Pet Photography Project 52, Week 29: Sky, Before & After

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a before-and-after, so I thought week 29’s sky theme was a great opportunity.

You see, while I intended on using Hunter for this week’s photo, living on four heavily wooded acres doesn’t always allow for the best views of the open sky, so I turned to a favorite image of mine from a recent session featuring Bailey James, a pit bull/mastiff puppy. (If you want to see more of Bailey, follow the link below.) The sky was a little flat that evening, but boy–did a few cloud overlays really amp up this image! Go ahead and play around with the slider to see the before and after.

Related: Bailey James’ Gorgeous Farm Session – Meadville Pet Photography

I choose three different sky overlays to incorporate. After I got the overlays positioned and blended, I made certain to create a new layer and flip them vertically to add a more realistic reflection of the clouds on the pond. A few additional tweaks to the saturation and voilà: a puppy portrait with a punch!

Related: Pet Photography Project 52, Week 5: Before & After


The Pet Photography Project 52 posts are part of a blog circle. To see what the next pawesome pet photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Sky,” start with Kim with BARKography in Charlotte, NC. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle and you’ll eventually find your way back here.

16 thoughts on “Pet Photography Project 52, Week 29: Sky, Before & After

  1. Your attention to detail, like making sure the sky is reflected in the water, is so important. Great that you pointed that out! Love the photo!

    1. Thank you, Elaine! I felt that to make it look most realistic, that had to be considered as well…colors, reflections, etc.

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