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My Outsourcing Story: Jamie Ivins

Studio Name: Jamie Ivins Photography

Website: http://jamieivins.com

Editor: Gen

Time spent editing each week before The Image Salon: I was probably spending 40+ hours editing each week during the busy season.

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Why did you decide to outsource? Why did you choose The Image Salon?

I had to get my life back. The busiest part of wedding season in New England is over the summer while my kids are out of school. For the past couple of years I've barely been able to spend any time with them over summer vacation. It was like a bad dream where you can hear everyone around you having fun but no matter what you do you're unable to get to them. I knew those times were precious and if I didn't do something I was going to find myself burnt out and ready to pack it all in just so I could spend more time with the people who are most important to me. 

After running some tests with a few different outsourcing options I settled on The Image Salon because of the different levels of attention and the strong testimonials I'd received from industry peers. All of the other options would get close but failed to spend the time dodging and burning that I would, leaving me with hours of work after receiving my edits back. The Image Salon sends me a complete body of work back that I barely have to touch. Doesn't get any better than that!

Now that you outsource, how has your business benefited from the extra time you have? 

I've been able to take back time with my family. They are the most important people in my life and to not neglect them the way I was before is an incredible feeling. We spent the summer traveling around visiting aquariums, camping, going to the beach, and playing in our backyard. The personal benefits have been overwhelming and the benefits to my business have been just as great. I've spent much more time networking and finding more work; creating new revenue streams for my business. So many opportunities I would have passed on a year ago due to lack of time finally became an option for me and have helped me expand my horizons.

 

Anything else you'd like to share regarding your outsourcing story?

Getting things perfect wasn't the easiest road. It required a lot of feedback and open communication with my editor. At times I was wondering if this was really going to work for me but Gen, Daniel, and the rest of TIS team helped to diffuse my concerns and worked extremely hard to get my edits exactly how I want them. As an artist it's very hard to give up creative control to someone else, especially a person you've never met. But after letting go of the reigns a bit I've found that my body of work is much stronger and more consistent than it has ever been. Now I find myself wondering how I survived without The Image Salon this whole time...

 

Thanks, Jamie! All images in this post are by Jamie Ivins and edited by The Image Salon

My Outsourcing Story: Ten 2 Ten Photography

Studio Name: Ten 2 Ten Photography

Website:  www.ten2tenphotography.com

 Who's your editor? Anne-Marie and Kayla

Before outsourcing to The Image Salon, how much time would you estimate you were spending editing each week?

Every wedding takes about 20-25 hours worth of editing.... at least 15-20 hours every week were devoted to some type of editing. Soooooo much editing. All the time.

Why did you decide to outsource? Why did you choose The Image Salon?

After years in the industry, we were lucky enough to receive an increasing amount of inquiries each and every year. Regardless of the amount of inquiries coming in, we had to limit ourselves to about 30-35 weddings per year. If we were to shoot more, there simply wouldn't be enough time to edit all the images.

We love telling stories; that's why we photograph weddings. Being there in the moment, capturing the emotions and every fleeting moment of the day is our absolutely favourite part of the day. Editing is great, too, but definitely secondary to the actual shooting. I love re-living the wedding during editing but the amount of time editing takes means I have to shoot less.

At the same time as my inquiries were consistently increasing, I also decided that it was the right time to bring on a few associate photographers. The question was, however, how would we keep consistency and (most importantly) quality in our post-processing once we become a multi-photographer team?

Outsourcing, that's how.

 

I decided to outsource for two reasons; one - to allow me to shoot more and two - to allow for consistency and high quality post-processing regardless of which of our awesome photographers shot the wedding.

I started doing research into various photo outsourcing companies and it was overhwelmingly obvious that The Image Salon was the right choice. I chose them not only because of their super amazing customer service but because you're assigned an editor. Elias, my editor, has become an integral part of the Ten·2·Ten Photography team. It took only a few weddings for Elias to master our unique style and the amount of time saved on our end is extraordinary. The Image Salon is not only filled with incredibly talented and motivated individuals but their willingness to create open communication and achieve customer satisfaction is what sets them apart from any other photography outsourcing company.

As an aside to the above, I'm also thrilled that they are based in Canada!

 

Now that you outsource, how has your business benefited from the extra time you have? 

The Image Salon has allowed me to create a consistent and high quality product for my clients, regardless of which of the photographers in the company shoots the wedding. Our style is highly recognizable and unique. 

We've saved so much time with The Image Salon that we've been able to focus more on social media, networking and running workshops for photographers (things that were on the back-burner at the best of times before The Image Salon came into our lives).

As a company, we are much more well-rounded and have a balance in our tasks now.

And on a personal level?

While my original intent was to outsource in order to be able to shoot more weddings as well as create consistency in the post-processing between all of the photographers at Ten·2·Ten Photography, I was surprised that there is a third reason to outsource: to get my life back!

My husband and I had been putting off having a family for quite some time. Being a wedding photographer means at least half your week is devoted to endless editing and we were both afraid that the business would suffer if I took time off to start a family.

Now that I'm with The Image Salon; however, I'm happy to say that I've gotten my life back and my workload is more than manageable. We'll be welcoming our first child this summer and thanks to The Image Salon, I'll have the time to spend with my new family (and not be stuck in front of my computer editing all the time).

I can't even begin to thank The Image Salon for allowing me to get my life back!

Thanks, Erika! All images by Ten 2 Ten Photography and edited by The Image Salon.

My Outsourcing Story: Logan Westom

Studio Name: Logan Westom Photographer

Website: http://loganwestom.com

Editor: Elise

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Time spent editing each week before The Image Salon: 30-36 hours editing each week during the wedding season.


Why did you decide to outsource? Why did you choose The Image Salon?

I have always be curious about outsourcing my work since I started but I had heard bad things about inconsistency and people having to spend a lot of time editing their photos after they got back. I finally decided to outsource my work when I heard about The Image Salon from Tyler Wirkin on Creative Live. I checked it out and as soon as I checked out the website I knew that they would be exactly what I was looking for in an image editing outsourcing company. It was a no brainier from there.

 

Now that you outsource, how have you benefited from the extra time you have?

I actually have free time the evening to cook a proper meal, go to the gym, hangout and relax, attend more concerts, and just have less to think about each day.

 

Anything else you'd like to share regarding your outsourcing story?

Outsourcing has my editing has made me more passionate about my photography and given me more confidence in my work. Since I only see the photos when I cull them, when they come back to me editing and I look through them I'm always surprised at the great photos I took. I feel more proud of my work now. The Image Salon does a much better job at editing my photos than I was able too. And combined with that it's always exciting to see the photos I get to soon deliver.

 

Thanks, Logan! 

All images in this post by Logan Westom and edited by The Image Salon