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Hello, and welcome to my blog. I'm a natural light photographer living in the Boise, Idaho area with my husband and 5 kids. I enjoy capturing images of all kinds, but I am truly in love with photographing newborn babies. The first days of life are precious and magical and so very fleeting. Feel free to email me with any questions you may have at info@LauraFarrisPhotgraphy.com. Thank you for visiting my little corner of the web :)

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Introducing newborn mini-shoots

Yay, I am now booking newborn mini-shoots! These mini shoots are $300 and will consist of 1-2 hours of shoot time and 10-12 of the best images from your session. All images will be come on a disc fully edited and in full resolution in both color and black & white. Please check out my pricing HERE for more info. Or feel free to email me at lfarris27@hotmail.com with any questions you may have or to book a session.

Now on to some pictures of a super duper cute little guy...here's Canyon, just 1 week old. What an adorable little guy, all 8 lbs 3 oz of him.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

beautiful flowers with some before & afters

I just loooooove this beautiful field of yellow and I so hope the flowers stick around for a while. It's only a few minutes from my house which makes me love it even more.
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Lily was such a good girl for me.
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Stella just wanted to eat dirt, but she sure looked adorable while she ate it.
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Abbey and Lily have become such good friends lately. They're always happy to be together and they're even happier to go out for treats after they're done modeling for us.
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Here's Audrey with her hands quite full. It's so nice to have such a good friend to shoot with. It makes every shoot so much more fun!
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And I always love it when photographers share their before and after shots, so here are a couple from this shoot:

I'll start with the SOOC shot. Actually, it's SOOL or straight out of lightroom:
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I shot this with my 5D and I borrowed Audrey's 85mm 1.8 lens for this shoot. I wanted to see how I liked that focal length on my full frame, and I really really liked it. My settings were ISO 200 F/2.8 and shutter speed 400.

Here's the fully edited image:
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Here is what I did. Now this will probably sound like gibberish if you're not familiar with photoshop. But if you do use photoshop, here ya go:

I first ran the RAW image through lightroom and adjusted the white balance just a bit. I forgot to set a custom white balance when I started shooting (we were in a bit of a rush) so my original images were just a bit too cool. The exposure was pretty good so I didn't mess with much else in lightroom. So I saved it as a jpeg and opened it up in photoshop CS3.

I brightened with levels & curves. Used a channel mixer adjustment layer to intensify color and masked back skin at 75%. You never want to saturate the skin too much. It makes it look red or orange...yucky. Then I ran portraiture on their skin at around 50% masking back eyes, eyebrows, & mouth. Slightly sharpened girls using smart sharpen. Cropped a bit. Oh, and I also ran the 'Oh snap' action from totally rad actions at around 20% just to give it a bit more contrast.

I think that's about it. I always do EVERYTHING on an adjustment layer so I can brush on or brush off what I need to. It makes everything you do adjustable. So if you're not familiar with adjustment layers or layer masking, then google it and find some tutorials. They'll change your life!

Here's one more before & after of Lily:
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So, I followed pretty much the same steps as above. Of course, every image is a little different, so the opacity's of the layers and amount of layer masking etc. will be a bit different too.
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I hope all that made some sense!!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

almost 1 : Nampa Idaho newborn photographer

I thought that I'd already posted these of Stella, but I guess that was just my family blog. Oops. Here are a few of my faves from Stella's 11 month mini shoot.

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Quite a doll, if I do say so myself ;)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Kinlee : Boise Idaho newborn photographer

This beautiful 1 week old little girl came to see me last week. And what a perfect little girl she was. I hardly heard a peep out of her during her whole session.

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I think setup shots are always fun to share. And even at 8 pounds, Doesn't she look so tiny in that drawer.
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Thanks Christine for coming to me and even letting me try out some new props. I hope you love these!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New headbands

My sister Noelle has added some new headbands & clips for her etsy shop. I'm so in love them. She makes the flowers out of fabric and they come in a bunch of beautiful colors. Click HERE to visit her site.

How gorgeous is Noelle?!
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Miss Sage modeling the Avodado headband.
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Alexa : Boise Idaho newborn photographer

This little lady was a feisty thing who made me work for almost every shot. But it was definitely worth the effort. What a teeny tiny little doll she is. Lori, thank you for being so patient. I hope you love these.

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Can you tell how loved she is?
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Faith

My beautiful niece, Faith was baptized this last weekend. It was a very special day for her and she couldn't have any looked sweeter in her new white dress. Congratulations Faith. I'm so glad I could be there for your big day!

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

rare

I don't get too many pictures of all 4 of our kids together very often because it's a lot of work. But I'm glad I took the time and effort to get this shot. I've got a huge print of this hanging above our bed and I love it.
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There are more posted on Our Family Blog.