Opening Gifts

They’ve always been so good about opening presents, sharing, and being thankful. I love this candid of them checking out some presents given to them during one of our visits to Georgia.

Girls opening a Christmas gift - Not So SAHM

Opening presents – ProjectEdit365 – 30 Dec

The original was busy and yellow so I cropped in, went black and white, and. . . head over to Project Edit 365 to see the original! Thanks!

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Time for a Christmas Story

Their bond is so special to me.

I pray that it’s as special to them when they grow up.

Older sister reads a Christmas story to younger sister. Not so SAHM

Time for a Christmas Story – ProjectEdit365 – 06 Dec

I was practicing shooting at non-normal angles and I’m so glad I got this one. The focus isn’t so great, but the sentiment and action are priceless. I sharpened it and reduced the noise to help out a little. I turned it monochromatic to reduce the distraction. I thought about cropping in to get rid of the wooden chair on the right and the socks? above the book, but I like having the little bit of negative space around their heads. I increased the contrast and clarity, which can darken things, so I lightened the shadows. I adjusted the tone curve just a bit to slightly matte the image. Here’s the original:

06dec

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She fully trusts her sister

There are sometimes when you’re taking pictures and you grab a shot that you end up loving. Editing can make it so much sweeter. My girls were still getting over their jet lag on our trip to Europe when we took a walk around Traben-Trarbach. They saw a swan in the river eating a head of lettuce and wanted to get closer. My younger daughter was four at the time and grabbed the hand of her nine-year old sister as they got closer to the bank. (heart melts)

Two sisters hold hands by a river. Not So SAHM

She fully trusts her sister – ProjectEdit365 – 30 Aug

The original was just as sweet, but adding a bit of character to the photo makes it sweeter. I straightened out the picture just slightly and decreased the clarity, vibrance, and saturation. I moved the tint more towards magenta and added a small vignette and a little bit of grain. The original:

30August

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Biltmore Sisters

I would love it if my girls would enjoy being my photo subjects.

Like this one time when they didn’t mind posing for me on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate:

Two girls stand next to a brick wall on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC Not So SAHM

Biltmore Sisters – ProjectEdit365 – 04 June

This was another quick edit tonight. I really wanted to go black and white and be done with it, but I challenged myself to do some color adjusting, even though I couldn’t spend a lot of time on it. I like the curve of the brick behind them, but I cropped in to change the pic up a bit. I lowered the saturation but increased the vibrance. Lowered the clarity to give it a softer look. I moved the “tint” slider more to the pink side and then adjusted the individual orange and yellow colors just a tad to soften the colors. I used an adjustment brush on their eyes to sharpen them. I think that’s about it. The original:

04June

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Sisters

There were never such devoted sisters.

two sisters look out a window with light softly on their faces NotSoSAHM

Sisters – Project Edit 365 – 21 Feb

I like how the light is set off by the darkness around their faces. There’s something about black and white, though. I’m not sure which I prefer. Either way, I wish I had my aperture set a little smaller to get both faces more in focus. Looking back at the data, I had it set at 6.3. Maybe 8 would have been better.

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