It's 1st of March, the days are getting longer and brighter, the sun is getting warmer and the new wedding season is fast approaching! I've enjoyed a relatively quiet February with no weddings, just settling into the new house and pottering around the garden. I'm looking forward to spring weddings this year which will take me around Ireland, to Ibiza and UK. Can't wait to see all my lovely couples again soon!
In a meantime I thought I'd share a short 'behind the scenes' post about editing of the images and what exactly I do to make my couple's photographs look the best they can be. Editing of high-resolution digital images is included in all my collections as standard. I'm often asked what does 'editing' actually mean, so below I included several examples of images before and after 'Photoshop'. I always edit each photograph individually and spend hours on your collection making colour correction adjustments, removing distracting elements to shift the focus on what really matters, 'cleaning up' the streets from rubbish and making your skin look great. Throughout the wedding day I try to capture the images as best as I can in camera, meaning that I'd rather make a couple of extra steps to avoid a distracting element, than spend time later removing it in Photoshop. However weddings are very high-paced and sometimes I'd rather capture a certain moment quick if I know that I may miss it otherwise. That's when sometimes photographers end up with other people in the frame, exit signs etc. Sometimes we are put into positions when we don't have a choice but to photograph what's there. That's when the post-production skills come in afterwards to make your photographs better, so you remember "I was so happy walking down the aisle with my dad", rather than "I was so happy walking down the aisle with my dad, but if only that fence wasn't behind us!". Apart from the general corrections like colour and white balance, I also edit the images artistically for them to become a continuation of my vision. My photographs look warm even on a dull day and have a light feel to them even if taken on a dark day. I don't overprocess the images, because I want them to look timeless and not dated in 10 or 20 years.
Have a look at some examples of 'before' and 'after', and see how many differences you can spot! ;)