Artistique Collection – Actions, Textures and Overlays

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Artistique Collection – Photoshop Actions, Textures, Overlays – KML Creatives

Coming later January to early February the new Artistque Collection.

I am simply am in love with this collection already and I am far from being done with it. I have a huge love of old portrait paintings. I could stare and just get lost in them for hours. I am not a very good painter on a canvas, so I am creating this collection to help bring a little of the texture, smudges, the bumps, the light and soft tones so they can be added to photographs. I am enamored with what these tools so far help me create.

Here are a few samples.

Dalton Ln Photography – KMLC Featured Artist

Featured Artist – Jessica Sharpe of Dalton Ln Photography

KMLC- What was it about photography that drew you in and made you decide to pursue it?
Jessica – I always tell everyone I wish I had one of THOSE stories, you know digging through my grandparents attic, finding that old film camera & developing a deep emotional connection to photography at the age of, oh, lets say 9…. But that never happened. I have always taken pictures here & there, but I never knew it was what I needed to be doing until 2009. Valentines Day that year wasn’t exciting for me, my husband was loading up on a bus, and heading to the airport. Destination, Iraq. It wasn’t great, or ideal, but I knew we would be fine. Then we got some news. My husband was part of one of the largest troop movements in history from one war to another. He wasn’t staying in Iraq, he was moving to Afghanistan. There was news coverage of it all the time and we stayed by the TV seeing images of these men & woman, once I seen how much just catching a glimpse of a familiar face meant to me, I knew I wanted to do the same things for others. No war involved of course, just capturing a memory for someone.

KMLC- Define your artistic style?
Jessica -My artistic style….I would say I am a blend of portrait and lifestyle photography. I love a session with a theme, but never anything too posed. I love rich jewel tones and unique areas. I want my images to be timeless and evoke emotion or a connection when people see them

KMLC- Where do you find your motivation to grow, be creative and unique?
Jessica -I find motivation in everything! We live in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, you can not go for a hike here without being inspired by the lighting. I also love to people watch, seeing the way people connect to one another is amazing, and I love to convey that. Other than that I have a great group of peers who inspire and encourage me in a number of ways. .

KMLC -Being a business owner can pose many challenges, tell us how you find balance between your business, art and your personal life.
Jessica – It’s a tightrope act for sure! But one you have to balance on! We make time for family outings, movie nights, things like that. I also take time away for myself for things like girls night! Right now with opening the studio things are crazy, but I plan on making date nights with this handsome guy of mine a priority before he leaves in January!

KMLC -What KMLC products did you use on these images?
Jessica – Clouds/Actions/Textures! I use them all! I have the Grab Bag! Love It! Tack Sharp is my best friend! Due to my style of shooting my skies are almost always blown, so the clouds (especially the newest collection!!!) are a go-to! And then I almost always have a faint texture on all our images!

KMLC- Tell us about these images.
Jessica – This session was recently shot as a birthday surprise. Grace, 11, had admired this violin, which she appropriately named Robyn, in the music store catalog. She has started playing earlier this year and was using one the school had provided. When I seen she had got the violin, I knew what we were going to do.
The area we photographed in was a little walking path a neighbor of mine had done complete with a creek and bridge. luckily it was a little over grown and not too manicured so it worked perfectly!

KMLC – We all want to know, what’s in your bag?
Jessica – I’m a canon girl through and through! I shoot with a Markii 5D. My lens of choice is either my 70-200 or my NiftyFifty. I tend to shoot more natural light so my reflector is always on hand. Other than that you will find my Galaxy3, BurtsBees lip balm & always Pez! Little kids love Pez! They don’t melt or make a mess, and there are a ton in one tiny little pack, that’s a whole lot of bribery!

Thanks for sharing with us Jessica! Amazing images!

To check out more of Jessica’s work at Dalton Ln Photography, go visit her facebook page HERE

and her website HERE

Be sure to spread some love and share!

If you would like to be considered as a KMLC Featured Artist, follow the link, fill out the interview and send in your images per the directions at the interview HERE

…and the winner is

 

Vivian Peralta Fotografia

 

Congratulations to Vivian Peralta Fotographia! Her number was drawn and she is the winner of the KMLC new Grungier Texture Collection and a feature blog post right here!! Go check out her facebook page, show her some love!!! Fabulous image!

Thank you to everyone who sent in their submissions, so many great images. Over the next few days, be sure to check your emails as I will be sending a little thank you to everyone who entered!

Blessings,

Kristen

 

 

Top 5 images of the KMLC Texture Giveaway

Boy this was tough! I had to pull in two more judges to get this narrowed down to 5. So many good images that it was hard for people to choose just 5. Sooo… what I am doing is having the top 5 image with one wild card image, existentially making it a top 6.

The random drawing will be tomorrow evening and the winner will be notified by email and announced on the blog.

Thank you so much to all of you who sent in images. What I love is that, for some of you, this was your first time using textures and I am amazed and inspired at how well you implemented them with your image. So, thank you … all of you!

Here are the top 6 images in alphabetical order.

 

Image 1 – Adam Furtado of True LAFS Photo

 

Image 8 – LaBella Vita Photography

 

Image 9 – La Valle Digital Art

 

Image 11 – Lisa Marie Photography

 

Image 12 – Melissa DeWitt Photography

 

Image 19- Vivian Peralta Photography

 

Amazing work everyone, now reach around and pat yourselves on the back!

Be sure to share and brag a little, it’s ok to do that now and then.

Kristen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KML Creatives Texture Giveaway Entires

First, I want to thank everyone who sent in images! SO many great ones and I so glad I don’t have to choose.

To refresh your memory, all images submitted are posted here. The judges will then pick their top 5 favorites and then the top 5 images will be posted in another blog post on Wednesday evening. They will be numbered 1-5 in alphabetical order. They will be up for a few days (just to show ya off a little) and then the numbers will be placed in a random.org selector. The winner will then be notified by email and also here on the blog. The winner will receive the new grungier texture collection from KML Creatives, PLUS get a feature in an upcoming blog.

So, with out further adieu, here are your images!
In alphabetical order.

Image 1 – Adam Furtado of True LAFS Photo

Image 2 – Carole Anthony Photography

Image 3 – Dalton Lane Photography

Image 4 – Donald DeWitt

Image 5 – Integrity Developments from Dawn

Image 6 – Jason M Portraits

Image 7 – Kelly Broyles Photography

Image 8 – LaBella Vita Photography

Image 9 – La Valle Digital Art

Image 10 – Lisa Epsy Photography

Image 11 – Lisa Marie Photography

Image 12 – Melissa DeWitt Photography

Image 13 – Michelle and Jason Photography

Image 14 – Michele Coleman Photography

Image 15 – Michelle Renee Photography

Image 16 – Mindy B Photography

Image 17 – Push Play Photography

Image 18- Tricia Scrivner Photography

Image 19- Vivian Peralta Photography

Be sure to leave some comment love for your fave images too!!! I mean we ALL love a little ego stroking now and then,so spread the love ♥

Blessings,
Kristen

be sure to share by clicking the share button!!!

KMLC Texture Contest Giveaway

I know you’ve all been so very patiently waiting for all the details and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your incredible understanding that being a mom must come first for me. My sweet girl is very much so on the mend and back to being her giggly, creative, happy self. Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers.

This contest/giveaway is for fun. I want you to really stretch yourself, think outside of the box and do not be afraid to play and try something new. Most of all have FUN!!!

So here we go!!!!

You must use the free texture “Hysteria” from the new Grungier Textures Collection. Link provided to download the texture below.

Send your high resolution jpeg image using Hysteria to me kmlcreatives@gmail.com. Please watermark your images, but careful to keep your watermark small enough that it does not interfere with the image. Please also include a link to your facebook page and/or website. Your images will be linked to you.

All images must be sent in by Sunday 9/30
I will post all images sent in on Monday 10/1 right here on my blog.

I will have a panel of judges pick the top 5 images. Images will be judged on creativity of image, use of texture and overall look. We need to see the texture in your image, so don’t be afraid to go bold.

Once the top 5 are picked, I will be posting them on the blog to show ya off a little.

The winner will be chosen out of the top 5 by random.org, your images will be numbered 1-5 by alphabetical order of your first name.

The winner will be notified via email and then announced here on my blog. The winner will receive the new Grungier Textures Collection, plus get a feature on KMLC blog, which will include images from one of your sessions, with a short little interview.

Here is the texture Hysteria to use for the contest. Hysteria is one of my faves from the new Grungier Collection. Click on the image and it will take you to the download link.

The above image of my daughter was edited using Hysteria as well as the next images.

If you have ANY questions, please…just ask. You can send me an email or message me on facebook.

You can find the new Grungier Textures at www.kmlcreatives.com as well as all texture collections and templates KMLC has to offer.

So, go now…grab the texture, play and have fun. Get those images emailed in by Sunday!!!
Blessings,

Kristen Marie

Featured – KML Creatives

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This weeks featured images and the creative photographers who created them. Boy, ya’ll didn’t make it easy on me. It was hard to narrow it down to just a few of my faves. I picked from images posted June through … Continue reading