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A broad range of favourites I absolutely love; most of them are put into different categories so I can go back and find them easily. Though I do love photography, I have different tastes too, much of what I love is in here too. I think from favourites, you can learn a lot about what a person likes, and their interests.


Sarah Jane ॐ
Artist | Professional | Photography
A little about me in 2016...

I never know what to write in these things, so here it goes! My name is Sarah-Jane. Lovely to meet you, dear fellow deviant artist! Thank you for visiting.

Well, many would describe me as a big softie, but those that truly know me well would probably say I am a fiery redhead. They're both true! Mostly I am honest and goofy. I say silly things sometimes and crack terrible "Dad Jokes" but please, laugh at them (or me!) anyway!

I have a big heart for children and animals. Though I hold a Bach in Education (Primary/Highschool), I recently retired as a Kindergarten Teacher. It was my dream career for a very long time but with heavy goodbyes I realized my real love was to teach photography. I now have my own private photography business Whimsical Dreams Photography. I met the love of my life and together we have a photography workshop business called Two Little Wrens Photography. On top of that, we also sell postcards and greetingcards of beautiful blue fairywrens, over at The Blue Wren Company. Whew, sometimes it's hard to believe this is what I'm doing now! But I wouldn't have it any other way!

I am most happiest with a camera in my hands, capturing beauty such as macro or nature, and the occasional portrait! I am beyond obsessed with blue Fairy wrens, and love all types of birds too. I spend most of my days outdoor either laying in grass waiting patiently for a perfect bird shot, or chasing butterflies around. I do this not just for fun, but for work, and to be honest it never feels like work. While primarily a bird photographer, I do love capturing the beauty of nature too!

I believe in random acts of kindness. Positivity. I have great compassion for anyone enduring depression or anxiety. I love meeting new people. I think hugs are the greatest thing. I giggle snort a little too much. I will try make you laugh at the most inappropriate times. I will always mean things in good spirit, even if it doesn't come across through online words.

Very much looking forward to meeting you! Drop by and say hi sometime. I would love to return the favour and check out your gallery too!

Contact and Find Me: ( Please note; I do not add people I don't know to my personal facebook page.)

Via note | The Blue Wren Company | Two Little Wrens Photography |
Whimsical Dreams Photography|

The work contained in my gallery is Copyright ©2005-2016 Sarah Jane (`Whimsical-Dreams). All rights reserved. My work may not be reproduced, used as stock, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my written permission.

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VSCO Film Unearthed

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 4, 2016, 3:15 AM
I've been receiving an influx of notes recently on how I edit my photographs, which I find very flattering that people find my editing style so curious. I must say though, and I mean this completely with honesty; a well exposed, and sharp photograph is the beginning of a nice photograph. It also makes editing so much more easier to do, as there's less fuss over trying to save the photo which only leads to over-editing... And by my experience, photographs don't look nearly as flattering when trying to fix the clarity etc. That being said, I do love editing, particularly making photoshop actions that make the whole post-processing simple and easy. If you would like to know more about my own personal photoshop actions, you can find them in my "Resources for you" gallery, and they are completely free to download.

Though today I still use my own personal PS action toolkit, the way I edit now has completely changed again! A year ago I was browsing another photographer's wedding photographs and was blown away by the striking film effect, and naturally, I had to ask how she did her post processing. I don't usually ask, because personally I feel that every photographer's editing style is unique and special to fit their own personality, but still, I was curious. Anyway, my dear friend linked me to a website called VSCO Film and this is where the magic began. I bought quite a few of the VSCO Film packages, and I use them almost everyday, as well as my personal actions. The after product is something truly divine. These VSCO film presets have actually inspired me to delve back into real film photography again - it is that awe-inspiring.

For those of you unsure what VSCO film is, it is simply a preset for Camera RAW Filter, which you can find in Photoshop (as well as Lightroom). Similarly to PS actions, they create different looks to your photographs, but VSCO film has been designed to actually mimic different film stock. I have bought their instant film, classic film, slide film presets, and they really do alter your photograph, with one click, to look as though you just shot with an actual film camera. Some of my favourite presets are Kodak Portra, Polaroid 669, AGFA Scala, Fuji 400H, and many others. If you've had a bit of a peek already, you'll have noticed that it is a little pricey, but so worth every penny. Though I have most of the presets, I highly recommend looking around for VSCO replica photoshop actions, which many people have created for free, and the film post-processing is quite similar. If you're looking for VSCO film PS actions, scroll down to the bottom of this journal to see which ones I recommend.

Early last year I was honored to be asked as a wedding photographer for my best friend. My dear friend friend Bronwyn and her then fiance, Hudson, had talked to me about what kind of "look" they were aiming for. They wanted my whimsical style with a "film effect" to it. I took sample photographs of them, edited with VSCO film, and they loved the after effect. It's hard to describe what the VSCO film effects look like. Some of the film presets are dramatic and contrasty, others are light and airy, with a tinge of grain. To give you a bit of an idea of what they look like, I thought I'd post some of Bronwyn + Hudson's wedding photographs, as well as some other couple photoshoots.

And some more random photographs edited with VSCO film... :heart:

The goofy redhead here is me. Some taken in America last year with my partner in crime :giggle:

Without intending to sound like a lame salesman, I must say that my editing style has changed dramatically, using VSCO film. That's not to say I don't love a barely-edited photo, in fact if you can capture something beautiful, sometimes it doesn't need anything to make it better. Still, VSCO film has been so much fun for me to experiment with. I use it for just about everything, from weddings, couples, children, nature, self-portraits, travelling photographs.. I think the only time I don't use VSCO film is for my bird photographs. Call me precious, but my little feathered friends always look so much better without a film edit. That's just my opinion anyway!

So if this hasn't got you convinced how awesome VSCO film is yet, check out some of the following links to see plenty of other examples from fellow photographers. I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

Jonas Peterson shares how he edits using VSCO Film

Every VSCO film preset compared (a must see!)

Steve Huff Photo claims "the best software I have tried"

VSCO Film 06 Before & Afters

VSCO Film Photoshop Actions/Tutorials

Faded Film PS Actions

VSCO film lovers free PS Action

How to get the VSCO Film look

VSCOish PS Actions

Before I sign off, I just want to remind everyone that I am holding a Bird Photography Contest and first prize is 1,000 Points! It officially finishes on the 20th of Feb, so please make sure you get in all three of your submissions by then. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone has come up with! Good luck all!

:heart: Sarah

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ntpdang Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the +favs and Added to my devWatch!
Your gallery is also very beautiful. :)
Weissglut Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Pajunen Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:
divvad151 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
when I see your photos, i'm very honored by your interest for one of mine.
Have a nice day!
Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Professional Photographer
you have a very beautiful gallery yourself! I'm honored too that you came to visit mine.. :hug:
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