Do you ever feel a little twinge of longing when you see some other blogger’s pictures on Instagram and think to yourself, “I wish my life was like that”? Maybe she’s decorated her living room with tons of cute knickknacks, perhaps her hair is salon-perfect, and her dog looks like she didn’t fail Puppy I and Puppy II.
Sometimes I really need to remind myself of the un-glamorous side of things, because I tend to get a little caught up in the fantasy land of blogging. I wish I just had the great living room and hair and dog, but I very easily forget everything that goes on behind the scenes to get everything just right for those two or three shots you get to see.
Which is why I wanted to talk about the latest thing I learned to do in Lightroom: teeth whitening! I’m not exactly thrilled about the way my teeth look, and despite trying every whitening toothpaste I can get my hands on, nothing really changes. For this post, I finally learned how to fake it in Lightroom, and I’m pretty excited about the way it turned out. Pearly whites without the enamel damage! Hooray!
While I’m at it, I’d also like to note some of the other adjustments I make in my photos. Obviously, what you see here isn’t exactly what I had captured on my camera. Apart from the technical lighting/contrast/curve stuff, I always remove blemishes from my skin and lint from my clothes (if possible–sometimes the dog hair is too much). I also smooth out my skin a little. Other than that, though, this is what I look like. I’m not any taller or shorter, thinner or heavier in real life. But my teeth, well, at least you know about that.
Headband: old, Forever 21
Necklace: old, Stitch Fix
Tights: old, Target
Shoes: old, Seychelles