While a professional photographer was taking individual shots of my kids and nieces, I took advantage of the natural light toward the end of the day to shoot a few pics of my daughter, Caroline.  One of Caroline’s many nicknames is Sass, because she is the most dramatic expressive of my kids.  Out of the shots I took, I selected this serious shot to play with in Photoshop because it’s unusual for her not to be hamming it up for the camera with a full smile.

Do you have a favorite below?  Any tips, tricks, or additional processing ideas for me?

Sass Photo #1.  Caroline’s eyes are a beautiful indigo color surrounded by thick, dark lashes.  In this version, I isolated them in color and converted everything else to black and white.


Sass Photo #2.  This variation of the full color shot uses the “paint daub” feature in Photoshop.  I love the way it brings out the light in her eyes, the sunlight in her hair, and softens the ruddiness in her cheeks because it was still close to 100F at 8:00pm when we were outside taking photos.  I love the way her freckles come out in the summer!

Sass Photo #3.  This is the original shot in full color.  

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Join the conversation! 16 Comments

  1. The first one is definitely my favourite!! Having everything B&W except for her eyes draws your attention to her beautiful eyes. She’s so pretty!! 🙂

    • Thanks, Loony! I think it’s one of my favorites, too. I think she’s a pretty young lady, too, both inside and out.

  2. Love freckles. Too many people photoshop freckles away. So sad.

    • That IS sad! They are awesome! I’m sad that the ones on my face have diminished a bit as I’ve aged, but excited that all four of my kids have freckles!

  3. They are all great. The one I like the most is the original shot (photo 3). The first image seems too soft though the third seems to bring emotion.

    • Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts, Kevin! I’m having fun dipping my toe into the ocean of Photoshop! 🙂

  4. I adore this series and would be hard pushed to choose between them although the mono but not quite shot, probably just about edges them.

    • Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Bunny! I hope you’ll come back again soon!

  5. She’s so beautiful! I love them all! Great job Shutterbug Sage! I love the black and white one

  6. she is so beautiful! Great work. My favorite is actually no 3, the original one. But I love the b&w version too. 🙂

    • Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts, Inga! I appreciate all of your encouragement!

  7. Gorgeous!!! Love love LOVE the freckles!! I can´t decide if #1 or #3 is my favorite…


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About Sage Scott

Shutterbug Sage began as a 365 photo project.


Children, People, Photography, Water


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