What's the difference between "custom" editing and "Lightly" edited images?
If you have read some of the pages on the website, you will see these words used with our Legacy, Boho, and Mini sessions. Legacy Sessions are truly customized starting from the initial contact all the way to the delivery of the art for your home. There are about 10-15 hours in one session for me. Boho and Minis are quicker sessions that also include digital files, but have less time. I usually spend about 3-5 hours per session.
Wait..aren't you only at the session for about an hour?
Many people ask me this. Yes! I am usually at the actual session between 30-60 minutes, so people often wonder where all the time comes from. For me, there are many moving parts to one session. Admin time, phone calls, emails, travel time, editing time, ordering products, uploading images, exporting images, culling, follow up, and all the editing. For Legacy Sessions, I usually bring an external strobe that only enhances your images more, but will take more time setting up and moving from one area to the next. I also edit all my images individually and rarely use pre sets or other quick editing tools. To me, each image tells a unique story that needs to be edited according to that story. One pre set might work for one image, but not for another.
Custom vs. Lightly Edited
If you choose a Legacy Session, all your images will be customized to you. I might add a sky or paint on the face of the subject to make it look flawless. I might add an overlay that will bring out the colors, or add to them. Or I might enhance the eyes with a multiple step process that makes them truly stand out. This all takes more time.
If you choose a Boho or Mini Session, you will still have beautiful imagery, but none of the above editing will be done. Most of the images stay in Lightroom, which is a very powerful editing tool. This takes less time.
All images from both session types have basic editing applied to them; cropping, exposure, clarity, contrast, curves, vibrance adjustments and sharpening. The difference then becomes where does it go from there?
Below is an image from Aimee's senior Legacy Session
On the left, the basic edits-what you would see in a Boho or Mini.
On the right, more custom edits to the color, sky, and Aimee herself. What differences do you see?
Head shot Session-on the left, basic edits, on the right, custom. What differences do you see?
Lastly, the Eickmans at Jay Woods.
This session was a Mini, so basic edits apply. On the left, the final edits, and on the right, the original file without any edits.
There is not too much of a difference between the original file and the final one, because most of the time, I do try to get everything correct in camera. Since this is a RAW file, not a jpeg, it still needs to "cook" a little longer. It needs a bit more processing to have it be the best it can be.
If this session was a Legacy Session, there would be a few more things I would have done. For example, I would have enhanced the greens and red barn doors more, plus gotten rid of that light leak in the back on the left side. Still, it is a great image and the Eickmans look wonderful!
Another thing to consider is what it costs to run a business. For me, I have cut back on many costs due to the situation in the world today, but still have costs that are incurred in order to serve my clients the best I can. Website costs, legal costs, accounting costs, office costs, equipment costs, domain name costs, client management system costs, and so forth. Those are factored in to what each session costs. So, in order for me to make a living, I have to make a certain amount of money per session. Basically, when you book with me, the digital files are free. You are paying for my time and costs to run the business.
What do you mean digital files are free?
With the Legacy Sessions, you receive a certain amount of digital files for free depending on your art order amount. You still pay for the art, of course, but the digital files are complimentary. With the Boho and Mini sessions, you are paying for all the time that goes into your session, and the digital files are free.
Is that why the Boho and Minis are less expensive?
Yes. Since I have less time in those sessions, they will cost less. If I started editing and retouching all the images like I retouch and edit the ones from the Legacy Sessions, Boho and Minis would cost more. More time, more money.
What many people do not realize, though, is that Legacy Sessions are not that much more than a Boho or Mini. For example, if you purchase $425 worth of art in a Legacy Session, you are also receiving your digital files for free. So, you get art and digital files, and you did not have to do anything further. You are done. With a Boho and Mini, once you receive your digital files, you still have to find a place to print whatever you want to print and take the time to do it. So, what is your time worth? You are still spending more money and time.
For example, if you had a Legacy Session and chose a 5x7 Photo book and an 11x14 Canvas Wrap, you would receive all your digital files and that art for just $490. If you chose a Boho Session for $295, you receive all your digital files, but still need to order products. How much do you really save? What is your time worth?
I am more than happy to help you through the entire process of a session. In other words, be your guide. I have special software that will show you how your images can look on the walls of your own home so no guesswork is involved. Beautiful albums and other art is displayed in my studio so you can see first hand how custom art decorates a home. Seeing and handling the products is an invaluable part of choosing what to display in your home and if you choose a Legacy Session, all this is available to you.
If, on the other hand, you are into doing it yourself and have a smaller budget, choose a Boho or Mini. These were created with the current climate of the world today in mind and to give clients more flexibility.
Having your family's, children's and seniors portraits taken is a priceless thing that will only be treasured as the years go by. Don't look back and regret not having a portrait session with your family and loved ones. Just do it.
Would you like to schedule a session? Call us at 630.636.9107