After the Session: Gallery Turnaround Time
The first thing I do after your sessions is transfer the images from my camera to my computer’s hard drive and then import those photos into Adobe Lightroom (my primary editing software). If time allows, I will edit a photo and send it out as a sneak peek on the same day as your session.
Once all of your images are imported, I then go through each individual photo and pick out the very best ones to edit for you (this process is called culling). Depending on how many photos I took at your session, this process can take quite a while. Once I have selected your final images, I then edit each one by hand, making sure the colors, tones, etc. are just right. If needed, I will then take the photo into Adobe Photoshop to complete any final edits (face swaps, removing unwanted things from backgrounds, etc.).
Once all my edits are complete, I upload them into my online gallery platform. Once the images are uploaded, I create your gallery and email it over to you!
An hour-long session will take me about 3-5 hours to edit from start to finish. Depending on my schedule, this is often completed over multiple days.
You may be wondering why it would take 2-3 weeks to receive your gallery if it only took me 3-5 hours to edit all of the images.
The #1 reason it takes longer is that I often have an editing queue (a list of previous sessions that I need to edit). I almost always edit in the order of when the session took place. I can have anywhere from 1-10 sessions in my queue.
There are many other factors that go into my 2-3 week turnaround time. Taking photos and editing the photos are not my only responsibilities as a photographer. Here are just a few of the tasks I do on a regular basis:
Trust me, I know you are excited to receive your photos. I am just as excited to get them delivered to you!
Want to learn a little bit more on what to expect when you book a session with Cara Olson Photography? The link below will take you to my Client Lounge!