Expert culling and editing for weddings and portraits
Lightroom editing is taking way too long?
Culling, cropping and general adjustments are sucking the life out of you?
We offer a boutique-style service to guarantee a clean, crystal clear style coupled with consistency over time and reliable turnaround.
We don't promise the cheapest fee per picture, we promise the best velue for money!
Time saving workflow
Editing thousands of pictures might take hours, or days.
No matter how many pictures, you will always have a consistent result over time.
Non intrusive editing
Our editing is meant to be respectful of your own style, addressing only the vital parameters to make your work shining.
A' la carte for you
Our experts are fully qualified and trained according to the Pro Retouch Workflow standard.
How it works
Our goal is to help you save time while optimizing quality and the entire workflow. With a few, simple guidelines, we make your life easier!
Thanks to Lightroom's Smart Previews, this is really easy. You don't actually have to send all the high resolution raw files... just the catalog with the "smart previews". We will make the adjustments, you import them back into your own catalog and hey presto, the adjustments are applied to your high resolution raw files. When we have our on boarding call, we will explain to you exactly how to do this and walk you through it you need it.
During our initial consultation, we will discuss who will be handling your work, whether it will be Sarah personally or one of her staff, working under her supervision.
Fine art, competition and wall-art edits/retouches are carried out by Sarah personally.
As a photographer, Sarah has her my own style, sure, but as editors, we work to replicate your tastes and style, and that is why we have an onboarding call and process to ensure we are fully integrated with your studio, and are able to consistently give you the finished product you and your clients need. Our mission is for you to be able to relax and get on with marketing, shooting, and serving your clients, secure in the knowledge that your editing partner will deliver the goods, every time.
No. Every image is edited one by one, using manual adjustments and never auto functions (except sometimes auto white balance, which often gives a great starting point for further tweaking).
Communicate! Our goal is for you to receive the highest quality work and best results for your clients. With good communication we can always resolve the problem and keep our work together on course.
We work closely with wedding and portrait photography studios and schedule their weddings into our calendar, so we can provide a fast turnaround time. We aim to get a full wedding catalogue back to you within 7 working days, and will always endeavor to meet any special deadlines. Rush orders can be requested for a small surcharge.
Payment is in advance, by credit card online or bank transfer, as you prefer.
Yes, just contact us and we'll set up a Skype call to discuss how many weddings, time scales, turnaround requirements and a great value plan that allows you to spread your payments across the year at a lower per-wedding cost.
As long our work schedule allows, we can do a 1-2 day turnaround for a 25% surcharge. Contact us asap to define terms and get started.
About "Love & Light"
Skin tones are considered in all adjustments, especially white balance.
A neutral white balance is used for daytime, tending towards warmer for nighttime shots and a slightly cooler look for the studio. Clarity is raised but not excessively to ensure flattering portraits.
You will notice adjustments in the basics panel to lift shadows and bring down highlights slightly to maximize dynamic range but not at the expense of a nice contrasty pop. Blacks are reduced to compensate for lifted shadows but a balance is maintained so that shadows are not clipped.
Greens have added vibrancy by reducing the yellow in them.
Reds are slightly darker leaning tones towards magenta. But these hue and saturation adjustments are very subtle and are intended to make the photo look better without a visible distortion of color.
Sarah uses her own profile as her neutral base and then adds a custom Lightroom profile on-top for a final color grade. Her portraits are then further refined with Photoshop retouching.
Listen to who tried it!
"Just used the Pro Retouch Workflow for the first time: really great! I listened to Sarah's tutorial on these amazing actions and followed along in working on my first file of this 16 year old girl. Very happy with results, actions are organized in a great logical format, starting with skin smoothing, frequency separation panel, skin toning, dodge & burn, eyes, and added texture. Thanks Sarah!"
"I loooove the logical, structured workflow that just works! In the past, I would maybe use the clone stamp tool, then think "hmm maybe I'll do some frequency separation" and so on, not following a best practices workflow and just reacting to my last edits. I know now that I am layering my edits in the proper order and my Photoshop workspace is clean and efficient. Thank you Sarah!
It's a little like have Sarah next to Me editing"
“Wow! This set of Photoshop Actions really made my workflow go to the next level. Finally I'm able to define my style in a fraction of the time it used to take. I love Sarah's style and these actions reflect her elegant approach to retouch.”