Remembering the Age of my Snow Camera

I was wondering yesterday, is it possible to walk outside, without a coat, into 32f, and say it is warm out?

For us Alaskans, I suppose it is, as we are seeing signs of spring! The snow is melting, ice is falling from the roofs like cannon shots; rivers are filling to their brims and all the roads are sopping wet. The grey days of winter are slowly fading into hide for next year, and spring’s sun is jumping up!

I wanted to remember my very first year of official photography and all the snowy scenes I’ve learned to capture in a trillion different ways; and share them with ya’ll!

Get ready for a major Winter Blowout!

This picture reminds me of C.S Lesis’ book, Till We Have Faces. Except I think of it as, Bald Face!

Soft, wet snow was gently dripping from branches and dear’s antlers. (Okay, I didn’t see the antler part… but, hey!)

Some of you’ll remember this beauty from an earlier blog post, “Winter photography (and funny stories!)”

Snowflakes from the ears.

Trying a mystical perspective, but I think we need hair extensions!

Trees really do make the best props!

Soft hair swinging with an equally soft breeze.

Golden cuties 🙂

Deciding whether I should eat this one as well or not.

This one is from earlier in 2018, when the snow was just starting to decend down to us.

Whistling winter tunes.

You might remember these from my very first blog post, “Backyard Winter Photo shoot.”

For Christmas, my sisters and I took some of the younger kids out to do a red-hatted and red-lipped photo shoot.

Light is often very dark during winter, so I had to borrow some from the iPad…

**No sisters were hurt in the making of this photo**

Tak’in on the world like…

This broken windo is the only remaining thing of a once house or shack on a wooden slab. It is embedded on a little sand barrier out in the middle of the river. During the winter, when all the water freezes or disintegrates, we’re bake to walk out on to it… and take pictures!!

Facing the unknown while others watch through a lense.

Faces of winter, that you can find in other blog posts of mine for the whole stories. 🙂

Ice coming down from the mountains, causing the rivers to freeze earlier in the year.

Thank you to Glorianna (left) for being my main model, and bearing with me in all my crazy ideas! Thank you so much Joy (right) (The Art of Life) for taking all the pictures of me and encouraging all my crazy looks and bad modeling!

Well, if you made it down this far, congratulations!! That was almost EIGHTY pictures of mine. I hope you enjoyed, and can now look foreword to some spring photography!

Thank you to The Eclectic Contrarian for this WINDERFUL IDEA!

Joy’s blog on WordPress at:

Thank you to :// ,for re-blogging so many of my posts so that others can experience Christ’s light! You hilarious personality and zeal for Christ makes your blogs an extream read and epic adventure worth every letter!

Thank you to Vanessa Williams for nominating me over and over for contests and challenges! You don’t know how sweet it is.

How to Edit Using PhotoRus

Want to know how to edit your photos with natural makeup, add light without all the hard formats and good filters and a natural looking face? Join me in using the PhotoRus app! (You can get on your iPad or iPhone in the AppStore)

Open PhotoRus and select “beauty” then select a photo
Select “Auto Retouch” for airbrush (the airbrush on PhotoRus tends to add too much white to the faces so I usually use Airbrush app instead and then finish editing up here on PhotoRus.)

Select which number best cleans the face without adding too much white.
Dont worry about getting all the marks off of the face, you will do that in another section, this just gets most of it away to save time and softens the face. Click the check mark when you are finished.
Next select “blemeshes”
Select “manual”
Zoom into the part (s) of the face that you want to touch-up. Tap on the marks you wan to remove to remove them. You can select different sizes of removal by selecting one of the dots below near the check mark. Remove all the spots you desire and select done.
Tip: the dot I have already selected would probably be the best size as the bigger ones leave “folds” on the skin.
Now we are going to use “eyebag” to clear up the face and remove eye bags as they can be unprofessional in proper model/ photography
Again select “manual”

Swipe along the face to remove “blemishes” and the rim below the eye bag to remove.
Select “cleareyes” and “manual”
Swipe along the mouth to darken and shine without having to add manual makeup and ending up with something that does not look real.
Swip other parts of tha face, hair or other desired places to make the, stand out much more. You should also swirl on the eyes once or twice to make them stand out more.
Outline the person or object in the picture several times to make it stand out more than the background. You’ll want to select the bigger circle for this. I, myself, really like using this feature.
Tip: try not to draw on the actual photo so you don’t get a dark line along it.
If you want, you can select “makeup” and add some.
Remeber: just be careful to make sure it looks real!
I will sometimes fill in the brows if they are not already done.
Add a bit more lash if you desire, to bring out the eye.
If the “airbrush” has whitened the face too much, add some darker “foundation” to return the face to its original color. Just be careful-this can all make the face look too painted and fake! The foundation also darken the ENTIRE photo.
Now we have our before and…
This phot does have a metal-tintid look (what I wanted) to it and is obviously not real. You can tone down the “cleareye” to take away some of it though.

So PhotoRus isn’t the best or my favorite to use on faces, though the “eyebag” is the best out of all the apps I have used before and I always use it for the feature. The “cleareye” I also use all the time and I have to say it does improve your photos.

Read my other blog posts to find apps that better fix up and improve your photos!