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Light and Shadows | Silhouettes | Laura Morita Photography

I am so blessed to know some incredibly talented photographers that push me to become a better photographer. I have some serious love for them! This year, we are doing a blog circle called “Light and Shadows.” Every month, we explore a different type of lighting scenario. This month is silhouettes! I had a lot of fun with these and love that it got me thinking about light in a different way. I seriously love working on a different type of lighting every month! So fun!

So, here you go:

Not sure this one is technically a silhouette, but hey, I still love it.

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Ahhh…. Just looking at these makes me smile. They had so much fun jumping on the bed. My son was in a grumpy mood until I suggested he jump on my bed. What an amazing way to turn a mood around!

Next up is the beautiful and talented Salt Lake City photographer, Marie Sant of Bloom and Grow Photography.  I’ve already seen her images, and seriously, go check them out! Gorgeous!

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Kel Ward - As usual, my mind is blown. Geez, Laura! You are SO talented!!April 8, 2014 – 10:37 am

Nghi - You have an eye, such a unique eye. Nothing short of amazing! The light in each one is to die for!April 4, 2014 – 8:10 pm

Lynn - How incredible are these?! I love, love, love all your conversions too. Really amazing work! <3March 31, 2014 – 6:31 am

Leah - Are you even kidding me with these????? These are all simply amazing. Like, I can’t even handle how brilliant they are. I want to climb inside your head and hang out with your creative thoughts. Maybe share a glass of wine. I know we would have fun.March 31, 2014 – 6:21 am

Lina - Laura Laura Laura…. You blew me away. Ah-amazing!!! Way to take a simple project to a whole new level….. Love jumping shots and the curtain ones too, but everything is just top notch!March 31, 2014 – 5:15 am

Light and Shadows-Silhouettes » Square Balloon Actions and Tutorials - […] came around again so quickly for me. Once you’ve finished here make sure you head on over to Laura Morita’s post. Holy Moly, she really has a superb bunch of images this month that you do NOT want to […]March 31, 2014 – 2:08 am

Light and Shadows | Artificial Light | Laura Morita Photography

This year, I am SO excited about a blog circle I am doing with some amazingly talented photographers. Each month, we will be exploring a different kind of light. Last month, it was window light. You can see those images right here!  And this month, we are exploring un-natural light, or artificial light… pretty much, any kind of light that doesn’t come from the sun! I was really excited about this month and also excited about another little thing that has been brewing in my head, so I figured I would combine both of those ideas into one, which brings me to my first image!

I’ve been wanting to miniaturize my kids for a while and finally got around to completing one of my ideas! I’m super happy with how it turned out! I shot the soap, bubbles, and my son with strobes and then manipulated the images in Photoshop to create my little baby boy sliding down a bar of soap!

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I have other ideas but wasn’t sure that I wanted to do them with artificial light, so this is the only miniaturized kid for now!

And here are some other images shot with artificial light:

My daughter lit from the bedside lamp at night:

Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorMy daughter’s hands lit by a candle and my phone (Brightest Flashlight ap) held by my son, camera right:

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And then a bunch of pictures shot in the rain and lit by my car’s headlights! This was short, but fun!

Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorI’m pretty sure my daughter is attacking my son with the umbrella here.Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorLaura Morita Photography | Editing MentorLaura Morita Photography | Editing MentorLaura Morita Photography | Editing MentorThese were a challenge but SO fun! I seriously am just loving the idea behind this project and hope you do too! I hope to learn how to use light in new ways and was especially excited to play more with artificial light!

So, how this works is you get to go check out another amazing photographer who has also used artificial light this month! Go check out the wonderfully talented Bethesda, MD newborn, baby, and family photographer, Tonya Teran of Tonya Teran Photography! I love her work and if she’s sharing pictures of her kiddos, watch out. They’re ADORABLE.

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raquel - awesome! i’m gonna have to go out and try some more photos w/ artificial light. :) love the soap and bubble one!March 4, 2014 – 8:34 pm

Lindsay Faber - Why? Why are you SO good!!! These are fabulous. Love the soap one. LOVE the headlights series. So so good. Have I mentioned so good?March 1, 2014 – 10:41 am

Michael - Great shots…Love the headlight rain photos…February 28, 2014 – 11:40 am

Karen - Seriously – can I just simply come and live with you and follow you for about a month???? love your work!!February 28, 2014 – 11:04 am

carrie - I bow down to you, Oh Goddess of Photoshop!!!! I LOVE that soap image (and I bet your son does too!).February 28, 2014 – 10:52 am

Jeanine - Love these! They are so creative! I’m a huge fan!February 28, 2014 – 9:58 am

Tonya Teran - Could you BE anymore amazing, Laura??? Seriously, your talent is unreal. I LOVE those headlight shots in the rain. So creative and perfect <3February 28, 2014 – 7:57 am

Lynn - OMG you really stole the show with these! And I absolutely love that soap image. So perfectly done! I would never think of going out in the rain and the dark to take pictures but you’ve made the it look so magical.February 28, 2014 – 7:27 am

Marie - Holy freaking amazing. Please pinch me because I still can’t believe I’m actually in a blog circle with you. These are incredibly awesome!February 28, 2014 – 7:27 am

My Baby

My baby turned eight last week….


Maybe it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for me, it is. He’s halfway on his way to being 16. He’s twice as old as 4. He’s getting big.

I can’t really explain the feelings I have for him. Sometimes I find that I am just staring at him and smiling with this expectant look on my face, like, “what awesome thing is he gonna do next?”

There was a time that he was incredibly agreeable to having his picture taken. I could go anywhere with him, pull out my camera, and the angels sang while he cooperatively played where I asked him to play and looked at me when I asked him to do so. That has changed. He’s not a fan of my camera lately, so I feel like all of these pictures are sort of extra-magical. Somehow the planets aligned perfectly for this shoot.

The night before, I had him try on some clothes that I had bought him. He put on this entire outfit, and I ooooohed and ahhhhed and then had him put them away, quietly thinking that I had to figure out a way to convince him to do an eight year old photo shoot with me. The next day, he put this whole outfit on without me even asking him to. I knew I had to strike when the iron was hot and take pictures of him THAT DAY. I didn’t think it would go well. I really didn’t. But for some reason, the stars aligned and these pictures happened.

I am smitten. I really am.

We’ll start with a picture shot the week before he turned 8. He cracks me up, and I love this because he still looks like a little boy to me.

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But then a week later, I swear he just grew up.

The trees are confused here in California. We’ve had such sunny weather for January, they decided to just go ahead and bloom. Oh my.Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorI may or may not have given him a piece of chocolate to keep him interested in taking pictures. Here he is licking the last bits off his finger.

Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorIf there’s one thing I can say about my son, he is expressive. As I was taking his picture, he saw a bee. And this is how he let me know about it. Good gracious, I love him.Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorLaura Morita Photography | Editing MentorLaura Morita Photography | Editing MentorMick Jagger meets Austin Powers. Lol. Love it. Did I ask him to do this? No. He just did because, well, because he’s awesome.Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorLaura Morita Photography | Editing MentorLaura Morita Photography | Editing MentorLooking for something in his pocket.Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorI seriously love this one. Just something about it.

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I love this one…. There he is marching up to his future as….Laura Morita Photography | Editing Mentor

…King of the World.

Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorI swear, he’s such a beautiful boy. Full of adventure. Full of love. I adore this child. And if anyone was wondering, the sky was added in Photoshop. I like it better this way.Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorHe was yelling at some friends way down the hill. I hope his jugular doesn’t pop from doing that. Sheesh.Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorAnd because the stars had totally aligned, I got my blue skies with clouds. Perfect.Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorWhenever he gets hot, he starts to strip down. Luckily, I was able to convince him to just air out for a little bit. Lol.Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorMr. Personality.Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorLaura Morita Photography | Editing MentorJUMP, dude. JUMP!Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorLaura Morita Photography | Editing MentorLaura Morita Photography | Editing MentorHe was getting to the end of his rope by this time. Fake smile, anyone?Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorAnd, just like that, he’s DONE.Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorPoor guy being forced to stand in the pretty light.Laura Morita Photography | Editing MentorLaura Morita Photography | Editing MentorStill can’t believe we have trees blooming in California right now. I’m sure the rain we just started having will knock these blooms away. Glad I was able to get a picture of them before that happened.Laura Morita Photography | Editing Mentor

That’s all for now. Happy Birthday, my sweet baby. I love you.

Fran - What? Halfway to 16???!!!! This is a big deal Laura, just remember that he will always be your baby, :) Love all of these!February 6, 2014 – 7:48 pm

Jo Clark - These are FANTASTIC Laura! His facial expressions kill me…such personality. Your editing is just gorgeous and eye popping. Love this post so much!February 6, 2014 – 7:52 am

Stephanie Mballo - Oh, these are so very beautiful. Love how you capture him with all of his big, unique personality. He’s so handsome! Hope he had a wonderful birthday :) Gorgeous work, as always!February 4, 2014 – 8:11 pm

Kristin - Laura, I can’t believe how grown up he’s looking! Beautiful images! Happy Birthday to BOTH of you….February 4, 2014 – 1:47 pm

Kel Ward - I’m blown away by these images, Laura! I haven’t seen your work much lately and OH. MY. GOSH. These are seriously to die for. Happy Birthday to your little guy. They really do grow up way too fast, don’t they?February 4, 2014 – 9:51 am

Lina - Oh, Laura, those are stunning! He is so grown up though, time just flies….February 4, 2014 – 5:19 am

Lynn - These are gorgeous, Laura! He is such a handsome boy and I’m so glad that he cooperated for you on such a beautiful day and in such a great outfit. Happy birthday to him!February 3, 2014 – 12:32 pm

Reena - This is an awesome birthday photo session….I love all of the different expression (and the location and light are just perfect!) I hope he had a great day — Happy Birthday!February 3, 2014 – 8:55 am

Lissa - Love these Laura! He is so cute and look like he is so much fun. Happy Birthday to your babe!February 3, 2014 – 8:18 am

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