"Why should I wait for edits?"
You just had your pictures done, and ooo you CANNOT WAIT to see those suckers.
I like to show folks how awesome the pictures are looking while we’re mid-session, so I think sometimes it can be hard to understand why I might say no to sharing unedited photos. This is part of the value you’re getting - your photographer taking the time to go through photos, pick out the best ones, and then edit them to make YOU truly shine.
In the photos above, you see a side-by-side view of a truly lovely parent-to-be. On the left is the image that came off my camera, and on the right is the final, edited version. The photo on the left certainly isn’t bad; I was super excited to see it when I took it! But, the image on the right is a more whole, vibrant version. The editing process cannot change a poorly taken photo into a well-taken one.
Editing a portrait is not about changing how someone fundamentally looks, either - it’s about helping the core elements of someone come through fully.
Changing someone’s appearance digitally can be a sensitive topic. Sometimes, editing can be a really validating thing - highlighting the parts of you that you love about yourself. Other times, editing might make people feel bad if they haven’t discussed what kind of touch ups they get. A photographer might make a call based on what they think looks “best” either for the sake of unrealistic beauty ideas or artistic vision - and then the client feels self-conscious about something that was removed. It’s very important to discuss editing options and what level of changes you are okay with.
Editing can be overdone and I always hope that if folks feel like they’re not looking at themselves, they let me know!
My goal is to celebrate someone’s self-image and not to make it, you know, weird.
I once over edited a friend’s face and they exclaimed, “I look like a ghost!” I was able to make it right, and I’m so grateful for the lesson! (Thank you Chaya!!! <3) So, make sure you let me know what level of editing you are cool with, or if there’s anything specific you are looking to have changed.