This may surprise you, but your session is a very small portion of the work a photographer puts in to present you with your final gallery. The biggest task ahead of them? Editing. It. can. take. hours. Really. Hours. That’s hours to edit a single gallery, and sometimes hours on a single image – all to provide you with the best of the best of the best of their work – and today, I’m giving you a peek into how I edit.
As a young photographer, I was a bit click happy. I’d snap away thinking, “Oh, I’ll take care of it later.” Sometimes that’s true, but rarely. While I do my best to create the image I want in-camera, there are some things that can only be done in how I edit.

How I Edit

My photography is about moments, and I best like to display those moments with high contrast, deep shadows, and intense color. That means I often begin with a properly exposed image, but sometimes the look I am going for is best achieved with an image that is slightly overexposed (which none of these examples are).

When I edit a new image, I start by cropping the image, and addressing any skin blemishes, as needed. I don’t photoshop. I won’t decrease someone’s waist size or anything along those lines, but I will remove some skin blemishes. Next, I ask, “Does the color add to the image and story it’s telling?” If the answer is “No,” the image becomes black and white, and I adjust the blacks, whites, shadows, and highlights to fit my style. If the answer is “Yes,” I begin with a color preset I’ve developed, then adjust the specifics of the preset for this particular image.

Then, I may burn or dodge the image. This ensures the focus of the light is exactly where I want it to be. Burning and dodging manipulate the exposure of a certain area of an image.

That’s the gist of how I edit.

Your Sneak Peek: How I Edit