My most often asked queston is:

Do you edit your photos and if so, how do you edit them?

The answer is an astounding YES!!! Of course I edit my photos. The type of editing depends on the type of shoot.

Athletic Game

  • Crop
  • Straighten
  • Basic color/exposure edit  

Team + Individual Athlete Photos

  • Crop (if needed)
  • Straighten 
  • Color/exposure edit
  • Very minor touch ups (if needed) 

Mini-Session

  • Crop (if needed)
  • Straighten 
  • Color/exposure edit
  • Very minor touch ups (if needed)

Senior Session

  • Crop
  • Straighten
  • Color/exposure edit
  • Touch ups
  • Eliminate any distractions that are in the photo 
  • Edit skin blemishes – but not to make the client look fake 
  • Give each edit a look that fits the style and mood of the photo…athletic portraits are not edited the same as a photo in a field of flowers

And, further editing is always available upon request. Each photographer has their own style of editing. Some are dark and moody, some are bright and airy, some wash out the darks for a creamy matte look which is popular. My style tends to keep everything looking pretty natural, but making sure the colors pop. Real life is vivid and full of texture, and it’s just not able to be captured with a camera, so editing is essential to the perfect portrait.

Check out some before/after examples

Edits: Brighten up the faces, smoothed out the overall photo, and gave the lights some pop.

Edits: Lowered the shadows, brightened up the overall photo, and added pop to the lights.

Edits: Elimated the destractions in the background, cleaned up some facial blimishes, added some overall darkness to the background so that the star of the photo was the client.

Edits: Brightened up the grass, added some color to the sky, added some pop to the sunset.

I will be completely honest with you: when it comes to doing the edits of my senior photo sessions, I don’t always do the final edits. I go above and beyond for my clients, and I get the best of the best to edit the photos. While I am quite capable of doing some great edits of my photos, I was lucky to find Gordon Lamb, who is a master of editing. Gordon was recommended to me and has a magic touch of transforming what I take in camera into incredible works of art. He is definitely one of the best editors I have ever met. By using Gordon, it gives me the chance to spend more time taking more photos, it allows Gordon to do something he loves and is amazing at, and my clients get to benefit from his touch. 

Often people ask why I charge what I do for senior sessions, and one of the biggest reasons is that personal touch each image gets. Does this mean the images are bad from other sessions because there aren’t as many edits done? Absolutely not, but the mini sessions are a much less expensive option with less options for personalization. They’re also intended for a different purpose usually. Senior portraits are more of a commemorative item, memorializing a moment in a child’s life, that will likely be printed on large scale and kept for years. It has to be a work of art. Mini sessions are usually holiday photos, and while they are beyond adorable, they are usually shared on social media and printed for holiday cards. Still important, but not to the same scale as senior portraits.

Shoot me an email at john@johnglaserphotography.com and let’s talk about how I can setup a personalized session for you. I know we can create some amazing images that you can treasure for years to come!