Before & After Edits of Beach Photos | Oklahoma City Photographer Feb 2017

before and after edits of children playing in the sand at the beach oklahoma city photographer

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.

before and after edits of children playing in the sand at the beach oklahoma city photographerbefore and after edits of little boy walking in the sand at the beach oklahoma city photographer

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

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My little girl & gold glitter | Oklahoma City Photographer Feb 2017

close up of little girls feet covered in gold glitter

Glitter for days!  I originally saw this on one of the amazing Facebook groups I’m in and thought I would give it a try with my daughter.  I ordered the seamless paper and dress from Amazon and bought the glitter from Hobby Lobby.  I used regular as well as jumbo glitter.  I know a lot of photographers use glitter overlays but I didn’t have to with this shoot.  Our living room isn’t very big, but right in front of my desk is a bay window area.  I opened the blinds and hung up a cheap white shower curtain that I purchased on sale months ago from the Dollar General.  I rolled the paper out, dressed my daughter, and had my husband and son throw glitter towards her.  She had tons of fun and I got some pretty cute photos that I plan on blowing up and hanging on her bedroom wall.  After all, what little girl doesn’t love dressing like a princess and playing in glitter?!?!

The glitter was a pain to clean up, but honestly, I’d do it again.  I mean, look at those little glitter covered toes.  So freaking cute.  🙂

 

Gear used:

Canon Mark IV & Canon 35mm 2.0

 

Amanda Lynn Photography | Oklahoma City Photographer | Feb 2017

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black and white of little girl laying on bed

I’m not really sure why I love black and white photography so much.  Probably because ages ago my very first photography class was Black & White Film.  Yep, that’s right.  Film.  I loved that class so so much.  One day I plan on getting back into film.  I would love to have my own little darkroom.  #goals.  Anyway, I guess I’m just drawn to black and whites because of that class.  I especially love black and whites of my kiddos.

We were staying at a hotel in Dumas, Texas, when I snapped these photos of my kiddos.  We were waiting for a thunderstorm to pass by so we could go swimming.  I think there was even a tornado just south of our location that day.  Crazy times!  Jack was probably 18 months old and LOVED playing under the sheets.  He still does, actually.  Katie was wearing the cutest little “Little Mermaid” bikini.  Both were taken with my Canon 6d using natural light from the huge hotel window.

 

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My little boy bathing in tub outside | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2017

The other day I was looking through old folders and I came across a ton of photos of my own children that I completely forgot I took.  How sad is that???  So, right then and there, I made myself order a bunch to hang on the walls in our house.  Guys, it is so important to print your photos.  Especially if you spend the money on professional photographs.   You don’t want them to get lost or hidden away on an old computer.  Print them.  Frame them. Hang them on the wall.  Cherish them.

The photos below are of my little guy.  These were taken when he was probably 20 months old.  I was starting to get into photography again and I had this vision of him playing with bubbles.  Truth be told, it was probably something I saw on Pinterest (insert eye roll).  They certainly aren’t perfect, but they are perfect to me.  I ordered a few 8×10’s to frame.  One day I’m sure this will really embarrass him, but oh my gosh, he’s a cutie!

 

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Wishing you a Happy 2017 from Amanda Lynn! | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2017

Wishing you lots of love and laughter in the new year!

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Amanda Lynn with BBP Studios | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2017 | http://www.amandalynnphotography.com

 

My kiddos around our Christmas Tree | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Photographer 2016

little girl wearing red christmas pajamas holding snow flake ornament next to christmas tress

This is the third year I have attempted this shot of my kiddos around the Christmas tree.  It isn’t perfect, but I love them.  Our house is pretty small and last year I downsized to a smaller, skinnier Christmas tree.  For these photos, I simply moved the tree in front of our french doors and pulled the living room rug back to try to get a little reflection from the floor.  I used my Canon 6d, 50mm 1.8, and Hoya filter to achieve the star burst on the lights.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough room to get the top of the tree in the photo of both kiddos and I should have used my 35mm, but the Hoya filter was on back order for that lens and I was just too impatient to wait. LOL.

 

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It’s almost fall, are you ready??? | Amanda Lynn Photography, Oklahoma City Photographer September 2016

Little kids Carving Pumpkins Harrah Oklahoma

 

It’s almost fall!

Can you believe it’s almost Fall? Well, the good news is that football is back (go OU!), cooler weather is on the way and pumpkin patch visits and trick-or-treating will be here before we know it!  And what better way to celebrate this season than with a fall photography session! Contact me to book your session today! 🙂

Little kids Carving Pumpkins Harrah Oklahoma


Life Hacks

With the busy season of fall, it is alway nice to find easy and cheap ideas.  Here is one I found online and thought I would share it with you today…

Take a pumpkin and carve out the center. Place an empty soup can or similar inside the carved opening. Add a bouquet of flowers into can to create an afforable and creative centerpiece for your fall decor.

Pretty cool, right?!?  Now, go do it!


Little Kids Carving Pumpkins in Harrah Oklahoma

The two pictures shown above were taken last fall.  Those are my two adorable kiddos.  Don’t let the pictures fool you, neither one of them was too excited about touching the “yucky” insides of the pumpkin. 🙂


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