Today I will talk about editing as a process in my workflow with every client I photograph. In my heart, I truly believe that every person is beautiful, and I have the gift to see it in each person I meet and photograph. So why edit my images? And what do I edit? My editing process comprises of two main things: fixing minor skin flaws and adding my artistic touch. As not many may know, the majority of my time spent "with" a client is actually during the editing process. Spending anything from 5-15 minutes per image fixing things like backgrounds, skin tones and minor skin flaws.
While I try to capture the perfect image in camera on the day of the shoot, no one can prepare for those little "flaws" that inevitably show up on the day of your photoshoot; that one pimple that decided to show up right in the middle of your nose, the sleepless night you just had with your newborn which left dark circles under your eyes because you are so sleep deprived, the redness from seasonal allergies, and so on. Before & AfterNewborn skin edit
So these are the things I "fix" in Photoshop. You are not that pimple or those dark circles, they are a temporary part of your life, whether your hormones are wreaking havoc on your skin during pregnancy or circumstance plays with your looks, you need not worry. Often photo sessions are "time sensitive"; like newborn sessions should get photographed within 2 weeks of birth, or maternity sessions should get done during the 28-34th week of pregnancy, or you have a deadline for an expensive newspaper ad and you need your headshots sooner than later; and because of this you can't always reschedule. For this reason, I mastered editing in Photoshop, showing my clients how truly beautiful they are without those pesky pimples!
Above are two examples of a before and after edits. The essence of the person is still there, with only temporary blemishes removed and the images adjusted for colour. (redness removed, purple lines corrected etc.) We often compare ourselves to the perfection we see in magazines, why not see yourself in the same light?
Newborns are inherently splotchy, discoloured or pimply. They tend to have really red hands and feet or bruises from the labour. And while they are perfect no matter how they arrived, you want to remember their perfection, their smooth even skin tone and innocence. You want your newborn to be a masterpiece you can hang on your wall and display to the world, your own little "Anne Geddes" baby to look at and admire.
The changes are subtle, but the effect is huge. Editing is also the final artistic "signature" of all photographers. Much of each photographers' appeal often comes down to how they edit their images. No two photographers will edit the same.
So hopefully this has shown you a little bit of my behind the lens and what goes into making each image a custom work of art. If you have any questions or wish to find out more about how I can photograph you today, email me now at Therena@Therena.ca or fill out a contact for here!
Therena is a natural light and studio portrait photographer specializing in Newborn, Maternity, and Fine Art. She is based out of Campbell River, BC, and serves all of Northern Vancouver Island. She loves creating art and photographing her 3 (often uncooperative) children as well as her clients. She finds true joy in creating art and making other women feel beautiful and inspired. She is a Dreamer a Wanderer and an Idealist, seeing beauty in everything around her.
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