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How I Got my Editing Style

It’s week 3 of the blog series How I got Started in photography! The last couple weeks, I talked how I got started in photography and the first three photo shoots I remember doing at the beginning of my photography career. This week I’m going to explain how I got my editing style!

My editing style has definitely changed over the years, and I am really happy with where it is today. When I first began, I downloaded some free presets from different websites and I would use them on my pictures. None of the pictures really matched each other, and they all had different looks to them. About two years ago, I decided I wanted to try to get my editing towards the light and airy look. I tried accomplishing this look, but it just wasn’t looking how I wanted.

My friend Sierra and I took a trip to Chicago and ended up meeting Nicole, who is a wedding photographer in Chicago. We chatted about all things photography over some coffee and had a great conversation about how to achieve the editing style I was aiming towards. She explained that it wasn’t going to just happen over night and that it takes time to actually nail it down. After that I decided to actually invest in a preset, and started playing around with different sliders within Lightroom. If you’re wondering what Lightroom is, let me explain.. Adobe Lightroom is a powerful tool that I use with my photography. This is the program I edit all of my pictures in! A preset is something that is within Lightroom, and all I have to do is click on my preset and it automatically applies those settings onto my pictures. From there, I can adjust the contrast, exposure, etc. I’m so thankful that I bought this preset right before my first wedding because it definitely made my editing look so much better.

Fast forward to today, and I am thrilled with how far my editing style has come. It’s changed so much even since I purchased my preset 2 years ago! When I look at my pictures, the words that come to mind are enchanting, lighthearted, soft and dreamy. And that’s exactly the look I am wanting to achieve. I want LRA brides to look at their wedding photos and be reminded of their fairytale wedding day.

Next week is already the last week in this series, and I’m going to talk about how I decided to get into weddings!


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