so often you hear photographers say "having an expensive camera doesn't make you a professional photographer." true. though you would be irresponsible to call yourself a professional if you're shooting with your iphone camera... the art of modern digital photography begins when you close your eyes and envision how you'd like a shoot to go, and ends when you hold in your hands a photographic print. so i don't really consider this a true "before and after". before would be when i pictured this moment in my imagination. and after will be when i hand her mother some gorgeous prints. but here's an example of what my fancy camera gave me (after a few years of learning how to properly use it), paired with an example of what my fancy photo editing software gave me (after several years of learning how to properly use it).
enjoy. technical info Camera: Nikon D700 Exposure: 1/4000 sec Aperture: f/1.4 Focal Length: 50 mm ISO Speed: 400
SOOC (straight out of camera):