Snow Day Photo Fun

This is an image I edited of the frozen Mississippi River from the Illinois side looking over into Missouri.

Mississippi River Lori Peterson Photography

Here is the before image:

2014 frozen Mississippi River St. Louis MO Lori Peterson Photography

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Water and Ice Texture Collection

This collection will highlight the blues in your images. Transform a boring sky into a masterpiece just by applying one texture, make summer images look cooler and bluer! 
(And these also work on portraits too!)
You can download it HERE.
You can purchase other texture collections HERE. There are also other freebie textures there too!
If you need any tutorials for using Photoshop, you can go HERE.
If you download these please leave a comment here or on my Facebook page! 
I would appreciate it!

Depths of Winter

I don’t know about where you are, but we are still in the midst of Winter. 
I know the calendar has already said it’s Spring and the Groundhog even said we’d have an early one at that, but no, it’s still winter. It’s cold. It keeps snowing. It’s windy. As much as I love creating Winter portraits, I am ready for Spring. For color. For sunshine.
Maybe I need to become one of those people who spend their winters where there is sunshine and warmth. And I guess my camera needs to go with me!

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice —
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life you could save.” 
(Mary Oliver)

Waiting for Winter

Anyone who really and truly knows me, knows that I am comfortable when it’s 80 degrees. No more, no less. Otherwise, I get cold or hot. But here in STL, we can’t pick our weather, even though it can change several times throughout the day.

I love doing snow photos though. Love it. It’s always fun. The images are great. But it’s never warm….duh.  So, when it snows I just get out there with my camera and my gorgeous models and shoot, shoot, shoot….and then when I get home sit under blankets in my flannel pj’s!

If you haven’t done a snow shoot, you should! You might freeze for a while, but they are soooooooo worth it!