You're going to want to remember your dream day in every detail and hiring a professional photographer to capture the radiance of each moment is the best way to preserve those memories for a lifetime. But you may wonder what the process is from the time of your special day to the day you receive the finished shots. Our friend Katie Corinne gives us an inside look on just what is involved in editing your photos. Read on...
A lot of brides and grooms want to know what kind of wedding photography editing is done to their wedding photos. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and every detail matters. I wanted to write a blog post to cover what my editing style is, what kind of editing I do, and how everything works after the photography part is done. Some weddings require more editing just because of the weather, backgrounds, or other factors. This wedding had some pretty in-depth edits because there was a highway going through the background of a bunch of their newlywed portraits.
My editing style is more radiant and well exposed, but always colorful! I want your day to feel bright and happy when you look back at the photos. It’s also important to me that there is detail in the sky, the wedding gown, and other brighter areas of each image. Since every wedding day is unique, I don’t have a guaranteed number of images I deliver. But, I typically deliver 75-100 images for each hour. I edit every image I deliver in Lightroom to correct for color, exposure, contrast, and clarity. I also convert some of those special moments to black and white at this stage. This is the point where I make sure all of the images look their best and look consistent.
My Wedding Photography Editing Process
Then, I select a handful of images, usually around 50 per wedding, for more fine-tuned editing. I select these images based on if they need special edits, and if I think my clients will choose to include them in an album or make a large wall print of them. Most images don’t need this additional editing, especially if you won’t be looking at them every day. The images selected for special editing are brought into Photoshop. There, I edit out stray hairs, remove distracting objects, or even do face swaps on family formals. With lots of little ones or even distracted adults, it’s pretty much impossible to get everyone looking at the camera at the same time! If a client requests additional special edits, I charge $100/hour but most edits typically take me between 5-15 minutes each.
Below are examples of an image before and after editing. The before image is as I shot it, right out of the camera. The after image has been corrected for color, exposure, etc. and had the highway and path removed from the background. See the rest of their wedding day at Christies at Genesee as well!
More photos from this beach-themed wedding: