This week our theme was “twirl,” so we were treated to photos of a bunch of sweet twirling skirts and dresses. Take a few minutes to read the tips here on the blog, then go check out these ladies on Instagram to see more of their great work!

– Kelley K (@kelleykphoto)



Karlee wrote: I got up on a ladder in my garage and shot down at my daughter twirling. F3.5 ISO 500 1/320 at 24mm! I converted to black and white and then added a lot of contrast and clarity. I also brought the highlights and exposure down selectively on her twirling dress to bring back some of the detail.


Liz wrote: I shot this on my canon 5d mark iii, with my canon 50mm 1.2 lens. I hand edited this one in Lightroom, pulling up exposure (I underexposed it), pulling down highlights and whites, bumping up contrast and clarity. I made a slight s curve in the tone curve panel as well, and adjusted split toning . I actually shot it with this crop, which was different for me but I ended up loving it. And that was it for this one!


Karlee wrote: I used the Lensbaby sweet 50. I don’t normally use preset but in this shot I used the Morning Glory preset from the Click Garden Collection as it really made the yellow pop. I also stretched the canvas a bit in PS bc I just could get as wide as I wanted in camera with the 50mm lens!


Mandy wrote: If you follow me, you know I’m a tiny bit obsessed with @aliceandames dresses and twirly photos of my daughter. I had the idea for this image, but didn’t have a clue how to execute it, so I took to google and YouTube tutorials on blending images. And to tell you the truth, I don’t remember much at all about how I did it 🙈. But YouTube was my friend. I was hoping to get the transition from photo to photo a bit smoother, but overall I love how it turned out. Thank you so much for the feature! ☺️ Obviously I LOVE this week’s theme!


Jessica wrote: This was one of the last images taken at the session so the sun was much higher, but I tried to diffuse as much of the sunlight as I could with the tree trunk on the right hand side. It’s hard to do that while she’s moving of course. I corrected white balance in Lightroom (it was way too cool) and then added VSCO’s Kodak Gold 100 to the image and then tweaked highlights, blacks and contrast a lot.


Dana wrote: This is such a fun theme! To capture this photo, I moved most of my dining room furniture out of the room and used my 24-70 lens. My daughter loves to spin so that worked in my favor. 😁 As far as processing, I raised the exposure on my daughter and added some contrast and vignette.