For starters….Your wedding isn’t the only wedding that photographer would be photographing. Some photographers photograph 1-2 weddings per weekend. (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday weddings) AND/OR They also do portraits on other days. Portraits are eaiser to edit, so they shoot them out to their clients quicker.
For starters, this is with 2 photographers: so, about 1000-1300 photos to start…
1. Downloading off of the cards onto a server or external hard drive. This copying is time consuming
2. Importing these into, i use Lightroom, this is also time consuming
3. Sorting and culling. Getting rid of bad photos, photo bombs, bad lighting, over/under exposed photos. 1 by 1…yes, this can take hours.
4. As above, culling, culling is getting rid of photos you don’t like, and keeping the keepers for the clients. getting 1000-1300 photos culled down to 300-500 photos.
5. Editing. Fixing lighting, contrast, brightness, exposure, skin tones, cropping…each individual file. Depending on the scene, you can edit 1 picture and select maybe, for example 10 photos of the same lighting scene, and edit sync them with those settings, and maybe make a few adjustments.
6. Once all photos are edited 1 by 1, made for perfection…they are exported. I export twice. High Res files, Low Res files. This process takes a few hours sometimes.
7. Touch-ups in Photoshop. Going through your finals and seeing which files to touch up, clone out things, etc. I no longer do this. I have a new version of Lightroom and just do everything in lightroom
8. Upload the low-res files to the online gallery for the client.
So with other shoots in between, other weddings, other jobs, kids, family life…yes, it can take several weeks to complete. Sometimes computers run slow and this bogs down time.