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Savannah | Portraits

one day… Savannah will grace the silver screen. and i’ll have my claim to fame!

seriously, i am overly excited when i get a call for “headshots” because actresses are

the.best.clients.ever.

Savannah is NO exception to the above statement. we met last week to update her headshots so she can take them with her to NYC for auditions. the temperature that day topped out at a whole 30 degrees. and we were out in the thick of it. i was bundled up shivering and teeth chattering, but savannah showed me her acting skills and made it look like it was the middle of the summer. not one complaint. not one peep. absolutely amazing.

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Savannah – again… thank you for being such a great sport in the bitter cold. for looking fabulous. for your great smile. for the laughs that afternoon. i expect great things from you! and can’t wait to be able to say “i photographed her before she was famous!!!!” thank you for asking me to do this for you!

Chriselda Photography

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February. 23. 2010 - 9:27 am

Leah - Beautiful! I agree…headshots are the best!
I just watched Fame (twice!). This reminds me of that. She’s headed to NYC to live the dream! πŸ™‚

February. 23. 2010 - 3:20 pm

Libby - uh wow! i love the first shot! her eyes are so pretty!

February. 23. 2010 - 6:07 pm

Danielle - I can’t believe she wore that dress in the freezing cold!! What a trooper! The pics are beautiful πŸ™‚

Leigh Anne | Portraits

As Amarillo Little Theatre’s official photographer, i have been fortunate to witness so much talent. I have been a part of this theatre for almost 5 years and cannot tell you how amazing it is to see the progress of the actors.

The very first time i saw Leigh Anne, was in “Assassins” and i was mesmerized by her talent. Shortly afterward, she gave an amazing performance in “Metamorphoses.” I knew there were great things in store for Leigh Anne.

Now, she is on her way to the Big Apple to land herself on a stage!

I had just been talking about her a few weeks ago. How i missed seeing her on stage. how she was brilliant. etc etc etc. And just like magic… she contacted me saying she was in town and needed to update her headshots for upcoming auditions. I was COMPLETELY excited to spend the afternoon with her. Here are a few of the favorites!

Leigh Anneleigh anne…. you.are.incredibly.talented! i know that you have the world within reach and that you will accomplish and surpass ANYTHING that you set your mind to! completely thrilled and honored to do this for you and cannot wait to see what you do!

– one of your biggest fans!

Chriselda Photography

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February. 18. 2010 - 9:06 am

Briana - She’s a gorgeous girl, and I bet just as talented. I love seeing your theater shots since I’m a community actress myself along with being a photographer.

February. 19. 2010 - 12:50 am

Libby - so pretty! great job as always!

Peyton & Ashley | Engagement

Valentine’s Day 2010

many are skeptics. many believe it is a holiday created to help the chocolate, floral and greeting card industries make a profit. other’s believe it is “Single Awareness Day”

i, however, couldn’t do much other than believe in love. believe in it’s power. in it’s strength. believe in it’s magic.

I spent the afternoon photographing Peyton and Ashley’s engagement session in Dallas, TX. They have a very unique bond and tie with each other. They are thoughtful and considerate of each other. Ashley often smiled and giggled at her fiance. And he often looked down at her as though she meant the world to him. The best part about all of this? While Ashley was changing Peyton would dote on her. While Peyton was off in the distance, Ashley would beam and rattle off many reasons she loved him and was so proud of the man she would marry. It was all very effortless. It didn’t require much from me other than to be acutely aware of the tender moments they created with one another.

Peyton and Ashley will be getting married in a couple of weeks in Houston, TX. I just met this couple in person after months of long distance communication between Ashley and me. But i can assure you that they will have one very unique and exceptional day, and i feel HONORED to be coming from so far away to document it for them.

Here are a few moments from their engagement session. We started off at the W Hotel, where they were engaged, and ended in uptown Dallas. I think you’ll agree that they are just a beautiful couple!

DAshleyDavisPeyton and Ashley – really… you both had me smiling all day! i had such a wonderful time with the two of you and feel like i have known you my entire life. thank you for allowing me into your love story and making me a part of your special day. i feel blessed to bear witness to this time in your life.

Chriselda Photography

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February. 17. 2010 - 11:44 am

Melanie - Wow how beautiful, they look like models (who are very much in love)! Love the locations

February. 17. 2010 - 7:43 pm

Ashley - We owe you for making us feel so comfortable during our session! Your the best and we had a great time with you as well. Thank you so much for your kind words, time and amazing talent!! Both of us can’t wait to see you again VERYYY soon;)

February. 19. 2010 - 12:50 am

Libby - wow! these are amazing. I especially love the last picture!

February. 21. 2010 - 11:25 am

Deborah Woodyard - Very beautiful- only the wedding photos will out do these – thanks for sharing!

Brooklyn | Six Months

Baby face… you’ve got the cutest little baby face…

aren’t all these babies cute?! brooklyn is one of my favorite little girls.

she is two hundred percent precious and undeniably girly!

it amazes me how quickly time flies by. i can’t believe she’s already six months old!

one day…. she’ll hate me for these photos πŸ˜‰

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lauren!!!! you already know how much i love you and little miss brooklyn! thank you so much for allowing me to stake ownership on you!! πŸ™‚

can’t wait for our next session!

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February. 16. 2010 - 7:27 am

Danielle - awwwww…..brooklyn is too cute! love the pics girls! πŸ™‚

February. 16. 2010 - 7:41 am

Abby - Amazingly beautiful! I agree with Selda, time flies! I am so proud of you Lauren! Brooklyn is such a little blessing.

February. 16. 2010 - 9:50 am

Libby - what a cute little girl! I especially love the bottom right corner! her bedding is absolutely adorable

February. 16. 2010 - 11:44 am

Bernice - she’s a doll… did you use studio lights in this shoot?

February. 16. 2010 - 1:39 pm

Denise Autry - Beautiful pics – you captured our little Brooklyn. Makes me want to squeeze her right now!

February. 16. 2010 - 4:49 pm

Robynn - Too cute! I LOVE the red and black tutu!

February. 17. 2010 - 2:31 pm

Lauren - You never cease to amaze me Chriselda! Love you!
Abby – Thank you! You’re too sweet!

February. 19. 2010 - 12:51 pm

Jamie - I think I just found Landyn’s first girlfriend! πŸ™‚

February. 25. 2010 - 3:43 pm

Erica - OH MY GOODNESS! These pictures are amazing! What a beautiful baby!!

February. 25. 2010 - 4:48 pm

Sadie Nutt - these are fantastic! i love the top left one, with her little bum hanging out!!! SO CUTE!

March. 2. 2010 - 7:30 pm

Ravyn Mares - These pictures are so so cute. When i have a kid, get engaged, married, or anything else I will be calling you to photograph it. Your Simply Amazing!!

Before and After | I speak photoshop…

i like to say that i know several languages. i can speak english, spanish, slow and choppy Italian, butchered variations of Portugese and slowly form words with my hands using Sign Language.

but i’d also like to add that i’m fluent in Photoshop.

Now… this post will be disturbing to some – annoying to a few – and surprising to most.

it is a little known fact that i do retouching. now… the first example i am about to show you is a DRASTIC session in retouching. and i’d like to point out that none of my clients NEED this sort of retouching nor do they receive it. however, i don’t want you to not pick a photo of yourself because hair #5,439 is out of place or because you think your dark circles are distracting. or because you don’t think you look pretty. or because your child has a booger holding on to their nostril for dear life.

i’m going to make sure that your investment in a session with me provides you with images, products, and prints that you are proud to display because they capture the essence of your personality… and because youΒ  finally have a good photo of yourself!

i’ve wanted to post these images for awhile now. and could never figure out the correct “motivation” to do so. now… i KNOW that some of you are going to respond with “but that’s not what she LOOKS like – so why spend the time doing that for your clients and making them appear differently than how they actually do?” this is the default response i get. and let me just say this… when you get married. and you’re all dolled up in your wedding dress… and stress has taken the form of a gastly pimple on your chin or forehead… there is NO reason in the world that you should look back on photos of your wedding day… twenty years from now… and see that pimple.

when you spend a ton of time getting your newborn ready for her photo session – you’ve bathed her, picked out her outfits, spent hours pouring over the web purchasing hats and tutus and getting ideas for your session – you’ve given her a nap. and a bottle. and said your prayers that all goes well during the session – and two minutes before i walk through the door, she scratches her face. there is NO reason in the world that you should cancel your session. because … i can wave a magic little photoshop wand and it’ll be like it never happened!

and perhaps this is what will set a “professional” photographer aside from an “amateur” the ability to bring out the best in people, but do it subtly and not in a way that makes your client look like someone featured on a “bad plastic surgery” website.

i DO NOT advocate a complete overhaul. what *i* do is simply… highlight your best features and the image itself.

now – let me start sharing before and after images. but not without prefacing all of this by saying that your photographer should, first and foremost, be trained in the areas of posing to help eliminate the need for major “reconstructive” work on your images. a professional photographer will know how to pose you effectively to make you look your best. your photographer should also know how to use their camera settings and environmental settings effectively and not rely on photoshop to “create” an image for them. your photographer should also be sensitive to the overall appeal of an image and accentuate only what needs to be accentuated. i admit to bumping colors. and we ALL do it. and you should NEVER believe a photographer that says “i do this all in camera”

because that’s a lie. and really, we, as photographers, should be PROUD of our work – while photographing and in post-production as well. it’s all a part of the process and it’s all a part of our style.

but please please pleeeeeeeeeeease invest in a photographer that has invested in classes, instruction or tutuorials, on how to do this so that the bump in color saturation doesn’t make you look like you were out on the beach for a month straight.

blah blah.

here are the samples.

and btw – i did NOT take these photos of Madonna. nor do i have any ownership of them. they come from a website/blog dissing the material girl for looking so frightful. i’d like to say that… if i look like this when i’m this age… without make up. barely dressed. and under crazy ridiculous lighting situations that will have every imperfection on my face screaming, “hey look at me!!!!” … i will consider myself very lucky!!!! (and you should too)

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and now… for a real world example…. this is one of my favorite clients and friends. she’s undeniably gorgeous and damn near perfect… and she has given me permission to do this.

i used lauren as an example to show you that in most cases, i will take an image and pull it into photoshop just to even out skin tones. brighten your eyes. highlight the colors, etc etc etc. so when i tell you that any image you order is “retouched” this is what i mean. and call me crazy… but i don’t charge for this. it comes included in your investment. ::wink::

Retouch

alright. that was fun. have a great monday!

Chriselda Photography

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February. 15. 2010 - 8:18 am

LaShawn - I love this. A great photographer knows where to draw the line on post….cleaning up and image and enhancing it a bit is different than drastically changing everything about it.

And you are right….any photographer that says that don’t do it yet somehow their photos are all totally clean is a big time liar πŸ™‚

And um….yea I would take Madonna’s look anyday.

February. 15. 2010 - 10:55 am

Twyla - I for one and glad you clean up my face. πŸ˜€

February. 15. 2010 - 12:24 pm

sarah - I love how beautiful the eyes look in all your pictures!

February. 15. 2010 - 12:24 pm

Stephanie Fretwell - Just another reason you are a fantastic photographer!!!!

February. 16. 2010 - 3:39 pm

emma - see I love this kind of stuff. i wondered what editing software you used. now i just want to know what all you do and how to!! thanks i really enjoyed this post!!

February. 17. 2010 - 2:20 pm

Courtney Henry - So cool!!!! You are awesome!

February. 18. 2010 - 9:09 am

Janna - I was wondering how the lighting was so good. Was that a filter to light up their faces more? or just adjusting it? You really are amazing at what you do. God has blessed you girl! Would love to be your shadow for a day! πŸ˜‰ I have a son going into the Nave in March. We need family pics done before he leaves!