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Back in action!

Wow, I haven't officially been working my photography business for almost a year - but as I'm compiling some photos to show you what I've been up to in the mean time, I realized I certainly stayed busy enough for being "out."  I seemed to take shoots on ANYWAY - despite not promoting at all. I kiiinda have a little problem with saying no ;) Life is going going going as always! We've moved (yes again, this time locally), we're expecting baby number 2 in June! And we've both been working full time! I recently went back down to working only 3 days a week at my "real job"  - to save on daycare and gas costs! And am now I'm using that time to take care of our home and coming back to my business!

Being in this profession can be rough in a small town, There are a lot of photographers out there... But! It'll be just fine :) I take pride in doing my best to create something with an extra "umph" and a bit of "something different." And those looking for what I offer, will be happy with that!

I believe it was last summer that I posted any full preview sets... (A couple weddings, and some senior portraits) So the photos to follow are a bit of everything since that time.

Don't forget to check out what I offer and what to expect for investment in the "Prices" tab. And enjoy staying up to date with me on by liking Valisa Henderson Photography on Facebook!

Welcome Trenton!

I had the privilege of capturing this precious family with their new adorable addition, Trenton. Welcome to the world baby Trenton! At just 12 days new, he made such a cute model! I especially loved all his hair!! Once asleep - this little guy did great! He made me work for these pictures, I'll wont lie ;) Bit of a light sleeper! We had to keep it simple for this sweet boy :) But its okay, he worked it! <3 It is way too easy to fall in love with babies! Just sayin!

Accepting Vendors for the "1000 Likes" giveaway!

I've recently changed my business name, if you didn't already know, from Forever Photography by Valisa to Valisa Henderson Photography...My drawback has been trying to get all those that "liked" Forever Photography by Valisa to move over to the new page! So as an incentive  -  I'm going to do a giveaway when the Valisa Henderson Photography "like" number hits 1000 :) This giveaway already has a few great vendors on the list! And I've created an application for more! So if you know anyone who may be interested in being a featured vendor in a giveaway: Please send them my way!! It is great business exposure! I'd love to feature businesses that are just starting out also - not the ones that seem to appear on every well known site's giveaway!

Click Here for the Vendor Application

Melissa and Chris Engaged!

So... I don't think it's new news that Melissa and Chris are engaged :) To people that know them at least... But to ME, I have only really known them a short time. Just met Chris for the first time at the shoot in fact!We met up at a really beautiful lake front park area that is used for a membership facility for seniors. Both Chris and Melissa's grandparents live there... so it shouldn't have been a problem. After our first round of the area with their 1st outfits...Chris went to get Melissa's change of clothes and the office attendants saw us and had a big fit. *rolling my eyes remembering the situation* We lost out on the casual pictures at the lake... But.. we still ended up with a good time and some great shots for casuals at the park down the road :) Melissa and Chris are getting married in September and I can't wait for their wedding! Thought I'd share some of my favorites from their session. Enjoy!

3 Year old + Photoshoot....

= Ups and downs and everything in between :)I met Stacy (Mom) at the Hissyfits Hullabaloo craft fair in November... She seemed to be mostly attracted to the idea that I give copyright and a disc of all your images instead of leaving it up to the client to buy my photos :) One thing I stand quite proudly on with my business.  After a few reschedulings... Sicknesses and such between us... We finally got to meet up for a shoot! Little Miss Delaney was the star of the show here.... And I was excited to see how happy and peppy she was coming off the playground when I arrived. But when I got the camera in her face... um.. She changed her mind... which you'll notice.. and I learned... she does a lot. At least this day! We started with some whole family pictures... Grandma, Uncle Jason, Mommy - and Delaney... She wasn't so excited.

She needed some talking and joking.... She certainly didn't the idea of my crab (Preston, my lens buddy), camera  and I coming closer... But we started seeing if she thought Crab's said... Meow.. or Woof Woof... Or Moo.... She thought we were silly :) A little cuddle and play with mom seemed like it might work to really brighten her up again... But not for long... even with an attempt at swinging! Time to eat! That should help.... I let them do their thing and I snuck around a little... Look what a little food did! haha... I love her look in this photo... Shes not so sure why Grandma is in the waggon :)

Havin a good 'ole time! This is the smile I KNEW was in there! Peek-a-boo!She decided at one point in there that she was ready to go home... We headed over to see the train... She so wanted to ride! (That's a silly band in her hand... I was so afraid it was going to snap! AH!) Playin on the tracks... We're going to ride it!!! So. So. Excited. No more please... Let's go! Such JOY!

We're on the TRAIN!This photo makes me squeal inside a little... :DWe got off... She was done. Spent. Time to go home!

Hope you all enjoyed! With the down moments, to be honest.. I was a little concerned that I might not have as many good photos as I like to have. But I was so pleasantly surprised! She is so photogenic and certainly agrees with the camera... even if she didn't want to. I had a REALLY hard time choosing photos for the preveiws... because initially when I picked the ones I wanted to use.. I had close to 50! So I had to really cut it down. I just love the story they tell!!

:)

Brooke's Birthday!

We've had a crazy past few weeks! We were in Florida for a week, had Brooke's Florida birthday party for her there... and after being home for a day and a half, some of my family came in from California, and we had our Phoenix-Party yesterday...I tried my first attempt with my new background stand for a few little posed studio style shots... BUT realizing that I really really DO want the wood flooring look. The backdrop for the back and the ground isn't the look I like. But anyway - they turned out pretty cute none-the-less.

I have some family shoots to catch up on, a shoot I did before Florida, 2 florida shoots, and Brooke's birthday weekend to edit before I do anymore full blog posts, but I thought I'd at least throw up a 1 photo preview of one of Brooke's little 2 year old photo :) Love this picture... despite the backwards direction of the "2" she is holding :)

 

Can't Decide on Winter Wonderland Entry!

Did a super cute photoshoot of Brooke! Loving the photos but having a hard time choosing which photo to post as my entry for the Winter Wonderland weekly challenge at I Heart Faces!AND I wanted to share all my favorites anyway :) Entry will be my next post :D

8 + 2 = One Big Happy Family!

Yesterday I had the privilege of shooting the Roat family! Kathy works with my husband, Garrett, and contacted me a month or two ago... She and her husband (and his siblings and their spouses) wanted to do a photo shoot for his parents for Christmas. [I'll skip the scheduling mayhem from before Christmas, Kathy :)] They surprised them with the plan on Christmas, and picked a date! That date was yesterday afternoon!I met with them at a park downtown... and Oh boy... I walked up to this GROUP of people... Not hard to find :) lol. Now before hand I KNEW it was Kathy and her family (husband, and 2 kids) and his parents, 2 siblings, and their spouses.... But when I walked up - that looked like a lot more than I was expecting... I have to learn all these names....Here we go! It was really fun though! I learned that for the most part... in shots of 8 adults and 2 kids...when the 2 kids are actually looking at the camera (smiling or not) someone else is either blinking, half blinking (because the eyes are still partway open you may suspect is BETTER than a full blink.... um. yeah. its not. ;) ) or looking somewhere else... DESPITE all that :) I think we did pretty good!

Enjoy your preview Roat Family! Hopefully this holds you over until I get back from vacation and edit the rest of your lots-o-photos :)

 

Here's where it starts! :)

"The Kids"

And Everyone!

This reminds me of a wedding photo :)

I really liked this random set up :) Time for some with the kiddos and Grandma and Papa...

Which didn't last long... so we had to work on the move :) Everyone has their moments right?  Jette decided she was done... and just plopped down.

Atticus was "done" thru most of the shoot :) But his attention was drawn when the discussion of his prize for after the shoot came up... This was just as the pouting was over... "Hmm? Prize?  OH Yeah!"

Isn't this the sweetest thing!?

Sunshine!

How do you all like the shirt? :D

Jette saw a dog! :)

This is about how Atticus felt through the whole shoot :) I was glad to capture it!

Stealing a moment  :)

And the newly weds :)

I loved how the sun-flare/rainbow circles their kiss :)

 

Hope you enjoyed!

Fix-it-Friday with I Heart Faces!

I have wanted to participate in an IHF fix-it-friday or photo challenge for a while.. but I always seem to have some shoot I should be catching up on instead.  :) Not today... well okay - thats not entirely true. I do have some photos to finish from a shoot I did with family a while back that have been placed on the back burner. But I also need to get a blog in to keep those of you happy that are on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next blog entry! *haha*

Anyway - over at I Heart Faces, if you aren't familiar with them... check it out - Amazing photo tutorials... awesome guest contributors to learn from.. fun contests, Fridays with SOOC images to  fix up and play with! Glad I'm finally getting around to participating instead of lurking!

So here is today's Fix-It-Friday Original Image:

So my I cropped it in a little closer, and then I went through and kinda did the same ole, that I usually do. (I use Lightroom 3 by the way) I decided not to do anything that I dont usually do with photos this being my first FIF week :)

Bumped up the exposure because I LOVE Images that are a bit over exposed. Not always, but when it comes to close ups on kids faces. OMG. Yes. My favorite :) Warmed up the temperature JUST a bit... to +2 and brought up the contrast also JUST a tad bit to +5

Now - the tad bit adjustment thing is something I've really worked on in the last year. I used to kind of.... Over do things I guess you could say. I was un-sure about my photographic capabilities and somewhat covered up what I wasn't sure of, with over edits.I like contrasty images, so BAM contrast = +100 I've certainly learned better.  And now i'm MUCH more confidant in the photo as it sits. :) and my editing is a lot more little tweaks than cover-ups ;)

Anyway - continuing on... I couldn't help but use the brush tool to brighten those GORGEOUS eyes! (within the tool I brought up the exposure a little, the saturation a LITTLE, and the clarity a LITTLE)

I played with the tone curve levels... afterwards... to finish it off - Highlights   -11 Lights  -5 Darks  +13 Shadows   -25

Can't forget my favorite: rounded corners border :)

So here it is:

I like to keep my same edit when doing black and white - and just remove the saturation (sometimes that takes a few tweaks after the saturation is gone... but this time I think it still looks pretty great) : So heres that look

Everything is the same except the saturation is down to -100