I don’t share about editing too often…not because I’m hiding some big incredible secret but because it’s usually something I save for my workshop and mentoring girls! Today I’m sharing a quick and easy Lightroom edit to give your reception images a good, natural but effective POP!

For receptions, I use 600’s (everything I own is Canon) and LOVE THEM. Love the built in transmitters. LOVE. If the ceiling is white, I will bounce my on-camera 600 diagonally off of it but if it’s NOT a white ceiling, I’ll keep it on my camera just as a radio to tell the other flashes what to do. I always use 3-4 600’s at every wedding!

Here’s a great example of a before and after and the EXACT changes I made in Lightroom to get to this end result! Still looking natural like I like, but BETTER with more of a pop! 🙂






Pulled tint up +1 (from +16 to +17)
Exposure +.80
Highlights -35
Shadows +50
Blacks -26

Tone Curve:
Lights +31
Shadows -24

Split Toning:
Highlights: HUE 11 Saturation 4
Shadows: HUE 9 Saturation 6

Lens Corrections:
Basic – Click “Enable Profile Corrections” (takes away that natural vignetting)

Camera Calibraton:
Green Primary – Hue +20

That’s all she wrote! Written out, it seems like a lot…but truly it’s a pretty natural edit. I hope this helps you add a little pop to reception images! 🙂


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Posted by:amandahedgepeth

Hey there! We're a husband and wife team who has the honor to document inspiring wedding days for the most cheerful couples around. We have three daughters lovingly referred to as the mermaid mafia and we love nothing more than salty beach days, laughing as much as possible and living the simple, good life.

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