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Bridal 2016 http://www.karasantaanaphotography.com/blog/2017/2/bridal-2016 Photography | Kara Santa Ana Photography

Hair and Makeup | Rebecca Bodgan

Bridal Dresses | Lena Medoyeff Bridal

Florals | Chickabloom Floral Studio

Models | Courtney Moe, Maya Hazen, Olivia Creelman and Stephanie Matheson

 

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Samantha | Beauty http://www.karasantaanaphotography.com/blog/2017/2/samantha-beauty Model | Samantha Paltridge

Hair & Makeup | Colie Marie Artistry

Photography | Kara Santa Ana Photography

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Hair & Beauty | Editorial http://www.karasantaanaphotography.com/blog/2015/11/hair-beauty-editorial A couple times a year a group of (very talented) friends and I get together for a fun and artistic photo shoot.

Here are some of the final looks from our session at Magnum Opus, inspired by the street art movement. These looks were created for the Oribe Front Row Instagram Contest this month.

I included some behind the scenes shots to get a feel for what goes on!

Enjoy!

Hair: Jamie Ferero & Ambrosia Carey

Makeup: Sokha Sok

Models: Jenny, Alex & Justice

Photography: Kara Santa Ana Photography

 

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The Schoolcraft Family | Fall Mini Session http://www.karasantaanaphotography.com/blog/2015/10/the-schoolcraft-family-fall-mini-session "The love of a family makes life beautiful."

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Kayla | Fitness http://www.karasantaanaphotography.com/blog/2015/10/kayla-fitness "This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often: 
If you don't like something, change it. 
If you don't like your job, quit. 
If you don't have enough time, stop watching tv. 
If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. 
Stop over analyzing, all emotions are beautiful. 
When you eat, appreciate every last bite. 
Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences. 

Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. 
Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.Some opportunities only come once, seize them. 
Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating. 
Life is short. Love your dream and share your passion." 

- Rachel Beresh

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The Hunsaker Family | Mini Session http://www.karasantaanaphotography.com/blog/2015/10/the-hunsaker-family-mini-session

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Ruby & Michael | Mini Session http://www.karasantaanaphotography.com/blog/2015/10/ruby-michael-mini-session

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Rebekah Van Bronckhorst | Senior http://www.karasantaanaphotography.com/blog/2015/10/rebekah-van-bronckhorst-senior

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Emmerson Josephine | Lifestyle Newborn http://www.karasantaanaphotography.com/blog/2015/4/emmerson-josephine-lifestyle-newborn "You are

BRAVER

than you believe,

STRONGER

than you think,

AND LOVED

more than you'll ever know."

-Winnie The Pooh

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Digital Retouching http://www.karasantaanaphotography.com/blog/2015/3/digital-retouching One of my favorite aspects of photography is post production. I love taking photos and creating images, but what I always get most excited about, is looking at the image on the back of my camera and envisioning the end results. 

When I am retouching images there are a few key things I am always thinking about and are important to understand.

1. Enhancing

2. Light 

3. Shadows

3. Mood

I incorporate all these things into my retouching, and they guide me in making decisions on how the images will look.

My process of editing an image begins in Lightroom. I upload all my sessions into a Lightroom catalog where I cull through the images and batch edit. Here I correct for exposure, contrast, white balance, clarity, color balance, highlights, shadows and cropping. 

I then move the strongest images from the session to Photoshop where they will be completed. Photoshop allows for more precision editing, so I may further adjust what I've already corrected for in Lightroom. How much I adjust will depend on how I want the mood of the image to come across. I have a few general rules when creating moods. 

1. Light images will have a "light" mood

2. Dark images can have a "darker" mood

3. Correspond the mood with the model and overall look of the image

I find these three factors helpful in avoiding "awkward" images. For example, if you take an image of a young child dressed in a very sweet manor and photographed in a field of flowers with a blue sky and puffy white clouds, it would be rather inappropriate to edit this image in a way that has a "darker" mood. For example, you wouldn't want to create harsh shadows, darker highlights and you wouldn't want to have low saturation or hard clarity. The overall image would contradict itself, in that the sweet little girl would be put in a very dark setting.

Once I have edited for the mood of the image I will then begin retouching the model. Everyone is beautiful as they are. With that being said, my goal is not to change, alter, or manipulate the model, but to enhance the models natural beauty. I always look to minimize the appearance of dark under eyes, prominent wrinkles and scars, noticeable blemishes and distracting elements. 

The final thing I look at is the light and shadows. I make sure the light and shadows are where I want them, both on the model and the background. I use light to bring out features of the model that I want to stand out, and shadows to sculpt the model and background. I want my images to have depth and contrast, which will make them come to life. 

Sometimes I may spend far too much time on one single image, but once I begin the editing process, it's hard for me to stop until I have perfected what I am trying to achieve. Regardless of how much time I put into an image, not a single moment ever feels like work. I love to create gorgeous images that stand out among other portraiture. Images that make people feel beautiful and confident. 

Below are a couple examples of before and after images. The before images have already been processed through Lightroom, and the after images show only the process in Photoshop.

I hope this gives a better understanding of my editing process and what guides my decision making in how I retouch my images.

 

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Crystal & Krisha | Maternity http://www.karasantaanaphotography.com/blog/2015/2/crystal-krisha-maternity My dear cousin and her wife are expecting their first baby boy, NOW! I am so excited for these two incredible women to become mothers to without a doubt, the cutest little boy, Kaius! 

 

I was so blessed to be able to travel to Iowa to photograph their maternity session in January and I was blown away by the love these two have for each other. The entire session was playful, fun and full of giggles! Despite extremely cold weather and frozen hands and toes, you could see the anticipation and excitement in their eyes from start to finish!

 

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things — wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities." 

 

Congrats to Crystal and Krisha French on their new journey together! I can’t wait to meet your bundle of joy! 

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What a beautiful year... http://www.karasantaanaphotography.com/blog/2015/1/2014 2014 has been a pretty amazing year!

Gorgeous people, many laughs, new friends, and lots and lots of pictures! :) 

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my year and helped make it so wonderful!

Cheers to a year of growth, beauty and new friends!

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Chris & Alicia | Maternity http://www.karasantaanaphotography.com/blog/2014/3/chris-alicia-maternity I had the great pleasure of photographing this sweet family to introduce their new addition, sweet baby girl, Coral Maverick! Could that be anymore adorable!? And bless their hearts for coming to shoot that day! The pictures are a little deceiving, but it was one of the coldest days of the year! That very night a snow and ice storm hit the Portland area! Little Aurora was such a trooper for keeping a smile on her face even though her little hands and feet were frozen! Aurora has been waiting for this day to come for quite some years now. She's always dreamed of becoming a big sister, and she is very anxious to meet Coral for the first time! These were her first photos with her little sister and she wasn't going to let a little cold wind from stopping her! I too, am very anxious to meet Coral! She will be a perfect addition to this adorable family and I am excited to see all the joys she brings along with her!

:) 

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