Your guests have all traveled back to their homes, the planning has paid off, and YOU’RE MARRIED and enjoying your honeymoon! So, what happens now with your Wedding Photos? Everything over the past year or so has been building up to this one moment, and now that it’s passed it may seem like you SHOULD be doing something.
Just trust me, there are no more emails to be sent. No more schedules to go over. No more stress or worrying…. Just you anxiously awaiting your WEDDING GALLERY!
After the wedding, the first week can seem like an eternity. Yes, you’re on your honeymoon, but if you’re like most of my couples you’ll be periodically watching your phone for just one glimpse of your big day, and I don’t blame you one bit!
Here’s a little bit about what you can expect from me after your Wedding Day! Believe me, I am just as anxious for you to see your photos as you are!
So, what happens while you’re traveling to your honeymoon??
The Next Day
The day after your wedding is probably going to be you reorganizing your life, clearing your mind, and getting ready for your honeymoon travel! For me, it means A TON of time in front of my computer! First, I’ll back up all of your photos in THREE places before I do anything else. We don’t need any mistakes, accidents, or casualties, so protecting your photos is my MAIN priority.
Just so you have a glimpse into what this looks like, at the average 10 hour wedding, my team and I will take about 6-7,000 images. (Yes. You read that right!) It’s SO MANY! And it takes a very long time… we’re talking HOURS.
Once I get that started, I’ll send you an email (which if you’re reading this, you’ve gotten already!) just to say hello and congratulations!
The Next WeekIt’s my goal to get every couple a sneak peak of their photos within the first week. So, the week after your wedding I’ll import all of your photos for editing, go through and choose ALL of my favorites (which usually narrows your gallery down to around 1,000 from 7,000!) and edit one photo from each special moment from your day.
When your sneak peaks are ready, I’ll send you a message with a specific time that they’ll be posted so that I can make sure that you’re the first ones to see your photos, even though they’re online! You can share these photos with all of your friends and family, make them your profile photo, but be cautious of taking screen shots or saving them to your phone or computer! There’s nothing that makes a photo look worse than being saved off of facebook or instagram!
Making it Perfect!
Over the Next 4-6 Weeks
Does it take me 4 weeks to edit your gallery? No. but chances are, that if you got married in peak Wedding Season (August-October) that you aren’t the first wedding that I’ve had, and there is a LONG line of couples awaiting their Wedding Gallery!
I edit every gallery in the order that it was shot, whether it’s a wedding, photo session, or other event. I even keep a running list written on my chalkboard so that I know exactly who is up next! Realistically, during peak wedding season, I probably won’t really dive into your full gallery until about 2 weeks after your wedding. From there, I edit like crazy, making sure that everything is perfect and that I’m only giving you the BEST of your Wedding Photos! This usually takes me about 2 weeks, but sometimes can take a bit longer depending on how much fine-tuning I have to do.
I think this is an important time to mention that I edit Every. Single. Photo. in your gallery myself, and I don’t use any photo editing services. This may seem controlling, and well… it might be a little! I just love making sure that everything is right myself. After all, that’s why you hired me! So rest assured that even though it may seem like you’re waiting FOREVER, there is good reason, and you’ll be so happy in the end!
Once I have your gallery edited, we’ll do a Reveal Session! This can be done via video chat, just the three of us, or a whole party with your friends and family! It’s your session, and whatever you have the time and the desire for is what you deserve!
There once was a time when I sent you a link with your gallery and you scrolled through it on your phone and that was that. BUT, this is your WEDDING! It deserves so much more than that. Plus, what if you aren’t together when I send the link? Don’t you want the first time you see your wedding photos to at least be in the same room with the person the day was all about?
Okay, now that we’re all on board!
Before I leave, or before our video chat ends, I’ll email you the link to your photos, and that’s that until your album comes in!
Reveal Session. We have them. They’re awesome. Bring tissues.
After your reveal, we’ll talk about albums, artwork, and any gift prints you may want to purchase. Most of you have print credit, so this is the perfect time to use it!
6 Weeks after the Reveal Session
Your albums are made BY HAND! So that means they take a LONG TIME to make. From the time I order the album to the time it is delivered to my house for inspection is 4 weeks. Then, factor in a week or so before for design approval, and a week or so after for delivery to you, and 6 weeks after your reveal session is about when we’ll have our FINAL meeting together!
For some of you, this is the end of an almost 2 year relationship with me! It’s always so bittersweet, but I LOVE staying in touch with you all and watching you grow together; watching you buy houses and start families. I love each and every one of you, and even though this is the end of your Wedding Photography process, I really hope that we get to see each other again!