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A confession to start the New Year

I have been thinking long and hard about how I can intentionally make this year better than last year.

Why not start with resolutions?

I’ve made tons of them in the past… hmmmm I wonder if any of them were ever accomplished…

As I kept pondering and contemplating what I could do, I realized the problem right then and there.

I can’t. I try. I pretend I can.

I like to make you all think I can… in photography, as a mom, as a wife, as a teacher.

It’s no fun when everyone knows you aren’t perfect.

I’m sure you KNOW but I sure am not gonna SHOW you on purpose!

For example, this whole Before and After business has been bugging me for days.

I WANT to show you a before and after but I’m scared!

Do you know why?

It’s SO silly.

I’m scared that you’ll see the real picture and then think I’m really not that great of a photographer.

I can just fix up any old picture in photoshop and voilà!

I know it’s not that simple but I want everyone to think that beautiful picture just came that way. Because I’m that

awesome. But, alas, I am not. And I figured this year, I’m just going to be me.

This way you get to see REAL and when I succeed, God gets the glory because you will have seen the messy.

I’m not going to hide something because I’m afraid of what people think.

People pleasing is out. Vulnerable is in.

What are you changing this year?

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  • Leah - I like the before and afters. And trust me, I’m still in awe of what you do. I am hopeless when it comes to snapping a good pic and even worse when it comes to Photoshop!

    Love all you said here!

  • Carolyn Smith - You are a godly, amazingly creative young woman. I am proud of you for sharing your heart with us. I also love the before and afters. Keep going my friend!

  • Kate - Gorgeous photos, both before AND after. Here’s a question though. Can you share what photo programs you use to get those gorgeous crisp bright ‘after’ photos? Do you use Photoshop with add-on actions? Or do you use Lightroom? I can never get my photos clear and bright like that. So beautiful.

  • erica - Kate, thank you so much! I use Photoshop (CS5) pretty exclusively for my editing. I do have some plug-ins for when I want to “play” (I love Alex Beadon’s actions). However for those specific photos and most of my typical editing I pull up the lighting on the curves to adjust for their skin tones and then all I do is add another layer and make an S curve. If you are unsure of what I am talking about feel free to email me. Ericalynnhang@gmail.com

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