Greater Than Gatsby editing tools

The great folks at Greater than Gatsby reached out to me and asked if I would try out and review some of their editing tools. I edit with Lightroom, so I started looking into their presets for Lightroom.  ( If you edit with Photoshop, those actions can be found here. )

 

I tried out the Newborn Collection as well as the Darkroom Film Collection

 

The Newborn Collection includes 48 presets and 10 retouch brushes. There are easy, one click buttons to set the exposure and white balance exactly how you want it. You can also easily click options for lens correction, sharpening and vignette. Some people will find it easier to click these settings instead of adjusting them using the Lightroom sliders on the left. 

The brushes include a baby skin smoother, fill flash and even a lash enhancer! These could be used for other clients in addition to babies! Here is a photo of a newborn in which I only used the Greater Than Gatsby Newborn Collection. It turned out great!

 

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With The Darkroom Film Presets you get 22 Artistic Film Presets as well as 10  Standard Film Presets. There are tutorials for these also, which is very helpful! Here is an example photo I edited using only the Darkroom Film presets. The one called "Clemens" is my favorite. After applying the preset, I increased the warmth and shadows to match my personal style.

 

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Right now they are having a summer sale. 15% off all presets and actions with the code "summer15"

Xo| Cake Smash session | Garrard Landing Park in Roswell, GA

Sweet little Xo (pronounced "Zoh" - how cute is that?!) was one day shy of turning one when I photographed her cake smash session! She was a little doll. Perfect little curls, the most adorable outfit from Etsy, and a smile that can melt hearts! 

Xo didn't really want much to do with the cake (which seems to be the norm for most of the babes I do cake smash sessions for). Her mom stuck her hand in the icing to get things going but she hated it being on her hand and would shake it off immediately! 

I found out that she is quite the dancer, so a little "If you're happy and you know it" singing brought her right out of her shell and got her smiling AND dancing. The girl's got moves, yall. 

 

Bell Mountain | Hiawassee, GA

Bell Mountain offers stunning 360 degree views of Hiawassee and Lake Chatuge. It is located at 220 Shake Rag Rd in Hiawassee, GA.

In 1963, three men from Murphy, North Carolina decided to try and mine the top of Bell Mountain for minerals. They miserably failed and left a huge gaping hole on the top of the 3,400 foot knob that you can now see from miles away. The mountain has maintained this physical scar for over 50 years while the lake below has felt it's effects from the erosion that pours into Lake Chatuge from the west bound slope, affecting the water quality.

After this mining disaster, local resident Hal Herrin bought the mountain to try and preserve it from further abuse. The Hal Herrin Estate graciously donated the 18 acre Bell Mountain Summit to Towns County. In 2016 it was formally named Bell Mountain Park and Historical Site and the observation deck was named and dedicated as the Hal Herrin Scenic Overlook.

Townes County paved the road, created a parking area, and in addition to the Hal Herrin Scenic Overlook erected a 2nd platform rising to 3424 foot of elevation offering 360 degree views of the surrounding lake and mountains. 

A tradition started long ago of spray painting the rocks on top of Bell Mountain. There are now signs prohibiting the use of paint on the rocks. The graffiti has caused great controversy and debate. Some people think it has ruined the natural beauty of the landmark. Others claim it makes it unique and is a beautiful work of art. What do YOU think??

Hemlock Falls Trail | Moccasin Creek State Park | Rabun County, GA

Hemlock Falls Trail is a 2 mile hike that follows alongside Moccasin Creek to a beautiful waterfall. It is located on the west side of Lake Burton, right next to Moccasin Creek State Park. It has a Clarksville address but is equally as close to Clayton from the east and Hiawasee from the north.

It is heavily wooded and shaded, which feels so nice on a summer day. If there has been rain recently, expect a muddy, wet trek to the waterfall. Investing in a good pair of hiking sandals that you can get muddy and wet is great for trails like this! 

This hike is really beautiful and not very hard. I want to go back soon and take my 7 and 5 year old children. They will love it! There are beautiful trees and plants surrounding the trail- I felt like I was in a fairy tale at times! We waded in the water near the waterfall and it was chilly but refreshing! 

Tallulah Gorge State Park

My husband and I had the opportunity to get away for a few days sans kids and do some exploring in North Georgia! I was able to score a Ga State Parks Pass from one of my local libraries, which allows free admission into any Ga State Park. You can check them out once a year, for one week. Our friends Gary and Ann graciously invited us to enjoy their vacation home by Lake Burton for the week while we explored the area!

Our first stop on the way up to the lake was at Tallulah Gorge State Park. Tallulah Gorge State Park is a 2,689-acre state park adjacent to Tallulah Falls, Georgia along the county line between Rabun and Habersham Counties. The gorge, a giant two-mile-long gash in the beautiful terrain, drops nearly 1000 feet deep over steep walls to the canyon floor below. Tallulah Falls is the gorge’s series of six spectacular rushing waterfalls.     

I was REALLY bummed that we weren't able to get down to the gorge floor.  They were working on the dam the day we went and floor access was prohibited. If you're lucky, you can score a gorge floor permit -limited to 100 per day, to cross the tumbling river and scramble over the boulders of Siding Rock Trail. There are days when they don't give out passes, such as water release days and during times of construction. A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. We did get to check that out- as well as the rim trails to several overlooks. 

There are a LOT of stairs and you do need to be in decent shape to hike the entire area. I definitely want to go back when we can go all the way down to the gorge floor! Here are some photos of our time there. 

Cake smash and family session | Sims Lake Park | Suwannee, GA

Gaby reached out to me about wanting to schedule a cake smash session for her daughter that included family shots as well. I looked on the map to try and find a location that would be convenient for both of us. We decided on Sims Lake Park in Suwannee, GA. I had never been there before, but it turned out to be the perfect spot! The rain held off until after we were done shooting, so it was perfect! Little Tory was the cutest thing ever! She is clearly loved.