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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Summer Time

     It's summer time!  And that means beach trips!  And for those of you that know me, that means major photo ops!!  For years, I've traveled to the beach each summer with the kids and coerced them into posing for pics.  So, in respect of tradition, I had to do it again.  

      This trip was down in south Fl.  And by south, I mean mile marker 36!  We actually stayed at two different places.  The first, John Pennekamp and it is slightly north of 36. We did some incredible snorkeling and had a blast!  They have one of the prettiest coral reefs inland (5 mil) and it is an awesome experience.   But the next day we packed it all up and went south to Bahia Honda.  Bahia has been named one of the US's prettiest beaches twice.  It's that pretty.  The entire key is a state park and is protected.  Shhhhhh, don't tell anyone I took a shell!  

     Bahia Honda encompasses over 500 acres and includes the remnants of Henry Flagler's overseas railroad; a project that began in 1905.  Pretty impressive feat if you consider the logistics of this at that time.  If you are looking for a relaxing beach trip with your family, I highly recommend Bahia.  

 and a little HDR for ya....

     Although I'm a photographer, I feel the need to confess something.  I do just like everyone else on vacation.  I procrastinate the family photos.  I usually put it off to the last day.  This behavior does not allow for any glitches, like weather or pesky tourists!  Which the latter was my problem.  It never fails. If I want to take a picture in a particular spot, some newly in love couple is oblivious to my desires. So for the whole week as I planned the shots in my head, it had to be that EXACT location that this couple chooses to make out??   All I can say is improvise.

So I took advantage of the history at hand.  The old railroad Flagler left for us was now my new backdrop!  Most of this bridge is fenced off.  But there is a small part that is accessible.  So after having everyone climb, including me, we set it up. 

And the final product....

As you can see from the palm trees wind was a major factor! All I can say is it's a good thing I have a tall hubby!  

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tribute To MaMo, by Zac Moore

Florence "MaMo" Moore 

These pictures are a tribute to my most loved Grandmother of all.  She has battled cancer for years.  She was the "strongest" lady I knew.  She always had a smile on her face.  Never once did I not see one.  These pictures are of me and her that will last a lifetime and be memories of my grandma MaMo.  I love you MaMo.  R.I.P 
MaMo in her skivvies stirring hog slop.  

MaMo and Me working on our winnebago in daddy jim's shop

Taking flowers to the old house where MaMo was born,  Englishville, Ga.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Looking Back

I have become nostalgic lately.  Not that I ever want to go backwards.. but I was looking through some older images to have printed for my husband's new office and I got a little nostalgic.  We lived in Savannah for only 3 years, but those three years make up some of the best times in my life as well as my children's.  With so much history there, it's hard not to become totally absorbed by the town.  Savannah's one of those cities that welcomes you with open arms.  There is a niche' for everyone.  You are surrounded by ART and FOOD; really good art and incredible food!   Most weekends were spent outside whether at Tybee or downtown on the squares.  People enjoyed being outside and walking or riding places.  Yes, people still walk places.

I have gone back to Savannah numerous times over the 5 + years we've been in middle Ga.  In fact, I'll be there in March with my best friend... shout out to Donna!  We are planning a few personal days of shooting as well as time to get more tats!  Even my tattooist moved to Sav.  If you want some great ink... visit .  Peter is phenomenal!

I made my husband promise to return me to Savannah one day.  It's the only place I've ever really felt at home.   So until that day comes, I'll have nostalgic moments to tide me over.

The first image was taken in downtown Sav in an old building that was being renovated.  Several of these guys were very cooperative and let me take as many pictures as I liked.  But this guy has something different about him.  He drew me into his eyes.

This image was taken in Fla, but was taken while I lived in Sav.  It's a classic merge.   After setting up the meter in my frame, I waited patiently for cars to pass so that I could record their movement.  This image began my love of implied motion!

The last images were taken in and around Savannah!  Boy Montana was just a little boy!

Jeff asleep on the job as usual! 

Look Dad! I did it!


enjoy :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Print, Download & Share

2011 Prom is right around the corner!  Be sure and stay connected to find out about Prom Package specials.  Not just any prom pictures.... but unique ART by TSMoore Photography.  Capturing the moments you wish would last forever!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Love is in the Air!

 I thought since it was February I'd take the opportunity to share some wedding photos. Not mine of course... but those from the first wedding from 2011. It was the wedding of Ashton and Tyler. The wedding was at the beautiful Hay House in Macon, Ga. With 18,000 sq ft, the Hay House has four levels and is topped with a three story cupola. Elegant is the definitely the word for this house. Being a natural light photographer, photographing indoors poses new challenges! Of course, I relied on my external flash and my huge reflector! Thank God for those. The first shot is of Ashton and her brides. And YES, it's in the bathroom. As soon as I spotted this bathroom, I knew I would set up a shot in here. The lighting in this room was angelic. It peered through the amazing stained glass and poured onto my subjects. With a bit of bounce on the front side, this shot would totally work! All that was left was to place the girls. I wanted Ashton to be the focus. I also wanted a unique angle so that she overpowered the shot.

The second shot is of just bridesmaids. All three bridesmaids were stunning! And this window was a perfect spot for a backlit portrait.

The third shot is of Ashton alone. Love the colors in this image. I don't think Ashton takes a 'bad' 

And the fourth shot a full length shot of Ashton in the entry hall. I can't imagine this being your first sight as you walk into a friends home today. Such grandeur!

Ashton wanted a shot up in the cupola. So in order to capture the architecture here I knew I'd need the fisheye! LOVE THE FISH EYE!! ;)

enjoy :)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sweet Babies...

I recently photographed a sweet baby girl named Amelia. She had a head full of black hair! Babies are always fun.. mainly because they are unpredictable. Just when you think they are asleep.....NOT! And when you think now I can take her diaper off and snap a few bare bottomed shots... mother nature takes over! But all in all, babies are a joy. It's always an honor to be a part of those first couple of weeks. So Thank You to all my moms out there!

This one will be short and sweet.... Enjoy :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Vision continues...

Vision... A vision has a beginning, middle and end. With digital photography the PS process is the middle. My son asked me recently what I did all day? When I told him I'd been in front of the computer all day editing pictures, he asked did I enjoy it? An emphatic yes was my answer. I won't bore you with every detail of what I do to an image, just the basics.

You start with a great image (a creatively and well exposed image). I take that image and open it in bridge; the first step in my developing process for RAW images. The very first thing I do is set the white balance. White balance does not have to be tricky or difficult to adjust. There's a sliding scale for goodness sake! Knowing the Kelvin temperatures is key. What value do you want the image to possess? A portrait has to have realistic skin tones. Did you know warmer photos make better black and white conversions? Ideally, all the adjustments to your image could and should be made in bridge.... but I'm not always a rule follower either. SO after tweaking a few more things, shadows, lights, saturation (always under btw), and hue maybe, I take the image into PS.

PS is the digital darkroom. If you've ever developed your own film, you remember the long and tedious process to get a photograph ready. You had to pay attention to so many things. Chemicals, time, paper, light etc... But you also had a fair amount of control over that image as well. You could dodge and burn parts of them image. That is basically what you are doing in PS. Maybe opening up a shadow to see more detail or burning an area you'd like a bit darker. And because it's photoshop, you can achieve your desired results in so many different ways. There's always more than one way to skin a cat!

In this particular image, I wanted to get as much out of the wood as I possibly could. So I did some adjustments there. Curve layers for darks and curve layers for lights. I did similar adjustments to the jeans Kelly was wearing but used the dodge tool instead. Next I took out a distracting tree element in the background. It was not huge, but enough to bother me.

Finally I added a grungy frame. You can make your own grungy frame or buy/snag one off the internet. I have made several over the years. When I get tired of one, I just pop a different one on.
enjoy :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Adventures in a Salon

Well, the Pin Up shoot in all aspects has been great fun. On the second to last day of shooting, there was an addition to the shoot. No big deal really, but an addition. Not just another stylist, but a queen from Seattle. I can say queen even though we're in Ga right? No seriously, he'd be honored! Erin has not been in Ga long, but he's taking it all in. He wanted to do a series of shots on this awesome truck we were so lucky to borrow. The shots would not be for the calendar necessarily, but for him. So he suited up in his favorite skinny jeans, cowboy boots, big black glam ring and polished nails. (You can't tell here, but he had a better pedi then me!) Love, Love, Love this shot. It has attitude and a flair of vintage while keeping it's subject modern.

The second shot... well it just is. Love it too!
enjoy :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rosie The Riveter

I thought I'd continue on the with the Pin Up shoot. It's been so much fun watching these girls transform into icons of the past. I really wanted one of the girls to be "rosie the riviter" and was totally thrilled to find out Sara was game! If you have ever spent time with me, you've heard me talk about having a vision. How can you set a photo up or develop a digital negative with out a vision. A vision is a destination. (More on visions later...) So I though it would be cool to see the beginning photo and then see it transformed.

The first photo is one of Sara as she posed in the perfect position for her role as Rosie. The second photo is the end result.

From Vision to Print...

"The journey of every great picture begins in the mind. It's the creative process from the mind to the print that takes knowledge and skill. Only when the mind is enlightened, can the hand skillfully craft what the mind has already seen."
It's called.... VISION!

When I shoot, I always have a vision. I have a vision of the end result in my head. Whether it's there before the shoot, or after I see the location it's there before I ever press the shutter. After being asked about this process several times, I thought it might be fun to take a photo from vision to print. Over the next few days, I'll take you through my crazy (and at most times ADD) brain as I uncover a vision for a final image.

After talking with this client, I knew she would enjoy one of my recent locations for a shoot with son. She was up for something different. This location has been a great place to shoot because it lends itself so easily to so many styles.

As I looked at the sun and saw that it was peering nicely through the woods, I knew I'd like to keep that in the picture. I also loved the texture of the barn. This property is from the late 1800's early 1900's and the barns have a tremendous amount of character within themselves. Now...where to place my subjects so that I capture the sun and the barn all in balance? I decided to offset Kelly a little and her son beside her. Now it's time to think about the exposure. I want enough detail in the shadows so that I would be able to keep the texture I liked while burning the rest to almost black. With all my thoughts in my head, it's time to roll!

I should probably mention, that the majority of my portraits are shot in AV (aperture priority) so that I can control what's in focus. Although a significant portion of my portraiture lends itself to storytelling images, once in a while I will throw in a closeup! Storytelling images have depth. They allow the viewer to absorb their own meaning from the image. I simply set the scene up and let the characters speak their lines if you will.

Exposure for this image..
fill flash
ISO 125

Note that this exposure was a third over exposed (lesson #1: Your camera is never right! lol) I adjust my exposure from the middle 99.99999 % of the time!

I am posting all stages of images... stay tuned and we'll talk about my PS process tomorrow!
enjoy and have an awesome WET day!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pin Me Up!

Just finished the Pin Up shoot with High Maintenance Salon. BTW, if you are looking for a new stylist, ck these guys out. Samantha (Sam to most of us) is my stylist and I can't say enough good about her! While getting my hair done one day, we brainstormed this idea. 'how about a retro-style pin up for all the stylist here at the salon" I'm in! I've been wanting to do a shoot like this for good while, so it was perfect. We wanted to mimic the retro style pin ups of the 40's, 50's and 60's from the hair to the makeup to the clothes! It turned out to be sooo much fun! Makeup was done by Sonny (airbrushed flawlessly I might add) and Sam did all the hair. All of the hard work put into this shoot will be available to YOU too... on a calendar you can enjoy all year long. Calendars are set to be released in time for Valentines and proceeds will benefit the Joanna McAfee Foundation (
The first picture is of Iris. I love this picture of her! Look for more pictures soon. For now, I need another cup of joe!