How to make an action for adding textures to seamless backdrops | Seattle & Tacoma Newborn Photographer

As a Seattle & Tacoma Newborn Photographer, I love being able to use seamless photos for parent photos and also in other sessions like maternity sessions and milestone sessions. Seamless is great to work with but can often have some flaws or cause banding in images. I love being able to use textures to polish off the look of the seamless paper. My favorite textures are purchased from Glow Portraits. Check out the video below to find out my process on how turn adding textures into an action and then you can batch edit and streamline the process!

Since making this video, I created a new action that has an if else statement to change the orientation based on if the image is portrait or landscape.

I was also asked to show how I edit newborn digital composites shot on black background as well as cream so I made a quick video. I know I sound awkward, but I was trying to keep an eye on my little one at the same time and it was hard to focus! These beautiful digital composites were purchased from Luisa Dunn Photography.

Dawn Rocks Photography is a newborn photographer who also specializes in maternity and milestone sessions for children serving Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Puyallup and surrounding areas.

Tacoma Newborn Photographer | Baby Boy E Newborn Session | Dawn Rocks Photography

I just had to share this newborn session for Baby Elijah that took place at the Dawn Rocks Photography studio in Lakewood, WA. I haven't blogged for a bit but I need to get back into it so I am starting with this handsome little one! 

Elijah had the cutest expressions and the best hair I have seen come through my studio! I can't wait to see what this looks like for his milestone sessions. 

One of the best things about his session was having two Grandmas come visit and was able to capture all 3 generations during the session which doesn't get to happen often! 

Here is a peak into his Tacoma newborn session to see all of Elijah's sweet face and his awesome hair. 

Dawn Rocks Photography is a newborn photographer who also specializes as a maternity photographer and baby photographer in Lakewood, WA and also serves Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup, Olympia, Lacey and JBLM. 

Tacoma Baby Photographer | 6 month milestone session | Dawn Rocks Photography

Tacoma 6 month milestone session from this summer that is just too sweet I have to share! I am catching up on blogging and starting with this doll. She was just such a joy to have at the Dawn Rocks Photography Studio. From her big smile, to that gorgeous red hair to those sweet blue eyes. She was such a happy and content little one. Did our first 6 month milestone food smash and she just loved it! Check out some of the session below! 


Tacoma Newborn Photographer Dawn Rocks Photography's 1st Anniversary Giveaway

I am so over the moon every day that I get to call myself a newborn and maternity photographer. What an incredible year it has been! I officially launched Dawn Rocks Photography as a business last August shortly after graduating with my BS in Computer Science and Systems from the University of Washington. I spent the next few months preparing for my husbands homecoming from a deployment, the holidays and gearing up for some really exciting things for 2015. In January, I made the decision to specialize in newborn and maternity portraiture and I have never looked back. Parenthood is such a beautiful time and being able to capture a memory - of how they were when they were that small and the journey of making their grand entrance into this world is amazing. Creating something to cherish that memory, not only for the parents, but for the children and the generations to follow. 

In February I had the opportunity to spend a week with a newborn photographer that I admire and follow Kelly Brown from Little Pieces Photography . Not only did I learn so much about my business and the art of photography, but it was life changing for me personally. I set some goals and my biggest one has already been accomplished. I opened my own commercial studio and this summer that is exactly what I did! It has been quite a task but I would not change a thing! 

So to everyone who has been here to support me and my business along the way, thank you. Your support and love means the world. I adore my clients, watching their families grow and being apart of that journey.  The fellow photographers who lift one another up and help each other grow in this community(Special shout out to Laura Ryan Photography for her friendship and being such a joy in the photographer community to share with and support one another). To my husband and kids who has been so supportive of my love for the art, becoming a business owner and pushing myself to set and work towards these goals. 

Tacoma Newborn Photographer

So, I would say its time to celebrate with a giveaway! 

I am letting you choose your prize! Choose either A or B.

To enter and qualify: You MUST comment below on this blog post to be entered. Comment with your name as it appears on Facebook, what town you live in, which prize A or B you would choose, and what type of session you would like if you win or if using the coupon for a previous session, what type of session you had! Step 2, go to Dawn Rocks Photography on Facebook and comment in the giveaway post pinned to the top of the page that you commented on this blog. Be sure you "like" Dawn Rocks Photography on Facebook. 

Additional entries: "Like" the Facebook post for an additional entry. Tag friends for additional entries(tag each friend separately). Share the post and comment "shared" for an additional entry. (Must comment shared to count). PLEASE BE SURE THAT EACH COMMENT IS SEPARATE as each comment is your entry.(If you tag multiple friends do one per comment, etc) This is how your entries are counted! 

The contest will end at 11:59pm PST on Tuesday 9/1/2015. One winner will be randomly selected and announced on Wednesday 9/2/2015. 

A. 30 Minute complimentary session at Ft Steilacoom Park or DRP studio in Lakewood and a complimentary 11x14 mounted print from your session. 
$75 dollar print credit This must be used with images from a DRP session. This can be used towards the purchase of traditional prints from the a la carte menu. (Custom products such as albums and canvases are excluded. Valid at the current pricing at the time of ordering).

Prize needs to be claimed within 72 hours or another winner will be selected. Must be redeemed within 90 days of the contest ending. 

This giveaway is in no way endorsed by Facebook. GOOD LUCK!!!!


Tacoma Newborn Photography | Adorable Baby Girl Wilhelmina Newborn Session

This sweet baby girl Wilhelmina came to visit my new photography studio in Lakewood, WA located just south of Tacoma and north of JBLM for her newborn session.

Her mom is a dear friend of mine and I was so excited to get to finally get to meet her! I love her hair! So much of it and it's got a little mind of its own. I saw something from each of her older siblings in her face and expressions - she is just so sweet and adorable. 

Check out the peek into her session below and see what I am talking about! 


Adorable baby boy Jace - Newborn Session - Tacoma baby photographer

A few months ago I met baby Jace's parents Eric and Ashley at Ft Steilacoom Park in Lakewood for their maternity session. They are just the sweetest and cutest couple you could ever meet and I just knew that they would be amazing parents. The love they have for one another is undeniable! Its so sweet!!! 

Last month Jace made his grand entrance and a week later he was at my JBLM home studio to visit for his newborn session. I knew from the maternity session and from Facebook that the parents were huge Seahawks fans. When I saw a fellow photographer post an image for the superbowl, I immediately thought of this family and knew I had to pick up this outfit and have it as a surprise for their session(Check it out below!). I love how it turned out!!!

This little guy had the cutest little faces and smirks while sleeping. It was just too adorable and editing his session had me smiling!!! Check out some of his session below so you can see for yourself!

Congratulations to his parents Eric & Ashley!!! You have such a sweet, cute little man!