Oh, editing! The biggest time suck for photographer’s everywhere! And your probably like, “But Ariel, someone has to do it!!! “And that’s true, someone DOES have to do it… but who says it has to be you? Today you’ll learn how I outsource my editing, when I decided to do it, who I chose and why!
I reached a point in my business where I was unable to take more sessions. The only problem was that I still needed more income to provide for my family. My prices were already maxed out. So, I had to find a way to create more free time.
I had dreams of launching an online course but new that there was absolutely NO WAY I’d have the time to do that since I had a list of 20 names of session edits that needed done.
I was chatting with my idea about the idea of outsourcing some things and he mentioned editing.
But nevertheless, I knew he was right! Stressed to the max was how I lived my life! So I decided to give it a try! STAY TUNED FOR A DISCOUNT AT THE END!
I chose to start in January when things were slower. I researched so many different options for editors. But a lot of them seemed dated, had outrageous pricing, and their process was confusing.
I checked out a few companies as well as individuals before landing on photographers edit. But what made me choose them was this:
When I signed up for the Membership Program in order to outsource editing, that ensured that my photos are going to be edited by the SAME TEAM OF PEOPLE (a.k.a. consistent results <– so important). The turnaround time for sessions under 800 images is 3 days! And can I just say… Ya’ll… they have NEVER disappointed. Keep reading more below or use this code to receive
How will anyone ever edit like you!?! Well there are two ways! 🙂
1.) You can submit your “Editing Style Profile.” Which is where you submit 16 before and 16 afters of your photos and they edit any of your orders based on those images as well as a Basic & Additional Comments that you’ve listed down below in the provided areas. It also has a convenient spot for you to upload presets if that’s how you roll.
2.) Or you can send them a catalog of the images and edit a certain number of the images, flag them and then submit the order. You do not have to pay for the images you edited. This is the way I choose for ALL of my orders for a couple reasons: (1) The images I edit become my sneak peeks for the family, (2) Sometimes we shoot in some weird locations, weird lighting scenarios, on a wedding day and this allows me to edit some of the images from each of those weird scenarios for reference and (3) I found this way to prove most helpful for my editors as well.
If you join their premium membership, you have the advantage of scheduling your orders in advance so your editors can know how much to expect and plan their workload accordingly.
Photographer’s Edit offers culling as well as editing. For now, I still cull my photos. Then I open my “keepers” in Lightroom, edit some of them and flag them. Export as a catalog with smart previews (this is not hard and they give you an in-depth tutorial to know how). I upload that file to my Google Drive and make it “shareable”. Then I select my scheduled order that I’m submitting and input the information. I pay the fee and then its in their hands! And then I get to do a little happy dance! Because I now have time to hang out with my kids whenever I want. Watch a movie with my hubby without editing simultaneously. Go places with my friends, do nothing, clean my house, create an online course, work on my social media or WHATEVER I FREAKING WANT!
Up to 3 days is the turnaround and they have never failed me. I get an email when it’s done. I download the images, save them and then upload them to the gallery for my clients. EASY AS 1, 2, 3.
Outsourcing my editing has been hands down one of the biggest game-changers for my business. I soooo wanted to be one of those photographers we see on IG who take their kids to the park in the middle of the day. I had dreams of creating online courses. I wanted to follow these dreams but didn’t think it was possible while still shooting.