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Check out these new Portrait Lightroom Presets by Sleek Lens

I have been a huge fan of Lightroom for the longest time. Normally, I am a fully ‘scratch’ editor, meaning I don’t use any regular presets, but I edit everything by hand. But, I had the opportunity to try the Sleek Lens ‘Strike A Pose’ Lightroom workflow presets recently, and I have found some I really enjoy! Plus, the way they have their stackable workflow presets set up, makes it perfect for a Lightroom beginner to correct common post processing issues.

The presets come with both a selection of ‘all in one’ presets that give you a finished look, and a large variety of stackable workflow presets to help you build the perfect recipe. Also, they come with a set of brushes to help you spot correct and touch up your images in Lightroom! Yes, you CAN do beauty retouching in Lightroom.

I created a few samples for you to see what you can do with these presets. With the first two samples, I used one of the all in one presets, and a did a stackable workflow edit.

sleek lens strike a pose portrait workflow examples

sleek lens strike a pose portrait workflow examples

Sparkle, Sparkle is definitely going to be one of my new favorite presets! I love the soft light-leak look that doesn’t overwhelm the image.

Next, I want to show you an image that I retouched using Lightroom only and the brushes provided with the Strike a Pose workflow set.

sleek lens strike a pose portrait workflow examples

Here’s my recipe for the above image. I started with Sparkle, Sparkle (I told you I liked it!) and I used the following Lightroom brushe: Smooth Skin (slightly reduced, because I like to keep texture in the skin), Enhance Catchlights, Fix Undereye Circles, Color – Warmer (to warmer up the left side of the image) and Hair – Define Blonde Hair.

I like that the Sleek Lens Strike A Pose Lightroom set gives you so much control over your editing. I may admit to being a bit of a control freak, so that works out well for me. The step by step workflow is perfect for beginners looking to break down each step of editing their images, which is important, in my opinion.

You can learn more about the Strike A Pose Portrait Workflow here, or you can also check out all the Sleek Lens Lightroom Presets here!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.

Miss “D” is One & Family Photos – Plano Family Photographer

I got together with the P family and the lovely Miss D for a some photos to celebrate both her turning one, and capture the family bond between both sides of the family. Both sets of grandparents came and you can just see how everybody dotes on sweet Miss D. Don’t you love her curly hair? She wasn’t entirely sure about my big black box, but we did get some cute smiles out of her. Her Grandpas were especially good at making her laugh! You have to love that Grandpa magic.

Here are some of my favorite images from our session.


first birthday photos outdoors in Frisco
first birthday photos outdoors in Frisco
family photos outdoors in Frisco
family photos outdoors in Frisco

First birthdays are a really great time to get family photos done. I love one year olds, they’re so much fun!

Welcome Mr. A – Plano Lifestyle Newborn Photography

I was so excited to go spend some time down with the W family to capture some casual, at home portraits of the adorable Mr. A. I’ve been photographing this family since mom and dad’s engagement session back in 2011. It’s been such a pleasure watching their family grow. Of course, Mr. A’s sweet big sister is absolutely smitten with him, and already such a big helper. We had lots of fun playing together as well, while Mom took care of baby brother. We had to include their furry family member as well, because he’s been a part of several other sessions and I thought we should continue the tradition.

Here are a few of my favorite images from our session:


lifestyle newborn session in dallas, tx
lifestyle newborn session in dallas, tx
lifestyle newborn session in dallas, tx
lifestyle newborn session in dallas, tx
lifestyle newborn session in dallas, tx
lifestyle newborn session in dallas, tx

I love lifestyle sessions and I think they’re a great way to really share the personality of your family. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll have more fun stuff up on the blog very soon.

Personal Spring Recap – Plano Family Photographer

This year is really flying by. I’ve been so busy, I hadn’t even had a chance to make a general spring recap and share some of our personal snapshots in between the big events like birthday parties and out of state travel. I can’t believe we’re getting close to the end of July already, and I’m starting to plan for all the fall and holiday fun. But first, let me share a little bit about some of the fun family things we did so far this year.

This year we went camping over at Dinosaur Valley in Glen Rose. We ended up with some nice, pleasantly cool weather. My dad came along, as did our dog, Dante, of course. The kids had a blast running around and exploring. We saw some dinosaur tracks and did some adventurous hiking along. Let me tell you, carrying a 35 lb toddler on your back while hiking along rocky terrain is quite the workout! :) On our way back from Glen Rose, we stopped by a little museum about the Chisholm Trail. I’m always fond of little hodge podge museums like that; you can tell they’re a labor of love. Plus, I am a major history geek, so it’s fun for me.

We also hit up the Dallas Zoo, and got to ride on the monorail for the first time in quite a while. I remember always loving the monorail at the zoo when I was a kid. There was also an amazing Lego exhibit that had incredible detail to it. The kids got to experience their first Scarborough Faire down in Waxahachie. I had planned completely different costumes for them than what they ended up wearing, but they still looked adorable and had a lot of fun. We also spent back to back weekends with family. We headed down to CTX to hang out with my brother and dad (and adorable nephew Barrett, of course) and then we went to Mineola for a bit of a family reunion at my Papa’s house.

Fall is my favorite season, and although it feels like summer will never end right now.. I know it’s just around the corner. I can’t wait for all the fun fall stuff and Halloween!










Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.