Before and After Series: From Snapshot to Artistic Child Portrait|North Country NY Photographer

July 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Thought I'd share my first post in what I hope will be a monthly "Before and After" blog series.   I loved the way the fan was blowing my granddaughters hair so I quickly grabbed my camera and snapped a few pictures while I had the fleeting opportunity.  I didn't have time to clear away any background distractions so when I went to edit this picture I decided to pull it into Photoshop to see what I could do with it.  

(Before)

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The goal of this edit was to simplify the frame to focus all the attention on my subject.  I removed the lanterns on the table behind her, the little yellow chair (and its shadow) and some of the distractions on the tablecloth.  I decided this photo might look great in B&W so I converted it and then played around with bringing down the highlights, deepening the blacks and adding sharpness to her hair and other little details.

(After)

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 I'm so happy with the timeless feel the B&W gave to this sweet moment - and of course - I adore her sweet little profile!!  I love how sometimes an edit can turn an everyday snapshot into a treasured artistic portrait!


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Natural and studio light photographer specializing in child and family portrait and lifestyle photography.  Serving areas in the North Country counties of Franklin and St. Lawrence NY including the towns of St. Regis Falls, Brushton, Potsdam, Massena and Malone.


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