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Last day of Kindergarten | Hendersonville TN Photographer

Wednesday was Mia’s last day of Kindergarten.  You may remember my post from her first day of Kindergarten when she was heading off to the big elementary school.  She’s grown up so much in the last year.  I can’t believe I am really the mother of a 1st grader!  Eek!  Before heading out the door for our last day, we decided to have a little mini photo session and her sister was quick to jump in, as well.

So here I present, my two babies!  You will also notice Elaina’s pink lovie, Piggy.  Piggy came to our family in 2006 when Mia was born. She was instantly hooked on it from about 3 months on and Elaina is no different.  We now house about six Piggys, since both girls still love on them.  As you can see, Piggy has seen better days but that’s what makes him extra loved.

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The scary thing is, I can totally see Mia as a teenager in that first picture.  Doesn’t her pose (which she did on her own) remind you of one of my Nashville Senior sessions??  Houston, I think we may have a problem in ten years!!

Have a wonderful summer break!!
I am currently booking fall senior sessions and would love to have you on my Senior Crew this year!  Why don’t you go ahead and give us a call at 615-431-9237 and get on our books so YOU can have a session everyone will be envious of!

Baby Boy on Board | Nashville TN Portrait Photographer

I first met The Mitchell Family, we were waiting for their daddy/husband to arrive at Nashville’s airport for one of my Operation Love sessions.  Since then, they’ve been wonderful clients and you may even recognize them from my bunny sessions last year.  When they announced their newest arrival to me, K told me early on that she wanted me to do her maternity portraits and we scheduled this session MONTHS in advance.  We were down to the wire, literally, because on the day of this session, the movers were at their house packing their things for their move.

I adore this family and their fun loving personality.  They make my job as a photographer easy.  This session included many picked flowers, laughs, and one stunning pregnant K.

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How to make a Tool Preset | Nashville TN Photographer

Most people assume that photographers just snap pictures at a shoot, head home, upload the photos, and they are done.  Not the case at all.  I heard a statistic one day that said photographers spend only about 12% of their time actually taking the pictures.  The majority of their time is editing, custom designing products (albums, etc) and then actually sending their images to their pro labs.  Pretty dead on, for me at least.

In my years of being a photographer, I’ve searched for ways to make editing easier and faster.  Many photographers choose to use actions in Photoshop to help speed up the process.  I get asked all the time what are my favorite actions.  I always answer that my favorites are the ones I’ve made to help make my editing easier.  Sure, I have a few actions that are my “go to” ones for certain things (Florabella and Michelle Kane are two favorites) but for the most part, I hand edit every image a client purchases.  I’m kinda Type A like that!icon wink How to make a Tool Preset | Nashville TN Photographer

Today, I thought I’d show off a simple and life changing (okay, maybe not life changing but pretty darn awesome) tool that I use that has helped speed up my editing process dramatically.  This little dandy method helps you out in a few ways.  Not only does it house all your tools you use on a regular basis (brush for the eyes, brush for the eye bags, Logo watermark, etc) but it has them already sized to what you normally would need them to be.  When making my tool presets, I open an image and enlarge it to where I would normally be editing at.  If I’m editing the eyes on an image, I usually enlarge my image to 100%.  I will go ahead an zoom in on an image and set my brush to exactly what I want.  I make it the size I want, the opacity needed, etc.  This way, I don’t have to fiddle with them when going from image to image.  They are pre-sized and ready to be used.  To make your own presets, follow the instructions I laid out for you.  (*Sidenote: This is using CS5 but I’m assuming it’s similar in all versions of Photoshop)

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Now, all you need to do is save it and you’re done.  Simple as that.  Pretty nifty, huh?  Also notice, I try to minimize the amount I have to drag my mouse across the screen.  I’ve moved my tool bar to the right side to keep me from having to go from one side of the screen to the other so much.

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Do you have a time saving tip that you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear it and maybe even feature your suggestion on my blog.  Send me an email at summer[at]realpromisesphotography.com with your tip.

Nana’s in town! (+outtakes!) | Hendersonville TN Photographer

My mom was gracious enough to bless us with her presence this weekend.  She gets the itch to see them at least once a month and since it’s been a month since we were home in NC, she decided to make the trek up here.  Unfortunately, Poppy (my dad) and Unnie (my brother) had to stay behind and hold down the fort so they weren’t able to make the trip, too.icon sad Nanas in town! (+outtakes!) | Hendersonville TN Photographer

We had a fun time and Mia and Nana spent yesterday having a fun girls’ day of bowling, shopping, and buying a huge play bouncy ball that is going to be the death of me if it’s kicked inside the house one more time.  (sidenote:  it’s one of those really large plastic-y balls thats a good 18 inches in diameter and with the slightest kick, it goes soaring through the air.  I will let you finish the thought with what happens to picture frames and lamps after that…)

Anyway.  We have fallen in love with Sunday brunch at Bluegrass Country Club so we decided to take Nana today before she had to fly out.  In case you were wondering, Brunch didn’t let us down and I think mom could have opened her pocketbook and stuffed a few of the crepes for the trip home.  She said they were absolutely delish!  After brunch, we took a quick moment outside for a few pictures of Nana and the girls.  Have you ever heard a photographer say that their own children are the worst to photograph?  Well, I’m here to tell you that is the honest to goodness truth.  Oh, did I mention I have proof??

Here you go.  In all of it’s unedited glory.  Please take note of the little mama (AKA: Mia) and the little diva (Elaina) not wanting to have her picture taken.  She is a total mama’s girl and needs to be attached to my hip at all times.  Have I also mentioned that I even booked another local photographer to take my own children’s pictures this summer?  Yes.I.did.  The fantabulous Angela Crutcher of Angela Crutcher Photography will have the honor of roping my twosome while I sit back and smile and enjoy the time.  Good luck, Angela! :)  Here’s what you’re working with.

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Here’s the best we could end up with!! Better luck next time, right? It’s the thought that counts and the moment that makes it special.

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Love you, Mom!  Thanks for an awesome weekend full of food, fun, and your first time at sushi!icon smile Nanas in town! (+outtakes!) | Hendersonville TN Photographer

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