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Lifestyle Newborn Photography Before and After Edit

Lifestyle Newborn Photography
Before and After Edit

By: Kala Rath of Kala Rath Photography

newborn photography edits

I get a lot of questions about how to transition from posed newborn photography to lifestyle newborns, so I wanted to share a simple pullback with a before and after of how I edit my images with you!  For me personally, it was a transition that was based on learning to pursue my creative vision, while keeping it intimate and personal. I absolutely love the idea of newborns being photographed in their own nursery. I think it is amazing that when these children are teens, young adults, and adults they will be looking back at the images that photographed! I also know that it is human nature to wonder what life was like in a time you don’t remember but were involved. Your parents spend months – sometimes years –  preparing for you, a nursery, baby showers, a new home even and certain family pets that are all a part of your very new infantile life. As a lifestyle photographer, it is my goal to document these precious babies in a light that provides them a memory and sense of their childhood when they look back on them.

Here is a pullback and progression of the image I will be walking you through:

BEFORE AND AFTER - Kala Rath Photography

I start by adjusting my image in Adobe Camera Raw.

Adjust temperature balance and exposure in RAW to make it a tad better

Kala Rath Photography Before and After

Apply Fuji 160 (VSCO Preset)

Kala Rath Photography Before and After

Reduce yellows and oranges

Before and After - Kala Rath Photography

Open in Photoshop and clone out the line of the rocker where the seat meets the arms

Kala Rath Photography - Before and After

Apply a white gradient at top right corner and reduce opacity to 27%

Kala Rath Photography - Before and After

Use patch tool to reduce the red in the corner of the eyes

Kala Rath Photography - Before and After

Apply Portraiture

Before and After - Kala Rath Photography

Reduce opacity of Portraiture

Kala Rath Photography - Before and After

Adjust levels a touch

Kala Rath Photography - Before and After

One last thing – make it super small (Command “-” key, for a Mac) to check for anything! Seriously, it makes a difference!

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….and we are done.

Kala Rath Photography - Before and After

BU1A3142punchoutKala, of Kala Rath Photography, is a lifestyle motherhood photographer based out of Northwest Arkansas with a very minimalist style. Kala is passionate about capturing everyday moments and focusing on the connection between family members.

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