Light and Airy. It is all the rage right now. And for dang good reason. It’s pretty as can be!
So, how in the world can you get light and airy images without paying an arm and a leg for presets that promise such?
I have been working toward perfecting my light and airy look for quite some time and one of the biggest secrets to know is how to find the best location for your shoots. This is definitely going to help you achieve the look you are going for.
Let’s look at some examples of different locations I have used in the past and how that can make all the difference.
If you are shooting in a darker alley way then chances are you are not going to pull off that look. See this image I took of a friend a few years ago for her blog – our end result was not to be the light and airy image and it’s a good thing because that would have never happened with this location. We wanted edgy and I’m pretty sure we achieved edgy! P.S. isn’t she gorgeous?! This is my friend Tori – she co-hosts a wildly popular True Crime podcast, Killer Queens Podcast, with her sister Tyrella who just wrote a guest post all about launching your own podcast in a prior blog.
But let’s take a look at this image from an engagement session I had recently. We chose a venue that we knew would have cooler tones and more white backdrops in an effort to achieve that light and airy look to the images. I also recommended a wardrobe for them that would be pleasing aesthetically and fit the final look we were seeking. So make sure that you are suggesting locations that meet the criteria that you are seeking, and always step up and give recommendations for outfits, colors. This will ultimately help you in the end and there won’t be near as many edits to do at the end of the day.
So let’s chat about what to do with your images to achieve that light and airy edit once you take them and have them loaded into Lightroom
As with any editing, it is always personal preference to get it just the way you want and achieve the style you are looking for.
I hope this has been helpful to give you some direction in how to achieve those light and airy edits on your own!
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Magan Ward is a photographer, wife, mom of 3, and educator to fellow photographers. She has an unhealthy obsession with Chick-Fil-A mac and cheese, and has a bit of a love affair with dry shampoo – something she tried to avoid for years until the pandemic of 2020 occurred rendering her dependent upon the waterless revelation that saves her time, something now used to instead apply nutella to waffles for tiny humans.
Putting that Masters in Education to good use, Magan enjoys teaching her fellow photographers and online entrepreneurs the ins and outs of building a business that they love…and occasionally sprinkles in some encouragement for Mamas, because life with littles is just plum hard sometimes.
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