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family photos {before & after}

One of the things I love best about christmastime {other than the pretty decorations, the family memories, the holiday treats} is receiving christmas cards from our friends and family.  The card designs are fun to enjoy, but the best part is always the family photos.  We put them up on our fridge for the season and we all enjoy seeing the faces of our favorite people each day.

And so, of course, I wanted to have a new family photo taken for our christmas card this year.  My new dad is a great photographer, so he agreed to take ours. Let me just break to say that I don’t really like the term new dad. But I like step dad and my mom’s husband even less. My personal favorite is sugar daddy – which is what I call the wonderful and amazing Walt in real life, but I don’t know how appropriate it would to say “my sugar daddy took our family photos”. Do you see my dilema?!

Anyway … moving on … my mom and Walt met up with us after church at the University of Washington on a surprisingly beautiful fall day and we did a whirlwind of photo taking. The kids did as well as can be expected {although it was still quite challenging to get them all looking at the camera at the same time, let alone smiling}.

The photos in their raw state are pretty good, but don’t you know I love an artistically edited photo! I did this post on using actions to edit your photos with a few helpful resources and I have another for you today.

Maria from Bloom & Grow photography has developed a set of actions for editing photos beautifully and simply using photoshop or photoshop elements.

Using the Bloom & Grow Basics set, here are a few before and afters from our family photo shoot.

Kind of amazing difference, right?

The next photo cracks me up. It was such a great concept, but look at poor Audrey-girl. She wanted nothing to do with this.

And this next one is okay – but has way too many shadows. It reminds me of just a regular snapshot you can get of your family. Without editing, it is fine, but with some editing, it turned out great.

I love how easy it is to turn your own photo into a much better photo with just a few clicks in photoshop.

If you would like to win a free set of Bloom & Grow actions, please leave a comment below.

I will select a random winner and will post it on the JDC Facebook page on tuesday. Good luck!

*** THE CONTEST IS NOW OVER. TO FIND OUT WHO WON, CLICK HERE ***

378 Responses to family photos {before & after}

  1. Brooke November 22, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Love this! i love taking pictures of my girls think this would be an amazing thing to edit them!

  2. Katie November 22, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    so cute! love everything you do with your pictures! thanks for the giveaway! :) fingers crossed….

  3. Ada in Coastal Cali November 22, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    oh yes please! LOVE these actions!

  4. Liz November 22, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    I’ll be getting photoshop for Christmas :) So this would be great!

  5. Becky November 22, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Would looove to win these!! Thanks!! :)

  6. Jessica W. November 22, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    Um, yes please. I want these! I need actions!

  7. Emily November 22, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    I am so impressed with these pictures!! The afters are pretty darn amazing!! You have such a beautiful family! I’m hoping to get a few of my family this week!

  8. Tanya November 22, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    Love the before & after shots! Bloom and Grow is amazing!

  9. Ondrea November 22, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    Emily,
    I would love to win this! I would also like to know which version of photoshop you currently use:) Love your pics before AND after!

  10. Andrea November 22, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    These shots are amazing! I’ve love to win this software! :)

  11. Jennifer November 22, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    your photos are such and inspiration….gives me hope that I can do a family photo with my two kiddos if you did it with four! Thank you for doing the giveaway!

  12. Keighly Appel November 22, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    Thank you for posting all your recent photo editing tips, they are so helpful. The Bloom & Grow enhancements look great, you will have a beautiful Christmas card this year. I also LOVE your black & white polka dot scarf! Where did you get it? I have been looking for one!

  13. Marie-Eve November 22, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    Beautiful family & great pictures :)
    A free set of Bloom & Grow actions… yes please !!
    God bless,
    xo-

  14. Jen Hartranft November 22, 2011 at 5:25 am #

    What a GREAT concept! It’s creativity like this that makes it much easier for at home photographers (aka amateurs) like myself :)

  15. Shyla Rohrer November 22, 2011 at 5:21 am #

    What a great product! Thanks so much for offering it. Your pictures turned out so nice.

  16. Selina November 22, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    What an amazing difference after the editing actions. I would be so excited to win this!

  17. Grace November 22, 2011 at 12:25 am #

    Love what a few handy actions can do to a photo with great “bones”!

  18. Holly November 22, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    The actions would be great! Love your family pics!

  19. bevy November 22, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    can your sugar daddy come take a picture of my daughter for our Christmas card?

    great job! yall look so well coordinated in all yall’s outfits.

  20. Diane November 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    I have so many pictures that will go from good to AMAZING with some added actions. Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for the tip (and chance for a giveaway)!! Your blog ROCKS! :)

  21. Anna November 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Oh, beautiful pics! I hope I have a chance. I have some great Christmas photos just waiting to be edited!!
    Annamj08@gmail.com

  22. christine B November 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Oh, how lovely! Those actions are superb! I’d love the chance to win :)

  23. katie November 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    I would love to win! The actions look so fun. Great photos!

  24. Megan November 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    I’d love to have the actions!

  25. Kerrie November 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    That is too cool. I had no idea you could take the shadows out of a photo like that! You have a beautiful family.

  26. Lauren November 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Would love to win them. I have a new baby boy and this will help make beautiful memories.

  27. Kate November 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Umm, yeah I would love the chance to win some super fabulous actions! The pictures of your lovely family turned out great!

  28. Sue S November 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    Very lovely actions- thanks for a shot at winning them for my use!

  29. Diana November 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    Such a great prize. I love the effects.

  30. Charlene Lucas November 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    Wow! What a huge difference a little tweaking does. I love the last shot in your post! You have such an adorable family.

  31. Erin Dofelmier November 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Wow what an amazing difference! I would love to give editing a try. I think it might make up for my just ok camera. Thanks!

  32. Sunny Jane November 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    I would love to use this on all the pics i take of my nieces!

  33. Katie November 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    Love your posts and dying to know how edit our family photos better. Thanks for the opportunity!

  34. Hannah November 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    So cool! What an amazing present this would be for my newbie photographer friend. She’ll be taking my wedding pictures next fall, I can so see us using this editing!!

  35. Vanessa @ Invaluable Valuables November 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    Your children are adorable … how wonderful to be able to alter an already great shot, so you can watch them Bloom & Grow !!!!

  36. Emily November 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    Love love love these pics! I actually work for a company who prints many fabulous stationery brands and scoping out the Christmas family pics is definitely a perk! Would love to use the actions package to spruce up my pics!

  37. Jenny November 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    Love your pictures! Beautiful!

  38. Hayden November 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    I need major help taking pictures! I’d love to win this!!!

  39. Sharon November 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Pick me! Pick me! So wonderful!

  40. Jenny November 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Love these pictures! Beautiful! :)

  41. Kara November 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    The photos look beautiful. I can’t wait to learn about Photoshop–it’s so intimidating now. Thanks for the chance to win the actions.

  42. Rachel Borden November 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Love the photos! Hope I win so I can try on my own pics!! : )

  43. Tara Johnson November 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Such a beautiful family!! I love all the crisp colors you were able to get with editing…love it! Thanks for sharing the giveaway!

  44. Courtney Henson November 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    What cool actions! My favorite is the first photo!

  45. mica November 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    Beautiful photos! love the actions!

  46. Michelle November 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    I LOVE this!! I have a little one and another on the way and I always feel the same…I wish I could afford professional pics but I just can’t! I like pics I take but they never look as good as professional ones and I know it’s the editing I just have no idea how to do it!!

    This is so great!! Thanks for an opportunity to win this!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  47. Katie November 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    I love the before and after examples! I’ve had Elements for awhile now and have been playing around a bit. Just began using some actions and have been blown away by how amazing some editing can make an okay picture, fantastic. I’d love to add Bloom & Grow’s actions to my arsenal of tricks :)

  48. Ingrid Wilson November 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    What amazing before & afters! I would love to be able to change my pics that way! :) Thanks for sharing.

  49. Misty November 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! What a great tool, especially before the holidays! Hope I win! (fingers crossed)

  50. Cara November 21, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    Oh my goodness. I just love these actions. I am so new to the photo editing but would love some great ideas. Beautiful Family pics.

  51. Sarah L. November 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    Oh my! I so need this. Well I need a new camera but there is no hope what so ever in the budget for that any time soon. But that would help my picture quality.

  52. Terry November 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    What a beautiful family!

  53. Emily November 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    The Before and Afters are amazing!

  54. kristin M November 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    pick me! pick me! I’ll be your sugar-blog-reading-action-winning-friend!!!!!

  55. Larissa November 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    I would love to win!! I am trying to teach myself photography and would love this set!!

  56. Selidji Laleye November 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    Beautiful pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Amanda Flickner November 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    Gorgeous pictures! I’d love to try the “actions” to try to improve some of ours.

  58. Sarah Louise November 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Love these actions! Thanks for the giveaway!

  59. Tonya November 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Would love to win! Great job editing! Your family is beautiful!

  60. Julie November 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    It’s such a dramatic difference! I am definitely getting more into photography. I have a 2 month old and I want to capture every single moment!

  61. Julie Flack November 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Love love love the picture and the background! Beautiful family!!

  62. Mandi Thompson November 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Will these actions replace the goofy faces that my sweet sons love to make in every photo? :)

  63. sarah November 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Your family is beautiful! And I love your website – I just happened across it through link from gusandlulu.com and I’m officially head over heels addicted – what a beautiful site in both design and thoughtful ideas shared! I’d love to win the set of actions as a new stay-at-home-mom trying to create beautiful memories of our growing family! Thank you for your consideration!

  64. Laura Lien November 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    I love the pictures your new dad took! Beautiful editing!

  65. Bethany C. November 21, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    Your photos turned out fabulous! What a darling family. Love the before & after pictures…fantastic editing tool!

  66. Tina November 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    You have a beautiful family! Thanks for the give-away!!! Happy Turkey Day!!!

  67. kait h November 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    Love what photoshop can do for pictures! If only I could do that to my pictures!!

  68. Elisha November 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    I would love to win this! I need all the help I can get when it comes to pictures. Your photos turned out GREAT!! Love all the vibrant colors.

  69. jenifer November 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    fantastic that you could fix the shade problem in the last photo

  70. brittany C November 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Your pics look great! I love getting family photos done also. And with a brand new baby, I can’t wait for this years Christmas card!

  71. erin November 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    hi emily! wonderful giveaway, i would love to win her set of actions! your photos look beautiful-the before and after is so dramatic in the first picture, the color is brilliant!

  72. Rebecca November 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    Cute pics! I have four wiggly kids too and am hoping to get ours done this week. It would be wonderful to win the Bloom & Grow actions! Thanks for the giveaway and the fun blog!

  73. kendra November 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    beautiful pics! thanks for sharing! :)
    would love to try this on my own pictures. thank you!!

  74. Tonya November 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    What a fantastic giveaway! I’ve been trying to teach myself photoshop and have just discovered these actions. Can’t wait to figure it all out!

  75. Susie Westervelt November 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Oh wow, would I ever love to win these beautiful actions. I really love your website and the beautiful work that you do. So happy that I found it. Thanks, Susie

  76. Amy November 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    This is definitely something I’d like to learn. Thanks! :)

  77. Madge November 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    i have to win this! please please please! lol. i’ve never won anything in my life (material, i mean.) as in, never have! :) Thanks for the chance, emily. FTW!!!!

  78. Roxanne November 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    Great pictures! Love your blog!

  79. Linda November 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    How could the photos be anything less than fantastic with your beautiful family? I have been following your blog for over a years now I feel a such kindred “blog” spirit with you.
    My wonderful Mom’s name is Audrey and I so love seeing all your photos of your sweet Audrey. My Dad passed away in 1989 after being married to our Mom for 46 years. My Mom remarried in 2000 to a man named Walt. Although no one could ever replace my Dad, Walt came very very close. He was the most kind, considerate, polite, and loving man. He gave my Mom 6 years of bliss before passing on in 2006 after cancer returned. I pray that your Walt brings as much happiness to your family as our Walt did. God bless!

  80. Emily November 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Personally, I like Picasa (Google’s image editor) because it can do the same thing, along with automatically make collages and slideshows. Of course, I still have Photoshop at hand just in case.

    If you want to check it out, it’s a free download at picasa.google.com.

  81. Tina November 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    What a beautiful family! I would love to win this and make my pics look this amazing!!!!

  82. Jenny November 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    I loved your famiy photos. I would love to learn how!

  83. Anna November 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    I love the fall colors! I wish we had fall leaves like that in Texas :) These photographs are beautiful, and you have a beautiful family.

  84. Joy November 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    Love the memories in these pictures! We need to take some photos for our Christmas cards this weekend. Thanks for the chance to win! Blessings!

  85. Katie Boggs November 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    Wow, love how vibrant & crisp the colors are with the editing tool. Fantastic family shots – beautiful family!!!

  86. Alecia Shannon November 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    That is AMAZING!!! Hope I win…I’m hopefully getting Photoshop for Christmas…it would be fun to have some free actions to add to it! :-)

  87. Jennifer November 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Would luv to pretend I have this fantastic of picture skills! Love them.

  88. Nicki November 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    Wow…your pictures turned out beautifully!

  89. Dani November 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    Ooh! I’d love a chance to win. I’ve been dabbling with actions for just a little while, but would love to do more!

  90. Carol Beth November 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    What a great giveaway – thanks for the chance to win it.

  91. Catherine November 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    Just started playing around with actions in Photoshop, and the difference is amazing…I would so love to win these!

  92. Jen Ostan November 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Love the photos!! Would love the free “Actions” giveaway even more:-)

  93. Katy Rothenberger November 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    I’d love to win this. Editing is half the fun of taking digital photos!

  94. aimee November 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    Your pictures are fantastic! I can not believe what a difference that package makes!!

  95. julie smith November 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    holy cow. this is exactly what i need for my photos!!!!! thanks for the chance to win

  96. Stacie November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Would love to win this…I can use all the help I can making my photos that much nicer ;) Thanks for the opportunity….Stacie C.

  97. Elise Gilmore November 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    These photos are great! I love that you were able to make all the improvements on them from your own computer at home! These actions are so great!

  98. Melissa S November 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    Beautiful photography & fixes! Wow! I would love to be able to do that too, especially without having to have a fancy camera.

  99. Sunny November 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    So fun! I would love to win these!

  100. Sherilyn November 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Your pictures look fantastic…it is amazing what a little bit of editing can do! :)

  101. jill November 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    Oh my goodness I would love to win. My dream job is to be a photographer. These are beautiful!

  102. caley November 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    The after photos look amazing! I would love to be able to do that with some of my photos!

  103. Leila November 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Your family pics turned out so great! I’d love a new set of actions!

  104. amy sahm November 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    wow!

  105. Hannah November 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    I LOVE the effects for these photos. It gives them a beautiful “pop.” I also love the family outfits you chose for the picture. It has an eclectic but so put together feel.

  106. Jessica November 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    ooh, yes please!!

  107. chasity November 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    amazing photos!

    and a fantastic giveaway~

    have a blessed day…

    chas

  108. shara bachman November 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    i would LOVE to win these! so fun :)

  109. Melissa November 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    I love the first before and after! Great Pop!!!

  110. Deb Bartlett November 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Flawless skin???!!! I have to learn how to look like you…well, maybe not like you, but as gorgeous as you!!!

  111. LA Blakeney November 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Would love a chance to win! I struggle to make my photos any better–always seems to be a failed attempt at “artistic”.

  112. LinhC November 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Beautiful pictures!

  113. Tamie Kyes November 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Amazing!! I really need to sit down and learn how to use actions more. I would LOVE to win those! Fun. And, fantastic pictures by the way.

  114. Tracy November 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    I love the photo on the bench, you’re daughter looks like she’s trying to pull her brother’s hair. (Or maybe it just seems that way because that’s all my baby does to her sister.)

    I would love to win the photoshop tools!

  115. Devon Rohrer November 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    LOVE your family photos! You are right: photoshop actions make all the {beauty-stunning-amazing} difference. Thanks for hosting this fun giveaway!!

  116. kristine November 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Oh, I’d love to win this. Beautiful family pics!

  117. Torie November 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    Your photos came out beautiful! We only have 2 kiddos and its hard enough to get a good shot, don’t know how you do it!

  118. Brandi November 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    What an incredible difference!

  119. Stephanie Illguth November 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    I love the difference in the photos. I really would never have thought the shadowy one was salvageable, I can’t wait to get my own editing program!

  120. Nicole H. November 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    These are just what I need. I dislike all the pictures of my twins, old camera not perfect lighting, but if I could fix them it would be brilliant! Thanks!

  121. Katherine November 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    You have a beautiful family! Thanks for the chance to win.

  122. Angela November 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    I love easy to use photo editing tips and I’m hoping to win! Your family photos turned out beautiful.

  123. Jan November 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    Your pictures look wonderful…especially the “after” ones. I would love to own the “Bloom & Grow Basics” to use on my photos! :-)

  124. Jessica November 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    Sooo that is how people make there photos look all professional!!

  125. Julie@jam-n-jilly November 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Your pictures turned out wonderful! What a fun giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  126. Ginger Santoni November 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Your family is adorable would love to learn how to enhance my family photos! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  127. Sara Denning November 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    They turned out amazing! I would love to win this so much! Especially with my family moving to Japan in January and my plans for having my subpar camera attached to my face most of the time:) By the way, where did you get your son’s gray and blue striped sweater? We have family pictures next week and I have been looking for a sweater just like that for one of my sons to wear.

  128. Sherri Cox November 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    I’d love to win this action set, now that I have the perfect model, my red-headed baby girl!

  129. Kristel November 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    Gorgeous family pics! I too have the same problem with my kids and pictures, I need to just learn how to paste faces on photoshop ;)

  130. BonnieR November 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    What amazing photos. Who knew you could do such wonderful things in photoshop. Thanks for the chance to win. Hope you and yours have a wonderful American Thanksgiving! Greetings from Canada.

  131. Sarah November 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    The photos turned out great! Can’t decide which one I like best…probably the first one with the family walking. Happy Thanksgiving!

  132. Suzanne Leslie November 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Love the photos and seeing your befores and afters. Thanks for sharing. I love your site!
    Suzanne

  133. EBONY November 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    I think your sugar daddy did a great job! My personal fave is the walking photo and I love how the retouches brings the photo to life! Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for sharing!

  134. Annie November 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Oooo sign me up! I always love free things and all your give-a-ways!

  135. Erin Peterson November 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Me me me…

    Please and thank you.

  136. Kate M November 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Yes, what is wonderful is the color and vibrancy of these pictures!! My favorite things that photographers and editors do with their pics :)

  137. Amanda November 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    I would love this!

  138. Vanessa Ray November 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    We just had our first girl after two fun boys and I am now addicted to taking photos right now of them but have no clue how to edit them. I would ♥ to win!!

  139. kristen November 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    I would love this! I’m not on FB, so I’m hoping that you might email the winner…?

  140. Laura November 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Darling pictures! We’re doing our Christmas pics this weekend and I’d love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

  141. Susan Marshall November 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    I want it! I want it!! I can NOT believe the difference in the before and after shots. Amazing!!

  142. Beth November 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    So cute! I’ve been learning my way around photoshop over the last year, but actions make the editing so much easier! I’d love to win this set!

  143. Emily November 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    I would love the action set!

  144. kat November 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    your photos are beautiful..great results!

  145. Nicole Cottrell November 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    I just had my third baby and have been contemplating a new family photo session. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Happiest Thanksgiving!

  146. Jaclyn November 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! I’d love to win this Action Set – and I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving! :)

  147. Maria November 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Lovely photos!

  148. Shari H. November 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Please, oh please pick me. I must have that photo editing package!

  149. Tiffany November 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    I use actions frequently but have never heard of Bloom and Grow, I’d love to add these to my collections. Thank you!

  150. Kelley November 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Perhaps this is what I have been searching for! Photos are good, but not great, and this could do the trick! Pick me, pick me! ;)

  151. Lauren November 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    What incredible pictures. Love the difference the editing does to the color. I’d love to win.

  152. MacKenzie November 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    I think I am number 102! Good luck to me. I love to take pictures, photography is a love of mine so it would be so great to be able to make up for my lack of hardware. My camera is great but not great enough to get those kind of shots without editing ;)

  153. Rachel November 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Gorgeous photos! Amazing editing. :)

  154. Jodi November 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    I would love to win this!!

  155. Lisa November 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Yes, please! Yes, please!

  156. Brooke November 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Wow! I have got to have this… I just got a new lens and flash for my Nikon, this would make it even better! :0)

  157. Meredith November 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    Your pictures turned out great! Thanks for a great giveaway – awesome actions!!!

  158. Heidi Drake November 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    I love your pictures and these actions are so great! I would love to win them :)

  159. Melissa November 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    I love actions! Makes editing so much easier!

  160. MominWAfrica November 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Oh! Your photos are amazing! So sweet of you to give so much during the holidays. We are blessed!

  161. Amanda Millheisler November 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    I would LOVE to be able to edit my regular old photos! I am in need of photo help so i can capture my 2 year old and the one on the way! :)

  162. Rebekah November 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Love this!

  163. Bethany Barnes November 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Beautiful family pictures. I would love an action set!!

  164. lacey l. November 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Beautiful pictures! I just love your blog!

  165. Joy Price November 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    yes yes! I’d love to win this!

  166. Sarah Victoria November 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Nice editing job. :)

  167. Cameo November 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Such a beautiful family! And coat!

  168. Rebekah November 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    I love your editing! Hoping I win so I can do some of my own!

  169. elizabeth Scholtens November 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    I would love this!

  170. Cynthia November 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Editing really does make a difference! Very cute pictures! If your Bloom & Grow Basics set makes it as easy as it sounds to achieve professional looking pictures with just a few clicks…what a great prize!!!

  171. Emily Stimpson November 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Great Photos Emily!

  172. Jolie November 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    Love the photos! Winning would be a step in the right direction for my photos that need some help.

  173. Tricia November 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Wonderful photos! Thanks for a chance to win :)

  174. Ashley November 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Oh My! The photo editing is amazing. I have had photoshop for about 2 years now and never use it because I don’t know how! Would LOVE to win this in time for our Christmas pictures. Thanks.

  175. Christina Hagedorn November 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Love the pics! This would be so helpful!

  176. Jennifer November 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    The pictures turned out great! I can’t stand the term “step”. My “step” father never used the term and I don’t believe in it. When people adopt they don’t say “my adopted mom” or “my adopted child”. I LOVE sugar daddy but definatly see the dilema!

  177. noreen November 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Seriously, these techniques are better than botox and can beautiful my most treasured prizes… my four little cowboys!

  178. noreen November 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Seriously, these techniques are better than botox and can beautify my most treasured prizes… my four little cowboys!

  179. Andrea Torbeck November 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Just asked my husband for some photoshop tutorials for Christmas! This would be great. Thanks for sharing.

  180. Tracy November 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    What beautiful kiddos…with and without editing:)

  181. Amy Deschamp November 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    These look amazing. I would love to win and take my ho him photos to gorgeous!!

  182. Alison November 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    My husband and I just got a great new camera as a wedding present and I am slowly trying to develop my “newfound” hobby. I would love to win some new actions to enhance some of our wedding photos!

  183. Hailey November 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Wish I had seen your photos before I did mine, so lovely! You know, if I don’t win this, I might seriously have to think about buying it anyway! I love it when talented people simplify things for me. Thanks for all your talented ideas.

  184. Diane November 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    What great pictures! I’ve always wanted to learn how to change my photos and now I can know how.

  185. Melissa C. November 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Last week I bought my first “grown up” camera. I hope to become a great family photographer (for my family only-not professionally). I have been slacking in the photography department for most of my daughter’s life, but that is going to change. I love your family pictures and the way the colors really pop on the “afters.” I hope I win! It will be put to good use!

  186. Heather November 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    What a difference the actions make. Hope to win them :)

  187. Jen M November 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to learn how to use actions for awhile now. This would be a great way to start!

  188. Gerry Lynne Baker November 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Emily, your photos are absolutely great! It’s so encouraging to know that you can change a photo from ordinary to great! I hope I win! Thank you.

  189. Stacy Ashworth November 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Fall is such a lovely time to get family photos taken! These edits really look great, girl!

  190. Jessica R. November 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Whoa, love the bright colors!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  191. Alison November 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Yes, please… I would love to win. And your photos turned out GREAT! beautiful family!

  192. Stephani Clark November 21, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    I would love to win! Awesome pics

  193. emily j November 21, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Just had our pics taken and love what you were able to to with yours! Thanks for all your inspiration, Emily!

  194. Ashley Stacell November 21, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    The pictures are beautiful…thanks for posting a chance to win!

  195. Emily November 21, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    I love the edit!!! I would use this a lot! Your family pics look great too!

  196. ~breanna donielle~ November 21, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Love your photos! I would love to win the actions! We are military and live a long way from home, so I’m always playing photographer with my two baby girls and sending home pictures for grandparents!!

  197. kelly November 21, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Very cute photos and I love these actions. Thanks for the giveaway!

  198. Leeanne November 21, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Love the pics-beautiful family!

  199. Stephanie Kinnan November 21, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Love this! Your family looks so cute! I have 3 boys and a baby girl the same age as yours! I totally get it!

  200. Angie Ewart November 21, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Adorable pictures!!

  201. Jennifer November 21, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    Love the actions!!

  202. sb November 21, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    I love the brightened colors after using the actions. Amazing. I would love to be able to do that with my photos. Thanks for the chance to win Emily!

  203. Debbie C November 21, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Wow, the actions make such a difference! Thanks for the chance to try them out!

  204. Christy November 21, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    These look great! I can use all the help I can get to get Christmas cards out before New Years. :)

  205. Vicki November 21, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    These look stunning! I would love to win this to use with my grandchildren’s pictures.

  206. Becky November 21, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    i have been learning more about using my camera and how fun it would be to get a jump start on editing with a group of actions!

    your pix look great – such fun editing!

  207. Nicole Parker November 21, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Beautiful photos! Amazing what a little editing can do. This tool would be so helpful!

  208. Christy November 21, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Your photos are fantastic. Just recently my son was to take a picture in to school of our entire family. The only picture we had of all 6 of us together was taken in the hospital when our 4th was born – 10 months ago! I wish I knew the teacher was going to hang the photos in the hall outside the classroom. We SO need to have a nice family picture done!

  209. katherine November 21, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Oh, I would love, love, love to win this giveaway as a professional Christmas photo is simply not in the budget this year and the ole point and shoot just isn’t cuttin’ it! Love your blog and the style you create.

  210. molly November 21, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    such a beautiful family and really impressive shots for 4 kids!

  211. Diane @ Longaberger Lifestyle November 21, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    WOW!!! I’m really impressed!! Your nice photos became excellent photos!!!
    Now…I don’t have PhotoShop…..is that necessary to use the software??
    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  212. Megan November 21, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Oh my word it is amazing what editing can do for a photo! I absolutely love the fall colors of the first photo! They really pop!

  213. Brianne November 21, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Love your pictures! You have a beautiful family!

  214. Kylie November 21, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    I love actions! I use them all the time, it’s such a time-saver and a great way to learn new tricks!

  215. Sarah November 21, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the photo enhancers! I definitely need some help photo editing!

  216. Anna November 21, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    What a handy giveaway!

  217. Lacretia November 21, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Photoshop actions make my life SO much easier! Thanks for the chance to win!

  218. Cindy November 21, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    It’s incredible how the editing gives the picture a vibrancy and clearness that makes the photo pop!

  219. Katie November 21, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    You have a lovely family!
    Thanks for the chance to win. :-)

  220. Elizabeth November 21, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Gorgeous pictures Emily!! I so need this editing set for our family pictures!
    Hope I win!!!!
    Thanks!
    xoxo

  221. Michelle Webster November 21, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    I love those photos! Those actions are beautiful.

  222. Bethany Staats November 21, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Yall’s photos turned out great! I would love to win! I have a wonderful camera and this would be great to use to make our family pictures stand out more. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  223. JoLynn November 21, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    I would LOVE this set! Your pictures turned out great. Thanks for the giveaway!

    P.S. Thanks also for the gift tags again this year…I used them last year too on gifts and everyone thought they were so cute!!

  224. Melissa November 21, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    loving your family photos! Such awesome after shots!

  225. Abbie(Five days...5 ways) November 21, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    Um…yes, please! This is awesome, and your edited photos turned out great!

  226. Cindy November 21, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    I would love to be able to do this! Thanks for the chance to win.

  227. Dawn November 21, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Great pictures! I can see how using this program would definitely improve my very limited photography skills! Hope to win:)

  228. shannon whitney November 21, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Beautiful family photos…..I’m a mother of four children….it very hard getting that perfect photo….what a awesome site…..Thank You….for sharing.

  229. Patricia November 21, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    gorgeous photos!! I would love to win this set!

  230. Tricia November 21, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Wow. What difference the editing makes! I would really, really love to win this!

  231. Tanya H November 21, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Oh this would be great! I can’t afford a photographer so we take our own pics with a tri-pod! LOL! Your photos are gorgeous btw!

  232. Suzanne November 21, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    Great photo story – your family looks great!

  233. Cheryl V November 21, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    I love the pictures! UW is a great place to take pictures. Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win!

  234. Natasha November 21, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    My husband and I just experimented with taking and editing our own Christmas photos for the first time this year — it would be awesome to have some more actions to use! You have a beautiful family, by the way!

  235. Dana M. November 21, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Love these actions!

  236. sharon chapman November 21, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Fingers crossed as I need all the help I can get! Your photos turned out great.

  237. Marla November 21, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    That is amazing! I LOVE the first one! Beautiful family!

  238. Jenn November 21, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    I could really use this set…I especially like how the action affected the first picture that posted. Thanks!

  239. Kendra November 21, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    I LOVE actions…..these look beautiful!!!

  240. Gretchen November 21, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    I love what the actions did for the pictures. It would be fun to play with them on some of my own pictures!
    Your photos look so full of color with the actions.

  241. Chelsea Payne November 21, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Love the pictures and the editing!

  242. Emily November 21, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    I LOVE these!!! I hope I win!!!

  243. Katie S November 21, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Amazing what actions can do for your photos, with these their might be hope for our Christmas picture with 3 little girls 4 and under. Hope I win! Thanks also for your great printables last week everything you do is beautiful!

  244. Wendy @ The Shabby Nest November 21, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Oh! I’d just love to win these actions!! Your photos look FABULOUS!

  245. Nikki November 21, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    What a darling family! Thank you for sharing!

  246. Elizabeth S November 21, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    WOW! Love how everything pops! Turned good pictures into amazing ones!
    I really need to start using something like this :)

  247. Ali Kooger November 21, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    I love the looks of slightly edited photos and those actions would be perfect!!! Thanks for a chance to win!

  248. Susan November 21, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    I love family pics! The colours look lovely & it’s amazing what a little bit of editing does. Thanks for sharing!

  249. Merry November 21, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Yes! I would love to win this so I, too, can create stunning work with my ho-hum abilities!!

    • Merry November 21, 2011 at 10:39 am #

      OOooo…I DIDN’T MEANT YOUR abilities are ho-hum! i was referring to ME! sorry! LOL!

  250. Jessica November 21, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Very cool editing options! Your pictures look great!

  251. Cory November 21, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Great Pics-Hopefully mine will turn out as good.

  252. Tricia Wilhelmson November 21, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Love the difference it makes- Beautiful Family :) Thank you for the chance to win…

  253. Rachel November 21, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    I think the photos look great! We just had ours done a few weeks ago and it’s a job to get a family of five (let alone 6!) to all look good in a picture.

  254. Tessa November 21, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Love this post!! You’ve convinced me. I need Photoshop. I’m totally intimidated, but hopefully I’ll be a quick study! Do you mind sharing what version of Photoshop you use? I’m wondering if I can use these actions with Photoshop elements or do I need the Mack daddy version. Thanks so much!! Tessa

  255. beachmamato2 November 21, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    How amazing is that? I can’t believe the difference it makes. I am not very tech savvy, so can you then send them to Shutterfly or a place like that to get them developed with the enhancements?

  256. Jennifer November 21, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Lovely pictures!

  257. Traci Severson November 21, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    it’s amazing what a little “action” can do to photos! love the effects!

  258. Marguerite November 21, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Love the edits that you made! My 13 yr old son is learning to use Photoshop at school and has been wanting to teach me how to use it. He was very disappointed to learn I didn’t have Photoshop. Would love to surprise him by winning this giveaway. What a really great time of year for this. Thanks!

  259. Maureen November 21, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    I love how the “after” photos POP!!! Technology is amazing! I have a few photos that I thank would be “fabulous” rather than “good” using Bloom & Grow Basics!

  260. Kara November 21, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Your pictures are bananas!! They are SO sweet. I have a daycare and we are taking fun pictures and secretly sending them out to their families:) Beautiful family!! Happy Holidays!

  261. Traci November 21, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Totally amazing what technology can do now. Your photos turned out fantastic! I need to get this program so I can edit my family photos!

  262. Leslie R. November 21, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Your pictures look great! Your blog has educated me so much… I saved the post you did on running actions…because I knew one day I’d use it. So, two Photoshop classes later, and I still don’t know how to use it…that now I’ve changed my goal to “learn how to run actions.” But…I don’t have any yet! haha…

  263. Teresa Ko November 21, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    beautiful family shots! I would love a set. =0)

  264. Carla November 21, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Thanks for the chance to win – this would be very helpful!

  265. Carmen Goddard November 21, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Beautiful pictures! I would love to win – Thanks for the chance –

  266. Alexis November 21, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Great Pictures!!! I love the editing! I hope to win :)

  267. tammy Ludlow November 21, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    I LOVE these!!

  268. Christy H November 21, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    Ah-maz-ing!!

  269. amy griffith November 21, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    your family is beautiful!!!! id love to win as i just got family pictures made (we live in Costa Rica) and the editing would make them sooooo great to send back home to family!

  270. Ashley Kelly November 21, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    LOVE this! I adore action sets, I’ll have to check this one out.

  271. Ali November 21, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    As a graphic designer by trade, this sort of “freebie” would be amazing…for my work day AND for my personal photos. Love that editing photos becomes simpler with a few clicks! thanks for the awesome and practical giveaway!

  272. Micah November 21, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Your “sugar daddy” did an awesome job and the actions look great.

  273. nichole b November 21, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I love the actions. Maria does such a fantastic job!

  274. Rebecca November 21, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Thank you Emily for offering such a great giveaway! I sure hope I win! I can certainly use these for all of my favorite pictures!

  275. Jessica November 21, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Those are such fun family photos! I like how casual they are while still offering a little “‘somethin’ somethin'” extra. hahaha! They will make wonderful Christmas cards! And it sure is fascinating to see what a huge difference a little editing can make on the quality and ‘pizaz’ of a photo! So fun!

  276. Meredith Neesvig November 21, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    I have been wanting to try using actions but didn’t know where to start! Your pictures are amazing Emily!! :)

  277. Heather November 21, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Thank you for sharing the Bloom & Grow Basics trick – I am all over that! Happy Holidays!

  278. Ashley November 21, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    How Beautiful! Amazing the possibilities with photoshop! I can’t wait to try this myself!

  279. Amanda November 21, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Ohhh, I LOVE what those actions did to your photos – Gorgeous!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  280. Rhys November 21, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Beautiful family – beautiful photos – I’d love to do the same actions with my family…and we are taking pictures THIS Sunday…

  281. Cyndi Hansen November 21, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    If I don’t win :) is this something I could purchase??

  282. Holli November 21, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    How lovely would this be?! Enter me, if you please! Your Audrey girl is always so darn cute, how do you get her to leave the hair clips alone?! :)

  283. Melanie November 21, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Beautiful pictures!!! I would love to win!!

  284. Worth November 21, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Beautiful pictures! I love love love the way the colors pop, especially on the leaves! It makes autumn pictures even more gorgeous!

  285. Pamela Beatty November 21, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I would LOVE to get this editing set. I enjoy editing often and I am just now starting to really get into taking pictures. Your family pictures are beautiful. I always enjoy your pictures of your family.

  286. jen shears November 21, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I LOVE how the pics turned out! The setting is beautiful! The one of the kids & Audrey not diggin’ it cracks me up! Your boots are awesome- on the hunt for a pair…. Love the effect of the actions! Thanks for the chance! :D

  287. Courtney Allred November 21, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    These look phenomenal! I have had some trouble finding PS actions that I like and these are lovely! Thank you for sharing.

  288. Cyndi Hansen November 21, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Wow! I need this!!!

  289. {darlene} November 21, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    your pictures are wonderful, emily! what a beautiful family.

  290. Jennifer Dial November 21, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    I’d love this! My pictures always look blah! Thanks!

  291. andrea rade November 21, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    beautiful pictures! would love to win :)

  292. Lindsey November 21, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    so neat! would love to learn more about editing!

  293. Fonda November 21, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Wow those are some amazing before and afters. :) I am by no means a professional but yeah I can never be satisfied with an unedited photo. :)
    I’d love to win that action set!! And if I don’t, I may have to buy it anyhow.. :)

  294. Lacy November 21, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Beautiful family and beautiful pictures!

  295. Margaux Lippoldt November 21, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I am so overwhelmed by photoshop and would love and really use some great actions!

  296. Amanda Johnson November 21, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Oh wow, I’d love to use some of these actions! talk about easier!
    Thanks! -thanks also for the lovely printables you gave us last week! LOVE them!

  297. Brandi November 21, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    I would love to win this! I love how everything just pops! Thank you for considering me.

  298. Ashley @ One in the SAHM November 21, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    These turned out super cute! I was just in the process of editing our impromptu family photo sesh for Christmas cards and you amaze me that 4 kids were more cooperative than my 1!

  299. Erin November 21, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    These would be wonderful to have! I have been learning to use Photoshop and actions. Thanks for the givewaway :)
    Happy Thanksgiving,

    Erin

  300. maja trumpfheller November 21, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    Oh such nice photos. And my family has to do some too, for the christmas gifts for the grandparents. Well and i think, we need to be photoshopped too ;) I think with this gift it would be easier for me to do so.
    And thanks for the inspirations of nice family pictures :D

  301. Susanna November 21, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    You all look straight out of a J. Crew ad with your cozy fall clothes. :). Beautiful! Would love a chance to do more photo editing. I still only use Picasa.

  302. Chelsea November 21, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    Your pictures came out great. Amazing what a difference knowing how to edit makes ;)

  303. Andrea November 21, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Amazing what a few clicks can do!
    I would love to pretend I am a photographer-extrodinaire with Bloom & Grow!!

    p.s. you have adorable kiddos!!

  304. Lili November 21, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    I would LOVE to win this!!! I think the difference between your befores and afters is pretty darn AMAZING!!! Sign me up!!!

  305. Lyndsey Freeland November 21, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Love your pictures! so beautiful. I would love to win these actions!

  306. Carey hafen November 21, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    I would love love love some actions, we are taking family pics after turkey day dinner…could really.use the help maling them look amazing!

  307. Angie November 21, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    I am a photographer myself and love to use actions! The actions I have are from MCP Actions and they work great! I am always up to try new ones and learn new things about actions. I would love to win a set of these actions for my collection. :) Thanks for sharing your pictures!

  308. Shannon November 21, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    Love your family photos! How precious. Poor Audrey – but like you those photos crack me up!

  309. Jess November 21, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    Oh, I would LOVE to win this, especially for my husband. He is the family photographer around here! He would love it for when he takes pictures of our daughter!
    P.S. where did you get your adorable jacket?? You look stunning in green.

    • emily November 21, 2011 at 9:58 am #

      My jacket is from Nordstrom Rack a few weeks ago. It is more sweatshirty than a jacket but it is super cozy and pretty cute.

  310. Christina November 21, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    MEOW!!!
    Would veddy veddy much like to win this.

  311. Jessica November 21, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    love ur blog. Recently found it and am a true fan and have read almost all of your posts by now. Thanks so much for all the work you put into it. Its great!

  312. Sarah T November 21, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    I love the edited pictures! I’ve never edited a single picture, but I’ve got to give it a try!

  313. Vicki Sievers November 21, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Love the pics. Love the actions. Love for you to pick me!

  314. Kristin Hester November 21, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    Wow I need this, Please pick me :)

  315. JenGil November 21, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    Using the actions DOES turn photos into something more special! Your pics look great, thanks for the giveaway, & Happy Thanksgiving!

  316. Amy November 21, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    We are getting ready to purchase Photoshop very soon. I would love to own these actions (especially since I have no idea how to use PS!).

  317. Amy Arnold November 21, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    What wonderful photos of your adorable family! The actions are so handy and would be so useful. Thanks for everything!

  318. Monica Hoang November 21, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Your photos are beautiful! I would love to have these helpful tools to enhance my own photos..thanks for the opportunity!

  319. Laura Lee November 21, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Just got a D90 and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be able to edit them with these actions. Your photos are beautiful!
    Laura Lee

  320. jody November 21, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    Love the pictures! These actions would be great to edit photos of my kids.

  321. Abby November 21, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    These actions would be amazing for editing Mamarazzi photos of my daughter! Love how yours turned out!

  322. lauren November 21, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    Love the photos, but you are right, the actions really make them standout! I am just getting to know elements, so I would love to win this!

  323. Christy November 21, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    So pretty!

  324. Andrea November 21, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    Your family is just beautiful! I would love to win the actions…but I’m also wondering where you got your boots?

    • emily November 21, 2011 at 9:57 am #

      my boots are from DSW last year. Why is it so hard to find the right pair of boots?!

  325. Sergio November 21, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    This would be awesome!

  326. Brittany November 21, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    I would LOVE to win!

  327. Sarah November 21, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    Beautiful family pictures! I would love to win a set!

  328. Kelsey November 21, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    I would LOVE this! Your family pictures are so so cute… what a beautiful family.

  329. Nina November 21, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    I have never worked with any photo editing elements other that what is on my Mac. The Bloom and Grow seems very reasonably priced and makes an amazing difference. Thanks for sharing.

  330. amy November 21, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    these actions would be fun to try out! lovely photographs of your family….i love the one of audrey though! reminds me of my little ones & their impatience with family photos.

  331. Jamie November 21, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    The pics are gorgeous – Sugar Daddy did a great job! This would be so helpful and much quicker with a 2 yo and a 2 week old at home now.

  332. Emily November 21, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Your family is precious! The pictures turned out great! I would love to win this…I need all the help I can get! Thanks!!!

  333. Blair November 21, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    These pictures are beautiful! It really is amazing what a little photoshop adds. It takes an already great picture and really makes it pop! Keeping my fingers crossed to win!

  334. Amber November 21, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    I received a nice digital camera this year, and have been working on figuring it out. Having advice on how to edit the photos would be most helpful. Thank you for offering this give away!

  335. michelle November 21, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Love your family pics! …and how awesome to have a “sugar daddy” in your family that takes great pics! (that part cracked me up!) :) I have photoshop elements and have ready many things about the “actions” but i’ve yet to figure out how to get/use them. I would LOVE to learn and the Bloom & Grow actions look so fun to play with.

  336. Tia November 21, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    I love the fact that people are coming out with photo editing for the layperson. I have a hard time navigating around Photoshop, no matter how many times my husband has shown me, so this would be perfect for me! Who knows, my Christmas card this year may look a lot better than it would have. ;0)

  337. Emily Humphries November 21, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    I would love this! What a wonderful way to enhance your pics!

  338. nita November 21, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Would love to win these actions but if not I will just have to buy them.

  339. Danielle November 21, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    Actually, it’s your jacket I’m in love with! Where did you get it? It looks great on you!

  340. Aly Schimpff November 21, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    I love photoshop actions! They save so much time…

  341. Rachael November 21, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    Your family pictures are so cute! A friend just took some for my family and all I have to edit with it my good ol’ Windows Photo Gallery. Bleh – but we still had many great pictures that didn’t need a lot of editing anyway.

    I don’t understand how the whole Bloom & Grow Actions works. Is it something you purchase and download to your own computer or something she does digitially online?

  342. Kathy November 21, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    We got photoshop not to long ago and these actions would be a great help to me in the editing process! Cute family pictures by the way!

  343. April D. November 21, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    I would love to win this. I’ve had Photoshop on my computer for years and I just don’t have the time right now to learn all the details. Actions would solve my problems!

  344. Shannon November 21, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Your pictures turned out great! I couldn’t believe the difference though. Would love to try on mine :)

  345. Kim November 21, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    Your photos turned out fabulously! I would love to have the actions to use on my own photos!

  346. Kay November 21, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    Love the pics! Beautiful Family! I’ve been eyeing purchasing the Bloom & Grow editing software since you first posted it.

  347. Breena November 21, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    I have photoshop, but have never really played around with it. I think it’s time I start!

  348. Eunice November 21, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    The pictures look amazing to begin with, but look even better with the bloom and grow actions! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  349. Mrs Skvortsov November 21, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    Pretty pictures!! I would love to win. Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  350. Erin November 21, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    Emily,
    Have you ever done a post/tutorial on how exactly you use actions in photoshop? I just got photoshop and I’m not sure I quite get the idea of actions. Thanks!

    Erin

  351. tina November 21, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    You have a beautiful family! Great pictures.

  352. amanda p. November 21, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    I would love to win these actions. Your photos turned out great! I don’t have Facebook…. How will I find out if I win? :)

  353. Lisa S November 21, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    The pictures are adorable. I have never used a photoshop program before. Happy Thanksgiving.

  354. Danielle O. November 21, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    Great photos. I can totally relate, getting more than one child to look at the camera and smile at the SAME time is probably one of the biggest challenges in life.

  355. tina November 21, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    great pictures. love using actions in photoshop it saves so much time!

  356. Rachel November 21, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Photos turned out great! You have a beautiful family!! :)

  357. Deb November 21, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    Love the family photos, my little girl (about the same age) seems to cry in alot of pictures and I love how my boys, like yours, don’t seem to let it phase them!

  358. Brenda November 21, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    Great pictures! And amazing actions! I would LOVE to win the PS actions.

  359. Andrea Pelzel November 21, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    Your pictures turned out so beautiful…amazing what a little editing can do..I just got a new camera for my bday, so I would love to win this

  360. Elaine November 21, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    What a beautiful family you have!

  361. mary lauren November 21, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    love the pictures!!!

  362. Meggan November 21, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Your sugar daddy is talented, the pictures are great! I’ve always wanted to learn more advanced editing!

  363. Monica November 21, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Your pics turned out so good. I love the edited version of the first one with all of the vibrant colors. I would love to win these PS actions. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  364. Alison November 21, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    You guys are adorable! I love the way the black and white pic turned out. Hope I’m the winner so I can get our xmas card looking great, too!

  365. cassidy November 21, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    what a difference with the editing. I would love to win the set.

  366. elsie November 21, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    Beautiful family! Before and after :)

  367. Adriana L. November 21, 2011 at 6:16 am #

    What beautiful pictures! My favorite is the last one on the bench. I love your coat!

  368. Shelley November 21, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    What a beautiful family Emily!

  369. Kendra November 21, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    They look so good! And, I would love, love, love to win!

  370. sarah November 21, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    Wow! The bloom and grow is amazing. I just purchased elements last week and plan on playing around with it over Thanksgiving break, I’d love to try out some of these actions too!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  371. Morgan November 21, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    Your family pictures are precious! The bloom and grow actions look great.

  372. Christie November 21, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    Beautiful pictures. Love this action set! I usually rely on Pioneer Woman’s actions, but I’d love to try out a few new ones.

  373. Jo(ke) November 21, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    Love the pictures. I love editing pictures in Photoshop. I am by no means an expert though. This seems great!

  374. Tami November 21, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    What a wonderful giveaway . . . just in time!

  375. Roseanne D November 21, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    Would love the opportunity to win the photo enhancement pkg that you blogged about! Just found your site today from The Modest Homestead blog site! Love them both!

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