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    I'm so glad you have stopped by for a visit! Sei Bella means "You are beautiful" in Italian. At Sei Bella Studios, we strive to create custom fine art that conveys the spirit and unique beauty of each of our subjects, celebrating the facets of their personalities and relationships. It really is all about you! Please enjoy your time here, leave a comment or two, and let me know if there are any ways I can serve you. Sei Bella Studios would be honored to create portrait art for you!

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And Now for a Helpful Tip on Color

And now for something super helpful! Do you ever find yourself wondering “what IS that gorgeous color?!?” Or maybe you wish to generate an entire palette from a photograph? Check this out:

http://bighugelabs.com/colors.php

Upload a photograph from your computer, Flickr, or Facebook account.

Big Huge Labs generates a pretty palette from your image. Not only do you get the hexadecimal numbers of the colors, but you can also generate an .ase file, which is a swatch palette that can be imported into Photoshop. The Color Palette Generator even gives your hues fun and creative names!

This and applications like it offer a huge number of possibilities for many applications…. home decorating, graphic design, painting or other artwork… I’ve found many ways to apply them to my photography.

This image was from a senior portrait session in the Dallas area – the beautiful Bonnie from Prestonwood Christian Academy.

Enjoy!

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One comment on “And Now for a Helpful Tip on Color

  1. That sight is so fun and kind of addicting!! Thank you for sharing it with us Debra!

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Catherine: Senior Photography – Allen, Texas

I have been so remiss to blog!  But I am determined to turn over a new leaf…. This fall brought much inspiration and ideas, and I can’t wait to share them with you!  Pages and pages of ideas have been written!  Now… to actually sit down and write the posts.

So to start my new beginning, I want to introduce you to the spirited and sweet Catherine!  She’s a senior in the Allen, Texas area.  Her portrait session was a great, fun adventure in Addison.

Something I learned from Catherine:  Every day is sunny if you have a smile on your face!  She has a gorgeous, easy, genuinely warm smile, and a lovely heart to go with it.  I couldn’t resist that bright yellow wall to reflect her personality.  Thank you, Catherine, for sharing your day with me!

Catherine

 

And a video for you. Wow – I’m on a roll! 🙂

 

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Our Isis – Pet Photography Dallas, Texas

Blogging.  I love it, but you’d never know that from my track record as of late.  *blush*   Not sure why I’ve avoided it… maybe it’s the perfectionist in me!  I have so many client shoots to share and some exciting news, but to jump back in, I thought I’d share our own little cat.  Technically, she is my son Evan’s cat.  He named her Isis when she was just a tiny ball of fur, but she’s “Izzy” to me.  A dog lover all my life, I never thought it possible that I could love a cat.  But when she comes snuggling up in my lap as I drink my morning cup of coffee, contentedly purring, I think, “Yes, it’s possible to be BOTH a dog and cat person!”   One must remember, however, that even though she looks all sweetness and innocence here, she does have teeth.  And claws.  And she knows how to use them.  And somehow…. I love her anyway.

The new kitchen is still in progress, but I’m getting there.  And don’t you love my new chair?  Can’t wait to use it on an upcoming shoot!

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A Tribute to a Friend – Family Portraiture, Rockwall, Texas

It is with a heavy heart that I  write this post.  My sweet friend Jodi passed away last week following a long, courageous battle with breast cancer.  I am rejoicing that I will see Jodi again one day, but know that I, like so so many others, will miss her greatly until that time.

There was NO ONE with a laugh like Jodi’s.  It had a way of creeping into me (even on Mondays!) and lifting my spirits until I couldn’t help but laugh right along!  I remember her love for her family – what a great wife and mother she was!  She spent long hours planning wonderful birthday parties for her girls.  She included her husband, Robert, in the festivities.  Each year, they would play a game one might call “Where’s Robert?”  In the dark with flashlights, the girls would search and search.  One time, it seemed HOURS before they found Robert, sitting quietly (and with great soreness, I presume) high overhead in a tree.  My daughter remembers singing and doing hand motions to VBS songs in their car, Jodi at the wheel.  (I hope she resisted the urge to do hand motions!)  Jodi cheered energetically for her two daughters, Hannah and Mariah, during countless basketball games.  And she cheered many of us on in the game of life.  In the midst of trials that seemed to just keep coming, Jodi saw the best, hoped for the best, and remained thankful and faithful.  I’ve learned much from her.

When Jodi was diagnosed two years ago and was facing treatments, I suggested that we do a family session before she lost her hair.  I had hoped to go back and do an updated session after she BEAT that ugly disease.  Sadly, that was not to be.  Looking back, I am so, SO happy we did that session.  And I remind you, gentle readers, (and myself, as well!)  that portraits are important.  Snapshots are important.  Memories are important.  If it’s been a while since you’ve had a family session, or have been putting one off, please make the effort.  At least gather your families and have someone take a few snapshots that include YOU.   (You know who you are:  the one who is always behind the camera.)   I know these images of Jodi are treasured by her family and friends.  And I am so thankful to have them, as well.  Please take time.  It’s WORTH the effort.

I would ask that you keep Jodi’s family  in your thoughts and prayers as they celebrate her life but miss her daily presence more than words can express.

We will see you again, sweet friend.  xo

 

P.S.  I am fortunate to participate in a group of  gifted and gracious photographers that comprise  I Picture Hope, an organization dedicated to providing complimentary portraits for women battling or surviving breast cancer.  Please contact me  or I Picture Hope (http://www.ipicturehope.camilledenae.com/) if you would like more details.

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The Beauty of a Woman – Women’s Portraiture, Dallas, Texas

Friendships among women…. is there any gift quite like them?  I deeply treasure those friends with whom I can laugh hysterically, cry, be ridiculously silly, and ponder the deepest depths of life.  Today, I would love for you to meet Debra – one of my dearest friends for nearly twenty years.  We have walked through so much together!  She inspires me in so many areas:  her faith, her servant’s heart, her gift with words, her mad administrative skills, her self discipline … and on and on!  I especially love her sense of humor and her contagious laugh!   She has a way of  speaking the truth in love (and humor!) like few I have ever known.  As we were chatting over iced coffee the other day, I shared with her how I love this crazy vine that grows in my backyard.  It positively screams “photo location!” to me, and thus, it’s taking over the deck.  (I suppose that if I were a “normal” person, I would have trimmed it long ago.  I think my husband sometimes wishes I WERE more “normal!”)  As I laughed with Debra about my “viney aspirations,” she offered to model for me.  She’s just sweet and adventurous like that!  Doesn’t she look beautiful?  Radiant from the inside out!  I’m looking forward to expanding my offerings to working with women.  More on that later!

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