A question that often comes up in my consultations is: “How long will it take to get my wedding photo delivery?” It’s a valid concern – after all, your wedding photos serve as lasting mementos of your special day. Let’s break it down so you know what to expect and can plan accordingly.
The answer to this question is that anywhere from 3 weeks to 4 months is a typical and reasonable timeframe. Let’s break down what goes into that.
Understanding the Post Wedding Photo Delivery Process
Once the whirlwind of the wedding day is over and you jet off on your honeymoon, the work of your photographer truly begins. For those unfamiliar with the process, it can seem like an unnecessarily long wait. However, there are several key steps that must be taken to ensure the final product is something you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
After the wedding, we first have to backup and securely store the raw images. This process alone can take a day or two. Next, we meticulously sift through hundreds, sometimes thousands of photos. We’re searching for the shots that best represent your day and the love you share. This selection process can take a week or so, depending on the number of images.
Further, if you happen to include film photography in your package, expect this section to take much longer. Film photography involves a several week long process where your film rolls are sent off site to be developed in a dark room.
The Art of Editing: Perfecting Your Photos
Editing is where the magic truly happens. Each selected photo is carefully retouched to enhance its beauty. We correct colors, adjust lighting, remove any distracting elements, and sometimes, perform more advanced edits. This process transforms good photos into stunning ones.
For a full wedding, this can take anywhere from two weeks to a month, even with a dedicated team. Remember, every edit is made with an eye for detail and a commitment to perfection. Your wedding photos are not just pictures, they’re a reflection of a cherished memory, and we treat them as such.
Wedding Photo Delivery: Timing and Method
Once the editing is completed, photos are prepared for delivery. This involves uploading them to a private online gallery, and designing your wedding album if applicable. Depending on the package you chose, we may also be preparing high-quality prints.
Typically, expect the final delivery within three to twelve weeks after your wedding. However, this timeframe can vary based on the photographer’s workload, the time of year, and the specific details of your wedding package.
One thing we must add here- we are seeing a great deal of photographers and videographers listing their delivery times in the 6-9 month range. This is NOT acceptable. We might get some hate for this, but if you are running a realistic and professional business- 6 to 9 months is an absurd time frame.
Communication is Key
At Rebecca Ann Aesthetic, we believe in open communication. We will always provide a clear timeline following your wedding and keep you updated on the progress of your photos. Remember, the goal isn’t to deliver the fastest; it’s to deliver images that you’ll look back on fondly, reliving the joy of your special day.
In conclusion, while the wait for your wedding photos may require some patience, know that they are handled with care and professionalism. These photos will stand as timeless reminders of your love and commitment, and they’re worth the wait.
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