I Want To Be In Pictures















Shirley


For today's Texture Tuesday Challenge, I thought I'd play around with this photo of my mum,  as today would have been her 80th birthday..  Impossible to fathom really as for me she will be forever young. This is one of my favourites of her..  lovingly restored by my brother.. and spruced up a little more by me using various photoshop techniques and subtle layers of Kim Klassen's beautiful textures.. 'Luminous' [top shot] and today's texture challenge 'Serendipity' [2nd shot]..  Textures effects need not always be dramatic to make a difference.. In both these cases.. the subtle application of texture add light and sparkle to an already glamorised image..  and give it that 'lift' I was looking for. 


Perhaps taken in the 50's, the original photo has a hand painted finish as they were apt to use back then.. [the 'vintage' version of photo textures and layering]  resulting in that glamorous feel evocative of film star portraits of that time.. Of course as a child I just thought my mother had been a movie star in her youth.. and I guess.. for me she was.. [the Claudette Colbert hairstyle helped too!!]


My mum's birthday and ANZAC Day fell side by side in the calendar and were jointly celebrated in our family. Perhaps ironic now, my memories of both entwined, the ANZAC Ode seems to speak of both.









So before I go..


Please pop over and visit  Kim's Texture Tuesday Challenge and see what others have been up to..



I'm also joining in on Touch Up Tuesdays over at Paper Camera..
More photoshop fun to be had there




Giveaway Reminder

If you missed it.. I'm having a Giveaway of one of my prints. So far there are two to choose from but I have in mind a third which will go up in the next few days.. To enter.. visit and comment on my Easter Giveaway Post




Have a lovely Tuesday everyone
Especially my fellow Aussies who are celebrating a day off!!








IMAGE SOURCE & CREDITS
Vintage Photo from the family library of [beingRuby©]




44 comments:

Nadege, said...

What a wonderful portrait of your mother, something to cherish for always.

ArtsyCanvasGirl said...

She is absolutely gorgeous! What a very special portrait and so nicely enhanced. xoxo

Cat & Cricket said...

Julie~ again.. you amaze me!
Smiles~

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Julie...a beautiful tribute to your Mum on her 80th birthday!!! Can you believe my Mum is 80 on Wednesday...and I have a daughter born on Anzac Day...such similarites!!! Hope you had a very Happy Easter break and of course lots of chocolate if you're a chocolate lover...Dzintra

Cedar said...

Simply stunning--your mom and the textured photo!

beachcomber said...

very touching, a lovely way to remember her birthday! your mum looked gorgeous and i love what you've done with the photos..reminds me of photos i've seen of my mum from that time. she is 81. cheryl x

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I love photos of this era - everyone looks so beautiful in a nice simple way. XOL

alaine@éclectique said...

What a beautiful Mum!

Have a lovely week!

xa

Anonymous said...

Great retro look!

Val said...

Lovely image Julie - beautifully ehanced. Your Mom would have loved it!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH YEAH! I signed up for this one! And you mum...what a beauty! THOSE EYES! You know, I need to look into Kim's photography enhancing. I really need help!!! And every thing looks wonderful here as always! Have a fabulous day Julie! Anita

Jeanne said...

A beautiful photo of your mother Julie, very glamorous. Do you look like her? Best wishes...off to join your Giveaway :)

Jeanne xxx

KathrynAntyr said...

Your mother was gorgeous. Happy Birthday in memory of her! What a stroke of serendipity that you have La Vie en Rose waiting for you. Enjoy!

La Petite Gallery said...

Your Mom was a real Beauty. The photo came out great. I remember those colored phots, they always looked kinda mystical.

Hope your Easter was good. Have a nice day.
yvonne

Renée Finberg said...

mommy was a cutie!!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

All I can say is WOW!!! I was sure she was a movie star. What a stunner. V

Tara said...

Gorgeous lady..She looks like a movie star..Wonderful memory to have..xx

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Lovely photo of your Mum....a beautiful woman! :)

Barbara said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. I love how textures can create a subtle difference in an image as you described. I am inspired by your work.

Peace!

Dyche Designs said...

Wow your mum was stunning, what a beautiful way to celebrate her birthday.

Anika said...

Wooow, so pretty!

fotogran said...

To me this era really captured the glamour girl look and takes me back to memories of my teen years and trying to look like that! Your mother's photograph is lovely.

C.J. said...

Julie, such a great photo of your mom. Hope all is well with you.

michelle said...

Julie your mum is gorgeous and I love the textures that you used. Happy Birthday to her and many hugs to you.
XO

A Fanciful Life said...

Just lovely. The coloring is gorgeous as her eyes and lips look so beautiful with the warm vintage tones. What a wonderful photo and memory.

Claudia Lane said...

So beautiful...Have a wonderful week Julie xo

Stampmouse said...

gerat use of this texture

Zuzu said...

Oh Julie, your Mom was such a beauty and your love for her shines!
I'm off to visit Kim's site. I've played around with textures just a wee bit, but would love to see & learn more!
Hugs,
Zuzu

Linda Makiej said...

really BEAUTIFUL work!! and such a lovely blog - so glad I found you!!

Jill said...

She was beautiful!!! What a keepsake you have.

Evelyn S. said...

What a wonderful idea to use the textures this way! I agree with you that this is a beautiful portrait of your mother. This is a great way to remember and honor her!

Loree said...

I love the photos of your mum. She was beautiful. Your quote brings back memories - every Remembrance Sunday when I still lived with my parents I would watch the ceremony at the Cenotaph in London with my dad and they would always quote that. I love it.

design elements said...

Julie, you amaze me too...BEAUTIFUL!

Shellbelle said...

Your mother was so beautiful and yes, she does look like a movie star!

The words in the ANZAC Ode are so powerful and reminded me of those from The Wall, our tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives in Vietnam. It begins, "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go."

Hope your Easter was delightful and full of the precious memories you shared with us last week.

Hugs

Ann said...

With such a beautiful mother, it does not surprise me that her soul shines through you. I would love to see what you look like!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

She is lovely and the words...so touching. I love pictures from that era, they were truly glamorous-weren't they?

Anji Johnston said...

What a wonderfully glamorous lady your mum was. And I'm sure she was a movie star in her own right. You and your brother have done a fantastic job bringing her too life. But I'm sure it didn't need much tweeking. I'm off to see my mum in the U.K. on Tuesday. She will be 84 soon but in my eyes she will always be 'forever young'.
Hope you had a wonderful day off!

Kim Klassen said...

oh my...your beautiful mom.... how wonderful!! and i adore the processing.... adore. :)

thank you for linking up with texture tuesday.

xxo, kim

Carole said...

What I've missed a giveaway??? haha
Love the image of your mom with or without textures.
I also love the last post with the SOOC shots. I tried that with my fleamarket post. Laziness mostly but the sunshine did help alot.

I really am missing my camera.....take lots of picture for me!

xx
Carole

Julie (Wellblessed) said...

Lovely. Your mom was beautiful.

Stephanie said...

Oh Julie, your mom was beautiful! Thinking of you!

Cathy Bueti said...

Oh my this is beautiful!! Love what you did with this already gorgeous image! What a lovely tribute to her! :)

FILIGREE MOON said...

Julie, this photo of your mother is glorious! I can understand your childhood belief that she was a movie star. Beautiful finish you have added too. Thank you for the Easter wishes. For some reason two comments never made it to my mailbox. I just happened to check the comment moderation page today, and there yours was. Thank you so much...I hope your Easter was lovely and that your weekend will be as well! ~ Angela

JBeaudetStudios said...

Hi Julie! Your mother was beautiful and you did a beautiful job with her photograph!
Take care,
Jennifer:)