Category Archives: Country Life

The Barn is ready for Christmas!

Florabella Christmas Barn


My white washed barn decorated for Christmas (complete with my white horse, Misty):)My cards haven’t been ordered, and my shopping isn’t done. But my horse barn is decorated! Priorities, priorities.. Going to process and post more in the next couple of days. This was edited with the new Florabella Muse Actions: Low Contrast Color + Little Blue Secret which helped to tone the yellow light…

Barn Light & Cat Glasses (lol)

I was having Sasha stand in to test the light in our barn loft, and I ended up loving this shot so much- just that little tilt of her head… her retro sunglasses & beach dress up in the barn. There’s something so wrong but so right about it!

Quick edit with the Classic Film action from Classic Workflow Photoshop Actions.

Her little horsey toy (pretty barn light)

When the light is right, the location doesn’t matter… Here, she’s sitting in the barn garage. Looked good in color, but I couldn’t stop myself from converting it b/c in my mind the B/W hid the not so pretty background.

I had wanted to photograph her on my horse wearing this fur vest, but she didn’t want to. So while we groomed the horses, she sat in the back near the barn garage and played with her little horse toy… I couldn’t help but snap this while she wasn’t looking. Edited with Colorplay Actions: Clean Base + Dramarama & a little Definition Palette:)

I see me in your eyes..

Do you get excited when you realize you’ve captured your reflection in your subject’s eyes? (I do!) And it’s much easier w/ large horse eyes and good barn light! ?

Editing here is the new Colorplay actions… here I used the Recipe Maker (so easy and fun)… this was a combo of: Clean Base + Peace 100%, Ocean Air 35%, Alabaster 25% and Berry Wine at 80%

Cherry Blossoms

I love the Kwanzan Cherry Blossom Trees that grow here in Tennessee! Edited with Perfect Color + Ocean Air + Matte Toner from the Florabella Colorplay Actions set.

Just ONE photo, Mommy!

“Just one picture, Mommy. Just ONE.”:)

Out by the barn in her nightgown, rainboots & messy hair… she cracks me up. ? Edited with Colorplay Actions: Subtle Color (as the base) + Brownish 43% + Sorbet at 85%

Reunited {my husband and my horse}

Reunited. ? It’s been 10 days since my husband fell while riding my sweet horse Paloma. While in the hospital with 5 broken ribs, he called me (in tears) worried about her… worried that she was upset and worried about him. Yesterday, the vet came to see Paloma, and Michael slowly walked out to the barn and into the stall next to her. She went right to him. He smiled at her and called her swe
etheart, and then she closed her eyes as if she was so relieved he was there and alright. They are so sweet together… I’m glad I had my camera and caught this moment…

As for the processing… super quick… Clean Base (with B/W turned on) from the Colorplay Actions set. No tweaks… then placed Light/Sunflare Overlay #17 on “Overlay” blending mode at 40%. The barn window as blown out (midday) so the soft light stream softened the image with just enough hazy light from the window. Sometimes a little goes a long way. Video tutorial on them here: http://www.florabellacollection.com/video-tutorial-light-and-sunflare-overlays.html And Thanks to everyone who has been concerned about m husband and Paloma… as you can see, both are recovering nicely.

My husband’s first horse accident & my daughter’s sweet heart

My husband took a bad fall off of my horse Paloma… as he lay on the ground not moving, Paloma stood by him for a long while before she finally ran back to get help. After a 911 call, an ambulance ride, and hospital stay, my husband is home in much pain with 5 broken ribs. Upon telling my daughter Sophie Lu about his broken ribs, she replied, “Oh, Mama… it’s a good thing he had those ribs. Otherwise, when he fell off Paloma he might have broken his heart. I’m so glad Daddy didn’t break his heart.” I am so so blessed… not only that my husband is alive, but also that I have the sweetest daughter and horse in the world. ?

Flower adorned horses….

Because flowers aren’t just for eating. Our barn is almost done… just needs to be white washed… I’m so excited! Edited with Florabella Classic Color + Hazy Teal 15%, Soft Pink Haze at 30%, and Peach Haze at 15%

They call me Betty Cropper :)

Florabella Actions: Classic Color + Yellow Out Brush + Vintage Clouds overlay

Love how a good crop can entirely change the direction of an image. Florabella Actions: Classic Color + Yellow Out Brush + Vintage Clouds overlay

Pear Blossom lined country road…

I love living in the country… just another beautiful scene that some people would take for granted. It’s so beautiful in Tennessee. Love when the Bradford Pears are blossoming. %hearts; Florabella Photoshop Actions: Classic Color + Rich Autumn, Sweet Tea & 1968 (Classic Workflow set)


My sweet sweet girl with the mums she picked from a planter… and the wild onions growing in our yard. ?hearts; Processed with Classic Workflow actions…. edited in color first & then converted to B/W with the instant B/W action.

Florabella Photoshop Actions: Classic Color + Rosy Glow + Peach Haze (all from Classic Workflow)

Florabella Actions: Classic Color + Rich Autumn + Blue Ginger

Horse + Kitty = Love

Horse + Kitty = Love. Imagine my excitement when my trainer Martha sent me this photo she took w/ her phone of Paloma & her barn cat Oliver!! Just when I was about to fly home because I missed her so much. She is just the most loving horse… glad to see she is making friends while I’m away. ? (quickly edited w/ Classic Color + 1968 + Noise Removal from Classic Worfklow and then the new Color Matte Actions).:)

First Snow


Our first snow! Sasha had SO much fun touching snow for the first time!
Classic Color as a base + Rich Autumn & Blue Ginger… all from Classic Workflow Photoshop Actions.


Edited with the B/W Film action from Florabella Luxe II.

Admirers


After posting the close-up of her braids, I wanted to share how elegant she really looks in them. (Those geldings in the background were going crazy over her!) I have 10 versions of this shot…. each with a different tail swish (I could watch her swish her tail for hours) ? Edited this with Blush from the Luxe II actions… it evened out all that green w/ a blush haze…:)

Horizon…

The horizon in her deep, dark, sweet eyes. ? {Actions used: Clean Color, Whiten Whites & All-in-One Eyes from the new Retouch set}

Braids…

My first time braiding Paloma’s mane. Kinda messy, but pretty to me. ? Edited with Clean Color + Whiten Whites + Sharpening brush from the Retouch & Makeover set:)

Pink Dogwood


Pink Dogwood blossoms edited with Classic Color + Soft Pink Haze + Modern Color (from Classic Workflow)

Sophie (the horse)


Sophie is Paloma’s new pasture mate. Full sun & I didn’t have time to move her or that tree, but I was happy to get this shot of her the first time she saw her new friend. Paloma’s at a new farm closer to home for a bit… it’s absolutely breathtaking! (quick, clean edit w/ Classic Color here).:)


My new favorite photo of Paloma… Edited with Florabella Classic Workflow Actions or Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Actions used were Classic Color and 1968.

A Real Princess Always Shares Her Crown


Edited with Florabella Photoshop actions: Classic Color + Add Some Drama. Then Rosy Lips & Cheeks and Yellow Out Brush on her hair (works wonders on brassy blonde hair) from the Retouch & Makeover Actions set.


Edited with Florabella Retouch & Makeover set only. Photoshop Actions used here were Clean Color, Yellow Out Brush, Whiten Whites, and Sharpen Brush.