Erika Swafford

—private photo editor—

for Fine Art wedding photographers
with a timeless style

hybrid Photo Editing

My Approach

You’ve spent years honing your skill and editing style. I am merely a student of your artwork and eager right-hand woman in Lightroom. 

My approach to photo editing is focused on learning your editing style, matching each wedding catalog to your anchor images so the entire event is cohesive with your vision and brand aesthetic.

Your editing style and preferences are uniquely yours. My service is about you and your photography, not about me or stamping my own style onto your images.

You are always in the driver's seat!

You are the artist behind your photography—including the way you edit your photos.

Color correction for film emulation
that matches your editing style

While color correction usually refers to white balance and exposure, film emulation can require some of the other modules like HSL/Color, tone curve, and color grading. With my service, adjustments to the entire Develop Panel in Lightroom Classic are included except for masking, gradients, spot removal and red eye correction. Below is what is included in this service:

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My Services

Adjustments to Develop Panel in Lightroom*
Preset or profile application
Minor cropping and straightening
Scheduled photo editing by appointment
3-5 business day turnaround
Easy file exchange system
Video feedback system
Your own client portal

*Does not include masking, gradients, spot removal or red eye correction.

This service is best for wedding photographers who shoot all digital or hybrid, who have invested in learning how to emulate film, and already have their own defined editing style.

Outsourcing their wedding photo editing is a game changer for most photographers. It’s one of the tasks that will give you the most back when you outsource. 

It can also be one of the hardest things for a photographer to relinquish...

That’s why my color correction service is based on the photographer providing a small quantity of images that they have edited (known as anchor images) for each wedding catalog so that I can match the rest of the catalog to those images. This gives the photographer much more control over the final edited catalog that I send back.

Private Photo Editing Outsource Process

My Process

Step 1

schedule it

Reserve an editing appointment date on my editing calendar.

Step 2

build smart previews

Building Smart Previews in Lightroom is essential. Don't worry, I have a step-by-step tutorial if you need it!

Step 3


Edit and mark your anchor images with a color label. Try to provide an anchor image whenever the scene or lighting changes. About 10% of the catalog should be anchor images.

Step 4

export & transfer catalog

Export your Smart Previews catalog with your anchor images and transfer the file to me via my WeTransfer page.

Step 5

receive your edited catalog

I'll edit your catalog and send it back to you within 3-5 business days of your editing appointment. That was fun!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do i have to use lightroom classic?

Yes, to work with me, we both have to use the latest version of Lightroom Classic. That is the program used to build Smart Previews so we can easily exchange files. I also need to be able to see the adjustments you've made to your anchor images so I can match your editing style which is a lot easier using Lightroom.


Smart Previews are used rather than sending me the RAW files to edit. Smart Previews are a “light” version of your RAW files that are a smaller file size making it easier and faster to transfer large wedding catalogs back and forth.


Anchor images are photos you edit as an example of how you want the rest of your catalog edited. About 10% of a catalog should be anchor images which gives you complete control over how your images are edited. Providing one anchor image from each background/lighting scenario for each lens will give you the best results from my service. Check out this video where I discuss the importance of anchor images.


I currently require digital anchor images to match your style on each wedding catalog (not just film scans). If you don't want to provide anchor images, then I'm probably not the right private photo editor for you. 

do you offer film scan matching?

I only offer film scan matching if the photographer includes digital anchor images as well. Usually the photographer will edit their digital anchor images while waiting for the lab to send back their film scans. Then I can use the anchor images to sync to and match the colors more closely to the film scan.

do you offer culling and/or retouching?

I do not currently offer culling, spot correction or local adjustments. 

do you edit portraits like families, maternity, seniors, etc.?

I focus solely on weddings. I don't currently offer services for other events.



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