Category: PhotoShop

What is Custom Wedding Photography?

Like a handmade quilt, I treat your wedding photos with care and craftsmanship. This is what custom photography means to me. I start with professional Canon equipment and a wide array of Canon’s finest L-series lenses, each of which I have chosen for a different reason — from portrait lenses to wide-angle (or “storytelling” lenses, as I call them). I invest in software, professional retouching tools, filters, and workshops so that your images are as beautiful as the people in them. It means that every single photo is carefully edited, color corrected, and corrected for exposure by hand. Furthermore, I work with quality filters that allow me to give every photo a  gentle “once-over” for your wedding DVD. Beyond that, every photo is also converted to black and white, so that you have the option of printing in color or b&w. Lastly, I choose a handful of my favorite images for special attention — fully retouched and treated with fun effects. Per your request, I also offer complete retouching on special images. Finally, every single image that goes into your printed wedding album is retouched by hand.

When you consider the fact that most couples end up with anywhere from 500 to 1000 images, the process can be very time-consuming. That said, it is well worth the effort!

Illinois Wedding Silliness from Kari Bedford Photography

The bulk of the work of a wedding photographer happens long after the guests have gone home, the bouquet has wilted, and the couple is well on their way to some sunny beach. And I shoot too many as many photos as I can at a wedding — because you never know when a groomsman will lock his knees and pass out on the altar (I’ve seen it happen). Lots of photos =  long, long hours in PhotoShop spent editing and toning each photo by hand. Sometimes, on particularly long days of editing, I get a little loopy. And if I’m really lucky, there will be some photo (or series of photos) that is particularly hilarious to me. Sometimes it’s a goofy expression…or a bizarre scenario…or a bored grandparent. And sometimes, it’s just a trick of the light. At those times, it’s good to take a break and have a little fun with speech bubbles.

What can I say? I’m easily entertained.