Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Schurr High / Photo Booth 2011

A few weeks back I did a photo shoot for the Schurr High School's 20th Class Reunion in Montebello. They wanted a photo booth without the cost. So, I worked a bit of magic. I used a simplified vignette that we use for Inside Out Weddings/Events. I had my backdrop, jerry-rigged it up behind the bench and brought in the props.

There are two sites that I think you ought to know about. The first one is the PhotoFunia's site. Here is the link: There you can do many many things with your photos. I went to miscellaneous effects and clicked onto "booth strips". Here is an example of one photo along with the strip that it turned in to. You have the option to print (yeah!) in color, sepia, or black and white. Being a 20th class reunion, I am showing you the sepia toned ones. I think they are amazingly real.

Next, I wanted to have more fun so I made them into Polaroids. By using, you can download your own handy dandy tool and plop all your pics in it. Voila! Instant, or almost instant, Polaroids - sometimes you have to shake the photos to get them to turn faster... You remember the drill.

Remember when doing a photo booth, encourage silly. I know it's tough to be silly in our old age, (myself not included-- I am silly all the time). But it sure makes for great photos when there is a spark of life in the rgb's or the cmyk's.

PS: These spartans don't even look as if they've hit the 20 year mark!! 

I put them in photoshop and added some actions and type to complete the project.
 Love Love Love!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Beach Buddies

This week I was asked to submit a few pics of ocean scenes to my sister's client's pediatric office. You can view her office here; InsideOut Designs. They are looking for something teal that can be enlarged for a wall in their waiting room. I submitted several options and then decided at the last minute to send this one too. Being a pediatric office, I liked that it was with children.

The next photo is the original. It was scanned from a 35 mm print taken back in 2001. You can see how much junk got painted out. There were so many distractions in the background. One of the huge benefits in photoshop.

Then I came across this 2003 print. I love how happy she is on the back of her buddy.
Happy Photo Shopping and happy photoshopping!