Here you can find a selection of questions commonly asked by the bride and groom that I usually answer by email and Skype.
Do you do all of the photo shoots?
Yes. All photo shoots are performed by me, Adrian Bonet. I never send employees to cover a wedding, because for me it is very important to maintain the same level of quality at all photo shoots.
Are the travel costs included in the prices?
I am based in Playa del Carmen (Mexico), but I am not limited in any way in terms of 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 normally start two hours before the ceremony at the bride and groom’s hotel so that I leave enough time for traveling. For example, if the ceremony starts at 5pm, the photo session at the bride and groom’s hotel would start around 3pm.
Do you take group photos at the end of the ceremony?
Yes. This is the only exception I make in terms of spontaneity. I think that the group photos of the newly-weds with family and friends are interesting and there is no problem with taking them.
Do you take photos during the meal?
I do not take photos during the meal, except in some exceptional moments. 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 are taken in each photo shoot?
I normally 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 in color and are 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.
Do you submit a USB drive with all of the photos in high resolution so that they can be printed?
Yes, I always submit a USB drive with all of the photos in high resolution so that they can easily be printed, copied and used as desired with no restrictions.
Do you retouch the photos?
All of the photos submitted are retouched digitally for optimal printing. The 600 photos are retouched one by one, adjusting the color and contrast, and smoothing out the skin color in the close-ups. I make the adjustments and retouches that I consider necessary for each photo.
Who chooses the photos for the album?
The photos for the album are usually chosen by the bride and groom. After the wedding, I send all of the photos in a lower resolution via email 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 lay out the album. Later, when the album is laid out, I send it via email to the newly-weds so that they can give me their approval 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 be able to include hundreds of photos because the album would be too packed. Everything depends on the size of the album – the smaller the album, the fewer the number of photos we can include. After years of experience, I have verified that the best sizes are the following: 100 photos in the 30-sheet 15″×15″ album; 80 photos in the 30-sheet 12″×12″ album; 60 photos in the 30-sheet 10″×10″ album. Evidently, 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.
Is it possible to only have the USB drive with the photos, without the album?
Of course. In all of the photo reports I always submit a USB drive with all of the photos, and the album is totally optional.
Do you offer the service of Photobooth?
I do not offer the service of Photobooth because I prefer to concentrate 100% on the wedding photo shoot.
What can I do if the resort makes me pay a “fee” for bringing my own photographer?
This is a way for them to pressure you into using their in-house photographer. The so-called “vendor fee” should never be considered as a photography cost because in fact it is a resort cost. Defend your rights and negotiate with the resort. Keep in mind that I am not responsible for paying any fee.
Do you do video?
I am specialized in photography, so for the video report you would have to hire a company that specializes in video. This is something that has been changing lately. Photographers are specializing more and more in order to provide the best possible quality, and the video co-workers are doing the same thing. For this reason, we now operate as independent companies. Good video makers work in 35 mm. You can find many if you search in Google for “wedding cinematography”.
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. Normally, after the honeymoon, the pictures are sent to the bride and groom to make the selection, and within 30 days I usually 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 reservation of the date and the remaining 50% is due 30 days prior to the wedding date. All of the payments should be made by bank transfer since it is the safest way of payment for both parties. If you prefer to pay by credit card (PayPal), a 5% fee will be added to the final price.
How can we hire your services?
It is more and more common to undertake the process through the Internet, since many of the couples that hire my services live outside of the country or far from where I live. The Internet is an easy and fast way of communicating that I use and believe in. To hire my services, simply send me an email with all the details of your wedding (date, location, schedule, etc.). With that information, I will make a quotation in which you will find all of the details for making a reservation.
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