Jul 22, 2011

photoshop friday.

you know what's odd? how the days of the summer kind of slip through your fingers so quickly, and you hardly have time to catch any and enjoy them while they're here. i've waited so long to turn 16 and be able to get my license, so i figured this summer would drag because of that exact reason. but you know what? my birthday is on Sunday already. like, holy buckets! where did the days go? and that also means i can't get my license until Monday. oh well! i've waited 16 years, what's one more day?

but what scares me, is that after my birthday, August is lurking right around the corner. and that means, gleeps(!), my summer is 2/3 of the way over! i guess to look at it optimistically, i still have 1/3 of it left. but honestly, where has the time gone?

aanyway, since i won't be visiting you on my birthday, i figured i'd just share a few favorite 'before&after' photos of mine. i had considered giving you 16 oddball facts about myself, but thought that this might be more appropriate, seeing i AM a photographer. wouldn't you agree?

probably my favorite from the session with this little guy! the rest of the session will appear on Monday.

and an astounding after:

and of course you should've seen this one coming, a daisies picture!

well.. even though it's my birthday weekend. not much plans are made! going to spend the day tomorrow up in Copper Harbor with some friends, but other than that, nothing exciting. my license on Monday. and Minnesota on Monday as well! that's what i'm looking forward too!

have a great weekend! celebrate my birthday for me, will ya?

PS. actually, don't be surprised if something shows up here on my birthday. jus' sayin... :)


at: July 22, 2011 at 10:58 AM said...

What editing program do you use?

simply bree says:
at: July 22, 2011 at 12:06 PM said...

I use Adobe Photoshop CS5!:) Just out of curiosity, why do you ask?

at: July 22, 2011 at 4:11 PM said...

i was also curious what editing program you used! your pictures turn out amazing with the editing! is adobe photophop CS5 easy to use? what about cost?

simply bree says:
at: July 22, 2011 at 6:11 PM said...

Thank you so much! My heart warms so much to hear those kind compliments. It means so much to me!

Adobe Photoshop CS5 is easy for me to use, but I took a class on it and also know what i'm doing and looking at. It's quite easy to figure out, though, if you DO know what you're looking at. It is quite costly though. We're talking more than $600.

But if you're looking for an editing program that's a much more reasonable rate, i would recommend Photoshop Elements 9 without hesitation. It's just under $100. It's a much simpler form of CS5. It doesn't have all the editing features as CS5, but when i started my business, that is what i used because that's what i had. And i liked it and it worked just fine!

You can feel free to email me with any other questions:

Thank you!:)

at: July 22, 2011 at 8:34 PM said...

sounds awesome!
also, about photoshop actions...
do you purchase the actions to use in photoshop? it seems i recall you mentioning something about purchasing actions to use?
i'm curious how these work as well!

simply bree says:
at: July 22, 2011 at 8:55 PM said...

Yes, I did purchase the actions to use in Photoshop. I purchased my actions awhile ago, and would love to purchase some more, it just isn't fitting into my budget at the moment.

If you email me with the question about actions, I can explain how they work. It would be easier to explain there, if you don't mind! :)

Thanks! Again, my email is

Quick Question.. Who is this anonymous commenter?:)

Zak says:
at: July 26, 2011 at 2:27 PM said...

What kind of editing did you do on these? You lightened them for sure, but it seems like there's something else that is different in the after pictures. Are they a bit softer maybe?
Happy birthday, too.

simply bree says:
at: July 27, 2011 at 9:23 PM said...

Zak -
If you are interested in my editing process, you can email me at: and i would be more than happy to explain!:)

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