Frequently Asked Questions

What is your photography style?
I am definitely a very detail oriented and perfectionist artist. I began my career in photography by working in the fashion industry, hence many of my images lend themselves to being highly artistic and edgy. In your pictures you will notice a high dynamic range and vibrant colors, the details will be intensely apparent.

 

How would you describe your working style?

I don't like defining the way I work with a specific style. Yes, I love getting candid images, and taking charge when I need straight forward posing portraits. But while I'm shooting, I'd rather connect with my clients and go with how they are feeling. In other words, my style it will depend on your style.

How many photographers you shoot with?

Our Basic Collection includes 1 photographer, but we strongly recommend that you upgrade your package and have a 2nd shooter. It's really important and necessary to have a better coverage on your special day.

Do you have liability insurance?

Yes, we do.
 

Do you have backup equipment?

Of course! Having backup equipment is a necessity.

Which type of camera do you use?

I shoot with full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras.

How do we reserve you for an event?

To secure our services, a 50% deposit and signed contract will be required.

 

How far in advance should we book it?

Usually, 8-12 months in advance would be the ideal time frame to book your event if it's a wedding. For an engagement 4-6 months should be enough time.

 

What do we get on our wedding package?

All packages include a password protected personal online gallery, and a link with downloadable JPG images in high resolution ready for print.

Can we skip the engagement session and just do the wedding with you?

You're welcome to skip the engagement session if you wish, but we strongly encourage that this session is not skipped since it's always very important to work together prior the wedding. That way we both learn from each other and know how to be more productive on your Big Day.

 

Can we to reschedule our engagement date?
Yes. Although, rescheduling will depend on our availability.  

 

How many weddings do you shoot a weekend?

In high season we shoot 2-3 per weekend, so we get booked pretty quickly. I recommend booking us as soon as possible.

How do you handle shooting permits?

Most private parks and landmarks require permits to shoot there. Clients will be responsible to get these permits.

Do we have to feed you?

In order to provide you an excellent service on your big day, photographers need to have the necessary energy to be on top of everything. We'd appreciate if a meal is provided during dinner time. If venue does not provide us with meals, photographers will have to take a break of 30-60 mins to find a restaurant nearby the venue.

What happens if you get sick and can't do my wedding?

Fortunately, we eat and sleep well before our weddings. But in case that any serious illness, emergency or indisposition occurs the day of your wedding, we know plenty of reliable, amazing and talented photographers who can take care of your special day.

Do we get any proofs?

The amount of proofs depend on the package you select. High resolution proofs will be sent to you on a link and are downloadable and ready for print.

Will my photos be edited?

We enhance a certain amount of story-telling highlights depending on the package you select. Meaning, these images will be color graded and color corrected if necessary. You will receive a password protected Online Gallery with the enhancements that you can share with family and friends. Proofs are not edited. High resolution enhancements will be sent to you on a link and are downloadable and ready for print.

I'm just getting 50 images enhanced in my selected package. Does this mean the rest of the proofs are going to be bad images?

Negative. What this means is, we're doing the work for you on selecting the images we will enhance and putting together a great story for you to share with your family and friends; saving you the time of sorting through all of the proofs and selecting them yourself. We're not a fan of overshooting unnecessary photos. When we shoot, we shoot every image to be aesthetically beautiful.

You also have the option on selecting the images you want to be enhanced. Delivering the images will depend how long you take to select your favorites.


Who will be editing my pictures?
I edit and retouch my own work. That way I have control over the quality of the final product, and the consistency of the story and style of your wedding.

 

When we will be getting our pictures?

For the best results on the quality of your edits, our turn around is approx. 4-8 weeks for weddings. 2-4 weeks for engagements.

Do you give RAW unprocessed images?

Unfortunately, we don't. You wouldn't expect Leonardo da Vinci giving up his unfinished painting to his clients for them to finish it, would you?


I want my pictures private. Can you hide them from social media?

Our clientele is based on our social media and we might use a few selections and highlights of your day to share with the world. If you still don't want to share those, you can always request to NOT have them posted anywhere. To me, there's nothing more important than respecting your privacy. Although, why would you want to hide such a special and beautiful celebration, right?
 

Can I post my images on social media?

Of  course, the more you post, the better. Just remember to tag us ;)

 


Do you offer a photo booth, photo albums, and prints services?
At the moment unfortunately we don't.

 

 

Do I need copyright release to print my images?

Even though most of printing places don't require any document to print your own images, we'll provide you with the necessary release form for you to print and/or create your own albums.


Do you offer any discounts?

At the moment unfortunately we don't. But we will try to accommodate our packages depending on our client's budget.
 

Will you scout our venue prior our wedding?

We've worked and know pretty well most of northern New Jersey and New York venues, we always do some extensive online research on new venues that we've never worked at before. If it's a 1 location wedding and if time permits we go the day of the wedding a little bit earlier and look for the best options within the venue we can use to shoot. If you'd like to use a specific part of the venue to shoot, you can always request prior the wedding, and we'll make our best to accommodate it depending on weather, lighting, and time available of your day.

 

Will you meet us before the day of our wedding?

Yes, on our engagement session. If you don't have an engagement session, and if time and availability permits we can always have a meet and greet in the area over coffee, tea, or a bbq.

 

Will you help us planning our wedding day?

We will have a call and go over our itinerary prior the wedding and cover everything you need to know regarding the photography department. About the planning, we can give you personal advice and tips about planning your wedding day from past experience, but we are not a wedding planning service and it is recommended that you rely on a hired wedding planner to get everything covered from A-Z.

 

Do you do destination weddings?
Yes, please! We love traveling and having beautiful experiences with different cultures. Please let us know where are you planning to have your celebration, and we will be there. Additional to your selected package fee, flights, lodging, and car rentals must be covered.


Do you charge a travel fee?

A travel fee might apply to locations over 49 miles from Jersey City. Further distances for States outside New Jersey, New York, Connecticut or Pennsylvania may require you to cover lodging as well.
 

Will you get along with my videographer?

Actually, I've worked in the industry as a cinematographer for over 5 years as well, so I respect all work and understand the time and space they require to get their shots. I'd rather work as a team than as an individual. That way we both get our shots, and get better results for our clients.
 

Do you know any videographers who can you recommend?

We know plenty of excellent cinematographers who can create amazing and beautiful story-telling videos.
 

Can you re-create this shot I found on Instagram/Pinterest?

 

Every couple's story is different and thus the image should align with the uniqueness of their story. Every photographer has their own style, and it can be disrespectful and/or really hard to replicate another artist's work. However, we have the desire to accommodate your ideas with recommendations of taking striking images depending on the location, lighting situation, and weather. At the end of the day it's about making you happy.

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