Want to make more money in newborn photography? This one thing can 1.5x your hourly rate.

save time soft-proofing Jun 02, 2020

Whether you are an in person sales (IPS) newborn photographer or an all-inclusive newborn photographer, the amount of time you spend on your client and how much they pay you becomes your hourly wage. Would you rather your hourly rate be $100 or $150? I think the answer there is obvious and the way to do that in newborn photography is to spend less time on each client! And one major way to shave time off each session is to softproof.

What's soft proofing? It's when you retouch a couple images...

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That ONE Flokati that can do it all

color change May 12, 2020
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Histogram Basics for Newborn Photographers.

Uncategorized Apr 09, 2020

A member of our Facebook group  recently asked if I could go over histograms and specifically how they apply to newborn photography. The thing with histograms to know first and foremost is there really isn't a "perfect" histogram that would apply to any and all images. It's all going to be subjective to the subject matter and the overall look and feel you're going with for your images. That being said, the histogram can absolutely be your best friend in helping you to get a great...

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Creating Time Saving Actions Part 2: Dust and Scratches/Flake Remover

actions Mar 24, 2020

Here's part 2 of how to build an action, this time we're creating a new layer, running a dust and scratches action, adding a little noise and then adding a black layer mask to hide all the areas we don't want to effect. It's very similar to my flake remover action, however instead of utilizing the history brush, you would do all your painting on the layer mask instead. 


Need some help? Come check out our Photoshop for Newborn Photographers FB Group


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Creating Time Saving Actions- Remove Yellow Action

actions Mar 24, 2020

If you find yourself taking the same steps over and over again, it's time to start building some actions. Some are as simple as adding keyboard shortcuts like we discussed in yesterday's post, where others require an action to be built. No matter what you're doing here are the basics to how to build an action within photoshop. 


1) If your action panel is not currently visible, go to the Window drop down menu and choose Actions. 

2) Create a new set for your actions by...

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How to Add a Keyboard Shortcut in Photoshop


Do you find yourself doing the same things over and over again in Photoshop? Keyboard short cuts are the answer. To find out if there's already a keyboard shortcut for a step you constantly take go to:

Edit Menu--->Keyboard Shortcuts

Within this menu you can see any short cuts that already exist and click on the right under "shortcut" to add any new ones for things you do all the time. Watch the video above to see how I add an action for a curve adjustment layer.

And to prove why you...

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How to Remove Flaky Skin on a Newborn

newborn skin photoshop Jan 13, 2020

If you haven't watched it yet, go back and check out my first video on this topic:




This new video takes my flake remover action just a little bit further so you can remove those big pieces of skin that often are found on babies hands and feet. 

I show you how you can accomplish this quickly using your history brush or the same thing using non-destructive layers. 

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How to Create Inexpensive Wool Fluff for Newborn Composites


When I create newborn composite images in photoshop, I like to try to match the environment the baby is going to be photoshopped into as closely as possible. Check out my quick video tutorial on how I create fluffy curls with inexpensive yarn that I buy at my local craft stores. I find this technique works great and doesn't cost me a fortune to have every color of the rainbow on hand. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think! 


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Quick Win: How to Fix Blown-Out Highlights in Photoshop

quick win Nov 21, 2019

I love a good contrast ratio and I certainly don't want flat lighting, however, I often struggle with my highlights being a bit too bright. Here is a quick 5 step technique to bring back detail in your highlights.

  1. Head over to your channels pallet within photoshop and Command + Click on the RGB Channel. 
  2. Press Command+J to jump this selection to a new layer. Congratulations you now have your highlights on a new layer.
  3. Change the blend mode of your new highlights layer to "Multiply"
  4. Hold...
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