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10 Things To Do After You Shoot A Wedding

This post is part of the series, The Ultimate Guide To Being A Wedding Photographer — advice for running a successful wedding photography biz. Click here to view a list of all the posts in this series.

Wedding photographer workflow to help you edit faster and keep your clients happy. Business and branding tips for photographers. Wedding photographer tips. #entrepreneur #photographer #weddingphotographer #lightroom #photoshop #workflowWhen I was shooting weddings full time I would have my clients photos to them in less than a week. I know this is shocking to a lot of photographers — some of my friends would take 8-12 weeks in their turnaround…. And then ask me how I did it in just a week (or less)!

But it really shouldn’t take that long… and if you turn photos around quicker, you’ll have much happier (bragging!) clients! So, I’m going to share my post-wedding workflow with you today:

one. | Back Up Those Photos

Yes! Back them up. As soon as you get home from the wedding.

And then back them up again.

two. | Cull

After photos are backed up, the next step is to go through and cull (trim down) all the photos.

I used lightroom for this, and I’d give myself a max of 3 hours. I’d “star” every photo I liked, then go back through and give a second star to every photo I loved. Then I’d go through a third time (just looking at 2-star photos), and knock a star off for anything that I didn’t need to keep (didn’t absolutely love it, was similar to another photo, etc.).

And that final group of 2-stars are the ones I’d keep.

three. | Mark favorites

After culling the photos I’d go through and give a 3rd star to anything I wanted to feature or use in the blog post.

four. | Edit Favorites

After making my 3-star list, I’d go through and edit them all, just using lightroom.

five. | Social Media

Once the 3-star photos were edited (50 max.), I’d select my favorites and schedule them to post to my social media accounts throughout the week.

six. | Blog Post

After scheduling the social media, I’d pull all of my 3-star images into a blog post. I’d schedule it to go live Wednesday morning, after the couple’s wedding.

seven. | Email the Couple

Once the social media and blog posts were scheduled, I’d email my clients and let them know to look for sneak peeks (social media) throughout the week, and their full wedding (blog post) that Wednesday.

I’d also thank them again for choosing to work with me, let them know how fabulous their photos were turning out — and just get them excited to see more!

eight. | Finish Editing Wedding

After the 3-star images were finished, I’d go back to my 2-star photos and start editing. I’d use the 3-stars to batch a lot of my editing (this saves a ton of time! And it helps ensure that your editing is consistent).

nine. | Email Other Vendors

On Wednesday (when the wedding blog post goes live), I’d email the other vendors and give them a link to check it out.

If you caught my last post (10 Things To Do Before Shooting A Wedding), you’ll remember I mentioned emailing them before the wedding to see if there were any photos they’d want.

So now is when I’d also send those photos (usually 5-10 that featured their work). I’d also thank them for their hard work, and mention collaborations or styled shoots if it was someone I wanted to work with again.

ten. | Upload Final Files To Client Gallery

After I got the blog post up, I’d spend the rest of the week getting all of the wedding photos edited. As soon as they were done I’d upload them to an online gallery for my clients (usually via PASS), and email the client that they were ready for viewing!


Is it kind of crazy to edit a wedding in a week? Maybe…. But I can’t tell you how many of my clients reached out saying how surprised and excited they were to have their entire wedding back before they’d even returned from their honeymoon!

Totally worth it!


Well, friends, this concludes this month’s series, The Ultimate Guide To Being A Wedding Photographer. I hope you’ve enjoyed it — I’ve certainly enjoyed sharing some of my knowledge and experience with you!

But I’m also ready for a little break… blogging everyday has been a little crazy! I’ll be returning to my normal once-a-week routine, and back to all things business and branding for all creative female entrepreneurs, next week.

And just in case you’ve missed a few posts and would like to get caught up…

  1. A Basic Guide To Equipment For Wedding Photographers
  2. How To Photograph Your First Wedding (Tips for Second Shooting)
  3. How To Book Clients You Love — That Love You Back! (Finding Your Ideal Client)
  4. How To Build A Portfolio That Will Get You Booked
  5. 3 Steps To Turn Website Visitors Into Clients
  6. How To Elevate Your Brand With Styled Shoots
  7. 19 Ways To Get More Wedding Photography Clients
  8. What Every Photographer Needs To Know About Marketing
  9. The Simple Guide To Pricing For Your Wedding Photography Business
  10. How To Rock Your Client Consultations
  11. How To Protect Your Business | The Legal Side Of Photography
  12. How To Stay Inspired As A Creative Entrepreneur
  13. How To Create An Epic Brand Experience
  14. Tips For The Perfect Client Welcome Kit
  15. 5 Things To Do After You Book A New Client
  16. Why You Need To Be Blogging For Your Photography Biz
  17. How To Use Your Blog To Grow Your Photography Business
  18. 39 Blog Post Ideas For Wedding Photographers
  19. What To Do When You’re Not Booking Clients
  20. 3 Tips For Shooting Engagement Photos Your Clients Love
  21. Creating The Perfect Wedding Timeline | Pt.1 First Look
  22. Creating The Perfect Wedding Timeline | Pt. 2 Without First Look
  23. How To Create A Website That Makes Brides Fall In Love | Pt. 1 The Homepage
  24. How To Create A Website That Makes Brides Fall In Love | Pt. 2 The About Page
  25. How To Create A Website That Makes Brides Fall In Love | Pt. 3 The Portfolio Page
  26. How To Create A Website That Makes Brides Fall In Love | Pt. 4 The Services Page
  27. How To Create A Website That Makes Brides Fall In Love | Pt. 5 The Contact Page
  28. 10 Things To Do Before You Shoot A Wedding
Wedding photographer workflow to help you edit faster and keep your clients happy. Business and branding tips for photographers. Wedding photographer tips. #entrepreneur #photographer #weddingphotographer #lightroom #photoshop #workflow Wedding photographer workflow to help you edit faster and keep your clients happy. Business and branding tips for photographers. Wedding photographer tips. #entrepreneur #photographer #weddingphotographer #lightroom #photoshop #workflow

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