When I spend hours and hours retouching images, Spotify is my best friend. Retouching can get pretty mindless, and it’s nice to have background noise to keep your energy levels up. When I edit, I alternate between listing to podcasts and music. I’ll listen to podcasts when I’m doing something especially mindless, and I’ll listen to music when I need to focus or to get my energy up.

I’ll share my favorite podcasts another day, but here are my favorite playlists to listen to while retouching!

Taco Party

I worked full time as a product photography at a marketing agency, and my fellow photographers and I created this collaborative playlist to listen to while doing photoshoots. I don’t work full time in the office anymore, but I still listen to this playlist all the time.

Have a Great Day!

This is one of the playlists Spotify made, and I love it! It’s perfect for upbeat, energetic, happy vibes to lift my mood.

All Out 70s

This is another playlist created by Spotify. I love the music from the 60’s and 70’s – they feel nostalgic and fun to me.


When I’m feeling more chill and maybe more somber, I listen to this playlist I made while traveling in Iceland. I love listening to this playlist on rainy days. It brings me back to rugged, wild landscapes.

Songs to Sing in the Shower

This is another fantastic one made by Spotify. Their songs you can’t help but sing along to.

Discover Weekly

When I’m in the mood for something new, I’ll explore Spotify’s Browse section. Here you can find playlists based on your mood, decades, genre, and even holiday. They also have a custom playlist they make for you each week. The music they choose is based on the tracks you’ve been listening to. It’s a really fun feature, and I love finding new music through it.

What are your favorite playlists or songs to listen to while editing?

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