Whitney Stevens





I have been a photographer for 20 years and I love every minute of it. I specialize in children and babies but also photograph high school seniors and families. I am a WHCC sponsored speaker and enjoy teaching and giving back to fellow photographers. In my free time, I spend time with my husband and two kids, baking cupcakes, sewing and redecorating my house. I'm a coffee addict, full of laughter and will never turn down peanut butter M & M's.

ON1 Short Clip — Spring Color Pop + Sky Replacement

In this tutorial I will share how to enhance the colors to make them pop as well as how to blend or replace the sky. We will start in Develop to make a few exposure improvements and then go into Effects. In effects I will start with one of the new Color Film presets, make a few adjustments and then add a sky to finish it off.

ON1 Short Clip — Adding a Texture to a Portrait Photo

Adding textures to portrait photos can give them a nice finishing touch.  In this tutorial, you will see me add a texture and mask out parts of the subject I do not want the texture applied to. I will also show you how to blend the texture and make other subtle adjustments to get the best results.

ON1 Short Clip — Creating a Matte Black & White

Adding a black & white matte can really change the mood of an image giving it that extra finish that is needed. Creating a matte BW look is simple and once you have the steps it will lead you to creating many different types of matte looks even color ones.

5 Ways to Spark Creativity with a Personal Project

As artists we all have a point where we hit a creative rut. This can come from photographing the same thing over and over again, or certain times of the year, slow season or you may just need to be inspired to create something new. Photography is always evolving not only as technology advances but also as styles and trends change. It is important that we all take some time to spark our creativity and refresh with a new set of eyes.

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8 Tips for Photographing Kids on the Beach

My family and I took a little impromptu trip the Beach over spring break. Just as I type the word beach, I’m realizing I should probably clarify, the Oregon coast. Which is really more of a windy, not so warm beach.  I took my camera along in hopes that we would get a break in the weather to be able to take a few photos.  I knew I did not want a formal session of my kids but instead photos that captured the experience. Taking photos on the beach can be tricky but approaching it with a documentary style in mind really changed the expectation and instead resulted in fun little details that shared the experience just as I had hoped.

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ON1 Photo Contest

We wanted to play along with ON1 Plus water-themed photo contest last month, so we hosted our private competition at the office! ON1 employees submitted their best water photos, and we put them up on the walls to be admired and evaluated. We had an amazing collection of pictures, here are the top 10 entries.  Please tell us your favorite photo, and we would love to get your input! The clear winner and a runner up is still being debated by our team of judges.  Having little contests is a great way to let us play with on our personal photos and use ON1 Photo 2017 of course! Tell us what you think!

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New Portrait & Lifestyle Category on the forum

We have added a new section to the ON1 Plus forum, Portrait & Lifestyle Photography! If you photograph weddings, seniors, kids or families—then this is your place. This new forum category is for working professionals and those who may be aspiring to be a pro photographer. We even created a special section just for MWAC’s (mom’s with a camera). Let’s use this new category to help inspire and learn the ins and outs of running a portrait studio or photographing people.

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How I Got Time Back by Improving My Workflow

Whitney is the owner of Bliss Studio specializing in children and families and primarily shooting with natural light. She is currently a sponsored speaker for WHCC and enjoys teaching others about her passion. She resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children.

As a portrait photographer my post production looms over me after every session and takes way more time than it should. I don’t know about you, but spending long hours in front of the computer getting images ready for clients is rough. An hour shooting can easily be three to four hours in post production. Resulting in many late night editing sessions and trying to edit while my family life swirls around me. It has gone from my favorite part and turned into my least favorite. I’ve needed a new solution longer than I care to admit. ON1 solved this for me with the latest release, ON1 Photo RAW 2017.  With a few adjustments to my workflow, my post production time has gone from 3-4 hours to 10-15 minutes. This has been LIFE changing for me! I’m finally able to get my editing done quickly and can enjoy more time behind the camera and more time with my family.

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