People ask me all the time about my photos on the blog and so for awhile now I have been wanting to do a post about my editing process! Chris takes photos for me sometimes but I do all of the editing myself. Then on instagram most of the time I am just using my cellphone and editing with various apps.
Two things that are game changers in my opinion are the light/time of day and actions! If you don’t know about actions, they can change everything for you. There are two ways that I edit with actions: in photoshop and in lightroom.
Actions literally do the work for you. And once you know “your style” you will probably find yourself gravitating towards the same sets.
I have the VSCO actions and actions from A Beautiful Mess. They are both so so so amazing and so different. I think that having both really helps achieve the look that I am going for. Elsie sent me some when her shop opened and I literally can’t get enough. Something really neat and unique about the actions from A Beautiful Mess is they have “light leaks” and “sun flares” so even if you are going for a sunny look and didn’t have sun that day….you can basically manufacture it.
Look below in the photo/ this is a sun flare from the Beautiful Mess actions in the top right corner. Isn’t that the coolest?!
First a before picture (below) with no actions
There are some really fabulous tutorials online for how to use actions….I taught myself everything by watching youtube videos and reading tutorials online.
Forever I had in my head what I wanted my pictures to look like and just couldn’t achieve it. Then I discovered actions and for the first time in my life what I had in my head was actually coming to life in a photograph.
I have all of the sets from A Beautiful Mess
. They are gorgeous and I literally can find just what I am looking for among all their amazing options always!
I also have all of the VSCO sets. ( can be found here
) My favorite and the one that I gravitate towards the most is “03”
. I also edit most of my cellphone pictures in the VSCOcam app.