Photoshop Before and After: Audrey Hepburn Inspired Shoot

before and after

Today’s post is a guest post from my great friend, Alexis Albright! She recently did an Audrey Hepburn Inspired Shoot and is going to give us a peek into her editing process!

Audrey Hepburn Side by Side

But first, I have to give you this bit of history because it is amazing!  Alexis and I met during our first (horrible) semester in college.  We shared the exact same sentiments about living in a dorm with a bunch of strangers.  (Don’t get us started on wet shower shoes, right Lex?!  Haha!)  We just really clicked even though we were both having a rough time.  Unfortunately for me, she ended up moving back to Florida after that first awful semester, and we ended up losing touch.

Fast forward over TWELVE YEARS… my hubby and I were at Disney World for the first time with our kids, and guess who we literally almost ran right in to?!  Alexis!  And her husband and 3 kids, which I didn’t even know she had!  It was the craziest thing… who would have imagined we would both be at Disney World, in the same park, on the same day, at the same time, in the same exact place?!  And even so, we could have unknowingly walked right past each other, but we didn’t!  We basically headed right in to each other!  I think it was a divine appointment if I’ve ever seen one!

Long story short, after returning home we got back in touch on Facebook, and I learned that her aunt lives super close to me in Indiana… as a matter of fact, our kids go to the same preschool!  So crazy!  Anyways, we started catching up on the phone and over email, and we ended up seeing each other last summer when she was up visiting family.  It was then that we realized we have yet something else in common… photography!

I’m so grateful to have such a great friend back in my life.  God works in mysterious ways, yes?!  I just had to share the amazing way we reconnected after so much time had passed!

Back to the Post…

Here is a recent session Alexis did, I just love the creativity of this Audrey Hepburn inspired shoot!

This is from Alexis:

This client is a high school senior and totally adores Audrey Hepburn.  She had some “Audrey-esque” accessories she wanted to incorporate into the shoot, so I pulled a few of Audrey’s iconic photos for us to emulate.  This session was incredibly fun and creative.  My client and I were both thrilled with the final product.  Here is one of the photos from the shoot.

Polished picture original


These are the editing steps:

1.  Created a new Exposure Adjustment layer and increased Exposure to +.50.



2.  Used Polished Picture’s free Sparking Eyes action at 30%.

3.  Got rid of blemishes with the Spot Healing tool.

4.  Erased stray hairs with the Healing Brush tool.

5.  Created a new Black and White adjustment layer and bumped up yellows to 97.

Black and White


6.  Created a curves layer.  Used the hand icon to increase the overall brightness of her skin tone.

curves 1

7.  On another curves layer, I grabbed the bottom left corner and pulled it to the right until the input read: 21. The output should read: 0 since you aren’t taking it off the base line. This is to increase the depth of the picture.

curves 2

8.  Clicking back on the main background layer, I ran Portraiture on her face in a new layer and inverted the mask. I like to paint the portraiture on, so as not to cover up eyebrows, lips, nostrils, and lashes.

9.  Sharpen

Here is the final image:

polished picture edited


**I wanted to give my client another option with this same image. So I edited this image with one last touch of texture to give an old timey feel. You can do the same by going to Filter, Texture, Grain and then controlling the intensity of the grain

polished picture edited grain

Just for fun, here is another Audrey-inspired image from the shoot!


Alexis is a photographer in the Tampa area and the owner of Albright Five Photography.  She specializes in Senior photography.  To see more of Alexis’ work and more photos from this shoot, please visit her blog and head over to her Facebook page!

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4 Responses to Photoshop Before and After: Audrey Hepburn Inspired Shoot

  1. Anna says:

    I loooove your blog! /Anna in Sweden

  2. MD Yusuf says:

    Clipping Path says many many thanks for sharing this nice post!

  3. wow, great images. Trying to learn Photoshop and these are very inspiring.

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