There is one downside to being a full time photographer — it’s so damn hard to keep up with editing! I struggled for YEARS to keep up with my editing, especially when it came to wedding season. I worked with 4+ editing companies and even tried to train someone myself – but my photos still weren’t up to my (very high) standards. Consistency is key, you guys!
It wasn’t until I found Donya Luana that I was finally able to let go of a little control and hand my editing over to someone else. And you know what I gained (in addition to beautifully edited photos)? MY LIFE BACK!
Since I trust her with my photos, it was easy for me to hand over the reigns of my blog. You guys are in for a treat – because Donya is sharing her tips and suggestions related to working with an editor! Listen up photographers – because this information is GOLDEN. I seriously wish I would’ve known about all of these tips (and found Donya) six years ago!
How To Best Work With A Photo Editor
Have you ever considered hiring a photo editor? If so, you’ve probably grappled with the stress of giving up artistic control and trusting that another editor can do as good of a job as you. I get it. You might also be at the brink of despair because if you don’t outsource SOMETHING you’ll start to really suck at everything. I get that, too.
I think these tips by Donya will help ease your mind and give you some tools so that you are in the best possible place to hire and work with an editor.
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My name is Donya…..
And over the past two years, I have assisted Kaysha in editing her gorgeous wedding photos. While I fully enjoy working with her beautiful images in Lightroom, the best part of being her photo editor is knowing that my work is allowing her to grow her business.
She asked me to give you a few tips, from the editors perspective, on how you might be able to better use your time if you outsourced your editing (to the right editor).
#1 – Book More Clients (without worrying about the extra editing workload)
#2 – Collaborating With Local Businesses
#3 – Continuing Education
#4 – Growing Your Social Media Presence
#5 – And best of all, more time with your friends and family, instead of the computer!
When we start a business, we (as entrepreneurs) often become addicted to getting all the work done and being the sole worker bee in the business. Raise your hand if you’ve been there! And while that can be very fulfilling in the early stages, it can quickly lead to burnout.
At some point in your journey as an entrepreneur, your time becomes more valuable than the cost of outsourcing. That’s when you know it’s time to consider a photo editor.
Here are a few quick tips to make the process of working with an editor smooth & efficient.
Know Your Style
It’s extremely important to know your style because you’ll be teaching someone else to do it for you! If you’ve never done this, take some time to evaluate your work and pick apart what you do to your images. Think about what you absolutely love and definitely hate when it comes to editing styles.
Pre-edits are edits that photographers do ahead of time before sending the full wedding to me to edit. Oftentimes, these will be their blog images. Choosing to do pre-edits will make teaching your editor your style incredibly easy since it will allow your editor to see how you would like the images to look in the many lighting situations you encounter on a wedding day! And because you were present for the real deal, you know the real colors and can pass that info on to your editor through the pre-edits. Worried about losing that artistic control? Pre-edits are the best way to make sure your style is preserved.
Know Your Routine
This will help both you and your editor. When do you typically import your photos to your computer following a wedding? When do you plan to have sneak peeks or a blog post online? Are you meeting your goal delivery time for your clients? Having a rough schedule for these tasks will help your editor know when to expect your images following a wedding or photo session, and as a bonus, you’ll have a bit of accountability to get your tasks done in a systematic time frame. From there, you’ll know when to expect the images back from your editor so you can quickly send out the final gallery to your client! Who isn’t looking for more ways to elevate their clients’ experience?! A triple win for you, your editor, & your client!
So if you’re struggling with the fact that editing is taking up too much of your valuable time or maybe that it’s something you dread spending time on, I wholeheartedly hope you’ll consider outsourcing your editing!
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There you have it! Are you feeling ready to finally tackle adding an editor to your team? I would highly recommend starting with a personal editor, having one set person to edit your photos has really made all the difference for me. Check out Edit Source for an awesome listing of editors across the country (which happens to be where I found Donya)!