For Your Photos: Bright and Light or Muted Modern?

September 29, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Every photographer has their own style when it comes to editing their final images, and I have developed two distinct looks I created using the tools in Adobe Lightroom: bright and light and muted modern. They are not filters. A lot of people use that vernacular shorthand mistake....I create each look by hand at each location on route we walked during your session, varying the contrast, shadows, whites, blacks, white balance, and color grading for each spot depending on the lighting conditions that day. Most photographers have one edited style that defines their brand. I have two, and you get to choose yours.

My light and bright style is colorful and happy, and true to what your eye sees, just a little more yummy. It is best used on bright and sunny days, as the muted modern style tends to look odd on bright days (depending on the surroundings). Most of my spring and summer clients end up choosing this style:

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Tacoma Youth Symphony portrait at the Bridge of Glass in TacomaTacoma Youth Symphony portrait at the Bridge of Glass in Tacoma Senior photo in woods of Gig HarborSenior photo in woods of Gig Harbor

My muted modern style is darker, richer, has more contrast, and really brings out brown tones. Perfect for that out-of-a-glossy-magazine look or a fall vibe. It seems to be all the rage right now with photographers. I love using most of all it in a forested setting because the green melts away and make the subject (you!) the star. It seems to work best on cloudy days. My Oct-March clients choose it overwhelmingly. 

Want to go REALLY dark and moody, and ignore the light and bright option all together? Just let me know and I can have your style preview album have a dark and even darker choice! 


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Engagement photo at DeMolay Sandspit on Fox IslandEngagement photo at DeMolay Sandspit on Fox Island DSC_4512-3DSC_4512-3

How does choosing work? Within 48 hours of your session, I send a preview album of a few photos edited both ways and have clients choose the look they love most for their final album. It is HARD to choose! Some look better one way, and some look better the other. I ask that they go with their gut and pick one or the other. 

Below are some images side by side in each style. It's hard to choose, right?! Which do you prefer? Comment below. I am always curious what people think.

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