Portrait editing and workflow


Curious to know a little more about my editing & workflow processes? Here goes…

All clients who do a branding shoot with me get to choose their own photos. Here's what my workflow is like, once I get home from a shoot: 

1. Go through all images taken and select the best. I'll copy all of these RAW files to 2 x hard drives. Plus, I also back up on a cloud system. 

2. I upload all images into Lightroom and do a quick colour balance / exposure edit (as seen below) I want the pics to look beautiful and consistent when clients see them for the first time. 

3. I don't retouch skin or remove any distracting elements from photos (there's really no point spending the extra time at this point, because the client might not even like the photo). 

4. I deliver anywhere from 80 - 150 proofs from shoots, depending on the length of our session and how many looks and locations we've visited. 

5. Now the fun part - delivering the proofs to clients. I use a program called Pixieset (which I LOVE). It allows clients to view images side by side, making it easy to compare and choose. Clients can also leave me editing notes on images, which is super handy!

6. I begin editing. I always deliver a couple high res sneak peeks right away and full gallery is delivered within two weeks. Oh and clients have their proofs within 48 hours from our shoot!

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Here are some examples below of the ‘sneak peek’ high resolution, final edited versions that I send to clients so they can begin posting on their socials within 48 hours of our shoot.

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Have any questions about my workflow? Or want to book your own shoot?

Michelle Swan