As an Orange County Newborn and Maternity Photography, there are few things more fun in photography than seeing a good before and after. A lot goes into the finished product of an image. Besides a professional camera, understanding of exposure, shutter speed and ISO is vital to crisp images. Just snapping the button is not enough.
Beyond that, you need to know an editing software. Lightroom and Photoshop are the leaders in the editing world but knowledge of both will really set you apart. Being able to finish the images by adding contrast, increase exposure and add those beautiful final touches to each image.
Below I have added three fun before and after images for a Orange County Maternity session, an Orange County Newborn session and an Orange County Baby Milestone session. I’ll add some details for each image on how I created the magic for each one.
You can see in this adorable image of an expecting mama and her daughter, I prefer images brighter so I first took this image into Lightroom. I increased exposure quite a bit, added contrast and toned down the yellows from the greens (I prefer minty greens rather than neon). After that I brought the image into Photoshop and hand edited skin tones and shadows to brighten the areas I wanted to highlight. Magic isn’t it?!
For indoor sessions like the Orange County Baby Milestone session above, I brightened by whites, specifically the white background. If you keep it darker it looks grey so adding exposure is vital to bright whites. I also toned down the shadows and adjusted baby’s skin tone. Baby’s skin is often red, especially on their hands, feet and little bums.
Lastly, for this Orange County Newborn session. We did this session in my clients home which always means a lot of editing on my end to make the session cohesive to my brand and style. Not only did I crop the image to avoid the bedspread, I always tilted the image more keeping baby’s head above her feet. I then took the image into Photoshop and hand adjusted her sweet skin tones, again removing reds and adding a smoothing layer. Finally for newborns, I usually have to edit out flaky skin so I did that lightly over her hands and feet.
Orange County Newborn and Maternity Photography
Poppy Lea Photography is a motherhood photographer in Orange County who specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood sessions and family photography in the Orange County area, including San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo and Costa Mesa.
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