Don’t be afraid to outsource your editing

The list of things that photographers love about their job is big: networking flexible schedules, meeting clients, photographing sessions, flexing their creative muscles, sharing finished work, and more. But if you ask a photographer for a list of things that they dread… EDITING is sure to top the list. So. Much. Editing. And during business season, it’s easy to get lost in it and start to get resentful about how much work is piling up.

The decision to outsource editing is a big one. It’s a new process, a new expense (we’ll calm your nerves about that below) and letting go of something that is super important to your brand. But if you do the math, you will quickly see that it may be exactly what your business needs. In the end, it’s all about time and money.

What is your time worth? When you add up the time and brain space it takes to crank out shoot after shoot in Lightroom or Photoshop, it can be overwhelming. Finding the right editing solution may feel scary, but we’re here to tell you that your two biggest questions are easily answered. 

“What if my images don’t look like my work anymore?” 

It’s a common fear, and one that is easily overcome. A company like ShootDotEdit sets you up with real people who will work with you one-on-one to learn and match your style. You’ll go back and forth until you land on your style and have reached your comfort level. Most companies offer a free trial (ShootDotEdit does!) or a great introductory rate. Flexible pricing after your free trial will have you feeling confident and ready to work. Options like unlimited revisions, phone, chat and Facebook access guarantee that you’ll be satisfied. AND your clients will love having their photos finished quickly (in as little as 48 hours with some packages) and will be shouting your praises from the rooftops.

“What if I can’t afford to outsource my editing?” 

We’ve all said it, but it turns out that it’s hardly the case. According to Freedom Edits Co-Founder, Jacob McCarthy, outsourcing your wedding edits to a third party can save you an average of 34,560 minutes a year… that is 72 working days. When you look at the math like that, outsourced editing may be exactly the solution that your business is begging for. 

Quick math: 800 culled images at $0.25 each is only TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS.

Think of all the networking, shooting and marketing that you can get done in that amount of time. Freedom offers onboarding, flexible pricing (pay per image—as low as $0.25—or leverage the perks of their monthly plans) and an outstanding customer service team. They’ll walk you through every step of the process and have your edits back to you in no time.

Yes, the idea of using a third party to edit your precious photos can be overwhelming, but it’s absolutely worth investigating. Do a trial. See what you think. Lean into the process. 

Looking for more amazing ways to make your business more efficient? We’ve put together a new FREE guide packed full of resources that you need in your business life to make your business BETTER. If you’re still not sold, think about it this way: the less time you spend editing, blogging, sending emails, designing albums, etc… the more time you’ll have to shoot sessions, market to clients and, let’s be real… live your life. Ready to download? Click HERE.

And if you’re wanting to streamline your business even more, give Iris a try!

Sign up for your FREE 14-day free trial. Your business will thank you!



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