Changing & adjusting.

Hello Friends,

Well, since my last post SOOO much has changed for our little family.  We moved to Texas, bought a house, my husband retired from the Air Force and is pursuing new ventures, and we are about 99.9% settled in.  Scratch that, 95.9%.  Sorry for the absenteeism, but I’m just one of those types who is very sensitive to disorder, so the grumpy moods (mine included), cluttered tabletops  and clashing color schemes that all come along with moving have been sucking the life out of me lately.

For now, I wanted to share a few shots from my last session in Virginia.  I had the most amazing neighbors, with the loveliest brood of daughters.  This is just one of them, I’ll share her gorgeous sisters in an upcoming post, but I wanted to get this little series out there because I really love how it turned out.  Her eyes are so awesome, and she is so sweet and natural, I had to do the whole thing in black and white.


Hope you like them.  I also hope to be share a lot more with you all on this blog now that our life is finally starting to establish some normalcy.  Thanks for sticking with me! See you all again soon.


October 20, 2013 - 2:08 am

Patricia - Your blog is really great i think there is so much to learn here .
Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful work.
Herzliche Gruesse Patricia

September 12, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Vinita - Love these images Patti! Hope all is well and all of you have settled in and enjoying yourselves! Catch up soon! Xx

Hello Cutie! {+ Mega-Moving Sale in the Kaleidoscope Shoppe!}

Yes, it’s happened once again.

The much appreciated “are you out there” emails from friends, fans & blog followers have been making their way into my inbox recently, and I am so sorry this blog has been producing silence softer than crickets as of late.  I know everyone is busy, I know it. But if you’re a blog follower or friend of mine who has been with me for any length of time, you know that my family is in the midst of a major life transition (actually, more than one, all at once) and busy just doesn’t describe the demands that have been put on our time lately.

I’m going to catch you all up on our relocation plans in another post, which I promise, will not be as overdue as this one is.  In the meantime though, to thank and reward you sweet people for sticking with me, I’ve decided to offer 40% off everything in the Kaleidoscope Shoppe for one week only.  Just use code: badblogger upon checkout and enjoy!  As always, if you’ve purchased within the last 7 days, email me and I’ll happily do a price adjustment.

In non-delay related news, I also wanted to share a few pictures I snapped the other night of a sweet neighbors adorable little girl, who clearly, has a thing for Hello Kitty. Sometimes a girl just knows what she likes!  And I like this girl.  She’s got spunk and style and I had a blast with her.

Thanks again, as always, for stopping by my little corner of the cyber-world.  I’ll be posting again soon about where we’ve finally decided to settle.  I’m excited, and can’t wait to share!

Until next time, PB

April 13, 2014 - 4:36 am

joyce - Hello Patty, I just bought some presets on my tablet how can I download on my mac??
Tnx Joyce huis

July 26, 2013 - 7:12 am

carol - Thank you! Your textures are beautiful! I am loving the sets I just downloaded. Thanks for all your work and the specials you offer.

Lightscapes are here! {+30% off the entire shop}

Hello friends,

Well, the wait is over, Kaleidoscope’s newest lovely little illuminators are here!!!  Plus, if you use the code: light13 you will receive 30% off your entire purchase through March 15th!

Check out the B &A’s,  then read the “What you need to know” information below to clear up any questions you may have, and to watch full video demonstrations in both CS and Elements.   Scroll to the bottom of this post to purchase, or visit the Kaleidoscope Shoppe for even more B&A’s,  and *maybe* stock up on a few of your other favorite color & light infused digital darlings.  Since everything is 30% off, it’s a great time to round out your texture collection as well!



What you need to know:

  • Lightscapes contains 102 versions of 24 unique .jpg light overlays, plus a bonus pack which includes 42 versions of 14 unique circle, prism, and haze overlays.  Lightscapes were created using natural light, and are designed to be blended in “screen” mode.    Lightscapes is compatible with Photoshop CS and Photoshop Elements.  Each overlay measures approximately 14 x 9”and is 300 dpi/ppi.

  • Once purchased, a product download page should pop up immediately.   You will also receive an email in the inbox associated with your account, so if you purchase with your Paypal account, the email will go to the address associated with that account.

  • If you have compatibility concerns, or if you want to try Lightscapes prior to purchasing the full set, please download the free Sampler pack here.  Per industry standards, once purchased, Lightscapes is non-refundable.

  • Lightscapes is not a set of actions, filters, or presets so there is nothing to install when using Lightscapes.  Lightscapes  does not work in ACR or Lightroom, it works with Photoshop CS and Photoshop Elements.  For a full video demonstration/tutorial, click here for Photoshop CS; click here for Photoshop Elements.

  • Lightscapes includes written directions, however, it is recommended that you watch the video tutorials on this site for additional tips, tricks, and editing suggestions in order to fully utilize all Kaleidoscope products.

  • Please DO NOT press the download button repeatedly in the same sitting.  Press it once, and allow the download to take place.  Most customers have no trouble downloading.  If your download seems to be taking an unusually long amount of time, please empty any caches on your computer, disable any firewalls that may be in place, and (if possible) re-boot your computer.

            Kaleidoscope products are distributed exclusively through the Clickin’ Moms Store.  To purchase, please click here. 


May 14, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Bessie - Hi, just want to say, I stumbled upon this beautiful site yesterday while searching for online tutorials. The photos are so beautiful (breath-taking…) and you explained so well + generously. It was just the sort of stuff I had been looking for, as I am especially interested in portrait photography. Right now I am going through all the posts to absorb as much as I can. 🙂 Big thanks!

March 22, 2013 - 9:36 am

Frances - Thank you so very much for the free overlays. I look forward to purchasing the entire set soon. I’m sorry I missed the sale. Your work is beautiful.

March 8, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Amanda Jones - Can’t wait to try! So excited about these, they look so beautiful.

February 27, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Dianna - Just wanted to come in and mention I just bought the new Lightscapes, and they are just beautiful on all types of images i’ve tryed them on so far.

Thanks so much Patti!

February 27, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Jen K. - Beautiful! Thank you SO much Patti!

Lightscapes are coming! (Plus FREE Light Overlays!!)

Hello friends,

Sooo, I’ve actually begun receiving email from readers who are concerned about my whereabouts.  (Once again, proof that I have the sweetest readers in the world.) I’ll catch you all up on everything that’s going on with us personally after I plug my almost-here release.  And provide some freebies.

First of all, Kaleidoscope is (once again..) expecting a new arrival!   Any day now, Lightscapes will be here!  The Lightscapes Collection is my newest set  of light overlays created from real light combined with a few artistic enhancements.   Lightscapes are compatible with both Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS.  For a full demonstration of how they work, click here  (Elements users, click here.) Lightscapes have been testing incredibly well, and should be available to you within the next week or so.  Here are two quickie shares, and if you scroll on down, there’s a link to download your free Lightsapes Sampler.  A little “try before you buy” gift, if you will….plus, the Sampler should help calm nerves of anyone unsure about compatibility.

(Above image created using Lightflare 15a from the Lightscapes Free Sampler and my upcoming Lightscapes Collection)

  (Above image created using Lightframe 2a from my upcoming Lightscapes collection.)


Download your Lightscapes Sampler by clicking on the “Buy Now” button below.   It’s free, I promise.  Then, come hang out with me here on Facebook to get ideas and information about upcoming specials.   (Note: for those of you who were kind enough to fan the original Kaleidoscope Facebook page, I combined it with the Patti Brown Photography page about 6 months ago to simplify things. I hope you’ll come and stay.)

Lightscapes Free Sampler for Photoshop CS & Photoshop Elements…………………………Add to Cart


***New Subject****

Now, onto other (personal) news.  My family and I will be undergoing a huge transition this year as my husband will be retiring from 20 years of active duty service in the United States Air Force.  To say that this is a time of great anticipation, emotion, and transition for our family would be an understatement.  I’m so proud of my husband.  He grew up as an “Air Force Brat” and has weathered many moves, adapted to many new places, and subsequently has also had to say goodbye to nearly every attachment he has ever made in his entire life.  There has literally not been a day he has been alive that he hasn’t understood what it means to serve, and never was his calling more clear than in the days following September 11th, 2001.  I can’t go into great detail for fear he will die of embarrassment, but let’s just say that those who know him best (like me) have the privilege of knowing him best and understanding his legacy of service.   We also know that although he has loved his time, he is ready to move on; and as every woman who has ever loved a man of service knows, where he goes: I will follow.

Where will that be?  As of right now, we have no idea.  We are still working out the details and sorting through the options that lie ahead.  This is a very contemplative time for our family, and we are spending most of our days trying to determine the best long term options for everyone involved.  Should we leave Virginia, I will desperately miss her.  As Pat Conroy says so eloquently  “My wound is geography.  It is also my anchorage, my port of call.”  If you’ve ever loved a place, you can relate.  However, those of you who have been with me for a while have probably picked up on my hidden gypsy soul (which, for the good sake of society, is properly disguised as a somewhat normal looking person); and that soul is once again craving some change.

So, gang – there you have it.  My recent pre-occupations summarized in roughly 714 words.  The great thing about this business is that I’m able to take it anywhere, and do it from anywhere, and of course, I hope you all will follow along wherever we wind up.  I’ll let you all know which way the wagon’s pointed once we’ve determined it ourselves, and in the meantime, I truly do have more images and more products coming out this year, I promise.  It won’t be such a long break until we meet again.

See you next week with the full Lightscapes collection!

xoxo – PB


May 12, 2015 - 8:05 am

Jason - It seems your freebie link doesn’t work, but great looking work and site.

November 12, 2014 - 11:14 am

Naomi McGeachy - Learning all about Photoshop Elements and all the fun things that it can involve. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, looking forward to learning!

April 13, 2014 - 9:31 am

Rosanna Fiorazo - Awesome site! Glad I found it!

January 13, 2014 - 1:35 pm

kerrie jayne - Beautiful photos, glad I found you!

December 17, 2013 - 12:56 am

LIsa - Thank you !! God Bless you for your kind heart !

October 27, 2013 - 3:21 pm

Pauline - Hello Ms Patti,
Thank you for all your tutorials and freebies!
I am new to PSE and actions. I am rather conscious on what I download online. After reading all the comments and watched your tutorial, I decided to give it a try.
It was easy like you said, and I am excited.
Can’t wait to give it a go and spruce up some pictures using your PSE actions.

Thank you so much!!!

July 29, 2013 - 6:13 am

Shirley Fox - I’ve only just found you…so happy I did, can’t wait to try your actions.
May I take this opportunity to wish you both well into & through your next journey together.
Thank you so much.

July 23, 2013 - 11:20 am

Brittany - Thank you!! Can’t wait to try out your sample!

July 23, 2013 - 8:56 am

carol roskos - Thank you, i just found you and downloaded the free lightscapes sample and the free imagine and eternal sample pack. I love them! wish i had found you sooner!

May 15, 2013 - 6:53 am

Taunya - what wonderful high quality freebies looking so forward to experimenting with them ALL! Hope someday to own the light flares set WOW!

April 23, 2013 - 7:33 am

Donna - I’ve just discovered your site. Awesome! I’m just getting back into digital after a lengthy hiatus. Your generosite will certainly make my progress speedier! Thanks so much!

April 20, 2013 - 8:31 am

Jaylene Borup - Thank you so much for allowing us to try it out first! Looks awesome!

March 29, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Alison - Thanks for the freebies!

March 1, 2013 - 6:12 am

Toni Burks (DFW - Grapevine Photographer) - Thanks, Patti, these look fabulous….can’t wait to play!

February 27, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Jen K. - Beautiful! Thank you SO much Patti!

February 27, 2013 - 6:56 am

Lightscapes are here! {+30% off the entire shop} » Patti Brown Photography - […] Lightscapes are coming! (Plus FREE Light Overlays!!) […]

February 26, 2013 - 9:13 pm

New!! Lightscapes » My Blog - […] you want to try Lightscapes prior to purchasing the full set, please download the free Sampler pack here.  Per industry standards, once purchased, Lightscapes is […]

February 26, 2013 - 5:43 pm

Jamie - Cant wait til these come out! I am already playing with the freebie:

February 24, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Dora Gomez - Thank you so much. Looking forward to purchasing your Gallery Collection soon. Dora

February 24, 2013 - 7:45 pm

Melinda - Thank you so much for the freebies! I can’t wait to try them. Your work is beautiful! : )

February 23, 2013 - 9:10 am

Sheila - Thank you patty for sharing these wonderful light effects.

February 22, 2013 - 6:20 pm

Patti A - Nice to see your back. How fun to start on a new journey. Scarey but fun none the less especially with the ones you love.

February 22, 2013 - 2:20 pm

Dana Moran - Can’t wait to try it but the link keeps bringing me to a survey:(

February 22, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Lisa's Lens - Thank you so much for these! I can’t wait to use them. Thanks to your husband and you and your family for his service and I wish you guys all the best!

February 22, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Debora J - Thank you!

February 22, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Greta - Thanks! I can’t wait to try these out!! 🙂

And God Bless your husband and your family 🙂
May he (and you) enjoy his retirement.

February 22, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Grace Presley - So pretty! I can’t wait to play with these. You are so generous for sharing! <3

Merry Christmas from the family.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of my wonderful customers, those of you who stop by this blog now and then, and anyone who has ever taken a moment to say hi or leave a few kind words.  When you run a small (and it doesn’t get much smaller than this!) business, this time of year always signifies a time of reflective thankfulness and an optimism about the new year.  This business helps support my family, allows me to contribute to things like my son’s college account, and allows us to give back some of what we earn each year to those less fortunate.   I am so appreciative to each of you, and as 2012 draws to an end, I can’t wait to see you all again in 2013!


I also wanted to say a special thanks to Tara Farrell for collaborating with me to make the above picture happen.  You are the best, sweet friend!

Blessings, PB

February 22, 2013 - 4:29 pm

lori driver - thank you for your awesome freebies, your work is beautiful!

January 26, 2013 - 8:16 am

Jan Adams - A little bit after the fact, so I’ll say Happy New Year! I just enjoyed finding your blog and downloading some of your freebies. Love your work! Thank you so much for sharing.
Jan in NC

December 26, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Amy - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!