Speed-retouch | Self Portrait

Every photographer has their own process. Mine has very little to do with the actual photography part. I like to spend as little time in-camera as possible, and make the real magic happen in post.  I wanted to show the progression of a single photo from start to finish, so I made a time-lapse screen capture of my editing over the course of several hours (condensed to 3 minutes for your viewing). Enjoy!

I treat a photo like a half-finished painting: softening every detail, painting in the shadows and highlights, adjusting every colour accent, and overlaying gritty textures. Here is a before & After look:

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I understand that some photographers would prefer the original, raw version of this photo. But art is just an opinion, isn’t it? Thanks for reading!

Ashley Shaw / Studio finals

My session with Ashley Shaw went flawlessly.  Here are the studio finals!  I used some unusual editing techniques for this one to give it that dreamy edge, creating some contrast between the darker composition and styling. Thanks to: Xander Jenkins – Hair  //  Bethany Rose – MUA  //  Ashley Shaw – Model  //  Sean Snow – assistant

Molly in the studio

Here is another shot of Molly from our shoot the other day. As you can see, we didn’t spend the whole day outside. We actually spent a lot of time inside the studio, playing around with some creative lighting. I have absolutely fallen in love with this shot in particular, because of the emotion that her expression evokes in this image. It’s hard to believe she is so young!

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