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How much time to edit photos after the wedding?

 
DStanic
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Oct 24, 2010 22:42 |  #1

I'm wondering what is typically an acceptable amount of time to spend organizing/editing photos after the wedding, before giving the couple the prints/dvd(in my case)? I remember my wedding it was a couple of weeks, which was fine. I have shot a couple of weddings and typically 3-4 weeks I spend on the photos, but they have been for friends and family.

Currently I am working on photos that I shot on Oct 3rd, for a very nice couple. I shot the wedding the week after I started moving into my new house so I have been extremely busy (I KNOW IT'S NOT AN EXCUSE!).


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Oct 24, 2010 23:49 |  #2

DStanic wrote in post #11158648 (external link)
I have shot a couple of weddings and typically 3-4 weeks I spend on the photos

I'd say 3-4 weeks is good. Even if I have them done earlier I don't hand them on, even though I could have been working on them night and day. Wouldn't want people to feel as though they'd been rushed.


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Oct 25, 2010 03:39 as a reply to  @ highway0691's post |  #3

What's more important is what you've told your customer - in the agreement and/or verbally.

The best thing is always to under-promise and over-deliver.

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Oct 25, 2010 03:42 |  #4

If you communicate that it will take three months, in advance, then that is acceptable. Ish. Three months is a bit crazy. But communication is the key.

My contract says four weeks, six weeks during busy periods. My personal aim is two weeks. Most recently i've come in at one and two weeks for proofs and album first draft, with the rest of the schedule up to the customer and depends on the album company. My albums take 3-5 weeks to be made, plus design time, plus delivery, plus possible rework, so I say typically 4-6 weeks, 8 weeks at the outside.


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Oct 25, 2010 07:44 |  #5

It's all about setting expectations. I generally indicate 3 weeks knowing that I can reliably turn them around in only 2. I was crazy busy this month and let me clients know that it may take just a little longer than the typical 3 weeks and they're all very understanding of it.


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Oct 25, 2010 09:16 as a reply to  @ Peacefield's post |  #6

As others have said, it's all about setting expectations. Communicating your timeline up front will do wonders. My typical wedding looks like this:

  • 1-2 days after wedding : 1-3 (watermarked) images on FB
  • 2 weeks after wedding : Blog post
  • 3-4 weeks after wedding : Full gallery (categorized) and proofbook
  • 4-6 weeks after wedding: Album predesign
  • 8-10 weeks after wedding : Album delivered (if bride approves design in timely manner) along with DVD and print release of images
There are others out there that do this full time and can turn around their weddings much faster. If it's not during autumn, I usually can deliver faster. My goal is to always tell a client what to expect and then work hard to exceed this expectation.

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Oct 27, 2010 16:31 |  #7

I promise things on the couples one month anniversary. This helps if you shoot a lot of weddings because it is very easy to quickly calculate the due date in your head.
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Nov 04, 2010 22:47 |  #8

Our clients get told a month - but we aim to deliver files etc sooner... actual work takes about 20 hours


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Nov 04, 2010 23:22 |  #9

5-7 days but I tell the clients 2-3 weeks, in case something comes up...the album is ready within 6 weeks.


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Nov 06, 2010 10:31 |  #10

I try to get the images done within one week. My contract specifies one month.
Typically it takes me one hour of editing for every hour of shooting.

My goal is to not have the client feel they need to ask where their photos are. As soon as I get home from their event I copy over all of the images and import them to light room. I then back everything up and go to sleep.

The next day I start the editing and color correcting.


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Nov 06, 2010 10:54 |  #11

Thanks for all your input. I'm just doing the finishing touches and will be meeting the couple tomorrow to exchange the photos.

The hardest part I have is sorting through say 600+ shots in a 4hr wedding down to a 250 or whatever are the best photos. My wife is a great help at that she knows how to use the "X" and "P" buttons in LR :lol:


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Nov 07, 2010 11:58 |  #12

It all depends on how good you get the shot in camera. better photo = less edit time... less edit time = faster turn around.




  
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Nov 07, 2010 13:42 |  #13

chrismallet wrote in post #11240739 (external link)
It all depends on how good you get the shot in camera. better photo = less edit time... less edit time = faster turn around.

5D = FTW

30D (in low light) = too much time editing! :mad:


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Nov 07, 2010 23:32 |  #14

The pro photog i assist aims for 3 weeks. The B&G are on their honeymoon for the first week or so anyways. The second week is spent getting settled so they will most likely not look at them till the third week anyways. When my sister got married her photog took 6 months. It was crazy. The photog missed out on a lot sales because the wedding was not fresh on everyone's mind.




  
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Nov 08, 2010 13:58 |  #15

DStanic wrote in post #11235502 (external link)
Thanks for all your input. I'm just doing the finishing touches and will be meeting the couple tomorrow to exchange the photos.

The hardest part I have is sorting through say 600+ shots in a 4hr wedding down to a 250 or whatever are the best photos. My wife is a great help at that she knows how to use the "X" and "P" buttons in LR :lol:

She emailed some to Cari... and Cari fwd'ed me a few... great job ;-)a


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