Want to be a fly on the wall?
While I was editing my latest newborn session yesterday, I thought it might be fun to show you the process I go through. So I made a video recording of myself using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom to take my images from straight out of the camera to the final image in my typical style.
Check out the video on YouTube here:
What Tricks Do I Use?
You may have notice that I like to keep my style consistent – plenty of natural light behind my subject (Mum and baby are sitting in front of a window) and warm tones throughout. I use actions from various providers to ensure that my galleries remain consistent and my clients know what to expect. My favourite Photoshop action for editing skin/ eyes/ lips etc is from Totally Rad! called 'Pro Retouch 2.0 '. My favourite newborn specific actions for blankets, colour correction and general tone of the image is through Greater Than Gatsby's set called 'Newborn Collection II' which was developed with the help of the amazing Amy McDaniel, of Dewdrops Photography.
Keep It Simple
You can purchase the actions listed above quite reasonably and they can really change the way you work. Some babies are more red or blotchy than others, and it’s just a couple of clicks of the mouse to transform them to how they would be in a couple of days/ weeks anyway. As you can see in the image above, this poor little bubs had a minor scratch on her face which will heal any day now, so I just used the spot healing brush in Photoshop to touch it up a little bit. I am very conscious to keep things natural and not too far from reality, as I don’t want to offend anyone. I really love peeling baby skin on hands and toes, so I tend to keep that most of the time. Understandably, some Mums come into the studio with a lack of sleep, so are grateful for me to take some of the shadows out from under their eyes to spruce them up a little bit. You can check out more of my Before and After work in my recent blog post here.
Interested in a Shoot?
If you're interested in a newborn or family photo shoot, please don't hesitate to get in touch - I'd love to meet you! Sessions take place in my Dundrum home studio on Saturday or Sunday afternoons.