Baby portrait: a clean and simple edit in Lightroom
I am lucky enough to be the mother of this little cutie. I wanted to create a simple but yet impactful child portrait of my two kids. The eldest was not really keen to be photographed but my little one obliged.
I shot this image at a large aperture - f/2.0 and with a plain background as I wanted a fine art portrait look. I took several images, and even if the focus of this one is a bit soft for my taste I did go ahead and edit this specific photograph over “better” ones because here he is sucking his fingers… and that is how I want to portray him at this age.
Here is my Lightroom Edit:
removed blemishes with the spot tool
removed under eye shadow with the brush tool
darkened the shadows and added a bit of warmth to his skin
did a bit of dodge and burn
added clarity and sharpness to his eyes and mouth
and finally, added a bit of texture to his hair.
Hope you enjoy this before and after!