BTS: What happens to the photos after the wedding

I'm often receiving emails from couples of honeymoon wondering what happens next. Here are all the details:

I shoot every wedding with two cameras, and there are a 2 32GB SD cards in each camera at a time - both cards are storing the RAW file. I am extra careful incase of card corrosion. I often start backing up you wedding photos during the meal because I am that cautious, but often I will get home and back up as soon as I get in before sleep. The RAW files are then stored on two separate hard drives as well as on my computer. I place the SD cards in a safe place until I finish editing.

 

I often cull the very next day, only if I'm out shooting the next day will I leave it past 24 hours. I find it important to help remember certain moments and makes the culling process more effective. I will do a final check to ensure I haven't missed any gems and to make sure your aunts eyes are open on the family portrait!

 Culling: Picking which images will be in the final set.

Culling: Picking which images will be in the final set.

Once I've culled, I import them to Lightroom (linked to photoshop) and add a preset which is according to my style. The preset adds to the colour - I have used the same one for three years!

 This is what it looks like when I am editing.

This is what it looks like when I am editing.

I then go through all the images to  colour correct, straighten,  exposure correction, dodging, burning and other things to make the images gel as a set. Once I'm happy I export them as High Res Jpegs. Before I do the entire I set I do about 20 images for a sneak peek and then continue to edit the whole set.

Then I upload the full set to Pixieset, where you get your own wedding photo gallery. I change the url to your names, then send you the link!

 This is what Pixieset looks like from my side.

This is what Pixieset looks like from my side.

Once on PixieSet I also save the set to my hard drives. I think it's important for you both to have had at least a month between your wedding and receiving your photos - it's something to look forward to if you experience Wedding blues and also is a more enjoyable experience (lots have been swiping through the Insta pictures from the day for a week!). Alongside your gallery you will receive a box that looks just like this:

Often I'll  blog the wedding, as this is how I can continue to book weddings by showcasing my work. Sometimes wedding blogs will contact and ask to feature the wedding - a massive compliment all around,

That's not the end though, I still talk to most of my wedding clients through social media - mainly Instagram. 

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Lucinda Watson