Hello Nataworry blog faithfuls and welcome newcomers! Today’s Nataworry scoop is all about the level of service you can expect from yours truly by way of “processed” and “retouched” wedding photos. Of course we all know how retouching is defined however I’d like to share what retouching means to you when you trust Nataworry with your wedding photos. You won’t ever receive a raw file which is shown above labeled “straight out of camera”. You will however receive images which are processed for general color optimization, perhaps basic teeth whitening and a bit of contrast and brightness. And for every image you choose to proudly display in your wedding album or by way of loose prints or other Nataworry products those images will get the royal retouching treatment! Retouching such that you still look like yourself, only better. Most often a bit of retouching love will help to show shine-free, brighter softer skin that’s more even in color, along with brighter eyes. And if you managed to give yourself quite the bruise or scratch just days before your wedding you can be sure you won’t see evidence of that once a wee bit of retouching magic has taken place. Just look at the gorgeous bride above. Had you only seen the middle image you would likely think it’s a perfectly lovely photo. It is perfectly lovely however I’d be hard pressed to believe you don’t find the retouched image on the right more flattering. Flattering yet still very much her. I’m not in the business of making my clients look like something they’re not.
Check out another example below. Notice from left to right how skin starts to appear softer, brighter, more true to tone. The far right image is a bit richer in contrast and the gorgeous bride’s forearm is sculpted just a hair. Eyes are bright and lovely. The couple still looks very much like themselves, just more radiant. This is why I never have and never will deliver raw, straight out of the camera images to clients who have invested in me both their trust and their hard earned dollars. Raw images are quite simply incomplete images. Incomplete images equal incomplete service and those two words put together are completely foreign to me and how I care for my clients and their precious memories.
Of course I can’t resist showing one more comparison to help illustrate part of how photographers spend their time after a couple’s wedding day has come and gone. Shooting against the light is always a photographic challenge. Compound that with working hard to keep moving and not subjecting couples to much posing. In the photo below I asked the couple to walk ahead of me and then on my go, hug and turn to look at me. SNAP! and I got the image I was hoping for. I directed them to do something natural that might also look nice. I wouldn’t call it a posed photo as it was over in an instant. Which meant I would be spending some time processing the raw image thereafter. A very well known celebrity wedding photographer once said, “It’s not a photo shoot.” So well put. To me the most important thing a wedding photographer can do is to capture the fleeting yet unforgettable moments of a couple’s big day while not getting in the way. What matters most is the union of two people. The photos are icing on the cake and I happen to be a big fan of icing.