I look to look at this in a way a cake maker finishes a cake, yes a cake is still lovely without all the icing but with the icing it makes it perfect.
This is not to say our photos are rubbish without editing but this is where we add a little bit extra of our own style with colour grading and shadow depths and where I select what photos I would think would look best in black and white (I will do a future blog about that process on a later date)
I work with a mixture of Adobe CC Photoshop and Lightroom to edit my wedding photos, a few years ago I use to just use Photoshop with something called bridge and it use to take me almost 3 times as long to select which photos I wanted to keep and edit, with Lightroom I have the opportunity to quickly and precisely see full size images and work out if I want to use it all within the same programme taking out the need for 2 programmes!
I also have my own colouring style so I don’t exactly do the same thing for each wedding but there is certain things I do to ensure my style is shown through each wedding, I don’t want to give away to many of my secrets…
I have in the past asked if people can have the unedited photos, and my answer will always be a polite no, going back to the cake references it’s like asking your wedding cake maker to just have the ingredients to make their own cake… a raw is an unfinished product where I put the final touches on.
A raw photo is what comes out of my camera, it’s not like a Jpg where is a finished format, a raw must be edited and as a raw it can look a little flat in colour and that’s exactly why I like it as it allows me to manipulate the photo more and I can even increase or decrease exposures or shadows if needed or required.