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So I have a confession.  While I’d like think I may be all that and a bag of chips sometimes with my photography, I’m truly not.  I get a little help from a wonderful product called “Totally Rad Actions“.  For those of you that are not familiar with Photoshop actions, they allow you to apply toning, contrast, sharpness, textures and and whole lot of  “RADness” to your photos, really, really fast!  They save us photographers a whole lot of time (and frustrations)!  Since I have started using these actions, I have noticed that my work-load has greatly improved (well, I’m still doing a ton of editing but I’m now able to get a LOT more done in a shorter time frame).  Here is a before and after example:

Before Shot of Collin

 While still ABSOLUTELY adorable, this little guy was dealing a bit with some hives and some newborn acne.  We wanted everyone to focus on the more precious parts of this image, so that is where some photoshop love and TRA’s come in to kick it up!

After Shot of Collin

I used the healing brush to hide the bumps, then some Ying/Yang action to brighten him up, a little Get Faded (winter) to soften up the color tone and yellow in his skin, and then finished it up with some Select-O-Sharp to add focus to his eyes, lips, fingers, and soft strands of baby fuzz on his head.  It’s pretty awesome what these actions can do, isn’t it?

So to continue with their awesomeness, Totally Rad Actions  is having a contest that could potentially add some much, MUCH needed zing to my image and brand as a whole (a price package valued at $650!)  How cool would that be?  Everyone keep your fingers crossed for me and if I get chosen as one of 5 finalists, I may be enlisting you soon to help vote me as the winner!  Hopefully they choose me or else I’ll end up like the sad version of Collin…

Sad Collin with some BAMF - 16 Bit (B&W) TRA action love

 I will keep you posted on how I do! 🙂

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As you may already know, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart.  In my near 30 years of life on this earth, I have met some absolutely WONDERFUL women (and men) that have had to deal with the pains and scares of breast cancer.  Some have overcome the disease and have survived as Pink Warriors, some have not been so fortunate.  It is for these women that I walked the Cleveland Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure back in 2008. 

Getting close to the end of 3 days of walking!

 These 3 days of walking 60 miles to raise money and awareness for the cause was a life changing experience where I made some life long friendships. 

While my crazy schedule keeps me from training this year, I still want to continue to raise money and awareness any way that I can!  This is why I held the “Dare to Bare” boudoir marathon, and is why I continue to donate a portion of EACH and EVERY boudoir session to this cause.  Year-to-date, Tami Musick Photography, with the help of some beautiful ladies in and around northeast ohio, has raised $2060!  Let’s keep this number rising!  I would love to see it surpass the $5,000 mark before the end of 2010. 

If you are interested in doing a boudoir session, and in ultimately helping a wonderful cause, send me an email at: tamarak58@yahoo.com.

The end of 60 miles of walking; One step closer to a cure.

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will be coming home with me!  Because I learned so much while I was there this past week.  I am one crazy woman who thought that she could double dip conferences.  I headed out West to attend a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Personal Training Conference, and then found out that the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) also had their big mecca conference and trade show at the same time, so I thought, what the heck?  Talk about some crazy busy days for me!  The first 3 days were NSCA all morning and afternoon, and then Sunday/Monday I added some evening WPPI sessions, with Tuesday/Wednesdays being solely dedicated to WPPI.  Let’s just say, I learned a TON!  And I plan to bring back my wealth of knowledge to both my fitness clients and my photography clients, so watch out! 😉 

So, now what good would a post be without some photos?  Here are some fun shots from Vegas.

Daytime view from our hotel room at Bally's

Daytime view from our hotel room at Bally's

 

A night time shot from our room

This night time shot above has a little love added to it using some of my new Life.Camera.Actions.

A fun night time shot with the Paris hotel and the moon.

 I quickly learned that if I wanted to attend any classes at WPPI, I had to get there wicked-early.  Below are some photos standing in line to see the fabulous Jasmine Star.  We fortunately made the 900 person cut off.

My friend Stacy and I standing in a ridiculously long line

 

Yeeeahh...that's the line of 600+ people ahead of us!

 

The MGM grand where we stayed the 2nd half of our trip

 There were also some great talks at the trade show, but with my crazy schedule I didn’t get to catch a ton of them.  The photo below is from one of my favorites that I did catch from Becker.

I think Becker caught me taking a photo!

 

The view from our suite at MGM Grand

 

Another shot of New York, New York hotel. It was such a pretty sky that afternoon

Can anyone guess what hotel I took this photo at? I loved this art work!

 So while Vegas was a blast, I’m also glad to be home and back on a somewhat normal (did it really have to be time change weekend??) schedule again.  Be on the look out to see some of the fun stuff I learned. 🙂

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Recently, I had a playdate/photo session with Miss Olivia in honor of her first birthday.  While I have gotten to see TONS of cute, adorable photos of her made famous through her Mommy’s fabulously witty blog: Maybe If You Just Relax, I have yet to have the opportunity to meet the sweet thang in-person and she is literally just a hop, skip and a throw away from where I live.  (Shame on me!)  But alas, the day finally came and she was a joy to meet.  Here are some fun photos from my morning visit with the Kneppers.

Looking as precious as can be in her lilac knit dress

 

Being as her mom would call her a "nosy neighbor"

 See another angle on the nosy neighbor here.

Good gawd, is she not a precious thing?

 

Nothing but bills and junk mail? Bummer.

 

A tea party with mums and pops

 

I know you are trying to get a family photo, but your blockin' my view of the TV, crazy photo-lady!

 

Destruction at it's finest!

 

Mom, you REALLY need to do something about this hair!

 

Give the girl some Gerber Graduates Yogurt drops, a toy and qt with dad and she's a happy camper!

 It was a joy hanging with you Miss O!  We will definitely have to get together again soon to do some more “nosy neighboring”. 😉  Happy Birthday Olivia!

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