Have you ever wondered how much editing goes in to my baby photos? I thought I’d share with you a little before and after Photoshop of some of my photography. Some photographers do a lot of post production editing before delivering their images to clients. I do my very best to get most things right at the moment that I click the shutter. This means that the time I need to dedicate to editing and post-production is reduced. Plus, I think that the results are much better too!
The Baby Photo Editing Process – Step 1: Lightroom
Firstly, I use Lightroom to select the best images from a session. I then apply a preset that I have custom designed which warms and brightens the images a little. It’s at this stage that I send my clients the link to an online gallery to view the best images from their session to choose from. Once clients have selected their package and paid for their order, I then retouch each image individually by hand in Photoshop – taking care to smooth any blemishes or remove any yellow or red tones in the skin (common in babies).
Step 2 – Making it perfect in Photoshop
In Photoshop I have a series of actions which I have made to help speed up the editing process. The hand retouching work is the most time consuming part of the editing process. At the end of this process, each image is saved and delivered to my clients in both full and web-sized versions so that my clients can make their own prints and products in the future. I also give my clients recommendations on where to make their own prints and products for high quality results.
I hope that this helps demystify the post production and editing process!
After 4 years at my beautiful Balmain Sydney Inner West photography studio it’s time for a new chapter! I’m not moving far though. I’ve recently taken a lease on busy Darling Street in Balmain and am currently getting ready for the big move. We are installing new flooring and hubby is currently putting in a beautiful “wall of light” – more on that later.
Where will my new Sydney Inner West Photo studio be located?
My new studio will be at Level 1, 374 Darling St Balmain on the corner of Jacques and Darling Streets. For local Balmain and Rozelle people you might be familiar with the Binky & Co cafe – I will be upstairs which I’m sure will be handy for my clients wanting a snack and a coffee during their session 😉
Do you have parking available on site?
A great bonus with my new baby photography studio is that I will have a car parking space available for my client’s use. This will save my clients having to try and find a parking space close to the studio which can sometimes be tricky in busy Balmain.
Is there anything we need to know about the new studio?
The main difference between the new and the old studio spaces are that my new space is located upstairs. I have limited space for prams on the ground floor and will only be able to fit a small pram. If you will be walking to the studio please keep this in mind.
When will you be moving to your new space?
My last session at my old Beattie Street location will be this coming Saturday (26th June). All sessions from the 1st July 2021 onwards will be at the new Darling Street address. If you have an upcoming appointment with me I’ll be contacting you with the new address (it’s only a few blocks away from my old studio address).
I’m looking forward to welcoming my clients to my new location very soon.
Everyone wants to have clear, glowing, and radiant skin. The good news is it can be simple to achieve! The most important advice? Get enough sleep and hydrate. Not only are these free, but they’re also absolutely easy to do too!
If you’re pressed for time and you only have 1 week to prepare for your shoot, you don’t need to worry. Sleep for 7 to 8 hours for the whole week and see the difference in the quality and health of your skin. If you couple this with drinking at least 6 to 8 glasses of water, you’ll not only notice that your skin is much more supple, you’ll feel the difference in your overall health and energy too.
Tip 2: “New” is not always better
When it comes to skincare before a photoshoot, you don’t want to try anything new. This goes for new skincare routines, products and treatments. While getting your usual facial and exfoliation treatment is a good idea at least a seven (7) days before your photoshoot, it is not recommended to try anything drastic as you run the risk of having irritated skin. If you are really wanting a specific treatment, wait until after you’re done with the photo shoot.
Stick with your usual routine at least the week before the photoshoot. Unlike for newborn and baby photos whose skin don’t need much prepping at all, adult skin needs all the TLC it can get. Don’t scrimp on your trusted basics like cleanser, toner, moisturisers and sunscreen. If they’ve worked for you in the past they’re your best bet to make your skin look its best before your photoshoot, too.
Tip 3: Less is More
In skincare, putting “less” on your face is always better than putting more. This is because every skincare product takes a while to work. It also takes a while for your skin to adjust to a certain skincare routine. In addition, not all skincare products work well with others, even if they are from the same brand. Using incompatible products may be harmful to your skin in the longer term.
Overwhelming your face with too much may cause breakouts, redness and allergies. While these may be remedied by good professional makeup and some photo post-processing, fresh, clear, and glowing skin is always the best canvas.
Tip 4: Stay Away from Alcohol
Alcohol can dehydrate the body. To achieve the dewy, radiant glow be sure to avoid alcohol for a week before your session. It not only dehydrates your skin but it also reduces the quality of your sleep. Looking tired and dehydrated is not the best look for your photos. Avoiding any alcoholic beverage for the week before your photos is your best bet.
Displaying your baby’s photos in your home is the best way to enjoy the beautiful photos from your session for years to come. But what are the options for wall art? What are canvases and framed prints? Which should I choose?
The short answer is that it depends on your budget, the decor in your home, and your personal preference. Some of my clients like the more modern look of canvases, while others prefer the more traditional look of framed prints. Here are each of the options that I offer and the pros and cons of each:
Canvas prints are a popular option. Your image is printed on a cotton canvas and then stretched over a timber frame. I’ve sourced the best manufacturer in Australia who uses museum-grade canvas from the USA. The image is then sprayed with fade-inhibiting UV blockers so that it will last the test of time.
What are the benefits of canvases?
The benefit of canvas prints is that they are lighter than framed prints. Canvases are also great as they don’t have any glare or reflections that frames do and are more cost-effective which means you can get a bigger size for the same price as a smaller framed print. As canvases don’t have an external frame surrounding the image, you can also fit a larger image size in the same amount of wall space making the image stand out more.
What are the disadvantages of canvas prints?
The main disadvantage to canvas prints is that the texture of the canvas can be a little distracting for some people (although this is minimised by using a better quality canvas – the premium quality canvas used by my canvas makers makes this less of a problem). For some people canvases look a little too “modern” but this is all personal preference.
Framed prints are the traditional way of displaying photographs. Images are printed onto cotton rag papers, matted on acid-free mats and framed in timber. The frame is then finished in glass with stainless steel hanging wire.
What are the benefits of framed prints?
Frames are definitely more traditional and can suit a wider variety of home decors. Along with the aesthetic appeal, using papers for displaying your photos does show more detail than canvas.
What are the disadvantages of framed prints?
There are a few disadvantages of framed prints over canvas prints. Firstly, you need to be aware that the glass frame will have glare and reflections from lights in the room (be it sunlight or other light sources). Also, as frames are quite costly, framed prints are more expensive than canvases of the same size. You will also need to factor in that internal mat surrounding your print takes up wall space. If you only have a limited space on your wall this will reduce the size of the image you can fit in your home. The moulding colour (frame) also needs to be carefully chosen as it cannot be changed if your home colour scheme changes over time.
What should I choose?
I hope this has helped you understand the differences between canvases and framed prints. Both of these products are equally as popular and beautiful on your wall. It really does come down to your own personal preference and some of the advantages and disadvantages I’ve discussed. I hope this information helps you choose what’s best for you! The most important thing is choosing something so that your beautiful photos can be enjoyed by your family every day!
I also offer Wall Art Collections where you can buy a group of canvases or framed prints to display together and make your wall come to life.
For more information about my photography and products, be sure to get in touch with me. I’d love to meet and photograph you and your baby soon!
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Hi! I'm Amy Tong. I'm a newborn baby photographer in the Sydney Inner West surburb of Balmain, Australia. I'm Mum to 3 little ones, and wife to my best friend of almost 20 years. I've always been creative. A lover of music, art and history. Photography has been an important part of my life since I first picked up a camera as a hobby back in 2008.
I began my career as a professional baby photographer back in 2012 and have had the honour of photographing over 300 babies since then. To me, photography allows us to preserve moments in time for future generations. I can't think of any better job in the world. I'd love to hear from you and help you hold on to these special moments too..