Sunday, September 28, 2008

Best Shot Monday

Christina over at Momology did a wonderful tutorial on Enhancing the Light of your photos in Photoshop. She also mentioned an action pack for Photoshop that she got from Pioneer Woman that included an ethereal and lovely action that gives your photos a wonderful angelic glow.

I had alot of fun playing with that action last night...Especially using it on my Ella's beautiful face. When I get a shot like this, I just cant take my eyes off of it. Its not the actual picture that I am in awe of though. It is the perfection of my little girls face that takes my breath away.

I bought a figurine while I was pregnant with Ella and it sits on a shelf in her room. I am always trying to find my inner peace, and having Ella in my life has helped me succeed in a part of that. On the back of the figurine is a poem. It reads:

I may never paint a masterpiece,
write a novel, sing on stage, or orchestrate world peace.
But when I look at you, I know that you are my masterpiece.
You are music from heaven. You are my peace.

Here is my best shot. My masterpiece.


To see more BSM's, head over to Tracey's.


Frozen Eights September 28, 2008 at 9:16 PM  

This is absolutely perfect. My favorite of yours. She's such a beautiful little girl.

MGF September 28, 2008 at 9:25 PM  

Joanna~ I see your daughter every week and this picture just shines. Her eyes POP, the lighting is great.

Just WOW. The reads perfectly with the photo.

Jen September 28, 2008 at 9:37 PM  

Joanna, I love it!!! It really is perfect. You need to frame it for sure.

I am so jealous that I can't use the Pioneer Woman actions. I downloaded the trial version of CS3and played around with the actions, but it was only a 30 day trial.

Megan September 28, 2008 at 10:17 PM  

joanna, that is breathtaking. a beautiful girl and a wonderful photo.

Brittany September 28, 2008 at 10:45 PM  

I would certainly say that you followed Christina's tutorial to a T! Beautiful photo!

Christina September 28, 2008 at 11:43 PM  

Joanna, this is breathtaking. It truly is a masterpiece - both Ella, and this image. WOW! I can't tell you enough how much I love it. I can barely take my eyes off her stunning eyes, but I think my very favorite part of this is the wispy hair.

Oh, and I'm glad you enjoyed the post and those actions. You really nailed it - light here is incredible!

I hope you frame this big...maybe even canvas. And if you ever decide to go pro (what happened with that possible shoot?) this image should be prominantly featured on your website.

Marie September 29, 2008 at 1:12 AM  

That is the most beautiful picture of a child that I have ever seen. Simply breathtaking. Well done!

Anna September 29, 2008 at 5:43 AM  

That photo stopped me in my tracks, SO gorgeous! My first time here and you set the bar high!

I love the PW actions, but I have hardly used the F & E one, thanks to you and C I will be soon!

Andrea September 29, 2008 at 7:37 AM  

Wow, I love how you did this.
Her eyes. Beautiful.

Childlife September 29, 2008 at 6:08 PM  

Just gorgeous! I love the quote too -- I feel the same way about my kiddos!

I really need to learn how to do some of this stuff on photoshop -- I keep intending to, but never make the time for it :P

carrie September 29, 2008 at 7:11 PM  

this is my favorite photo of ella so far. it is gorgeous! and i love that quote, i may need to "borrow" it for some scrapbook pages!

Blueberry September 29, 2008 at 8:21 PM  

wow. just wow.

she is gorgeous. :)

Stacy September 30, 2008 at 8:37 AM  

Wow, wow, wow! Look at that beautiful masterpiece you have created. Wonderful job on the photo and your dear girl is just beautiful.

Anonymous September 30, 2008 at 9:35 AM  

Awww! Precious. :)

Jaimee September 30, 2008 at 12:59 PM  

Gorgeous lighting, beautiful eyes and a stunning photo!!! Print it now momma!

Golightly September 30, 2008 at 11:40 PM  

Breathtaking. Just breathtaking.
I'm with Carrie, I'm going to have to borrow that quote.

Her eyes are just captivating, I even had to show my husband. His words: "Wow. Wow. Absolutely beautiful."

Frame it.

simply beautiful.

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