LOU & MARKS

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 of 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:

Elk Creek Falls, ID Fine Art Presets Edit

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Below are some photos of one our recent trips to Elk Creek Falls, ID. Processed with our Fine Art Indie Presets Available on our SHOP

Photoshop Actions Portrait Editing

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We offer a wide range of Photoshop and Lightroom Retouching Presets and Actions. They offer a soft subtle retouching effect to your images. You can change the opacity of the actions to make them even softer or play the action again for a more dramatic edit.

These are a staple for Portrait/Wedding Photographer workflow. Not all clients will want their portraits enhanced but you will get a handful of clients that want minor editing done to their skin. Our products offer just that. They won't make your clients look like different people but will take care of the minor skin issues your clients might have.

Here are some Before/Afters with our Products. You can view our products on our SHOP

Adventure/ Lifestyle Presets & A Tripod

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As Photographers we rarely get our photographs taken, except the quick shot taken by each other. That leaves us with very little pictures of us together.

We are trying to get better about having a face for people to recognize amongst all our beautiful photos on Social Media. It's so important to let people know who you are and give your company a face, as well as have photos to look back on yourself.

We headed up to the beautiful Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest with our Tripod and intervalometer.  I positioned Fredo, Focused my lens (50mm fixed), set my intervalometer and ran out to position myself. I was pretty happy with the outcome of the images and processed them with our Adventure/ Lifestyle Pack of Presets available on our SHOP

Fine Art Lightroom Presets & Bald Mountain

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Fredo and I recently took a day trip up to a beautiful spot here in Idaho. He had previously backpacked up there and knew the area. We headed up to Bald Mountain Lookout with our DSLR in hand.

The view of the valley and the vast tree covered hills was just so beautiful at sunset. While hiking back up the trails we had something following us. A small maybe 2 year old black bear was trailing us. We always have our Bear Mace in hand, but only use it if we have to. I snapped a quick couple of photos and let him on his way as we went on ours. We knew mother could be close and we try not to disturb wildlife too much.

We had an amazing hike, beautiful views, and an encounter with wildlife. If you have the chance to head up to Bald Mountain Lookout it's definitely worth the hike (18 miles total). 

Once we got home I processed the images from our day with our Fine Art Indie Pack of Presets available on our SHOP

Drone Photography Edited with our Adventure Lightroom Presets

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We had a blast taking our new tandem kayak out for our second run. We headed with our Drone in hand. We just upgraded from the Mavic to the Phantom 4 Pro for image quality.

The clarity was much better at higher distances and we are very happy with the raw output.  Here are a handful of images from our day edited with our Adventure/Lifestyle Pack for Lightroom you can find here on our SHOP

Processed with our Adventure/Lifestyle Pack:

A Day in Moscow + Nikon + Moody Presets

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June 16, 2017 A day in Moscow ID in Photos.

All Editing with our new Adventure/ Lifestyle Pack Presets available on our SHOP:

Photoshop Actions & Presets for Bloggers

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We have launched out Blogger Edition Photoshop Actions and ACR Filters about two week ago and they have been loved across the market! We are beyond happy to help fellow bloggers create beautiful imagery to display their brand/blog material.

Here is our Presentation of our Product you can purchase on our SHOP

Bright & Airy Wedding Lightroom Presets Kit

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Bright & Airy Toned Wedding Kit for Professional Results in Adobe Lightroom

Is your wedding work lacking brightness, clarity, and softness? Out Bright & Airy Toned Wedding Kit is exactly what you need if you crave bright, soft, airy wedding photography. This handpicked collection of our best brightening & softening presets comes packed with a variety of tones for all situations of photography. This Kit will help you produce soft, clean, airy undertones, crushed highlights, and muted film inspired toning.

I am a full time photographer, designer, artist, dog mom and wife. I created this Bright & Airy Wedding Kit in time for Wedding Season to help speed up your workflow and create consistency within your edits. This Kit is available within our SHOP

Processed with our Bright & Airy Kit:

Moody Wedding Lightroom Presets Kit

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Is your wedding work lacking depth, luster, or mood? Out 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.

I am a full time photographer, designer, artist, dog mom and wife. I created this Moody Wedding Kit in time for Wedding Season to help speed up your workflow and create consistency within your edits. Available on our SHOP

Processed with out Moody Wedding Kit:

Lou & Marks Set To The Sky!

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We recently purchased a DJI Drone for our upcoming travels. We are leaving our home in Moscow, ID to travel around the US and visit National Monuments and National Parks. We will taking off from Moscow, ID and going as far East as Chicago and Louisiana. We will be planted in Arizona/New Mexico/Mexico/California for the winter then make our way back up to the PNW in April/May of 2018.

While on the road we will be living out of our RV and documenting everything on our cameras. We though it would be neat to be able to capture all the beauty the US has to offer not only from the ground but from the sky. We have been taking our Drone out for some practice here in Idaho and here is some of what we captured:

We initially bought the New Mavic Drone from DJI we really were impressed by the size, since we plan to do lots of hiking it seemed perfect. It's very user friendly and the flight time is 24 mintues which is great as well. The only thing we weren't super happy with is the 12 mp camera. The video quality is 4k, and that was great. We are returning our Mavic and going to purchase the Phantom 4 Pro with a 20.4 mp camera. Depending on your budget and what you are wanting to do with your drone the Mavic or the Phantom are great options. 

These images are SOOC (straight out of camera). I will post more images and video quality of the Mavic as well as the Phantom when it arrives.

Stay tuned for more from our upcoming adventure as well. We will be launching a blog just for our travels and our travel photography and I will post that site address soon.

Photoshop Actions for Bloggers

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We created our Blogger Curated Collection for Lightroom over a month ago and had such a great response from everyone who has purchased it. We wanted to make this product available to our Photoshop Customers as well.

We have included a great variety of Actions & ACR Filters to achieve amazing blog imagery in just a few clicks. This product is available within our SHOP

Processed with our Photoshop Blogger Collections:

Product Photography Editing Photoshop Actions

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Our Latest Product for Photoshop is already doing wonders!!

Designed to give your Product Photography a balanced, bright, sharp and eye-catching look. Attract more shoppers with better product photography that enhances your products. After working for an editorial magazine for two years photographing, editing, and writing I fine tuned my product photography editing workflow. I'm excited to be able to share my years of experience with other fellow product photographers.

  • This product is designed to help you correct lighting issues, color cast issues, shadow issues, make your whites whiter, your brights brighter, sharpen, soften, add a modern muted minimalist look to your photos, and improve the overall look of your product photography images.
  • Non destructive layers, fully adjustable to help you get the best results. I have included a 10 page PDF Guide to help you along the way as well as dialogue boxes with the actions to help you further process your images.

Available for Purchase Within our SHOP

How To Use Blogger Lightroom Presets

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We launched our collection of Lightroom Presets for Bloggers about three weeks ago and we've had some great feedback on how the processing was going. Everyone has been really pleased with this product and that makes us so happy! We love creating products to help not only us but other creatives too!

Here is a video overview of the product:

 

Here is a video to help you process your images:

 

Let us know if you have any questions and all feedback is welcome!