How would you define your style of photography?
My style of photography is a blend of photojournalism and portraiture, a mixture of artistic posed portraits and fun, as well as, natural shots. This blend of photography allows me to document your story in a unique way. It thrills me to be able to write your special book through my camera lens!
If I hire you who will photograph my wedding and edit the images?
I photograph and edit each wedding personally. Some larger studios hire photographers with little to no experience in an effort to keep their prices low and their profits high. While their portfolio might look great, you do not have the guarantee that you will receive the level of service and the high quality images that you should expect. It is important that the person you talk to is going to be the photographer at your wedding. This is the unique service that I offer. I treat your wedding as my own.
Should I have two photographers at the wedding?
This is entirely up to you. You have the option of just hiring me or adding a second photographer who also acts as an assistant at times to ease the flow of the wedding. I have a network of professional and reliable photographers that I enjoy working with. There are a number of reasons to consider adding a second photographer. A second photographer might be needed if the bride and groom are getting ready in two different places. Having two photographers allows for different angles, different lenses, and different viewpoints of the same scene during the wedding. The hour after the ceremony is usually the time having a second photographer is key. Some portion of this time is generally when formal and couple portraits are done, and the lead photographer cannot be at the cocktail hour also capturing fun party candid shots. Whether your decision is to use me or add a second photographer, I personally edit all the shots. My price list reflects the additional costs.
When should I schedule my Bridal / Engagement / Boudoir Session?
Scheduling for these special shots should be done as soon as possible. I suggest scheduling the engagement session first especially if you plan on using images for save the date. All sessions should be booked no later than one month before the wedding to allow enough time to edit pictures, order prints, and design books.
How long does a portrait session last?
Portrait sessions usually last up to two hours.
Can I do my bridal portraits at the wedding instead of scheduling a separate bridal portrait session?
I absolutely LOVE photographing bridal sessions! Think of this fun session as a trial run for hair, makeup, and your dress, as well as, getting a feel for what it will be like to walk in it and sit in it. Another bonus to doing the bridal portrait as a separate session is that you will have a gorgeous portrait of yourself in your wedding gown to display at the reception. View some of my favorite bridal portrait sessions from my blog: Amy | Allie | Katie
Doing bridal portraits on your wedding day is usually unrealistic. Chances are you will not be super relaxed on your wedding day or have enough time to get your bridal portraits done. There is also a concern about being seen by the arriving guests.
Bring a bouquet, lipstick and powder for touch-ups, and a sheet or towel to keep your dress clean. It is always good to have a friend or a family member to come along to help and to make you feel more relaxed! We will discuss locations once I know what kind of look you want. Do keep in mind that some locations charge a fee to photograph there.
If your schedule does not allow you to schedule a separate session for bridal portraits, then consider adding an additional hour to your wedding coverage although this is not the best choice.
What is a boudoir session?
Boudoir photography is a new trend that is especially popular as an intimate wedding day gift from a bride to her groom. Think Victoria’s Secret kind of photos: sexy, classy, private images for his eyes only. You can do a full boudoir session or a mini session (20 – 30 minutes) right before or after your bridal portraits. Please ask me for details.
Where will you photograph our engagement session?
It can be a sweet and simple shoot at your favorite location(s) or it can be something stylized and more formal or something that reflects your interests and passions. This is completely up to you! Are there any places that are significant to you? Do you like nature or do you prefer an urban scene? Is there a favorite place where you go frequently on dates, where you went for your first date, where the proposal took place? All of these can be fun locations for a shoot. If you cannot decide, I will be happy to recommend some great locations.
What should I wear to an engagement session?
Bring different outfits to the session to choose from. Have fun with your clothing! Layering, bright colors, and accessories are the way to go but stay away from logos and busy patterns. Wear heels or fun flats, but know that we might walk a lot so remember to bring some comfortable shoes as well.
Suggested timeline at the wedding
Before ceremony – I like to do as many portraits before the ceremony as possible so we are not rushing in between the ceremony and reception. I recommend scheduling the photographer’s arrival three hours before the ceremony. This allows time for getting ready and for detail shots, followed by the first look and bride and groom pictures, as well as, wedding party photos. You will be able to relax and freshen up before the ceremony when guests start arriving.
Ceremony – Scheduling your outdoor wedding for late evening, about two hours before sunset will give you great light for your photos.
After ceremony – If you do not plan on seeing each other before the ceremony for the first look, please allow more time (at least an hour) after the ceremony for your portraits. Do keep in mind that family photos generally take about 20-30 minutes depending on the size. It is always a good idea to have a family grouping shot list and an “event guide” to point family members out.
What is a first look?
A “first look” is when a bride and groom see each other before the wedding ceremony. Since it is no longer considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the ceremony first look wedding photos are becoming very popular and I highly recommend them!
There are many reasons why I suggest doing this. It gives you a private moment and opportunity to express your emotions which always helps calm the nerves. I have never had a couple regret it. Every couple who chose to go this route said it was their favorite part of the day and seeing each other before going down the aisle did not take away from the emotions of the ceremony. As a bonus, you will have more pictures together, be less rushed after the ceremony and have more time to spend with the guests!
But please do not feel forced into this. Each couple has their preferences and I will respect your choice. Your wedding is your special moment in time.
What is an “after” session?
This portrait session is held after the wedding. The bride and groom get dressed up in their wedding attire and we take pictures at different locations that the couple chooses. This usually lasts up to two hours and can be exchanged or used in the place of an engagement session. This is a chance for you to have fun, let loose and get some amazing pictures without the concern of getting your dress dirty to add to your album!
Will I get my photographs?
Yes, you will receive high resolution files and personal reprint rights.
Are the images I receive edited?
Each and every photo has a standard edit for color, exposure, and contrast. Some images are converted into black and white or sepia. Extra edits may be applied for album and print orders upon request.
How many pictures will I have on my DVD and do you include all of the pictures you take?
I have a high image quality standard that must be met in order for them to make it within your final gallery. Often times I take as many pictures of the same pose as I need to get the perfect shot. That is the beauty of digital photography! Therefore, I do not include the duplicate photos, blinks, blurs, and wrong exposure. This makes it easier for you to pick your favorite images and I assure you that there is nothing you would miss in the editing process!
How long before I see my proofs?
Usually proofs are available within 5 – 10 weeks. You will receive an email with a link to your password protected online proofing gallery. Feel free to share this link with friends and family. The gallery will remain active for three months so you and your family can order prints online.
Why will I order prints from you if I receive high resolution images and personal printing rights?
Even though you receive your images and personal printing rights, it is best to order prints from Svetlana Photography. I offer printing services online, to make it as simple as possible for you or your family to order prints. The prints are made in a professional lab that only prints for professional photographers to ensure that the final product is a high quality print that has the correct color and finish. By ordering your prints through Svetlana Photography you will be ensured the highest print quality level possible. If you choose to print yourself, please consult with me prior to placing your order. Be sure to instruct the photo lab NOT to use their “auto correct” option. The quality of the photos might be significantly diminished. I assume no responsibility for any photographic prints that are not printed by me or through my online gallery.
What is a gallery wrap?
Gallery wrap is a fine art canvas print which is stretched on a stretcher bar and is secured to the back of the wooden frame. We print on high quality white poly-cotton canvas to ensure that the saturation and sharpness is positively awe-inspiring. We are proud to share that our canvas manufacturer partners with American Forests to help rebuild forests. They do this by planting a tree for every roll of canvas material that the lab uses. See samples
Do you back up the images you take at weddings?
Absolutely! Even before I start editing your photos I create multiple backups. Once the editing process is complete and the photos are online, I make more copies of the final proofed images in high-resolution JPG format. Once I mail you the images they are your responsibilities and I am no longer responsible for them. I suggest making several copies and keeping one of them at someone else’s house just in case.
Do you travel for destination weddings?
Yes! I LOVE traveling and I always enjoy opportunities to utilize my expertise in photography for couples planning destination weddings. I’ll travel anywhere to photograph a great couple in a great location! My travels have taken me all over the world and my photography has been featured on CNN, AAA Arizona Highroads, Preferred Lifestyle in Canada and many other venues. Ask me about destination wedding packages!
Always have your hair and makeup done by a professional. Pictures typically require almost twice as much makeup as you would normally wear. Have hair and makeup teams arrive extra early since those tend to cause a delay more than anything else.
Talk to your DJ about adding ambient lighting to provide an amazing atmosphere. These lights can change the color in the room to red, blue, green, pink, etc. or you can choose to alternate colors. This extra touch added on does not cost much but makes a world of difference in the reception photos!
If you are using sparklers for your send off, be sure to get the long ones specifically designed for weddings, the short ones never burn long enough.
Paper runners tend to get messed up by wind and people walking on them during the ceremony and do not look good in photos.