I took these photos last May when we visited North Padre Island in Texas. We took a quick family trip down there for Memorial Day weekend. It was perfect. Both of these photos were taken the evening we arrived. We took a walk down to the beach right around sunset. We didn’t get to stay long, but that didn’t stop the kiddos from having a great time in the sand!
I haven’t been using Photoshop for long. Maybe three years now. In the beginning I only did very basic edits, but I wanted to learn more so I would watch youtube video after youtube video, I bought several Break Outs from Clickin Moms, I searched the internet for anyone giving any advice, photoshop or photography related, I read every article I could. You name it, I did it all. Some days I thought I was really making progress and the next I just wanted to give up. I eventually started using actions from CoffeeShop Blog. They are all free so if you are just starting out, this is a great place for you! After using their actions for a while, I decided to make my own and I used those for several months. For a little over a year now I have hand edited all of my photos in Camera Raw. I’m still not where I want to be, but I am much closer than I was this time last year. I think my problem is there are so many different looks that I love and I have a hard time picking just one. GASP! Every article I read says you must have one look and stick with it. I get it, I really do. It’s just hard. LOL. At the beginning of the year, I broke down and bought the Innocence Collection from Greater Than Gatsby. Honestly, the only reason I bought the collection was because it was on sale. It popped up on my Facebook newsfeed and I was like “sure, I’ll buy that”. I have played around with them quite a bit and I really do like a lot of them. I still edit my client work by hand, but I have been using the GTG for a good deal of my personal photos lately.
So for the two photos below I used Savory Film, Moody, Sand and Water Brushes, and Contrast Classic. I also added in the pink and blues for the sky.
I know the photos aren’t perfect. I wish I would have angled a little different so their heads didn’t cut through the horizon, but that’s ok. I look at the photos and remember the great evening we had and that’s all that matters 🙂
Gear: Canon 6d & Canon 35mm 2.0
Amanda Lynn Photography | Oklahoma City Photographer | Feb 2017