Workflow & Editing Guide

By Charlotte Reeves

Need to sort out your workflow and learn how to get the most out of your images?

Hi, Charlotte here! 👋

I have some good news for you - you've just found the perfect resource!

Over 14 years working as a professional pet photographer, I've developed a super efficient workflow. I can have a full pet photography session culled and edited in just a couple of hours! I'm sharing my workflow with you in detail in this handy 42-page printable PDF guide.

I cover importing your images to Lightroom and backing them up (with a super easy explanation of how Lightroom actually works) to using systems to quickly cull down a photo session to a manageable number of images. I delve into getting the most out of your RAW files in the editing stage, using Lightroom's comprehensive toolkit.

Then I move into Photoshop where I share my top tips, specific to pet photography, for finishing off your images. Think dealing with colour casts, selective shading, leash removal, head swaps, sharpening and cropping.

And if you're looking to go deeper, there's a handy list of free editing tutorials to explore as well.

"Jam packed with incredibly useful content!  This guide is well written in a logical format which ensures maximum understanding. The workflow section gives a clear understanding and is invaluable for file management and proper backup.  The editing portions provide a step by step guide for understanding Lightroom, as well as valuable tools in Photoshop. It is an excellent resource that you’ll find yourself referring back to!"

Cris Skinner, Alaska

What's covered in this e-book


Having an organised and efficient workflow is an essential practice for digital photography. By implementing the tips within, you can look forward to having a streamlined workflow and being able to instantly locate and work with your precious images! You'll also discover my best practices for extending your workflow using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe Lightroom

Lightroom Classic is the ultimate one-stop-shop for pet photographers, including everything you need for a comprehensive but simplified workflow. Lightroom also comes with a host of powerful editing tools, allowing you to tap into the huge amount of detail present in camera RAW files. In fact, 95% of my editing is done in Lightroom!

Adobe Photoshop

Although the majority of my editing is usually completed in Lightroom, I still consider Photoshop an essential tool for more complex edits and polishing my images to perfection - there are some things that Lightroom just can't do! From customising Photoshop to suit you, to head swaps, I cover all the important pet photography related edits!

Does this sound like you?

  • You've only ever used Photoshop and want to start using Lightroom, but you have no idea how to begin

  • You have multiple Lightroom catalogues on the go and never know where to find your images

  • Lightroom is constantly showing missing images in your catalogue
  • You take forever selecting which images to edit, then go back and forth between Lightroom and Photoshop, so your filenames end up looking like this: IMG_2033-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit.psd

  • You're always filling up hard drives because you never delete anything (deleting images is scary!)

  • You edit a session, then realise there were better images that you missed

  • Your image edits within the one session don't have a consistent look and feel
  • Trying to set the correct white balance drives you nuts
  • You see people's amazing before-and-afters, but don't know how to get the same results
  • You struggle with quality issues, but don't know which tools and sliders to use (in which program!) to fix noisy images
  • You open your images in Photoshop then stare blankly at the screen, not sure where to even start
  • You don't know which of the 473 tools to use in Photoshop to achieve what you're trying to do

If you can relate to any of these issues, you're not alone! These are all common problems I see pet photographers facing time and again. The good news is, it's all fixable with a little bit of knowledge and some good systems.

This is why I created this Workflow & Editing Guide for pet photographers!

"WOW is all I can say about this guide!

"Packed full of actionable information, Charlotte walks you through step-by-step, explaining each technique in detail, so you understand the “why” behind the action. I kept exclaiming out loud to myself, “I didn’t know THAT!”

"This is a must-have guide for any pet photographer who wants to really polish their photos in the area of post-processing. Highly recommended!"

Sheila Brauning, USA

What's included in this e-book

This instantly downloadable e-book reference covers my entire workflow and editing process in both Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

Covered within this 42-page illustrated PDF guide is: 

  • Workflow process from import to export
  • Managing your image library with Adobe Lightroom
  • Importing and organising your images
  • Global and local adjustment in Lightroom
  • Creating Lightroom Presets
  • Best practices for cropping
  • Exporting to Photoshop for further editing
  • Customising Photoshop
  • Pixel-level editing in Photoshop with Content-Aware
  • White balance and colour correction in Photoshop
  • Sharpening techniques
  • Using Photoshop Actions

In the download section there is also a discussion area so you can connect with me directly and share your thoughts and suggestions!

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"Charlotte’s workflow guide has helped me tremendously. By following her steps I have been able to cut my editing time in almost half. Being able to deliver photo galleries to my clients quicker has made my life easier. Delivering ahead of schedule makes my clients happier. Win-win situation. Thanks Charlotte for this wonderful product."

Lorena Cora-Dredge, USA

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Short, sweet and easily digestible, these videos share a quick tip, trick or technique to make your pet photography editing life easier! New video added every Friday.

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Your e-book author

Charlotte Reeves

Charlotte is an award-winning Australian pet photographer based in Brisbane. Addicted to creating lightbulb moments for students, Charlotte has been teaching pet photographers since 2013. She relishes simplifying tricky concepts, and helping people achieve their goals by making the learning fun, practical, and positive.

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