Choosing an online photo editing service sounds scary. But so does losing sleep, losing business, and losing opportunity!

I asked Caitlin Guidry to write about her experience as a new client. In short, she says:

As skeptical as I was to send off my edits to a photo editing service, I will absolutely make Essential Edit an essential part of my business from now on.

I love to have time for my brides. Time to answer their phone calls, or meet them for coffee, or talk about how they can play a part in getting their best wedding images.

It’s easy to feel skeptical! But it’s also easy to test out our service, just like Caitlin did. Send us some sample images for free processing so we can learn about your processing style and create your profile.

The time you regain in your work week from using our services could be the move that grows your business exponentially this year!

Many thanks, Caitlin for your kind words!

-Leon


 

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Caitlin Guidry

I guess I should begin by saying that I absolutely love being a wedding photographer.

Not that it doesn’t have its own set of struggles, every job does, but when it’s all said and done, I know that I have my dream job.

I started doing photography in 2012 made it a full time job about 2 years later. Soon after I went full time, I decided that I wanted my focus to be around wedding photography.

I narrowed my services down to bridals, engagements, boudoir, and wedding day coverage. I knew that this is where I felt most creative and most comfortable.

I truly felt like I had found my passion. I was totally in the honeymoon phase.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE what I do, but I had NO IDEA how much unexpected work came along with being a wedding photographer that had almost nothing to do with the photos.

I quickly realized that my job would be about 10% photography and about 90% everything else.

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I was swamped with emails, contracts, keeping track of payments, but most importantly staying inspired. Although I would have never admitted this to anyone, the road to being burnt out seemed a little less out of reach than it ever had before.

Then my very first real wedding season came up and I realized that I had bitten off WAY more than I could chew. The idea of sending off my edits to an online photo editing service came up a few times but at first I was very apprehensive. My super talented photographer friend sent me to Leon at Essential Edit and I figured I might as well give it a try.

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The next wedding I shot was a rough one.

The light was awful, everything was inside, no windows and no natural light. It was basically a nightmare for me since I love natural light. I tried my hardest and did it the best I could. This bride was one of my favorite people ever and I really wanted to deliver something great even though I wasn’t shooting in my comfort zone at all!

Once the pictures were downloaded, it took me a long time to look at them again. I avoided it big time.

Soon enough I realized that maybe this would be a good time for me to try out Essential Edit. Of course I was nervous at first. I didn’t really want to send work that I wasn’t totally proud of to people I never met or people who hadn’t seen my best work, but at this point I was desperate so I sent it over.

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Leon was so flipping NICE! He explained exactly how I needed to send over the pictures and was super patient with me even though I’m not always the most computer savvy.

Three days later the images were back to me and they looked AWESOME!

They totally flipped my idea of how I shot the wedding. What I at first thought was a wedding I was totally not proud of ended up on my blog.

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Let me back up a little. When I started my business two years ago, I took every wedding that came my way. Inspired or not, I was honestly just glad that people liked my work enough to hire me. That became a bit of a problem once I had booked up the year with weddings that I didn’t always connect with.

Again, I love my job and I’ve almost always loved my brides, but I was way overwhelmed and under inspired. I needed to find a way to clear up my schedule a bit. I wanted to shoot more, find more inspiration, spend more time talking to clients to make the whole experience more collaborative, etc.

Essential Edit opened up my schedule a lot. The work that they delivered back to me pretty much looked better than if I would have edited it myself.

Which brings me to my next point.

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They totally matched my edit and the pictures I got back were completely in line with the other images I had edited for my blog and site. Customer service is through the roof with these guys! Even in October, which is super busy here in Louisiana, and I can imagine is pretty busy throughout the country, I got a wedding back from them in 2 days and again the pics looked awesome!

As skeptical as I was to send off my edits to a photo editing service, I think I will absolutely make Essential Edit an essential part of my business from now on. (Emphasis added. -Ed.)

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I love to have time for my brides. Time to answer their phone calls, or meet them for coffee, or talk about how they can play a part in getting their best wedding images.

I also want to deliver work that I am proud of and I’ve never been the type of person to create quality work when I feel totally swamped.

Essential Edit has helped me to do all of these things and I have no doubt that working with them will help me make my business the best it can be.

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Follow Caitlin on Instagram: @caitlinguid