We have been taking a blogging break, but we are SO excited to get back to posting! What a better way to do that than to kick things off with a party!


Chic Critique is hosting their annual Blog Block Party and we are excited to be a part of it! You can get 19 sweet freebies this week! Yes, 19!! You can find all the party goers at Chic Critique.

We are giving away this awesome LOVE Wall Art template:

The link to download the Love Wall Art template will be instantly sent to your inbox! Just sign up below and keep an eye out for the confirmation email!

Don’t forget to enter in the big giveaway too!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rachel and I are so very excited to announce 2 NEW DDS Workshops….

(drum roll please…….)

DDS Photoshop Elements


DDS WordPress/Customizing Prophoto Workshop.

Learn the ins and outs of Adobe Photoshop Elements and how to create amazing edits that you will love!

Rachel will teach you how to customize your WordPress Prophoto Blog/Blogsite with ease!

In addition to our 2 new PSE and WordPress/Customizing Prophoto Workshop… ALL of our actions will now be Elements compatible!

Check out our Digital Darkroom Secrets website or Facebook page on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 for our new workshop release and actions…. and also sale to sweeten the deal;)

Are you a newborn photographer?

Our Digital Darkroom Secrets Sweet Cream Action is a MUST HAVE if you photograph sweet newborns.

It lightens skin, smooths it out, and gives your newborn images a gentle softness.  I absoultely love it!  I use our Sweet Cream action on every newborn photo and most of my wedding photography, too!

To purchase our Digital Darkroom Secrets Online Photoshop Workshop’s Sweet Cream Action, visit our website.

These images were edited with our Sweet Cream action at 100% and finished with our Secret Sharpen Action.

I wanted to set up a fun, Valentine-inspired shoot this year.  I repurposed my lemonade stand (made by my hubby with pine wooden fence planks from Home Depot) and created a Valentine Kissing Booth.

The accessories were inexpensive vintage store finds or props that I already had.

The chalk board is a repurposed frame with chalkboard paint.

The footstool was repainted in red complete with a foam and yellow chevron top.

I found the white bucket for $15 at a local thrift store and filled it with a dozen red roses.

The Love banner was purchased at a local vintage store but would be super easy to make.  Just hot glue triangles onto twine and stamp hearts and Love with paint and foam brushes from your local craft store.

I found the wooden chicken coop door at a vintage store for $20.  It’s perfect to hang adornments from and adds to the vintage feel of the shoot.  I cut hearts out of scrapbook paper that I had in my craft bin at home and tied them onto the chicken wire with string.

The large chevron heart was created by gluing two pieces of burlap together (leaving a small space to stuff) and stuffing it with plastic shopping bags to make it three-dimensional.  I cut a large heart from red chevron fabric found at a local thrift store and glued it onto the three-dimensional burlap heart with a hot glue gun.  Easy peasy!  A ribbon and burlap bow is wired onto the top.  So cute!

Lips on sticks are a cute way to add props to your kissing booth.  Mine were created by cutting lips out of scrapbook paper and taping them onto a small wooden dowel purchased for just pennies at a local craft store.

The aqua chair was a thrift store find for less than $10 and repainted and distressed using a chain, sandpaper, a screwdriver, and a hammer.

I “borrowed” the accent pillow from my bed and added my two vintage cameras: a Brownie and a Kodak Duaflex III that I purchased at a thrift store for $5 a few years ago.

Add some sweet treats like frosted heart cookies and Valentine cupcakes and three adorable models and you have an adorable themed set-up!

My daughter’s Valentine dress is from Corinna Couture and her headband is from The Pink Elephant Bowtique.

To find out more about mastering buttery backlight or how I edited all of these images using simple steps, visit our Digital Darkroom Secrets Workshop website.