A Proper Introduction

06/02/2011 § 3 Comments

I’ve created numerous blogs that I’ve never written in and I blame it all on one thing. The introduction. I come up with a name, pick the theme, add a picture and then go to write, and… nothing. I think introductions to blogs box you in. Right now, I can’t be boxed in.

That said, I think it’s finally time for me to properly introduce my[self] blog.

My name is Brooke, and this is Brooke Lauren’s Finest.

I have always questioned my parents logic when I comes to my name. Why not Brooke Lynn? My mom said it never even crossed their minds, so I’m embracing the Lauren.

This is not a food blog [at least I don’t think it’s going to be]. I know it doesn’t appear that way, but initially food was not my intended focus. I’ve just had food on the brain in a very serious way the past couple of months. You see, I’m waiting to hear back on a job offer that has to do with farm to cafeteria programs. It’s an amazing opportunity that would consume the next year of my life if I get it. I should know mid-June, but I’m starting to get antsy.

I just graduated from college in December. Don’t ask me my major, it’s practically worthless and I know that. When I tell people I get a funny look followed by, “What are you going to do with that?”

I got accepted to graduate school recently, but couldn’t rationalize the bill. So, that’s on hold.

I’ve since moved back home and work at a restaurant. I think it makes some of my family member’s blood-curdle. I guess I can understand some of their frustration. I’m just trying to make ends meet.

Moving back home has definitely been an interesting transition that no one really prepared me for. I really hadn’t realized how much some things had changed since I left and how many other things that stayed the same.

It’s strange in a way, [almost] every time I see someone that I know but am not close to, I these two questions:

1.) Are you married yet?                                                                                      Answer: No. Sorry to disappoint, but I’m not even close.

2.) What are your “plans”? As is, you’ve just spent the last four years in college, what in the hell are you going to do with the rest of your life? Answer: I don’t know. That’s right, I said it.

I’m getting used to it now but it’s frustrating at times.

To be quite honest… this blog has about as little focus as my future does. I’m just doing what feels right. I love photography, I love food, I love my family and friends, I love my dog, and I love not having to do homework. Those are some of the things that I know right now. I’m just trying to take it all in, and enjoy it while I can.

Simply put, this blog is just good for me right now.

So… to those of you that have subscribed, thank you! I hope you’ll stick with me as I figure things out. If I’m lucky, maybe I can help provide some inspiration along the way.



Oh the wonders of Photoshop Actions…

05/16/2011 § Leave a comment

I like photography…a lot. I kind of think it’s the perfect art form, for me anyways. I’m not very skilled when it comes to drawing or painting, so behind the lens I feel much more comfortable. Besides a few courses here and there, I really never focused on photography while I was in school. Now that I’ve got some more time on my hands, I’ve been working to improve my skillz.

So why am I blabbering on about photography? That’s because I just discovered the wonderful world of Photoshop Actions. Where these have been my entire life, and how I wasn’t aware of them sooner, I have NO idea but they are AMAZING.

While stumbling around on the web the other day I came across Pioneer Woman Photography and noticed she has an entire section devoted to free Photoshop Actions! I was really excited to find these and even more excited when I found out how easy they are to install and use. So here are some examples of the actions applied to a few photographs that I have taken.

Seventies Action: Before & After

Meet my friends Danielle and Jesse. They are an amazing couple. About two years ago they asked me take engagement photos for them. This was the first time I had ever done anything like that and it was a fun learning experience. As you can tell by the “before” image, the lighting was not really optimal and the image just looks flat. The “Seventies” action really makes this image come to life in ways I did not expect. From the skin tone, to the color of Jesse’s shirt and the texture of the stone, I really love the result!

Colorized: Before & After

Meet Paige. I think in a way you could say she’s my photographic muse. Every time we’re together we work some creative magic. This is a random shot from a couple of weeks ago. I LOVE what the “Colorized” action does to this photo. Even though the “before” image is still good, the action really gives it an edginess that was lacking.

So that’s just a miniscule example of the wonders of Photoshop Actions. I can’t wait to keep playing around! If you’re new to this as well, I hope you’ll give it a go! It’ll make your life so much easier.

[As a Mac user all I had to do to install was click the download. Once it popped into my download file I clicked it again and Photoshop opened automatically. From there I went to Window->Actions and there they were! It took all of 1 minute, and now I can do all kinds of amazing things with my photos until the end of time!]


*I would also like to note that in no way am I affiliated with any of the sites I mention here. It’s just the things I like :)

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