Ya’ll ready for this? 3-way photo exchange between two fabulous and lovely photographers: Nicole Marie Portraits and Photography by Jess and moi, Michelle Kane Photography. Nicole and Jess exchanged images (Jess edited 2 of Nicole’s images) and I edited one from each of these terrific photographers. First up are the images I edited.
I have to tell you, there hasn’t been a single photographer to participate in this that hasn’t gotten a kick out of working on someone else’s image. It’s weird, but it’s quite refreshing to start with an image that is not yours, not your original vision and working with it to make it your own. And what fun it is to see how another photographer approaches your work. I do have a pretty decent sized list of photographers that are waiting to participate in this venture. If you are one of them, please be patient. Your photo boards are here and waiting. Things are so busy for me right now that I’m trying to get to them a little here and there. Want to join? Click the tab at the left for details. BTW, I’ve also been seeing this concept popping up randomly on blogs. Looks like people are taking the idea and running with it themselves. Wonderful… but please remember to link back here to where it all began. Remember to share the love!
For me, before and afters have always been incredibly intriguing. I truly think it’s important for people and potential clients to get a sense of what actually goes into editing a session. Nowadays, it seems like everywhere you turn there’s some mother that’s received a DSLR for Christmas or their birthday and wants to be (or already thinks they are) a professional photographer. In this tough economy, people are trying to scrimp and cut corners wherever they can and photography is often one of those corners that is sadly cut in lieu of Cousin Marg that just got her DSLR and can shoot the family photos, once in a lifetime maternity images and those fleeting newborn moments. (insert huge sigh here) The SOOC images you see here are just that, STRAIGHT OUT OF CAMERA. That’s what Cousin Marg offers. We photographers put precious time into editing sessions to take a ho-hum flat image and make it into art that clients will want to showcase and will treasure for a lifetime. I sincerely hope that by displaying the before and after images, it will become clear how much difference hiring a professional does make. I encourage you photographers to occasionally post a before and after on your sites. Or, just sign up here and we’ll do it together!
Thank you to Jess Bishop and Nicole McCaulley for this very fun and inspiring exchange. Love both of your work and as always, if you enjoy these before and afters (something not every photographer is willing to show) be sure and visit their sites and let them know you stopped by.