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Friday, February 24, 2012

THE BIG NEWS!!!! And a FAB Starbucks give-a-way!!!

It's TIME!  What's the big deal?  What's up?  Nouvelle Vie Photography is ALL NEW!  Well, except for me, haha!  After a few years of shooting under the NVP name, and after several years of prayer, AND after several years of "What's the name again?" "How do you spell that?" etc... I have decided to rebrand myself and my business.  I am now...drum roll please...

"Why in the world would you go through all that trouble," might you ask?  I'm glad you did, I'd LOVE to share :)

When I started this company, it was because a precious friend asked me to take pictures of her 3mth old little girl.  She offered to pay me and we (I and my gorgeous book keeper/hubby) wanted to do this the right way, legally.  I came up with a name, "Nouvelle Vie Photography", very quickly and really had no clue who I was in all this yet.  I mean for heavens sakes, I had JUST started!  All I knew was that Christ had blessed me and brought me "new life" in a multitude of ways (ergo "New Life Photography") and hey, who doesn't love French stuff?!?!

I've been on a soul search for about the last year or so and realized that even as NVP, a little sparrow has always seemed to find it's way to having a presence in the things I've done (check the watermarks).  I knew that God was in control and He has been sooooo faithful to me and my family over the years, all I could think about were several scriptures that embodied how I felt...

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.
♥ Matthew 10:28-30

So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
♥ Matthew 10:30-32

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.
♥ Luke 12:5-7

Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid;
you are worth more than many sparrows.
♥ Luke 12:6-8

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?
♥ Matthew 6:26

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young—
a place near Your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
♥ Psalm 84:3

Many of you know the struggles we have had with starting businesses in a lousy economy, the loss of my father, the loss of some very dear friends, fires (ugh) and just all around life stuff.  These verses have been such a huge comfort for me. I knew that a "sparrow" had to be a part of the new name and because this is my "heart", well... now you know :)  AND the fact that people can actually spell it...

SOOOO!  Head on over to the NEW Sparrow's Heart Photography blog for all the details on the STARBUCKS GIVE-A-WAY!!!!  You can also find details on Facebook!  And don't forget to check out the NEW website!!!!

Stay tuned because for even MORE coming in the future!  Especially for all you photogers out there :D  I've got a few things up my sleeves!

Hugs and BIG Jesus blessings to you!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kiss n' Tell: Hannah "Golden Hour"

The same evening I took the previous image of the squirrel, I had a few friends coming by to get a quicky family shot for his website (will post soon).  I wanted to test the light in this one spot so I grabbed my son first (but honestly, a teen boy in a field of flowers isn't exactly what I was going for), took a few shots, then my big girl drove up from work and I hauled her over there.  The light was to DIE for and I made her sit for about 5 minutes so I could get some settings on her.  Unfortunately my sweet friends didn't make it in time for that golden glow in that particular spot, but I'm sooooo glad I snagged a few of Hannah.  That is my dream spot now!!!

(I don't know why, but this looks grayish compared to the after below, they are the SAME image!!!
The one below is the true tone of the image. WEIRD!  Anyone else see it?  Anyone else have this same problem?)

I was only going to post the finished image and then I had an idea...  I haven't done a "kiss n' tell" for a while so I thought I'd share a teeny overview of the process.  I figure that most people out there don't realize just how fantastic our eyes and minds were created and how hard it is to get the camera to replicate what we see.  Here's the B and A

I've broken this down into three sections.

First is the image, as taken... "Straight Out Of Camera" or SOOC as we like to say.  This was taken in RAW so I was able to clean it up a bit before my final edit.  The second image is the "clean edit".  As you can tell, the image was a bit under exposed and the white balance was off.  I leave the WB on auto but it's only a camera... it's known to make mistakes.

Now comes the fun part :)  The clean edit is a wonderful shot of my girl but it's amazing what a difference a special touch can make.  I used "Paint the Moon's" action, Fairy Floss Pop.  I did some adjusting on a few layers and "VOILA!".

So, in short, I LOVE to create the images I see in my head.  The camera helps but I like to take it a bit farther and really make each image special.  This is one reason why custom photography costs more than a chain store.  Hope this blesses someone out there as you get a little peek into my world :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Golden Squirrels and Fluffy Hours

Things have been so topsy turvy with my schedule.  I've even started walking with a friend and despite some occasional missed joint walks, God has faithfully encouraged me to take my kids and go if she can't.  Going just for a few days has been such a blessing, I'm seeing the benefits everywhere.  Joy, peace, better sleep, better mood, better eating choices, even more productive work.  Any weight loss would be an added benefit.  Everything else is just such a fabulous boost for me, if nothing else, those make it worth it.

The other evening, the kids and I went out and just enjoyed the beautiful spring weather we'd had.  I haven't been walking with my camera much but I did take it this time.

There is nothing better than fluffy squirrels and that GORGEOUS golden hour!  I declare, I think God gave me the best little place ever.  The way that sun hits and disperses into the evening sky, in my neighborhood, is so stunning it takes my breath away.

So here's to golden squirrels and fluffy hours and everything turned right from a topsy turvy world.Thank you Jesus for Your creation, Your joy and Your peace :)