LOU & MARKS

Installing Your Lou & Marks Presets into New Adobe Lightroom CC 2017

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Adobe has released a new version of Lightroom CC.  The Version of Lightroom we have been previously using is now Lightroom CC Classic, and the new CC Version is powerful yet simple and can be used across multiple platforms including your mobile device.

You will be able to install our Presets into your Desktop version of the new application but not yet in the mobile app. Hopefully this will be a future update!

Installing Your Presets

This method is just as simple and fast as in Lightroom CC Classic:

1. Open your Lightroom CC app on your Mac or PC.  

2. Click on the the Editing section. It is on the top right hand side with three horizontal lines with a circle on each line.

3. Open the Presets section. You'll do this by clicking on the Presets bar at the bottom of the Editing section.

4. Click on the three dots at the top of the Presets panel that opens. Choose "Open Presets Folder".

5. Paste your presets into your "Develop Presets" Folder.  Copy and paste over the folders containing your Lou & Marks Presets.

6. Now Restart your Lightroom CC application by closing and re-opening the program. Your Presets will now be located in the Presets Bar at the bottom of the Panel

You can also follow along on this video:

Portrait Session With Anna

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Before we left our location in Boise Idaho we had the pleasure of shooting with Anna. I had picked our two different downtown locations to shoot at in Boise. I loved this shoot for the variety of locations we were able to shoot at all within walking distance.

I edited this shoot with our Portrait Pack. I did a light retouching with our Photoshop Actions before apply Presets in Photoshop for this shoot. I was going for a light fall feel so I also warmed this shoot up with our Autumn Pack. You can view all our Product HERE

California Weekend + Luts

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We have spent almost our entire first week a the beach here in Orange County. We brought lots of sunblock, cameras and our newest drone with us each day. Alfredo was able to capture some breath taking images & video over the ocean at sunset with our DJI Inspire 2 & Zemus Lens.

I love editing, I'm sure you can tell from my blog lol. Beside photo editing I also work with film editing in Final Cut Pro X. I have been working on launching my Luts I have made for Alfredos beach clips. 

Here is a little sneak peak of what we have coming:

Third Day In Yellowstone

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On our third day adventuring through Yellowstone we were able to visit the majority of the park and a few hiking trails. This was by far my favorite day. I was beyond excited for the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

We stayed the night in our truck along the edge of the Canyon to capture some astrophotography over the canyon ledge. We had an amazing time and captured some images that are so close to my heart!

These image were edited with a combination of our Astrophotography Presets, Landscape Pack, and Fine Art Pack available within our SHOP.

Second Day Adventuring In Yellowstone

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We were craving more adventure on our second full day spent in Yellowstone National Park. Alfredo and I were both hoping to see some buffalo on our drive through the valley. Before we got to the valley we stoped at the all the geysers and pools.

We took huge amounts of photographs during our time here. We especially loved photographing the Buffalo. We have an amazing zoom lens that allowed us to safely capture close photographs of wildlife while at the park.

Below are some of the images from our second day in Yellowstone editing with our Adventure Pack available within our SHOP.

Edwards Greenhouse Shoot With Susanna

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Once we arrived in Boise I scouted different locations for our Portrait shoots we had lined up. While driving around the North end of Boise I found Edwards Greenhouse. I have always loved not only the color green but also foliage. I worked as a florist for 6 months and loved every minute of it. Naturally I am always pulled towards outdoor locations so we moved to another near by location after the Greenhouse.

I love all the different textures and plants were able to incorporate into this shoot. All the images from this shoot were edited with our Blogger Pack available within our SHOP.

Our Long Haul From Idaho to California

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We recently left our last location in Idaho to head to Southern California. We had a long 16 hour drive day. We also take a bit longer than most travelers because we have our three pets with us who need frequent breaks as well as two photographers who like to frequently stop to get photographs.

We travel through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, and all the way through the state on California to finally end up in Dana Point. Here are some images from our long but adventurous drive edited with our Fine Art Pack available on our SHOP.

Studio Boise Shoot

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During the time we spend in Boise Idaho we were able to find an amazing workspace for studio work. Studio Boise is an amazing location to work on your studio portraits. Denise the owner and photographer herself is beyond helpful! I shot with Hannah, Alexa, and Mia for my studio session,

If you are in the Boise area you definitely need to check them out! Below are some images from our recent shoot at Studio Boise. All the images were editing with our Presets available on our SHOP.

Hannah + Lucky Peak Idaho

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We are trying to focus on photographing the beautiful landscapes of the areas we travel to as well as link up with other creatives and work on our Portrait Photography and booking sessions.

We met up with Hannah at Lucky Peak for a sunrise shoot. The beautiful tones over the water brought out a lot of warmth on this chilly Idaho morning.

All the Images from this shoot were editing with our Fine Art Pack available within our SHOP.

Driving All Day

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With all the traveling we do sometimes we have to drive for 8-12 hours to reach our next destination. We most recently drove from Yellowstone, WY to Boise, ID. This was an 12 hour drive for us. We also made a few stops along the way.

We first stopped at Craters of The Moon. We both have been fascinated by the volcanic landscape. After a few hours exploring around we were back on the Road to ShoShone Falls. We explored around the park and gazed out from the viewpoints. 

Although our detour took us an extra two hours it was definitely worth the extra travel time. Below are some of the images we captured from our drive and our stops.

Craters of the Moon & Shoshone Falls Edited with our Adventure Pack available within our SHOP

Our First Day // Yellowstone National Park

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Yesterday was our first day at Yellowstone National Park. We traveled from Oregon and along the way stopped and camped at Mount St. Helens and Glacier National Park. It was an amazing 6 day camping and traveling adventure.

We just scraped the surface of the park yesterday. Mammoth Hot Springs was an amazing site. The colors and textures are a photographers dream. Although we are traveling at the busiest time of the year the park wasn't too busy. We walked along the board walk through all the hot spring sites and adventured further into the park.

Unfortunately there was an incident with Buffalo being stuck by cars on the road to Old Faithful so we called it an early day and are going to be heading back out to view the Geysers and Prismatic Springs. The reset of our 6 days here we will be checking out all the amazing hiking trails.

From our first day at Yellowstone:

Beach Camping // The Oregon Coast

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After we left the Olympic Park Area we headed to the Waldport/Florence/Yachats area. We found a beautiful little spot on the beach at South Jetty to set up our camp. All of our animals were welcome there. Some locations on the Oregon Coast don't allow you to camp or even walk the beach with your animals.

We had an amazing view of the ocean and slept so peacefully hearing the waves. If you are traveling to or through Oregon and looking for a camping place on the beach with pets I highly recommend this area.

Images from our camping adventure:

 

 

Shi Shi Beach + Adventure//Pack

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On Tuesday we traveled to the tip of the Washington Peninsula to visit two very beautiful places Shi Shi Beach and Cape Flattery. We had a bit of a drive from where we are in Bainbridge, WA to get there. The hike to Shi Shi Beach was 8 miles in total (there and back). We Timed it at a time when the tide would be low so we would have the best opportunity to capture images. 

We always travel with at least one DSLR and one Drone. This trip we had both DSLRs and both Drones. Fredo Mark and I love being able to capture the view from above, not only for documenting but to actually see what the areas look like from above.

The hike starts out through a beautiful moss covered forest for the first 1.5 miles. We ran into some serious mud along the trail but we were still able to get through. The rest of the hike is on the sandy beach. Oddly the hike through the sand was much harder on my legs then through the forest and mud.

We had amazing time hiking and photographing this beautiful area in Washington. I edited these images with Presets from our Adventure//Lifestyle Pack available for sale within our SHOP. This is my favorite pack to use when editing our travel/landscape photography. 

Shi Shi Beach + Adventure//Pack:

Portrait Bundle Pack

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I am happy to announce our Professional Portrait Bundle Pack is now up on the shop. I have been posting lost of portraits edited with our newest edition to the SHOP.

This pack will help you retouch and streamline your portrait photo editing workflow. These can be used on Newborns to smooth skin, boudoir to smooth and contour the face and body, wedding portraits to brighten & correct, as well as family/child portraits.

Included are Presets for Lightroom, Retouching Brushes for Lightroom, and Retouching/Correcting Actions for Photoshop. You can find this along with other helpful tools on our SHOP.

Edited with our Portrait Bundle Pack:

Our Small Dog’s Epilepsy Battle Update

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Prudence is going to be seven years old this October. I have had her since she was born. She is just under 4 pounds and has had epilepsy since she was one. 

At first her seizures would only come a few times a year and last only 15-30 seconds. Throughout the years her condition worsened to having them a few times a week and lasting for up to 45 minutes. We were not happy with our Vets way of responding to this so we switched vets. This was the best thing we ever did!

Prudence's new vet increased her medication, Phenobarbital to almost double what her other Vet was recommending. This was done with blood testing to check her current levels to advise us where she is and where she needs to be.

After a three months on her new dosage, changing her diet to a salmon based food free from any chicken, and walking her at least an hour a day she has never had so much energy and she hasn’t had a seizure in three months. Her back legs were weakening from all her seizures, and I am happy to say she is no longer suffering from back leg issues and can walk a full 45 minutes at time.

This is a huge turnaround in just three months. Her quality of life, energy level, and all around mood has changed so much. This was all possible with seeking out the right medical care, and doing lots of research ourselves.

If you have a pet suffering from Epilepsy I know it can be so hard but there is hope!

Adventure/Lifestyle Presets Pack

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Adventure/Lifestyle Presets

I find myself using our Adventure/Lifestyle Pack to edit our photos for Instagram/Stock Photography the most out of any of our collections. This pack has a verity of tones, fades, and variations that closely resemble film toning.

I am usually pulled to the darker side of things in my own photography and tend to edit/shoot a bit more moody. I always stop down so when I am editing I can bump up my exposure if needed to achieve my desired look.

My favorites within this pack are the Deep Moods and Fine Art Presets. You can find this Pack Available within my SHOP

Recent travel Photos edited with our Adventure/Lifestyle Presets:

Bainbridge Island Our First Official Stop

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Our first stop on our trip was Bainbridge Island. We are staying in a loft on the island for two weeks. We are six days into this Bainbridge adventure and are discovering new things everyday about this gorgeous Island. 

The entire Island is so plush and green. You feel like you are right in the Red Woods with all the ferns, moss, and giant trees. Every morning we take our dogs on a walk through The Gand Forest, which is five minutes from the loft.

Downtown has a variety of coffee shops and restaurants with amazing food. The views are unbeatable. You get a full view of Seattle, the ocean, and the vast mountains.

We are already talking about heading back this way in October to capture Olympic in Fall.

Images of the Bainbridge area edited with our Adventure/Lifestyle Pack:

Olympic Nation Park Beaches & Our Fine Art Pack

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I’m so excited we finally made it to the beach areas of Olympic National Park! This is what I have been waiting for since we planned our this trip to Olympic. 

Many of the beach trails do not allow you to bring your pets. This for two reasons. 1. To keep the wildlife in the area safe and protected. 2. To keep your pets safe and protected. Our pets were at the loft during this trip.

It’s hard to capture the sheer beauty of this place in images. I hope I did it justice. I edited all our photos from this trip with our Fine Art Pack available on it's own and in our Adventure/Lifestyle Pack on our SHOP

Edited with our Fine Art Pack:

LIFE UPDATE!!

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We are officially now off on our year long road trip. We are in Bainbridge, WA close to Seattle. We have been on our trip for five days and loving every moment. Our three animals are doing great as well. We were pretty unsure of how they would take not having a consistent home, but so far so good. They have morning and evening walks through the forrest, and they couldn't be happier.

We have been photographing and adventuring all day M-F. After our adventures we upload and process our photos for our social media as well as for our stock photography. On the weekends we work on our websites, our products, and more editing. We put in even more work than when we were in Moscow. I know this lifestyle isn't for everyone but we love adventure and want to travel the US together at time when it's possible for us.

Images from our past 5 days on our adventure with our pups:

Moody Wedding Editing In Photoshop & Lightroom

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We recently launched our Moody Toned Wedding Kit for Professional Results in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and have such a positive response from our customers! We love that! Making your editing/workflow faster is our main goal.

Our Moody Toned Wedding Kit helps if your wedding work lacking depth, luster, or mood. Our Moody Toned Wedding Kit is exactly what you need if you crave mood evoking wedding photography. This handpicked collection of our best mood evoking presets comes packed with a variety of tones for all situations of photography. This Kit will help you produce deep rich toning, velvety blacks, moody undertones, crushed highlights, and moody film inspired toning.

This pack is available on our SHOP for Lightroom or Photoshop. Processed with our Moody Pack: