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How to find your photo editing style

June 4, 2018

Recently, I made a REALLY BIG decision and changed up my editing style. I mean, this was really freakin’ big. People that follow my work were probably a little confused. But I made the announcement on my Instagram that I was no longer a bright and airy photographer. YIKES. That was pretty scary. But let me back up for a minute and tell you why I finally made the decision to switch.

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For almost a year, I was pinning images and following other accounts that were dark and moody. My dream is to travel the world, so I made a special board on Pinterest for that (No shame in the pinning game). During that time, I fell in love with “traveling couple photos” and dreamed to do that someday. I noticed my love for those moody types of images was growing, and my work became a little boring. I got to a point where, even after editing, I felt like something was missing. I wasn’t satisfied. But I just kept putting it off. 

I was scared to change my style because I had so many followers that loved my light and airy look. But the more I ignored it, the more boring my work became. I believe that when your passion starts to become WORK, its time to change it up a bit. SO…

After a few edits on Instagram and a few little voting polls, I posted my first engagement session with my new editing style. AND PEOPLE LOVED THEM!!

 

My heart was so happy! It felt so good to feel accepted! I learned that fear is just your mindset. Sometimes you just have to do it and not think twice.

If you’re thinking about changing your style, or if you don’t know which style is for you, I have a few tips below to get you started on choosing the best editing style for your photography.

 

  1. Pin away! Believe it or not, Pinterest can tell you a lot about what you love. Look at all your Pinterest boards for second and see what types of photographs you are pinning the most. Are they bright and full of color? Are they neutral and matte? Do you love dark tones? Write down what you love most about them. Maybe its the dark shadows with a few white pieces.
  2. Look at your favorite house decor – 9/10, your house decorations (or your home decor board) can tell you a lot about what kind of style you love. I have dark decorations all over my house! My couch is dark green and my table is dark wood. Imagine the struggle when I tried uploading an image of myself or home when my style was the total opposite? I had to find a light wall outside somewhere for Instagram selfies 
  3. Look at other Instagram accounts with the same style. So you’ve figured out what you love, now its time to follow other people with the editing style you love. Study the accounts, pay attention to the colors they use. Are the greens desaturated or the skin colors more orange? This types of things helped me decide on what I really wanted to do. I didn’t want too orange skin tones but I loved darker greens, shadows, and depth, with a pop of white.
  4. Play around in Lightroom – Play around with a raw image to see what you love most. I suggest that you always get your White Balance right before you start playing around though. An image that’s way too blue or way to orange is not a style. I’ll show you an example of WB here.
  5. Buy presets. THERE IS NO SHAME in using presets. People think that because you buy presets to help you edit that you suddenly are cheating. UH, NO. Presets are a great starting point and honestly, some of the best photographers use presets. Find what you love and tweak it some. You can see the presets I use here.

 

It’s your work. Do what makes you happy. If you need to go through 15 photographer phases like me just to get there, then do it.  But remember, NEVER ever change your style for someone else. Do it for YOU.

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