WEDDINGS – GENERAL QUESTIONS
Q :: Do you provide Videography / Cinematography services?
A :: No, we specialize in providing creative photography services. Videographers are versed in telling a story through moving images combined with sound-mixing whereas Photographers tell a story with single images, “stills.” The experience, craft, and creative eye behind both services in my opinion are very different and require separate skill sets. The differences also lie with the selection of subjects within each frame, the composition, focus, aspect ratios, etc. not to mention the underliying creative art & editing processes. If you need Cinematography referrals, please contact me directly. I can refer a few companies that are well experienced covering south asian/indian weddings, and work well alongside us. Collaboration between both the Photographer and Cinematographer is key in capturing the best of both realms. If we haven’t worked with your chosen Cinematographer before, we’ll make sure to reach out to them prior to your wedding, introduce ourselves, and establish that relationship so as to provide for the optimal coverage on your big day!
Q :: I’m not sure how many hours of coverage I really need…What do you recommend?
A :: This varies; I’ll explain how. For a full-day wedding & reception package, we like to begin coverage approximately 1 hour after bridal hair/makeup begins. We begin coverage of the bridal details such as the lehenga/saree, jewelry, shoes, and the rings. Feel free to bring other items to your dressing room if you’d like detail shots of them, such as your wedding invitations, wedding programs, etc. Then once the bridal makeup is about halfway through (foundation is done & eye’s are almost complete), we begin the Bride’s “getting ready” photos. At this time the 2nd lead photographer heads over to the groom’s dressing room for the groom’s getting ready photos. We continue tag-team shooting this way all day until the end of your reception. Once the reception dancing has begun we like to cover that for approximately an hour. We CAN cover the entire dancing time however the additional photos probably won’t add much more value to your overall gallery of images, as those photos tend to get redundant after a certain point, but we’re happy to stay as long as you wish. Upon the end of your contracted time, we will ask you and/or your wedding coordinator, in the case you would like to extend our coverage.
Q :: Do you travel? What are your travel fees?
A :: Yes! We’re available & ready to travel worldwide! Our destination wedding packages are not marked up; they are the same as our local wedding packages. However, a flat travel fee is added to your package, which covers our flights & car. We do ask that you provide our hotel accommodations at the wedding venue/hotel.
Q :: Who will be our Photographers? Should we meet you before the wedding?
A :: I personally cover all weddings along with a 2nd shooter from my team of trained shooters. If your package includes a 3rd photographer, he/she will be introduced prior to your wedding. Of course we should meet before your wedding when and if possible. Usually meeting over coffee or before your engagement session is a great idea and allows us to get to know you as a couple. We want to know as much as we can about you including how you met, what brought you together, what inspires you, what photography style you prefer, etc. This helps us gear shooting your images to your personalities.
Q :: Will you stay later if we’re running behind schedule?
A :: When we book a wedding, we dedicate the entire day(s) to your wedding coverage fully. If you’ve booked a package with a designated number of hours, then your coverage hours would start and end at the contracted time. Upon the completion of the contracted hours, we’ll consult with you/your wedding coordinator, and check whether you would like to extend our time.
Q :: If there is a break between our wedding and reception, can we book you for less hours?
A :: Unfortunately, no, as there is no true ‘break’ during a wedding day. If you’ve booked a package with contracted start & end times, and there is a break between your events, then we’ll be using this time to setup lighting for the reception, take test shots, take your ballroom decor shots, venue shots, upload & back up your wedding images, etc, and as such there is no true ‘break’ during any wedding day for the photographers. Hope you understand.
Q :: What kind of equipment do you use?
A :: Although equipment has only a fraction to do with capturing great images, using professional equipment IS still necessary in attaining the best quality images. We do use Canon’s high end professional full frame sensor bodies along with their pro line L series lenses:
- Primary Bodies: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
- BackUp Camera Bodies: Canon 5D Mark III
- Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
- Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
- Canon Speedlight 600EX-RT Flashes (We bring 6 of these to ensure a full lighting setup)
Q :: Do you double book?
A :: No, nope, & never! I personally shoot all weddings and therefore cannot and will not double book dates or even weekends for that matter. I will only take one wedding per weekend so as to ensure each and every client receives my 100% energy and full attention. Clients usually book 6-12 months in advance. Therefore, we highly recommend booking well in advance if you’re getting married during California’s wedding season (May-Oct). I will however, and often do, entertain two different inquiries for the same weekend. In this case I let both parties know there is another inquiry for their date and whomever leaves the deposit/retainer with me first will lock in the date. Once any particular date/weekend is booked, no further inquiries are entertained.
Q :: Are you insured?
A :: Yes…we have to be. Most venues require Photographer Liability Insurance in order to take photos on certain venue properties. We’re happy to provide your venue the appropriate COI (Certificate of Insurance) upon request.
Q :: How much time should we allocate throughout the day for photos?
A :: This truly depends and varies based on what you would like to prioritize your day. We recommend at the very least to allocate the following, listed below. Please keep in mind, when you’re running behind schedule on your wedding day, the first thing that will get cut short by your wedding coordinator or your family, will be your photo-time. This is unfortunate for us, however this is the reality based on our previous experience. At the end of the day, you’ll likely spend thousands of dollars on outfits, florals, the venue, and catering, which you’ll have for only one day, but your Photos & Videos will be the only keepsakes you’ll have to remember that one day for the rest of your lives. Therefore, please consider your time carefully when allocating it on your Photos.
- Before the Wedding:
- 3 Hours – Bridal Hair/Makeup – this is the average time spent in the dressing room getting ready for the wedding.
- 1 Hour – Wedding Portraits – Couples portraits around the hotel/venue, First-Look photos, etc. I highly recommend taking these photos before your ceremony for many reasons. When (not if) the schedule is running late, you won’t be stressed about skipping your portraits, not to mention your makeup/hair/draping is still fresh, you’re not sweating yet, and you can enjoy seeing each other for the first time in private.
- 30 Min – Bridal Party Portraits – We’ll take you and your bridal party to a separate location for some fun group portraits.
- 30 Min – Family Portraits – Depending on the size of your immediate/extended family this amount of time can vary. Please contact me for specifics should you need further help allocating time here.
- (During the same 30 mins Family Portraits are being taken, the 2nd photographer will likely be capturing your empty Wedding Ballroom, Mandap, Programs, Details, etc.)
- After the Wedding Ceremony:
- 30 Min – Friends/Family Photos – Prepare a list in advance of the photos you want with friends & family directly preceding your wedding ceremony. Designate one person (someone responsible, prompt, and loud!) on each side of the family to be in charge of this Family Photo List. These 2 people should ensure everyone on the list is present, on time, and ready for photos. We will take over from there, positioning everyone, moving them around, etc. Traditionally these photos are taken in the Mandap, however we can do them anywhere else if you prefer non-mandap photos. Again, the time necessary will differ based on how large/small your groups are; plan for 3-5 mins per group on average.
- Before the Reception:
- 1 Hour – Reception Portraits – Couples Photos around the hotel/venue.
- 30 Min – Immediate Family Photos inside the ballroom.
- When possible, refrain from scheduling your portraits/family photos during the cocktail hour. 1 Photographer will be covering your cocktail hour while the other will be capturing your empty reception ballroom, stage, centerpieces, decor, favors, etc.
- Please also keep in mind the day will run late regardless how much everyone tries to stay on time…so please account for some buffer anyway!
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE IMAGES
Q :: How long does it take to get our images?
A :: Typically, turnaround time is 4-6 weeks. In the busy months (May-Oct), it can take upto 8 weeks.
Q :: Do you DELIVER all of the images you shoot?
Q :: Do you EDIT all of the images you shoot?
A :: Yes, we edit every image that we deliver. All RAW (straight out of the camera/SOC) images are color corrected, white balanced, cropped when necessary, exposure enhanced, and then converted to JPEGs for delivery.
Q :: How many photos can we expect to receive?
A :: We typically average about 100 images per hour of coverage, with 2 photographers. This also depends on how much activity is occurring, whether there are breaks, etc. For an engagement session, you can expect 100-150 images total based on a 3-4 hour session with 2 photographers.
Q :: Do you post ALL of my images on your blog?
A :: No, just my favorites and enough to tell your story from beginning to end. I also don’t blog every wedding I shoot. It just depends on the overall wedding, number of events, how much free time I have to blog, etc.
Q :: Will your logo be placed on the final images we receive?
A :: No, our logos are ONLY placed on images posted on the blog/website and social media avenues such as Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram etc. Your album, digital negatives/high res image files, canvas enlargements, etc WILL NOT display our logo as those images are yours outright for personal use only.
Q :: Do you provide ownership rights for reprint?
A :: Yes, you own your high res digital image files outright and have full rights to reprint them for personal use only. You may not use the images for any commercial purpose, publish them, or sell them without written consent from RANDERYimagery.
Q :: Do you backup and archive my images?
A :: Yes, your images are backed up immediately after the wedding (if time permits) and again after your reception; before we leave your venue. Then your images are uploaded & backed up to a desktop for editing. The desktop’s hard drive is then backed up to an external hard drive, which is also backed up to an offsite backup solution. Your images are very safe and secure with us.
ENGAGEMENT SESSION QUESTIONS
Q :: Do we really NEED an engagement session?
A :: The simple answer is ummm YES, of course you do! I HIGHLY recommend having one AND TOO by the same photographers shooting your wedding, as this will add more value to your wedding images later. Consider this the perfect opportunity to get to know us and establish a relationship before your wedding. After all, we will be the people you spend the MOST time with on your wedding day; from your dressing room all the way to the dance floor…so why not get to know us! Additionally, you can have your makeup/hair Trial done on the same day to see how the makeup will look in photographs (trust me, makeup looks very different in person vs. on camera, esp after all my editing). Lastly, you’ll have a ton on your mind on the wedding day, so being comfortable with us is very important for the successful outcome of your images. You’ll also benefit from the session by knowing how we pose & direct you, how we work, how we get those candid moments out of you, and for us to see how comfortable you are in front of the camera, not to mention you get to see our professionally taken photos of you before the wedding. Unless you’re a professional model, you’ll feel awkward the first hour of your session, by the 2nd hour you’ve loosened up, more comfortable, and participating in how YOU want to pose! By the end of your session we’re all having so much fun that you don’t realize 3 hours have passed, the sun has set, and it’s time to go home! All in all, on the wedding day our clients are now our friends, a couple of pros, they know what to expect, know what to do, know what they want, and SHINE in front of the camera…so YES, you do need an engagement session!
Q :: When should we schedule our Engagement session?
A :: I recommend as soon as you book your wedding, however at the very least, 2-3 months prior to your wedding to allow for ample post-processing time (4-6 weeks) and design/order of your enlargements.
Q :: Can we do our Engagement Shoot in 2 locations that are slightly far away from each other?
A :: Yes, however I do not recommend it. Your engagement session is 3-4 hours and spending your valuable time driving from location to location, finding parking, etc would be a bad use of your time, not to mention we would lose daylight, quickly. Typically, you want to choose 2 locations within close proximity, locations where parking is easy to get in and out of, etc.
For additional information, please see my Engagement Session Tips post.