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  • Welcome! My name is Amber Prior…

    ... and here are some fun facts about me: I've been 5'11" tall since eighth grade. I am a bit of a nerd; I love listening to long audio books (Brandon Sandersen is my current fave!) while I clean the house. I wear glasses when I can't stand my contacts any longer. Believe it or not, I married a total hunk who is my best friend. We have four beautiful children together: two boys and two girls. We are a full-time homeschooling, part-time traveling crazy little group of musical gypsies. Oh, and I happen to be a photographer on the side.

    This blog is where I record my photographic pursuits. My obsession with cameras has taken a back seat to teaching and raising our family, but I still dabble with professional work once in a while. I specialize in natural-light portraiture. I love shooting outdoors and am always on the lookout for the best lighting combined with the perfect location. Contact me for availability and pricing.

Haley

I received a text last week from my friend, Haley, asking if I wanted a small photography job. Not knowing what kind of photography she needed, I responded, “Sure, when?” After speaking with her I was delighted to discover that she wanted pictures of herself. I was so thrilled. Creating portraits, especially for an individual, is incredibly rewarding. It is so important to document our lives in every stage of life we experience so we have the opportunity to look back on where we’ve been a little more appreciatively. After all, “The most fertile source of insight is hindsight.” -Morris Kline, Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty. (Actually, I have no idea who that is or what that means. I was just trying to be deep, so I Googled.)

Really though, Haley is an artist. She was after a more intense look to her photographs and open to try anything, which = fun!  Also, you should know that the beautiful wrought-iron door in the last picture was made by her talented husband, whose work may be found here.

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Fix-it Friday #89

Here’s another fun Fix-it Friday from iheartfaces.com. These are a great way to practice your photoshop skills on awesome new material, like this handsome young man. I wonder how old he is; he looks about my sister’s age, ha ha. I just had to try my hand at an edit…

I started out by flipping it horizontally. I’m not sure why, but I found it more pleasing if he were looking toward the right. Maybe it has something to do with the direction we read… I have no idea.

I cloned out a few of the background elements I found distracting, then used a few actions, including (but not limited to, haha) Sharpen This from Pioneer Woman’s free set, Beer Goggles from TRA 2, and Color Finder brush from MCP’s Bag of Tricks. I’ve recently been playing with Florabella’s Luxe I, and turned “Pandora” effect waaaaay down. I like it! Resized for web, cropped it just a smidgen, added my “after” logo, and there you go! Have a fabulous weekend…

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thatgirlblogs - March 6, 2011 - 4:05 am

I loved my photo until I saw this, and then I wished I’d flipped the image! Live and learn, nice job.

Wonderboy & MJ {Part 1}

I am happily related to these wonderful people, as this is my sister, MJ, and her darling family. (Remember their boys here?) Among other talents she has, she is a fabulous writer and keeps an honest & witty blog about her life called “The Thought Puddle”  (which I love to check often. Like every day.) In fact, (shameless hat-tip to myself) her puddle picture/blog header came from this session! We wanted to capture familiar scenes from their med-school campus; “Wonderboy” is in his third year rotations now so their time to haunt these paths is waning. I have more to post but couldn’t wait to share the first half.

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MJ - February 24, 2011 - 7:13 pm

OH…..I LOVE the ones of the boys. Seriously. Can’t wait to print them. Thank you. You are amazing.

MJ - February 24, 2011 - 7:14 pm

And yes…those are fangs you see sprouting out of my mouth in that very funny, very unattractive picture. 🙂

Old Main Photography - February 24, 2011 - 7:55 pm

Hahah, oh you’re being too critical. I only see a happy, laughing family! (Or are you getting your Twilight on?) 🙂

Irene K. - March 17, 2011 - 4:12 am

I love these! I really like the silly face one!

Raven @ LMMP - March 17, 2011 - 1:12 pm

These are just adorable!

Tuesday Tips & Tricks

My younger brother is currently serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas. He sent me an email saying that he thought this picture could be kinda cool but needed a little help. He was right on both counts. It is a very cool picture; it has good composition and subject matter but could use a bit of magic. Right away I imagined the awesome possibilities… plus he’s just so darn cute.

:: SOOC ::
(Straight Out Of Camera)


The first thing I noticed was how his head was cut off by the edge of the photo, and I didn’t like it at all.
Second, there were distracting elements I knew I wanted to remove.

:: My Edit ::

I started with Image: Canvas Size and increased the numbers to give myself more room to work with at the top. Luckily his hair is uniform enough in this picture that I knew it’d be possible to extend his scalp. Yikes, that sounds weird! Using the clone tool I created more hair and “tree background” stuff. Looking closely, yes, you may be able to tell the tree-line is edited. But for all intents and purposes here I think it works fine. I then “cloned” out the cars and larger signs, while still leaving a few memorable structures for him that are true to the area. Finally, because the colors in the original are bordering “over-exposed” brightness, I played around with some black and white actions and fell in love with a vintage feel for this photograph.

Similar editing techniques could be applied for old family photographs that are damaged or need a bit of repair. Do you have old (or new) images you’re working on or that you’d like to improve?

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Valerie - February 17, 2011 - 6:08 pm

YUP! !I’ll be right over!! I love what you did here with Jake. but seriously, if you can make the time, I’d like to come over and learn some hands on stuff with you. starting with my wedding picture! You are absolutely AMAZING! TALENTED in EVERY WAY!!!
Love ya, Valerie