Ask Anything: Workflow Part I Tips + Tricks | For Photographers

Workflow: Tips + Tricks for Photographers by Lauren R Swann

Hi friends! Today on the blog I’m addressing a question that a sweet friend asked about… workflow!  For those of you who are wondering what the heck I’m talking about, when I say workflow, I mean the steps I take throughout the whole process of my engagement shoots- from prep to submission.  Because workflow for the whole wedding process can be broken down into many pieces, I figured this would be a great place to start from!  I will break down the other parts of my workflow as we go along, but for now here we are.  I hope this helpful to those of you who are struggling with establishing a workflow for your engagement sessions.

Before the Engagement Shoot:

  • Email the couple a week beforehand to confirm all of the details.  This includes, address, time, and where we are planning to meet.  We also make sure that we know where the couple is going to be changing.
  • Clean/pack/prep gear.  To each of my engagement shoots I take my main body (a D700) and an range of lenses (35mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 105mm macro).  I also take plenty of memory cards to shoot with and I make sure that they are cleared before the shoot.
  • Double check gear and pack the car.  When I arrive at our engagement shoot location, I tend to get there 15 minutes early, so that I can scout locations that have the best lighting.

Photograph the sweet couple!

After the Engagement Shoot:

  • Load and cull RAW files.  I back these up on two separate hard drives to ensure that they’re safe.  By cull, I mean I sort through the images and pick the best to edit.  I typically separate them between my favorites and the other keepers.  
  • Edit all of the photos, again I back these edits up on two separate hard drives.  I use Lightroom to edit the images.
  • I then upload and deliver my images through PASS.  They create a gorgeous online gallery where my clients can share their images with family and friends and can order prints!  I share directly from PASS with my clients.
  • I also send over an email to my clients confirming that they got the link, just to double check!
  • Finally, I submit the images for publication using my the “my favorites” section of the PASS gallery!

Hopefully this was helpful to all of you who were wondering!  Please feel free to let me know if you have any other questions!



February 12, 2015

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  1. Natalie says:

    I love this Lauren!

  2. Alicia Lacey says:

    I love hearing how others do it, there is always something new to learn along the way!!

  3. Kate Ann says:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing lauren!!

  4. Anna says:

    I love how dedicated you are to making it a great experience!

  5. Serena says:

    Great post, Lauren, and thanks for sharing! :)

  6. nichole says:

    So helpful to read about your workflow, thank you for sharing!

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