Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can find a selection of questions commonly asked by the bride and groom that I usually answer by email and Instagram.
Do you do all of the photo shoots?
Yes. I perform all photo shoots. I never send employees to cover a wedding, because it is very important to maintain the same level of quality at all works.
Are the travel costs included in the prices?
I am based in Playa del Carmen (Mexico), but I am not limited in traveling to make the photo shoots. The travel costs are included for all weddings held in Riviera Maya. For other wedding locations, a special quotation should be requested.
What time do you start taking photos on the wedding day?
I usually start two hours before the ceremony at the bride and groom’s hotel to leave enough time for switching rooms and other travels. For example, if the ceremony starts at 5 pm, the photo session at the bride and groom’s hotel would begin around 3 pm.
Do you take group photos at the end of the ceremony?
Yes. It is the only exception I make in terms of spontaneity. The group photos of the newly-weds with family and friends are important, and there is no problem taking them.
Do you take photos during the meal?
Yes, but just general photos of the tables and some of the speeches. A break is taken from the first course of the meal until the desserts come out. Photographs of people eating do not come out well and it is better to let them rest and enjoy their meal, and calmly converse.
How many photos do you take in each photo shoot?
I usually take 200 photographs per hour. In the 8-hour wedding photo shoot, I can take up to 2000 photos, keeping in mind that I can take many photos at once and there are many repetitions. I first sort out the photos according to my criteria of quality, and then I deliver a selection of 600 photographs.
Do you take the photos in color or black and white?
All of the photos are shot in color and later converted into black and white. I always turn in two versions of all the photos: one in color and the other in black and white. This way, we will always have at our disposition both versions of all the photos.
Are the photos edited?
Yes. All of the photos submitted are digitally processed. The 600 photos are enhanced one by one, adjusting the color and contrast, and smoothing out the skin in the close-ups. I make the adjustments and retouches I consider necessary for each photo, always remaining faithful to my style.
How are the hi-resolution photos delivered?
The photos are sent through the Internet. A folder with the edited photos in high resolution is created on a private Google Drive account so that they can easily be downloaded and used as desired.
Who chooses the photos for the album?
The bride and groom usually choose the photos for the album. After the wedding, I send them to the newly-weds so that they can make a selection. Then, the newly-weds send me a list of the photos they have selected, and I start to layout the album. Later, when the page design is ready, I send it back to their email so that they can give me the okay before printing.
How many photos fit in an album?
If we want to put in large photos that stand out with an elegant design, we will not include hundreds of photos because the album would be too packed. Everything depends on the album’s size—the smaller the album, the fewer the number of photos we can include. After years of experience, I have verified that the best dimensions are the following: 95 photos in the 34-sheet 15″×15″ album; 75 photos in the 32-sheet 12″×12″ album; 60 photos in the 30-sheet 10″×10″ album. These sizes are only a recommendation based on my experience.
Is the album printed on photographic paper?
I always print the albums on photographic paper because it has the highest printing quality, and it is the most durable. I offer albums of high quality, both the printing and the binding, as they have to last a lifetime.
Do you offer the service of Photobooth?
I do not offer Photobooth’s service because I prefer to concentrate 100% on the wedding photo shoot.
What can I do if the wedding venue makes me pay a “vendor fee” for bringing in an outside photographer?
The so-called “vendor fee” should never be considered a photography cost because it is a wedding venue cost. Please negotiate with the wedding venue; sometimes, they offer alternatives to avoid that fee. Keep in mind that I am not responsible for paying any fees or day passes necessary to access the wedding venues.
Do you do video?
I do photography only. To make a video, you must hire a company that specializes in the video. It is something that has been changing lately. Photographers specialize more and more to provide the best possible quality, and the video makers are doing the same thing. For this reason, we operate as independent companies. However, I can recommend videographers that I know and with whom I am used to working.
What is the timeline for handing in the work?
The timeline for handing in the project is two months. Everything depends on the time the bride and groom take to select photographs for the album. Usually, after the honeymoon, the pictures are sent to the bride and groom to make the selection, and within 30 days, I submit all the work.
Do you offer a contract?
I always make a formal contract in which both parties promise to fulfill their responsibilities. The photographer promises to submit all of the work requested with the agreed level of quality and within the agreed timeline. Likewise, the client promises to make the respective payments within the timeline agreed upon.
What is the method of payment?
Payment is made in two parts. A non-refundable amount of 50% is due for the date’s reservation, and the remaining 50% is due 30 days before the wedding date. All of the payments should be made by bank transfer since it is the safest payment method for both parties. If you prefer to pay by credit card (PayPal or Transferwise), a fee will be added to the final price.
How can we hire your services?
It is common to undertake the process through the Internet, since many couples who hire my services live outside the country or far from where I live. The Internet is an easy and fast way of communicating. To hire my services, just send me an email with all the details of your wedding (date, location, schedule). With that information, I will make a quotation where you will find all of the details for making a reservation.
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