Abbotsford baby pre-crawler session

From their very own backyard garden...peeking thru the basil flowers..


I LOVE the cottage setting of Coral’s home. Grandma made both Kimono…one for mommy and one for baby. I had this shot planned in my head from the beginning of the session till the very end. I really wanted to include both but not wanting the mother to wear the Kimono since I feel like that is something that is done to death. Also the form and pattern of the Kimono can be more appreciated by laying it on the bed.


The end of the road??

I recently had to weed out alot of nasty comment regarding either the content or the writing styles of this blog….Come ON people, it’s a blog, free speech and all but really??

If you don’t like anything that is written down here, or anywhere else, move along. Or you know what is even better? Write your own blog…

I am a mother of two who has an interest in photography, and are doing all these stuff late at night when I can find the time…it’s not rocket science and not an English paper, if my English seem broken please embrace it, or just chuck it up as quirky and don’t read my blog.

Cross processing 4 presets

crossing the cat

crossing the cat







crossing the cat

crossing the cat

studio portrait

studio portrait

studio portrait

studio portrait

So my friend has ask me how to fake cross processing in lightroom….given I had to google cross processing, so I think it was pretty safe to say that I am not a master in the matter. Perhaps something is better when you actually look at the develop panel…

Download all 4 cross processing preset here

Oh, and for those who have an issue with me using FREE file sharing site to let you download these FREE presets just because you have to wait 10 seconds…you know where to stick it…and please visit SOME OTHER site that ask for your money….I am not doing this for the money..fame may be, but definitely not wishing to gain money…so please FORGIVE me for not PAYING for file sharing just so you don’t have to wait….sorry I wasted your 10seconds, but in retrospect, understand that I had to spend a lot more than that of my time to adjust, export and post these for others to download….move along now.

Peace offering ~ ass kicked retro lightroom preset

I am up to my knees with the wedding photo editing, luckily with the wedding season almost winding down I am taking a bit of break from editing all the happy smiley photos.

So, judging from how popular the Retro preset are (4000+ download!),  I venture out a bit and give you the ass kicked retro and amp up retro.

The amp up retro are use for underexposed shoot, and the ass kicked retro turn down some of the color intensity .

ass kicked compareamp up compare 1

Download link:

Ass kicked lightroom preset

Amp up retro preset

Epiphany at my 1st event gag ~ 2 new preset

Strobe: Speedlite 580 on camera ceiling bounce on to the glass plane (it’s a solarium after all)

Slow shutter and 2nd curtain synch, I know this is an old capture, but really this photo mean so much to me. It’s my 1st professional gag and 3 months into my Langara classes, my epiphany of “hey, I am actually pretty good at this…I am like kinda awesome at capturing the moment…”

Party gold preset was use here

Party Bronze preset was use..

Party gold preset was use here, but I had turn off the spilt tone tinting

Party GOLD preset download here.

Party Bronze preset download here.

Collages print from Lightroom to Jpeg, with layout preset for Big Pictures…

A web version of my portfoilo using LR "print to file" function

A web version of my portfoilo using LR "print to file" function

Remember this post I did back then using contact sheet II from bridge? Well, I was updating my portfolio printing from lightroom this weekend, and I thought to myself, I like what I see with the unify space and such, I wonder if there is a easier way for me to STOP making the grid and open these countless individual PSD files and combine them manually.

I look around in lightroom, then it hit me..all I have to do is just to set it at “Print to Jpeg File” (here is to countless night I spend coping ALBUM layout on photoshop…..what a waste of time). Thus, to live up to my matto of making everything in my life as fancy and extra spicy, I found a way to combine this LR function with the BIG PICTURE from PanosFX

1) Download the “Big Picture 2”  from Free or Commercial, it is totally up to you). It’s a photoshop Action, they do have it in Element as well but I don’t use it so in theory I think you can do what I am about to do in Element as well.

2) Open up Lightroom and select 25 photos. The Big Picture action will require you to open a landscape orientation in PS later, so with that in mind, go to the “PRINT” module and open up the “PAGE SETUP” make sure you have a Landscape orientation.

3) I had made a screen cap of the setting:

lightroom setting

Thus you will get this jpeg as a result:


4) Open this jpeg in Photoshop, and make sure you have the Big Picture actions install, apply the one of the “action” from the “PFxBig picture” folder.

5) Follow the instruction, and you will get something like this:

After Big picture

But why stop there, when you can have some fun rearranging stuff and change sizes :

Rearrange and resize some key moments

I think this method is more forward and require less time for the PC to open and process 25 folders, plus I can adjust the crop in the print module….Which is a plus since I would say I work extensively in Lightroom.after ceremonyPreset download:

Print 25 photos on 8×10 : LR2 only I think…Download here

Now, this is a trick I use normally if I don’t want the photos to be evenly space out. I will make a couple (2 to 3 ) virtual copy of the one I would like to leap in 2 cells (or 3). Then adjust the placement on the mat…(place your cursor on the cell and then hold down mouse button and toggle). Combine with cell spacing, which will give me something like this:

2rows of photo

After I ran Big Picture action in PS :


You can download a lightroom print preset for the above effect here

I then got ride of the row of white space, and then resize and move stuff around:

Nightscape copy

Now, go out there and have some fun!! If you like these idea and would like me to continue posting print layout preset, please comment below!