Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Wrap Up

I took this photo after wrapping up my latest holiday photoshoot over the weekend and I just can't get enough of it! I adore all things bicycle and throw in Christmas I might have printed this for our card if it wasn't so smitten over my 4 kids and wanted to show everyone how awesome they are! Go here if you missed it.

 Happy Holidays!

~ Kate

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Our 2011 Christmas Card Revealed

front of card

Every year I kind of make a big deal over our Christmas Card,  I consider it like a mini present to all our friends and family, so the planning starts months in advance before the big photo shoot. This year we wanted to have fun with it so I had to get a little crafty along with the usual taking of photos and they turned out great if I do say so myself. 

Special thanks to the kiddos on another fabulous job!

Inside of card

back of card

middle photo on the back

Hope you enjoyed!


You can check out some of out past years Christmas cards here.

Friday, November 4, 2011

More Photoshop Actions: Before & Afters

There is a lot you can do to save a photo with the right cropping, Photoshop actions and adjustment of the color palette you can take an otherwise discarded photo and make it into a mantle piece.
If you Surfing the internet for Photoshop actions you'll be amazed at how many are out there to help photographers, I like to use my own combination of actions and manual adjustments to get the finished product to my liking.
Here are a few of my favorite action sites like these  Totally Rad Actions, Florbella, HERE and HERE.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone had fun snapping photos of their little ones in costume, I know I did!

Friday, October 28, 2011

For a dear friend.....

 This little girl was loved by the best Daddy she will ever have, he was a friend and colleague that will be missed deeply. My heart goes out to his wife, children and extended family. 
These were some of his favorite photos of his littlest I took on a day not too long ago. He was so proud when I choose her as my Special Delivery Calendar 2010 cover girl.

The world is shining a little less bright now that your smile is gone.
You will always be in our hearts.

In Memoriam of our friend Paul.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Holiday cards and Headbands!

I'm having so much fun making tons of these fabric rosette headbands and even more fun using them in my photographs.
Remember the holiday season is just around the corner, Kate Reali Photography is offering mini-holiday card sessions at $50 schedule early to allow plenty of time to have the cards ordered, printed and shipped before the holidays!

I can take custom orders for the headbands to match any outfit. Just contact me the headbands are $8 each and come with one, two or three fabric rosettes. Hairbands for ponytails are $4 and $8 for a pair.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Just a Sneak Peak

This sweet little girl is as adorable as a 6 month old can be and it's not just because we share a name she has smile can melt any heart and I must say bubble gum pink is definitely her color.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Shop Esty with Me!

I'm having fun walking around town and my house photographing random things and sharing them all with you at My Esty: Shop 4 Swirled Peas  stop by take a look and if you'd like get a print to hang on your wall, browse, share and most of all enjoy!

Don't forget to wander through the thousands of other awesome handmade goods available on by some really talented artists and crafters.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

County Fair Fun!

I can't wait to wander around the fair today, it's always so colorful and my girls have exhibits in the 4-H building, I can't wait to show you their photos they entered.
This print is be available for purchase and will be in my Etsy shop soon.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sisters=Friends for Life

"little E and her bestest sister"

Happy 9th Birthday to one of my four favorite people in the whole world!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September's Sweetie Pie

I was at my friend's shop today and she had my calendar hanging up and since I never have mine actually turned to the right month I almost missed 30 days of staring at this cutie!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Just Beachy!

Doesn't this just scream postcard! I could stare at it all day if I don't think about the ugly faces my kiddos were making on the other side, they want nothing to do with the itchy scratchy sandy beach, but aren't their sand cover toes just adorable. I will be selling posters and prints of my favorite photographs at my Etsy store soon!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It's the Real Thing!

Here's some more images from our stop+hop shoot where we're driving down the road and the van comes to a screeching halt followed by me saying "Okay, I need you to jump out and look pretty." usually they're hot and sweaty or covered in chocolate, nothing a few clicks in photoshop can't fix. I'm loving the new location but to bad it's an hours drive out in no man's land.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cowgirls Rule!

Here's a glimpse of our latest "hop out and shoot".  I'm just loving this old gas station as a backdrop and it's well worth the hour drive. Definitely speaks my style.....old and rusty.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Windy Weather Weekend

I was so disappointed when Tropical Storm Lee cancelled all my scheduled photo shoots this weekend but to salvage what was left of our holiday the kids and I spent some time at the beach enjoying the much cooler weather. I love long hair blowing in the wind and remembering to use my new logo,aren't they both so pretty.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Now Scheduling Holiday Photo Sessions

Our card 2009

Our card 2008

Another version or our card 2008

Our card 2006

Inside of our card 2009

Our card 2010

Our card 2005
If you'd like to schedule a family holiday session with me(Kate) please send an email to: 

or call 990-3488 from 8am -7pm

To get the best session dates and times available call or email to schedule 2-3 weeks in advance.
Available dates are from September 1-December 10th and fill up quickly.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Using Free Photoshop Action Downloads



It's really easy to find hundreds of free Photoshop actions on the web these days. I took a combination of Lux from Totally Rad Actions and Cool Effects Action by Numizmat along with some cropping and a little dodging and burning to get the final look. Photoshop actions are preset so with one quick click your photo can be transformed. Photography is becoming more of an art in the digital age and there is so much to discover.

                 Before                                           After

Here is another photo using the same actions with a little yellow color added to the final image.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

You've got Mail.

I don't think I really have any photos of these two alone together so when I saw the opportunity I grab it literally I snag my camera back from their sisters as they were taking photos for an up coming 4-H project. How can you resist mailboxes and kids it's such a bizarre yet it works. I just love my two littlest buddies and I hope they grow to appreciate having each other especially since they share a room.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cool Photo Lens Mugs!

 This has to be the best photo mugs EVER! they come in Canon or Nikon there's even a thermos version check it out all the other fun stuff over at Photojojo.


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Birthday Girl.... look at her grow.

 This has to be (no pun intended) the biggest balloon I have ever seen.

Cowgirl boots, tutu and pearls make for a happy and stylish little girl.

@One month

@Three Months
 @6 months

@9 Months

@12 Months