Open your photo in Photoshop:
Next lighten your image by clicking on image - adjustments - curves,
A box will appear with a diagonal line across it, click and drag the line at the top and bottom to suit your taste for the photo, I like to create a smooth S shape with my curve.
Next I like to slightly adjust the colours, my camera tends to take the photos with a slightly blue tone even when adjusting the white balance so I click on image - adjustments - colour balance.
Adjust the colours to suit your taste by dragging the little scroll bars, I select +10 red, -10 magenta and -25 yellow. This gives the image a nice warm glow.
Crop the image by highlighting the area you want with the marquee tool. The choose image - crop.
Next I like to lighten specific areas of the photo. To do this I choose the dodge tool from the menu on the left hand side, (it's the one that looks like a magnifying glass coloured in black). I then choose the size I want to be able to lighten a fairly large area at one time. I also select a soft edged brush.
Change the options for the dodge tool to "shadows" and an exposure of about 8%. This means it won't lighten too much at once, and gives you more control.
And here is your final image:
Check out before and after!
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