Mother and Daughters Portrait Shoot – Editing


All photos copyright Carla Coulson

Do you remember the first time your mother put lipstick on you? Wasn’t it thrilling!

I remember when my parents where getting ready for a night out my sisters and I were hanging around our mum’s dressing table like bees to the honey pot.

We wanted what she had! All those delicious potions, perfumes and lipsticks, blushers and foundation. It felt like the most glamorous world and we wanted to be part of it.

Not much has changed when it comes to mothers and daughters. The glamour of a beautiful mother getting ready still draws crowds! I had the great fortune to do a private portrait of this beautiful mum and her adorable daughters recently and they couldn’t help wanting a little glamour themselves.

Carla went wild!

All photos Copyright Carla Coulson

Which brings me to a subject all us photographers have dear to our hearts, editing. I like to think I am good at editing (ask my publisher they may tell you something else when the truckloads of images arrive for my latest book) but all of us get attached to photos and culling them down to a manageable number sometimes can be plain hard.

This was the case with the above bathroom scene. I have another 15 or so I like but didn’t want my blog to crash uploading them all and we hadn’t even got started on the shoot.

So dear photographers as a little editing exercise if you had to just choose one of each mother and daughter which ones would they be?

PS: As this is an edit I haven’t taken out that annoying handrail in the bathtub..

PPS: I hope to share some more pics of this shoot soon..

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25 Responses to Mother and Daughters Portrait Shoot – Editing

  1. Susan Papazian says:

    Hi Carla,

    These are such beautiful photos and I can understand how difficult it would be to select only a handful. I’d have to pick number 2 from the first lot – its such a special moment you have captured between the mother and daughter – it just shows the pure joy and strong connection they have. From the second lot I would definitely choose number 3 – I just love the little girl sitting tall and proud and the mother’s body language, the way is leaning towards the camera gives it a beautiful perspective! Great photos!!

  2. catherine says:

    I would choose 1 or 2 but probably 1. Hope that helps. Gorgeous idea. x

  3. Doug Porter says:

    Hi Carla,
    Lovely shots, my preferences are 1&6

  4. Tamera says:

    I would choose the fourth from the bottom and the second from the top. I am a very brutal and efficient editor, being a wedding and portrait photographer and having to deal with many hundreds (if not thousands) of photos from a single day of shooting. I learned long ago not to get too attached! ;^)

  5. Denee J says:

    These shots are heartfelt and beautiful! They’ll make lovely memory time stamps :) I love the 1st & 3rd from the first set and the 1st and 4th from the second set.

  6. Catherine says:

    Lovely shots, Carla…my favourite, unquestionably is number 2…it is such a loving Mother and Daughter shot…perfect!
    If you’re ever in London, Carla I’d love you to take some of me and Victoria ;-)

  7. Debra Kolkka says:

    In the first set I would choose the 2nd shot and in the second set I would choose the first…..but they are all beautiful photos of 3 gorgeous girls.

  8. Hi Carla, they are all gorgeous shots…very hard to edit down!! I really love 1 and 5. 1 is such a lovely shot of both of them and I adore 5 where Mum is showing her daughter how to smush her lips…such a sweet moment.
    Good luck with the edit and thanks for showing us… Jx

  9. super well done
    never knew before I became a ‘photographer’ how hard it was to chose!

  10. Sivan says:

    Beautiful. I love the tone of colors and the softness in the pictures.

  11. Marta says:

    I would definitely say second from the top ;-)
    Kisses! I love the idea….

  12. Janine says:

    Sei grande Carla! I love the photo 2 in the first lot. I just love the little girl’s feet! And in the second set photo 3. Just a perfect expression of delight!
    Gorgeous gorgeous post! Jxx

  13. VERY hard to choose here.
    I never noticed the handrail till you mentioned it – the pics are so strong and lively.
    I’d pick #5 and 7 if my back was to the wall but not easy.
    All gorge

  14. The sweetness of these photos is so heart warming. I could not possibly choose one :)

  15. Anya Adores says:

    Hi Carla – I love this shoot – reminds me of my little ones :)
    From the top I’d pick number 2 and with the second lot number 3.
    Such a proud Mama and girls,
    Brava Carla,

  16. Virginia says:

    The next to the last one does it for me. I’m sure I”m the only one to pick it but I love the silly look on the little girls face and the mom seems so relaxed. They’re all great C. I am glad I don’t have to make the final choice.

  17. sarah says:

    What a beautiful shoot! I love one and two

  18. So lovely!! I don’t want to sound all Miss Smarty Pants here but it depends on who I was doing the editing for! # 5 stood out for me right away as a commercial photo but not a portrait. That sort of thing. Holy cow, you so clearly had a blast! Again, just beautiful.

  19. Great topic and people, the pleasure and happiness in really visible.


  20. Nat says:

    Lovely images….I prefer 2nd from the top and 3rd from the bottom… the relationship between mother and daughter is the strongest. Great work!

  21. So cute! I’d go for number 2 in the first lot and number 3 in the second lot. You’ve captured spontaneity, cheek, admiration and heaps of fun! :)x

  22. Rebecca Ramage says:

    Hi Carla
    I like 5,6 & 7 – they tell the story and they can easily be cropped for an intimate scene with all arms and legs neat. Beautiful people – Lovely soft shots. R x

  23. Oh, I love this. It is really hard to pick a favorite as each has a unique perfection. And it makes me sad because my brother and his wife are separated. Their two lovely kids (boy and girl) will no doubt spend a lot of time with both parents but the times with their Mom I’ll rarely be privy to. It ups the ante for me to be a good aunty.

  24. Sarah says:

    Love, love, love these images!! A series that you will see something different in each time you look at them. And what might be a favourite now, will change when you look at them years down the track. Gorgeous images!

  25. Clare says:

    These images are just beautiful, Carla. I simply adore them!

    ~ Clare x

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