After years of shooting kids, my own included, I have fallen in love with the composite image.

I feel like it’s so hard to get everyone EXACTLY how I want them in one shot when I am working with young children.

Because of the certainty that kids will be kids, I learned to master the composite image and know that I will always end up with at least one great portrait.

how to light and edit a composite portrait by Lindsay Brummer

how to light and edit a composite portrait by Lindsay Brummer

how to light and edit a composite portrait by Lindsay Brummer

I think it’s important to know that you don’t need much to have a great studio setup that lets you escape the cold winter, hot summer, or the confinement of the golden hour along with the ease of editing studio lit portraits.

Here is the studio setup:

pullback of Lindsay Brummer's studio photography setup

And here is a little video of what it looks like shooting in my space:

Let’s get up close and walk through editing this composite image in Photoshop:

Don’t be afraid of your speedlights, strobes, or constant lighting; learn to embrace it and let it open up a new world for you.

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