A Natural Hair and fashion lifestyle blog based in Sonoma County, in the heart of Wine Country. Amber serves up inspiration for winery tourism, vegetarian recipes, style, and skincare.

Saturdays with Sarah

 Saturday mornings are usually the day that Sarah and I get together to go over all things blog related. I often forget how much I have learned over the last 5+ years as a blogger. Pixel sizes, and formatting images for the web, and even lighting and photo editing are things that all come second nature to me now. It's fun to share with someone who is so interested in blogging; it helps me remember all the things I taught myself. It's also nice to know I'm helping someone so they don't need to spend countless hours online searching for answers like I did. Plus, it's just plain fun hanging out with Sarah.

It's fun to see our different editing styles. The last time that Sarah and I met, the topic was photo editing: both the basics and the creative. I realized part way through that perhaps I wasn't doing as good of a job as I had hoped when it came to explaining the ethics of editing. Trying to strike that fine balance of doing a fine job at editing but also not crossing the line of over editing. What girl doesn't want to feel flawless? It's easy get carried away and want to airbrush away each and every blemish or mark...But I think it's more important to leave a few. After all we can't live our lives online where we can create a perfect self: we have to live with who we are, imperfections and all.


  1. antonella c est moiDecember 16, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    beautiful photos, kisses

  2. Gorgeous portraits. The photography here is excellent. And I know what you mean about editing. We want to enhance our images but not misrepresent them. I'll remove a wrinkle but not change anything more essential.

  3. Both of you are stunning! These photographs have a happy vibe to them...I like it :)

    And you edit that pretty face? You're flawless! I've seen you in person and you don't need any airbrushing. Sometimes I feel really awful about my pictures. Especially the closeups. But I just leave them because I know if I did...I'd want to do it over and over lol. Plus, I have to constantly remind myself that I'm taking pictures for the fashion and not for what my face or body looks like :)

    xo Azu

  4. These photos are gorgeous! They are making me itch to do some portraits. It's been so lovely the past few days around here. :) Also, Sarah is super cute! It must be fun teaching someone else the tricks and tips, especially, like you said, when you had to teach yourself most of them.

  5. Awe thank you @Raven Locks you are so sweet. Actually, my face has not been edited in any of these photos - the first two of me have had "warmth" added to the lighting, and the last one is untouched. But I understand feeling uncomfortable about closeups... You are stunning Azu!! Inside and out :)

  6. Pretty ladies! Love the light in these photos.

  7. The imperfections are the heart of the photo. Allof these images look great!

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