I’ve lost count of how many messages I’ve received asking for mentoring, tutorials, or editing videos, so I decided to record one to show you how I use Greater Than Gatsby actions in my editing workflow.  I am in no way affiliated with GTG, I just happen to love their actions.

I started this edit off in Lightroom, and did a few adjustments to exposure and white balance, and then moved on to Photoshop.

It’s really helpful if you know how to work with layers and masks before purchasing their actions so that you can tweak and customize them to your liking.

Here’s the progression of the edit you will see in this video.  The straight out of camera (SOOC) image on the far left, then the adjustments I made in Lightroom, and finally finishing up with GTG actions and a little hand editing in Photoshop.

Before and After - Princess Editing Video - Jo McVey Photography

The GTG actions used in this video are from the following collections:  Innocence Retouch, Innocence I and II, Newborn Essentials, and Newborn II.

Side note: I shoot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, and this particular photo was shot with a 70-200mm f2.8 lens.  I always shoot in RAW, never JPEG.  I just like having more control over my images.  Settings for this photo were 1/200, f2.8, ISO 500.

I hope you like this video!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Joanna McVey specializes in maternity, newborn, child, senior, and family photography.  Serving Nashville and surrounding areas, including Hendersonville, Gallatin, Goodlettsville, White House, Madison, Hermitage, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Bellevue, Old Hickory, Donelson, Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Castalian Springs, East Nashville, Germantown, Nolensville, Green Hills, Ashland City, 12 South, Belle Meade, Cool Springs, Clarksville, Greenbrier, Spring Hill, Dickson, Portland, Fairview, and all other Middle TN areas.

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This newborn session was a special one for me.  I’ve known baby Jackson’s parents since they were dating, and I was actually 39 weeks pregnant with my firstborn when I attended their wedding almost five years ago.  I’ll be honest, I tried to dance myself into labor that night.  It didn’t work.  Haha!

You may remember my post about Samantha’s baby shower a few months ago, where I won the clothes pin “baby” game.  Always such a competitor!

Sweet baby Jackson’s newborn session took place last fall when I had my “studio” set up in a tiny square space in the corner of the guest room in our rental house.  Thankfully, now we’re in our new home, and I have a much larger studio space and office to meet with clients for their consults and ordering appointments!

Jackson slept wonderfully for his session, and we got some amazing shots!  His daddy is an avid sports fan, so we had to get some football shots for this future champ!  I know his parents, Brian and Samantha, are so in love with him!

Family of 3 - Nashville Newborn Photographer

Newborn boy with parents - Gallatin Family Photographer

Family of 3 with newborn in studio - Nashville baby photographer

Mom laying down with newborn resting on shoulder - Nashville newborn Photographer

Newborn boy with football - Nashville Baby Photographer | Jo McVey Photography

Newborn resting on football - Nashville Baby Photographer | Jo McVey Photography

Newborn boy on dark blue background - side laying pose - Middle TN Photographer | Jo McVey Photography

Smiling newborn - Nashville Baby Photography

Bum up pose - teal and gray - Tennessee Newborn Photographer

Closeup of baby mouth - Nashville Newborn Photographer

Baby boy sleeping on gray and blue layering blankets - Jo McVey Photography of Nashville, TN

Baby feet - Tennessee Newborn Photographer

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Joanna McVey specializes in maternity, newborn, child, senior, and family photography.  Serving Nashville and surrounding areas, including Hendersonville, Gallatin, Goodlettsville, White House, Madison, Hermitage, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Bellevue, Old Hickory, Donelson, Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Castalian Springs, East Nashville, Germantown, Nolensville, Green Hills, Ashland City, 12 South, Belle Meade, Cool Springs, Clarksville, Greenbrier, Spring Hill, Dickson, Portland, Fairview, and all other Middle TN areas.

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