Why Does it Take So Long to Get My Pictures?

We get asked this questions a lot.  And it is a completely reasonable question to ask of your photographer.  Just why does it take so long to get your pictures?

The answer is simple, but its been convoluted in many people's minds by the ease of the camera phone.  People raise their camera, click the button, hit the share icon and BAM! your picture is done and available online.  You can even "edit" your photo to a degree and get it online in just a few minutes.  So why does it take professional photographers so long to post or send you your photos?

Many professional photographers, myself included, like to use our camera in what is call RAW mode.  It captures so much more data than the way your camera captures images and it enables me to push and pull the colors and lighting and edit the image much more easily that it would if I had just shot the easy way, using .jpg format.  After you take the photos, they get downloaded to a computer and processed in an editing software like Adobe’s Lightroom (like the opposite of a darkroom).  Lightroom makes working with each photo fast and easy.  It allows you to examine each image and make adjustments, it also gives you the ability to create custom looks and manage image storage.  It’s an amazing tool!

Your images are important to us!  And we want them to look their absolute best.  Getting them to their best does take a little time, so be patient and know that your photographer is carefully examine every image, making careful adjustments and edits so that your memories are preserved beautifully!

 There's an easily visible difference between these two images...

There's an easily visible difference between these two images...

 The image on the left is the "Digital Negative", raw image.  The image on the right has been processed and slightly edited.

The image on the left is the "Digital Negative", raw image.  The image on the right has been processed and slightly edited.