What happens to my photos when the wedding is over?

So the wedding is over, the hangover is lifting, and the excitement of the honeymoon is just about to begin.

What is your photographer doing right now? It is most likely that he/she is locked away in a darkroom with a large mug of coffee, bringing your photos to life. First of all, a photographer must sort the best photos from the hundreds that he/she has taken; discarding pictures of squinty eyes and crumpled-up faces. Now this depends largely on the package you are looking at, but say a photographer has promised you 200 photos, he/she is likely to walk away from the wedding with 400 or more.


Almost all photographers ‘treat’ their photos in post-production to some extent, a process that can vary between the slightest touch-up, a contrast and brightness tweak, to some gorgeous filtering, gradients, depth of field and advanced colour treatments. But does any of this techno-jargon mean anything to you? I’ve put a little example sequence of the likely procedure that a photographer might undertake on a basic edit of your photos.

Here you can see a basic stock image that looks a bit dark.

Stage 1: Add brightness

Now as you can see, the image looks brighter, but washed-out. So now we increase the contrast.

Stage 2: Add contrast

So now we’ve added a bit of contrast, the image still looks a little green.

Stage 3: Tweak the colour

So there we go. We’ve managed to offset the darkness and colour of the original photo. This is a basic process that your photographer can apply to images in batch, or to multiple photos at once.

Why do photographers need to tweak my photos?

The nature of wedding photography means that a photographer is continuously on the move, in varying light conditions, and constantly required to improvise. Sometimes this means that a photographer can capture a perfectly-framed image that is just slightly underexposed (too dark). This is where an image editing program such as photoshop can be a photographer’s best friend.

Each photographer is different

Post-production is a time-consuming practice, and many photographers will charge extra for this process, although some may not. Make sure you ask your photographer how far he/she is willing to go for the price originally quoted to you. Take a look at the photographer’s wedding portfolio; most of the photos you see here will have been treated or photoshopped in some way after the wedding. Make sure that this is included in your package, or else your photos may look very different to what you are expecting.

We’ve selected a few edited photos from Wedding Photographer Dmitri Markine’s portfolio. These photos go to show how post-production wedding photos can look pretty incredible.


Photographs courtesy of Wedding Photographer Dmitri Markine

Photographers are likely to be working away at your photographs while you enjoy your honeymoon. First they select the best images from the day, then deploy a number of progressive image-editing techniques (depending on the experience/price/skill of the photographer) to make your photos look perfect when you eventually return.

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