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

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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.

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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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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 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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Summer time fun on the farm | Cousin Love | Oklahoma City Photographer July 2016

black and white of cousins being silliy in harrah oklahoma 2016

Our kids love playing with their cousins, so when the opportunity arises we take full advantage and have a great time!  This particular day we set the swimming pool up for them and although the well water was ice cold, they swam well after sunset.  We also roasted marshmallows over a small fire and made s’mores.

 

Like most nights the kids get together I try to capture a few fun moments.  This night I knew that I wanted all the photos to be in black and white before I even picked up my camera.  And you know what, I love the results.
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Amanda Lynn Photography | Oklahoma Photographer | July 2016

Making Memories with Pup the Grandma | Harrah, Oklahoma Photographer March 2016

Making memories by building a tent out of blankets outside with grandma.little girl and grandmother under tent made of blankets in front yard in harrah oklahomaHarrah, Oklahoma Photographer | March 2016

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The Ramos Family | Will Rogers Park in OKC

A little sneak peek from a photoshoot I did at Will Rogers Park in OKC last weekend.  This family was super nice and a pleasure to photograph.  This girl was so adorable and was all smiles the entire photoshoot!  🙂family of three sitting in front of water at will rogers park in OKC family of three laughing at will rogers park in OKC family of three standing on bridge at will rogers park in OKC girl sitting on rock at will rogers park in OKC father and daughter sitting on rock at will rogers park in OKC mother and daughter sitting on rock at will rogers park in OKC