It would be amazing if photos came out of the camera simply spectacular every single time, but, it sometimes doesn't work that way. The light changes, people blink, someone sneezes, etc, etc.
So, once your session photos are edited for those less than perfect images I continue on to the retouching process.
This little guy was having a blast playing on the beach. As is often the case with the little kids, he was not quite content with standing still for very long. I think I quacked at him to get his attention. I don't really remember.
Whatever I did worked, but, I ended up with a great expression and less than amazing composition.
Since the depth of field worked quite nicely for this shot, I only needed to crop it to highlight that cute face.
In the studio there is never any background distractions, but, being outdoors sometimes it is necessary to crop things that are unexpected or simply not contributing to the final image.
He did have a little bug bite on his cheek and his eyes are a little dark for my liking, so that was the next item on my list.
In this version of the photo: the bug bite is removed, I brightened his eyes a touch, whitened his teeth, removed a touch of lunch that was under his lip, and made general adjustments to the exposure and white balance.
You can see a big difference from the first two versions, and this is a relatively simple retouching job because he is a small boy and quite adorable.
At this point this image is the one I sent to his parents. This, to me, is the basic retouching that I refer to on my price list.
I added in a little warmth on the final photo, re-positioned the crop on it a little, and added a bit of grain since it was a beach scene.
There isn't to much more to do with a little guy like that since they have near perfect skin and no amount of Photoshop and Lightroom will give them any more cuteness. :)
Going to far with it would be much to obvious and certainly unnecessary, so that felt like a great place to stop.