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A question came through the comments on Karen & Levi’s recent wedding post on how I process my images…

Two years ago I shared my editing workflow in this post, but over time my style has evolved and so has my workflow, if only slightly. Since then, I began using VSCO Film Presets on my images in Lightroom and I absolutely love the feel they give my photos. Now, I’m not a film photographer and I’m not trying to appear that way, but there is a quality to the presets that I think enhances my brand.

What I’ve done is created my own preset using a VSCO preset as the base. My goals when it comes to editing is efficiency – no one wants to be stuck behind the computer editing all day! Or worse, night! – and consistent, natural looking images. Honestly, the VSCO preset collections contain so many great presets that I could go crazy with my options…and forfeit consistency. I’ve found and tweaked one that fits my style and I stick to it. Which also saves me time! The same preset is on file with my editing company of choice, The Album Design, where I outsource the bulk of my wedding editing, ensuring that perfect consistency.


Here’s a photo from Karen and Levi’s wedding day. The image on the left is straight out of camera and looks a bit underexposed, but I’d rather that than a blown out wedding dress! Brought into Lightroom (as pictured below) and with my preset applied, you get the image on the right. It also received a little temperature boost, and exposure and shadow adjustments. All of that in a matter of seconds.



One more, from Josh and Lindsay’s maternity shoot.  The preset is applied, and a few small adjustments are made such as white balance and exposure.


Any further photography related questions out there? Don’t hesitate to drop a note in the comments below or send me an email. Happy to help if I can!

  • Beryl - May 16, 2014 - 10:40 am

    Hello, been a long time fan and would like to ask a few quick questions…what lens do you use the most as your blur is amazing in your pictures…I love how your subjects just pop out of your pictures!! Any post blur? Off camera flash or on camera flash (fill flash?)

    Thank you for your time.ReplyCancel

    • Mikaela - June 6, 2014 - 8:15 am

      Hi Beryl! I just posted another FAQ in response to your questions :) Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - May 21, 2014 - 6:15 am

    I love this post! Thank, Mikaela! I would love to hear more about how you found your style. I’m currently just beginning and I find myself admiring lots of beautiful work from other photographers, but I can’t quite get mine how I want it. Any tips for going through this process? Also, I always love posts about workflow and organization. Thanks for giving back and helping other photographers! Also, I’m so excited for you and all your moving adventures and having a baby. I can’t wait to follow along :)ReplyCancel

    • Mikaela - June 6, 2014 - 8:16 am

      FAQ post in response coming soon! Thanks so much, Katie! :)ReplyCancel

There are photo shoots and then there are photo shoots. And when you work with a wonderful couple who really cares about your photography, when you have wonderful light/location/styling to work with, and things line up…this is the latter and you can see it in the results.

Josh and Lindsay are expecting their first child! The love they have for their little one and the excitement they have for its arrival was so evident and so fun to document. Not only that, but watching the love they have for one another unfold in front of the lens made it an honor to photograph such a special time in their life together.

Many thanks to you both, and prayers for a continued healthy pregnancy and delivery! Can’t wait to hear the news of baby’s arrival!


As I sit and try to write here at my desk, baby kicks and give me little nudges. I can’t help but stop and watch and feel. Before baby started moving, I was not prepared for how active it would be! But it really is the best. Those nudges, when I can lay my fingers on a tiny body part (elbow? knee?) and feel a response, it feels like a little hello and it melts my heart.

We’re now at 28 weeks, the start of the third and final trimester. How did that happen?? I’m beginning to see how impatient one could get to meet their new son or daughter. But, at the same time, so much needs to happen before our due date, that I wouldn’t mind if time slowed down just a bit.

While we’re so ready to be done building, there are still some big items that need to be checked off for the new house (Flooring! Cabinets installed! Exterior painting! Basement suite! A backyard with grass, pretty please!) and we are hoping our move-in date doesn’t get pushed past mid June. Still, I won’t be allowed to officially move in until I get my Green Card/permanent residency, which we’re also very hopeful about. We’re waiting to hear about the final step in the process, which is an interview in Montreal. Praying this is scheduled for while I can still fly! (Side note: anyone in Montreal interested in a shoot?!)

Then there is the selling of our condo. And packing, moving, and preparing for baby! Trusting that God has it all worked out for us, but it’s difficult not to feel some anxiety at times.  We joke that by the time baby arrives, life will have slowed down a little (and Shane will be on parental leave from WestJet!) and things won’t seem as hectic…even with a newborn ;)


I never did commit to doing a weekly bump photo, but here are the few from the past while. Clockwise from top left: 20 weeks, 22 weeks, 25 weeks, 28 weeks.


And the latest from our house! Standing in the living room, looking towards the kitchen. I’m so very excited about the white walls and all the natural light.


One of my favourite rooms in the house is our new office…we’ll finally have room for both of our desks and so much more.

To be continued…

Happy weekend!

  • Alyssa Schroeder - May 9, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    You look so beautiful! I love how bright your house is. We just moved a couple months ago and I so enjoy now having an office room :)ReplyCancel