Editing and number of images
You might not even think to ask this when looking for a wedding photographer but - How many pictures will you actually get?!
Many of the best photographers out there will only give you between 600-800 images. They will actually edit down to that range after taking more. Their reasoning is they should only provide you with the best of the best? So, what about those deleted images? The ones you never even get to see? What if it's a hysterically funny shot that just IS your friends goofy expression or perhaps that random person your hugging is your aunt with cancer? Those are real examples I've heard of.
At Berryphotos we don't count the number of images. You'll get as many as we can take - and they're not just repeats of the same shot. Depending on the level of activity at your wedding (hour long mass vs 15 minute garden ceremony for example) we can usually end up well over 2000 images and often hit 3000. We've had several recent weddings that actually hit 4000 images!!!! That's candids, various groupings, different angles and expressions and full emersion of the dance floor. It's every little detail that you spent oh-so long stressing over.
So how long does it take to get these thousands of images? Weeks? Months? Nope, we usually have them online and ready for you within one week. OK, two if it's really busy. That is absolutely unheard of in the industry. How in the world can we edit all those images so quickly?! Our approach is simple. If we take the right picture with the right exposure at the time we click it, then what needs to be edited? If the white-balance, exposure, skin-tones and all is perfect at the time of the picture, then we may apply a few dramatic effects here and there and maybe make a few black-and-white. We'll remove blinks and obviously bad or embarrassing shots but otherwise you're getting them ALL.
It's important to us that we capture the full story. Let you experience your wedding from many perspectives and record the totality of the event.
We coined a phrase - Intentional Candids. Even our candids have purpose. They're not just random shots of people. We're waiting for that great expression on the face. We're listening to that music on the dance floor and know when everyone's going to throw their hands up and shout. We're anticipating each shot and capturing it perfectly so all our images can tell a story.
It's important and not often discussed, but if you know anyone looking for a wedding photographer this is something they should be thinking about. We'll get into albums and hours in a future post. ;)