Editing takes TIME / by jenna madonia

Okay. Let me rant a bit here.

I’m not a portrait photographer. I am a concert and live action photographer. This project is a personal challenge to see what all I can remember my great mentor, Clay Cook taught me a few years ago, as well as see what I can learn by myself. Being a self-taught photographer, I think it’s important to keep teaching and to learn more every day.

But let me tell you, I greatly underestimated the time it would take me to edit each photo. Not only because this is an entirely different lighting scenario, but also because I want to keep these portraits as accurate and genuine to the ladies in them. I want Jazzy’s Filipino skin to really come through in the photo, I want Katy’s “All the Girls to the Front” writing on her arms to really pop, and I want all the red to be perfect in Amelia’s portrait. Goodness, have I learned a lot in the last few weeks.

I expected to work on each photo for about an hour — given that’s half the time it takes me to edit a full set of live concert work. HA! Was I mistaken. Being a perfectionist who knows very little about editing portraits, it has taken me well over five hours to do three photos.

The good thing about this though is that I’m learning. That’s what I’m supposed to be doing, so I’ll take it. Now that I’ve ranted a bit, I can really look at everything I have learned. I have about a million notes scribbled down everywhere, YouTube videos I’ve watched about 100 times, and articles I frequently review.

I didn’t think this process would be so beautiful. I feel a sense of pride in myself for not backing down in spite of my fears regarding posing, lighting, and editing.

I persist.

More coming soon. :)