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I had the absolute pleasure of shooting this fantastic couple’s wedding day with Nicole Cook of Nicole Cook Photography. Quite honestly, two of the sweetest people I have ever met! Rebecca, the bride, is also a seriously talented artist. She hand drew the invitations for the wedding…and wait until you see the thank you card she drew of Nicole and I at the end of this post. Oh! And they love their dog so much, they brought him along for as long as he could handle…sweet ol’ guy. Dog people rock.

Um…seriously. How adorable is this! Nicole and on the left and me on the right.

Once in a while you meet people who are so physically beautiful to the eye that it’s impossible not to stare. Sometimes you meet people who are so beautiful on the inside, they make you want to be a better person just being in their presence. On rare instances, you meet a person who is just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. Enter such a person. It is here that my ramblings will end and the beauty will begin.

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. -Audrey Hepburn

Makeup by the gorgeous and talented Jill Briggs of Beauty Box Makeup Arts of Roseville, Ca.

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Playing with white balance can be a fun thing to do with landscapes as there’s no need to be concerned about getting correct skin tones in camera. If you are wondering what the heck I am talking about, you can Google white balance or check out a link such as this one here which should explain the basics. If you’ve ever taken a picture of people and they or their surrounding areas are orange…white balance is off. If they or their surroundings are blue…the white balance is off. You get the picture. Pun intended. Using white balance on your camera is not always trustworthy and your camera can and will change temperature settings from picture to picture. You will find much more consistent color when you understand how to assess and use the correct white balance settings. Enough of my ramblings…now for some images. Ever since I was a little girl, I have never been able to get anything straight so you’ll see my horizons are a tad crooked which is ironic as crooked horizons are one of my pet peeves.

Q: So why didn’t you straighten them in Photoshop Jo?

A: Because I was lazy.

All images are SOOC (straight out of the camera) with zero editing so you can truly see how the different white balance settings can affect the colors in your image. One day I will attempt to do this with skin if I can ever get my one and two year old models to sit still long enough to change settings. Maybe in about 5 years.


All the images below are shot with a Canon 16-35mm wide angle lens at 16mm with the camera secured on a tripod.

All settings:

ISO 100

And to close out this post, one of my little wispy, pigtailed, baby girl against the setting sun of our favorite beach. Happy shooting!