I wanted to talk about editing for a moment today. Why do photographers edit your photos? When you hire a family photographer they usually charge a session fee or deposit that covers the session and includes the time it takes to edit all of your images. What exactly is your photographer doing during the editing process? I'm hoping to shed some light on the behind scenes love and care that we give to your images.
Before I talk about editing, I think it's important to say that editing does not replace the skill of making a good image in camera. A photographer needs to know how to manage light and properly expose an image. Photography is a craft that takes a lot of time to learn, there are no shortcuts. Editing is not a replacement to knowing the craft of photography, it is merely meant to enhance your images.
When I made this image there were several things that I had to consider. First is always the light. If I have a fast moving kiddo, I need to make sure that we are in a lighting situation where there is a lot of room to run and play. If I am in directional light or a back lighting situation, the kiddo may easily turn in a way that the light is no longer flattering. So the main question is, where can I find the most flattering light for my subjects? The second thing I take into consideration is the background. Is there anything distracting? Will the background add to the image? Finally, I pose my families. They don't look posed here, but I promise you I gave them lots of direction to make them feel comfortable and had my camera ready for the perfect moment. A lot goes in to capturing authentic moments and I prepare my families for that weeks before the photo session.
This image is straight out of my camera:
Once your session is over I select the best images from what we captured. I'm looking for good composition, the right moments and images that best tell your story. Then I personally begin the process of hand editing each and every image. I give them lots of love and care so that you can have the best possible outcome of your photo session.
I'm actually editing this session right now! I hope that I have shed some light on what goes on behind the scenes with your images. Happy Friday Friends!