Sneak Preview of Olesen Family

Posted by posted by Kindra Monday, June 30, 2008 at

A couple of weeks ago, we photographed the Olesen Family portraits at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. The Olesens have been a joy to work with and very easy going. The children are so much fun and Kevin and I loved to see each of the children's different personalities.

Here is a sneak preview from their session. We had a difficult time deciding which ones to post because there were so many great ones to choose from!

We will be posting more from the Olesen's family session in the upcoming weeks, after the Olesens' viewing session with us. So keep checking back to see more. Have a great 4th of July, Olesens!

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Tips for Salvaging Flood & Water Damaged Photos

Posted by posted by Kevin Barber Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at

In the wake of the floods that have devastated many parts of Iowa and other parts in the Midwest, I am trying to put my talents as a photographer and retoucher to good use. I am keeping in contact with an organization, Operation Photo Rescue, whose mission is to restore photographs damaged due to floods and natural disasters. They started during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and, through the help of digital artists from around the world, have restored hundreds (maybe thousands) of damaged photographs.

In talking with OPR, the first and most important thing to do is make sure your damaged photographs are properly cleaned and dried. This brings me to the point I wanted to get out. 

One of the OPR Members offered a very helpful link: Tips for Saving Water Damaged Photos. Here's a few quick highlights: 

  1. Remove photos from the water and separate them from other photos, negatives, albums, etc.
  2. Gently rinse the photos with clean, cold water - But don't rub them and change the water frequently.
  3. Dry face-up on a paper towel (NOT newspaper), laying them flat and out of the elements.
  4. If you don't have time to dry them, stack them between sheets of wax paper and store in a sealable plastic bag (preferably freeze them in a freezer)
  • Try to get to the photos as quickly as possible for better success
Read the whole article for better details.

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Our New Garden

Posted by posted by Kindra Monday, June 02, 2008 at

About a month ago, Kevin's parents came up to visit us from Omaha and helped us plant a new garden in our front yard. We now have plants and flowers that will bloom in the Spring, Summer and Fall so there will always be something fun to look at. It has been great to look out our kitchen window and see what new flowers are coming up each week. With all the rain we've had in Des Moines this past month, we've hardly had to water it at all either. Thank you Mike and Jackie and my parents for all your help with our new garden. We couldn't have done it without you!