November 4-on-4

The past month has been awesome! So many wonderfully ordinary things to show you all. It has been way too long since I participated in a blog circle, so I will explain it again. Each month the ladies in this awesome blog circle put together a post of their favorite 4 images from the past month. So be sure to follow this link to Elizabeth Davis and then click on through to the rest of the posts.

We had an amazing trip to Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains during fall break. You can read more about that in this blog post.

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An afternoon spent playing in the straw.

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Trip to Autumn Acres corn maze in Crossville, TN. Read more about our trip to Autumn Acres here.

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A Sunday morning adventure through the hay field.

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Shauna Hargis Photography is a portrait photographer serving the Livingston, Cookeville, and the Middle TN area. Shauna is devoted to capturing authentic moments in a simple and timeless way.

Engagement - Family Session

Somehow I totally thought I had already blogged this session. This is one of my favorite sessions. We met up at my grandparents house in Alpine, TN for this family & engagement session. This little family is awesome! And that little girl is so stinking cute and friendly. Plus, these two are just awesome together! I could just feel the pure happiness and love they have for each other. I am so excited to be shooting their wedding in March.

Shauna Hargis Photography is a portrait photographer serving the Livingston, Cookeville, and the Middle TN area. Shauna is devoted to capturing authentic moments in a simple and timeless way.

Fall Family Session

I had the pleasure of meeting this awesome family a couple of weeks ago. We met in Alpine, TN for a family photography session. They had the cutest little one, but he did not want to have his picture taken at all. We still managed to get lots of great photos.

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Shauna Hargis Photography - Lifestyle Photography - Middle TN
Shauna Hargis Photography - Lifestyle Photography - Cookeville TN
Shauna Hargis Photography - Middle TN - Family Photography
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Shauna Hargis Photography is a portrait photographer serving the Livingston, Cookeville, and the Middle TN area. Shauna is devoted to capturing authentic moments in a simple and timeless way.

Summer Life in Middle TN

One of the things I love most is having the chance to spend the summers with my best little buddy. He is growing so fast. I hope he looks back on these times as he grows up and can remember how much I love him.

This past summer literally flew by. We were so busy that I feel like I didn't really get enough of a break. And now that the first month of school is over, I still feel like my life is one big rush. So here are the highlights from summer break and our lives in Middle TN.

Playing in the water hose.

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Shauna Hargis Photography - Lifestyle Photography

Some fun in the sun.

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One thing we both love is staying at the house lol.

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Shauna Hargis Photography - In Home Lifestyle Photography - Middle TN Photography

And summer wouldn't be complete without a couple trips to Dogwood Park in Cookeville, TN.

Shauna Hargis Photography - Lifestyle Photography - Cookeville TN

Lifestyle Newborn Session

I loved this session! I don't get to do very many lifestyle sessions, but they are my favorite types of sessions. And I also love the emotion when a baby is involved in anything. They are just so sweet, you can't help but love them and it shows in the images! This little one was so good during the session and slept pretty much the whole time, she made my job easy. I had a hard time narrowing down which images to show, so enjoy.

Lifestyle Newborn Session - Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville - Middle TN
Lifestyle Newborn Session - Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville - Middle TN
Lifestyle Newborn Session - Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville - Middle TN
Lifestyle Newborn Session - Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville - Middle TN
Lifestyle Newborn Session - Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville - Middle TN

Shauna Hargis Photography is a portrait photographer serving the Livingston, Cookeville, and Middle TN area. Shauna is devoted to capturing authentic moments in a simple and timeless way.

YAI Prom 2016

A few years ago I taught at York Institute in Jamestown, TN. I got to meet lots of wonderful people while there, so when I was asked to do prom pictures for this group I was super excited to see them all again! Some were former students of mine and I can't believe this was their senior prom. I loved it! Prom is always such an exciting time, getting to get all dressed up and seeing what everyone is wearing. I had never been to this site before, but it was also amazing! That view was perfect.

Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville TN - Middle TN - Prom Photography
Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville TN - Middle TN - Prom Photography
Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville TN - Middle TN - Prom Photography
Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville TN - Middle TN - Prom Photography
Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville TN - Middle TN - Prom Photography

Shauna Hargis Photography is a portrait photographer serving the Livingston, Cookeville, and Middle TN area. Shauna is devoted to capturing authentic moments in a simple and timeless way.

Mitchell Family

Way back in April (yes, I am that behind in blogging lol) I got the opportunity to meet this lovely family at the Alpine Presbyterian Church in Middle TN. They were a blast! I just love it when kids are super excited to get their picture taken and this guy sure loved  being in front of the camera. He was coming up with ideas and made my job super easy.

Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville TN - Middle TN - Family Photographer
Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville TN - Middle TN - Family Photographer
Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville TN - Middle TN - Family Photographer
Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville TN - Middle TN - Family Photographer
Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville TN - Middle TN - Family Photographer

Shauna Hargis Photography is a portrait photographer serving the Livingston, Cookeville, and Middle TN area. Shauna is devoted to capturing authentic moments in a simple and timeless way.

Hair

I started to simply share these on my personal Facebook page, but decided it was best put in a blog post. As many know, my granny was diagnosed with breast cancer around Christmas. She had a mastectomy in February and recently started chemotherapy.

Today, her hair started to fall out. So our very good friend Jackie - she & her sister (& their families) are way more than friends, they are part of our family. But anyways, Jackie came up to granny's house to get rid of the hair.

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Before we started, we were told "Do not put my bald head on Facebook!". While I documented that part, we are not showing it right now. I love the wig, and the fact that she no longer has to worry with fixing her hair kind of makes me want one lol.

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Shauna Hargis Photography
Shauna Hargis Photography

It was a bit sad, but granny is doing very well with everything. She has always been one to not let stuff bother her too much. That is a trait I so wish I had inherited, but instead all I got was the green eyes, allergies, and neck problems. So cancer is scary and we don't know where this road will lead but we will just put our trust in God and know that he is watching over her.

Lazy March Days

Part of March did consist of us taking some well deserved couch time. The weather was very unpredictable, but it is Middle Tennessee where the weather changes by the hour all year long.

Here's some images I took during bath time one night. He doesn't take baths very often anymore, but he still loves to play in the bath tub. Sometimes when he is very whiny I can get him in the bath and he will be happy as can be. So I wanted to document this time since he is growing up way too fast.

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One day when I was off and we had a few minutes I decided to set the tripod up for a few mommy and son pictures. He loves getting selfies and he always wants to push the button on the remote.

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And I had to get some of him and his daddy as well. Thanks for looking!

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Shauna Hargis Photography is a portrait photographer serving the Livingston, Cookeville, and Middle TN area. Shauna is devoted to capturing authentic moments in a simple and timeless way.

Washing Dishes

One day while I was doing some cleaning in our house in Middle TN, my son decided he wanted to help by washing my coffee cup. I then noticed that the light coming through the window above the sink was so beautiful. So I grabbed my camera. I usually go for more light in my images, but I am just so in love with how these turned out.

Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville Middle TN - Lifestyle Photography
Shauna Hargis Photography - Cookeville Middle TN - Lifestyle Photography

Shauna Hargis Photography is a portrait photographer serving the Livingston, Cookeville, and Middle TN area. Shauna is devoted to capturing authentic moments in a simple and timeless way.

Visiting an Old Friend

I have gotten super behind with my blog posts. March was super busy for the Hargis household in Middle TN. I had hopes of getting the new floor installed, but that will have to wait because we ended up going somewhere every weekend. We did manage to paint the living room walls, though! We have been so busy that I will have to make my March favorites into several blog posts.

I will start with our visit to Agnes. She and my granny have been friends for like ever. So when granny finally got feeling well enough to go places again, we went to the Overton County nursing home to visit Agnes. This lady is amazing! She is originally from Estonia but came to the US after World War II. She was so excited to my granny that day, it almost made me cry.

Shauna Hargis Photography is a portrait photographer serving the Livingston, Cookeville, and Middle TN area. Shauna is devoted to capturing authentic moments in a simple and timeless way.

How I Edit an Image

Hey! Welcome to my first Tutorial Tuesday post! I am excited to share with everyone how I edit my images. To me editing is a major part of getting my final artistic vision for my images. Creating an image doesn't stop when I click the shutter on my camera, that is where it starts for me. I put a lot of effort into post processing in order to give my clients my best images.

Recently I managed to get my sister and her husband to model for me. I am so thrilled with the images we got from this session! So I will use one of them for this tutorial. So here is the image straight off of camera (SOOC).

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For best results you want to start with an image that is properly exposed (not too bright and not too dark), you want the light to be nice and even on the subjects, and for the white balance to be good (not too yellow or too blue). So this image is a great start. The color looks nice, exposure looks good, and the light was flat but I got some dimension by shooting through the tree branches.

I always start in Lightroom with my images. Usually I adjust exposure, white balance, and stuff in lightroom. For this image I first cropped it using the grid overlay so that it would follow the rule of thirds more.

Cookeville TN photography - Shauna Hargis - editing tutorial

Then I applied a VSCO present (Afga RSX 200 II) and adjusted the highlights to 0, shadows to +3, blacks to -6.

Cookeville TN photography - Shauna Hargis - editing tutorial

After that I took the image to photoshop to give it a bit more pop. In photoshop I applied my favorite Jessica Drossin actions Ivory and Moonshine from the Earthy set and brought the opacity of those down to 20%. Then I added the Anne texture from Jessica Drossin's Wuthering Heights set, set the opacity of that to 41%, changed the blend mode to soft light, and blurred the texture. A levels layer set to Multiply blend mode and lowered to 26% helped darken the edges (I masked it off of them). Last I removed the pine cone blob because it was distracting me. And here's what I ended up with.

Cookeville TN Photography - Shauna Hargis - editing tutorial

And this what my levels palette looked like.

Cookeville TN photography - Shauna Hargis - editing tutorial

I wanted it to have more of a film feel so I decided to run this through Alien Skin Exposure X really quick. I used one of the Fuji presets in Exposure but I can't remember now which one. I did bring the overall opacity of the present down to about 60% and reduced the grain. I love how this added a pop to the green and really made the colors have more of a film feel. I then added a slight vignette in Exposure. So here's the final edit.

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Shauna Hargis Photography is a portrait photographer serving the Livingston, Cookeville, and Middle TN area. Shauna is devoted to capturing authentic moments in a simple and timeless way.