For the last several years, my sister Melanie Monroe and I have traded photo sessions. Each of us photographs the other’s family and then edits the images of her OWN family.  This year, Melanie drove with us way out into the wilderness for the “foresty” location my husband and kids requested. I edited the images and made up our Christmas card long before she sent me her edits, which she did “just for fun.” I love to see how two different photographers can take the same original file and give it their own unique style.  I love both of our edits! Melanie went with a moody, autumn look. I chose my usual pastel ways. Both are keepers!

Here are Melanie’s finished images from our session:

Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer

Aren’t they great?

Here is an example of the type of RAW image we both started with, with my edit and hers side by side beneath it.


And here’s my Christmas card, which looks like springtime, while Melanie’s images look like fall!

Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer
Melanie Monroe Photography | San Diego Photographer