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Erika Swafford

—private photo editor—

Frequently Asked Questions

What are anchor images?
Anchor images are photos you, the photographer, edit to be an example of what you want the rest of the photos in that section to look like. Typically, you would provide an anchor image any time the scene changes.

How much does your photo editing service cost?
It varies depending on how many images are edited, but in very general terms, it’s around the average cost of a groom’s cake. Please contact me directly - I'd love to discuss more specific numbers!

Do I have to use Lightroom Classic?
Yes, in order for us to easily share catalogs of images, I use Smart Previews in Lightroom Classic, which you would need to be using too. It's all done over the internet, which makes everything convenient for both of us!

What are Smart Previews?
This is how Adobe explains them: "Smart Previews in Lightroom Classic allow you to edit images that are not physically connected to your computer. Smart Preview files are a lightweight, smaller, file format, based on the lossy DNG file format."

Can you do this in PhotoShop?
Nope, all the photo editing I currently provide is in Lightroom Classic. I started with PhotoShop (it's my first love) and discovered that Lightroom actually makes editing photos more convenient and faster than in PhotoShop - especially for big projects like weddings.

Do you offer culling or retouching services?
I offer spot correction & local adjustments by request as an add-on service to the Basic Color Correction.
I do not currently offer culling.

Where are you located?
I live in Cleveland, Tennessee but I serve wedding photographers worldwide.

Client Training Videos by Erika

I want to make it easy to work together. These are videos I created to help my clients with some of the technical aspects of working with a private photo editor and Lightroom.  Feel free to check them out!

Offer Details

Choosing a private photo editor can be daunting and scary! 
I totally get it. Your photos are the life-blood of your business. Handing off the photo editing to a stranger can feel like leaving your child at a new day care for the first time.
Let's take the pressure off a little by giving me a try out!

$25

to edit
125 photos

Basic Color Correction Service

* Lightroom Classic
* 2-3 day scheduled turnaround
* Matching YOUR editing style

CLAIM THIS OFFER!

To claim this offer, please fill out the contact form below or send me an email at erika@erikaswafford.com and mention $25 Try Out

this is a limited-time offer so don't wait!

Color correction is just the first step!

Color correction is only half the service. The other half is matching your specific style. You've worked hard to hone your style into something you are proud of — and that brides and grooms love!

I'm the kind of photo editor that will match your unique style and aesthetic. I don't impose a style onto your images.

Find out how that works by checking out my services — click the button below:

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Who is erika?

I'm a photographer and photography instructor turned private photo editor for wedding photographers ready to outsource so they can get a big chunk of their time back to focus on other parts of their business and/or personal lives. 

I'm a bit of a nerdy romantic which is why I specialize in photo editing for wedding photographers. From The Wedding Planner to Star Wars, I'm all about the love stories. 💕 (And any kick-butt action too.)

If your photo editing style is natural, classic and clean, or light and bright, and you've honed your editing style in Lightroom, I'm the editor for you!

If your style is more dark and moody or you haven't figured out your editing style in Lightroom yet, then I'm probably not the editor you're looking for. "Here's looking at you, kid..."

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The people I’ve worked with in my Customer Service career have described me as “so happy and helpful” and having “a positive attitude and a get it done approach.” 

My promise is to bring this same energy and approach to my private photo editing clients as well!

Client Training Videos by Erika

I want to make it easy to work together. Below are videos I created to help my clients with some of the technical aspects of working with a private photo editor and Lightroom.  Feel free to check them out!

for weddings & engagement sessions

Basic color correction service

This service is based on two main things:

#1 - Anchor images provided by the photographer.  
These are pre-edited images in the catalogs submitted that are an example of what the photographer wants to the rest of the images to look like. 

#2 - Smart Previews built in Lightroom Classic.
These are much smaller sized files than your RAW files that are super-easy to transfer back and forth.


Basic Color Correction includes:
* Basic Panel (white balance, tone and presence)
* Tone Curve Panel
* HSL/Color Panel
* Detail Panel
* Lens Correction Panel
* Minor cropping & straightening

Service details:
* 7-10 business day turnaround for weddings
* 3-4 day turnaround for engagements/portraits
* Scheduled photo editing
* One-year service agreement, renewable

Please contact me for current pricing and availability.

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How Color Correction that Matches Your Style Works

photographer's anchor image
(image already edited by photographer)

un-edited images

color corrected to match photographer's anchor image

for wedding photographers
with a timeless style
who LOVE what they do.

One-on-One
Wedding Photo Editing Service

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Your style would be considered light and bright, or classic and clean, or natural and traditional.
Timeless.

Is this you?

You want to have more time and energy in your wedding photography business.

You are passionate about providing the BEST experience for your couples.

You've developed your own photo editing style - your signature look.

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A Good Problem to Have But...

Building your wedding photography business has been both exhilaratingly fun and at times, stressfully overwhelming

Now that you’ve got a brand that brides (and grooms) absolutely LOVE and rave about (yay!!), you’re struggling to keep your head above water with endless hours of photo editing

A good problem to have! But still one that needs to be solved so you can keep providing the BEST experience for your couples on one of the most important days in their life, right?

And ‘cuz you’d like to still have a personal life too!

(And you totally should!)

What Would You Do With the Extra Hours?

Imagine if you could take all those hours editing your photos and hand them off to someone who could edit them just the way you would? 

What if you could cut your editing time down from 10+ hours for each wedding down to only a few hours?

What could you do with those extra hours?

Spend it on improving your website and lead-generation?
Get on more calls with potential brides?
Play with your kids in the backyard?
Go on a date with your hubby?
Or just get some extra sleep? 

How Does the Process work?

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1. lightroom classic setup

After you’ve decided to hire me as your private photo editor (yay!!), make sure you are up-to-date with the latest version of Lightroom Classic.  This will prevent compatibility issues when we swap catalogs back and forth with each other.

2. dropbox plus setup

We’ll set up a simple system to exchange images through Dropbox Plus. I'll setup a shared folder so we can both upload Smart Preview files. 
Everything is done over the internet!

3. preparing your images

Organize your photos into collections (recommended), pre-edit your anchor images, label your anchor images, build the Smart Previews and compress the files so you can upload them to our shared Dropbox folder.

4. schedule your editing

You’ll then schedule a time for me to edit a wedding catalog using my scheduler. It's super-easy, I promise!
Just be sure your catalog is in Dropbox a couple days beforehand.

5. PHOTO EDITING HAPPENS!

I’ll take over, do the editing using the anchor images you provide along with any notes you give me for that specific wedding. There will be a notes & feedback document in your Dropbox folder you can put notes in -or just send me an email beforehand.

6. PHOTOS sent back TO YOU

Once I'm finished editing your catalog, I’ll send the edited photos back to you in the form of Smart Previews via Dropbox. Then you can import my Smart Previews that have the edited photos into your Lightroom catalog. It's easier than it sounds, I promise!

Is this what you needed, like, yesterday?
Contact me so we can talk about how this can help you and your business!

Current Services

basic color correction

For Weddings and Engagement Sessions

This service is based on two main things:

#1 - Anchor images provided by the photographer. 
These are pre-edited images in the catalogs submitted that are an example of what the photographer wants to the rest of the images to look like. Watch this video about anchor images!

#2 - Smart Previews built in Lightroom Classic. These are much smaller sized files than your RAW files that are super-easy to transfer back and forth.

Here's what you get in this service:
White balance color correction which adjusts temperature and tint, exposure, contrast, minor cropping and straightening to match your editing style and anchor images. 

This wedding photo editing service is provided with Adobe Lightroom Classic and the use of Dropbox Plus for file exchanging.

Turnaround time is 7-10 business days depending on the size of the catalog.

Here's what you don't get:
Retouching, spot removal, red eye, graduated filter, radial filter, and adjustment brush.

My goal with this service is:
To MATCH your anchor images with overall consistency and efficiency using the tools in Lightroom.

Does this sound like what you're looking for? If it does, I'd love to chat with you!

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Erika Swafford - Private Photo Editor

Hey there!

I’m Erika, a private photo editor for wedding photographers who desperately want to clone themselves so they can get back their “me time” while still up-leveling their business to provide luxury experiences for their brides and grooms. 

Through my personalized, one-on-one wedding photo editing service, 15+ years of customer service experience, and passion to provide a high-quality service for my clients, I’m here to help you sprinkle your fairy dust on other parts of your business by getting some of your time back. 

The people I’ve worked with in my Customer Service life have described me as “so happy and helpful” and having “a positive attitude and a get it done approach.”

My promise is to bring this same energy and approach to my private photo editing clients as well!

I specialize in what is very broadly called “light and airy” or “classic and traditional” in the photography world. 

These styles are very joyful and romantic with the bright and light, so timeless with the classic and clean or natural and traditional.

I’m a naturally happy kind of person so this style really “speaks” to me and how I look at life.

I’ve been a photographer for the past 20+ years, trying my hand in different genres including wedding photography, portraiture, nature & landscapes, and pet photography. (Especially my own pets!)

Editing my own photos digitally became a happy pastime long before I knew private photo editors existed!