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Tutorial - Parkerisms

Kristen Marie Parker

Kristen pushes herself to document all different types of light during the day. These presets reflect and emphasize those different types of light. From getting ready to portraits to the reception, Kristen loves having a single look and depending on the time of day and where the sun is, that might change how your files are represented. Included is Kristen’s favorite direct sunlight and noon time preset as well as a look she uses for her on camera reception shots and even a dusk preset for when you just barely missed your sunset window but kept pressing on and shooting.

Parkerisms Content


  • The KMP Signature
  • After Sunset
  • After Sunrise
  • Moody Monotone
  • Ah, My Eyes!
  • The KMP Signature
    A look that can be placed on nearly anything, this preset is meant to deepen your blacks, tone down your skin tones and foliage and provide a feel that is more cinematic like what you see in motion pictures. I use this look on everything from getting ready until end of the night. Since we do have a lot of of plants and trees and grass here in Seattle, I love having the look of the greens and yellows muted a tad to not take away from the subjects in the image.

    After Sunset
    One of my favorite things to do is photograph long after the sun has gone down when the sky is a perfect blue and the light that falls across skin is creamy and dense. This look gives more of a magenta / blue hue to emphasize the dusk that falls over your landscape and lighting.

    After Sunrise
    Most of us get caught in a bit of midday light for photos so this preset handles bright sunlight, especially for those high sun ceremonies and portraits. Great for direct light, this preset smooths out skin, lowers the contrast between your shadows and highlights and takes care of your intense blue skies and reflective grass.

    Moody BW
    My go-to black and white. It’s been a struggle to perfect my black and white’s and this preset fits perfectly with all types of light, including open shade and window light. I love to use this one to emphasize a moment or movement as it highlights the brighter parts of the image in a very tasteful way. A favorite for portraits, tear drops, hands and in between moments.

    Ah, My Eyes!
    My perfectly paired on camera flash preset. It levels out skin tones and matches my editing from the rest of the day as I transition from natural light to artificial light. If you’re shooting with an open shutter, it does bring down the skin tones to a creamier look while also allowing any streaks of colored light to come in with vibrancy. A consistent on camera flash editing solution.