It's time to get back to being creative with photos. :)
Last month, I shot some family photos for an awesome local family. A few years ago, they were able to purchase the farm that had belonged to the great-grandparents of these four children. Can you imagine the wonderful history and the new memories that are being made? It just warms my heart.
As we wandered around the farm, taking photos, I decided that I wanted to try to capture them on the swing (not original) with very serious expressions, like a photo might have been 80 or 90 years ago.
As you can see, they struggled a bit keeping the serious face.
When I came home and started playing with the photo, I tried to imagine the photos I may have found in an old shoebox at my grandma's house. The first thing I did was use the layers function in Photoshop to add a black and white layer to convert the photo to black and white. Nothing fancy, but I did lower the opacity of the black and white layer to 90% to allow just a hint of color through, like the photo has been colorized.
After that, I browsed my Love that Shot Olde World Collection textures. I was looking for one that would give the photo a yellow tint and maybe make the edges look like they were slightly damaged. I chose a texture called "Sicily" and applied it in "hard light" mode at 40% opacity.
Here's what I ended up with.
I'm pretty pleased with it. I think that I may experiment with a little blur to see if I can make it look more old-fashioned.
If you'd like to try out some of Love that Shot's textures, you can check them out here.
Have fun being creative!