supportive people.  The UAE has no where near the number of resources I'll be sure to find in the USA but what they do have is Gulf Photo Plus, a haven for photography lovers, pro and hobby alike.  Recently I had the honor of being featured in their monthly news blog.  What a great way to leave this region which has given me my start!

I would also like to thank all my clients who have given me the opportunity to capture a moment in their lives.  I have had the pleasure of working with some really lovely people and even a quickly rising star!  More about that to come!  

I can highly suggest these Abu Dhabi photographers as I have learned something from each of them:  Kirsty Larmour, Rinnie Nelson, and for newborns, hands down: Jillian Greenhill.  All three of these women are amazing in their own right, and are booked out months in advance, so plan ahead if you need them! x

I am so looking forward to resuming business in the United States!!  I thought for my last blog from the UAE, I'd include some of my favorite Abu Dhabi and Dubai images that I've captured along the way.  What an adventure it's been!! 

Thank you Abu Dhabi! xoxox

 

 ~E x

 

 

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How Social Media Made My Day https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/9/how-social-media-made-my-day Anyone who knows me well, knows I really love Facebook.  If Facebook were a person, it might file a restraining order against me.   I post loads of photos on my personal account, tell everyone what I am doing, where I am going.  I am *that* user.  But, to be fair, I have a lot of very social, put-it-all-out-there friends who are *that* user with me!  I have always been a really talkative person and FB gives me a never ending conversation that I can pop in and out of to my hearts content.  And I love that my FB business page gives me a platform to share some of my favorite images.  I thought FB was the only social media outlet I really needed. 

All of that began to change when, earlier this year,  I was reading a book about how social media could help build my photography business (It's called Going Pro by Skip Cohen & Scott Bourne, and it's an excellent and easy read.)   Up until then, I was feeling pretty good about how I used FB to further the reach of my name and my images.  I had a twitter account but to be honest, never used it, had maybe 10 followers and 10 followees, all of which I knew personally.  I never put the time into Twitter with regard to my photography because it felt like a pest... a fly buzzing around that never lands.  No real conversation where everyone joins in... just a quick 140 characters to get it all out.  Actually, the character limitation was probably my biggest issue because being brief is not my forte!  Just before I read the book, I'd been to the Gulf Photo Plus conference where I attended a workshop with David Hobby, again, on the topic of social media.  See my first ever blog about that experience here!  Hobby also stressed the importance of Twitter, so I had already created a new account to focus mainly on my photography business.  As I sat reading Going Pro, and it was telling me Twitter was crucial, I decided to tweet that I was reading it.  I got a reply from one of the authors within a few hours and my jaw dropped.  My interest in Twitter went up A LOT that day.  

But from that point, it was a bumpy road.  Some days I forgot to tweet at all and people dropped me.  I had a lot of spammers, I felt like I was following 50 people for every one follow back.  When a FB link gets 100 hits and a twitter link gets zero, the time wasted posting and maintaining Twitter comes into question.  Still, I persevered.  Eventually, I began to get some traction.  I still get some spam but I have also discovered some amazing photographers, designers, computer geniuses, writers, artists and many other really interesting people that I would have never, ever known about otherwise!  And I have received a decent amount of follows from people who do not share DNA with me, so that's encouraging!  =) 

One particular Twitter member that I've communicated off and on with is @PicSeshu.  He is a wedding & children's photographer and the owner of tiffinbox.org.  He has helped me with various questions over the past few months, including helping me get in touch with an author when I was missing a page from one of my photography books.  Seshu noticed earlier this week when I tweeted to Scott Kelby that I read and enjoyed his book, Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It, on the plane from New York to Abu Dhabi.  He asked me if I'd like to do a book review for Tiffinbox and of course I jumped at the chance.  I really love to write... in fact, I enjoy writing nearly as much as I enjoy photography.  Still, I've never written for any official purpose and I was literally chattering at the teeth!  However, as I vowed in my last blog post, I am working on my confidence.  To that end, I can say I am proud of how it turned out.  I never, ever imagined six months ago, when I was tweeting my first real Twitter posts, that I would be published on a website for photographers today.  

So my advice to you if you're just starting out as a photographer, artist, writer, or if you are just putting your big toe into Twitter and the rest of the ginormous world of social media... be patient! Be active.  Put out small amounts of your best work.  It will pay off in the end... I am proof of that. Being published  in the company of very successful photographers that I have admired,  is a huge mental leap forward for me in an arena that often leaves me feeling insecure.  It can happen for you too, don't give up.  Now, please go read my review of Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It over on Tiffinbox and let me know what you think!!  

~E x

 

 

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Five Ways My Life as a Photographer Changed This Summer https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/8/five-ways-my-life-as-a-photographer-changed-this-summer I am heading back to the UAE soon, feeling so invigorated and excited to get back to work.  It's not just because I've had two months of nothing but fun and getting to see people that I love being around, but also because things have changed for me as a photographer this summer.   Maybe some of these things I should have already known!  

Ok, in no particular order, these five things have changed my photography self:

1.  CreativeLive.  Well, more specifically, Jared Platt's workshop on Lightroom.  I have used Lightroom for a few years and I already knew it was an invaluable tool to the digital photographer. However, I was BLOWN AWAY with what I learned in this workshop.  Jared is an excellent instructor... he is clear and moves through the material at a pace that kept me glued to the screen.  And he's funny!  I love funny.  One of my biggest ah ha moments from his workshop came early on and it was to not "reject" every photo that I don't like, but to "pick" the ones I do like.  It is a more positive experience to select my favorite 15 photos out of 100 than it is to reject 85.  And positivity aside, it's WAY faster!  As Jared points out, why click 85 times, when you can click a fraction of that for the same result.  For me, there were a lot of times throughout this workshop that I banged my hand to my forehead (figuratively), thinking of all the inefficient habits I've developed over the years. Another big thing was the art of culling and how to get through selection more effectively.  As an aside~  I think anytime a hobby photographer tries to make the switch to pro,  the process of weeding out becomes such an important but difficult task.  I only took photos of my family and friends for 2+ decades before I decided to make a business out my hobby.  I had very little ability or desire to delete a photo of Dad just because he was a little blurry, because, well he is my Dad! Now it's imperative to have an eye for what must go.  Jared's way of culling the photos (Yes, I was one who was switching back and forth between A & B trying to decide), and his advice to wait a few weeks to let the emotional connection settle, was a huge eye opener.  These are just a couple of the hundred of nuggets I got out of this workshop.  I've watched other CreativeLive workshops and I love, love, love CL as a whole (keep reading to see how else CL has been a factor this summer!), but this one definitely takes the cake!  I've shot about 4 times with a significant photo yield since watching the videos and my time in LR is shorter and much more pleasant!   See the links at the bottom to check out CreativeLive, the LR Workshop and Jared's blog. 

 

2.  Etsy.  Ok, I realize I may be the last person, or at least the last creative type, on Earth to not have been to Etsy.  I had heard the name over and over but I had literally never even clicked through to the homepage before.  Now I have an account and a cart loaded up with enough stuff to give my husband bad dreams for a life time.  The selection of backdrops is drool worthy, as well as loads of great props.  I find my work mostly in corporate photography but after discovering Etsy, I am determined to incorporate a rustic chalkboard into my photos somehow!  

 

3.  Florabella Collection.  I wrote a blog a few months ago about not using actions because I was teaching myself CS6 and didn't want to "skip steps."  While I am glad that I learned the how and why of some of the most common editing tricks, I am literally jaw dropped at what these actions from the Florabella Collection can do.  When I am on the road, I usually use PSE10.  However, after I bought and loaded the B&W action set into PSE on my laptop, I was so impressed I couldn't wait to return to Abu Dhabi before trying the others.  I downloaded CS6 onto my laptop and have since also purchased the Classic Workflow.  My son turned 9 last week, so I wanted an official photo of him for his birthday.  I used the Classic Color action with a touch of Sweet Tea on this one.  As a fellow photographer pointed out, the really cool thing about these actions is that they are so adjustable that two people could make the same selection and yield a very different look.  If you look on the Florabella Facebook page, you will find many of the photos are gorgeous, with beautiful sun and warm flowing colors.  I used her actions on a darker photo but still love how her work makes mine pop!  I can not wait to get back to my iMac and download more from her fabulous collection. Yes, I love learning the nuts and bolts of editing but what she has created adds a beautiful flare to my photos and her collection has a firm place in my workflow from now on! Florabella's link is also below.

                                                              Straight out of camera:                                                                                                                                                  

straight out of camera

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4.  My newest Canon body: a 5D Mark III.  Ahh, friends, this is a biggie.  I've graduated to full frame! Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my 7D.  It will be with me at sporting events and Abby's horse shows and the like.  But the Mark III is something pretty spectacular....  The low light capabilities compared to the 7 are really, well, not comparable!  I want to do a full review from the perspective of a relative new comer but I want to use it a little longer so I actually know what I am talking about.  For now, I will say that I had a great experience out of the box, then I tweaked a few too many settings and was in slight pain with the focusing, but now have it exactly where I want it.  The focusing on this guy is amazing once you determine what works best for you.  Another plug for CreativeLive... if you purchase this camera or even rent it, it's worth watching the CL video by John Greengo on the Mark III.  The workshop takes you step by step though every menu screen and button on the camera... something I wish I had done when I jumped from a Rebel to the 7D. The 5D menu is actually fairly intuitive, but I know I would have overlooked some important options if not for learning properly from John.  The tutorial is $49.00 and I feel it was worth every penny. Click here to see some photos on my FB page that I took out of the box the night I got my 5D!  Feel free to weigh in on our "color or b&W" debate on the last one!

 

5.  The intangibile one:  Confidence is not the evil demon I thought it was.  Ok, so as someone relatively new to this huge and intimidating world of professional photography, I am pretty low on the confidence scale.  Pretty much, I think most of what I do ranges from not completely horrible to barely ok.  And to be honest, I thought that was sort of a good thing.  I have seen some pretty God-Awful photography pages on FB with people praising their own "amazing" work and thought, if that's what confidence looks like, I want no part!  I do believe it's hard as an artistic person to judge yourself accurately and to not become emotionally invested in your work.  I don't know how it would be for a doctor after surgery... I guess he or she can't go back and look at the scar 500 times to critique the job, but as photographers, we can and oh, believe me, I do!  However, over the last few weeks I have gotten some really nice compliments... not just from my Mom =) (whose opinion is very important to me but incredibly biased), but from respected fellow photographers and from people who have no reason to compliment (i.e., no bloodlines ;) and it has made me think, maybe I am on the right path.  My motto has always been I want to be better at this craft tomorrow than I am today, but I have started to come to respect what I am capable of at this moment.  It is not perfect, but it is a reflection of who I am and how I see things.  How I shoot and edit defines me as an artist.  I think that's pretty cool.  I'm gonna run with that for a while...  

 

So... there you have it, five things that have helped me grow in my profession.  Ironically, I didn't work at all this summer (by choice), except for a quick family shoot for my cousin.  I took approximately 3500 photos in the last two months, and all but those few were for me alone.  Stepping away from the job aspect has helped me tremendously after I kind of jumped in feet first last year and haven't had time to reassess until this summer.  It's a luxury not everyone gets and I know how lucky I am.   Especially if you're a year or so into to the business, I definitely recommend finding some time or way to clear your head of the money side of things and focus a bit on the personal development every now and then.  

 

Where to find everyone:

CreativeLive Home Page

The Ultimate Lightroom 4 Workshop with Jarod Platt

Jared's Blog/ Website

Etsy 

Florabella Collection 

John Greengo: Canon 5D Mark III Fast Start

My Facebook Photography Page

 

Thanks for visiting!  You can read my other blogs or check out my galleries if you'd like!  I love feedback too, so feel free to drop me a message! If you have enjoyed this blog, please help me share with others by clicking the Facebook button at the top or bottom of this screen. Thank you! x

 

Ways to reach me:

+14102188938 in the USA

+971566131157 in the UAE

eileenearnest@gmail.com 

or... follow me on Twitter @EileenEarnest

 

 

 

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Abu Dhabi Corporate Photographer https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/8/abu-dhabi-corporate-photographer Eileen Earnest Photography is officially launching our Corporate Gallery!  If your company requires new head shots, exterior shots of your building, would like to feature a specific employee, or has any need for photography services, please contact us for a quotation!  For many business men and women, being in front of the camera is a rare and uncomfortable task.  We will work with you to make you and your team members feel as comfortable as possible, and you will look your very best in the finished product! 

I have had wonderful opportunities to work with companies in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.  Please check out some of my work on the Corporate Client Gallery.  I have a fully portable studio that I can bring to your location, or you may visit my studio located in Khalifa City A.  I also have an assistant, Tamara Darling, who works with me to help make the shoot as smooth and as quick as possible, so you can get back to your work day.  

 

Exterior shot of International Tower,

located in Capital Centre, Abu Dhabi:

                                      

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I would enjoy speaking with you about your professional photography needs and look forward to working with your team!  

 

Contact Details:

Eileen Earnest 

+971566131157

eileenearnest@gmail.com

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City of Brotherly Love! https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/7/city-of-brotherly-love A year or so ago, my friend Casey Ryan posted a blog about being a tourist in his own town.  This year, when I was looking for a quick trip (adults only!) I remembered that blog and thought it was a really good idea!  

Years ago when I worked in the city... first on South Street, and then at Liberty Place... I was always in a rush to get to and from somewhere.  Never really took in the sights, and definitely never appreciated how lucky I was to be a young twenty something single woman living in such an amazing metropolis!  Going back twenty years later was really cool.  The city is rich with photographic opportunity!  I love Thomas Paine Plaza across from city hall:

Thomas Paine Plaza

The sun was rising over the city.  I cranked up my aperture to get the beautiful sun burst. This photo is straight out of the camera, which is why the building is a little leaning. I was shooting with my 24-70mm lens.  This plaza is so cool... there are chess pieces, bingo numbers, monopoly pieces, etc.  Because men are always boys on the inside, John tried moving a game piece. I can now confirm that the pieces do not move ;)  There is also a very cool sculpture of people squished together, holding each other up.  The sculpture is called "Government of the People" by Jacques Lipchitz.  At the base is a plaque that reads,

 

"Symbolizing family life, the wellspring of society, the hope of the future and the concept of government being of, by and for the people. This sculpture is dedicated to the people of Philadelphia."

 

The plaza is definitely worth a visit if you're sightseeing in Philly!   To see a photo of the sculpture by Jacques Lipchitz, click the link at the bottom of this blog.

 

 

As we walked through City Hall, which I have shamefully never done before, despite being a Philadelphia native, I was struck by the peek of traffic and city life through each of the tunnels.  It was early in the morning, and while the courtyard under City Hall was empty, the streets were already buzzing.  City Hall itself is amazing.  As the largest municipal building in the United States, I find it pretty phenomenal that one can walk straight under it!  Here's a look at the view from inside the courtyard looking down Broad Street:

City Hall corridor facing North up Broad Street.

I loved showing my husband around town.  I couldn't wait to walk over to Spruce street where my old apartment brownstone stands unchanged. Society Hill and Old City are my two favorite neighborhoods in Philly.  I love the tree lined streets and all the great little shops and restaurants. This is a random house on Spruce that I thought was so homey and such a good representation of the homes in this area.  This is also SOOC, as I was so busy vacationing this last week, there was little time for editing ;) 

Lovely house on Spruce Street

We had such a great time "visiting" Philadelphia!  No matter where I live, whether a few hours down I-95, or 7000 miles away in the Middle East, Philly will always be home to me. 

To see more of our city walk: http://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/p1028229392 

Plus, you can check out my earlier entries here:  http://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog  My new posting schedule is every Monday (as if I had an "old" schedule, but it sounded good!).  If you enjoy the posts, please click the FB, Twitter or G+ button... so many social media choices, so little time =) 

Lastly, a big thanks to my friend Casey for the tourist in my own town idea!! You can check out his blog here: http://dreamtiming.blogspot.com/

 

 

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Summer Portraits! https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/7/summer-portraits  

One thing I love about summer in the USA is how much time we can spend outside in the lush green grass and the under the beautiful blue skies!  What an amazing back drop for portraits!  I've been taking both posed and non posed portraits this last month.  Here's a quick blog about some of my faves!

 

 

What can I say about this frequently recurring little freckled face on my blog?  I know he's going to be all grown up faster than I can imagine and I am so happy to be able to capture these little moments... he had just been on a jet ski and LOVED it! Pure joy! 

 

 

 

 

A boy and his grandpa... not entirely posed but not exactly spontaneous.  I wanted to capture the dock in the photo because for us, as soon as we see those planks, we know exactly where this was taken!  Iowa is the land of outdoor entertainment and the boys were out fishing.  I photoshopped myself out and added in the lake in the reflection on Mike's glasses, which was a fun little project!

                                             

 

 

 

My friend Meli was recently promoted to Independent Senior Director @ Thirty-One Gifts.  Meli is one of the most positive, motivated and kindest people I know!!  She needed a photo for the Thirty-One magazine edition which would be announcing her promotion news!  I don't really have any of my proper equipment home with me, so we just did a few quick photos in my front yard.  She's such a beautiful person on the inside and out that I barely edited at all! 

Thirty-One has some fabulous stuff!!  If you are interested in her very functional, durable and reasonably priced products, you can check out Meli's page at the link below:

 http://www.mythirtyone.com/melihartsoe

 

 

 

 

Until Next Time! 

E x

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EE Photography Goes On the Road! https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/7/america-the-beautiful I like control.  I like being the master of my own destiny!  So... when it's time to go visit family that lives 1200 miles away, I could shuffle us all to the airport but actually, I'd rather drive!!  Nineteen hours in the car with bored kids... not nice.  Stopping whenever I want to, retaining possession of my luggage at all times, seeing interesting things along the way, VERY NICE! 

Mostly though, it's the photographer in me that loves to drive across America.  It's such a beautiful ride~ there are so many photos that I left untaken... solidified in my memory but not in print.  I did, however, capture some that I can share with our friends in Abu Dhabi that show how amazing the American country side is.  

This is in Iowa... about 6:30am and the sun is rising over the corn.  This would be perfect for HDR but alas, I am not skilled in such processes yet!  Still, I loved seeing all the windmills all over the midwest and this photo is how I will remember our drive out of Spirit Lake. 

As we continued down I-90, we saw some more gorgeous crop rows with the sun just peeking up enough to brighten the whole field.  This is somewhere in Minnesota:

I am really obsessed with sun flare lately... I've been purposely shooting into the sun for the last few weeks just for the fun of it! I love this one of the exit ramp just off I-90 in Minnesota.

I'll miss all this green and blue when we go back to the Middle East in September...

Finally, we were leaving the park area one night while we were in Lake Okoboki, Iowa... I looked over and saw this gorgeous sunset and couldn't resist! 

Until Next Time! 

E x

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eileenearnestphoto@gmail.com (Eileen Earnest Photography) Middle America blogging corn crop midwest photography road trip sun flare sunrise https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/7/america-the-beautiful Fri, 20 Jul 2012 18:15:00 GMT
Land That I Love! https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/7/land-that-i-love As expats, one thing we miss most is how holidays are done in the USA... we really know how to celebrate here in the states!  The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is no exception, and of course, only celebrated on US soil.  In Abu Dhabi the Fourth goes something like this:  getting super excited to find real pork hotdogs and then BBQing them in 120 degree weather :/  No fireworks, no hoopla!

 

This year, we were in Maryland for Independence Day and we tagged along with friends to a local parade.  The parade consisted of waving politicians, vehicles from nearby fire stations and many other clubs and school bands from surrounding towns.  It was cute and campy and local... definitely not the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Bonanza but it was home, and it was very patriotic.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the moments that we sat sweating to death before the parade began, I looked around at my friends, our kids and the others parade watchers gathered in a sea of red, white and blue and thought, "This is what I miss."   As much as my heart is in NYC and other big cities we've been to around the world, there is just something about small towns.  I love the feelings of comfort and easiness and familiarity I have when I am here.  

 

 

We are so fortunate to be from such an amazing country.  There were some fabulous photo opportunities at the parade, and I left with the satisfaction that I had captured a tiny bit of the pride and patriotism that the Fourth brings out in us!  

 

 

 

Until Next Time! 

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eileenearnestphoto@gmail.com (Eileen Earnest Photography) Fourth of July Independence Day Patriotism blogging parade photography https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/7/land-that-i-love Mon, 16 Jul 2012 23:01:43 GMT
Plausible Portraiture? https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/6/plausible-portraiture-overedits I've been thinking a lot lately about retouching.  I've recently downloaded a new software that allows single heads to be edited with the click of a few buttons and the slide of a few rulers.  It's cool and powerful, and ridiculously easy to use. The question I am facing is: should I??  

As I've looked at a lot of other photography facebook pages lately, I've gotten loads of inspiration and great ideas, and overall I am very impressed with much of what I see.  However, there are a few that pop up now and then, and I have to cringe.  There seems to be a growing trend to "doll" out the eye balls on living, breathing people!  Why is that?  Honestly, when I see a photo that looks so overly edited, my first thought is that the photographer is new and overwhelmed with all these new tools at his/ her disposal!  (I know that feeling well!) But surely that's not the image we want to project to the world on our public pages, is it?

For this post, I've taken 1 photo and created 4 different versions of it.  Zach was helping me test lights one night (free labor is awesome!) and this is one of our shots from that session.  So, number one is straight out of the camera, two and three are Adobe tweaks in Lightroom and Photoshop respectively, and the last is the new portrait "makeover" software that I have.  Also, let me add that until a few months ago, I only edited in Lightroom 98% of the time.  I love the adjustments in Lightroom and rarely felt the need to manipulate much further but now as a charging photographer, I accept the need to make the work as top notch and quality as possible, and certainly, PS offers many more choices.

So this first image on the left is straight out of the camera (SOOC).  Of course I love my little guy just the way he is, but a little tweaking in Lightroom and his eyes will pop, we can fix the exposure a bit, etc. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photo on the right is just Lightroom adjustments.  I've upped the exposure by +55, contrast +20 and softened his skin a bit by decreasing the clarity.  In the past, if this was just for me, for my wallet or desktop background, I probably would have stopped, as a hobbyist.  However, as I've mentioned, clients are looking for whiter teeth, brighter eyes and more.  

Now for the photoshop edit:

 

Once I was in photoshop, I decided I'd gone too bright in Lightroom so I made an adjustment layer to tweak the levels a bit.  His eyes got a highpass filter of about 50%.  His little chicklets were whitened using an adjustment layer and desaturating the yellows while slightly lightening as well.  Then I used a combination of clone stamp and healing brush to get rid of the little saliva lines (yuck!).  I know there are actions to download and super brushes to do a lot of this for me but as I am learning Photoshop on my own, I do not like to take shortcuts for now... I want to know exactly how, what, why!  I am sure as I take on more clients and my editing time increases, I'll start taking advantage of those! I did not brighten his eye whites and he was a bit blood shot that night so please ignore that for now =)

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I opened the photo in the portrait makeover software that I have.  As I mentioned, it's very easy to use and really does A LOT! But how much is too much??  For the record, I would not use this on a child typically!  For this little test, however, I wanted to keep the photos consistent. So, here's my boy all "Glamour Shots"!  (Mid 80's mall photo joint!)  To be honest, this just creeps me out!  Yes, I've exaggerated the bounds of this program on Zachary's eyes, but look through Facebook and you'll find this look over and over and over.  Some even more contrived than this!  In this example, I had turned "off" all the skin altering sliders, but you can tell that he's still missing some freckles.  When I look at these webpages, especially photos of children and definitely of graduating seniors and **I** can tell they don't really look like that in real life, I have to wonder, where the value is in having a photograph of your child that doesn't look like your child!?  In addition, the software did a horrible job on his teeth compared to using a simple few clicks in Photoshop.  That said, It's not bad software... if used correctly.  I just want to make a banner that says, please do not slide all rulers to the far right!!!  Look, I know myself, I've gone through really bad editing phases and I am a long way from perfect today.  When I look through my catalog of 33,000+ images, I can see when I was really into over saturating, or totally over doing the blacks, or, on the other hand, completely desaturating anything and everything. You live and you learn... I just hope this doll eye trend fizzles out quickly!!  Who is buying it?!  

So, what do you think?  Am I falling prey to it myself?  Have I brightened eyes too much in the photoshop version??  Maybe only 40% highpass would have been better?  Or are you a fan of the doll eye look and think I am way off base??  I'll be the first to admit I'm learning every day.   Let me know your thoughts! 

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eileenearnestphoto@gmail.com (Eileen Earnest Photography) editing lightroom overediting photophop portraits https://eileenearnestphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/6/plausible-portraiture-overedits Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:52:50 GMT