It’s all in the details-what your photographer can and can’t edit out

It's usually best to wait until passersby leave the frame but this time the baby's expression was so perfect I snapped the photo.
It’s usually best to wait until passersby leave the frame but this time the baby’s expression was so perfect I snapped the photo. I was able to edit the “photobomber” out later. 

We’ve all been there—we get done with getting family portraits done and realize that a small stain we hadn’t noticed before is on our favorite shirt we so carefully chose for the photos.

Or maybe the breeze from an outdoor photo shoot messed with our perfectly coiffed hair just a wee bit.

Here’s the thing. No one looks 100 percent perfect for their photo shoot. There’s always going to be that little smudge, that little fly away hair. That’s why I tell people that when they do photo shoots with Linda Richards Photography, I help them look like themselves only better.

There’s a multitude of things I can edit out of a photo and other things I can’t. There’s also some things you can control before the photo shoot and others you can’t. You can’t help, for example, blemishes and fly away hair. Trust me. It’s a lot better to have normal looking hair with a few fly aways that I edit out than to give yourself “helmet hair” with half a bottle of hairspray! Blemishes like acne or smudges are pretty easy to digitally remove like they were never even there.

Here’s what you can control ahead of time:

  • Stains on clothes-yes, some of this can usually be edited out but it’s best to inspect your clothes ahead of time.
  • Wrinkles in clothes-always press/iron your clothes before you come. If you’re coming from the office, don’t wear what you’re going to wear in your photo shoot during your work day. Wrinkles are not easily edited and additional charges apply when wrinkles are requested to be edited out.
  • Use a lint brush for fuzz and pet hair to give your clothes the best appearance in a photo. You would be surprised at the detail camera lenses pick up.
  • Wearing the right under garments-this is especially important for the ladies and their bras and bra straps. This too, isn’t always an easy edit and additional editing fees may apply.
  • See through clothing (or thin, light-colored clothing)-this makes a difference when you are backlit from the sun or in the studio under bright lighting.

Sometimes the problem in the photo can happen at the shoot and both your photographer and you need to be alert to these issues:

Editing the person walking in the background was easy. It's usually best (and easier) to wait until the person passes but sometimes you have to snap that perfect shot!
Editing the person walking in the background was easy. It’s usually best (and easier) to wait until the person passes but sometimes you have to snap that perfect shot!
  • People walking in the background-be patient and let them pass. If you’re choosing a public outdoor spot check the calendar and see if the location has any events scheduled that will draw crowds (even small ones).
  • Strange objects in the background that are distracting-I had a friend whose entire photo shoot ended up with baseball field lights coming out of the back of her head the whole time.
  • Clothes that clash-it’s become less popular to be entirely “matchy matchy” for a family photo shoot but I do recommend organizing your family to have coordinating outfits. If that’s not possible, your photographer can arrange people so it’s less noticeable. Check out this post for more suggestions.
  • Time of day-where will the sun be during your photo shoot? This will vary during the year so a 4 p.m. photo shoot time in the summer will have a drastically different sun position than 4 p.m. in the winter.

What other potential problems do you see happening in a photo shoot? Let’s talk about how to prevent them or if they are simple to edit out.

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