Photo Editing/Retouching Service Recommendations?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 5
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Legally speaking, you cannot do this. Your photographer owns the copyright to the images.

Post # 6
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Most of the time you have “personal use” rights to a photo, and those rights do not include the right to edit the photo. You should check with your photographer to see if he/she would even allow someone else to do edits.


Post # 8
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

– People in the background of photos that shouldn’t be there (no excuse… the photographer should have said something, or have an assistant tell them to please move)

– Grainy/overly filtered images (did you see their work before hiring them? is what you got similar to their images on their website? if yes, then this was to be expected. If not, then definitely ask your photographer for a way to make it better)

– Double chins (specifically my mom will want hers slimmed down) (What does the contract say about retouching? What does retouching include? I only remove things that are not going to be there in 2 weeks, like zits and zit marks. I don’t remove wrinkles)

– Blemishes/wrinkles (some of the lighting was a bit harsh) (again, what did your contract say about retouching?)


You shouldn’t attempt to retouch your own images. I would talk to the photographer, and ask what can be done. 

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Post # 9
1287 posts
Bumble bee

When you contact your photographer, you need the RAW files.  JPG files are hard to retouch, especially fixing lighting and color casts.  RAWs are easier to work with.  Good luck. 

Post # 10
1287 posts
Bumble bee

@SeptemberBride2013:  Your photographer still owns copyrights. It’s STILL illegal to give the images to another professional to edit the images.  They will refuse since they are copyrighted. You need persmission from your Photographer.  images are protected by Federal Copyright Law 17 U.S.S.501 and remain the property of the Photographer.

Post # 12
1287 posts
Bumble bee

@SeptemberBride2013:  see my post above my post..about RAW files then.  If she is a good photographer, and editor, she shot in RAW. She’ll know what you mean if you ask her.  There is a huge difference between RAW and JPG files. I wouldn’t touch JPG images to retouch them for someone else (btw, I’m a 10+ year wedding photographer) 


Post # 15
729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Do you have any examples of the photos that aren’t good?

Post # 15
1 posts

Hi!  If you are still looking I can do tons of retouching and editing!  I can either talk to you specifically about what you want fixed in each photo or do a general vogue style retouching to make you look your most elegant and fahionable in any image.  If any one is interested I can forward you a coupld of samples.




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