Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

insta self-portraits

we all do it... right?

and these are only from the past week!

find me on instagram
mom2mandr

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

show & tell: beach


My submission to this week's 'beach' theme...
Ruby isn't a huge fan of the water... this is about as deep as she'll go!

Paper Heart Camera

don't forget to enter the Perspectives Challenge this week!


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Friday, July 27, 2012

perspectives :: a photo challenge :: YELLOW

I have teamed up with Maria-Isabel of Agape Love Designs & Natalie of When Shutters Click to bring you a new & exciting photography challenge linkup and we will be hosting this challenge every Friday!

The concept is simple.
Each week we will choose a "theme" and on Friday, we ask that everyone link up {only} 3 photos representing that theme.  It's all about perspective & interpretation!

{If you don't have a blog, you can link to a flickr account, facebook album, etc. We just want to see your photos!!}

Every week, each host will choose & highlight their favorite photo from the linkup!

This is my fave from the SUMMER linkup:


Congrats Krista at Rustik Chic!
I love everything about this photo... from the chalk, to the barefeet, the puppy and the awesome maxi skirt {dress!?}

Be sure to visit Maria & Natalie's blogs to see who they picked!!

This week's theme is

YELLOW




My choices were
* a sunflower
* some jewelry
&
* father of the bride... his tie is yellow! ;)

Don't forget to follow your hosts!

Now grab a button a spread the word!
This is going to be so.much.fun!!

Perspective


If you can't link up this week, that's okay!


LIFE

Also! The winner of a 6 month sponsorship here at Lena B Photography is...
Hima at My Musings!
Congratulations, please message me to claim your prize

Natalie is hosting a giveaway for those taking part this week! Enter to win a 1" inch square necklace (pictured below; $20 value) in a few easy steps! Winner will be announced next Friday!

1in Irish Eye pendant + chain a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Friday, July 20, 2012

perspectives :: a photo challenge :: link party 1


Perspective

Welcome to the very first Perspectives Photo Challenge co-hosted by myself, Maria-Isabel of Agape Designs & Natalie of When Shutters Click!

The rules are simple!

Link up your post (or photo sharing account) containing your 3 photos representing this week's theme....

SUMMER

Follow your hosts, spread the word & have a fun!
We cannot wait to meet new shutterbugs & photo lovers such as ourselves!

If you can't link up this week, that's okay!


YELLOW

Just for fun, I'd like to give one Totes Awesome Ad Space on Lena B Photography to someone today too!!
That's a $20 value and a 6 month sponsorship spot!!

I will pick a winner, at random, from the linky!

Here are my interpretations of Summer:



* Splash Pad Fun {does every kid do this... or just mine!?}
* Ice Cream
* Ruby & her little cousin striking a pose before the Canada Day Parade

These are things that remind me of Summer.
What about you!?

Feel free to tweet using hash tags #Perspectives or #PerspectivesPhotoChallenge
as well as tag @mariagridly, @Mom2MandR, and @shuttersclick


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Thursday, July 19, 2012

felicity

{originally posted on my other blog, but too cute not to share!}


Last night was amazing!
My baby sister once again proved how tough & rockin' she is!
12 days past her due date, at 12:52 a.m. she gave birth {100% naturally} to a beautiful baby girl.
Her second daughter... my newest niece.


She is a big, BIG baby! And just the most perfect little thing I've ever seen!

Happy birthday, Felicity!

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linking up with The Paper Mama for her theme this week "Story"

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

perspectives :: a photo challenge

1 photo challenge... 3 hosts
1 theme... 3 different photos

I have teamed up with Maria-Isabel of Agape Love Designs & Natalie of When Shutters Click to bring you a new & exciting photography challenge linkup!
If successful, we would love to host this challenge every Friday!

The concept is simple.
Each week we will choose a "theme" and on Friday, we ask that everyone link up 3 different photos representing that theme.  It's all about perspective & interpretation!
{If you don't have a blog, you can link to a flickr account, etc. We just want to see your photos!!}

The following week, each host will choose & highlight their favorite photo from the linkup!

The very first linkup is happening this Friday, July 20th...
link up 3 photos you've taken to represent this week's theme:

SUMMER

Grab a button a spread the word!
This is going to be so.much.fun!!

Perspective

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

sweet new linkup?



I would love to host a fun weekly photography linkup here...
would anyone be interested?

I was thinking it would be fun to have a prompt, and then ask you to interpret it 3 different ways.
A bit of a spin on the traditional photo-prompt linkup.

For now, I am open to suggestions and maybe even a co-host.

Please comment here or message me a lenabphotoblog@gmail.com.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

sponsor love {pt 2}


I'm introducing 2 more wonderful sponsors today!
They are sharing some of their fave photos & explaining how and/or why they chose to edit them that particular way!

Meet Jennifer of Mommy Huh!

"Although I have an undergraduate degree in graphic design, I have never had the opportunity to polish my photography skills. As a first time, smart phone is always in hand ready to capture each and every spectacular moment, as well as the mundane moments that are so cute I can hardly stand it. Instagram has allowed me to have basic photo editing and filter functions in my pocket. Although an iPhone is nothing compared to a proper camera (or as I call it, the ones that come with straps so you don't break it), it has added variety and a polished look to my pixelated digital photos."




Although the before shot was satisfactory, the right filter (and my new favorite) made this precious moment (visiting mommy at work) really shine.


Blog  Facebook  Twitter  Hellocotton  Google+

and next up is the amazing Karly!!

Hey all you lovely readers! My name is Karly and I blog over at Three in Three.
I am super excited to be able to share a few of my editing techniques today, and I hope you find them useful.

First off, I want you to know that you don't have to have a fancy camera to take good pictures. I own a Nikon D3000 and I use it a lot. But mostly when I am trying to capture something with a purpose, like a portrait to hang on the wall, or food for a recipe.


But the rest of the time I use my iPhone 3GS. Seriously super basic iPhone action. Like the photo below.


For this photo, I opened it up in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and started by fixing the blemishes on my face and the dark lines under my eyes using the healing brush tool (not spot healing). After that I used liquify under the filters tab set at forward warp to smooth out the contours of my chin and eye.

Once I was satisfied with my basic editing, I ran the MCP Mini Fusion action. I honestly use this action on 98% of my photos, I LOVE it. I adjusted the opacity of the different layers to suit what I was trying to accomplish, and then I ran the Eye Love Sparkle action and painted over my eyes and lips to give them an extra pop.

Finally, because I've been coveting my old red hair, I created a color balance layer and adjusted it until I liked the shade on my hair, then filled in the layer mask with black to hide the adjustments and then I used a white brush to paint away the black over my hair, revealing the red.

Does that make any sense? Ha ha ha, well, you can always stop by my blog and ask me questions!


So, they totally rock, right?
If you're interested in becoming a sponsor, I have a deal on today to help celebrate the Fourth of July!
You can use code HAPPY4TH for $4 off any spot!!

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