Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sweet Caroline


I was truly intimidated by this challenge! I was running extremely low on willing subjects, and the last two days have been chaotic and draining, but I decided I had to at least try. I'm so glad I did! This is my sweet Caroline, full of energy and joy -- I can hear her happy laughter when I look at this picture, so I feel that I filled this challenge and "captured the essence" of her!
Edited it in Photoshop with Little Perk action which sharpens and saturates it a bit and adds a vignette (wish I knew how to make those eyes pop a little more). Thanks to Candace for the portrait Tuesday Tutorial you did -- it helped me so much!
-CC-

12 comments:

Mindy said...

Alynn, what a great portrait!! I love the name Caroline, and your daughter is so adorable! I can't believe you were intimidated... you just blew this challenge away! :)

Blake said...

what an adorable girl and I like the name too! I love the face you captured too and the colors are very nice!

Charlotte said...

I Love this photo. That smile is priceless.

As for the eyes, a quick easy way to enhance them: use your burn tool (looks like a hand making a "c" or "o" shape). Just adjust the bush to fit the eye, range: midtones, and click over them. It will deepen the color ever so slightly.

You can always go crazy with lasso's and saturations and such, too... :0)

Rachel H. said...

SWEET CAROLINE...BA DUMP BUMP BUM....la-di-da-di....you have TOTALLY got that song in my head!

LOVE this picture! YA, INTIMIDATE? THIS ROCKS! I say try Char's advice for the eyes and this would triple rock my socks!

SUCH a cutie!

Candace said...

Alynn.. I love this of Caroline SO MUCH!!! Your children just sparkle. I'm gonna go message you something on facebook, so check it soon!

Oh, and I'm so glad my tutorial was actually helpful. YOu know how it is when you're the one writing something.. you're not sure if it's going to be helpful or not, so I'm happy to know it was! :)

And.. back to your picture.... I love the colors, the wood plank background with the bright green leaves, it's very frame worthy!

Great job!!

Melanie said...

I am in love with this one! Her smile (laughter) is so contageous. I dare anyone to look at this an NOT smile! I love her jacket against the wood, and her hair....oh her hair! She is precious! Great job!

Teryn said...

What a doll! This picture is fantastic. I love the way it's framed, the background, that touch of green... oh ya! And the ADORABLE little girl.

For eyes- Pioneer woman has some really great actions, one is "bring on the eyes" and it works great. (I'm all about actions, I'm not so smart as most people w/ PS but they make it look like I am!)

Katy said...

Alynn, this one is a TOTAL WINNER!!! I LOVE IT! EVERY SINGLE THING ABOUT IT, PERFECTION!!!! Oh she's so sweet and you just CAPTURED her in the perfect moment!!! WAY TO GOOOOOO!!!

Brittney said...

Alynn, this is AWESOME. Seriously...perfect. Oh that grin, makes me happy :). Well done!!!

Teri said...

Very Beautiful... so perfect in every way. She is darling and I love her eyes. Great shot.

Shelby said...

Caroline is making me smile, very contagious.
What a lovely picture, love the wood behind her and the whole set up.

AprilF said...

WHOA!!! I love this!! She is gorgeous and I love her smiling face. My only CC would be the leaves in the background- they are a little distracting. Great job- I can't believe you were worried about this!