Investement. How much does a shoot cost?
Please look here for an updatet price list. Prices may change according to your wishes, number of people & location of shoot.
Why don’t you have a fixed price for weddings?
Well, because every wedding is different. Not every client wants to book me from 9am to 10pm. Thus, I make my prices according to the wishes & demands of my bridal couple & location of the wedding.
Where do you shoot? Do you have a studio?
No, I don’t have a studio. I shoot on location, meaning whereever you want me to photograph you & where the light is sufficient (indoors & outdoors). I’m a natural light photographer. Thus, I do not use flash.
When is the best time of the day for a photoshoot?
Outdoors: because I only use natural light, I prefer the late afternoon. However, it always depends on the season & the weather. The best light is given during the hours just before sunset. If you are not available in the afternoon, don’t worry. We can arrange to meet in the mornings (although, I’m so not a morning person). You want to be photographed at noon? Your wedding ceremony is held outdoors at noon? No need to panik. I can still take your photos outdoors. I use open shadows or just position the sun behind you. What? No beautiful sunshine in my face? Yes! If you are lookin directly in the sun, you will squint your eyes all the time & have hard shadows on your face. Do you like the look of my photos? Well, then no sun in your face :) If the day is overcast, I send a little prayer up, because a cloudy sky is best, especially at noon. The clouds act as an natural reflector and bounce the light back down.
Indoors: it depends on the windows, the light that comes into the rooms, what kind of effects we want the light to have on your photos.
You are always talking about location. How much do you charge for going somewhere?
It depends. Is the shoot set in the area of Mittweida/Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany, then my travel expenses are mostly included in the actual pricing. Other travel charges may apply if I have to go somewhere by car/train/plane.
What do I get for my money?
You will get a fabulous experience with me & my camera. We will make sure, that you have a great time & walk away with plenty of wonderful memories & photos. Details on what’s included in a photoshoot are accessible via e-mail. Just click on contact in the upper right corner & send me your inquire.
Why are you so expensive?
Actually, I’m not. I’m still in the beginning of my career & thus my prices are relatively low. Most people think, being a photographer is easy. Just point & shoot with you camera. Then, why the heck is it sooo pricey? It’s not that easy. My charges have to cover cost of camera equipment (camera, lenses, memory cards, battery, camera bag, backup camera, backup lenses, backup…), home office equipment (computer, post production software, monthly website/blog expenses, dvd’s, dvd sleeves, boxing/packaging, shipping…), my actual shooting time, my actual time, sitting in front of my computer (mostly in PJ’s), going through all the images, sorting, editing, saving, changing the resolution, saving again, uploading… & plenty of coffee to keep me going. (just FYI, I have to stare between 20 and 40 hours on the computer screen, just to get one wedding documentary done). You are paying for me, my talent (whoot, did I just say that?), the time I research & plan our shoot, our never ending e-mail/phone conversations and of course my time of making sure, you are having the best experience ever & getting the best photos possible.
I just booked a shoot with you. Now what?
Now, the fun begins :) Just take a look here and I hope all your questions will be answered.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I shoot with my lovely Canon 5d mark II. For lifestyle/portrait shoots, I use the 50mm 1.4. lense 80% of the time. My little 35mm 2.0 covers the remaining 20%. At weddings, I pull out my 70-200mm L IS to not miss all the action going on.
I’m planning on getting married and I consider booking a professional photographer, meaning you! What do I need to do?
First of all, good for you! A lot of couples are spending so much money on their wedding but do not want to invest in a wedding photographer. Uncle John Doe can snap a shot here & there with his new DSRL he, just got for christmas. I’m grateful that you are not one of them. Investing in a wedding photographer is a huge deal. First of all, I need to know the date & place of your wedding, to see if I’m still available. Then, we will talk about the duration of the wedding and how many hours I’m suppose to cover your very special day. Do you want me to document you getting ready, having a first look with your future spouse or just walking down the aisle, cutting the cake, dancing & most important of all bride & groom portraits or everything from the above? Yes? Well, then I’m your gurl. After discussing the hours of me documenting your wedding & the pricing, I need you to tell me little bit about yourself, I need to get to know you. Thus, an Engagement /getting-to-know-each-other photoshoot is included in the wedding package. We will have some fun, you will get to know me and the way I photograph, you will lose your fear of being in front of a camera & I get to know you & your love story. You can use those photos for your invites or decoration at your wedding. A couple of weeks before the wedding, I need a shedule from you. Wedding day. When is what going to happen where? When do you want your couple portraits sheduled (best time of the day is in the late afternoon/early evening just before the sun sets). You need to shedule at least one hour for the couple portraits. If you don’t have an hour, don’t worry, we will make it work. Furthermore, I need the constellations for the formal shoots & a list with all the wedding vendors (names & websites) – cake, dress, venue, dj, florist etc. There is a little more preparation to it but this is the hard part.
How long does it take until I receive my pictures?
Lifestyle photos: 1 to 2 weeks
Wedding photos: 2 to 4 weeks
I love going through your blog, but do you have to publish my photos for everyone to see, too?
No, of course not. After our photoshoot, I will show you a model release form. You can decide if you want to have your pictures published or not. We will write everything down & you have to sign the document in the end (on the ipad). You will get a copy of the model release form via e-mail. If you agreed of me publishing your photos, you will still have a say in the final blogpost. Did I post a photo which you absolulety dislike and I can not persuade you in keeping it there? Well, then it has to go because I understand how you might feel. But keep in mind, that legally, once you agreed to publishing, I have the rights to all the photos & they might end up featured on some other blogs or even magazines.
Do you have more questions? Feel free to ask. Just click on contact in the upper right corner or visit my facebook fanpage.