Friday, July 30, 2010

Fix it Friday at I Heart Faces!

It’s Fix it Friday at I Heart Faces! Get over there and check it out and enter your own fix too!

I LOVED todays photo. What a gorgeous little girl. My fix was done in CS5. All I did was adjust levels, curves, hue/saturation, and sharpened it up a bit. I also used the patch tool to smooth her little under eye circles. That’s it! East peasy and I love the way it turned out.

Thanks so much for visiting! Please leave me a comment and while you are here..I just started my business page on Facebook! I would LOVE more like-ers :)


Here is the original photo!


And here it is after my fix in CS5 !



Thursday, July 29, 2010

Facebook Page! {St Louis and St Charles Child and Family Photographer, Kristi Hollowell}

Hey! More news! I finally started a facebook business page! Please join me here ! I will be posting exclusive specials and events for Facebook “like”ers only. So…be there! And thanks ":)

Portrait Gifts! {St Louis and St Charles Family Photographer, Kristi Hollowell}

Just in time to be added to my Exclusive Christmas Card Portrait Events! Introducing photo jewelry and gifts for the ones you love. What a perfect Christmas gift! Gorgeous, handmade sterling silver jewelry, customized for the ones you love. I will be offering this gorgeous collection exclusively at my Christmas Card Portrait events so please contact me ASAP if you are interested in hosting! I only have room to book a couple more before Christmas so act quickly if you would like to be a part of this exclusive event with exclusive pricing and gift options! Contact me at .

In case you missed it…see this page for info on hosting an exclusive event and earning FREE stuff!

And if you don’t feel like hosting an event…that’s OK…contact me and we will schedule your very own custom Christmas session! It may seem early for Christmas thoughts- but, I am booking into October so act quickly :).





I will also be introducing custom photo ornaments! Keep your eyes peeled!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Earn a FREE mini session and custom Christmas cards! {St Louis Family Photographer}

Are you interested?

I am looking for a few people to host a “Christmas Card Portrait Event!”. It’s easy peasy, requires very little on your part and in return…YOU will earn a FREE mini session and 25 FREE custom designed Christmas cards using the photos of your choice from our session! You will also receive a 5x7 portrait and $50 gift certificate for a future session with me!


Here’s what a “Christmas Card Portrait Event” entails.

You will choose a date and invite between 5-10 of your closest friends and family to attend a mini session with me! The mini session can be held at any local park or fun location of your choice (outdoor is preferred). The custom mini session will last 20-30 minutes per child (add 10 minutes for each additional child) and will include 25 custom designed portrait Christmas cards using the portraits of your choice from the session! Additional cards and portraits can be purchased as well and I will also be offering several fun portrait gift ideas so that your guests can get some Christmas shopping done at the same time! How great is that???

The mini session will cost $100 for one child or one group and will include;

~a 20-30 minute custom session

~25 custom designed portrait Christmas cards

~a 5x7 portrait of your choice

~AND a $25 gift certificate to use for a future session with me!

~PLUS- I will be offering portrait gift items for purchase and exclusive package pricing which is only available through my portrait events.

I am only going to book a limited number of these EXCLUSIVE events- so if you are interested in hosting and earning a FREE session please contact me right away!!! You can contact me at or through my website.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Purple! at I Heart Faces.

It’s “purple” week at I heart Faces! Here is my entry. Get over there and check out al of the other gorgeous purple entries and enter your own while you’re there!




Sweet Girl {St Charles Mo Children’s Photographer}

What a sweet and beautiful little girl I was lucky enough to get to photograph yesterday! Look at her! What a perfect little thing. Thanks K family. I enjoyed it.





Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sweet #3.

I don’t even care that he was in the direct, harsh sunlight :). I love that I captured him being him. He usually freezes up and gets all fake-ish. I love this little man.




Friday, July 23, 2010

Fix it Friday at I Heart Faces!

Get over to I Heart Faces and look at all of the other entries! This was a fun and easy one. It is such a sweet photo. All I did was crop and play with levels, hue/saturation, and did a little selective darkening and sharpening. Oh yeh- and I took the phone pole out of that sweet girls head :). I also added a color layer to sort of green up the grass. I added the layer of green and then adjusted the opacity to 25% and changed the mode to overlay. I used CS5 for my fix. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!


BEFORE my edit

Fix it Friday Original

AFTER my edit


And for fun! A Vintage fix. I usually am not in love with vintage. But this photo seemed perfect. All I did was run Pioneer Woman’s “Seventies” action and reduced it to 90% opacity.


And one more. TRA “Super Fun Happy” at 100%


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Little pretties <3




Monday, July 19, 2010

Sneak Peek Part Deux {St Charles Family Photographer}

I just had to share a few more from this fun session. The kids are crazy gorgeous and there were SO many great ones…I feel greedy saving them all for myself :)









See what I mean?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sneak Peek R Family! {St Charles Family Photographer}

This was one FUN group of kiddos! It was a hot, steamy, long shoot and they all hung in like champs :), all 5 of them.  They were super fun and all so super gorgeous…they made it pretty easy. Here’s your sneak peek Mama R! Hope you enjoy it. I will have the rest up in your gallery ASAP!






Saturday, July 17, 2010

Number 3.


Poor G Bear

Can’t seem to get away from my camera lens :). That’s what she gets for bein’ so pretty!



Just cuz he’s cute


Friday, July 16, 2010

New lens fun!

Yeehaw. 85 f/1.2. It is currently a rental, but oh… WILL be MINE. I am head over heels crazy in theres no turning back kinda love! This is at 1.2 and not a lot of doctoring. Adjust curves and sharpened for web.







Fix it Friday!

Yay! It’s FIF at I Heart Faces! I love FIF. If you don’t know what it’s all about…head on over there and check it out, and join in the fun while you’re there!

My fix was done in CS5. This was a sweet picture to begin with- just needed a little TLC. I decided to crop in a little tighter to get rid of some of the contrasty shadows/bright spots in the background and to bring her sweet face forward. I put her eye in the upper 1/3 focal point. I adjusted levels and curves. I lightened up her face just a touch and I deepened the colors and contrast in the chair and the background. I also sharpened up the texture on the chair.

If you are reading this…please leave a comment and tell me whatcha think! And please follow my blog while you’re here. I need some friends :)


Fix it Friday



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

First Communion Storyboard {St Charles Family Photographer}

I cannot BELIEVE I am just now putting this together. But…I am :). Anyway- I love the way it turned out. I am having it printed 10x10 and matted to 14x14. Pretty girl.



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sometimes it’s Just Too Easy! {St Charles Children’s Photographer}

I mean seriously. Look at this handsome devil. I barely had to touch these pics. This is one photogenic little man :)






Still testing Windows Livewriter

This is still a test. Yep. I love it. I just found a new way to blog! Thank you I Heart Faces! And thank you to my friend Cass. If you are reading this. The top pic I saved for web and check marked sRGB…the bottom I did not. Wow! What a difference. Thank you.gabe-rec-plex_0014Blog gabe rec plex_0014


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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Just Playin' {St Charles Children's Photographer}

Playing around with artificial light (mixed with very little ambient light) and back drops. Not super sure how I feel. Firstly- I definitely need some practice. Mostly- I think I just have a love of shooting in natural light that cannot be competed with :). But...there is definitely a time and a place for the "studio" set up too! So- it will be a great thing to know and to have available. So...I will!

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