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WORKFLOW: LightRoom Smart Collections

LightRoom is great for many reasons. One of my favorites is the ability to create Collections and reorganize my images within those collections prior to exporting and renumbering. Renumbering and ordering your imagery is key to having happy clients. The truth is, clients get very upset when they see chunks of photos missing. They also get confused when looking through thousands of imagery if they are not all in order. Even though you shot them in order, you may have used more than one camera or took a few shots at a time that was more convenient but would fit better with the story line if they were place somewhere else in the archive. Also, by categorizing your imagery, your clients can easily find what they are looking for. You want to keep your categories to around 200-300 images. If the reception has over 500 images which can be typical, think of splitting it into two groups such as “dinner” and “dancing.”

Here is how I categorize my imagery:

  1. Photographers Faves
  2. Bride Preparations
  3. Groom Preparations
  4. Ceremony
  5. Family Portraits
  6. Wedding Party
  7. Newlyweds
  8. Dinner
  9. Dancing
  10. Portrait Studio
  11. First Assistant
  12. Second Assistant

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