The 2011 wedding season has officially begun! Today I will take you through the first half of my new and improved 1 week wedding workflow.
- Photograph the wedding! (And do a seriously awesome job!)
Special thanks go out to Casey for these action shots.
- Backup all of the memory onto my Epson Storage Viewer that same night.
I typically start this process during the car ride home… it takes quite a bit of time backing up RAW files! I always backup the images before going to bed, regardless of what time it is. Then I can sleep soundly, knowing that my images are safe in more than 1 place.
- Load all of the images into Lightroom. Then I go make breakfast… because this part can take quite a while!
- Sort the images by capture time, and then begin culling them. This process is simple… I rate the images that I want to keep with 1 star. It usually takes me no more than an hour to cull through all of the images.
- I then quickly select 1-2 of my favorite images and export them to Photoshop, where they get edited, resized for the web, and watermarked. Then they go straight to Facebook! I absolutely, positively insist on getting at least 1 image uploaded and tagged for the bride before she heads out for her honeymoon. If I have enough time, sometimes I do this the same night of the wedding!
- Once that is done, I take the rest of the day off to relax and recover! If you’ve photographed weddings before, then you should be familiar with the term “The Wedding Hangover.” A day of relaxation is the perfect cure.
Day 3 is a long one… most of the workflow is done on this day.
- Run through all of the selected images in Lightroom, and edit them for color, cropping, exposure, etc. This usually takes no more than 2 hours.
- Export the images from Lightroom to the Client’s folder.
- Batch rename all of the images in Bridge.
- Choose my favorites, usually 8-15 images, and edit them in Photoshop for the blog and Facebook.
- Time to blog! Write, insert images, post. Add the link to Facebook for all to see!
- Add images to Facebook and tag.
Voila! Day 3, and we’re already over halfway done!
Stay tuned for the 2nd half, coming soon.