In what :style" do you shoot?
A. We prefer a mix of styles to wedding photography. This way
you can get all the traditional family shots that are important as well as
a number of photojournalistic or candid photos that best capture your
personality and the spirit of your day. This also means that you get
to spend more time enjoying your wedding, rather than posing for the
Do you shoot color or black & white?
A. The easy answer is: Yes! We capture all of our images
in color, but since we shoot digital we have the ability to convert to
black & white, sepia, duotone, or anything else you can imagine.
You donít have to choose between color or black & white, with us you
can have it all.
How many photos do you take?
A. The number of images we capture depends on the length of the
wedding; all of our weddings packages offer an unlimited number of
exposures. We generally take somewhere between 200 to 400 pictures. Then we edit these down to the best and post them in your
web gallery for your friends and family to view and purchase.
Who will be the photographer at my wedding?
A. Unless otherwise specified and barring any catastrophic disasters
Mike or Alan Shakarian will be there to shoot your wedding.
Do you use film or digital cameras?
A. We capture all of our images with the latest professional Nikon
digital cameras. With digital we can deliver images in color, black
and white, or sepia tones. Additionally digital allows us to retouch
images and create other items that were much more time consuming with
film. With modern digital cameras, print size is no longer an issue
as we routinely print digital images at 20x30 and larger. The best
part about shooting with digital cameras is that it allows us to deliver
your images to you more quickly then ever before.
Can I customize my album or other features of my wedding package?
A. Of course! Call us for an appointment to meet or come visit
Do you shoot engagement and bridal portraits?
A. Absolutely. We highly, highly recommend this to all our
couples because this gives us the perfect opportunity to work together and
become comfortable with each other.
What types of albums do you carry?
A. We carry only premium book bound albums offering both a choice of
the flush mount storybook style album or the more traditional matted
Can we buy additional prints not included in our package?
A. Yes. We include our reprint prices in our bridal packet.
You are free to either use our convenient online ordering system, or stop
by our studio to purchase any additional prints youíd like. Also
when you book your reprint prices are locked in even if our print prices
go up later you pay the same prices we quoted you when you booked.
Can I purchase the high resolution images files from my wedding (i.e.
A. Certainly. CDís or DVDís are available and free with an
additional $500.00 print order.
How far in advance do you typically book weddings?
A. Weíre often booked six months to a year in advance. But
sometimes dates occasionally slip through the cracks. Regardless, we
recommend booking as soon as possible, as there are no guarantees, and
once were booked weíre booked!
So how do we book?
A. We require a signed contract and a non-refundable deposit to
reserve your date. The remainder of the balance for your wedding
package will be due one week before your wedding date.
I definitely want to book. Canít you hold my date without a
A. No. Sometimes, plans changes weddings dates change or
budgets change and brides have to cancel. While we're holding your
date we canít accept any other inquiries. Our time is our most
precious commodity and any weekends we donít work we donít earn a
living so we book on a first come first serve basis.
What types of Payment do you accept?
We accept personal checks, money orders, and cash.
How much do you charge for travel?
A. It depends on where you want us to go! Generally, the
travel fee for a wedding that does not require an overnight stay is
minimal. For travel that requires an overnight stay please ask for a
When can I see my photos?
A. Usually one week after your wedding your digital images will be
available to view at www.iphotos.us.
Your digital proof book will be available two weeks after your
What options do I have for viewing my images?
A. All of our packages include free online proofing, and your choice
of a digital proof book of 300 or more photos or 4x6 prints in a proof
album. The amount of 4x6
prints depends on the package you choose.
Do you retouch your photos?
A. Proof photos are not retouched. However any picture you
order will be reviewed and retouched if necessary and within reason.
As wonderful as Photoshop is there are some things that simply canít be
done without looking obvious. If you break out with a blemish before
your wedding thereís no need to worry, weíll take care of that,
free of charge. Every bride deserves to look as beautiful as she can
on her wedding day.
Is there any fee for retouching or color correction?
A. No, minor retouching is included. If you pay for an image
itís our job to deliver that image to you the way you want it.
There is no additional charge for retouching, color conversions, or basic
How long do you archive images for after the wedding day?
A. We guarantee we will preserve your images for at least 1 year
after your wedding date, but we typically keep photos on file much longer.
Why hire a professional photographer?
A. Anyone can take a nice picture but thereís more to
photographing a wedding than showing up with a camera. Professional
photographers use there years of training and experience to produce
consistently excellent images under pressure. Pros bring studio
lights and have back-ups on hand in case of equipment failure. Also,
consider service after the wedding. A professional photographer
provides retouching, photo editing, studio services, album design, and
much, much more.
Why not use an amateur?
A. Good technical skills alone do not make a good wedding
photographer. A professional acts professionally, regardless of
stress, time constraints, or familial discord. Also amateurs donít
have backup equipment, donít design albums, donít have online viewing
for your friends and family, donít retouch your photos, and donít know
how to pose people. Remember, itís your only wedding and there are
no second chances.
is professional photography so expensive?
A. Photography is something you can spend as much on or as little on
as you want, but you get what you pay for. With a professional
youíre not just buying photography your buying years of experience and
education, dozens if not hundreds of hours of skilled labor using tens of
thousands of dollars worth of professional equipment to produce heirlooms
your children and their children will treasure forever and most
importantly piece of mind. When you donít hire a professional you
simply donít know what youíre going to get.