ShootDotEdit customer reviews true testimonials

Ever since we first laid the foundation for ShootDotEdit in 2007, we have strived to achieve one goal: Empower wedding photographers to focus on doing what they love by providing professional photo editing services and building a reliable outsourcing platform that they can trust. By doing this, we didn’t just want to lessen the post-production workload or ensure quality and on-time delivery, but we also wanted to encourage them to create a healthy work-life balance! We aim to make a wedding photographer’s life and job easier. And in the process of doing so, we have created an incredible wedding photographer and vendor community that encourages every member to be their best and to pursue getting what they want in their lives and businesses.

ShootDotEdit is a business built by wedding photographers to serve wedding photographers. Our customers are why we exist. On their behalf, we will continue to understand and meet their needs through constant innovation and improvement of our services. And, in the wake of who ShootDotEdit is trying to be and how we seek to serve, we reached out to some of our longtime customers and asked them to reflect on their journey with ShootDotEdit. In this article, we bring you those ShootDotEdit customer reviews.

ShootDotEdit Customer Reviews: Thoughts On Outsourcing

1. Robb Mccormick Photography

Infographic stating review and thumbnail image from ShootDotEdit customer Robb McCormick
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @robbmccormickphotography

Robb McCormick of Robb McCormick Photography shared that before outsourcing to ShootDotEdit, his wife handled everything for his business – from invoicing, contracts, and conferences to editing, blogging, and emailing. But, eventually, they both decided that outsourcing would be the best way to give them some time as a couple and relax, and that’s when ShootDotEdit came into the picture.

Robb emphasized the need to outsource and further shared, “I think it’s just so important to do stuff that you really want to do because you’re going to be happy and passionate about it. Second, if you have to do anything you don’t like doing, outsource it. I mean, just outsource it. I’m now at a point where I would rather make 20% less a year, have more time for my family, and just be happier and, in general, not get burned out. And that comes from outsourcing all the stuff that I don’t want to do, whether it’s a job or whether it’s the editing or the culling.”

He added, “The great thing about ShootDotEdit, the reason I like ShootDotEdit so much, is that you guys do 80% of the heavy lifting, and I get to do the 20% of the fun stuff at the end. And I found that over the years, it’s so hard to sit down and edit wedding photos without getting burned out ten times. I have known you guys forever. I’ve been with you even before you had the style match or culling, and it was rough at the beginning, but you have come a long way, and I’m really glad that I stuck with you for so long.”

2. Sara France Photography

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Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @sarafrance

Sharing her thoughts on outsourcing, Sara France of Sara France Photography shared, “I’ve had a relationship with ShootDotEdit since the very beginning. I’ve found that when you’re a one-woman show, and you’re doing everything yourself, you can choose to outsource and find people who have chosen those professions because they’re gifted at that and lean on them. So really, the thing you should be focusing on is the unique piece that you bring to the business. I am the most useful to our business when I am inspired but also when I’m working on the business and not in the business.”

3. Infinite Loop Photography

Jerry Cantave of Infinite Loop Photography also began his journey with the DIY lifestyle. “I used to do everything in-house – culling, straightening, and cropping the images. And I shoot pretty natural. I don’t like to apply filters, and I like to get it right on camera. So even though my editing efforts are very small, in situations where the lighting is inconsistent, or the color shifts, editing is still required.”

Jerry added that he soon realized that despite needing minimal edits, editing was still “Taking too much of my resources when I could have been focusing on social media or marketing. So, after partnering with another company for a number of years, I wanted to look for other options. And it was at that time that I got an email from ShootDotEdit that said, ‘Hey! Come and check out what we have.’ And I signed up for the first couple of months just to see how it was. And I had a very good conversation with the team, sharing where I came from and what my needs were. And I have been with ShootDotEdit ever since.”

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4. K. Lenox Photography

Kristen Lenox of K. Lenox Photography shares her journey as a photographer, acknowledging how she used to re-edit her work multiple times due to her pursuit of perfection. Initially, she overworked herself, but over 11 years, she shifted to a smarter work approach. Transitioning to outsourcing, Kristen imparts a simple truth, "When you’re outsourcing, it’s to make your job easier." She acknowledges the learning curve, saying, "Just trust the process and expect to work through it together as a team." 

5. Photography By Orlando

ShootDotEdit customer review quote and image from Photography By Orlando
Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @photography_by_orlando

At first, outsourcing photo editing can be a tough decision for some photographers. Orlando Oliveira of Photography by Orlando had a similar start. He began by paying an in-house editor to edit his wedding photos for him but quickly realized that “It was definitely more expensive.” And that’s when he started looking for professional help and, after some research, found ShootDotEdit. He shared, “It took me forever to get on board with you guys because it took me so long to let go of the editing. But now that I have, it’s freed up so much time for me.”

He added, “If there’s something that doesn’t make you money, let someone else do it. Moreover, why not give it to people who do it better? If I’m sitting there designing an album for a week, I’m not doing social media. I’m not out networking with other businesses or planners. It was a waste of time.”

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How ShootDotEdit Helps Your Photography Business?

1. Consistent Outcome

While reflecting on how ShootDotEdit helped his business, Orlando Oliveira of Photography by Orlando shared, “The editing got way more consistent with ShootDotEdit. I can sit there and edit very consistently, but I can’t edit an entire wedding because I am the one out shooting. So definitely, when I saw how consistent editing wedding photography with ShootDotEdit was, it was a no-brainer to use the wedding photo editing service.

Natalie and Brandon of Studio N Photography had a similar experience. They shared, “We couldn’t have gotten through our seasons without ShootDotEdit. You have been a huge, huge part in getting our jobs out on time and just getting our consistency down, and we really appreciate our relationship with you.”

infographic quote from ShootDotEdit customer Sara FranceImage Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @sarafrance

During our conversation with Sara France of Sara France Photography, she emphasized the transformative impact of partnering with ShootDotEdit, expressing her profound realization about the exceptionally professional photo editing service. She shared her personal experience of editing entire wedding albums only to find inconsistencies in color temperature upon review. She said, "These are warmer, those are a little cooler." With ShootDotEdit, though, she marveled at the remarkable consistency across a staggering 1200 images, a feat she once considered virtually impossible.

Joe Geske of Salt and Pine Photography shared, “I think we’ve been ShootDotEdit customers since 2014. What changed things for us was when we realized that the big benefit of ShootDotEdit was just giving us a starting point where we could do the creative stuff on our own and not have to spend 8 to 10 hours editing. I think the huge thing is that as a husband and wife team, Darryl Ann and I are very different. We’ve got four cameras that all have slightly different opinions on white balance and have different lenses, and every lens has a slightly different color profile. And once we realized that ShootDotEdit could just consistently wrap all that up into one edited and delivered product, we realized that was huge. It was a game-changer.”

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2. Flexibility

For Flavio Debarros of Flavio D Photography, the flexibility of getting the job done worked for him and his business. He shared, “I use ShootDotEdit supplementally. I cull, ShootDotEdit color corrects. I want control. I am one of those people who spends way too much time on some things I know I shouldn’t. There are positives and negatives to that.”

Joe and Darryl Ann Geske of Salt and Pine Photography shared, “It was quite a learning curve. We both like to be in control of everything. And so giving up a little bit of that control to ShootDotEdit at first was a real struggle, but ultimately gaining that control because of a consistent outcome was a big win.”

infographic quote from ShootDotEdit customer Stephanie Heymann PhotographyImage Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer

Stephanie Heymann of Stephanie Heymann Photography is a self-admitted perfectionist in matters concerning her work and holds a tight grip on the creative process. “It’s my work, it’s my everything! I went to a couple of personal editors before ShootDotEdit, and that was just not really there! “ For her the accurate portrayal of colors is paramount in the image editing process, a sentiment she passionately conveys, "It’s really important for me to show true color." She praises ShootDotEdit for successfully mastering the intricate art of color matching, a critical aspect for her. She enthuses, "I really liked how ShootDotEdit truly nailed the color matching with me. I think they are fantastic. I love them!" 

3. Freeing Up Time

By outsourcing editing to ShootDotEdit, Joseph McFetridge of Love by Joe Mac shared that he could free up his schedule, which was of great help. “ShootDotEdit has really helped me out because I am not a businessman. So, normal business tasks always take me way longer than they should. So, I really need to leverage my time. And having someone to take care of the editing, like ShootDotEdit, is exactly what I need. It frees me up to connect with people more, manage clients more, and manage my business more because I can get lost in editing. I can spend hours and hours and hours editing. And if you have someone you trust and they know what they’re doing, you can just relax. It has helped in the way that the thing I couldn’t handle or edit, ShootDotEdit, does for me. And then that way, I can focus on trying to run my business.”

4. Shoot More And Edit Less

infographic quote from ShootDotEdit customer Brandi AllyseImage Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @brandiallysephoto

For Brandi Salerno, the creative force behind Brandi Allyse Photo, her enthusiasm extends to a challenging aspect of her work: capturing reception photos amid dynamic DJ lighting shifts. Confronted with hundreds of these photos, each illuminated in different hues every few seconds, the complexity of maintaining consistency is apparent. She elaborates, "You can't copy and paste to each one because one is blue, and then one is purple, and then one is green and red..." Her introduction to ShootDotEdit has revolutionized her workflow. Describing the freedom from the stress of handling reception photos, she shared, "Not having to worry about the reception at all and getting those back and they just looked so perfect and white balanced, and you know about not having to worry about any of them - that has been just so that such a time saver."

Embracing the ability to delegate color correction has been nothing short of a revelation, as Kelly Wilde of June Lion aptly puts it.  "Definitely, being able to pass on my color correction to somebody else has been amazing." The sheer relief of relinquishing the chore of color correction is undeniably fantastic, liberating her artistic energy, as she shared, "To not have to color correct my photos is fantastic." By giving up some of the editing load, Kelly has managed to strike a harmonious balance, a sentiment she captures brilliantly, "I can shoot more because I have been editing less."

5. Streamlined Workflow

infographic quote by ShootDotEdit customer Jorge Santiago PhotoImage Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @jorgesantiagophoto

Drawing from his experience, Jorge Santiago of Jorge Santiago Photography, offers valuable advice for fellow photographers - seeking professional assistance is an investment that pays off. Amid the demanding array of responsibilities such as email correspondence, generating quotes, and crafting contracts, Jorge found himself engulfed in a whirlwind of tasks. This tumultuous cycle often extended into late-night editing sessions to meet client deadlines, a taxing endeavor that drained him. However, a turning point arrived when he resolved to test the waters with ShootDotEdit's wedding photo editing services. The impact of this decision on his business has been nothing short of transformative. In Jorge's words, "ShootDotEdit has been incredible for my business." 

Danny Dong of Danny Dong Photography shared, "Outsourcing is very important, especially once your business has a volume, once you have a priority you want to focus your time on." Consider Danny's perspective on time investment, "We shot a simple wedding for 8 hours. If I need to cull a wedding image from the 8 hours, the 3000-4000 images, that’s another 16 hours..." The weight of manual culling and color grading is undeniable, but it's here that ShootDotEdit enters as a game-changer: "I think that’s the part ShootDotEdit helped me most. It immediately saved me two and a half days of work." Danny's streamlined workflow is a testament to strategic outsourcing.

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What They Loved About ShootDotEdit


1. Turnaround Time

infographic quote by ShootDotEdit customer Jorge Santiago PhotoImage Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @jorgesantiagophoto

At ShootDotEdit, we understand that fast deliverables make our customers’ clients happy, making our customers even more satisfied. And so, we adhere to the fastest deliverable time of 48 hours. Jorge Santiago of Jorge Santiago Photography recounts a pivotal shift that transformed his approach. The introduction of ShootDotEdit's style and match service marked a game-changing moment that swiftly captured his interest, "After you guys started with the style and match, it was like a game-changer, and I was definitely on the hook." 

With a portfolio of capturing around 20-25 weddings annually, involving approximately 20,000 photos, Jorge Santiago now entrusts ShootDotEdit with his editing. His workload has undergone a remarkable transformation, thanks to the efficiency boost provided by the best photo editing service. "They have reduced a lot of my time in front of the computer. I can now do what I love, without getting burned out, to get better photos than the ones I took at previous events."

2. Process

Photography is a creative pursuit, and even though you are taking images per your couple's requirements, some portion of the work is always your signature style. As a wedding photo editing company, our goal is to take care of the drab and dreary part of post-production while leaving enough time to work on things that inspire you.  Robb McCormick of Robb McCormick Photography reflected on the same point when he told us, “The great thing about ShootDotEdit - the reason I like ShootDotEdit so much is that you guys do 80% of the heavy lifting and I get to do the 20% of the fun stuff at the end.”

Diane Clifford of Diane Nicole Photography shared, “ShootDotEdit started helping me with the post-production. And when I get back, I’ll usually go through and do little extra cleanups – like clean up the skin and background distractions. But I’ve gotten pretty quick now. So, that workflow is really great for me to be able to get pictures back a lot quicker. It’s worth every penny.”

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3. Cost-Effective


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Image Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @loversoflove

Dana and Nate Dorn of Lovers of Love shared, "What I love about ShootDotEdit versus other editing companies - because we did try other ones - is you guys are a blanket cost. So we pay for the unlimited package, and we've taken advantage of other deals like free culling. And right now, we're doing your three-day turnaround, which is pretty awesome! You get my babies, you get my families, you get everything I shoot for one price. As we grow in our business, I don't have to pay more to my editing company because I'm shooting more."

Kelly Wilde of June Lion shared that amid her transformative journey, her commitment to curation remains unwavering; even within the free cull program, "I still do my cull." The promise of future flexibility brings a sense of empowerment. "I like the idea that someday if I don't want to cull my group shots or something, I can at least do that." This newfound efficiency has yielded dividends beyond the confines of her craft, allowing Kelly to indulge in long-awaited moments: "It allows me more time to spend with my family or to work on those things that were neglected for years before I started working with ShootDotEdit." 

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Life After Outsourcing To ShootDotEdit

1. Business Growth

As a reflection of what changed after they started outsourcing to ShootDotEdit, Dana of Lovers of Love added, “Our business has grown exponentially because of ShootDotEdit… Letting go of editing has been a huge, huge push forward for us because I’m not in the darkroom - like in the dark, culling late hours at night, I am pushing our business forward. I am doing different things that actually matter to growing the business as opposed to editing.”

infographic quote by ShootDotEdit customer Apollo FieldsImage Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @apollofields

Terrence of Apollo Fields told us, “There’s no possible way we can shoot 35 weddings a year and have Heather edit every single one of those photos. So ShootDotEdit enables us to scale our business up; without it, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.”

From the outset, Sara France, a Sony Alpha Female, successful business owner, and photographer, recognized the paramount importance of outsourcing. Her decision to relinquish wedding photo editing led to a longstanding partnership with ShootDotEdit. Now at the helm of three distinct companies - Sara France, the Copper Collective, and Shay Studios - each with its own unique presets and visual identity, the challenge of consistent editing seemed intimidating! However, ShootDotEdit emerged as the ally to meet the distinctive needs of each brand. Sara shared, "ShootDotEdit is able to manage the work of each of our brands and the customization of each of those things, which is really great."

2. Making Time For Self

“My life has changed and become so much easier after ShootDotEdit. I had to understand that it was still my work. I still have full control. This is absolutely what was best for me. It’s insane how much ShootDotEdit changed my life. I can’t recommend ShootDotEdit enough. It’s so much more important to have that successful workflow and a life outside of my business. So, I mean, ShootDotEdit was life-changing!” shared Brandi Salerno of Brandi Allyse Photo.

Kristen Lenox of K Lenox Photography unveils the magic of relinquishing control by outsourcing in business. "The best thing is, though, when I finally decided to let go." The newfound freedom she embraced allowed her to unburden herself from the constant work cycle, enabling her to prioritize life's simple joys, "Oh! I just shot a wedding yesterday, but I am gonna go hang out. Go to my friend's barbecue. I wanna go sit back with a glass of wine or a bottle."

Joe and Darryl Ann Geske of Salt and Pine Photography told us, “It’s huge to have the tones be perfect across the board because, on a wedding day, things can vary so much between when you get there at 10:00 AM and when you’re leaving at 10:00 PM. It has freed up so much time and gives it back to our relationship because we’ve found that we don’t choose to spend that extra time in the office.”

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3. Scale Your Brand

infographic quote by ShootDotEdit customer Flavio D PhotographyImage Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @flavio_d_photography

We're here to lift the weight of editing off your shoulders. Our dedicated support team and professionals ensure a smooth image editing services delivery that resonates with your brand's unique style, allowing you to scale your business confidently. For Flavio DeBarros, the visionary behind Flavio D Photography, his brand essence is rooted in authenticity. "My brand is that just everything needs to look natural." This authenticity has struck a chord with clients who are drawn to his work for its genuine portrayal of individuals. 

Flavio's approach becomes highly personalized as he entrusts ShootDotEdit with his culling and color correction. He underlines his value on client input, "I give clients the option as far as what color treatment they like." His aspirations as a high-end wedding photographer drive his dedication to showcasing only the finest work, "I have a goal of being a high-end  wedding photographer. All I show is high-end wedding images." 

Sharing lessons learned from experience, he stresses the importance of meticulous organization and timely delivery. "Staying on top of it" remains his resolve. With a focus on continuous growth, Flavio's confidence radiates, "My work is looking great and is gonna look better every year." 

4. Adding More To Life

As a dedicated photo editing company, we take pride in handling the intricate aspects of editing, allowing professional photographers to concentrate on actions that drive their business forward and indulge in pursuits that truly resonate with them. 

ShootDotEdit customer Sara France highlighted the stark contrast between attempting to handle the editing herself and leveraging an outsourcing solution for post-production. She articulated, "You can get days, years, back in your life and business." This revelation has facilitated her business expansion and growth and underscored the true potency of outsourcing.

infographic quote by ShootDotEdit customer Brandi AllyseImage Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @brandiallysephoto

"I say this all the time: ShootDotEdit has been the savior of my business." The weight of Brandi Salerno's words reflects the profound impact this partnership has had on her photography journey. Navigating the bustling realm of full-time photography, Brandi draws attention to a pivotal insight, "If you're full-time, if you're shooting a lot of them, it's a lot more photos that you are dealing with." 

From single-handedly managing all aspects to recognizing the power of collaboration, she adds, "I was kind of doing everything myself, but now that I am at full-time weddings, I realized that it's okay and encouraged me to use resources for help like ShootDotEdit!" The resulting freedom breathes life into her work and relationships as she continues to hone her craft while acknowledging ShootDotEdit's role in shaping her journey.

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A Message From Our CEO

Here’s what Garrett Delph, CEO and Co-founder of ShootDotEdit, has to share with our customers. “We get it. As creatives, every image is your baby. It’s your work. That’s your portrait. It’s your drawing. It’s your painting. But choosing to put your time towards editing instead of the more important and valuable activities that will grow and flourish your business – well, I want to encourage you to think twice about it. Does your time go toward activities that bring you opportunity and payment for the craft you love? Are you using your time to build relationships with wedding coordinators who will refer your business? Are you spending time finding leads? Are you spending time re-marketing to past customers? If not, why not?”

“Our mission is to build an integrated platform so that when you show up for post-production, you have a multitude of other services at your fingertips as well - like blogging and photo gallery hosting. Yes, we literally can do it all for you. ShootDotEdit remains innovative and ahead of the game - it’s a byproduct of our core values. It’s evolving in an ever-changing industry.”

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At ShootDotEdit, we firmly believe in “Do what you do best. Outsource the rest.” And these ShootDotEdit customer reviews highlight how we are always there to support you and provide the best solutions to your problems. Look at ShootDotEdit pricing plans to learn more about how we lessen your post-production workload and help your wedding photography business.

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