Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:
1. DO THE PICTURES COME EDITED?
Below you can see an example of what a RAW picture (from the camera) looks like, what a RETOUCHED picture looks like, and what an EDITED picture looks like.
Usually, what people (and by people, we mean photographers as well!) refer to when they ask about "edited" pictures is actually "retouching". Retouching means that we are making sure all colors look natural and are harmoniously tuned to each other. We play with the amount of light, contrast, saturation, coloring palette, color temperature. Retouching is included with the package.
Content alteration (what "editing"really means) is however a specialized graphic service, which includes content alteration. Our editing services include (but are not limited to): trimming down a few pounds; removing facial hair, scars, wrinkles, acnee or birth marks; removing people or other objects from the picture; opening eyes; poufing up the hair. Content alteration is not included in our packages, however it can be purchased as a separate service for the particular pictures that you would like to have altered. Content alteration is a labor intensive process, with a rate of 4-5 pictures / hour, and it is charged at the hourly rate of $65 / hour.
2. WHAT IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?
Our photography style is natural, elegant bohemian with true coloring and a delicate sense of whimsical mystery. We are hunting those "Oh, I didn't know you were taking a picture!" moments that give pictures a natural sense. We also include a few posed shots, and we can definitely have a conversation about how many posed shots you'd like to have, but we are candid shots hunters.
As for the coloring, we offer two options: true coloring (our favorite!) and washed out (very trendy for the 2020-2021 seasons!) Below, a sample of the coloring palettes that we offer.
3. MY FIANCEE IS NOT TOO MUCH INTO TAKING PICTURES. WHAT CAN I DO?
Most grooms are not into taking pictures (shocking?). However, we do have an extensive experience behind the camera and we can work with any personality type. We will definitely capture beautiful frames for you!
4. WE'RE NOT VERY USED WITH HAVING PICTURES TAKEN. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. WILL YOU TELL US WHAT TO DO?
Yes! No worries, we will guide you step by step and you will look like a pro! We have worked with both couples who have never had pictures taken together before and couples who were professional models, and everything in between! What makes your photo-shoot special is the love that you have for each other, and for that love to shine on your faces you don't need to be models. We will help you get comfortable with the camera and guide you throughout the photo sessions.
4. CAN WE HAVE OUR KIDS / PUPPIES INCLUDED IN OUR WEDDING PICTURES?
Oh, dear God, yes!!! We LOVE working with kids and puppies!! They are so natural and spontaneous, they will definitely make your wedding shots better!
5. ANY COMMON MISTAKES COUPLES DO WHEN TAKING THEIR WEDDING PICTURES?
Yes - three very common mistakes.
a. The wedding ring placement during the ceremony. Usually, people squeeze each others hands so closely when placing the rings on each other's hands that the camera cannot see the rings. For a better shot of this key moment of your wedding, the person who places the ring on the partner's hands should hold the hand of the partner who receives the ring from below, not from above. The person who receives the ring should have the hand on top and not covered by the other one's hands. See the examples below: in the first one, the groom is holding the ring towards the camera, and the bride's hand is resting on his hand; in the second example, the groom is covering the bride's hand with both hands from both sides, blocking the sight of the ring.
b. Safety pins!! Most couples don't bring safety pins with them at the hotel / venue, and according to Murphy's laws, if there is one time when you need a safety pin, it is on your wedding day!! So don't forget to buy a small box of safety pins. Better safe than sorry!!
c. Not preparing a list of photos the couple would like to have taken with their families and not naming a close friend / relative to help the photographers guide the shoots.
We are happy to guide the photo-shots - at the same time, our experience is that most families get SO excited during the ceremony that as soon as the ceremony is over, everyone swarms the couple to congratulate them and after congratulating the couple, everyone remembers there is a reception (with food!!) to get to! So everyone takes off or withdraws on the sides of the venue. Of course, we don't know who the parents are, who the siblings are, who the weird cousins that the couple don't want in pictures are. So our only option, at that point, is to start calling out: "Mothers of bride and groom, where are you?!" (Not. Elegant. - and not always efficient...)
All families are different. Some couples come from families that have stayed together. Other couples have been raised by single parents. Other couples have one parent present and another parent had passed away. Other couples have stepparents and love them - or don't.
In order to avoid weird moments, the couples are encouraged to nominate a person who knows both partner’s families and friends, who will help coordinate the family / friends pictures. (In fact, our contracts request that there is a person nominated to help with the pictures.)