QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
How do we book you?
Your date is officially booked once a 40% retainer fee is paid and the contract is signed. Please go to our contact page and shoot us an email to check our availability for your date.
How would you describe your style?
Our style of wedding photography can be defined as ‘creative photojournalism’, meaning that we strive to document the wedding day as it naturally unfolds, without being intrusive and interfering. Although the prevailed number of photos we take throughout the wedding day are mostly candid shots, we still put a lot of imagination and energy into some creative shots during the day, which are the portraits of the bride & groom together. We absolutely love to implement some extra elements to the composition as shooting through objects, reflective surfaces, leading lines, double exposures etc. to create the images that reflect the uniqueness of your your story and just blow your mind!
Can you hold my date?
We’re serving our clients on first came-first served basis. Unfortunately, we cannot hold your date without a signed contact and a deposit.
What is your payment schedule?
40% retainer fee is required to secure our services for your wedding date. The balance will be due two weeks prior the wedding day.
Can we meet with you in person?
Absolutely. I love to meet with our clients in person and would be glad to set up time and date for your consultation. In-person meetings always help to get to know each other a little bit more. We will look through the albums, discuss your vision, expectations and more.
How many photos can I expect to receive?
The number of photos you receive from your wedding day depends on a whole variety of things: the length of your coverage, the size of your bridal party, the number of guests at your wedding, on your location and decor. From a typical 10-hour wedding you can expect anywhere from 700-800 high resolution digital images.
Yes. Every single image is carefully edited one at a time, by hand. The basic operations applied during the editing process include (but not limited to) color, exposure and contrast corrections, image sharpening and basic skin toning.
Will you be able to direct us and our guests for posed shots and do you take candids as well?
Our style of shooting is mostly documentary and natural, so the number of candid shots do prevail. When you take a look at any of our online galleries you can probably see that it's a mixture of both candid and posed photos. For example, the bridal preparation, ceremony and reception are mostly candid shots. Images like family formals, bride&groom portraits and bridal party photos will sometimes require some directions and guidance from us. But even during those 'posed' pictures we try to do our best to make sure you look natural, relaxed and just fabulous ;). And yes, we will always give you tons of directions while taking those shots.
If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay? Is there an additional charge?
If you need us for some extra coverage, we would gladly stay as long as you need us there. Please contact us to get the latest information about our current overtime rates.
What equipment do you use?
We use top of the line Canon camera bodies, lenses and flashes.
What would be the price difference if we wanted just one photographer?
Unfortunately, we cannot make any price reduction providing only one photographer. We're always working in a team (Anastasia and Vladimir) to provide you with the most outstanding service and cover your event in the most efficient way.
If I chose the package without the album, would I be able to purchase an album after the wedding?
You sure will. A lot of couples order their albums after their wedding day as they have a better idea how their budget looks like and what works best for them. However, an album as a physical printed work of art , your first family heirloom to be cherished by you and generations to come. That is why we would suggest not waiting to long to get yourself one ;).
What is your turnaround time?
We work hard to insure your images are the absolute best they can be. With that in mind, it takes from 4-10 weeks to complete the editing process of your wedding gallery. However we will be sending you a preview of up to 5-10 images within a week or two after your wedding day so you could share them with your families and friends.
Do you have an insurance?
Yes, we have professional liability insurance coverage of 1 million dollars. We can provide you a copy of our insurance certificate if your venue requires one.
Do you provide clients with raw images?
RAW files are not available for clients as any kind of image processing, editing or alterations are not allowed and are restricted by the copyright policy.
How does the album ordering process work?
Album ordering process is being operated through your online gallery. We would ask you to log into your wedding gallery, select the number of images that is required for your album. That in its turn will automatically create a folder of your favorites and all you have to do is to share the selection of your images with us via the online gallery. Once we receive a notification that a new selection of favorites was created online, we start designing your album. When the deign process is complete, we send you a link to a slideshow of your album. From the first draft, you can make some changes and replacements, for a total of 3 draft changes. Once the album design is approved, it goes out for binding.
Do you do venue scouting beforehand?
Usually we don't do venue scouting before the event. Since we're shooting more than 35 weddings per year and a lot of them took place at different venues, we feel absolutely comfortable and confident shooting at new locations and we love it! However, we might arrive 30 minutes earlier at your venue to scout the location, but only if it is the location where we start the coverage.
How will you deliver my images?
You will receive an access to your private password secured online gallery where you can download and share your images + order prints. The images are backed up on the online gallery for 1 year. You will also receive a custom USB drive with your wedding gallery on it.
What is an ‘online gallery'?
Online gallery is a password secured online service that stores your images. You can download your images, share them with your families and friends, post them on social media and order high quality prints. To share your wedding day gallery, you simply provide anyone with the link to view.
Do you have backup equipment?
Absolutely. We wouldn’t feel comfortable shooting a wedding without the backups.
This is our first photography experience and we have no idea how to look for the camera. And also my fiancé doesn’t like to be photographed at all. Can you still make it work for us?
First, don’t worry about a thing. For 90% of couples we photograph, this is the first time in their life when they are being professionally photographed. It is our job and responsibility to make you feel comfortable and relaxed in from of a camera and we are good at that;). We will guide you throughout the entire photoshoot giving you a handful of directions without any kind of forced posing, instead helping you to look your best. All you have to do is to act naturally and be yourself and we will take care of the rest.
Do you provide guidance for the day, like a recommended schedule/timing of how many family shots we can get with the time we have?
Yes, we do! We work closely with our clients throughout the entire wedding process to provide you with highly customized wedding planing experience and to make this process a little bit easier. As a rule, we reach out to our brides 6-8 weeks before the wedding and we work on the timeline for the day. We will guide you in regard to how much time we will need to document various portions of your day, like family and bridal party portraits, discuss all the shot lists you have, any must-have photos and more.
Can I send you a shot list?
I would love to take a look at your wedding shot list in order to have a better idea of what photos you would like to highlight the most and to check if there are any kind of special requests. However, you don’t have to provide us with a shot list of photographs that you would expect to receive from any other experienced wedding photographer, like details shots, groom seeing the bride for the first time at the ceremony, church exit etc. The only shot list we will ask you to provide will be your family formals list. Please, make sure to share this list with us at least 1.5 month in advance of your wedding day so we could calculate how much time will be needed as we do our best to work efficiently to ensure you and your guests will be on their way to the reception quickly.
How are you dressed for a wedding?
We understand that weddings are unique and solemn events in peoples lives. Even though we have to wear clothes that would allow as to provide an excellent working performance and won’t restrict and trammel our movements, we always make sure to wear smart, dressy outfits that will help us to blend in with the rest of the guests, usually in black colors.