"Can I get a copy of my photos on a disk?"
This question is a given in a digital world. The answer is yes- yes you can! All of our sessions include a disk of at least 20 digital images (all images for weddings) of your choice to use for ditigal and online sharing, and you can add more images at $8.00 each.
"Can I reprint images myself from the session?"
Yes you can- if you would like to purchase a disk for making reprints, we will make you a high-resolution disk in place of the low resolution disk that initially comes with your session.
"What do you do for editing the images?"
This is the question I get asked the most. The answer is in the question, "what needs editing?" It always depends on the requests of each client.
While I typically don't edit out scars and moles (I might soften them just a little), I do try to edit out the temporary blemishes, such as pimples, red skin, dark circles and the like. Unless it's requested, I don't like to "over-edit" unless I'm going for an extremely high-fashion look. I want my clients to look amazing without looking "photoshopped."
A problems with group pictures are the "blinkers." I try to work my magic so that in every photo, we can see everybody's bright eyes. No "blinkies." Although I try to avoid shooting with unwanted objects in the background in the first place, if there is something unsightly in one or two of the photos, I try to nix that, too. Those are just the basics. After that, it becomes like artwork to me, and sometimes it's just a matter of just deciding how to "color" it (or not to "color"!). Which I'll explain more in the next question.
What format do you shoot in?
I don't get asked this a lot, but the answer does help explain a part of my editing process. I shoot in "RAW" format, then convert it to .jpg when I'm finished editing. Without trying to get too technical, what I love about shooting in "RAW" format is that it gives me a huge range of colors to work with AFTER the fact.
Ever taken a picture and noticed that it has an unsightly yellowish color cast to it? That color cast was caused by the "white balance" of your camera. I LOVE the fact that shooting in raw can let me decide the "mood," or "white balance" of the image after the fact. If I shoot in .jpg instead of raw, I'm kind of stuck with the original setting. Here is an example:
This is the original color I shot in.
I wanted to have some fun with the image and give it a "night" feel.
I adjusted the "white balance" in the image, and was able to get a "fairy tail evening blue."
Had I shot in .jpg, yes, I would still have had the original image,
but if I had tried to adjust the white balance on the .jpg into a night scene,
it would have looked something like this:
That is one of the many reasons why I like to shoot in "RAW" format.
How long will it take to get my pictures back?
It depends on how many pictures were taken and how much editing needs to be done. Because I personally go through everything single photograph and check for any thing that might need editing, it can take time (especially for an all day photo coverage event).
Although our contracts always state "6-8 weeks" for everything, I will give you general rule of thumb time frame:
For a basic photo shoot, usually less than 7 days (about 30-40 pictures).
For an extensive shoot, closer to 1-2 weeks (about 50-150 pictures).
As a rule of thumb, I can edit anywhere from 50-250 photos a week, it just depends on how much editing is needed.
Do you charge for editing?
No, I don't. It comes free of charge with every shoot I do.
If a major change is requested, then there may be a charge. For example, I don't charge for "Dad having something green between his teeth"(and usually remove before even you have to ask). I DO charge for "Can you remove Uncle Bob from the family photos?" It's generally if a significantly large object or objects are requested to be removed or changed.