Depending on the style of the session our portrait clients usually get about 50 colored photos and 50 black and white photos  from a  1 hour  simple session.

All photos get backed up onto 2 drives right after each session. After all photos are backed up onto the hard drives,  our culling process starts.  We go through each photo in Lightroom and mark it with stars. Only  photos with 4 or 5 stars go through our tough selection process and into client’s gallery later on.

A lot of times there are ugly objects  or random people that get caught in a frame, we selectively remove unnecessary elements  from a photograph.

Katya Melvin editing style, object removal

Object removal example

Katya Melvin photographhy editing object removal example

Alexi removal example

We like our photos to be a little matte.  And I stay away from adding  too much matte effect in order to stay true to my style.

Katya Melvin photography matte effect example

Matte effect

Then we carefully color correct each image.

It is a matter of a private preference, but we personally  don’t like blend photos that look like they came out straight out of camera. We usually add a lot of contrast, richer blacks, increased whites, increased shadows and reduce highlights and if needed add more exposure for brightness, as we tend to like a little bit overexposed photos.

Katya Melvin photographhy editing contrast example

Contrast example

Katya Melvin photographhy editing contrastexample

Contrast example

We especially look for red skin tones  as it may sometimes look really  bad. Ever since we developed our unique editing style and started adding matte effect we noticed that this kind of effect did increase red skin tones in portraits. We  always make sure we go through each portrait and adjust red skin tones with a  soft brush.

Katya Melvin photographhy editing  red skintones adjustment example

Red skin tones

On most occasions we like warm colors, and we add warm effect to our photos.

Katya Melvin photographhy editing  warm highlights  example

Warm highlights

We also go through each photo and whiten eyes and teeth where needed.

We go an extra mile for our women, senior, boudoir and bridals and select about  5 photos for what we call Super Edits.

Our Super Edits are a glamour / editorial edit with a number of glamour effects which we do in Photoshop.  We define, sharpen and  add contrast to eyes, hair,  and clothing. We smooth out skin  and  enrich colors. We may add sun effect or other graduated filter effect to a photograph to make it stand out even more.

 

Katya Melvin photographhy editing super edit   example

Super edit

Katya Melvin photographhy editing super edit   example

Super edit and graduated filter effect

Katya Melvin photographhy editing super edit   example

Straight out of camera and super edit with graduated filter effect.

For our black and whites we like  high contrast with black being really black and white being really white.

Katya Melvin photographhy editing super edit   example

Black and white

Katya Melvin photographhy editing high low contrast sample example

Low / High contrast sample

Our Art session is a completely different animal and we may spend hours editing a single photograph to reach a desired effect. Depending on a theme, subject and message we adjust and experiment until we reach the best look that can benefit certain session the best way possible. We usually communicate with a client extensively on what look they are going for in order to understand the right mood for the photograph.

 

Outer Banks Fine art photographer artistic edit

Artistic edit

Outer Banks Fine art photographer artistic edit

Artistic edit

Outer Banks Fine art photographer artistic edit

Samples of artistic edits

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Katya Melvin

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