My editing process remains true to my brands core values of authenticity and timelessness. All client images are imported, then culled to delete unusable photos. Blinking, unflattering moments, and similar/identical shots are all deleted. I then crop, correct distortion & decide if the image is to be rendered in colour or black and white before I apply a number of specific hand edits. This type of work will involve first of all, some adjustments to exposure, white balance and tones. I apply colour grading to colour images, use techniques such as dodge and burn, and I may make adjustments to specific parts of the images for example boosting clarity to eyelashes, or highlight features through the use of radial filters. I typically make further adjustments to highlights, shadows and luminance.
This is a time-consuming process and therefore delivery times for all images is dependent on both workload and the number of images I have been contracted to deliver. Mini sessions are 5 images, studio sessions are 15 images, and outdoor sessions are 25 images. At weddings, I simply edit all usable images taken. Each image will take around thirty minutes to edit. When all images are edited I then resize the photographs for social media and web sizing, before I export them to a named gallery within the clients storage folder, before repeating the process for print quality resizing. When the folder has been updated to include both social & print sized versions of each image I back the folder up. I retain client images for 6 months, to allow plenty of time for my clients to ensure they have reliably stored their images. This remains the clients responsibility, and I will only retain images I may use for future marketing purposes.
In respect of requests for changes to a clients body shape, or Hollywood style airbrushing I recommend anyone wishing to avail of this type of editing makes a request for copyright release to me directly and I can recommend reliable editors. This is an additional external editing service I can make available, which is paid for by the clients as it is not within the remit of standard portrait photography. Advanced retouching from Californian editors costs from £15 per image, and is available upon request only.