Wedding Photography FAQ's
Q: “Do you deliver every image you shoot?”
A: No we do not. We delete duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions and other images that may dilute the overall product delivery. For example, because we shoot with low apertures, sometimes we take a few extra shots to make sure we have the perfect focus. We don’t expect you to have the expertise or the time to zoom into each image to select the one with the sharpest focus, so we spend hours doing that on our end. In another example, candid laughs and emotional tears are some of the best images from the day. Unfortunately, they can also yield some unflattering facial expressions. We might snap a few extras of any of these moments to make sure we have a great shot with the ideal expression for the moment. With our expertise if processing millions of images each year, we may eliminate ones that we feel are duplicates and only deliver the best one.
Q: “Does your studio provide videography services?”
A: Yes. Please call us for further info.
Q: “Have you shot at my venue before?”
A: We have shot at hundreds of venues so there is a good chance that we have. If we have not however we will be sure to perform a thorough walkthrough with you prior to your wedding day.
Q: “Do you guys do destination weddings? What additional fees are associated with destination weddings?”
A: While Rajesh Arya Photography is based out of New Delhi, we serve clients all around the world. Our destination wedding photography packages are simply our standard packages plus the cost of travel and reasonable accommodations if necessary.
Q: “Who will be shooting my wedding?”
A: The master photographer you meet with will be the master photographer for your engagement session and wedding. Don’t worry, we’re not going to have some random person show up on your big day!
Q: “Does your studio do headshots, individual portraits, family portraits, commercial photography, or other types of photography?”
A: Although we do have experience in most other fields of photography, we prefer to excel and focus on wedding and event photography. If you need a good referral, feel free to contact us.
Q: “What is your photography style?”
A: We love using creative lighting, unique perspectives, angles, compositions and artistic post production refining to bring out our clients personalities and beauty while telling their wedding story. We pride ourselves on not just being photographers, but rather artists creating unique and expressive imagery.
Q: “My venue is really dark. How does your studio handle these situations and can I see samples?”
A: We have shot in the darkest of dark banquets and resorts so no need to worry! If the situation allows, we will set up additional lighting to ensure we get bright crisp pictures. Some hotels do not allow for flash photography; and for that reason, we shoot on camera’s with superb low-light performance and lenses with low apertures.
Q: “Do you touch up all the images on our image DVD?”
A: Yes we do. Every image we deliver is post produced with our unique style of basic post production. This involves color correction, exposure adjustment, selective black and white processing, clarity adjustments, tone-mapping, and other corrections. Many photographers will not post produce any, or will only post produce “select” images from your wedding. This means that you may have pictures that are too dark, have strange skin tones, or other common photography flaws.
Q: What is the difference between advanced and custom; and why are there additional costs for custom retouch?
A: Advanced post production includes touch ups such as removal of blemishes, removal of bags under eyes, removal of fly-away hairs, etc. On the other hand, custom post production is anything that requires extensive, custom work in Photoshop such as removing entire objects from the scene, changing the size and shape of body parts or other objects in the scene, adding objects to a scene, and other custom work. We charge hourly for the custom post production, as the time required ranges depending on the complexity of the project. Please contact our studio manager for a quote for custom post production.
Q: “Do you shoot in JPEG, Small Raw, or Large Raw?”
A: We shoot most of our images in Small Raw with certain situations where we move to Large Raw. For our reasoning, please see this section on the Photography Misconceptions page of our website: Small Raw Vs. Large Raw
Q: “How many hours do you suggest we set aside for wedding day photo’s?”
A: The amount of time we suggest you set aside for photos depends on the time of day.
Preparation Shots – Duration: 1.5 hours
Ideally we would have 45 minutes for the girls and 45 minutes with the guys.
Couples session – Duration: 1 hour to 1.5 hours
We highly suggest doing this before the ceremony in conjunction with a “first look.” That way you can enjoy the rest of your day without having to worry about taking too much time out for photo’s. Also this is when the makeup and hair are fresh. We’ll set up a first look moment so it’ll still be a surprise when you see each other. Be sure to give us at least a full hour so we can capture the amazing shots you see in our portfolio.
Family Formals – Duration: 1 hour
Have a list of pictures that you want with your family/friends right after the ceremony. Typically this is done at the altar but we can do it any location you’d like. Also, have one person from each side of the family that is really organized (and loud) to move people in and out of photo’s.
Q: “How many images do you typically deliver from and engagement session? From a wedding?”
We typically deliver anywhere from 100-150 images per 4 hour engagement shoot and for weddings we typically deliver 250 images.
Q: “How long does it take to get my album?”
As with our other products, production times vary. However you can expect to receive your album 8-12 weeks after placing the order. The process before placing the order varies in duration depending on how quickly you respond to the instructions for the album design as well as the amount of changes you request after the initial designs. Some brides complete this within a month or two, others take over a year.
Q: “What rights do I have to the digital prints?”
A: You have the right to reprint images whenever you want, wherever you want. However you may not sell your images for a profit or publish your images without the written consent of Rajesh Arya Photography.
Q: “Do you provide the RAW files from my engagement session and/or wedding day?”
A: Each of our packages comes with a full resolution image DVD. However, we typically do not provide RAW (unprocessed) files from our shoots because we believe in delivering a finished product. In fact, we’re often shooting with the end (post-produced) product in mind.
Q: “Do you provide the digital negatives after the shoot?
A: Yes we do. All of our packages come with Full Resolution image DVDs.
Q: “What happens if my image dvd arrives damaged?”
A: If your image DVD arrives in the mail damaged, please us and we will immediately send out another copy.
Q: “What type of camera/equipment do you use?”
A: We use Nikon and Canon Full Frame bodies with fast lenses.
Q: “Do you backup our images? How can we ensure that our images won’t be lost?”
A: We have never lost an image from a wedding due to the following backup workflow for each our events:
During the shoot, we back up on a External Hard Drive after each major event throughout the day. This leaves one copy on the CF/SD cards and creates one copy on the External Hard Drive. After the shoot, we back up the CF card to a local server set up in a RAID 1 configuration. Once the images are completed we upload the images to a secure server location and burn another copy for our archives. At any given point, there are two copies of the files.
Q: “How do I reserve you for my date?”
A: All dates are reserved once we receive your signed contract and deposit
Q: “If we cancel the wedding, will we receive our deposit back?”
A: Unfortunately no. Deposits are use to reserve your date. Once we’ve reserved your date we do not accept new clients for your date.
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