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Abandoned Amusement Park Marshal Scotty’s Photo Shoot

You all know how much I love to dress up my kids in costumes, paint their faces or put makeup on them and then take their pictures. Well, I had a blast last year getting ready for Halloween!

Here is my post from Halloween years past…

Do you all remember the old Marshal Scotty’s Playland Park? It’s the old amusement park 2 exits up the 8 east, that was abandoned in the mid 1990’s.

I had the rare opportunity to take some photos there while they transformed it into Scotty’s Scare trail for Halloween. I was like a kid in the candy store.

I decided to make it into a scary picture story. Little Laney Lou went to Marshal Scary Scotty’s and met a clown.

Here is the story…

Little Laney Lou went to Marshal Scary Scotty’s to ride the Ferris Wheel. She loved the Ferris Wheel. She brought her doll Francis so she could have fun too.

She also got to ride the Little Dipper roller coaster.   She met a clown who liked to play dolls.

She followed the clown over the bridge and to the pool.

Laney Lou played life guard at the pool. She explored the changing rooms.

And they all lived hauntingly ever after…. or did they?

Another day in my life.

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I Have Been Editing Baseball Photos


I have been spending quite a bit of time at the ball field. Teagan loves baseball and so does Brad.

So, since I love photography and I love Teagan and Brad, I take pictures at baseball.

It has been really fun and I have captured some great plays with my camera (some of our team and some of the other teams!).

I came home the first day and loaded them all in Lightroom to look at them. I thought they were pretty awesome but I wanted them to stand out. I wanted the parents to look at the photos and think “Wow, what an awesome picture of my kid.” So, I decided to take some time and add my artistic retouches. What are those you ask? Well, I will tell you.

It is called Retouching or Artistic Editing. It is where I take a great photo and make it into a work of art. I change the texture of the background so the player stands out. I change the colors and I highlight around the player. I sometimes blurr out things in the background to really bring the attention of the image to the player. I change the texture of the skin (my mom calls it greasy, oily, waxy) and I like to think it makes the player look tough or gritty. I even have gone so far as to change the sky. This is not a quick process but it is worth it. I will show you some before retouch and after retouch for comparison. I think you will like what you see









Another day in my life.


Happy St. Patricks Day!

I love to make costumes and when I was a kid I loved being in the theater, doing plays and dressing up. Dude and I would put on a production every summer. We would make costumes and involve all the neighborhood kids in whatever play we were doing.  One summer we decided to do the theatrical production/lip-synch of our Alice in Wonderland vinyl record ( I am sure some of you have no idea what a record is).

We practice in the back yard every day. We even made costumes out of paper bags. We cut holes in the top for the neck and sides for the arms. We then painted them to look like the cards for the queen of hearts. Summers are pretty hot in San Diego. When our mom called us in for lunch one day, we left our record on the player, out in the sun. When we went back outside to practice, our record had warped!
That was the end of our Alice in Wonderland production. We were pretty upset.
So you get the idea where my creativeness to make costumes and dress people up comes from.
I got this leprechaun idea a couple years ago. My friend has little red head boys and I knew they would be perfect little leprechauns. I am pretty happy with the way the photos turned out and it was a lot of fun to do.
Here is what I did…
I bought the jackets at the thrift store.  I first tried dying them with fabric dye but that didn’t work. So, I resorted to spray paint. Then I washed them because I didn’t want the children to be breathing toxic spray paint jacket fumes. The spray-painted fabric actually washed pretty well. It was a little stiff. But the smell went away.
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Next I made the shoes. I took old tap shoes and a couple toilet paper rolls.  I then used brown duct tape and wrapped the shoes so they look like long pointy toed shoes. I got an old purse from the thrift store and cut the buckles off. I used those for the shoebuckles with a flap of Velcro so the kids could get them on and off.
They fit good and the kids loved them but they’re really hard to walk in!
The belts, well I couldn’t find kids belts so I used regular adult size belts.  I cut them down the back and sewed them together on the sewing machine so they were smaller.
I used the fabric from the curtains at my old house to make ascots. It’s just a tube of fabric that I wrapped around their neck like a scarf and tied it.
I bought the hats at Disneyland and wrapped them with fabric so they didn’t look like Tinkerbell and the Mad Hatter. I was going to make mini top hats, and found a really cool YouTube video, but I ran out of time.
The girl’s costume was a woman’s size small dress and a women’s lace top.  I pinched it up in the back with rubber bands and clips. She did’t understand the concept of the clips. She kept saying her dress didn’t fit her right. I told her it was only for dress up and that she didn’t have to wear it to school or anything. Then she said she liked it so much she wanted to wear it to school but the shoes would be hard to walk in!
I dug out some old brooches that I had in my jewelry box. I think they were my mom’s or I got them at an estate sale or something. I pinned those on the girl’s shirt and on one of the hats.
Now the make up, that was a little bit of work on the boys. They did not like nor understand the concept of wearing makeup. But once I showed them what they would like, they kind of liked it! I did end up having to bribe both the boys with promises of chocolate gold coins.  They were very disappointed that they couldn’t eat the gold coins that they were playing with in the pot.
My favorite part of the Photoshopping was the ears. That was super fun because they came out looking so real! And the fog. The fog was really fun to do and I think it gives it a creepy mystical effect.
I hope you enjoy my creepy little leprechauns. I’ve got a few other fun ones in the works and you’ll just have to wait to see what I do next.
Another day in my life.