Behind the Scenes: Photo Editing

PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR WEDDING IS ONLY PART OF WHAT WE DO

Our connection with our couples doesn't begin with their wedding day, nor does it end there. Although we can all agree that we truly love every aspect of wedding photography- the excitement of meeting for the first time, engagement sessions, when details begin to finalize, the final countdown- one of our most favourite things to do is edit! 

Editing for us isn't about sitting at our desk for days on end, waiting for files to open (although, truthfully, at the highest peak of our season it can sometimes feel that way), for us it's about being able to relive such an exciting event. The heart warming feelings and fulfillment we get when looking through your photos one day, one week, and even a few months after your wedding is so real and gratifying that it sometimes can't be put into words.

Since this month has been filled with lots of editing we've decided to share some of our post-production secrets with you and show you a few before and after photos!

Justin + his groomsmen - before

Justin + his groomsmen - after

We created a simple curve layer to add some contrast and dimension to the photo

OUR EDITING STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS SIMPLE, MINIMALISTIC, AND TIMELESS

We don't believe in heavily editing photos, and that's not because we want to save time to quickly turn things around- we know how long we take to edit and we have accounted for that since day 1. We believe in classic and timeless editing- we want to look back at our photos months and years from now and still be in love with them. Selective colouring (where everything is in black and white but one colour item) or increasing saturation and adding warmth for a 'vintage' feel are often fads and techniques that date your photos- something we're not into. 

Pam + Tyler, before

Pam + Tyler, after

We wanted to bring out the dramatic skies in this photo so we added contrast to the background while keeping P + T nice and bright

THERE ARE ONLY A FEW KEY EDITS WE MAKE TO EVERY PHOTO

And that includes colour correction, increase contrast, increase/decrease exposure and a bit of cropping. We all shoot on fully manual settings (so we have complete control over how we shoot) that sometimes it's difficult to adjust our settings from one room to the next especially when things are happening so quickly. Colour correction adjusts any odd tones in photos, adding contrast allows for our photos for to have a bit more depth, exposure allows us to brighten or darken images that were taken before we could adjust accordingly, and cropping is simply to get a bit closer or to straighten out an angled image.

Tina + Mark, before

Tina + Mark, after

We increased a bit of brightness in this photo and also toned down the overwhelming orange cast of bulbs and fence

THERE SOMETIMES CAN BE MORE DIFFICULT PHOTOS TO WORK WITH

And 99% of the time it's because of different lights that are beyond our control. When we have to opportunity to work and shoot in natural, bright, light we always choose it but when the sun goes down and all of the technicolour party lights come out for the reception they can often give off strange casts on skin tones that make editing hard.

Brandon + his mom dancing, before

Brandon + his mom dancing, halfway

We tried our best to colour correct this image but because it was so pink to begin with trying to neutralize it becomes nearly impossible

Brandon + his mom dancing, after

We don't use black and white as a way to avoid editing, but when some photos aren't able to be properly corrected and we know that these colours will not print properly in the future, we then opt for black and white! Plus it gives a true timeless quality to some photos more than a pink tone ever could!

AND THAT'S IT!

We don't believe in over complicating things for ourselves, we're simple humans at heart and we reflect that in all of our work! We want your photos to last beyond a lifetime and there's no better way to affirm that belief than through our editing.

Have any editing questions? Leave them for us below- we're always happy to help!

Sarah + her bridesmaids - before

Sometimes with quickly changing weather conditions, we forget to change our camera settings accordingly while we're busy shooting!

Sarah + her bridesmaids - after

A simple exposure correction, and a nice curve layer will solve that problem while keeping the lighting consistent!

Catherine + Kelly- before

Catherine + Kelly - halfway

Typically when we already have perfect lighting and colours to work with in the shot, we simply crop and re-frame the couple, add a simple curve layer to increase contrast, and bump up the colours a little bit.

Catherine + Kelly - after

Sometimes certain pictures just work perfectly in black and white, giving them a more dramatic feel.