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This is Part II in a 3 part series on photo editing for moms. Need to catch up? You can read Part I right HERE.

DSC_0980edit650You may have heard me say before that photo editing (in my world at least) is a form of self-care. It’s an art, and the process of taking a photo from camera to beautiful masterpiece is something I enjoy. Especially when there’s that photo we expect to to be amazing straight out of the camera, but later on discover that once it’s on our computer it was dull, dark, lifeless, or otherwise lacking.

Most photos of our kids will not be professional looking right out the docket.

Unfortunately that’s a reality us moms have to come to terms with. Our lives are not set up like professional photography studios, and we can’t expect all the elements of light, posing, and camera settings to collide into perfect works of art each time we click the shutter.

We have to give our photos a little love after they’re taken to make them have that extra bit of oomf.  And fortunately, it won’t take much to make them a bit more bold, vibrant, and natural looking.

bubbles_editing_JulySo many moms want to skip photo editing all together or want a set system for their editing, because learning to go with the flow and create art can be a scary process of letting go and experimenting.  But, unfortunately it’s hard to boil down the process of artistic expression into a set of steps that will work for every photo, every time.

However, I have developed what I like to think is the closest thing to it: The 3 C’s To Clean Edits

Which is precisely what you’re going to learn about in today’s video lesson. Click play below here’s what you’re going to learn:

  • My favorite online photo editing site for moms (it’s super inexpensive and easy to use!)
  • What the 3 C’s are and how they can be applied to your photos in 5 minutes or less
  • The surprising tip that will change how you edit your photos from now on

Want to edit even more with me? Come sign up for my completely free photo class ‘Shades of Me’.  We’re pairing one of my most asked about photo editing techniques with a unique self-care exercise from behind the lens of your camera (any type of camera will do). Click HERE to register and let’s get started!

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With shot lists left and right tucked away in my camera bag, I’ve got a dream index of images I’d love to capture of our family’s summer adventures this year.

Having lists helps me feel prepared for photo worthy moments and keeps me on target to shoot and then put the camera away and stay present with my family too.

But beyond the lists, there is still so much to keep track of with photography. Once our desired shots are scribbled away scraps of paper or in our brain there is still the job of choosing the right camera, lens, light, posing, and settings to get those top shots nailed.

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Have you ever mentally beat yourself up if you missed images on your dream lists, or they turned out less than perfect?

I know I have.

But, then I learned that when working with kids (especially our own) we HAVE to let our expectations for our photos go.

Just because you have access to a professional camera, that doesn’t automatically equate to professional shots all the time.

sooc_edit_4Over the last few years I’ve discovered that EVERY photographer (yes even pros) take BAAAAAAD photos. Ones that are underexposed, overexposed, or where the color is just off.

The thing that truly sets an amateur apart from a pro however, is the ability to fix a less than perfect photo using editing!  I promise photo editing is not cheating. Especially when it means the difference between keeping a shot or throwing it away.

In the age of digital photography there will ALWAYS be throw away photos. It’s too easy to press ‘delete’ and keep on moving.

But I would venture a guess that many of the photos you may think of as ‘throw aways’ could in fact be salvaged with a few minor editing tweaks. sooc_edit_1Over the next several weeks I’m going to share those tweaks with you in a multipart blog series.  We’ll explore some of my ‘trade secrets’ if you will.

I’ll share some super simple and easy editing techniques, the ones I apply on all the images I want to keep, the good ones and the ones that appear to be throwaways.

If you think you need expensive software, or superb technical skills to participate in this blog series, think again. Take a peek at my photo editing sites just for moms, and start playing this week.

We’ll be using a few of these sites as we learn, and they are all completely free or low cost!

sooc_edit_3As you anxiously await next week’s post (The 3 C’s of Clean Editing) I also want to invite you kick off our adventures in photo editing by signing up for a completely free summer class ‘Shades of Me’. It starts next Monday July 21st, and we’re going to pair one of my most asked about photo editing techniques with a unique self-care exercise from behind the lens of your camera (any type of camera will do).

Click HERE to learn more about the class or get to immediately registering for it by signing up in the box at the bottom of the post.

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