Photo Editing: A Behind the scenes look into the process of Editing

Hey there! So today since I had a pretty slow day, so I decided to create a video to show the process of editing an image.  Each image I edit is done differently, sometimes I'll add sun-rays, animals (for the little ones), and other times like today I did a basic editing session.

This is my very first editing video, it is set at a fast speed play to hopefully not put you to sleep. I do not have a cookie cutter style of editing. I never edit a image the same as all others. My editing style changes, the editing mood changes, I edit by how an image makes me feel.

Out of all steps taken from the moment you book, to the time your images are delivered, Editing is by far the most time consuming step of all.

One thing that breaks my heart ,  is when clients or prospects see pricing and immediately turn away, not considering the time a photographer puts into not just the shooting the session, but also : driving to and from the session, culling through the images, publishing proofs, and the part that seems to always get overlooked and to be most under-credited is the Editing.  My Editing style sets me apart from every other photographer. 

I unfortunately do not have a time-clock to punch into daily, and its really easy to get carried away in the editing process. My time is just as valuable as anyone else's when they are on their job. I am just fortunate enough to be able work doing something I love. 

Im not going to lie , I've had some images that really only took me about 5-10 minutes, but 90% of the time each image will take anywhere from 15-25 including the time it takes to make minor adjustments, crop, and in-depth editing. 

Enjoy this behind the scenes look at a editing session! Be sure you click the HD High quality view mode on the bottom right of the video player.

In this video I edit skin, eyes, hair, lips, and i fill in dead grass dirt patches.

Why I will not give clients unedited images

So if you've been photographed by a professional , or will be in the near future,  you may have asked yourself, or asked the photographer this question : "Do I get the unedited photos too?" or say " Oh, if you don't edit the others, can I just have them?" .

Each and every single photographer edits in their own unique way. My most time consuming task for each photo session is the editing. It is one of my favorite parts , and to me, one of the most important because my editing style is what separates me from all of the other photographers. This is why I do not give clients unedited portraits.

Photos such as from a wedding reception or small event may not be as edited like the portraits, but they are all edited .

You are booking your session with me because you love my style. I never edit in the same way. I typically edit with how I am feeling with each photo, or if I am editing a child's photo, I try to think like them , use their imagination , and bring it to life in a image. 

I wanted to share with you all a gallery of some before and afters I have done in the past to show you a side by side comparison with an edited image and unedited.  Enjoy!

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Photo Editing Before and After. ©Beautiful Horizon Photography. Tuscaloosa Portrait Photographer.

Photo Editing Before and After. ©Beautiful Horizon Photography. Tuscaloosa Portrait Photographer.