Crystal Lee 

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FAQ’s | 1 Week Wedding Workflow | Part 3

Feb 23, 2011

Hey guys! Thanks for coming back to check out the 3rd installment of my 1 Week Wedding Workflow series.

You can find Part 1 here.
You can find Part 2 here.

Let’s go ahead and dive right into Day 4! 🙂

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Day 4

– Run through all of the images, one category folder at a time, in Photoshop. I typically don’t do too much editing here, just a bit of dodging and burning where necessary. I may play with curves or saturation on certain images, but nothing too in depth. This takes anywhere from 2-3 hours.

– Then I run the Image Processor in Photoshop to resize all of the final images for the web.

– Once this is done, I upload the web sized images to my proofing site.

– While the images are loading, I add some of my favorite images on the Client’s wedding website.

– Once the proofing site has loaded, I publish the Client’s website, and voila! All that’s left is to send the bride a fabulous email with her website link and proofing login information.

At this point, all of the front end work is completed, with the exception of the album design. (Not every Client chooses to get an album, so this will vary with each wedding.)

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Day 5

– If the Client has purchased an album in their Wedding Collection, I put together the initial album design in Photoshop. I design all of the layouts myself, so that every album is unique. A 20 page spread usually takes me about 2-3 hours.

– The complete design is uploaded to a private page on the Client’s wedding website for them to view.

The one question I get asked a lot if “Do you choose the images for the album, or does the Client choose?” A lot of Photographers choose to have the Client email them a list of the images that they would like in their album, but I prefer to do the initial design myself. This gives me free reign to put together the perfect layout that I feel tells the story of the wedding day. Not to mention, what bride wants to sit down for 2 hours and dig through 600+ digital proofs? I use my vision to put together the initial design, and from that point the Bride & Groom are welcome to swap out photos and make other changes as they please. Once the couple has approved the final design, I send the files and the order form straight to Leather Craftsmen and wait for the album to arrive on my doorstep!

Now it’s time to do a few simple tasks to wrap up the workflow:

– Burn the Client’s disk.
– Burn 2 additional backup disks for myself.
– Copy all of the Client’s files onto an external hard drive.
– Upload an additional copy of the images to my online backup system.
– Prepare the Client’s box for shipping. The package ships once all of the pieces of their Collection are ready.

THE END! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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We’ve gone through the entire workflow in just 5 days, which means I have a 2-day cushion! Those 2 days will come in handy during the weeks when my schedule is busier and I need a little bit more time.

Thank you so much for coming along for this ride! Every photographer has their own way of doing things, and there really is no right or wrong way as long as it gets done in the end. This is simply how I choose to run my workflow, and it’s taken me almost 3 years to really nail down the perfect system. I am really excited about being able to offer a quicker turnaround time for my brides, and it’s a great feeling knowing that I start fresh as I move into the weekend.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, and any tips and tricks that you’d like to share about your own workflow!

Thanks again for hanging out with me throughout this series. Stay tuned for another FAQ’s post, coming soon!

🙂 🙂 😉

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