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Monday, January 05, 2015
By Heather O
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I am oftened asked how I create my images.  Generally, it is assumed that I do a lot in photoshop.  Well, I am here to debunk that myth.  Do I edit images?  Yes.  We are going to call it enhancing.  I like to keep things simple.  That’s my style.  I also appreciate photographers that can do more advanced editing, it truly is an art, a beautiful one!  If you can imagine it, it is possible. 

This year, I embraced my vision.  We all see the world differently.  What a unique and beautiful gift!  When I snap an image, my goal is to get it as accurate on camera as possible, and then build upon my vision using editing software.  I could write a whole post about getting an image right on camera, but I want to focus on my editing style for today. 


  I rarely share my unedited images.  I like people to see my vision, not the process.


Here are some SOOC(straight out of camera) and edited versions of 3 pictures I took this fall. 

I like to keep my newborns simple.  Blend their skin tones and add a slight vignette. 


Not every subject has flawless skin like this beauty (although, I can fix that too). I simply popped some colors and viola, perfection.


Families-Again, pop some colors, add a little contrast and print this LARGE on your wall!


Now, sometimes, the weather doesn’t cooperate, kids have bumps or people blink.  That's when I love and appreciate the freedom of photoshop.  This image is at a wedding in June.  You cannot reschedule wedding pictures, so you do the best that you can and get creative.  It was overcast and rainy.   When I checked out this church a month prior to their wedding, this was what I envisioned.  Beautiful bold sky, strong architectural lines.  Well, mother nature didn’t give me the sky I was hoping for, so, I created it(plus I added some warmth to the image).  While the concept of creating a sky is simple, it can be very difficult to blend along trees and people.  This edit took me a bit, but was worth every controlled brush stroke!


This is me.  Simple. Clean. 


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