I look back at some of my earlier work, from when I first started photographing people and I cringe. That's not a joke. The first thing I look at is the amount of over-editing that I did. Like, Holy Hannah, let's tone down the smooth and blur tools. Since learning more, furthering my education, mentoring with wonderful photographers who've become friends, I've learned the art of keeping it simple. And by it, I mean editing.
It breaks my little baby photographer heart to see gorgeous senior images but their skin looks over edited. They don't look like themselves. So, I've made it a goal, every year, to get faster and more natural looking with my editing. If I have to spend more than 3 minutes per image, there better be a good reason and it better not be because I can't decide to add more contrast or not. I'm not saying I don't make mistakes and end up having to fix them. But I am saying that I want it to be a simple fix. Something like exposure. And not a complete head tilt.
So, this week's blog is all about showcasing the different kinds of ways I try to keep my senior's editing and images as close to perfect in camera and spend fewer moments of my life editing and more moments chasing around that almost 9 (omg) month old baby that keeps us up at night and gives us premature gray hairs. I've taken all my senior sessions from this week, found one of my fave images from the session and compared it with a before and after.
Feel free to ask questions -- what I did to each image is listed in the caption area under each picture.
I hope you enjoyed this week's blog! More tips and tricks as I get more comfortable with blogging and have the time in between our busy schedule and life. This one was a fun one for me and so important for my clients and potential clients to see how much we like to get it right from the start and keep it simple to the end!