Our backup process
You can read about how we backup your photos here.
Your backup process should be similar. Don’t trust one single backup source, instead have multiple backups – two at home and one at a parents house, for example. Even better if you also use a cloud based service such as Google Drive, Copy, Dropbox or SurDoc (all free services, btw).
Are they ready yet!? Are they ready yet!? Are they ready yet!?
Hey, we’ve been there ourselves. The day after our wedding, myself and Allie couldn’t wait to see the photos. And waiting to see even a sneak peek felt like forever! Between backups, culling, editing, and looking at the final delivery with fresh eyes, we typically do a 3 week turn-around – which is actually really fast compared to other photographers.
Image delivery will be in both web and print sizes (two different folders). Web images will be optimized for Facebook, while print sized images will be exported at full resolution. All images will be exported at a standard 2×3 ratio for prints sized 4×6, 12×16, 24×36, etc in a standard JPEG format. For prints sized 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, etc., cropping will be required. For personal photos, I just use the cropping tool that the lab provides and have never had any problems.
How many images should we expect?
A typical final wedding delivery is approximately 50 images per 1 hour of coverage. For example, eight hours of coverage should yield about 400 deliverables, while 12 hours of coverage should yield about 600 images.
Do you use Photoshop?
We edit all deliverable images for color, contrast and clarity. However, we do not “Photoshop” images, nor do with perform skin retouching or body alterations. If you’d like to have select images Photoshoped we strongly recommend you hire a professional digital image retoucher. The cost can vary, but a rough estimate would be $15-$40 per image, depending on the type of work requested and the skill level of the retoucher. We’re more than happy to provide recommendations.
Can we purchase the RAWs?
“RAW” (.CR2) files, which are unedited digital images requiring special software to open (Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, etc.), are available for purchase for a flat fee of $500. These files are provided on a Western Digital portable hard drive for archival purposes.
Hey! What about prints and albums?
Long story short, we’re not a specialty print shop. Dedicated labs have higher end equipment than any photographer could afford (the commercial printers at Costco cost over a half million dollars alone). It would be more reasonable for you to go directly to the vendors we trust and use ourselves. Don’t worry, all your images are optimized for printing up to 40” x 60” and we only recommend vendors we’ve worked with in the past.
Note that your images have been color corrected on a calibrated monitor. If the lab you choose gives you the option, never opt for their color correction – I always decline.
Labs we recommend:
Newfoundland Canvas (highly recommended for canvas and framing)
Handcock Gallery (nice framing, quality printing)
Costco (recommended for bulk prints and sizes 24×36 and smaller)
White House Custom Color (based in the US, mid-high end)
MPix (based in the US, mid-range)
Costco (cheap, but good quality books)
Shutterfly (similar to Costco’s quality, but more options)
When choosing a company to purchase a book or album from, make sure they have a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) album builder. It makes designing layouts very easy and quick; it’s basically just a drag and drop. Album pricing can vary widely; a high end 11×14 leather bound album with 50 pages can run around $600 Canadian (or more!) while a 30 page book from Costco is about $30.