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Category: KIDS

Long Beach and Pomona Children’s Portrait Photographer | Post-Processing: Before & After

Post-processing is something I haven’t really talked about on the blog yet, but it’s a critical part of my workflow.  In general, I try not to do too much post-processing to my photos, so that they’ll stay looking natural.

The image I’m going to go over today is one of my favorites.  These two boys were so much fun to shoot.  They rarely stayed in one place long enough for me to get a shot, but for this particular moment they happened to decide—on their own—to show off their new superhero status.  How much more cuteness can you get?

This image was shot indoors with fluorescent lighting.  Below is the image straight out of the camera.  For all the steps I’m showing today, I’ve done a standard sharpening which I apply to all blog images.

I always shoot in RAW so that I have flexibility with adjusting the white balance.  Some photographers adjust the white balance in-camera, but I always shoot with auto white balance and adjust images in Camera RAW if necessary.  I found that when I tried to adjust the white balance in-camera, too often I forgot to change the settings when I changed environments, so using auto white balance was just easier.  With the fluorescent lighting giving the photo a yellowish cast, I did a simple white balance adjustment on the RAW image before converting it to a jpg.

Next, I brightened the boys’ eyes a bit in Photoshop using a layer mask, painting over just the areas I wanted to brighten.  It’s a small thing, but it really draws emphasis on the eyes.

Finally, I added a little extra sharpness, contrast, and saturation.  It’s subtle, but it gives the image that extra pop.  And here’s the final result!

Evan - You’re a light wizard!July 27, 2010 – 9:20 am

Long Beach and Pomona Baby and Child Portrait Photographer | Who Says Superheroes Aren’t Cute?

Dare you to prove me wrong.

But before you do that, don’t forget, today’s the last day of the Summer Portrait Session Sale!  Book your portrait session TODAY, and you’ll get a 10% discount off any a la carte items!

Your photo session can occur any time between now and August 31.  You need only book your appointment by today to be eligible for the discount.  Any type of portrait session may qualify: children, baby, newborn, family, maternity, engagement, anniversary, newlywed/day after, etc.

Book your session now by e-mailing truc@bambooshootsphoto.com or calling (626) 298-2946!  Or just click on the CONTACT link on the menu at the top!

Evan - Adorable photo. These two were such hams. No worries about getting a variety of good shots with them.July 15, 2010 – 2:21 pm

Summer Special – Portrait Session Sale! | Los Angeles and Orange County Baby and Child Portrait Photography

Yesterday was the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, which means summer has officially started!  Summer is my second favorite season after spring.  Goodbye to school, homework, and exams…  Hello, fun vacations, the awesome Perseids meteor shower, cold drinks, and lots of ice cream!

To celebrate the start of summer, we’re holding a special discount offer – a Portrait Session Sale!  Book your portrait session between now and July 9, and you’ll get a 10% discount off any a la carte items!

Your photo session can occur any time between now and August 31.  You need only book your appointment by July 9 to be eligible for the discount.  Any type of portrait session may qualify: children, baby, newborn, family, maternity, engagement, anniversary, newlywed/day after, etc.

Book your session today by e-mailing truc@bambooshootsphoto.com or calling (626) 298-2946!  Or just click on the CONTACT link on the menu at the top!

And because this post wouldn’t be complete without a photo, how cute is Phillip lounging on his bed?

Long Beach and Pomona Baby and Child Portrait Photographer | Who Says Superheroes Aren’t Cute? » Los Angeles Children's Photography: BAMBOO SHOOTS PHOTOGRAPHY - […] before you do that, don’t forget, today’s the last day of the Summer Portrait Session Sale!  Book your portrait session TODAY, and you’ll get a $30 discount off the session fee and 50% […]July 9, 2010 – 5:31 am

Arcadia and Pasadena Child and Baby Portrait Photographer | Fine Art Canvases » Los Angeles Children's Photography: BAMBOO SHOOTS PHOTOGRAPHY - […] while the Summer Portrait Session Sale is going on, all fine art canvases are 50% off!  The sale ends Friday, July 9, so book your […]July 6, 2010 – 3:16 am

Marci - Phillip is cute….and the boy behind him looks like he’s up to something!! Phew, talk about summer. It started a month ago for us and now it feels like August weather in June! I’m going to take your cue and indulge in some….ice cream~~~mmmmmm~~~June 22, 2010 – 1:03 pm

Chi - Phillip is endlessly cute, and you are skilled at bringing that out in him. He could be in the middle of an elementary school brawl and you’d still make him look cute.June 22, 2010 – 12:39 pm

Glendale and Burbank Children’s Photography | A Few 3-Year-Olds, Some 4-Year-Olds, and a Whole Lot of Cake

Audrey is now three years old!  We last saw Audrey and Phillip when we did their portraits at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena.  Here’s the bright and happy birthday girl at her birthday party.

The day started out with an Easter egg hunt, perfect for three- and four-year-old kids.  I don’t know about you, but those eggs were really really hard to find.

Checking out the loot.

Note the chocolate around the left little boy’s mouth.

The beautiful cake!  I love the drawing of the little girl on it.  So cute!  This cake was red velvet (red velvet cake post coming up soon), and there were plenty of cupcakes.  Pineapple upside down, chocolate, red velvet… yum!

You can see the smoke from the candles just as they blew them out.

The frosting is the best part, after all!

I want to note here that she left the table after she licked off all the frosting.

Of Cupcakes and Red Velvet » Los Angeles Children's Photography: BAMBOO SHOOTS PHOTOGRAPHY - […] all started with an awesome children’s birthday party.  It started innocently enough, with a slice of cake here, and a cupcake there.  But then, it […]July 15, 2010 – 4:04 am

Evan - You have to admit that the Easter egg hunt is harder in black & white. Both the stones and the eggs are gray! As always, your images are adorable. These are the kinds of photos that parents will look at one, two, or more decades from now.June 15, 2010 – 7:41 am

Pasadena Children’s Portraits | Los Angeles Children’s Photography at Huntington Gardens

Audrey and Phillip are my favorite two-year-old and four-year-old.  I spent a sunny Saturday afternoon with them at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena.  First, meet Audrey.

And here is Phillip.  He loves to laugh.  If you meet him, you would think that he’s pretty funny.  Then again, he thinks he’s pretty funny, too.

The gardens are so large that we didn’t even make it through half of them!  We were having too much fun walking leisurely.  Personally, I preferred the Japanese gardens, but Audrey and Phillip had a great time in the perfectly kid-sized children’s garden.

What I wouldn’t do to have lashes like these… sigh.

By the way, they are wearing traditional Vietnamese ao dai.  I loved how their outfits matched the brilliant colors of the flowers.  After their stylish stroll through the park, we left the park briefly to grab a bite to eat, and while we were out, the kids changed into fun spring clothes.  Here, you can see Audrey having some fun outside the Huntington Library.  There’s nothing like pushing a metal chain back and forth to end your day on a good note.

Finally, I caught the future model in a fashionable moment.

Arcadia and Pasadena Child and Baby Portrait Photographer | Fine Art Canvases » Los Angeles Children's Photography: BAMBOO SHOOTS PHOTOGRAPHY - […] We did a fine art canvas of one of our favorite photos, which you can also see on the Bamboo Shoots Photography home page.  You can also find more photos of Audrey from her and Phillip’s portraits at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena. […]July 6, 2010 – 2:55 am

Glendale and Burbank Children’s Photography | A Few 3-Year-Olds, Some 4-Year-Olds, and a Whole Lot of Cake » Los Angeles Children's Photography: BAMBOO SHOOTS PHOTOGRAPHY - […] Audrey is now three years old!  Here’s the bright and happy birthday girl at her birthday party. […]June 18, 2010 – 6:33 am

Curry: Jungle Curry Chicken | Kaffir Lime Leaves for Thai Recipes - […] Pasadena Children's Portraits | Los Angeles Children's Photography … […]June 16, 2010 – 6:23 am

Jason - Amazing photos! The colors are incredible, and I love the contrast.May 28, 2010 – 11:12 am

Kim - I know Audrey and Phillip and they are very adorable kids, so I’m impressed how your photos reflect their personalities. Your pictures make me miss them and remind me I want to visit and hug the two of them soon.May 26, 2010 – 10:53 pm

Chi - You’ve really captured how charming and sweet Audrey and Philip are in these photos! Makes me want to run out and play with them. *I* want prints of these shots, and they’re not even my kids…May 21, 2010 – 4:29 pm

Dale - Some really nice work here. I especially like the boy peeking through the bars.May 20, 2010 – 5:55 am

Mike - These are beautiful photos! My favorite is the one from your “kids” gallery of the boy wearing a bucket for a hat =). But they all look so fantastic!May 19, 2010 – 5:58 pm

Jeff - Truc
These are stunning. The colors are so vibrant.
I love the name!!!May 19, 2010 – 4:18 pm

Suzanne - Nicely done, Truc
The pictures are beautiful as are the children and the person who took the pictures.
Keep up the good workMay 19, 2010 – 5:59 am

Evan - It’s so much fun to look at my wife’s photos! I love how the colors are so vibrant. I can’t wait to see what you’re going to post next.May 18, 2010 – 9:56 pm

Dan - Truc,
Your website is full of professionally taken pictures of lovely children. I was impressed by the children’s natural movements which demonstrated your excellent photographing skills and your love to be around them.
I checked your cost with those in my area and found that it is quite competitive. I believe many guests who visit your website will agree with me.May 18, 2010 – 9:16 pm

Tiki - Cute kids. Bet you could do great pet photos, too.May 18, 2010 – 4:18 pm

Marci - Truc, I love your website and photos! It is so clever how you have incorporated your name into your business name with chosen words. You have captured the spirit and personality of your subjects in your photos with not only subtle but also bold expression. The lighting is very artistic and I especially love the soft fading affect on their faces at times…it accents their eyes more and draws me in. So well done and very professional. Are you eating ice cream now?May 18, 2010 – 2:37 pm

Peggy - These are the best children’s photos I’ve seen. You capture the expressions so vividly and candidly. The eyes convey such innocence and wonder. All photography should be so natural and alive. Too bad you are only in the L.A. area.

I’ve compared costs and your session fees are very reasonable. Would love to see some newborn pics and maybe a “birth to 5″ package.May 18, 2010 – 12:09 pm

Lou Paradise - Fantastic photos! Wish you were around when my kids were younger. Love the natural settings. Prices are great.May 18, 2010 – 12:05 pm

Larry - Hi Truc,

Your website is great. Very professional, very well done. Its fresh, colorful, contemporary and clever. I love the name “Bamboo Shoots”! And you chose the perfect font for your logo, along with that subtle touch of bamboo shoots. Your blog adds a nice personal touch. Very nice!

Your photography is stunning, capturing emotions and expressions so vividly. It has a fresh airiness, but also a bold flair of dramatic lighting, contrast and color. Well done!May 18, 2010 – 6:49 am