I thought I’d blog today about what a photo shoot session actually entails, approaching it from a time standpoint. It’s a good question, and it may give you a better idea about what goes on before you receive those lovely images on CD.
Here is a rough time break down of a custom photographer’s session with you:
- session prep time (30 mins – 1 hour, includes equipment checks, location checks and shoot style ideas)
- 15-30min travel time TO session
- Sometimes there’s prep time (15min or so) when doing a shoot at clients house
- 60 minutes-2 hours with client photographing subject
- 15-30min travel time FROM session
- 30 minutes uploading time from digital cards from camera to computer
- 30 minutes time spent backing up the original images (important!)
- 30 min to 1 hour sifting through all the images (can be a LOT) to find the best images of the session.
- 15 min per photo, editing (where I can resize the images and retouch blemishes, use colour enhancements, adjust contrast and brightness levels, convert to black & white images, etc. to make them more aesthetically-pleasing). 30 photos would take roughly 7 hours.
- 5 min per photo to complete some final post-production work to ensure the quality of the finished product. 30 photos would take roughly 2 hours.
- Roughly 30 minutes prep time for delivery (writing CD, preparing packaging)
- any phone/email time spent organising the session and meeting up to hand over the final images.
So, the total time involved from start to finish is typically anywhere from 11-15 hours, depending on your session. This is time dedicated only to your session. I also maintain high standards for every image I produce which ensures that my client receives only the best photos from each shoot.
Hope you found this interesting, and have a better idea of the labour of love we photogs put behind your session to give you the best images we can produce!
Thanks for looking, Paige.