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Pricing and editing by Secret Smile Photography Leeds, Morley, LS27 studio photographer specialising in newborns as well as babies, children and families
 The importance of editing - part 3
 

Safety is the most important part of any photograph session whether it's with a newborn, a toddler or a teenager. In many of the images you may have seen of small children sitting on the top of a pile of vintage suitcases, a newborn baby posed on a swing or on top of a suitably cute prop the resulting image is usually a composite. A composite is an image made of up several other images in order to safely achieve what would otherwise be very dangerous.

 

I take the safety of all my clients very seriously and for complicated poses I ask the parents to help by keeping their hand on their baby or child and I put several images together in Photoshop in order to achieve the final image.

 

This is a beautiful image of Sylvie who you may already be familiar with from my blog and Facebook page. Sylvie is not quite 6 months old and to put her on a chair, even a small one, by herself would be dangerous. She could throw herself backwards and topple the chair, herself included. She could throw herself forward and face-plant on the floor, she could slip sideways and bang her head. None of these scenarios is desirable and none are worth chancing just to get a photograph.

 

Editing for safety with newborns, babies and children by Lisa at Secret Smile Photography, specialist newborn and baby photographer in Leeds

 

You can see from the series of photographs below that Sylvie's Mum was holding onto the back of Sylvie's dress through the chair and was crouched down next to the chair, ready to move her other hand at a moment's notice to stop Sylvie from toppling forwards or sideways (She couldn't topple backwards because her Mum's hand was already behind her holding onto her dress).

The shots of Syvlie being held onto in the chair and a shot of the chair just by itself are put together in Photoshop and the part with Mum in the image is erased so it looks as though Sylvie is sitting in the chair by herself. Further editing is done to merge the floor and backdrop together, remove scratches from the flooring, to add a texture to the background of the image and then some tweaking to make the image brighter and richer in colour before being presented in the gallery for her parents to view.

 

Editing for safety with newborns, babies and children by Lisa at Secret Smile Photography, specialist newborn and baby photographer in Leeds

Editing for safety with newborns, babies and children by Lisa at Secret Smile Photography, specialist newborn and baby photographer in Leeds

Editing for safety with newborns, babies and children by Lisa at Secret Smile Photography, specialist newborn and baby photographer in Leeds

Editing for safety with newborns, babies and children by Lisa at Secret Smile Photography, specialist newborn and baby photographer in Leeds

Editing for safety with newborns, babies and children by Lisa at Secret Smile Photography, specialist newborn and baby photographer in Leeds

Editing for safety with newborns, babies and children by Lisa at Secret Smile Photography, specialist newborn and baby photographer in Leeds

Editing for safety with newborns, babies and children by Lisa at Secret Smile Photography, specialist newborn and baby photographer in Leeds

Editing for safety with newborns, babies and children by Lisa at Secret Smile Photography, specialist newborn and baby photographer in Leeds

So now you know how the proecss works - here at Secret Smile Photography I want to create beautiful images of your children in the safest way possible. Hopefully this also gives you an insight into the work that goes into each of your images and why there is a 2 week lead time for your gallery.

 

If you have any questions about safety, editing or lead times for galleries please feel free to drop me an email at lisa@secretsmilephotography.com

 

Until next time...

 

Lisa xx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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