FAQ Approach : Q. What is your team's approach for our wedding? Answer: We have a gentle documentary approach, incorporating fine art portraiture and romantic sensibility. We aim to document all the excitement, happiness and love of your celebration day hence tell a story through the use of images. Q. What does the word "Photojournalism" mean? Answer: Photojournalism means a lot of things to a lot of people. Photojournalism presents a story through the use of pictures ultimately revealing truth through visual meaning. Q. What is Wedding Photojournalism? Answer: Wedding Photojournalism documents your day's events and the emotions that were present as they are expressed. Photojournalistic wedding photography captures moments that are real and truly felt Q. What type of qualities should I look for in a wedding photographer or photojournalist? Answer: When searching for a photographer or photojournalist, make sure his or her personality and manner will fit well with you and your guests and will blend in with your family and friends during your special day. Look at his or her work and if all the images are the same for each wedding that he or she has shot stay away as the photographer is not using their artistic vision. Equipment: Q. What type of photographic equipment do you use on weddings? Answer: We use Canon and Nikon professional 35mm digital equipment. We are currently using 22 megapixels dslr. Q. Do you shoot with digital or film? Answer: We shoot about 70% of our booked weddings digitally but are pleased to announce we are incorporating a mixture of Color digital photography with a mixture of black & white traditional and alternative photography techniques. Q. Why do you shoot with some film and alternative photography techniques such as Holga’s, Pin-holes and Medium Format and iPhone Photography? Answer: We strive to produce “out of the box” non-cookie cutter style images of your celebration. We feel mixing the old and new technology we can give clients a fresh and unique amount of images for their finished albums. There is something about the colours from film that digital just can’t seem to match. The wider dynamic range of film, coupled with beautiful colours gives film a very special look. Add film grain into the mix and you have something very beautiful. Unlike digital noise, film grain has something special about it that gives images a greater depth. Whilst digital can offer a more flawless image, there is something about the imperfections that occur in a film shot that can make them realistic, more beautiful. Q. Are the images from our celebration retouched? Answer: Well the fun part our our jobs is the wedding day and the time consuming part of our job is the post processing. No matter how many weeks we are married to our monitors each and every single image is worked on and made it’s perfection. Q. Will you provide us with the raw digital files? Answer: Two photographers documenting a typical 8 plus hours wedding with have nearly 100 -150 gb of data. If the client would like to request raw files yes we can surely Yes if the couple provides our studio of a 100 gb more hard drive we can surely provide you the raw files. Q. How are hard copy photos printed from the digital files? Answer: Believe it or not digital photos are printed in almost the same manor that film is printed. Most photo labs have a mini lab photo printing machine that accepts negatives and digital files then prints them on the same kind of paper regardless of format. Negatives are actually scanned into the machine and turned into high resolution digital files and printed just like an originally shot digital file. The paper, called silver gelatin, is the same kind of paper that you have been getting back from your one hour photo lab all of your life. Your hard copy proofs are made in the same way. Q. Do you shoot all in color or also in black & white? Answer: The digital photography is normally captured in the color format however, when editing the wedding we like to convert about 80% color with 20% of black and white and other creative post processing color toning. As all respected studios / photography teams do we shoot in the RAW format. Q. Can we have the entire wedding converted to black & white? Answer: Yes, we can shoot the entire wedding in Black & White. Q. How are the black & white digital images printed? Answer: Our professional lab www.ctprints.com / Ross Imaging Center prints on Fuji Crystal Archive & Kodak color or black & white continuous-tone paper. Q. How big of an enlargement can we make from your digital files? Answer: The digital files from my cameras produces a file size of 50 MB, which I have gotten great results from my professional lab with sizes up to 20 X 30. If I need to make larger prints the files can be upsized with interpolation software. Q. Who manufactures the preview / proof books that you use? Answer: We use high quality acid-free, archival Pioneer proof albums. Q. Can we look at photos of the proof and finished albums you offer. Answer: Yes, we have a album page with some of the albums we currently offer. Q. Who produces the finished wedding albums? Answer: We are currently using Fine Art Albums and you can view photos of the albums on our albums page on the website. Q. I wish to have a certain album that I seen before from another photographer. Can you give me a price quote? Answer: If you provide me with the make and model of the album I can give you a custom quote from the studio. Q. Will photos printed digitally fade faster than film? Answer: No, since the printing process for the proofs are done in the traditional silver halide process, it will last just as long. A color print whether it is made with a negative or a digital file will last without fading from 30 to 150 years depending on processing, paper manufacturer and storage. A color negative will last for about the same amount of time. A digital file, however, will never degrade. As long as you keep up with the different storage formats you will have your files forever. Currently, the storage format of choice is USB Flash Drives. Hard drives are also a great way to go. I will always have your wedding photos archived in case you need backups disks. Q. Do you bring back-up equipment or remote studio lights? Answer: Yes, we carry multiple camera bodies, flashes and lens as back-up and also bring a small professional remote studio light setup. The studio lights come in handy during the creative portraiture session and family group shots. SERVICES: Q. How many hours do you stay at weddings? Answer: Each wedding is unique but we normally stay between 7 - 10 hours depending on the package booked and whether or not I feel I have enough images to fully document the events of the day. Q. What are your overtime fees? Answer: We charge $350 - $500 per hour depending on the package. The larger the package - the greater the discount. Q. How many images do you take at a wedding? Answer: Depending what package purchased you can expect around 800-1600 edited images. We don’t put a cap on the amount of images we take. Typically two photographers can produced Q. What is your procedure in conducting formal portraits? Answer: The procedure is a mutually devised plan between the couple and myself but typically consists of thirty minutes to one hour of creative formal portraiture that capitalize on lighting, ambience, decor and emotion. Q. If you haven't shot at our wedding venue before will you do a site visit? Answer: Yes we will visit the site at least two weeks prior to the big day and will test lighting and devise a game plan for the creative portraiture session. Q. Do you include a finished album in your base packages? Answer: Yes, all of our packages above the Ring Package offer finished albums. SCHEDULING: Q. How much time should I allow when planning the details of my day? Answer: Once you have decided on the flow of your wedding it is very important to share and discuss this with your photographer 3-4 weeks prior to your day. Even though every couple, situation and wedding is unique, in general, I recommend that couples allow the following for each aspect: Pre-ceremony: Allow enough time for the bride, groom and attendants to be photographed without feeling rushed to get to the ceremony. I suggest 1 1/2 hours for the women and 45 minutes for the men with 30-45 minutes allotted for travel time. Ceremony: The ceremony is typically the shortest part of your day. So when planning this detail of your wedding it is important to allow extra time for the receiving line (if applicable) and delays caused by mother nature. Group Shots and Formals: Depending on how many group shots you would like and the type of formals we agree upon to capture the best portraits of the bride and groom and location, I suggest allowing up to 1 hour for photos with 30-45 minutes for travel time to reception site Reception: Typically, most couples request the photographer to stay for the entire reception. The most important point in planning your timelines is to do things at a leisurely pace and enjoy your day to the fullest. Believe me - it all rushes by very quickly! INVESTMENT: Q. Do you require a deposit on booking a wedding date? Answer: Yes, we request a one third deposit and ask that the couple pay the next one third (second payment) five months before the date. The final payment can be paid in full a week or two before the event. Q. What if I need to change our wedding date, do you have a return policy? Answer: 1) If within fourteen (14) calendar days of the original signed contract date you need to reschedule but we are unable to accommodate the changes requested we will kindly refund 100% of your deposit.2) If the new date requested is already taken AND it has been more than fourteen (14) days since the original contract signing, then you forfeit your deposit. More details can be seen under the terms of the wedding contract. Q. I see that some photographers charge lower prices than you? Answer: Your wedding day only comes once! Inexperience wedding photographers are a dime-a-dozen. Many week-end warriors that shoot only on the weekends can't compete with a veteran photographer / photojournalist team. You might save some money to stay inline with your wedding budget but how can you place a price on memories. We allow our clients to rest assure that every moment is documented. Q. I see some photographers will not give us negatives or digital raw files? Will you give us a disk of the full resolution files? Answer: Yes, when the editing is complete from the wedding I will provide you will multiple copies of the full resolution digital files as well as smaller Social Media sized for facebook and twitter. We will also on request provide you with raw camera files. Q. Can I book two photographers in any of your packages? Answer: All of our packages included a second photographer. Q. Do you like working with a second photographer? We suggest whenever possible, having two. The benefits are being in two places at once, capturing different angles of the same image, photographing all of your guest and capturing candid situations. Having two photographers also one can cover the bride and the second with the groom and guys for preparation. Availability: Q. Do you travel outside the Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts metropolitan area? Answer: Yes! we have traveled as far as Ireland, England and Sweden for a wedding and we will go anywhere were our talent is requested. Q. Do you offer Destination Wedding Packages? Answer: Yes, we offer a package that will give the couple a overseas engagement portraiture session, rehearsal dinner coverage and wedding day ceremony / reception and two days travel to and from the location. Q. Are many couples choosing Destination Weddings these days? Answer: Yes, many couples love the opportunity of inviting family and close friends to an exotic overseas location or at their home state. Most couples want to feel secure that their memories are documented by a trust worthy and creative USA based photojournalist. Q. What are your travel costs in the USA? Answer: There are no travel costs if the wedding is in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts but will charge $60.00 per hour if outside these areas. If an overnight visit is required lodging accommodations and meals will be included in your cost. Q. How can I check your availability for my wedding date? Answer: The best way is to complete our Contact form, email or a phone call with your wedding date, venue locations, the number of participants in the wedding party and guests. Q. Can we meet you in person before booking the date? Answer: Yes, we highly encourage that we meet before booking a date to determine if our philosophy melds with your vision of documenting your special day. However, you can get a sense of of our artistic vision by reviewing entire website. Please note that although we are wedding photographers we are highly sought after commercial and editorial photographers our calendars fills up quickly. ALBUMS: Q. After my wedding, how long do I have to wait to see my wedding images? Answer: On your wedding night we normally leave a laptop near the bar or gift table and you and your guests can view some outtakes from the day. It takes approximately 3-4 weeks to have your online gallery available. Depending how quick the client selects their pick for the finished album and 6-8 weeks to have finished proof albums in your hands. Q. What type of proof albums do you use? Answer: I use highest quality Pioneer 4 x 6 archival proof albums, you can view the albums at our albums page under info on the website. Q. You say proof prints, what are proof prints? Answer: Proof prints or what we like to call them are Preview prints are the highest quality custom printed color or black and white 4 x 6 prints on archival photo paper. Q. Are the images color corrected before printing? Answer: After a photographer snaps a image tons of post production work is required before the images are ready to hand over to the client. Images must be tweaked for perfection with RAW processor such as Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Believe it or not many pro photographers hand un-color corrected files to clients because of their laziness. Q. Will you put together a finished album for us? Answer: Yes, my studio offers many finished albums. Q. Do you offer enlargement / reprint services? Answer: Yes, we offer enlargement / reprint services through our Pro Photo Lab I own in the Mount Carmel Section of Hamden, CT. We have a password secure ordering site www.rosslabsonlne.com Q. How much are reprint prices? Answer: Since we own a lab we charge a minimum price which are: 4x6 .89 5x7 1.99 8x10 3.99 8x12 4.25 11x14 13.95 12x18 15.95 Q. How can we reprint specific pictures from our proof albums? Answer: Each custom 4x6 print will have a unique file number on the back of the print that corresponds to the DVD/CD ROM so you can obtain reprints easily. I also give clients index page contact sheets so you can have your parents and family order prints without giving up your own albums. Q. How can you charge such low prices for the reprint photos? Answer: We own a PRO Photo Lab in the Mount Carmel section of Hamden. Our work is our signatures and we want the best quality print to represent the studio. when other people look at my work hanging from the walls of your home. I only charge lab prices to my wedding clients since they have commissioned me to document their special day. Most photographers charge $25.00 - $35.00 for a 8x10 reprint from their wedding work. Q. What digital format do you shoot weddings with? Answer: I shoot everything in raw format and then convert the images into JPG's or TIFF's. By shooting in raw format I use the highest quality from the digital camera possible. It also allows the couple to make large enlargements with ease. Believe it or not many pro photographers shoot in JPG mode on their camera because of their laziness. If the image needs to be cropped or the image need tonal color corrections the JPG file is limited to fixes. Q. You say you will put together a wedding gallery on your site from my family and friends can view and purchasing my wedding images? Answer: Yes, Sometimes couples don't want the extra work by taking reprint orders from Aunt Betty and the rest of the family. I have an online proofing and order system. I will upload your wedding galleries onto a secure password protected online gallery. The wedding images are for viewing and purchasing. You can view a sample of my proofing system at www.rosslabsonline.com or by the proof link on my site. Please place "demo" in the password field to view the system. ABOUT US: Q. How did you start accepting freelance wedding work? Answer: Family, friends and co-workers for many years have requested us to document their nuptials and word-of-mouth has spread and allowed me to start accepting wedding photojournalism / photography work. Answer: Yes, we belong to the Wedding Photojournalist Association, National Press Photographer Association, Editorial Photographer, American Society of Media Photographers, News Wedding Photography Assoc. Advertising Photographers of America and Sports-shooter. Q. Do you have testimonials from couples regarding the weddings you have shot? Answer: Yes, kindly go to our TESTIMONIALS PAGE. Q. Can we contact a past bride for a wedding references. Answer: Yes, please contact me and we can provide a list of references.