Published in Flea Market Decor

Published in Flea Market Decor

I’ve been keeping a little secret but now I get to let you in on it! I’m so excited to have my photography published in Flea Market Decor Magazine August/September 2019 Issue and I have to thank Kelly Rideout! I first met this talented lady when our booths were next to each other at the Behind the Picket Fence flea market in Costa Mesa in 2014. It was my first time selling at a flea market and I was a little bit nervous. Kelly and her daughter Noelle had their booth, Far Away Hood, all set up to create custom signs and the Mother/Daughter team were the best neighbors I could have ever asked for. Since then we’ve seen each other while selling our goods at flea markets, including the Vintage Marketplace in Rainbow, CA and also at The Coast Vintage Market in Mission Viejo, CA.

Now that I’m focusing on photography, I asked Kelly in March if I could take an Environmental Portrait of her for my Digital Photography class and I’m so thankful she said yes! Not only did I take her portrait but I got to take pictures of her and Noelle and her beautiful barn on her property in Fallbrook. And let me just tell you that her homestead is major goals for me. Gorgeous house? Check! Spacious Barn? Check. Tranquil pond with a dock and ducks? You better believe it. I’ve dreamed of living out in the countryside in a beautiful home just like Kelly’s and I’m so jealous, but in a good way. I’m thrilled that she’s living her best life in her gorgeous surroundings. #Goals

Her barn is such a dream painted in traditional red and trimmed in crisp white. Adding to the perfection was the full hillside of beautiful wild flowers stretching their pretty faces up to the sky after all of the spring rain we had. Inside the barn Kelly is set up to host creative “Wine & a Sign” classes where students can come in and create a one-of-a-kind barn-wood and metal signs for their home or for a gift for someone special.

The walls have so many signs displayed in a rainbow of colors that your creative juices can’t help but flow!

Kelly with her sweet pup, Hope.

Thank you, Kelly, for letting me take your portrait and this incredible opportunity. And congratulations on being featured in Flea Market Decor Magazine!

A Year in County Jail and a $10,000 Fine? No, Thank You!

A Year in County Jail and a $10,000 Fine?  No, Thank You!

Great news!!! I have a Child Performer Services Permit and can officially photograph minors under the age of 18!

Very few people are aware that anyone working with any artist, model or performer who is under 18 years old in the state of California for a fee in must have a Child Performer Services Permit. This includes managers, acting coaches, publicists, and photographers. The penalty for not having this permit is punishable by a year in county jail and a $10,000 fine! The law, AB 1660, states that anyone who works with child actors in the state must be fingerprinted and pass an FBI background check. “AB 1660, prohibits registered sex offenders from “representing or providing specified services to artists or performers under 18 years of age.” Fingerprints and FBI background checks are required to ensure that registered sex offenders don’t skirt the law by working under assumed names.”

I got a little bit nervous after I went to the Sherriff’s office to get fingerprinted because the results came back and said I had to get fingerprinted again for the FBI. When I returned, the Sheriffs told me that many of the recent fingerprint results had been refused by the FBI so it wasn’t just me. On an interesting note the Department of Homeland Defense was perfectly fine with my first set!

As it turns out there’s several photographers on the “Approved List” for an LA Based Modeling Agency who do not have this permit! To make sure that your chosen photographer has this permit, you can search the database: Search Child Performer Services Permit

I’m a Finalist in the Shoot and Share Photo Contest!

I’m a Finalist in the Shoot and Share Photo Contest!

In my last post I couldn’t believe that I was a finalist in the top 4.5% of the Shoot & Share Photo Contest and I’m even more excited to announce that I just found out the final results. I’m over the moon that I had two photos that earned a Finalist Award, and one photo in the Top 20%, and 2 in the Top 30%!  This was my first year entering the contest and I went in with zero expectations, because I’m still relatively new to photography. Once I logged in and started voting for photos in the various categories I was so overwhelmed at the high caliber of the other photographers. There were 12 rounds of voting and the more votes a photo received the better the chance of making it to the next round.

The way this contest works is that it is “Completely Free and Fair”.

A lot of times photographers with a HUGE number of social media followers will tell their followers to go and vote for their photos in whatever contest they’ve entered. That gives people with HUGE influence a HUGE chance to sweep the contest. But, this photo contest is completely different. It is totally free, nobody has to pay to enter, and you don’t have to sell tickets to get more votes. Photographers can enter up to 50 photos into 25 different categories. My name is never displayed during voting so only people who closely follow my Instagram even recognize my photos. And even then, since I like to attend group shoot-outs, up to 12 photographers may have taken the same or similar photo. That means that “each photo is judged on its own merit and every photo is given equal opportunity to be voted on. It is displayed the same number of times to the voters as any other, so every photo is in the running.”

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This photo of cutie pie actress and model Journey was a finalist in the top 2.2% and ranked number 383 out of 41,321 other photos in the Babies & Toddlers category. And not only that but 61 people selected it as one of their favorite photos.  So amazing! A huge thanks to Journey and her sweet mom, Celina, for allowing me to capture Journey’s smiles and sass.

To put it all in perspective, the contest started with 583,150 photos. By the time the contest was in Round 12 only the top 2.2% of all photos remained and I was still in! Over 174,215 unique voters participated from 144 different countries. If you put all of that together, the voters spent over 15,809 cumulative days casting over 90 MILLION votes! How amazing is that?

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This photo, taken at the Orange County Fair, was a finalist in the top 2.2% and ranked number 451 out of 18,262 other photos in the Creative Projects category.  Super excited that 33 people selected this photo as a favorite.

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This photo of beautiful Aylin made it to the top 20%.  Thank you, Aylin!

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This photo, taken in gorgeous Laguna Beach, CA, ended up in the top 30%.

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And my photo of a dancer at the Dia de los Muertos event at Hollywood Forever Cemetery made it to the top 30%.

Thank you so much to my clients and models who have allowed me to capture their smiles and let me to tell their stories. And an extra special thank you to my friends who have been so generous with their time and advice and helped me learn so much about photography. And an extra huge thanks goes to my husband, Phil, and my kids, Savannah and Trevor, for being my cheerleaders and biggest fans!

But the biggest thank you of all goes to not only everyone who participated in the contest and voted but to the organizers of the Shoot & Share contest!

I’m thrilled to be a finalist and I’m looking forward to next years contest!

I’m in the top 4.5% in the Shoot & Share 2019 Photo Contest?

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Will the wonders never cease?

I received an email this afternoon telling me that one or more of my 40 photos that I submitted to the Shoot & Share 2019 Photo Contest was favorite-ed in Round 11. That means that I still have a chance to be a winner if I can make it all the way through Round 12 tomorrow!

 

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I finally came across one of my photos in Round 11! Mine is the shot from the Orange County Fair.

 

The way this contest works is that it is “Completely Free and Fair”.

A lot of times photographers with a HUGE number of social media followers will tell their followers to go and vote for their photos in whatever contest they’ve entered. That gives people with HUGE influence a HUGE chance to sweep the contest. But, this photo contest is completely different. It is totally free, nobody has to pay to enter, and you don’t have to sell tickets to get more votes. Photographers can enter up to 50 photos into 25 different categories. My name is never displayed during voting so only people who closely follow my Instagram even recognize my photos. And even then, since I like to attend group shoot-outs, up to 12 photographers may have taken the same or similar photo. That means that “each photo is judged on its own merit and every photo is given equal opportunity to be voted on. It is displayed the same number of times to the voters as any other, so every photo is in the running.”

 

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One of my friends saw my photo of cutie Journey in Round 11!

 

That means “It’s All About the Photos”

This is a super unique contest. As they say “It’s not about one photographers popularity vs. anothers or the ability to rally social media for votes. It’s not about your financial ability to pay for more entries to flood the photo pool.” Seeing my friends photos in the contest has been incredibly exciting, because I know how hard they work and they deserve the recognition.

 

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I have terrible Imposter Syndrome, which means that I never feel like I’m measuring up. Can you imagine my surprise when I found out that I’m still in the running?  I’m super excited because even if I don’t win one of the prizes, just to know that my work was in the top 4.5% of the remaining 26,458 photos is such a big deal for me.

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One of my friends saw my photo of Maddie (bottom left) at the beginning of the contest

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I’ve enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful work from other photographers. From People Portraits, to Weddings, to Landscapes and even a category for Phone Photos and 21 other categories, there has been so much talent and so much inspiration. This was my first year entering the contest and to know that my photos were getting voted on from a starting pool of 583,150 photos was so overwhelming. But every couple of days I would get an email that someone had favorite-ed one of my pics and it made my heart soar! To date my photos have been chosen as someones favorite 71 times. OMG, I’m just going to take a moment to let that sink in. I mean, most days I kind of like my photos a little but to know that other people cared enough to click on that little heart MEANS SO MUCH!!!

 

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Learning to use my Nikon camera, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop has given me some serious challenges and sleepless nights. But, I’m so thankful for my group of photography friends who have been there for me when I get into a tight spot and need their sage advice. And I couldn’t have done it without my biggest cheerleaders by my side; my husband Phil and my kids, Savannah and Trevor. No matter what happens or what doesn’t happen for me in the contest, I’m so happy to have been a part of it and to be among such a tremendous group of talented photographers.

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UPDATE 03/19/19:

The contest started with 583,150 photos. By the time the contest was in Round 12 only the top 2.2% of all photos remained and I was still in!  Over 174,215 unique voters participated from 144 different countries. If you put all of that together, the voters spent over 15,809 cumulative days casting over 90 MILLION votes! How amazing is that?

The winners are being posted on the Shoot and Share website and you can go over and check out the results!

 

 

Challenge: Create a “Pop Art” image using a Photoshop Tutorial

Challenge: Create a “Pop Art” image using a Photoshop Tutorial

As I’m editing photos I often learn on the fly from tutorials posted on YouTube. While sorting through my images to submit to the Shoot and Share Photo Contest I came across a photo of beautiful model Cryss Salinas and wanted to make her into a Pop Art comic book character.

I’ve followed along and edited photos while watching videos from Marty of Blue Lightning TV Photoshop before and today I found out he has a Patreon site so I subscribed. I love supporting artists and he truly puts out amazing tutorials that are easy to follow and always give me great results.

 

 

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This is the photo of Cryss that I started with, super pretty and full of fun colors.

 

 

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After I completed the tutorial this is my finished image. I LOVE it!

 

You can see his tutorial , “Photoshop Tutorial: How to Make a Comic Book, Pop Art, Cartoon from a Photo” on YouTube and create your own fun Pop Art images.

 

Thanks for stopping by.  If you’d like to chat with me about an upcoming project, or would like to collaborate, drop me a line!

 

 

Published in La Belle Kidz Fashion Magazine!

Published in La Belle Kidz Fashion Magazine!

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I’m so excited to have my photo of adorable actress and model Journey Christine published in the Winter 2018 issue of La Belle Kidz & Teen Fashion Magazine.  I’m filled with gratitude to have my photography featured in such a stunning publication and so thankful to La Belle Kidz for the opportunity.

 

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Journey Christine is featured as a La Belle Fav Model and I’m so happy for her. I was lucky to meet five year old Journey Christine in September. After talking to her mom about my plan for the shoot I found the perfect dress from Biscotti and designed a Beyonce-inspired floral crown for Journey to wear. Not only is Journey absolutely adorable but she has the most charming personality. She flitted from tree to tree, like a precocious little pixie, in a gorgeous park in Pasadena, California and worked her magic for the camera. The results were stunning and I’m so thrilled for her continued success.

 

To learn more about Journey Christine, visit her on Instagram and see all of the incredible work she’s already done for Disney, Honda, Walmart, Kohl’s, Home Depot and other top companies.

My Dia de los Muertos Wedding Shoot is Featured on POPSUGAR!

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It’s been an exciting couple of months around here and it’s been a real challenge to contain my excitement! Especially because I’m really terrible at keeping secrets!  First, I was published in a print magazine AND my team and I got the cover. Then, I found out my Dia de los Muertos photos were going to be featured on POPSUGAR as well!

I’ve been familiar with POPSUGAR for a while, especially because they had a really nice subscription box. But, they are so much more!  They’re a lifestyle website that “delivers the biggest moments, the hottest trends, and the best tips in entertainment, fashion, beauty, fitness, and food.”  How cool is that?

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I’m still in love with this Dia de los Muertos shoot and just so thankful for the team of professionals that helped me bring it together. And now to find out that it’s featured on such an amazing website is a dream come true!

See the entire feature here!

I feel the deepest gratitude to this dedicated group of people who collaborated on this shoot with me! You can find all of them on Instagram:

Planning & Design: @christinebarkerphotography

Coordinating: @cricketphotographs

Video: @scphotomedia

Brides Bouquet: @LyndaBYoung

Hair and Make Up: @drop_dead_gorgeousartist

Gowns: @kashafaye

Headdresses: @christinebarkerphotography

Grooms Jacket and Tie painted by: @christinebarkerphotography

Cake: @charlottessweetsshop

Engagement Ring and Grooms Ring: @ballardandballard

Stationery: @poshpaperboutique

Calligraphy: @christinebarkerphotography

Eyelashes: @LushBeautyByKayKay

Brides Accessories and Veil: @happilyborrowed

Bouquet Rosary: @gildingvintage

Bride: Samantha Fonseca @_samfonseca_

Groom: Felipe Salinas @salinas0326

Purple Catrina: Kirsten Lopez @curse_ten

Pink Catrina: Crystal Salinas @salinascryss

 

PS:  There seems to be some confusion about the Grooms Coat. It was inspired by the coat worn by Daniel Craig in the James Bond Movie, Spectre. But, the bones on the coat and tie were lovingly hand painted by me!