It’s time for Mozingo Photography to get raw. Lets be real. Sometimes we take “not so good photos.” Every professional does every once in a while. But whether the photo is executed correctly in the camera or not, I don’t know any professional photographer (worthy of hiring, at least) in the digital era who doesn’t perform some sort of editing before handing off their photos to a client. Because it is such a huge portion of the work we do we wanted to shed some light on what kind of effort goes into making photographs really shine.

After a session we sort though the photos to pick the very best ones and then we edit every “keeper” photo to look its best. Some photos need a fair amount of retouching and others need only a little. Post production on the part of the photographer should be considered when looking at the investment of hiring a professional. So much of our time is spent editing photos to make them really sing!

It’s gutsy for us to share our unedited photos with the world but here are a few examples.

Below is a an example of how we can take a dull uninteresting photo and make it pop. The first is the unaltered RAW file directly out of the camera and the second is a touched up photo.

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In this photo the white balance is slightly off. We were able to change it and alter the tone of their skin.

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In this photo the flowers are super bright and the couple is shaded. This is an example of how we can use an adjustment brush in Lightroom to help the photo’s exposure look more even.

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Sometimes, we love the photo in both color and black and white and will give our clients both edits.

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And sometimes I love the photo better in black and white! (But often give the client both edits in case they don’t agree!):)NOTE: The yellow bell bush is casting a yellow tint on the fella’s face. Black and white can mask any unwanted tints in skin tone.

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Over the years, we have found that Nikon cameras interpret white balance (the way colors are designated for a photo) with a little more leaning toward blues and reds. They look a more “cool.” We always lean toward editing our photos a little on the “warmer” side. In the following photo you can see the difference moving from an original “cool” image to a “warm” one.

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Now, one of our goals as professionals is to always build our skill set and get the exposure and composition correct in camera. We strive to master camera settings for different environments and situations. We also strive to learn new techniques with reflectors and extra lighting to get the exposure correct. This will significantly lessen our editing time and will always be a goal of ours. However, it is nice to know the occasional incorrectly exposed photo can be saved and made to look it’s best in the editing process.

Shout out and a huge thanks to Brittany and Bob for allowing us to share some of their engagement session! We can’t wait for their wedding in October.

We are getting into this guest blogging stuff. It’s fun and nice to hear from others for a change! This week our guest blogger is StudioWed! Mozingo Photography has been a part of StudioWed since 2011. We adore getting to be a part of this community of wedding professionals! Here is a bit more about the Studio and how it might help you plan your big day!!

Written by Abby Murray-

“StudioWed is a hip and innovative concept in local and destination weddings: a stylish and sophisticated planning studio where the area’s best vendors come to our clients. It was founded in 2008 in Asheville, North Carolina. StudioWed has now franchised to Nashville, Denver, and Atlanta. Our vendors go through an application process which promises our Asheville brides a selection of professional and reliable Asheville area wedding vendors. Our clients can meet with a photographer over coffee in the morning and enjoy a glass of wine as they chat with a florist in the evening. Best of all, there’s no cost to use StudioWed’s services, so they can feel free to spend an entire day, or as many as they need planning for their big day. Whatever the case may be, StudioWed will help design the most spectacular and personalized Asheville wedding imaginable.”

We are also strong believers in the StudioWed culture (Check it out below). A great wedding comes together when you have a team of awesome wedding vendors who not only love to do what they do but also love helping each other out on a wedding day.

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“StudioWed Asheville recently moved into a gorgeous new location right outside downtown Asheville. Contact us through the StudioWed site, let us set up the appointments, and then come on in and check out our new space located off Charlotte Street. Happy planning!”

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Baby number 2 for the Mozingos is due July 31st! We are excited to be welcoming our second baby and know that some of you are anxious to find out the gender of baby Mozingo.


We let Ezra, our first born, be a surprise and did not find out his gender until he was born. We thought we would do the same with this one but I decided I wanted to find out with my family and see their reaction to the news. So we decided to throw a gender reveal party last Tuesday on my birthday!

I kind of got into it with my pedicure, pink and blue outfit, and eyeshadow. What can I say? I was excited!

We are working on explaining things to Ezra. He likes rubbing my belly and saying “Hey baby!” He is going to be a great big brother.

So without further ado…. Baby number 2 is…

A BOY!!!!!! It seems I am to be surrounded by boys and I am in love with this idea. Even our cat is a boy! I was always kind of a tomboy anyway with 2 older brothers to keep up with. It just seems fitting that we should have another boy.

So how did we do the gender reveal? Our ultrasound tech put the ultrasound revealing the gender in an envelope and sent it home with us. Michael and I looked at that unopened envelope for a week, not knowing ourselves what was inside. We asked our nanny and good friend Roberta to help with the reveal and gave her the envelope. She came up with a fantastic idea of how to do the big reveal. She and Ezra did a painting project. He put his hand print on a piece of paper in the color of the gender of baby 2. Roberta put the hand prints in envelopes for Michael and I to open and for each family member to open. So hand prints became our theme.

We are so excited for this new blessing to join in our story. Thanks for allowing us to share it with you.