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The holidays have ended and things have simmered back down. I finally have a little time to blog some recent favorites.

First, my family. My insane, crazy, chaotic, annoying, hilarious, perfect perfect family. This Christmas the entire Morita family converged upon the same area all at once, for the first time ever. We have never gotten a family picture that included every member of our family…until now. And this was no easy task. We had to figure out a color scheme. We needed to coordinate without appearing matchy matchy. We needed a location that accommodate our big family. We needed a miracle. And um, yeah, it helped to have someone who just so happens to know how to photoshop, as multiple head swaps were in order. Go me!

The favorite family member is on the far left, in case you were wondering.

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Dang, I love those people. Every single one of them. I am beyond blessed to have such an amazing (and beautiful) family. They make me whole.

Getting pictures of my kids lately has been entirely tricky. They know all my tricks, and simply aren’t interested in supporting my photographer obsession. Shame on them. So, I get what I can get, and sometimes I get lucky.

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If it looks like my son is enjoying being hugged by his sister, trust me when I tell you, he does not. Lol. He’s more cringing with a smile on his face. And since I like to show off my picture editing, here’s a little before and after. The grass was a little icky, seeing that it hasn’t rained here in, oh, I don’t know, forever.

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 Here’s how my son really feels about holding his sister’s hand. The pure torture I put him through.

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And another before and after. This was mostly edited using Adobe Lightroom. I love how easy it is to edit one image, getting the color how I want it, and then syncing all my other images with the click of a button. Lightroom has sped up my workflow tremendously! I only brought this one into Photoshop to add the tree on the right. I just felt like it helped frame them better.

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How about a couple pictures of my family? I’ll be back later to post more. But for now:

My brother and his daughter. Father and daughter. Perfection.

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When he blew the bubble, I was expecting it to be much much bigger. My niece’s reaction simply didn’t seem appropriate for the size of the bubble. See what I mean? I think my Photoshop tricks payed off here, wouldn’t you say?

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My beautiful nephew:

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His beautiful twin sister:

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And one of my kids where for whatever reason, they just cooperated. Wait…was I begging? Threatening? Bribing? Yeah… probably.

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I’m hoping to be better at blogging this year. We’ll see how that goes, seeing that my kids have ALMOST put an entire boycott on me and my camera.

If you are looking at these images and wanting to get color like I do, then you should definitely check out my SHINE workshop. You’ll learn how to better use adobe photoshop and lightroom. I promise. For more information, CHECK IT OUT RIGHT HERE.

And just in case I don’t get better at blogging, you can always follow me on Facebook!

Tonya Teran - I LOVE that first family picture, Laura!! So perfect <3 <3January 29, 2014 – 9:12 am

Kel Ward - You have a gorgeous family, full of personality! I’d love to spend a day with your crazy bunch!January 27, 2014 – 10:35 am

Nghi - Wow Laura. You are a photoshop wizard! Every single edit looks so real. Amazing! You have such a lovely family! They are so lucky to have you photograph these lovely memories!January 24, 2014 – 6:49 pm

Jo Clark - I love this post so much. I wish I had a big family group shot of my crazy fam! Your processing is lovely too!January 24, 2014 – 4:44 pm

stephanie mballo - You have such a beautiful family! I love how you include that your children aren’t always cooperative :) Love your tips and these images are just gorgeous!January 20, 2014 – 11:02 am

jen foster - your family is just beautiful, and thanks for the mini editing tutorial as well ;-) you rock!January 20, 2014 – 8:40 am

Fran barker - You are auch a thorough teacher, have such a heart for sharing your skills and a love for photoshop that editing workshops are the perfect fit for you!January 20, 2014 – 4:45 am

2014 5×7 monthly calendar templates for Photoshop

They’re cute. They make amazing client gifts. And hey, your family will think they’re pretty snazzy too. And $20 is an outrageous deal. Want it? Go get it RIGHT HERE.

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I like to print them as loose 5×7′s, box them, and put the current month in the frame with an easel. This is my set up:

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You can also print them as 5×7 spiral bound books from Color Inc. They are super cute! The cover is mounted on styrene so it’s really durable. Be aware that the top 1/4″ of your image is in the binding. It doesn’t affect the image, really, but just wanted you to know.

Go get it RIGHT HERE.

Family Photographs | December 11 on 11

I can’t believe I only missed one month of 11 on 11 this year! It’s been a great way to keep me taking pictures of my family and forcing me to get in front of the camera! Every month on the 11th, my insanely talented photographer friends and I post 11 pictures shot in the past month. The last one being a picture of ourselves! You can see some cool underwater ones here, or some other fun underwater images here, or some funny ones of my daughter’s hair right HERE!

This month was kind of a fun month. But I didn’t take my camera out too often. Pretty much my kids and husband are completely over my camera, so I try not to torture them too often. So, without further ado. The last 11 on 11 or um (ahem) 18 on 11….

We went to The Exploratorium in San Francisco.  

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That’s an amazing place to learn and discover. We had a blast!

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We spent the day there. Had to take some breaks.

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A big celebration this month was Thanksgiving. Last Thanksgiving, my mom was in the hospital getting chemotherapy for brain cancer.  It was a tough time for the whole family. This year, she’s home and has had clean scans (MRI’s not showing any cancer), so it was a much more celebratory Thanksgiving!

We ended up celebrating The Morita Family First Annual Pig Out Wig Out, or as my friend dubbed it: Thankswigging.

The wigs are an interesting story. It started off with me buying a black afro at the 99 cent store. I brought it home, tried it on, and was immediately smitten. hahaha! After posting some gorgeous phone snaps with various members of the family, including the cat, wearing the wig, my sister-in-law suggested I get more so that we could wear them to Thanksgiving.

I tell you. My brother married a genius.

So, back to the 99 cent store I went, and I may or may not have bought every single wig they sold.

Before Thanksgiving, I brought them over to my mom’s house only to discover that she LOVED them. We had SO much fun wearing them that I was now certain that Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without the wigs.

And I was right. Wigs are awesome.

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I love my crazy family.

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After Christmas, my sisters will be in town too. Can’t wait for the next family photo shoot!

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My genius sister in law definitely got into character.

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Sort of.

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My brother is tall.

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My dad, or should I say, the Asian Richard Simmons, was a good sport. He was cold and just wanted to go inside and eat dinner. So we did.IMG_2San Francisco Bay Area Lifestyle Photographer

My little family also went to the Christmas tree farm in Castro Valley. They are all rather sick of my camera, but I managed to get a few pictures anyway.

My beautiful daughter.

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My son… well, he hates my camera. When he was younger, he was SO good in front of the camera, but as he’s grown older, that has changed. Makes me sad. I need to figure out some better bribes. I still love this picture.

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And this one too. It’s him. And I adore him.

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As we were ready to head out, I forced my three loves to let me take their picture.

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Or is it Hear No Evil. See No Evil. See No Evil?San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer

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So, there you have it. My pictures from this last month…. But let’s not forget my image! I know… I know…. I look fabulous with long wiggy hair. hahahaha!

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Not sure yet if this 11 on 11 thing will be continuing into the new year, but you can always follow me on Facebook!

Up next is the completely amazing and wonderful Columbus Newborn and Baby Photographer, Fran Barker of Fran Barker Photography.

Her work is amazing. And she’s uber awesome as a person too. Go check her out!

 

Laura - Thank you so much! And that is AMAZING about your brother! Yea!December 26, 2013 – 9:16 am

Cindy - I love this! The wigs are great and your family is awesome! And hilarious! Beautiful photography.

My brother is a 17 year survivor of brain cancer and I hope your mom will be too.December 25, 2013 – 7:47 pm

Fran Barker - HA!!!! The wigs….oh the wigs. :) Such fun and total treasures. I wouldn’t expect anything else from the one and only Laura Morita Photography. <3December 22, 2013 – 6:19 pm

Lynn - LOVE these, Laura! Those wig pictures are an absolute hoot. Your family are totally crazy but in a good way :) I love getting a glimpse into your life each month.December 12, 2013 – 6:58 am

Tonya Teran - As usual, these are so full of fun and happiness and love. Your family is awesome Laura <3 I love all the wigs :pDecember 11, 2013 – 10:04 am

Reena - Totally enjoy your 11 on 11 posts….I hope you will continue with them in some way! and I love your crazy family wigs! what a great and fun idea (wish my family would be fun and crazy! we are boring! LOL)December 11, 2013 – 9:44 am

My hands -11 on the 11th » Square Balloon Actions and Tutorials - […] It’s time again for the 11 on the 11th that I take part in whenever I can. It involves a group of photographers that I am honored to be part of. We each create a personal post of 11 pictures on the 11th of each month. This month I decided, after much dithering, to make a post about myself. Please take the time to continue the blog circle by visiting the page of the fabulously talented photographer, image editor and all around gorgeous person Laura Morita. […]December 11, 2013 – 7:02 am

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