Monday, July 20, 2015

Senior Portraits Clinton, North Carolina

I took this senior portrait of Raychel a few years ago in Clinton, North Carolina. I often have ideas that pop in my head and I think of different ways of editing older photos. This session was shot in the afternoon and when I originally edited it I just did minimal editing to it. Well I was never truly happy with the minimal edit on this image and I wanted the photo to have a sunrise feel to it. Well, here is the resulting image! There really is no more of an ideal senior portrait location than an endless row of sunflowers! If you have senior who is looking for creative and unique portraits then call me at 910-590-7761 and book your session with Kirk Pullen Photography.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Wedding in Wallace, North Carolina

I photographed Jonathan and Stephanie Lindsay's wedding at the Mad Boar Restaurant in Wallace, North Carolina this weekend. It was a beautiful wedding held in the upstairs portion of the restaurant called the Celtic Court. Most of the wedding packages I offer come with bridal portraits included. In early June I worked with Stephanie for some outdoor and studio bridal portraits.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Dance Photography

This is the time of year many dance studios have their spring/summer recitals. If you have a dancer who is in need of great images be sure to stop by the Kirk Pullen Photography studio located in Warsaw, NC and book your session. We have many props and backgrounds to choose from and we will be happy to make your dancer look their best.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Beauty Headshot

When the weather isn't cooperating, I like to edit older photos. It took a little over an hour to get the skin to a point that I was happy with. This was shot on a black background and was a bit boring, so I added a bit of color in Photoshop to give it some kick!

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Years on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

It was great growing up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina! Beautiful beaches, surfing, fishing and many other things to do. I don't live there anymore but it is really convenient to have 3 family members who still live there. It gives my family several choices when we go for a visit and we have a variety of places to stay. I took this photo of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on New Years Eve in Buxton, North Carolina.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Creating and Retouching a Portrait

Kirk Pullen Photography can create a great portrait for you! It takes as much skill to be knowledgeable in Photoshop as it does working a camera. Is your photographer good at both? There needs to be a good balance to have a photo look as good as it can. I had some free time today to edit older photos today and I decided to give this photo of Logan a different look. I'll walk you through what I did to edit this photo in Photoshop CS6. First I isolate the subject with the selection tool. I then click on the Refine Edge button to get the best selection possible. Invert the selection and then use the eraser tool to remove the white background. Once the background is removed, you can add any background you want. I changed the color of her jacket from brown to red using a hue saturation layer. I really like using the Imagenomic Portraiture plug-in for smoothing out skin. I finished the portrait off with Nik Color Effects 3.0 filter called Infrared Film #5. Nik also makes a sharpening program that works great. I use about 35% on the Pre-sharpener and Post Sharpener.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fall Family Portraits

One of the cool things about being a photographer is when you've been doing it long enough you get to see families grow. The Williams family has new addition to their family portrait this year. Fall is the best time for outdoor portraits and Kirk Pullen Photography can meet you anywhere to capture memorable images. Be sure to book your photo session before all of the beautiful fall colors disappear.