RAW Files vs. Edited vs. Retouched 101:

Editing and retouching skills are a large part of what sets apart one photographers image quality and style from another.  A lot of people have been asking recently, “what are the differences between the RAW images that come out of the camera, the edited versions of those images and the retouched versions?”  The images from Katie’s senior portraits below illustrate all three of these – the top image is what a RAW file looks like straight out of the camera.  RAW files are dull and gray by nature because the camera doesn’t do any processing to these images (unlike a jpg file).  A RAW file is basically an image file with a TON of information in it so that it can be modified in post production without losing quality.  The first step after downloading the images from the camera is the initial edit – this includes adjustments to things like the color quality, the brightness, the contrast, etc.  You’ll notice between the first image and the second image the colors are adjusted to be warmer, the image has more brightness and contrast, etc.  From the second image to the third image you see the differences retouching makes.  This includes things like removing blemishes, softening shadows (under the eyes especially), brightening the whites of the eyes and teeth, softening the distracting highlights in the background, softening the fly away hairs, etc.  Got it?  🙂


Hellooooo Handsome!

Noah and his mom recently stopped in to the studio for some 8 month photos of Noah and he was alllll smiles for his shoot.  This handsome fella has been popping in every 4 months for new pictures – I’m really looking forward to month 12 when we get to put together a beautiful little album from all his sessions.  Here are some of my favorites from the 8 month shoot!


I have a new blog!  The old posts are looking a little funny, so let’s test out some new images to see how they look in the new format!

Pretty good, if I do say so!  (:

Liz + Ryan’s Destination Wedding – Gasparilla Island a.k.a. Boca Grande, FL

What better way to close out the 2011 wedding season than with a gorgeous wedding on tropical Gasparilla Island (a.k.a.  Boca Grande), Fl?  Liz and Ryan’s wedding was beautiful, simple, sweet and just plain fun.  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day –

reception: Boca Grande Club – http://bocagrandeclub.com/

flowers: Blue Pagoda and Evolution Orchids – http://www.blue-pagoda.com/

Amanda + Brenden – Engagement Photography – Devil’s Hole, Niagara Falls

Hello readers!  It has been a while since my last post!  2011 was an unbelievably busy year which sadly didn’t yield me a second for blogging.  Now, as I’m gearing up for the season ahead, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite shoots from the past year.  And in the 2012 season I promise I’ll be posting my new material on a more regular basis.  (:

So, in looking back, we’ll begin with the most recent shoot!  A gorgeous couple in a gorgeous location – Devil’s Hole in the Niagara River gorge.  This early spring day offered us some beautiful afternoon sunlight to work with and the subtle colors of the gorge and river were the perfect, tranquil background for this shoot.

I’m looking forward to photographing their wedding later this month!  Congratulations to Amanda and Brenden!