Spring is right around the corner and it will be 90 degrees before you know it. Here is a great family “what to wear” guide. Notice how the predominate colors are navy blue and yellow, but not everyone is wearing the exact same shirt and pants? This is a great example of the look you want to strive for when you are picking out everyone’s clothes. There is a BIG difference between coordinating and matching. Coordinating is perfectly illustrated below. See how there is a color scheme, but there are different prints and types of shirts/pants? No one is wearing the same thing as someone else and yet it just goes together, right? This is how to do it. Matching, on the other hand,  is when everyone is wearing the same type of pants (ex. khaki’s or jeans) and the same color polo or button down shirt.

Coordinating your clothes has style and flair…matching your clothes says I couldn’t decide on a style. Don’t be indecisive! Having a custom photography session says you are hip and stylin’…don’t let your wardrobe selection talk bad about you. That’s just not cool…

Coordinating good. Matching bad.

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by Melissa Lloyd

I thought it would be fun to share a before and after of this little cutie! The top image is SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) and the bottom one is after my edits.

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I kept my edits pretty simple.

1.  It was a bit dark near those rocks, but he was determined to explore there so I played along. You can see the image is a little bit dark (not too bad) so I added some extra light to brighten it up a bit.

2. I ran some noise reduction in Photoshop to get rid of any grain.

3. I sharpened the image.

That was pretty much it. You can see that I didn’t crop the picture during my editing. The SOOC version is the same as the edited. For this image, I didn’t need to crop. I liked the image just as it was shot.


by Melissa Lloyd

On January 1st of this year, I challenged myself to do a 365 project. The purpose of this endeavor is to take one picture every day for a year…to see those seemingly ordinary and ho-hum moments for what they are…life. So far, each day has brought a greater appreciation of my family…who they are…and how great those”ordinary” moments really are. I am learning to look at playtime, homework, chores, and other routines in a different light. Those used to just be every day “stuff”…nothing note worthy…nothing exciting…mostly things that reoccured on a daily basis that passed by me without much thought.

Haven’t you ever wished you could have a day back? Wished you could relive some moment? Thought your kids were growing way to fast? This project is teaching me to really SEE those moments…appreciate them…and capture them. For most of us (myself included), the camera comes out on special occassions or big moments, but this project is all about capturing the little spontaneous moments in-between all those big ones.

The tough part of this project for me (thus far) is to stop being the 1st born perfectionist that I am. Not every picture is portrait quality. Life’s moments don’t always happen in perfect lighting (as much as I want them too).  …but each image is perfect to me because of who is in it. Even 20+ days into this adventure I am able to look back and remember taking that picture and what was going on that day and either smile or laugh. That is what is important. At the end of the year, I plan to make a book out of pictures that will be our life moments of 2012.

If you would like to check out my 365 project, you can find it at www.everydayphotos.throothelens.com. You can follow the project by entering your email in the subscribe box on the menu. Subscribers get one email (no spam or junk mail!) in their inbox showing the picture of the day…

Here is one of my favorite images: you’ll have to go to the everdayphotos blog to read the story behind it though…

Day 8 / 365

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by Melissa Lloyd

Woohoo! 2012 is in full swing so I wanted to share a few changes with you.

1) Mobile Viewing

If you surf the web on your phone (and who doesn’t?), you will be happy to know that my blog is now “mobile friendly”. Posts will be formatted to your phone so the pictures will be sized perfectly and the text will be readable without a magnifying glass. 🙂

2) Apple & I Have Become Friends

My blog has also undergone some minor changes to remove the flash component so all you Apple lovers can surf the blog on your iPhones, iPads, iTouchs, or iWhatevers and not miss a thing.

3) CD & Pricing

 You know I like things simple and I have made things even easier this year. Check out the new pricing structure at www.throothelens.com/pricing.

4) Mobile Phone Albums
Facebook fans will be receiving a FREE Smartphone album of the images from their session. Ya, I said FREE…as in gratis, complimentary, at no charge, on the house…you get the point right? These are cool…just sayin’…

5) More Blogging this Year

Here are just a few of the things I will be sharing: Pictures from my sessions…a personal project I am working on…images before and after they have been edited so you can see what I do in the edit bay…great tutorials on how YOU can take better pictures…what to wear ideas…for families, kids, and high school seniors…questions and answers from YOU…And SO MUCH more!

If you aren’t a subscriber to my blog, click on the little envelop icon below and become one. Blog posts will show up in your inbox so you don’t miss-a-thing. Be sure and verify your subscription…no verification=no blog posts in your inbox=no happy

Those other cute icons below will lead you to my Facebook fan page, Twitter, Pinterest, and my email. If you are a RSS subscriber, you can click on the heart for that. And….if you want to share the joy of [throo] the lens photography, you can click on the Tell a Friend icon.

I think that is it!

Happy 2012…

by Melissa Lloyd

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