NaWink Photography Tips & Insights - What are RAW photos (and why you should never ask your photographer for them)
I must say, I have amazing clients because I've never had this situation come up. I hear this story from photographers all the time - "My clients want the raw photos... what do I tell them?" My answer is simple "Show them."
A RAW photo is just that. It's raw. Yes, like raw meat. I don't go to the Keg and ask for a completely raw steak and expect them to give it to me.. Even a blue rare (yuck) steak has had a bit of "processing" done to it. In the photography world, a raw photo is basically your digital negative. The acronym RAW actually doesn't stand for anything, unlike the term .jpeg, which stands for "Joint Photographic Experts Group". A raw file is completely unprocessed and needs quite a bit of developing from the photographer. It has so much information stored in that one file that it can take 20 times the amount of space on your hard drive compared to an edited jpeg, which is why photographers love processing raw photos so they can easily fix lighting and skin tones without loosing vital information. Also raw photos can't be opened without specific editing programs like Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw (just to name a couple.)
You're probably thinking ok, but what if I want unedited photos? My question to you is, "Are you sure you really want them?" Raw photos converted to jpeg without any processing done to them are very blah. Skin tones are muddy and lighting usually has a flat look to it as you can see below.
If you're interested in learning more about raw vs. jpg for taking your own photos, check out this link for some great info. https://www.slrlounge.com/workshop/dynamic-range-and-raw-vs-jpeg/
So why should you never ask your photographer for raw photos? Unless you're paying for a commercial shoot where you own all the rights to editing the photos (and paying big $$$), you'll end up with just the raw ingredients when your photographer has the ability to make you a gourmet meal! Good portrait photography is an investment, so don't be afraid to let the professionals do their work and provide you outstanding portraits that you will cherish for a lifetime!
A lot of photographers wonder where I get my maternity collection from... I have over 25 outfits and my husband rolls his eyes whenever another package arrives in the mail. (I don't blame him) However, when I shop for props, I'm very thorough and do my researching online so I get the best deal. If I can't find something I like for cheap enough, I make it myself. So to help you out, I'll give you my reviews on what I have bought online.
I bought this size XXL and it will fit up to a North American size Large (10-12).
You can see another example in this blog post http://www.nawink.com/blog/danielle-maternity-portrait-session
This gown is a favorite among my clients.. I usually layer it with a strapless robe under it. I bought size XL and it fits pretty much everybody.
This top is a one-size-fits-all in the listing, but it won't fit larger than a MED-LG maternity model. This one fits just under the belly (I was still able to tuck it into my tulle skirt.)
This dress/top I bought in size XL and it definitely fits true to size. I probably wouldnt want it any smaller though.
I have this dress in the pink and beige. They fit up to a size large. Its top layer is made of chiffon and it has a really stretchy under layer, which could be cut out if you wanted it to fit a larger model.
I bought this dress size large and it will fit anywhere from XS-LG. You may have to clip the back straps a bit on a smaller model.
I can't find the link for this top, but the shorts are really cute and will fit up to a size large.
Windsor Newborn & Maternity Custom Portraiture
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