After each wedding that I shoot I spend hours editing hundreds of photos. If I was to completely edit each image from each wedding it would probably take me about 6 weeks of 40 hour weeks just to do one wedding. That is the reason that I go through the images and decide which ones to edit. Once I decide which images to edit I decide on a few that I like the best and give those some additional retouching.
The before examples here are pictures that are already edited, the after is the picture with the additional retouching. The additional retouching on these images only involves smoothing out the face and reducing the dark circles under the eyes.
I decided to start out with a picture Jared took of me about a month ago, unfortunately I can’t get very close up to this one but I think you will still be able to see the difference. I have a lot of freckles, and always have dark circles under my eyes so that is what I fixed for the after picture:
I know my face is quite far away in the picture but you should be able see that my face is smoother in the after photo, plus, less bags under my eyes! Wahoo, now if this only worked in real life!
I came across this shot of Tara from her wedding back in May, I am using it because it is a nice close up shot to show you exactly what I am talking about. You will notice there really was not that much to retouch but it does give a smoother look and I made under her eyes a little brighter.
The smoothing of the face becomes more important the bigger your prints get, of course, the bigger the print, the more you may see any kind of imperfection.
Like I mentioned before, this is not something I do on every photo or I would be doing it forever! But, if you get your prints back and there is an image that you would like additional retouching for please let me know. There will be a charge of $10 per image as it is time consuming but the results are well worth it.