*1Almost all my couples want to get photos as soon as possible or right after the shoot. But I have to go through a special procedure before I sent the photos to the couple, and it takes time. Selecting the all good shots, color correction, retouching. All these things take time. Selecting photos takes anywhere from a 1 day to 3. This depends on the amount of photos taken during the shoot. After all, we don’t want to miss an important moment, so we have to choose carefully and look at all images taken. After your photos are ready I load them to Google Drive and on to my website. All of the editing takes about a week. But editing photos is just a part of my job, since I have many other shoots happening during the week, I can only fit a certain amount of work hours a day. During the work week I have other photoshoots, reply to e-mails, meet up with couples, talk to them on the phone and much more. Marketing and management are also key components of my job that take time. I also have two sons and want to spent time with them and see them grow.
In order for me to sent a few photos, I have to look through all of them. This is up to 2-3 hours at minimum + retouching. During that day I can not look over any other photos from a different shoot. This way my timeline of the work day gets moved by 2-3 hours and throws my whole schedule off and all couples who were before you in the “line” will get their photos later, which is unfair.
This is why I have an option for couples who want their images during the week.
I give the images over to a third party who edit them. This speeds up everything else. The color correction and selection is no different from my own.
The process from editing until the end result that you get takes about a week. 3 days to choose the photos from the day, 2 days for color correction and 2 days for retouching. There are many other things that we do other than photograph weddings, engagements. We meet with couples, do e-mail, do a lot of marketing and meet with couples. I also have a family and two children who I like to spend time with. There are other couples, who’s wedding was before yours and they are in line before you. It’s all simple and chronological. Depending on the season this process takes 8-14 weeks. This is the time needed to do the job right and deliver the images. End of August, September and October are the busiest months in our industry, and if we photographed you during those months your photos will take a bit longer to be edited.
About 70% of our couples (and other photographer’s couples as well) ask to get their photos a week after the wedding.Let’s look at this closer:
“Share a few photos from our day”. At this time I am editing photos from another couple’s day. I have to stop what I am doing and select photos from the other couple’s celebration. After picking for 2 days I edit and e-mail the couple a few photos. This means that I am behind schedule and every other couple will get their photos late now. It's a domino effect.
I think it’s unfair that some couples get more of my attention and time than others. I want all my couples to be treated with the same attention and a friendly approach. I want all my couples to be happy.
This is why I offer the expedited option for the couples who don’t want to wait and want their photos right away (in a week). We have been working in this industry for a long time and work with a team of editors who are professional and who’s services we request when couples want expedited photos. Post production and their editing are just like mine because we have been working together for a long time and have created some awesome things.