Mother’s Day Kitten and Flowers

Small Kitten Playing in Purple Flowers

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Happy Mothers Day

Orange Tabby Kitten playing in pink flowers

 

WE have been very busy celebrating SPRING here at Kelly Richardson Images. We have many new pet images available for license, including beautiful, adorable, breath taking rescue kittens and flowers as you can see the samples on this page.  Please go to the image bank where you will find a gallery with over 50 purr-fect pet images with flowers.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to sign up and get the password for the gallery please SIGN UP here!

Small black and white Kitten Playing in Purple Flowers inside a metal bucket

Lighten up your Holidays Colorizing Tutorial

Kitten Playing in Red Box ChristmasSEEING TOO MUCH RED? Let’s have some fun! Try this colorizing tutorial to lighten up your holiday.

It would be a shame to pass on this cute kitten image because there is too much red – just look at those BIG eyes- this is a PURR-fect photo. We can simply change the image to Sepia and then colorized it to a more natural look.  But don’t stop there,  we can change the color to green! Here is how!
Begin by opening image in photoshop. Duplicate original. Add a new adjustment layer: Hue/Saturation. Use the HUE slider to change the color of the box- I chose to change the red to green.
1. To change to Sepia: Add an adjustment layer: choose Hue/Saturation, and this time go to preset box and scroll down and choose Sepia.  The entire image will now be changed to Sepia tone.  Click on the white box in the layers palette next to the Sepia adjustment layer, this is the mask.  Get a soft black paint brush to paint back in the color. If you want a lighter shade, not so bright, more retro, natural color look, change the paint brush opacity to 30% and flow to 50% to paint away the sepia color from the areas of the photo you want to see color in.  (Change paint brush to white to paint the Sepia back in if needed, or use history to undo.)  The more you repeat the brush strokes the darker the color will come in.  If you want to retain the full brightness and saturation of the original image, keep the opacity of the brush at 100% and flow at 100%.
2. After you have changed your red  image to sepia with colorized red box,  you can change the red to green. Here is how:  add a new adjustment layer: Hue/Saturation. Use the HUE slider to change the color of the box and crinkle paper – I chose to change the red to green.

Bright Red Christmas Kitten Card Retro Kitten Christmas Card Changing Colors in Photoshop Kitten in Box

Gotta LOVE isolated Pet images

Happy Birthday Beagle Dog
IMG_6107 Simple, clean, uncluttered Greeting Card

If you are not familiar with Kelly Richardson’s Studio Pets’ Images, let me tell you a little about what is so special about them. Kelly’s special high key lighting style, and themed conceptual props create these cute, funny, easy to relate to isolated images. Studio Pets are available in themes for ALL holidays and occasions. Irish Beagle Dog St. Patrick's Day There are hundreds studio pets available in many categories in the image-bank.   The Beagle Gallery has just been added.  All “KRI Studio Pets” are taken on a white background, and can be licensed as isolated psd files.

These studio pets images are SO cute in themselves, they can certainly stand alone on white as a greeting card with the right text to get a smile.  There is a great demand in the consumer marketplace for this simple, high key look for greeting cards.  Many consumers like the “clean”, uncluttered look.  Just look at this cute Beagle, need I say more?!

 

Christmas Beagle Dog Dear Santa
IMG_6147 + Beagle DearSanta Letter Scribble Border

 

 

But you don’t have to stop there!  You gotta LOVE isolated images- there is so much creative potential. Studio Pets Images have been called a “graphic designer’s dream”. If you have a creative art department, they will love you for licensing a Studio Pet!  The artistic possibilities are endless!  So, for those manufacturers who have a consumer base that want a more eclectic, colorful, collage like greeting card, Studio Pets Images can be used in DESIGNS.

Happy Birthday Beagle Dog Greeting Card
IMG_6107 Beagle Clown + Balloons, background colors, shapes and designs

SEE  how this isolated image of a dog wearing a red bow tie can evolve into a beautiful design that can be used as a bright, funny, colorful greeting card/gift bag design that any child would LOVE to receive on their special day. The design was created with a KRI image of isolated balloons, shapes and background colors, text sign with drop shadow, created in PSD. This image was featured in a previous blog post called “Clowning Around in Photoshop”, a tutorial that will teach you how to create a clown nose.

Irish Beagle Dog St. Patrick's Day
IMG_6098 +rainbow, cloud & sky background

SEE St. Patrick’s Day Design. It can’t get much cuter that this!  In this design Kelly blended a photo of the sky clouds on blue background and created a rainbow using a gradient in Photoshop.

All designs created/copyright Kelly Richardson. **All designs  by Kelly Richardson are also available for license. Contact kelly for more info.

 

 

 

Clowning Around in Photoshop Tutorial : How To Make a Clown Nose

 Funny Happy Birthday Beagle Dog Clown

Clowning Around in Photoshop CS6 Tutorial: how to make a clown nose.

This months photo shoot is dedicated to Beagles and Miss P who won the Westminster Kennel Club title Best in Show.  I advertised an “all call” for Beagles  and this beauty turned up.  This is Lucy who came to us from Deltona, Florida.   We had some fun in the studio with this cute little beagle.  She was an absolute joy to work with as you can see from the photos we were able to capture.  This is one of my newest props that is actually recycled.  My daughter went as Minnie Mouse for Halloween last year and this is the bow tie we purchased for her costume.  Lucy didn’t seem to mind it at all. She especially liked the cheese we used to bribe her to sit still!   To get a clown nose on her was however,  impossible, so we decided it would have to be created in Photoshop.  I have created this Photoshop Tutorial with CS6: clowning around in Photoshop to share with my readers in case you ever want to clown around with friends and put a clown nose on them! There are probably many ways to make this, this is just the way I did it using CS6 in the example shown above.

STEP 1: Use the Elliptical Marquee tool and draw a circle shape on dogs nose.  Go to top menu and click LAYER> new fill layer>solid color, click ok, choose color, click ok. You should now have a red circle. Add a drop shadow to the circle.

STEP 2: Use the selection tool and select the red circle. Go to top menu and click LAYER> new fill layer>gradient. Choose a gradient that goes from black to white and make  Style: radial.  Angle 90, Check boxes: reverse and align with layer. click ok.

STEP 3: For a nose like  Image 2 with a white highlight, change gradient layer blend mode to screen. If necessary adjust the gradient sliders and the opacity to create the perfectly rounded 3d looking nose.  For a nose like Image 3 with no white highlight, I chose the blend mode darken and adjusted gradient sliders by adding new points with differing opacities.  It takes some “clowning around” with the gradient sliders to make the perfect nose for your subject, and it really is a matter of preference.

STEP 4: Link the layers together so that you can move the nose around and change its size . Change the size of the nose by using ctr>T to transform.

STEP 5: Add noise to your nose so that it looks like the foamy material.  To do this I duplicated my nose layers and the layers into one by highlighting both layers and using the following : ctrl>J, then ctrl>E, then in the top menu choose filter>noise>add noise.

That’s it!

Would you like to take the image one step further? Get creative! Then you MUST read this next post to see the real potential of what can be done with the beauty of an isolated image.  Gotta Love Isolated Images

 Licensees link to Beagle Gallery in image-bank

St Patricks Day Dog

Irish St. Patrick's Day Beagle Dog
IMG_6098 Beagle Dog +rainbow,sky

This year St Patricks Day Dog 2015 photo shoot features Beagle Lucy wearing a shamrock necktie on a white background. Inspired by Miss P, a beautiful Beagle that won Best of Breed 2015 at the Westminster Kennel club last month, Kelly chose to feature a Beagle this month of March. These images are available for license as isolated psd files, and or greeting card designs as shown below. If you are interested in licensing one of these cute St. Patricks Day Dog Beagle images or designs below, please contact kelly.  

The Beagle Lucy Photo Shoot has just been posted to the image bank! To see lucy in a variety of poses and themes such as Christmas, Winter, St. Patricks Day etc., go to the image-bank now.

Irish St. Patrick's Day Beagle Dog
from left to right: IMG_6101,6093,6089,6085,6098

 

 

Here are a few examples of St. Patricks Day greeting card designs kelly created to celebrate the holiday (also available for license). Designs can be changed, text changed, color changed – just ask kelly and she will help you/your art department customize the design to suit your product needs (at no charge! within reason)

 

 

Best in Show 2015 Beagle Won

Beagle Best of Breed WKC Show
Westminster Kennel Club Image of 2015 Best in Show Winner Miss P BEAGLE Feb 16-17, 2015 This image was taken from the Westminster Kennel Club homepage.

The 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Show was held last month in New York City.   A beautiful Beagle named Miss P, aka CH Tashtins Lookin For Trouble, ran away with BEST in SHOW 2015 .

 In celebration of Miss P, the Beagle who won Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show, NYC in February 2015,  Kelly Richardson Images devoted her time… YES- you guessed it… to photograph BEAGLES this month!  Here are a few sneak peek images from the Studio Pets Beagle Gallery that has just been posted to the image-bank.

 

Here is a little trivia about the Westminster Kennel Club that you may not know:

The Westminster Kennel Club is known for its famous annual all-breed dog show held every year in NYC.  The Club was named after a hotel in Manhattan, the Westminster Hotel, where its founders, a group of sporting gentlemen met to discuss shooting accomplishments and the talents of their dogs.  The Club was originally named the Westminster Breeding Association, a kennel that raised Pointers for hunting and field trials. In 1876 the Westminster Breeding Association staged a dog show in Philadelphia to celebrate America’s Centennial.  Participating in the Centennial Show inspired the group members to change the name of the Association to Westminster Kennel Club, incorporate and hold their own dog show in NYC every year thereafter. The Westminster Kennel Club was very influential in the world of dogs and breeders. In 1884, members of the Westminster Kennel Club and the Kennel Club of Philadelphia met to establish a national governing body for dog registrations and dog shows, what we know today as the American Kennel Club.

Hurray for Miss P Beagle winning Best in Show 2015!

 

For the Love of Lace – FEBRUARY

Kitten and Lace Photoshoot
Rescue Kitten “Lacey” Hemingway Tabby, 8 weeks.

In keeping up with our 2015 campaign: LuvKelly Recycles= save the earth+save the kittens,   this week’s rescue kitten photoshoot was a lace kitten photoshoot.  Quite a change from last month’s Burlap and Boxes! Inspired by the past, this delicate, feminine and intricate material  is our choice for February, symbolizing everlasting LOVE in a beautiful vintage way. This lace kitten photoshoot is a beautiful, soft, romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

The beauty of lace is that it is ornamental, openwork fabric, so other colors and materials can be layered underneath the lace to create beautiful textured images. We took advantage of this during our photoshoot and created three separate “LOOKS” using the lace as the main material.

First, we curled the lace up around the kitten, using a white background underneath. This way we could focus on just the lace material and the beauty of the kitten’s face.

Second,

Valentine Kitten
Lacy foster kitten is from a litter of six that were found abandoned in trash bags in a dumpster at a Burger King. She is a beautiful tabby Hemingway.

we used a vintage metal canister that had a lace pattern to compliment the lace material. This, of course, ending up serving two purposes – creating a beautiful double dose of lace texture, while helping to keep adorable Lacy kitten in place!

white kitten and lace
Rescue Kitten Timothy’s beautiful white fur helps keep our attention on the textural quality of the lace and the subtle touch of color we added.

Third, we added some color layered behind the lace. We tried a variety of colors for February: red, pink and purple with the lace on top. For this Look we used white rescue kitten Timothy. His eyes really pop out of the picture, and his white fur helps retain consistency and attention to the lace, and the subtle introduction of color to the image.

Here is a link to the Love of Lace Kittens in the image-bank.

***The materials that we used for this photoshoot are items we picked up on sale: White Lace Tablerunner, and vintage white lace metal canister – both purchased from Hobby Lobby in their “Spring Shop” that I have been using on my kitchen table all year!
Orange Kitten Bookmark
Noah, adorable and sweet foster kitten is Lacy’s brother. He is an orange tabby with white socks!

 

Burlap & Boxes – JANUARY

 Kitten Photography

Burlap and Boxes Kitten Photoshoot JANUARY

our 1st LuvKelly Recycles = save the earth + save the kittens photoshoot.

For the entire year of 2015, Kelly Richardson Images has chosen to create a monthly rescue kitten photo shoot with all natural materials and recycled items that can be found around the house. We are going green in an effort to raise community awareness for the planet earth and for the innocent kittens and cats that are in need of rescue. We hope to encourage our communities to recycle to help save the environment, save energy, and help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gasses that depletes the ozone layer of the earth; We hope to raise community awareness for kittens on death row in county shelters, and get help and support for the private rescue organizations that save them,  take them off death row, foster them with adequate supplies, attend to their medical needs and find them a furrr-ever home.

 

For this photoshoot we wanted a raw, natural look using “green” recycled materials.  We came up with Burlap and Boxes.  The Burlap is leftover scrap material left over from Fall.  We used a large Burlap piece of material for the background approximately 3’x5′, as well as a Burlap “tablerunner” that was purchased on clearance at a discount store.  The boxes are leftover from Christmas.  We ripped some of the paper from the box lid flaps to get the beautiful texture underneath.  The kittens loved playing with the burlap strings and had a great time, pulling them apart.  They enjoyed rolling around in the on their backs and playing hide and seek.  It was not difficult to get them inside the box. We left it in the kitty room for several days before the photoshoot for them to sleep in and get used to.

Kitten wrapped up in BurlapIntroducing “Authentik” kitten images NEW Gallery for Luvkelly 2015

  • Pure, Natural, Authentic
  • Neutral Color Palettes, Muted Hues
  • REAL, Simple, Organic, “Green”
  • Touchable Textures, Fibers and Textiles
  • Each image can “Stand Alone” – poster, greeting card, bookmark, notepad, journal, school folders
  • Gallery Worthy, Classical kitten images
  • LuvKelly is a Fundraiser for a good cause: a portion of licensing proceeds goes directly to save a kitten’s life

The newest kitten images Authentik Kittens are definitely worth a look.  These kitten images are taken in natural settings using ambient light (natural light) with “green” materials.  The newest images for 2015  are Pure, Real, Simple, Neutral Color Palettes that can stand alone or be used as greeting cards for any occasion. There are over 100 freshly made images in a variety of crops available for licensing- 2×6 crops for bookmarks, 5×7 for cards, 8×10 for puzzles and much more.  Just shot last week, these have never been seen before.  Be the first to license these beautiful, gallery worthy, stand alone images! By doing so, you will also help support LuvKelly Kittens cause and make the world a better place!

Kitten Playing in Box
*1/22/15 Photos of kitten images above on this blog post were taken last week. This is a beautiful, friendly litter of 6 kittens, still unnamed just 6 weeks old. These cute kittens were found in trash bags inside a dumpster by a Burger King employee. They were taken to a shelter, placed on death row due to over crowding, then saved by friends itsallaboutthecats rescue group.

Here are a few images from the shoot- these are available in all crop sizes including 2×6 for bookmarks (see samples below) :

 

Using Backlight Photography

Kitten on Windowsill
IMG_4226 Gracie Rescue Kitten

 

Shooting a backlit scene can be more technically challenging. Backlight photography exposure can be tricky.  And as we all know, an important rule in photography “101” is to avoid shooting against the sun. If you do, you will usually end up with either completely over exposed photographs, or a dark and indefinite shadow. However, certain subjects, such as pets  may warrant backlit exposure – as they wander into their own purrr-fect candid pose (on a windowsill with the sun shining behind them!).

It is always best for photographers to know how to handle lighting techniques for every situation, and backlight is one of them.  Backlight can prove to be a beautiful source of light in its own, creating dynamic beautiful shots that glow!

kitten sitting windowsill
IMG_4219 Abby Rescue Kitten

The tricky part when it comes to backlit scenes is getting the proper exposure. When your camera is set to evaluative metering it meters the entire scene to determine the best exposure. In the case of a backlit subject, evaluative metering will fail because the background is so brightly lit by the sun.  Your camera can’t meter for both the bright background and the front subject at the same time.  To over come this technical issue, you can set your camera to spot metering to tell the camera which part of the picture is the most important to you.  You can then meter the subject’s face (kitten face in this case) and let the highlights go completely white.

In the image above, the majority of the sunlight was coming from behind the kitten through the window, causing the fur around the edge of the kitten body to glow, with still enough ambient light to capture detail in the front. I used spot metering and metered the kitten’s face.  Light was reflected all around creating the catch lights in the kitten’s eyes from the white shutter doors that were opened on each side.  Settings are as follows: ISO 250, f2.8, ss 160, canon macro 100 mm lens, Canon mark II 5D

BACKLIGHT TIPS

  • Change your exposure mode to spot metering, and meter the subjects face.

  • When there is not enough ambient light to capture the details in the foreground subject,  you can use fill flash or a white reflector.

Gracie & Abby

The foster rescue kittens photographed for this weeks blog and newsletter are Gracie and Abby, two sisters who were rescued with their mother from a high kill shelter. They have had very little contact with humans and came to us very frightened and scared.   We have been working with them 24/7 showing them as much love and attention as possible, to help them overcome their fear of humans and prepare them for adoption as a sweet loving pets.  After the third day in our care, they began to trust, became very playful,  and accepted our touch, with much more relaxed personalities.  They were still just too shy to be posed. These are candid natural images of them sitting alongside the windowsill with ambient backlight.  This is a time when knowing how to backlight a subject with correct exposure comes in handy!

2015 New Year’s Resolution: Purr More with Luvkelly

Rescue Kitten PhotosNew Year’s Resolution: Purr More with Luvkelly

Looking ahead into the New Year 2015, Kelly plans to Purr even more by creating more fresh and colorful luvkelly rescue kitten images. LuvKelly brand, established in 2014 by Kelly Richardson, will continue its mission to raise community awareness and money to help foster parents and private organizations continue their efforts to rescue, socialize, vet, foster and re-home as many homeless cats/kittens as possible to avoid them from going to a high kill shelter.  A portion of the proceeds generated through licensing the luvkelly foster kitten images will go directly to save abandoned kittens.

Introducing LuvKelly Recycles 2015 = save the earth + save the kittens

For the entire year of 2015, Kelly Richardson Images has chosen to create a monthly rescue kitten photoshoot with all natural materials and recycled items that can be found around the house. We are going green in an effort to raise community awareness for the planet earth and for the innocent kittens and cats that are in need of rescue. We hope to encourage our communities to recycle to help save the environment, save energy, and help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gasses that depletes the ozone layer of the earth;  at the same time, we hope to raise community awareness for kittens on death row in county shelters, and get help and support for the private rescue organizations that save them,  take them off death row, foster them with adequate supplies, attend to their medical needs and find them a furrr-ever home.

Kelly hopes the future 2015 will bring worldwide recognition for Luvkelly foster kitten images, hoping it will enable support to reach a national level for kitten rescue groups.  Kelly would like to see Luvkelly kitten images on products on shelves of retail stores in the form of stationary, calendars, school notebooks, bookbags, stickers, folders, notecards, lunch boxes, gift bags, gift wrap, greeting cards, puzzles, coffee table books, children’s books, kids’ unique gifts such as umbrellas, rainboots, luggage tags, partyware, bedding and housewares, and much more!  Contact Kelly for more information on licensing luvkelly images to help support rescue kittens and get involved in this amazing Luvkelly fundraiser.  Kelly is always available and will respond to your inquiries within 24 hours.  She enjoys meeting new licensees and … Kelly offers free design services!