Clients often ask me how much time and effort goes into editing their wedding photos and the answer is... many, many more hours than you would even believe! Due to this, lots of wedding photographers choose to outsource their editing to a 3rd party (which I can totally understand). But, for me, the "edit" of the image is nearly just as important as the picture-taking itself. And it's because of this that I personally touch every single one of my client's images during the editing process.
I believe that a bad edit can ruin a great photo, making it look too trendy or sometimes, even fake. A good edit helps an image to feel timeless and provides a little extra polish (because, well, your wedding photos should feel pro!).
I edit images in both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Being that I used to shoot film, I like to give my digital images a partial "film look" - attempting to duplicate the richness and color tone of film, without sacrificing the convenience of digital. I also use creative license when it comes to black & white images - I only convert a photo to b&w when I feel it benefits the image artistically.
Below you'll see some examples of "before" and "after" images. While an image straight out of camera (sooc) as a RAW file may not appear perfect at first, I'm actually aiming for a balanced exposure from which I can work with in editing programs to enhance contrast, adjust color balance, manipulate light, remove blemishes, etc. Some clients ask to receive the RAW (unedited) images, but I hope you'll see below why the final, edited versions are truly the best.