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Jessica Dieckhaus' Heartbreaker: MeFOTO Instagram Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Family Photography, Giveaway, Portrait Photography       Tags family photography, baby photography, Instagram giveaway, MeFOTO SideKick360

Clickin's Moms. They're out there in force - professionals, aspiring professionals and women who are just passionate about capturing the lives of their children. There is even a dedicated website  - What Kendra Okolita started as a safe place for a small group of women to talk photography has grown into an on-line home for more than 16,000 women. Here members find resources for technical knowledge, artistic growth, business development and a supportive community were all are welcome.

Whether she is an official member or not, last Friday's SideKick360 winner, Jessica Dieckhaus, is indeed a clickin' mom. Her winning image was the result of an impromptu spring photo session.

"Imagine perfect 70 degree weather, beautiful lush green grass, and some flowers blooming. That’s exactly what we found when we headed to Cortez Park literally a block away from my house in Jacksonville, FL. This little guy is a very good friend of mine's son. My friend had been wanting Easter and Spring pictures of both of her children. Being a military mom of two little ones under the age of three, we needed: quick, pretty and easy. This was the perfect spot. It also doesn’t hurt that Florida spring starts early here. With the mom's assistance, we tried capturing images of both her kids together, but the almost three-year-old decided she didn’t want very many pictures with her younger brother. That's when we decided to do just the little guy. While mom got him to laugh, I just kept shooting away on my Nikon D5100. That’s when this image happened. "

Randy McKown's Senior Smile: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Portrait Photography, Family Photography, Giveaway       Tags high school senior portraits, MeFOTO Giveaway, MeFOTO Backpacker, Instagram giveaway

This week's BackPacker Giveaway winner, Randy McKown, is a successful Senior Portrait and Wedding Photographer in Kansas City. Randy's business, NewImage Photography, specializes in creative images that express the unique personality and style of each of his clients.

"This photo was taken during one of my senior portrait sessions here in the Kansas City area. I love shooting seniors because it’s such a special time for them. A lot of girls spend years looking forward to this moment. So when the time comes, I do what I can to make them feel like a model for the day.

This shot was taken in front of these giant metal doors of a church that’s located in a small religious community called Unity Village, just outside of the city. I love the contrast between the dark doors and her red dress. What makes this picture even more memorable is that this senior was the daughter of our very close friends. This was her special day."  - Randy

Family Reigns!! Final 2013 MeFOTO Instagram Winners

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Family Photography, Portrait Photography       Tags Instagram giveaway, MeFOTO Backpacker, MeFOTO Giveaway

As the year drew to a close and people prepared for the holidays, thoughts naturally turned toward family and loved ones. For those with a photographic bent that meant family photos! Our year-end BackPacker Giveaway winners were no exception.

Farhan Khan's Family is Everything

To Farhan Khan there is nothing more important than family. In his winning image for 12/20/13, Family is Everything, Farhan envisions this father, mother, son and daughter caring for each other as they journey through life's phases.

"I couldn't resist clicking this amazing moment" - Farhan


Cong Dinh's Christmas Elf

Cong Dinh, 12/27/13's Giveaway winner, was approached by a co-worker to take some photos of his newborn son for their Christmas card. Looking for images to add to his portfolio, Cong was happy to oblige.

"The photo was taken on top of a coffee table with white stuffing around him. He was crying the whole time, but just for a split second he stopped. That was when I captured this photo." - Cong


Large groups, cranky kids, uptight parents - creating good family portraits can be challenging. Check out Digital Photography School's 10 Tips for Creating Great Family Portraits for ideas to make your family photos shine.

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Joshua Hanna's Determination: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Portrait Photography       Tags Joshua Hanna, MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, high school senior portraits

Creative, gritty, glamorous, fun! High school seniors are embracing a whole new style of senior portrait. Gone are the days of one or two poses against a single backdrop. Today's seniors are looking for portraits that showcase their personal sense of style. 

Joshua Hanna's winning image for this week was shot as part of a high school senior sports session.  For this particular image, Joshua used a three light setup - two small strip boxes behind and to the sides of the subject and one light in an octa box in front of the subject.

Once preliminary adjustments had been made in camera RAW, the image was imported into Photoshop for post-processing to create the edgy, magazine style look of the finished portrait.

We asked Josh to share his process with us: 

"After importing into Photoshop, I performed some general skin retouching as well as added a couple of dodge and burn layers using Curve Adjustments to enhance the shadow and highlight areas. Next, I selected out the subject to add to a new layer. This allowed me to put some light flare behind the subject to allow him to stand off of the background a little better. Having the subject on his own layer also allowed me to layer some fog, using a custom brush, behind and then in front of the subject for a little more depth. I finished up the image by doing some color grading using Curves Adjustments by adding some blue/green to the shadows and yellow tones to the highlights. Then topped everything off with some High Pass sharpening."  - Josh


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