NEW! Photoshop Actions & Brushes!

Hello, friends! I am excited to announce that I have created another set of Photoshop actions for Photoshop CC. These actions are ones that I have created specifically for my scanograph images. I am absolutely in love with scanography and I love how I can manipulate objects on my scanner that essentially creates my own “dark room” and gives these images a deep, moody, grainy, vintage feel. Therefore, it’s my opinion that these new actions, called Campfire, work best on dark images, dark scanographs, and still life. I have not extensively tested these images on portrait photography, as that is not what I created them for. I rely on my Lake Erie Summers action set for my portrait work (though they work great on all types of photography).

Campfire comes with eight original actions + one bonus action that you don’t get to see until you complete your purchase (surprises are fun, right?). Today, for election day, I am offering this complete set PLUS my Lake Erie Summers set PLUS a Photoshop Brush set that I have created. You get all of these for $40 for today only. That’s a total of 29 actions + eight brushes.

Below are some examples:

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These actions and brushes may be used for personal or commercial use. Please visit this blog post to learn more about the Lake Erie Summers actions that are included in this amazing deal!

As always, thank you for the support and love!

Hocking Hills Pow Wow for Veterans | August 2018

Hocking Hills Pow Wow for Veterans | August 2018

Honor the sacred.
Honor the Earth, our Mother.
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we 
share the Earth:-
Four-leggeds, two-leggeds, 
winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers, 
plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.

- Native American Elder

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wedding bells and memories

I was so delighted to be Maid of Honor in my best friend's wedding this past Sunday. It was such a beautifully perfect day and I could not love her husband and his family and her family more. Everyone is so unique, kind, and lovable. 

When I arrived at the venue, I had an odd feeling and I couldn't figure out why. I stepped outside and walked around and when I saw the gazebo, my heart stopped. We were at the same exact location where my best friend Amanda had gotten married, nineteen years ago. I was her Maid of Honor, as well, and nothing about the landscape had changed. I was instantly thrust back into my twenty-one year-old self, walking slowly down the same stone path to join her and thinking to myself how we were both way too young to be doing any of this. Her toddler son, my first nephew, Pierce, squirmed and squealed and grinned during the ceremony. 

The realization that I was Maid of Honor twice, to two best friends, nineteen years apart, in the exact same spot, hit me like a punch in the face. As most of you know I lost my Amanda in 2016 and not a day goes by that I don't talk to her, think about her, ache with missing her.

I managed to keep myself together and focus on my Kristie and the joy of the day. Since my diagnosis, I strive and work as hard as possible to live in the moment. It's as easy as it sounds, ha. 

I have a small altar in my sitting room, aka my zen room. On it is a tiny photo of my nana hugging Amanda at her wedding. I got Kristie and Deb into the exact same spot and made a close replica of that image.

 

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I didn't get it exactly, but it's close enough, and the spot where they are both standing is exactly the same. And now as I edit this I am just now noticing that Amanda wore a flower crown, and I too wore a flower crown for Kristie's wedding. I literally did not even put that together until typing this just now.

Believe in what you will. I believe my Amanda is with me always. I believe she was there with me giving me the strength to stand up in front of a large group and declare my love for my Kristie pie. 

Some friends and family members have asked me to give them a copy of the speech I wrote for the wedding (which is so humbling and amazing and I am glad they were touched), so I am including that here:

I met Kristie ten years ago when both of our sons, Dakota and Liam, went to Wise Owl Preschool. I would watch her walking every day with little Quinn in a stroller when she would drop off Liam. Our boys became friends over a fight for a toy truck. Kristie and I would make small talk at the school and I instantly liked her, but it wasn’t until our boys were in first grade that we really became friends.

Coincidentally enough, we both signed up for a program called Picture Person which involved us coming to our boys’ class (they were in the same first grade class) and talking to them about a specific artist and then doing a project with them in the style of that artist. When we both showed up at the same time, we joked about how we had chosen the same volunteer role and we were excited to work together with the kids. 

The first time I went to Kristie’s house, I couldn’t believe how alike we truly were.  Looking around, I saw my own style staring back at me.  We even had several of the exact same pillows, lamps, frames, and blankets, and this is something that would only grow stronger over the next ten years; we often find that we have purchased the same dress, or pottery, or even panties! We joked that we were almost like a singular unit, and that became our name for each other: Singular Unit, only we abbreviate to just SU or “Sue.” 

As our boys became best friends, so did we. Kristie and I are both empaths and we intuitively know when one of us needs the other. She is notorious for leaving love tokens on my porch; some freshly baked cookies, a candle, her famous homemade soup, sometimes even lip gloss and panties from Target. We give each other handmade cards, finish each other’s sentences, and raise our boys to know that we are family because the foundation of love that we share is the essence of all families. 

We have been a flicker of light for each other in our darkest moments. There are no secrets and no veils, only a sense of relief and joy that we have found one another to share our lives and our loves. We laugh until our abs ache, we can cry and wipe away each other’s snot and sadness, we can cuddle and giggle, jump up and down like happy children, make spontaneous trips to IKEA or flea markets, or just sit together in silence. 

Kristie is one of the most intelligent, capable, and driven women I’ve ever known. When life hands her something hard, she uses it to build something stronger. She parents her children with grace and ease, and I love that we are second mamas to our own flock. She never ceases to amaze me with how much she gives to her family and friends, her career, her dogs, and to the world as a whole.

Kristie is also the most supportive friend a woman could ever hope to have. I’m a photographer and one day years ago she took me to see a Herb Ritts (very prominent black and white film portrait artist) photo exhibit at the Cincy Art Museum. I was staring in awe at one of the black and white portraits when she came up next to me, laid her head on my shoulder and after several minutes, whispered, “You can do that.” I’ll never forget that moment. Her belief in me and her steadfast love keep my heart beating.

Hers was the last face I saw before I went into life-saving brain surgery. Her hand only left mine because they pulled my stretcher away and into the operating room.  She would spend days in my hospital bed with me, and we would color, and we would talk, and in those moments I felt a peace and a strong belief that I have way more to do in this life before I go.

One of my favorite movies reminds me so much of our friendship.  It’s called Frances Ha and I want to share a quote from it here that I have always associated with my girl, my Kristie pie, my SU.

“It’s that thing when you’re with someone, and you love them and they know it, and they love you and you know it, but it’s a party and you’re both talking to other people, and you’re laughing and shining and you look across the room and catch each other’s eyes…but not because you’re possessive, but because that is your person in this life. And it’s funny and sad, but only because this life will end, and it’s this secret world that exists right there in public, unnoticed, that no one else knows about. It’s sort of like how they say that other dimensions exist all around us, but we don’t have the ability to perceive them. That’s what I want out of a relationship. Or just life, I guess.”

That is what we have, and I am so, SO happy that Chris and his family are here and part of our family. I knew immediately when I met him that he would hold my girl’s heart with only the gentlest of hands. He has shown me and my family so much love and support in such a short time. I couldn’t imagine having anyone else as an SU-in-law. I know that their love will endure all struggles and challenges that life throws at them.

In closing, to my Kristie, a poem by e.e. cummings:

i carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in

my heart) i am never without it (anywhere

i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing, my darling)

                                  i fear

no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want

no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)

and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

 

Singular Unit | July 15, 2018

Singular Unit | July 15, 2018

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scanxiety

Over the last week, I have embarked on a project that I did not plan to do. I was playing around with scanography and the concept began to unfold before me with very little cognizant control on my part. This is the first time I have really dug down to artistically express what it's been like to be in a battle with my own body. It's going to take some time but the drive and motivation are strong and almost intoxicating, but can be overwhelming and require me to step back for periods of time. The basic concept is prose and imagery, all images being the result of scanography as a companion to all the scans required when one has cancer and the intense anxiety that surrounds both the scans themselves and the anticipation of the results.

I've included here an image concept that will be in this collection with a written piece about losing my hair (yes, I keep my lost hair in a jar in my office). I hope you'll follow along on this journey with me and, as always, so much thanks to my family and friends for all the support and love you show me every day.

 

© jennifer summer | 2018

© jennifer summer | 2018

moths

"A luna moth emerges from its cocoon with not long for this earth. The average lifespan is a week, during which time they have no means to eat (no mouths). Their week (and life) goal is simple: to reproduce. To make love, the strongest of human emotions. Many observers believe this to be a reminder of the importance of seizing the day. Live and love to the fullest and enjoy every experience that gets thrown your way. That’s as the luna moth does."

 

luna moth | © jennifer summer 2018

luna moth | © jennifer summer 2018

 

 

 

eden floral boutique

Today I had an early photo session downtown, so I was able to stop by the charming Eden Floral Boutique.  I've never been so glad to have had my camera with me.  This place is like a magical fairytale come to life.  I felt simultaneously invigorated and calm.  I had a dear friend with me, so I caught some shots of him, as well.  The next time you venture into OTR, you definitely need to check out this place.

(all images © jennifer summer | 2018.  do not download, save, edit, or use photos without permission)

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And they have a resident doggie!  What more could you want?!

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lake erie summers | actions set for photoshop cc

Hello, friends!

For the past several months, I have been working on curating a set of Photoshop actions that are a culmination of the steps I take when I edit my photos from Lake Erie.  People have asked me many times how I edit them, so I felt it was time to share the knowledge! 

Water is holy to me.  There is something about sinking down to its depths that makes me feel safe and free.  Whenever I am feeling any intense emotion, my first instinct is to submerge myself in a natural body of water.  Unfortunately, the only large body of water near me is the Ohio river (pass), so I cherish the summer when I get to visit Lake Erie.  Erie has been a place of deep magic for me ever since I was a child.

 

© jennifersummer.com | 2015

© jennifersummer.com | 2015

I have created seventeen unique, customizable actions based on my lake edits.  These actions include:

Sandy Beach | A brown and pink-ish toned image with a sandy grain
High Tide | A deep, rich, and mysteriously dark indigo blue
Moss | Two shades of green with a filmy grain
Thunderstorm | A deep black and white with an antique tint, inspired by the vision of Sally Mann
Light Storm | A light black and white with an earthy tint
Buried Treasure | Light gold, dark gold, and green and blue rich tones
Sea Shell | A light blend of pink and purple
Mermaid Tail | Colors that you can use to create either mermaid tail color effect: a goldfish orange, or a sea green.  What kind of tail does your mermaid have?
Warm Sunshine | The tones of the sun setting slowly
Pebbles on the Beach (a five in one action) | This action gives you five different color tones that I sampled from a photo of rocks I took on a beach in Maine
Shipwreck | A very dark, deep, and brooding black and white with a pop of Lighthouse light and softness
Low Tide | A cold, soft, icy blue
Twilight | The tones of falling stars against a fading sky, with a gentle softness.

With your purchase, you also receive a bonus set called Extras. These actions include:

Crashing Waves | Adds a radial blur that you can adjust to your intensity preference
High-Key Black & White | A very light and creamy black and white
Timeless Black & White | A subtly tinted black and white conversion inspired by a newspaper from the early 1900s that has faded from the sun
Matte Finish | Gives your image the look and feel of a faded film print
Sharpen Up | A simple sharpening/contrast booster action
White Border | Creates a clean and even white border around your image
Size for Web | Reduces the size of your image to 900 pixels for easier uploading to social media.  Remember to save your high-resolution version first!

Please visit my YouTube channel to watch a full tutorial of how to effectively use these actions.  If you find this helpful, please like, comment, share, and subscribe to my channel.

WATCH THE TUTORIAL HERE!
 

What the pros are saying:

"Jennifer's new action set is every bit as beautiful as her spirit. Indeed, each action contained within this set feels as though it contains a little bit of her mermaid soul. When combined with nature photography, particularly those featuring water, this set produces results that are as rich and mysterious as Lake Erie water, as light and bright as a summer sunrise, and as classic and timeless as the most beautiful of beaches. Easy to use and customize in Photoshop CC, I find myself flipping back through old albums, simply to look for more images I can transform with the tantalizing touch of Lake Erie the way Jennifer sees it..." - Cassie Fox, professional photographer at Fox & Fauna.

"The Lake Erie Summer actions are wonderful! Not only are they super easy to use, they are also very flexible and customizable (not sure that's a word). You are able to adjust each layer so you can get the exact look you want. I highly recommend them..." - Lauren Rosenbaum, professional photographer

I have known Jenn for many years as a fellow photographer and good friend. Jenn has an amazing eye and her detail to processing her images to create a certain mood is one of a kind. To have a set of actions that re-create what she has spent years developing in her work is such an incredible gift. I absolutely LOVE these actions and can't wait to use them more. I was honored to be a tester and look forward to see what others create with them!..." - Jamie Ellman, professional photographer at scoutjphotography.



Click on the first image on the left to enlarge, then click on that to move to the next image, slideshow-style. Please also scroll all the way to read and review the disclaimer re: software compatibility.

Ready to purchase?  CLICK HERE!

*disclaimer* These actions were created in Photoshop CC 2017 and tested in Photoshop CC 19.1.0 2018 and Photoshop CC 2015.5.0.  If your version is not listed here, it is strongly recommended to update your software to the current version which is Photoshop CC 19.1.0, as I cannot guarantee the actions will function on any other platform. To check your software, open Photoshop, click on Photoshop in the top left corner and then click About Photoshop.  Under the PS icon it will list your software version.

Peace for Paris

 


I imagine this might be what it looks like when we die, and how it might feel; like being pelted with prisms of light that carry the particles of everything we've ever loved. Maybe it's just science, maybe it's God, maybe it's whatever we choose to believe. Whatever makes it easier to stand back up, to open a slammed-shut heart.

Don't pray for peace. Be peace. It's not a wish or a request or someone's else job. It's in our hands.

 

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