For Photographers

i feel really silly writing this. mostly because i dont think what i do should be what others do.

one of the most important things with being a photographer – i believe – is having the initiative and curiosity to figure things out for yourself. for what works with your style. see it, like it, go with it.

but i’ve been getting heaps of emails all of a sudden asking for my workflow, post processing. my secret sauce. how i get my images to look so vintage (which I dont think my images are at all, but heyandit’s much easier to answer in one spot. and I’m actually happy to tell – because, there really isn’t any secret sauce. if you’re a photographer who has their own processing down, or if you’re a bride…I’m sure this will be a huge SNOOZE of a blog post for you.

it’s funny too because I think I have the absolute most simple post processing. there are no tricks. there is no photoshop. starting with a good image does more than any post processing can achieve. granted, I’m not going to be showing RAW images, but still. start with a good image. which starts with great gear and a good eye. 

my gear:

i go through phases of what I like and shoot with most. right now, I’m all about my 50 1.2. it’s butter. I love it. The 35 is my 2nd favorite lens – If I’m traveling, that is the one I’ll throw on and be good to go. 45 TS is pretty much a staple for me. perspective with the 85 is killer.

5D Mark III

2 Canon 5D Mark II’s 

Canon 5D 

(side note: i will be selling my 5D…..if you want it, email me.)

Canon 35mm 1.4 L

Canon TS-E 45mm 2.8

Canon EF 24mm 1.4 L

Sigma 85mm 1.4

Canon EF 50mm 1.2 L

Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash

LED Panel 

Black Rapid Sling Camera Strap (single strap and double strap) I love love these straps.

I use all SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash Cards

post processing:

I shoot in RAW and adjust the temperature, ISO and exposure in live view manually – for the most part. I have found that I nail my WB, ISO and exposure doing it this way. It’s slower, yes. But I only have to do it with each new setting and then I’m good to go. I just like it that way, so I’m set. When it comes to post processing, I first cull images and organize B&W from color in Photo Mechanic this program has changed my life. literally. I know there’s a way you can cull in LR but I cant get it out of my mind that it’s super slow to cull, so with PM I can cull a shoot in no time – as well as enter all the meta data and copyrights. love that program. i keep the RAW culled images on hard drives even after finishing a shoot, so I can go back if i ever so choose and re-edit images according to what processing I’m using at that time. (i.e. – updating for a new portfolio, website, etc…keeping those RAW images culled helps tons).

actual editing. I used to edit with ASE. but no more. i really didnt think I’d switch over – but once I got to playing around with VSCO, I was sold. I made my own presets from a few of theirs I liked and now I use those 2 (color and B&W) I’ve made 100% for my images. I really dont have to adjust all that much with them, now that I’ve done the work to get them starting at where I want. I think its absolutely a combination of shooting the image in camera how you want it, that is something I focus the most on. i rarely have to crop, adjust level or anything – and if i do, it’s as minimal as possible. cropping is from the devil himself. i save myself SO much time by shooting it IN CAMERA how I want the image and then post processing becomes something that I am just enhancing the image, not completely altering it. with VSCO, I finish with a polished but not overdone image. on some images, I mess with curves and toning, but only on a few. I love love using VSCO, it has cut my post down so much and it’s completely done in LR which keeps my workflow as fast as it can be.



nail it in camera. get diligent there and post processing will be so much speedier.

a good image goes way past how you shoot and process, it’s SO about how you interact with what you’re shooting. that’s the biggest thing in my opinion.

i know how i want the image to look and how I edit well enough, that I know how i need to shoot that image to get it there. once you get consistent in processing, you know how you need to shoot to get it there.

do what you like and go with it. own it.

the word vintage is way over-used. lets retire it.

if it looks like $%&@ – dont put it out there. everyone takes bad photos, be mindful of what you release and put your name on.

be consistent.


i guess there is a secret sauce. and it’s not anything that anyone can explain. that’s the thing that keeps us as individual artists.

we are different and no matter how much I tell about what I do, no one will make images like mine and I’ll never be able to make an image like another.

the thing that taught me the most is shooting a crazy ton. shooting more than anything else. experimenting both shooting and in post processing.

i hope this shed some light on the secret world of post processing. i really truly think it first starts with getting a good image – from there, it’s just your taste for how you see it coming out as a polished image. to each their own, eh? 

by Andria

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twiggs i’m also a photographer and i began working with people last year, so i’m starting i think! though i’ve nailed my style, i love reading these kind of posts, because i think we always feel a bit curious about the way others do things. i still need to break through that important step that you mentioned, which was the part where you prepare things and nail the image when you’re shooting and not when you’re processing. i found your work today and so far i’m loving it! have a lovely day!

Nay Hello, Andria

I feel like I should say your name with a long British “a” because of how accomplished you are at your craft. You deserve to be “fancified” (made up word..)

I was wondering if you still had that 2nd Canon MII that you were looking to sell? If so could you email me with the details? I am interested. Thank you for your time and for sharing your gorgeous talent. – a fellow destiny follower…

Dina Hi! This is all so fab. Tell me, are you still selling the two cameras? If you are do you mind telling me the pricing and if you would recommend it for food photography? Thaanks

Danielle Schulz Hello Andria,

I ABSOLUTELY love your work, your story, your expressive faith, your emotion, who you are; just from what I’ve learned from perusing through your blog! I’m honestly inspired by your work and your passion. I am in LOVE with your HE > i tattoo and it is a verse I try to live my life by daily, hourly. (He must increase, I must decrease). So excited that that tattoo has opened up doors to share your faith and love of Christ with others. What a testimony.

I am lover of photography and love shooting but am a little, tiny amateur. I am looking into purchasing a new camera body and am interested in one of the cameras you are selling. As I said, I’m a pipsqueak when it comes to photography. :) I’m interested if you still have camera bodies for sale and what your price is…

Thanks for your time in reading my blabs and responding. You are such a beautiful women, inside and out, from what I can read on this blog.


Pamela Evans THANK YOU for this post!!!!!!!

Angela Dube Hi Andria, I just found your work on Pinterest! My boyfriend and I have (separately) been taking pics for awhile but have just started being more serious and doing photo shoots. I especially have a lot to learn about “the camera”! I love your work and this post is so helpful. My boyfriend wants a 5D so much and with all yours, it’s pretty apparent to me that that needs to happen soon. I haven’t heard of Photo Mechanic or VSCO so those will also be so helpful to look into. We agree that it’s the photographer, then the camera! Happy shooting!

Sarah Montgomery Are you still selling the 5D? If so, for how much?

Robyn Regan Thank you Andria for that post. I am guessing that VSCO is the presets for LR??? Your images are devine. Your models are gorgeous too. x

alaska hey are you still selling the mkII??

please let me know! thank you!

Павел Very nice, well said

Amanda Kessens Love this blog!!! I am a newbie and while I feel comfortable with some shooting you have helped me feel more confident that my “style” will come. Right now I feel like I am trying to match the style to the client but from now on I will do what looks good to me and only me and then people can search me out because of that style :) Thank you!!

Antonio Moraes Thanks for this post. People should spread the knowledge like you, this way the world can be more peaceful, lovable and creative.

Steven Ryne Awesome post! Thanks so much for sharing, appreciate the help and inspiration :)

Nathan Fisher Great advice! So what are your two go-to VSCO film styles? 😀 I have an idea which ones they might be but not sure.

Yaz hi,

i noticed you use VSCO and i am interesed in which one you actually use? Thanks SO much. i love your work. you have such an eye for photography. your photography is unique and refreshing.



Caitlin Rondino Your website is beautiful as is your work. I saw that you had posted you’d be selling your Canon 5D. If that offer is still available, I am definitely interested.

Caitlin Rondino

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