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Family Photographs | June 11 on 11

I’m embarrassed that I missed last month’s 11 on 11. I was getting ready for my online editing workshop. Well, I finished that workshop and am getting ready for another one. (Go check it out! ) But how could I miss another 11 on 11? I am extremely proud to be associated with this amazing group of photographers. They push me to be a better photographer and person. I just HAD to get my act together.

And so I stepped away from the computer, and shot some new pictures. Thanks, ladies, for giving me the push to get out there and do some shooting. I have MAD LOVE for y’all.

Oh, and if you have no idea what this 11 on 11 thing is, you can read about it right HERE.

So, since I missed last month’s, if, theoretically, I posted 22 images instead of 11, then that would be okay, right? And likely, no one bothers counting how many pictures are actually posted so whatever I post would be fine, right? OK. Just making sure.

Let’s get this party started. First, some that I shot in May. My daughter donated 10 inches of her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

You can see what she looked like before the haircut right here.

Self portraits seem to go way better with the kids when I hand them the remote.

And some from June….

Crazy Hair Day at school may very well be my daughter’s very favorite day of school. She practiced doing this all week and woke up early to get it just right.We went organic strawberry picking at Swanton Berry Farms in Davenport. Loved it. Want to go again.The sky was having a hard time making an appearance that day. It was gray and dingy looking for a good chunk of the time we picked strawberries. Luckily, I know how to add a fake sky.:)Wanna learn how? Check out my upcoming editing workshop on June 23.


After picking 20 pounds of strawberries, we headed toward the store to weigh, pay, snack, and play.


This place was just cool. Lots of neat antique toys and games. I was dying over the window light and colors.

The dude was pretty interested in the Magic 8 Ball. “Will I get lots of new Pokemon games for Christmas?” Um, sorry, dude. Outlook Not So Good….

My little reader…..

There was an antique Howdy Doody doll just hanging out. Sorry to break this to you, but Howdy Doody is sort of creepy.


Despite the creepy factor, I found myself rather enamored by the antique ventriloquist doll with no clothes and a gap between his teeth. I figured he deserved a seat in one of my self portraits. Not as cute as my son, for sure, but Howdy Doody DOES stay still. That’s a plus.

So, that was pretty much 11 pictures… times three or something. Next up is the fabulous Alison from Alison Janki Photography. Go check her out and follow the link at the end of her post. Keep clicking through for lots of wonderful eye candy. Make it all the way through the circle, and you’ll make it right back here, just in time for Howdy Doody Time.

Life with Kaishon - I came over to tell you congratulations on being a favorite place winner on Little Bellows today. I can’t click away from your beautiful work. I am mesmerized.July 19, 2013 – 7:40 am

Lina - Oh, I love your humor Laura. Your images are soaking in it. Gorgeous and fun!June 12, 2013 – 8:32 am

Lynn - OMG your pictures ALWAYS blow me away. I love your style so, so much! Such clarity and richness of colour and of course, those amazing skies that bring the exta wow factor. Well done to your daughter for donating her gorgeous hair. I love the new cut too though.June 12, 2013 – 1:46 am

Marie - Seriously, my knees are starting to hurt from having to bow to you every month. These are as incredible as always and my favorite part is how insanely your personality shines through in every image you post. Even the pic with just strawberries is screaming how fabulous Laura is!June 11, 2013 – 8:38 pm

kate t. parker - i want to tag along wherever you go…you make it all look like so much fun…June 11, 2013 – 7:35 pm

Summer - Awesomeness Laura. Love them all. The gif is rad too. Full of life…June 11, 2013 – 7:35 pm

Fran Barker - Laura, you never stop amazing!! These are perfect, priceless, and hysterical all in one! Love them… All 55 of them. ;) June 11, 2013 – 6:33 pm

leah - Am SO SO SO happy you are back this month – cant believe how much I missed your awesome self last time. These are amazing Laura, as usual. Looking at your work just makes. me. happy. Every time. You are the master of good vibes. I love the portrait of A after donating her hair. And yes, howdy doody is mega creepy. Cant believe you put him on your lap ;-) June 11, 2013 – 3:45 pm

Alison - oh shit…how do i even go after you?!?!
THESE ARE INCREDIBLE!!! I could just sit and reread this post a hundred times…
AMAZING IMAGES (every last one) and I can’t even pick a favorite!
You have such an insane talent and your personality just shines through in every image.
You have a gift from God and all I can say is just WOW.June 11, 2013 – 12:35 pm

Anne Kerr - Laura-say what?! How do I even know you?! The strawberry picking ones…they are INCREDIBLE!!! Love that sky and your colors and how you are able to capture a whole gamut of emotions with your kids. Your talent is never ending……You just constantly amaze me!!June 11, 2013 – 11:44 am

Tonya Teran - So so so glad to be a part of this project with you and your fabulous self :) Your family is so fun and I love seeing your monthly antics :) June 11, 2013 – 10:03 am

sarah cambio - Your photos are always so fun and happy to look at it. Love the colors in the strawberry picking photos!June 11, 2013 – 9:20 am

Taryn Boyd - I missed you so much last month and I’m so glad you’re back. you are so ridiculously talented and funny!!! I don’t know how you do it! awhhh…..I can’t even begin to pick a favorite!June 11, 2013 – 9:02 am

sally - as always, your work is a blast to view! You never disappoint, you talented lady. Your daughter wins the award for the most awesome crazy hair ever.June 11, 2013 – 7:12 am

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My Editing Workshop is Awesome (if I do say so myself)

Last month, I did a three hour editing workshop with the wonderfully talented Jackie from Jackie Jean Photography. We had such a great response from it, that we are doing it AGAIN. I seriously love editing and love teaching it too, so I’m Little Miss Happy about it.

Check it out! It’s called SHINE–Unleash Your Awesome.

You should have a good understanding of how to use Photoshop for this course. We are giving away all our secrets.:)

These are the edits I’ll be covering. Hold onto your seats. I’m unleashing some awesome.

Want more info? Click RIGHT HERE!

In this one, I’ll start editing the picture in Lightroom and then bring it into Photoshop where I’ll bring out the color, get the subject to pop, and remove some of that haze. And for kicks, I’ll show you how to add some sunflare with a cute little rainbow in it.:)


This image, shot in full sun, had some lovely blue sky in the background. I’ll show you how to clean up the background, straighten out that balloon, change it into a heart, and add a cloud overlay.

Lots of people can add a fake sky in Photoshop, but to make it look believable is a whole other thing. I’ve developed a technique that works wonders on adding a fake sky without going completely and utterly insane.

Here’s some of our ads.:)

Carrie - You are ahhhhmazing!!!!June 11, 2013 – 3:59 am

AWESOME giveaway!!!

Jackie from Jackie Jean Photography and I are super duper busy getting everything ready for our upcoming LIVE editing workshop on May 19, 4pm-7pm, PST! Neither one of us has ever gone into such detail sharing our post processing secrets, and we are beyond excited that seats are filling up and the day is drawing near! Eek! Have you already gotten your seat? Can’t wait to meet you!

Wanna see what we’ll be teaching? Check THIS out!

If you want more information about the workshop and how to sign up, CLICK RIGHT HERE!

But that’s not all! (I’m feeling like a game show host!) Let me tell you what else we have in store for you!

We’re doing a GIVEAWAY!!! And who doesn’t love a giveaway??

The grand prize winner wins:

1) Jackie Jean Photography’s amazing Imagine series. It’s a set of 50 actions for CS2 and up. AND you win…

2) a sunflare overlay with a cute little rainbow for some added awesome to your backlit images AND

3) a butterfly overlay to add a little whimsy into your day!

And if you come in second or third, you can STILL win the sunflare overlay AND the butterfly overlay. Yea!

Here are the two overlays in action:


You want it? Well, read the details below and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. Lol! We have already seen lots of people entering to win who clearly have not read the fine print. You gots to SHARE, people. SHARE!

The contest has already started and ends on May 15. Time’s a tickin’ people!


1. Go to Jackie Jean Photography’s Facebook fanpage and click on “LIKE.” (They really  need a “LOVE” button, if you ask me.)

2. Go to Laura Morita Photography’s Facebook fanpage and click on “LIKE.”

3. SHARE one of our SHINE ads we have on either of our Facebook pages. We made it easy and pinned an ad at the top of our Facebook pages, so it’s niiiice and easy! All you gotta do is click on “SHARE” and post it to your wall.

4. Come back over here, look for that doohickey below this information that says LOG IN TO ENTER and do what it tells you to do.

That’s it! Winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends, and if you didn’t follow the instructions on how to enter, then NO SOUP FOR YOU! You won’t win. You gotta do all the steps listed above!

Oh, and just so you know, this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Facebook is released from any liability.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Nancy - Love you!! And your work!May 13, 2013 – 3:07 pm

Samantha Michael - I would LOVE these!! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!May 13, 2013 – 9:29 am

Jennifer - Shared! Thank you :) 10, 2013 – 1:19 pm

lisa lund - Would love to have them.May 10, 2013 – 6:42 am

jennifer - love the butterflies. :) May 10, 2013 – 4:04 am

ronda meyer - lovely work !!!May 9, 2013 – 3:27 pm

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