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The Truth About Hiring a Photo Editor


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It’s no secret that there are a lot of misconceptions about outsourcing your photo editing. Unfortunately, I know that sometimes photographers have a bad experience when they try outsourcing for the first time and just give it up then and there. They got their photos back and they looked nothing like what they wanted. A re-edit was going to cost them. Or it was a hassle to even get their photos back and then they were overcharged… I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you want to give your clients amazingly quick turn-around times, make sure you’re editing is always completely consistent, and still have plenty of time for managing all the other aspects of your business well without feeling burnt out, it might be time to think about hiring a photo editor.

It does not have to be a pain. And you do not have to lose control. (Contact me here!)

But what do you need to know when taking the leap?

Below are a few things to keep in mind.

  • You still have complete control over how your images look.

Yes, you do. I have heard so many photographers say things like: “I will always edit my own photos because I know what I want them to look like.” or “I just don’t think anyone else can edit my photos the way I do.” And while I totally understand why it would be hard to hand all those photos over to someone else to edit, you don’t have to lose control. There are so many ways to make sure that you and your editor are on the same page, but one of the main ways you can ensure they’re making the same edits is to simply include anchor images. Before you send the catalog to be edited, edit a photo or two in each of the different lighting settings and then your editor can just match their edits to those. When you work with me you will also get up to three revisions of edits with no additional cost.

  • Photo editors aren’t just for the big businesses.

I know this is another big hold up. But let me tell you a secret: It doesn’t even matter how many weddings/events/sessions you do per year! If you want to save time and/or focus on other aspects of your business, you should definitely look into outsourcing! Even if you only outsourced half of you photos to an editor think how many hours that would give you to put somewhere else in your business.

  • It may take a little while to get into the groove of having your photos edited for you.

But it will be so worth it. Stick with it for a hot minute. There may be technical problems starting out or it might take a few tries to make sure your photos are getting edited perfectly, but it will pay off. Literally.

  • Photo editors are independent contractors.

Not an employee or a VA. As a photo editor, I am committed to one task: editing your photos. Since that is where my focus is, I can give consistent and quick results to my clients.

Hiring a photo editor can drastically change your business if you let it, but it doesn’t have to change your photos! I know taking the step to outsource can be a bit scary though. If you have any questions or would like to chat about any concerns you have feel free to hit me up anytime.




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