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.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Photographing Children Being Active

I have been working with the North Carolina Division of Transportation for the last few months, photographing students who are participating in the Active Routes to School program. It is an inspiring program that shows students the importance of staying physically active throughout their whole life. I went to several schools in Sampson County to document the children walking to school. A safe route was planned out and then parent volunteers, teachers, principals and law enforcement worked together to supervise the students as they walked to school. It really makes you feel good to see a whole community involved in trying to teach children about the importance of staying physical fit.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Model Railroad Magazine

If you happen to be reading Model Railroader Magazine this month be sure to check out the 4 page article with images by Kirk Pullen Photography! Charles Klein takes model railroading to an extreme with a setup that spans an entire master bedroom and highlights Pennsylvania, Hudson & Potomac. He asked me to take the photos of his railroad layout to accompany his recent article in the magazine.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Acting Portfolio

This weekend I had the opportunity to photograph actor Ted "Thor" Larson. He was in need of a new portfolio so we covered all the types of shots agents are looking for: head shots, three quarter and full body photos. Ted is really easy to talk to and during the photo session he joked about how much he resembles former Vice President Dick Chaney. He told me that he has been an extra in the several big name movies such as Meet Joe Black and Mermaids. Ted currently is a resident of Clinton, NC and will be attempting to land an acting role in Wilmington, NC

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mountain Vacation

I was on vacation in the mountains near Boone, North Carolina this week and my family stopped at a scenic spot for dinner. We opened our pizza box and pull out a few slices when a caterpillar drops on the box. Instead of going for extra toppings, I of course grabbed my camera.