Archive for November, 2010

Vintage Toys | Still Life Photography

November 26th, 2010

I love still life and product shots… I also love family history.  Although my sister is the one to sit down and document stories from my grandparents I’m the one who looks at something old, used, and dirty and sees beauty in the history. I love this car.  Not only did my mom and uncle […]

 

I love still life and product shots… I also love family history.  Although my sister is the one to sit down and document stories from my grandparents I’m the one who looks at something old, used, and dirty and sees beauty in the history.

I love this car.  Not only did my mom and uncle play with it as children but their children got to enjoy scooting this little thing around at a young age.  My sister, two cousins, and I all know exactly where to find this gem.  It’s hidden away in an old laundry basket amongst all of the other old toys at my grandparents home.  I love that throughout my whole life this toy has had the exact same home, been stored in the exact same place, and has scooted across the carpet floor for miles (I imagine) in it’s little lifetime.

Sometimes I truly love that there are things that never change.  I love this car and what it represents;  My family.  My history.  A good, long life.

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McCarter Family | Santa Barbara, CA

November 24th, 2010

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving so it only seems fitting to post something I’m thankful for.  Well, there are six somethings in this little post that I’m thankful for… Megan, Brad, Ian, Jeremy, Molly, and Max.  I love you guys VERY much and am so thankful to have you in my life!  You are wonderful and I […]

 

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving so it only seems fitting to post something I’m thankful for.  Well, there are six somethings in this little post that I’m thankful for… Megan, Brad, Ian, Jeremy, Molly, and Max.  I love you guys VERY much and am so thankful to have you in my life!  You are wonderful and I treasure the times I get to go visit “my family” in Santa Barbara.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy…

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Friesen Family | Clovis, CA

November 18th, 2010

Recently I had the opportunity to photograph another photographer and her family.  Kori Friesen from Captured Moments Photography has an absolutely amazing little family!  Her kids are so stinkin’ cute and pretty darn funny.  Our quick little shoot was short, sweet, and the weather was lovely!  I certainly loved the outcome of the shoot and […]

 

Recently I had the opportunity to photograph another photographer and her family.  Kori Friesen from Captured Moments Photography has an absolutely amazing little family!  Her kids are so stinkin’ cute and pretty darn funny.  Our quick little shoot was short, sweet, and the weather was lovely!  I certainly loved the outcome of the shoot and hope you all do too. 🙂  Enjoy…

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The Klassen Five | Fresno, CA

November 15th, 2010

I’m about to go eat dinner so I’m not gonna say much… just that I love this family and the laughter they share!  They are so amazing and I LOVED shooting their family pictures. Enjoy…

 

I’m about to go eat dinner so I’m not gonna say much… just that I love this family and the laughter they share!  They are so amazing and I LOVED shooting their family pictures.

Enjoy…

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Trent & Rebecca | Morgan Hill, CA

November 11th, 2010

Today I finally saw an old friend of mine… she’s now 24!  I met her when she was 16.  I think she was 16… maybe 15?  I was her Lead Counselor at a High School Christian Camp way back when.  And now she’s all grown up and has been married for almost three whole years!  […]

 

Today I finally saw an old friend of mine… she’s now 24!  I met her when she was 16.  I think she was 16… maybe 15?  I was her Lead Counselor at a High School Christian Camp way back when.  And now she’s all grown up and has been married for almost three whole years!  Crazy.  But, for all of you Joshua kids circa 2003-04 just want to say this, jealous much?

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Broken | MTH2010 | San Francisco

November 10th, 2010

Yesterday… yesterday I broke.  All my fears, my inadequacies (that I convince myself of), my loneliness, my hurt, and my heart were laid bare in front of a room of strangers.  I cried, tears flowed down my cheeks on and off throughout the day.  I fought a headache (which was brought about by crying of […]

 

Yesterday… yesterday I broke.  All my fears, my inadequacies (that I convince myself of), my loneliness, my hurt, and my heart were laid bare in front of a room of strangers.  I cried, tears flowed down my cheeks on and off throughout the day.  I fought a headache (which was brought about by crying of course), I forced myself to be real and open, and still, I want another chance.  I want to continue to dig deeper.  That vulnerability, no matter how scary, is kinda powerful and huge.

At the end of the day Lara (one of the most amazing examples of a God fearing, God loving, powerful, humble woman) asked me to write down a word that described how I was feeling right at that moment.  Broken.  Broken flashed in my mind and I kept trying to push it aside and figure out a better word, one that might fit in with all the other words a little bit better.  Still it flashed in my mind… Broken.  Broken.  Broken.  And I knew, I had to be honest, I had to be real, to lay myself out there and admit, I’m broken.  When I was writing that word hugely across my Making Things Happen folder something else came to mind.  A song.  Lyrics.  “I’m pressed but not crushed.  Persecuted but not abandoned.  Struck down but not destroyed.  I’m blessed beyond the curse for His promise will endure and His joy is going to be my strength.”

It was then I realized.  Brokenness doesn’t define me.  It’s just a place I’m at.  It’s when you’re fully broken, that’s when the Lord can rebuild you into the person He wants you to be.  Wait, let me say this again.  It’s when I’M fully broken, that’s when the Lord can rebuild ME into the person He wants ME to be.  He makes things whole.  He makes ME whole.  He gave me talents, desires, gifts and I am excited to use what He’s given me to bring Him glory.  I know the things I love and I am excited to pursue them!  I am excited to see what growth comes from yesterday.

The past is the past, today is a new beginning.  Today I choose to live my life making baby steps.  I am deciding to live that dreamy, rich day that I desire.  Today is a new beginning.  And I am excited, rejuvenated, ready.

Thank you Lara, Emily, & Gina.  You women are an inspiration, a true blessing.  Ladies from Making Things Happen San Fran, your words, your voices, remain within me.  I am so thankful to have lived a day with you all in one small room.  I am excited to see what’s to come.  Girls, go out and do it!  Life’s to short not to be your best, to do your best, and to enjoy the journey!

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A Bloom’n good time | Reedley, CA

November 7th, 2010

A few weeks back I had the privilege of photographing a family that I grew up with.  Marni, who is now a mom of 4 (!!!),  was a good friend of mine from 1st grade through 7th grade and then she went off to Immanuel with a few other close friends and left me out […]

 

A few weeks back I had the privilege of photographing a family that I grew up with.  Marni, who is now a mom of 4 (!!!),  was a good friend of mine from 1st grade through 7th grade and then she went off to Immanuel with a few other close friends and left me out in the good ol’ countryside school.  After years upon years we reconnected via Facebook now I’ve been able to see this wonderful family three times within the past couple of months.  So I will stop rambling and start showing, we shot at two different locations.  Firsts stop, the countryside near the fireplace on the 180 (ya’ll know what I’m talking about).  Second stop, Woodward Park in Fresno to meet up with Great Great Grandma and some extended family.  Mind you, there are five generations of this family and it was a pleasure to capture a traditional family photograph for them!

Enjoy…

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Budget Savvy Bride & Forget Me Knot Weddings | Wedding Feature

November 3rd, 2010

This week seems fairly unreal. Yesterday was a huge feature on Grey Likes Weddings and today two other blogs are featuring my work! Seriously? Pinch me if I’m dreaming. Forget Me Knot Weddings featured one of the most recent weddings I photographed.  Lian & Brynnen were amazing and I’m excited to have their incredible wedding […]

 

This week seems fairly unreal. Yesterday was a huge feature on Grey Likes Weddings and today two other blogs are featuring my work! Seriously? Pinch me if I’m dreaming.

Forget Me Knot Weddings featured one of the most recent weddings I photographed.  Lian & Brynnen were amazing and I’m excited to have their incredible wedding shown off to the world!

Budget Savvy Bride featured Kevin & Susan Fiske’s wedding!  Seriously, Kevin & Susan are my most published couple.  Here Susan shares her budget and how they made their gorgeous wedding take place for $7000.  So worth the read. 🙂

It’s a good week.  Thank you to everyone who has been supporting me, working with me, praying for me, and following me!  I’m excited to see what is in-store for Jennifer Eileen next!

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Grey Likes Weddings | Wedding Feature

November 2nd, 2010

Today is a pretty amazing day.  It’s one of those days where hard work pays off.  A wedding I shot recently, Ryan & Tricia Iest (you know, the one where they’re in the cornfield), is featured on Grey Likes Weddings! Why is this a big deal you ask?  Well, I for one feel that this […]

 

Today is a pretty amazing day.  It’s one of those days where hard work pays off.  A wedding I shot recently, Ryan & Tricia Iest (you know, the one where they’re in the cornfield), is featured on Grey Likes Weddings!

Why is this a big deal you ask?  Well, I for one feel that this blog, Grey Likes Weddings, is a rather sophisticated, chic blog which posts ONLY beautiful things.  Trust me, I was completely humbled (and flabbergasted) to learn that the Iest wedding made it as a feature!  It really is an honor and SO exciting.

This past year my world has changed dramatically!  A year ago I was scared to even submit a wedding… I just didn’t think I was there yet.  My insecurities ruled the roost.  Now, sure I have insecurities here and there (who doesn’t?) but my mindset and attitude have completely changed.

I’m amazed at what the Lord has done over this past year and I can’t wait to see what He’s going to do during this next year.  I’m already so excited for the weddings that I have booked and I’m looking forward to the ones that are to come.

So, do me a favor, check out Grey Likes Weddings… leave a comment over there (and here if you want to help me out, encourage me, be my friend, or make me laugh)… and have an amazing day!

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Evolution of an Image | Lightroom 3 Edition

November 1st, 2010

Did you hear that my sister and I are now designing and creating our own Albums and Boxes? If not, we are. And the results have been beautiful! We have a huge sample album in the works and I imagine it’ll be done and photographed by this weekend (at least that’s my goal). For the […]

 

Did you hear that my sister and I are now designing and creating our own Albums and Boxes? If not, we are. And the results have been beautiful! We have a huge sample album in the works and I imagine it’ll be done and photographed by this weekend (at least that’s my goal).

For the second post in Evolution of an Image I decided to use one of the images from the most recent engagement album that we made for Kim & Odessa.  Angie made a gorgeous linen covered album with a box and she used some of the ribbon from their wedding!  Such a sweet, personal touch for this amazing couple.

Alright, now for the “Evolution” part of the post…  First off, let’s take a look at the RAW image and the proof image that was finished using Adobe Lightroom 3.  (A favorite tool of mine for my Post Production workflow.)

Now, I have 10 steps that I used to give me the finished result for my proofs that I wanted.  (Remember that my proof images are the ones that clients will see… they are not my finished images because no work has been done to them in photoshop.  So, to be honest, these are my “oooo, that looks good enough” images.)

1.  This is my raw image with my Basic Settings on the side

2.  First things first, I use my eyedrop tool (short key is ‘w’) to click on an area that I know is either white, black, or gray.  This make my settings go from a blue 3500 to a warm 4300.  (For those who are curious, I was shooting this on my chair in the living room next to a huge open window.)

3.  I adjusted my exposure.  Notice that my exposure went from 0.00 to 0.20.  The only part of my image that is slightly blown out is the top ledge of the albums box.

4.  So, because of this blown out area I went ahead and recovered some of the information.  (Recovery is at 12 now.)

5.  In my fifth step I went ahead and adjusted my Blacks.  I added more black into my image which automatically added a slight bit of contrast as well as brought the left side of my Histogram down to the edge of the left side.  I still have information in all of the dark areas of this image which I like.

6.  This is where I bumped up some contrast… but only a little since I already added some in step 5.  So I went from the automatic Contrast being +25 to +37.

7.  Now, looking at my image I see that there are some dark areas that I don’t want to be so heavy.  Moving back up to the Fill Light I bumped that up to +8 which brought some light into the darker areas of my image.

8.  Get this… from there I went back and added a hair more contrast to my image (mind you, this is all by personal taste so it’ll be different on every image).  Now my contrast is set at +41.

9.  Clarity is a funny little thing.  Too much of it can really ruin an image.  But a hint of it can be pretty cool.  I only went up to +8 which added a tiny bit of clarity (wondering what that means? I’m just making the image a little more clear, not necessarily sharpening it but in a way I’m sharpening it).  🙂  I also brought down my Vibrance a hair setting my slider at -7.  This took out a tiny bit, and I mean tiny, of the orangey-yellow in the image.

10.  Last adjustment made was in my Effects menu.  I added a slight vignette to the image.  Lately I haven’t been vignetting as much as I have in the past but there are certain pictures that it works for… especially if there are brighter areas on the outside of the image.  We all know that the brightest area of an image is where the eye travels to first.

So that’s that.  A small little take on the inside of my love relationship with Lightroom.  I hope this is informative and enjoyable to read!  Let me know if there are any specific things you’d like me to explain about any of my processes.  I will definitely consider my next “Evolution of an Image” to cover the information you’re wanting to know.

Blessings,

Jen