Vintage Tones in Editing Newborn Sessions

This little darling had a wonderful newborn session in our Blue Springs studio, which is just a hop, skip and jump away from downtown Kansas City. She was over ten whole pounds of super, cute baby squish! Mom specifically requested vintage-style props, colors, and editing. Our normal editing style is a bit more contrasty and not as muted. We love to please our clients so were happy oblige! We start with vintage tones in the backdrops and accessories for a vintage look. When we think of vintage colors, what are we talking about? There are different components to a vintage look: textures, colors, and contrasts. When putting together a vintage image, we start with the color scheme before we do the editing since we don’t change colors in photoshop, I just stick to editing their brightness/contrast/saturation.

Vintage Color Schemes & Skin Tones

Here are some examples of vintage colors. I like to include a mint in this group, though and that is not a color pictured. It just so happens that the light pink, yellow and green are also soft and complimentary to most skin tones. It really depends on the skin tone of the baby, which colors you can use with them without washing them out! This color palette is very 1950’s.

Editing a Vintage Look

A vintage look is super easy. I just reduce the contrast and have less of an “S” curve. I will also desaturate the image, taking care not to wash out baby’s skin tones.

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