Hi from the Botleigh Grange Hotel, we have a full day of family portraits today so I will write this blog entry in between clients time permitting.
We have nearly finished Nick & Sophie’s wedding previews and they should be ready to view on the internet by Tuesday. We have been asked why it takes two weeks to get wedding proofs ready to view? Well there are a number of reasons, firstly most bride & grooms go on honeymoon for a couple weeks and we wont put the wedding pictures live on the internet until they have collected their wedding preview pack from us, that way they are the first to see their photographs.
Next we take a lot of pictures at a wedding it is nothing to shoot more than a 1,200 images at a wedding and all of these have to be edited to take out the blinks and funny expressions then each file has to be assessed and corrected for colour, density and contrast then cropped. We then run each image through Photoshop to add the finishing touches to each picture and then save at various sizes, one for the web, one for the proofing system and one for final printing. This process takes around 2 full days to complete. Ok, I get that I hear you say that’s still only 2 days. This is true but it is not unusual to have 3 weddings over a weekend not forgetting if we have a family portrait day there can very easily be another 1,000 plus images to sort out as well. Mixed in with this we have people bringing back their proofs and we have to then order all of the reprints for family and friends and design their wedding album. We sell a high proportion of Graphi Wedding Books and it takes me about 2 days to design and order a typical Graphi Book. It is possible to buy template software to design these books but I still prefer to do it myself in Photoshop, this makes each album completely different from the last one, I know it takes longer but I like each album to be individual not the same set of templates with different faces.
All of this together with the usual chores of running any business, I hope you can see and get an idea of what goes into making your wedding and portrait images so special.
I am not looking for sympathy. I count myself very fortunate to be working in such a fantastic industry, I love every day of it, not too many people can say that. I just wanted to give a little insight into what goes on behind the scenes because even my friends think I only work on Saturdays!!!!!
That’s it for now I will blog soon. Colin