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I am just curious as to how you outsource your work.  More so what I mean is, what do you personally edit yourself and what do you outsource?  Do you just edit what you would post on your blog and social media, or pick 100 or so of your favorites and just outsource the rest?

Everything you see on my blog, my website, or on social media has been personally edited by myself. After a shoot or a wedding, I cull and upload the images using Photo Mechanic, import into Lightroom, and select and edit my favorites for the blog, etc.

When it comes to outsourcing, I send my weddings to Brandon at The Album Design and he and his team do an awesome job with a VSCO preset of mine that is kept on file (the same preset I use in Lightroom – you can see that FAQ post here). They also know my white balance preference (cool/neutral/warm), so I can be confident that the images my clients are receiving are reflective of my standards. I upload the complete wedding collection to The Album Design within a couple days of the wedding and receive the edits back in about a week – far quicker than I could finish a wedding on my own!

What I don’t outsource (yet?) are my portrait sessions. On average, my clients receive around 80 images and sometimes I’ll blog up to 40 of those. Once those are carefully edited, all it takes is a little copying and pasting the edits to the remainder of the collection and they’re done! At this point, I can’t quite justify outsourcing these but perhaps one day I will :)


As always, if there are any further questions, feel free to comment below and I’ll do my best to include them in a future FAQ post! Thanks and happy Monday!

  • Julie - July 29, 2014 - 7:28 am

    Thank you so much for posting Mikaela! It’s so great to be a part of a community that helps eachother!ReplyCancel

At 38 weeks this past Friday, we had a scare that had us believing we may be meeting our baby that day.

At my weekly appointment at my maternity group, the doctor listened to the baby’s heart rate, as usual. A few extra moments passed and then he said, “I don’t want to scare you, but…” Baby’s heart rate was low. Out came the ultrasound machine, and then back to listening to the heart. Now he was concerned about low amniotic fluid as well. His next words were calm but stern, telling me to go directly to the hospital…don’t speed, but go straight there, he was worried. Have my husband meet me there. And he mentioned a possible induction or c-section.

After a shaky phone call to Shane, I drove to the hospital all the while praying out loud that God would sustain this little life inside of me.

Once hooked up and monitored in the maternity ward triage, it was a beautiful relief to hear baby’s heart beat loud and clear and healthy. For a good hour or so it was monitored. Shane and I sat there, attended to by one of my doctors and a nurse who both put us at ease, and went from being fearful to joyful. Baby was healthy. Things moved to a new level of reality, knowing that baby’s arrival was imminent – whether by induction that day, we still didn’t know, or by natural birth in the coming weeks. We were excited and so grateful. I learned how easily everything else falls away – the unfinished to do list, the need for everything to be in order, even the need for a packed hospital bag – when your baby is on its way or (especially when) its health is called into question.

An ultrasound revealed that the fluid level was good and so we were sent home, told to be extra aware of baby’s movements. Baby possibly had rolled onto its cord, which would have dropped the heart rate.

We went out for dinner that night, one more (last?) date night before baby’s arrival and enjoyed the relief, heightened anticipation and gratitude for answered prayers. And over the weekend, our condo filled up with the stroller, bassinet, car seat and packed hospital bags.


  • donya - July 21, 2014 - 10:30 am

    Wow, glad everything is well after a short fright. Even with strangers, it’s so exciting to watch the preparation of a baby. Good luck Mikaela! Can’t wait to “meet” the little one!ReplyCancel

  • A. Carol - July 21, 2014 - 11:12 am

    Glad to hear baby is well. Looking forward to meeting baby soon.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Sehn - July 21, 2014 - 1:19 pm

    So glad all is ok! I had to go in to triage at one point as well; it’s so scary to not know if everything is alright. :( I didn’t pack my hospital bag until the night before she was born… I just had a feeling. :)ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - Visual Meringue - July 22, 2014 - 9:16 am

    So glad to hear all is okay! Such an exciting time for you and Shane – not long now. Good luck! :)ReplyCancel

  • Angela Hubbard - July 28, 2014 - 9:14 am

    scary. so happy everything is ok!ReplyCancel

I love getting to visit Little White House in Fort Langley for high tea, so I was all too happy to photograph a bridal shower here last Sunday! One of my lovely brides, Paula, was celebrated and treated to a most beautiful afternoon surrounded by friends and family. And savoury pastries, macarons, lavender lemonade and the like, as well as gorgeous florals by Alice at Floralista.

Enjoy this little bit of eye candy and then go treat yourself to a visit ;)