Relax it’s Summertime – JULY



This is what it means to relax.

Memoirs of the Summertime Beach House…

I sink deep down into the comfy cushion couch, I lean my head back onto the soft cashmere pillows.  I am surrounded by an orange glow of golden sunlight that glistens off the wooden floors around me. Through the open door I can see the warm, white sandy beach path, leading the way to the oceans’ edge.  I can smell the salty spray, while I listen to the constant purr of the rolling waves. Wall to wall, at every turn, I feel immersed in peace and calm. – Kelly R.

2015 LuvKelly Recycles Monthly Photography Tutorial Series JULY- Summertime Kitten Relax

To continue with our monthly LuvKelly Recycles with rescue kittens, for July, we wanted to  share this intense feeling of relaxation as described in the Memoirs of the Summertime Beach House above. We call it Relax It’s Summertime. We borrowed a few shell decorations from the beach house that inspired us and carefully prepared our set.  Though the background looks as if it could be real white beach sand, it is actually a recycled ivory colored fleece blanket. Using an f-stop of 2.8 allows the background to blur very nicely with little need for background touch up, and allows the focal point, the kitten’s big beautiful eyes, to stand out.

Our featured rescue kitten is Lovey. She is as sweet as her name. She has been in our foster care since she was just 4 weeks old. She was brought to an adoption event by a little girl and her dad. They found her inside his truck’s wheel well in their front yard all alone. They could not care for her and asked Cats-Can, Inc. to help.  I was volunteering that day, taking photos of the cats and helping with adoptions. I couldn’t resist. I became her foster. Her warm brown tabby coloring matched our set very well.  She loved being inside the shell so much that she began falling asleep. She looked like she belonged, like a hermit crab in a shell.   Lovey is now over 8 weeks old now, big enough to leave foster care and find a furr-ever home.   She will be available for adoption this Saturday at Petsmart.

Photographic Details: Our Photographic Equipment used and settings are: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon Macro 100 mm lens, available window light, f2.8, ss125, iso 100.

CLICK HERE to get the Summertime at the Seashore JULY desktop wallpaper

We photographed several kittens from the rescue and have a great variety of shots to share. Here are a few of them:

Summertime Beach TRIVIA:  There is a seashell named after kittens!   It is the colorful Atlantic kitten paw (Plicatula gibosa) seashell. It is a favorite to find along Florida beaches, especially the west coast of Florida in places like Sanibel Island.  The kitten paws are small and colorful with bumpy ridges that fan out like fingers.  Their color is usually a peach or coral orange, but can be reddish or yellow.  The raised bumps of color are marked with thin lines, while the base of the shell is whitish. They are small in size about one inch. The kittenpaw is a scallop.

“LuvKelly Kittens Recycles 2015″ Photo Shoot Tutorial Series” :  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.

So far these are the featured monthly photo shoots we have done this year:

Card Gnome welcomes LuvKelly

Card Gnome welcomes LuvKelly

LuvKelly Rescue Kittens at Card Gnome

Have you heard of Card Gnome? You should definitely check it out! It is a very unique online Greeting Card Store.  Sending a greeting card in the mail has never been easier.  Choose a card, write your personal message, type in the address, and Card Gnome does the rest. The prices are very competitive, it includes postage and peace of mind that your card has been sent and will be on time! Card Gnome allows you to create an account and utilize a calendar to schedule your cards to be sent out one year in advance.

ARTISTS you should try it! It is a great way for your work to be seen in the marketplace. Kelly Richardson loves it because it enables LuvKelly to spread the word and bring awareness for the rescue kittens.  It serves as a great online portfolio presence for artists to show their work to licensees.  Artists can deactivate their image/greeting card at any time with just a click.

LuvKelly has a store and is adding new greeting cards daily.  As of June 2015, Kelly Richardson has 32 LuvKelly greeting cards to choose from on Card Gnome in many categories including Father’s Day, Birthday, Belated Birthday, Get Well, Love, Flirty, Wedding, and much more. There are beautiful images of kittens on cards, with some that are blank inside that can be customized for any special occasion.

Greeting Cards

CARD GNOME helps save the planet! They use recycled paper and adhere to an”eco-friendly production process”.  AND they help support non-profits.

“Staying connected with your loved ones, family and friends has never been easier. Choose your card, write a personal message and we mail it! Send a single card or upgrade to one of our Pack, Box or Drawer plans. Create an account and choose the best plan for you. For added convenience, you can schedule your connections up to one year in advance.” —-Card Gnome 06/11/15.

Retro Christmas Kitten

Retro Christmas Kitten in gift box

Retro Christmas Kitten with Sepia Tone and colorization plus snowflake pattern layer.  The original image is shown below: IMG_3395 cute kitten with a bright green background, which is adorable in itself. However for those that may want to achieve a more natural, retro, style, this can be easily achieved by simply tweaking a few buttons and using masks with painting in Photoshop. Here is a short, quick tutorial on how to accomplish this. There are many ways to achieve this look, this is just one of them. This tutorial assumes knowledge of CS6 working with layer masks.

Green Christmas Kitten
Sepia Retro Christmas Kitten
Retro Christmas Kitten greeting card

 Image 1: the original image – First open the image in psd, duplicate the layer, creating a copy. Go to Layer menu- new adjustment layer-Hue/Saturation. Click OK.  In Hue/saturation properties box, click preset to SEPIA.  The entire image will change to Sepia tone. Click the large white box in the hue/saturation layer (mask), click paintbrush tool and use black paint brush to color. Change brush settings opacity to 30 and flow to 50.  Using a soft brush, change the size as needed to paint the color back in the image.  In my image I chose to paint in the eyes, and the gift box.  AS you paint you will see that the more you paint the same spot the brighter the colors come in.  To keep the retro look, do not repeat paint the same area over and over. Try to keep the color consistent overall.  If you have painted too much, switch the paint brush to white and erase any errors.    Image 2 is the result.

Image 3: This is very simple and similar to what we just did. Open Image 2, go to layer menu- choose new fill layer- choose pattern. Choose a black/gray/white pattern for your background click ok.  All you will be able to see is the pattern on top of your image.  (If the pattern you choose has color in it, you will have to desaturate the color from the pattern using a clipping mask and a new adjustment layer – Hue/Saturation.) Change the pattern mode to soft light.  Now you will see your image again with the pattern on top. Click the large white box next to your pattern fill layer (mask) and using a soft black brush paint the pattern off of your subject, keeping it in the background only.  Congratulations you have arrived at Image 3!