I am always inspired by people who find a way to make their passion for photography and Lightroom work in the every day world. Laura Thomas, who runs a great site called Pretty Presets, has done just that. She, along with several contributors, offer a lot to the Lightroom community. Don’t be fooled by the name of the site. Of course, there are presets available. But there are also workshops and a well written blog. It’s definitely worth a look. You can pick up some free templates while you’re there!
Rather than retell Laura’s story, here it is in her own words from the About Us page on Pretty Presets…
My love for Lightroom began when I started my own photography business. My sessions started piling up, along with hundreds of images to edit. Somewhere between being overwhelmed and exhausted by the time spent editing; I wanted to find a way to save time. I knew I needed to speed up my workflow and wanted to be more proficient. This is where the journey began! I love my job and my goal is to save others time so that they can balance their time with their families and their long term goals.
I know your time is valuable and that’s why I’m here to help! Being the wife and a mother to two young children means my time is valuable too. When my husband is home, I don’t want to be sitting at the computer editing when time together is sometimes scarce. When my kids are awake, I want to spend quality time with them and leave the editing for naps and bed time. I have managed to use these presets to cut my workflow dramatically. This gives me the opportunity to stay at home with my children, have plenty of time with my husband and still run a business from home.
It’s exciting to know that photographers are cutting their editing time in half and having the freedom to do what they enjoy. I have been blessed to be able to work from home, in a field that I enjoy, and still have time to raise a family. I wish this for every photographer I meet. I look forward to working with you!
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Gene is an Adobe Community Professional, an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom, Photoshop, and InDesign, and an avid Lightroom fan. He has written several feature articles for Photoshop User Magazine and is the author of Explore Lightroom 4: A Roadmap for Photographers.
He belongs to the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). Gene is the Co-Founder, Manager and a frequent blogger for the Dallas Fort Worth Adobe User Group (DFWAUG).
In addition to running Lightroom Secrets, Gene also contributes to O'Reilly's media blog, moderates on the Adobe forums, and helps out on lightroomforums.net.