Theme Recap

This week our theme was “togetherness” to celebrate families as we head into fall. I loved seeing all the adorable families on Halloween and gathered for family photos. Take a few minutes to read the tips here on the blog, then go check out these ladies on Instagram to see more of their great work!

– Kelley K (@kelleykphoto)


Laura wrote: We had a mother/son dance that evening, but no one was going to be around to take a photo of us dressed up before we left. So instead I️ just wanted a simple photo of us. I️ had my husband sit in the chair while I️ got my settings right, before asking my son to join me and handing off my camera. He is getting harder to capture candidly, but he always loves being silly. So we snuggled and told jokes and tickled and this resulted.


Chloe wrote: I brought down the green on grass and brought up the temperature. Also used the dehaze tool to give little haziness to the light above the balloon.


She wrote: For this image this gorgeous little bubba started making some sweet little smiles. I wanted to capture her in her mummas arms but have the focus on that sweet little face so I did my classic “stand on the bed move” to get everything in the frame. I chose a low fstop (probably 2 or less) to create depth and draw more attention to the baby’s face. Editing wise, I like a more moody edit. This room was quite bright but I had dropped the blinds to create more of a spot light effect. Then when I edited I brought the shadows down to again draw focus to the face. I used a preset on this image. I think it was LXC but tweaked quite a bit.


Courtney wrote:  This was shot right at sunset with my 85mm at f/1.2 iso100 and shutter at 1/125. I had to brighten the kids a bit in post and brought the Moon a little lower so I didn’t lose it to the ig crop. I also removed a neon green skeleton that was a little distracting.


Jessica wrote: I shoot backlit 90% of the time during sessions and the number one thing I aim to do every time is underexpose slightly. I like to retain the golden light as much as I can without blowing it out. I will usually use a radial filter to lift the light in my subjects [adjusting exposure or shadows] so that I can achieve proper exposure in post processing as well.


Liz wrote: When I edited this one in Lightroom I bumped up contrast and clarity, adjusted the tone curve and split toning. I used a radial filter to bring out that pocket of light a bit more. I also brought it in to [Photoshop] for some cloning out of distracting items and to smooth the skin slightly.