I've always thought it's important for clients to understand what their investing in when hiring a professional photographer for either a one-hour photoshoot or a full eight-hour wedding day. To touch base on one important time sucker that goes into digital photography is the editing and retouching of images. Speaking for most professional photographers out there, the "editing room" is where we spend a vast majority of our time, besides marketing and running a business. For example, if I photograph an eight-hour wedding, I'll typically spend around 40 hours after the wedding; editing, retouching, uploading, ordering fulfillments, and color correcting the images. So we photographers don't just shoot for an hour or eight and collect our checks, there's much more behind it than you'd think.
Editing images also plays a large part into a certain style a photographer creates behind their images. The way they add or subtract saturation, contrast, vignetting, etc, this all gives a photographer that style to their images. Not everyone can hop into Photoshop and fix blemishes, remove dust spots, color correct, improve their composition or contrast, this list goes on and on. That's one of the many reasons why one hires a professional, to do all of that and more. With all that said, I wanted to at least share an image shot directly out of my camera and then the final edit delivered to client. I think this image helps paint a good picture of editing and what goes into it all. Thanks Andrea for letting me share. Feel free to click on the image to enlarge and take a closer look.