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Why I Edit My Own Photos [and the Playlist(s) That Get Me Through It]

Norwood NC + surrounding Charlotte Area Lifestyle & Day In The Life Photographer


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Editing.


It’s a huge part of the photography industry. It’s that time-laborious task—the next big step after capturing those beautiful, and precious moments and uploading them to an external hard drive (or two).


As a photographer and business owner, I personally take on this task.

It’s certainly been tempting to seek out outsourcing (and that very well may be the case in the future). There are a whole host of things to learn and master when it comes to editing: from choosing and mastering the editing software, finding your style, to the speed of turnaround time. And I won’t even get into all the sliders: tone curves, HLS, luminance, clarity…


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I’ve invested years into learning about these things (and still learning), and it’s required countless hours at my computer with the purpose of delivering images that I am proud to send to my clients. But the biggest reason that I continue editing my own images is that it is a continuation of my vision—the story I want to share by enhancing the mood and effectively communicating a feeling through the final editing process.


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But the biggest reason that I continue editing my own images is that it is a continuation of my vision—the story I want to share by enhancing the mood and effectively communicating a feeling through the final editing process.


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And while, admittedly, editing is one of my least favorite to-do items on my business list, and by far the most time-consuming, I am proud of what I’ve learned and what I deliver.


The solution for me to overcome my temptation to procrastinate in this area—a good playlist. So, until I decide to outsource, I will continue to edit everything myself and pair it with some badass tunes.


Current Playlist:


1950—King Princess

Seven Devils—Florence + The Machine

Huggin & Kissin—Big Black Delta

Caroline—Concrete Blonde

Familiar—Agnes Obel

Civilian—Wye Oak

Playing House—Active Child

I’ll be Good—Jaymes Young


What gets you through your mundane tasks?

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