I don’t claim to be a professional in this field; However, I feel that my experience and work speaks for itself. This is entirely my opinion, and you should not take what I say as the “correct way”. Please take this page with a grain of salt.
How I Created This Process
When I first began to do “professional” photography, I didn’t have a system in place to gather my work to use for a portfolio. Most images were deleted afterward, which I regret as I would love to have my early work to see how far I’ve improved. After realizing my mistake, I developed my system of archival. Each folder is stored accordingly with an archive folder that contains the original photos from the session (Photography/Type/Year/Project/Archive). I started the archival system to have an original copy for myself, and for clients if they ever requested the photos for a second time. As of October of 2018, I have over 680 gigs of photos stored on my storage server.
Step One: Post Session Archival
After each photo session, I keep an archive of all photos for my portfolio and customer satisfaction purposes. I use Adobe Bridge CC as a replacement to the standard OS X or Windows file browser. Using Bridge, I create two folders, one with the date of the photoshoot (Ex: 10-08-18 Photoshoot) and one labeled archive inside the photoshoot folder. All photos are moved into the archive folder and ready for the next step.
Step Two: Editing & Processing
All my photos are shot in Raw (.cr2), after selecting the “best of” from the session, I then use Bridge to run the photos using Photoshop CC Camera Raw to process the images into a common bitmap format. During the processing, I apply one of my own custom DeSat (Desaturation) presets and adjust any settings if needed. Once complete, I hit save and give it the proper documentation (A1918: (August 19th, 2018) – Model – Photo Number ). This process repeats until all the selected photos are complete.