What is Photo-gratification? It is that feeling, that moment when you receive the email link to your final edited and beauty toned images. When you are able to look through all of your beautiful images and relive one of the biggest days of your life.
That’s one of the things that separates Photos by Rich Burkhart from our competition. Our clients relive every captured moment within days of their wedding or photo session, rather than the weeks or months other photographers promise.
Some correspondence with a wedding coordinator got me thinking. Take a look…
“The sneak peek photos were awesome and I’m such a fan of instant wedding gratification in pictures and your blog post was right on time :-)”
This was a portion of an email I received from a coordinator following a wedding in September. This particular coordinator was from out of town and she was quite impressed that I was able to share a preview blog on the Wednesday following a Saturday wedding. I received another email from her after delivering the final gallery later that week: “Thanks so much for sharing and appreciate the swift turnaround! I will tell you I’m still waiting on photos from some JULY weddings!”
I really didn’t think about it too much, since that is my normal turnaround time, but, I was looking through some blog posts about choosing a photographer and saw this from The Knot:
“It usually takes at least a month to get all those photo proofs back from your photographer. Why? Your photographer is shooting enormous raw files far bigger than your typical JPG. Shooting raw files gives your photographer greater ability to correct the photo, but it also takes a longer time to upload, process and edit all those files (in order to correct color levels and so on). It varies, but many photographers say that they spend an additional 40 hours editing images from a single wedding, so it can take up to six to eight weeks (or longer, depending on the photographer and how busy they are) to get proofs back.”
Much of my work flow is based on the knowledge of the craft I received while getting my Master of Fine Arts in Photography from SCAD and 14 years of experience working as a photojournalist at a daily newspaper. During that time, I became an expert at editing large quantities of images down to the images that best tell the story of the day, most of the time a single image which told the story the best as it would be put on the front page of the next day’s newspaper.
So here is my typical timeline for completing images following a wedding:
The turnaround time was fantastic…a week to see the full gallery. The pictures came out great as well, and all were touched up and re-edited (a concern for me, as I had uncooperative hair that day and a recovering bruise on my leg from an obstacle course run. Rich assured me he would take care of it…and he did!). The service was great!