Before and After Photography - Photoshop Magic


So why does photography cost so much you ask? I used to ask this too. Then I became a photographer and now I know. There are lots of answers to this question, but I'm going to focus today on one reason: photoshop magic.

So, let me start by saying that photoshop can indeed perform magic. But as with anything, you only get out of it what you put into it. For every miraculous transformation you see on Pinterest, some photographer has poured hours of their life into that single image.

Occasionally, I try to create a whole new reality. Like this:


Hand made wood raft baby prop


Baby in nature with clouds and the sea

But most often, I just make a myriad of very small changes. Each little tweak may not be noticeable by itself, but together they subtly show the child in his most hansom light.


Hansom 2 year old boy in his Sunday best

Little boy looking casual with his hands in his pockets

Sometimes it's about making colors really pop. A subtle adjustment of the contrast in a photo can bring the 2D image to life.


Long eyelashes on 3 month old baby girl photography

Tummy Time Photo in Overland Park Studio

While all babies are perfect, many new babies have acne and most have some red splotches. With a little time and attention, I smooth those over so the picture focus on their real features.


Newborn Baby Girl swaddled up in all yellow


Glowing baby girl sleeping peacefully in Overland Park

My baby photo prop addiction is no secret. I have a studio cram packed full of wraps, props, bows, outfits, baskets, and blankets, But sometimes in a session I still find I don't have exactly the color combination I need for the mood of the set. Photoshop to the rescue.


Baby in flower nest in crochet romper


Newborn photography with curled up baby

Other times there just isn't enough of the backdrop to go around...so I make a bit more.


Before and After Editing Photos

Background extended picture of baby in purple nest

And sometimes, it's just for fun. Photography is my passion and sometimes I just let my creative juices flow. For no good reason I just wanted the wood to be darker and fabric to be smoother.


unedited baby picture with many textures


Purple creative newborn photography


Dark blue baby swaddle


Light blue newborn posing fabric picture


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