Pixie Memories is Northern VA & Washington DC's Family Photographer. Pat Jesten specializes in modern, organic, simple and clean fine art photography of newborns, maternity, babies, children and families. She serves the DC metropolitan area including NOVA Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, Arlington & Alexandria Counties) and DC. Towns include: Fairfax, McLean, Falls Church, Reston, Annandale, Springfield, Oakton, Vienna, Clifton, Alexandria, Arlington, Tysons Corner, Georgetown, Old Town and more.
I met his older sister 8 years ago, but I had the pleasure of hanging out with him and his mom early one morning. Early, meaning 10am – LOL. The whole world was silent and I think every single animal came out to greet us at Burke Lake Park. They have no fear of people, what so ever. It was great to see…
I also used my new Canon 24-70 2.8 II Lens. It was fresh out of the box, but as soon as its micro adjusted to my MKIII, it may have to be my second favorite lens. Nothing compares to the 70-200 2.8 II – well, except the Canon 200 2.0L (thats on my wish list – If I ever start photographing seniors and adults, I would have this lens…) It really is BEAUTIFUL!
I was so pleased with this session. I seriously loved every single one of the proofs that I gave them. Baby girl, had a rough start – she’s is a preemie and is two months old here BUT she is 2 weeks adjusted. She was PERFECT! The Whole family was perfect. I’ll stop swooning and below you will see a few of the photos. Everything just screams JOY! I could not decide between color andy/w so I chose to show both.
I would first like to say that I am a photographer first and foremost not a retoucher or photoshop guru. However, I live in Northern VA where it is cold enough to snow but we rarely get any snow and when we do manage to see snow flakes, the roads are often not safe to drive on, so its difficult to have natural snow images. Because of the magic of photoshop, Let it Snow, Let it Snow! I have CS6, but my assumption is that the directions will be the same for the older versions, the screen just may not look the same,
Directions are as follows:
1. Open a photo that you want covered in snow. I would suggest editing the image using your normal routine and once finished use that final portrait as your base.
2. Choose the eye dropper tool from the toolbar and click on the green. I chose one of the leaves that were medium green.
3. Go to Select —> Color Range and set the fizziness to 135, choose sampled colors from the select box and White Matte from the Selection Preview and click OK.
4. You will see the matching ants on the screen, and create a new layer call it snow, go to Edit—> Fill, and choose White for Contents and deselect (Command D on the MAC) to get rid of the marching ants then add a masking layer.
5. You should see “snow” and start masking out the areas you do not want
6. Cool down your image using your favorite method. (This is where your artistry comes in) And then head on over to www.deviantart.com and download THIS overlay. They have more, so you can look around and see which one fits your mood. Open the snow image and drag it on top of your photo and set the blending mode to Screen. And this is what you will see (after setting it to screen mode)
7. Add a masking layer in case you don’t like where the snow is and have fun!
Have fun walking in your Winter Wonderland! If you have other questions, please feel free to ask.
I am so honored that I get to photograph this family every year. The best part is not only physically being able to see how much they have grown but their personalities are so much more mature than when I first met them. I remember the smallest girl would laugh every time I would sneeze – and that was on her first birthday. Who knew it would be so funny! But true to her personality, she is FILLEd with laughter and giggles to this day. She gave me a run for my money BUT it was worth it cuz the laughter is still ringing in my ears.
The oldest girl is very much the protector and is mature for her age. Plus I am in LOVE with her red hair.