As you may know – my full-time job is running my photography business Studio 29 Photography. Studio 29 turned 10 in July of this year and continues to grow every single year.
Photography is such a huge part of my life and I thought it would be fun to share some behind-the-scenes of running a successful photography business; editing, gear, press, and some photos of me and Caleb as we work.
Behind the Scenes: Photo Editing
The task of editing can require just as much time and effort as the actual shooting. I import my RAWs to Photo Mechanic and cull through all of the RAW files. I flag, select, and import all of the “keepers” into Lightroom, apply my signature Studio 29 preset, and then make tweaks to make the images perfect. I selected a few images from a recent family session and did a screen-recording of me editing through them so you could see the before and afters as I work on them. Below are some samples of before and after edits, too.
BEFORE: Straight out of my Nikon D810 camera, 24mm, f/4.0, 640 ISO, 1/100 secondAFTER: With my edits: warm split-toning, boost in contrast, straighten, and zoomed crop
BEFORE: Straight out of my Nikon D810 camera 24-70mm, f/2.8, 400 ISO, 1/200 second
AFTER: With my edits: warm split-toning, boost in contrast, straighten, and zoomed crop
BEFORE: Straight out of camera: 35mm, f/2.2, ISO 640, 1/1000 secondAFTER: With my edits: warm split-toning, boosted contrast, and added a little grain
BEFORE: Straight out of my Nikon D810 camera 45mm tilt-shift, f/5.6, ISO 320, 1/160 secondAFTER: With my edits: warm split-toning, boosted contrast, straightened, edited out bystanders, and added a little grain
BEFORE: Straight out of my Nikon D810 camera 24-70mm, f/2.8, 320 ISO, 1/200 secondAFTER: With my edits: warm split-toning, boost in contrast, added a little grain.
Behind the Scenes: My Photography Gear
Nikon D810 x 2
Behind the Scenes: Social Media
My new clients find my work on social media platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and simply by a Google Search. I keep up with my Instagram by using Later.com to schedule all of my posts a few days before they go live. It keeps my accounts active and saves me time because they auto-publish! I use Later.com for both my photography business and for posting my blog content.
Behind the Scenes: Caleb and Me
Behind the Scenes: Press
I’ve had the pleasure of photographing for brands such as DockATot, DentaQuest, Press, Merrill Lynch, Florsheim, Diet Pepsi, West Elm, and More!
My work has been published and shared hundreds of times in both print, online, and even on billboards!
Follow all of the photography fun on my Studio 29 Photography Instagram account: @Studio29Photography