Melissa Gibson

sister spraying sister with a water hose by Melissa Gibson

4 keys to making fun photos that will make you smile

As a mom, it seems as though I’m always wanting things ‘just so’. Clean faces, clean rooms, children who are following the rules and not climbing the walls. However, I’ve found out that breaking the rules will result in fun, happy, and joyful moments for my children as well as for myself. It’s when I’m letting go, being patient and allowing my kids to be themselves that the great images unfold.(…)

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A day in the life with Atlanta photographer Melissa Gibson

a day in the life | melissa gibson

A Day In The Life with Melissa Gibson
A day in the life at my house is usually quite busy.  Things can get a little hairy with three girls, two dogs, one husband, soccer, horse riding lessons and homework.  I chose to photograph a typical Tuesday around here.  I’m now realizing that I somehow missed photographing homework time or all girls having their teeth brushing time, but I assure you that we did both.

Our day begins at 5:45 in the morning. (…)

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Adobe Photoshop Elements before and after by Melissa Gibson

Workshop Preview: photoshop elements

This workshop is no longer offered.
Processing 103: Photoshop Elements is a three week online workshop focusing on PSE 11 that will help you take your images from SOOC to finished product, all in Elements.  Instructor Melissa Gibson will teach you how to begin in ACR and finish with web sharpening and printing.  From clean edits, removing distractions, to levels and tones, Elements has it all and is a powerful editing program.  PSE 103 will show you an efficient workflow and(…)

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toys, the personal photography project from Melissa Gibson

personal photo project: toys

Personal Photography Project of Melissa Gibson


What is/was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?
My personal photography project revolves all around my girls’ toys.  I spend my days documenting their lives and I wanted to include all of what THEY love, not just what I love about them.  Things like their smiles, her new braces, the first day of school; all of those are important to document, but there is so much more that the girls love, too.  Just(…)

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backlit photo of girl sitting on bed by Melissa Gibson

4 Photoshop Elements tools I can’t live without

I know I’ve mentioned this before and I’m certain you all know this by now, but  I really dig Adobe Photoshop Elements.

If you are a beginner looking for editing software, this is the one for you.  On the other hand, if you are more advanced in your photography journey, this may also be the software for you.  In fact, I know loads of extremely talented photographers who use Elements.  It is an editing program that is highly underrated and definitely(…)

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girl dressed up as a pirate by Melissa Gibson

keepin’ it real: finding your blogging style

Blogging has become an important part of businesses, but also a fun little hobby for people like myself.  You can showcase your latest work, your child’s art and recent happenings in your life.  Perhaps you own a business blog where you post images and advice for clients.  Maybe you have a how-to blog that includes tips and crafts for the home. Or?  You could be like me, and have a personal blog where you post images and stories of your(…)

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lifestyle photograph by MWAC Melissa Gibson

more than a hobbyist

I am a mom and I am a photographer.  Since I am not a business owner, I am a considered a “hobbyist”.  However, I am not “just a hobbyist”.

I am an artist.

Even more than an artist?

I am a storyteller.

Seven months before my first girl was born, I was writing about her.  I wrote letters to her in her own journal.  Skipping by my old personal journal to now jot down notes about her life instead.  I remember putting my thoughts(…)

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a peek inside | melissa gibson

Today we’re bringing you another ‘peek inside’ of one of our fabulous CMteam members! This time, we get to learn a little more about one of our newest Mentors, Melissa Gibson.
a peek inside | melissa gibson
My bag is the super cute Ketti bag made exclusively for Clickin Moms.  It is my first real camera bag (I used a backpack before) and I am in love with it.  It is so easy to carry all of my goodies around and I adore(…)

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How to perform a head swap in Photoshop Elements by Melissa Gibson

How to perform a head swap in Photoshop Elements

Oftentimes, during a session, someone is either not looking at the camera or is making a goofy face.  With my little ones?  It’s more than likely a goofy face.  However, no worries!  If you have a good handle on how to swap heads in Photoshop Elements (aka PSE) you’ll have a little less stress when you’re editing a session.  This is a really handy editing tip that you’ll love to use.

Keep in mind, this isn’t just used for head swaps.(…)

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How to create collage templates in Photoshop Elements

Have you searched and searched for the perfect storyboard for your blog? I know I have. I remember looking for just the right template for my images and always ended up making purchases that I didn’t really need. In the end, I’d only use one template out of the ten that came in the bundle.

How frustrating!

Did you know that you can make custom collage templates in PSE?

Here’s how you can create your own storyboards for use in printing or blogging.(…)

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black and white edit in photoshop elements by Melissa Gibson

converting to black and white in photoshop elements

There are several factors that go into creating a lovely black and white image.  Of course, there is one very important factor that we all know about, lighting.  No matter how hard you try, you aren’t going to get a beautiful black and white if you haven’t used the light well.  Personally, I love conversions that are hazy and backlit but I also love side light and contrast.

Today, I’m going to show you how I convert an image that I(…)

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Before and After: editing in Photoshop Elements

First off, let me tell you that I am more than likely the odd ball of the CMpros.


Well, for starters I shoot in jpeg.  I’ll just go ahead and admit that right off the bat.  However, shooting in jpeg forces me to get the shot right in camera.  There is no room for goof ups and I love that.  It’s good for me. Jpeg pushes me to get the shot right the first time and it works for well for me. (…)

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