before & after | long island newborn photographer

Part of me thinks that Blogging this is not my best idea. =P  After all, who wants to show their less-than-perfect work? I’m pretty sure people aren’t interested in paying me for the top image alone. ;) That said, I am going to bite the bullet, hold my head high and hit POST as soon as I finish composing this entry. I think it’s important to show that not every image comes off the camera and looks amazing. In fact, very few actually do. I have always said that the session itself is only part of my work. The other half begins when I load your images into Lightroom and start playing in Photoshop. I know many people understand that we can cover up blemishes, smooth out flaky newborn skin and fix dark circles under the eyes. But did you stop to think that maybe the final shot you are seeing wasn’t actually shot that way? I’ve seen so many adorable photos with baby at an angle looking totally perfect and you know what: a lot of Photoshop can go into something like that. There isn’t yard upon yard of smooth, wrinkle-free fabric with a perfect newborn laying on top of it at the perfect angle.  Sometimes your lighting is off and fabric doesn’t look that pretty. It’s not uncommon to patch in additional fabric in Photoshop and rotate baby so they appear at a more pleasing angle. There’s nothing wrong with doing this, but I just don’t see many people showing the before. So maybe I’ll come off as crazy and I think I’m ok with that. If I help one photographer feel better about her work today, I’ve done what I set out to do with this entry. :)

I shared a quote on Facebook months ago by Steven Furtick and I think it deserves some bolding.

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”

This is so very true. So today, for this brief moment before I think too hard about it and change my mind, I am going to share both my behind-the-scene & my highlight reel. Don’t give up on yourself. Learn your program. If your image is clean and in focus, there’s a ton you can do in Photoshop.

psst: Everyone’s doing it, they’re just not telling you that they are. ;)

TECH INFO: Canon 5DMKIII & 50mm 1.4 :: ISO 400 :: f/1.8 :: 1/250

Have a great day fellow photogs!

4 Comments

  • Hey Gina! Have you ever thought of teaching a class?? I saw another photographer post about a class she offered called “Moms who Shoot”…teaching moms to take better pictures.

  • OMGoodness!I guess I’m the one that was meant to see this and be encouraged! I’m SO guilty of thinking that because I can’t take it perfect right off the camera that it’s just not good enough. I get so discouraged because I’m starting out and I start to compare my best shots with those of longer established photogs. I always get discouraged. It never occurred to me that they might be sprucing up their images too. Apparently I’m guilty of putting a lot of people on pedestals.

    I’m in love with that quote too. I’m guilty of doing that in both the card making/scrapbooking world and photography. It really doesn’t help when you’re a perfectionist and everything must be done precisely or you’ve failed. It’s supposed to look easy, ya know?

    Thanks for letting me look behind the curtain today. It really helped boost my confidence. :)

  • Hi Gina!
    Thank you soo much for all your tips and encouragement. You truly are amazing. Im just starting out in newborn photography.
    I was just wondering what degree of angle did you end up rotating this picture to get that look?
    Talk to you soon.

    • Thanks Veronica! There is no rhyme or reason to how I rotate a picture. I usually crop them all because my MKIII takes very large pics! I just rotate them (not all, but some shots) to whatever seems most pleasing to my eye. :) Good luck and have fun!

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