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WEDDING DAY TIPS

The months, weeks and days leading up to your wedding day can be quite stressful at times. Below are some tips that we've gathered in our experiences as New Jersey and New York City wedding photographers when planning your big day!

ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS

Engagement photography sessions are great for a number of reasons. It not only provides you with great photos, it also allows you to use the images in a guest sign-in book, slideshows, save the date cards or simply beautifully framed art.

Also, the engagement photography session is a wonderful way to "break the ice" and get to know your wedding photographer on a personal level. It's a great time to build a relationship that will allow the photographer to capture natural and relaxed images.

We suggest selecting a location that is significant to you both, i.e, the spot where you got engaged or some other special place. As a general rule of thumb, wear solid colors as stripes and patterns tend to draw attention away from your face. If at all possible we try to schecule the engagement photography session 1.5 hours before sunset if your schedule permits. We do this to take advantage of the best light of the day. Finally, try to schedule the engagement session as far in advance as possible, preferably on a weekday as to avoid the crowds.

HAIR AND MAKEUP

In our experiences as professional New Jersey and New York City wedding photographers, the biggest delay that most brides encounter is hair and make-up. Try to schedule your hair and make-up to be done at least 1 hour before they actually need to be done. This allows for fun shots with the brides maids and for those timeless window light portraits once you're in your wedding gown.

FOR THE GROOM

It's your day too! If you have opted for a second wedding photographer, one will be with you for your prep. Be sure to wait until our associate arrives before you don your bow tie and blazer. 

TRANSPORTATION

Always double and triple confirm with your limo or classic car company the addresses, pick-up and drop-off times of those using said transportation. Drivers usually have other events other than yours, and for that reason will always rush the wedding photographer, especially if there is travel required for the family formal photos.

FIRST LOOK

If applicable, 20 to 30 minutes should be allotted for the first look. Even though the actual moment will only last about 5-10 minutes we like to get a a quick photo session of the couple right after. At this point, if the schedule permits, many couples like to do the bulk of the family formals. If that is the case, an additional 45 minutes should be allotted.

AT THE CEREMONY

If your ceremony will take place at a place of worship, it's a good idea to check with your officiant on flash use regulations. Even though our professional photo gear is suitable for low light photography and videography, it's always good to know as some venues are super strict on this policy. If you decide on having additional family formal photos at the place of worship, please keep in mind to set aside extra time for this as well as for your receiving line. This could not be stressed enough for weddings taking place in the late fall and winter months, as the sun tends to set much earlier than in the spring and summer. 

ORGANIZING FAMILY FORMAL PHOTOS

It is always a good idea to appoint someone to gather up the important players at the family formals. Be one step ahead and inform the family members participating with an e-mail, a note or a phone call to let them know how much you want them to be a part of this special moment. The family formaIs usually take about 45 minutes to an hour. If the photo session will take place on grass try to bring a set of heel savers. These are not only great for keeping you from sinking in the grass, but will also keep your heels clean!

RECEPTION

Have a blast! It's your time to shine and let loose! Two things come to mind during your reception. Let your maitre d' know that you would like for the photographers to be served at the same time as you. This way there is no time lost waiting for the photographers to finish their meal. Second, if you are thinking of having table photos, please note that these could take up to an hour or more to complete. It is rare that we find all guests assigned to a specific table together at once. We suggest a more candid approach as you go visiting each table.

I hope these tips will help make your wedding day go smoothly and as stress free as possible!

FAQ

Do you deliver every image you shoot? No we do not. We eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions and other images that may dilute the overall product delivery.

Does your studio provide videography services? Yes. You can see samples of our beautiful Cinema Reels on the CINEMA tab of the website.

Do you do destination weddings? Yes. Our destination wedding photography packages are simply our standard packages plus the cost of travel and reasonable accommodations if necessary.

Have you shot at my venue before? We have shot at many venues. If I have not however, I’ll be sure to perform a thorough review with you prior to your wedding day.

Who will be shooting my wedding? Jorge Garcia will be your photographer with an associate photographer if you include one in your package. We do not double book.

Do you provide partial day coverage? Yes. That package only includes one photographer for 6 hours. Please contact us for more details.

Do you touch up all the images on our image DVD? Yes. All images are post produced to include basic color correction, exposure adjustments and basic clean up if needed.

How many hours do you suggest we set aside for wedding day photos? We like to suggest at least an hour for each part of the day. For example, getting ready, couples/bridal party session, family formals. We're also big believers in the “first look” session. This can take place before your ceremony therefore freeing you up to enjoy a receiving line after your ceremony and the cocktail hour.

When can we expect to see our photo’s from our engagement session? Engagement photos are usually delivered within 2 weeks to a password protected online gallery.

When should we do our engagement session? We suggest no later than eight weeks prior to your wedding to allow time for post processing of the photos.

Can we schedule our engagement session for the weekend? We can tentatively schedule your engagement shoot on a weekend, however, if a wedding is scheduled for that weekend we may have to reschedule. Weekdays are best since locations are less crowded.

How many images do you typically deliver from and engagement session? From a wedding? We typically deliver anywhere from 80-150 images per 90 minute engagement shoot and for weddings we deliver approximately 700 to 800 images.

What size can we print our photos up to with our full resolution image DVD? In most cases, you can print your photo’s up to 20×30 without any quality loss.

What rights do I have to the digital prints? You have the right to reprint images whenever you want, wherever you want.

Do you provide the digital negatives after the shoot? Yes. All of our packages include high-resolution JPGS.

How long does it take to get my prints? Print orders will be completed within four weeks after the product order is submitted.

How long does it take to get my album? As with our other products, production times vary. However you can expect to receive your album 4-6 weeks after placing the order. The process before placing the order varies in duration depending on how quickly you respond to the instructions for the album design as well as the amount of changes you request after the initial designs. Some brides complete this within a month or two, others take over a year.

What type of camera/equipment do you use? I use Canon with top of the line lenses for the best dynamic range. 

Do you backup our images? How can we ensure that our images won’t be lost? Yes, all images are backed up to three different drives and are stored for a period of 1 year. It is highly recommended that once you receive your photo disc or thumb drive that you back them up.

Do you have Liability Insurance? Yes, for up to $2,000,000.00

We’re really busy and won’t be able to meet. What are our other options? We are available for teleconference over Skype or Apple Face-Time.

Do you travel to meet clients? Yes, we can choose a location that is within reasonable distance from each other.

How do I set up an appointment to meet you in person and see some of your work? Please visit the contact page to place an inquiry or call us right now at 201-923-9284.

How do I reserve you for my date? Once we receive your signed contract and deposit your date is locked.

What if we exceed our contracted time for our wedding day coverage? Overtime rates are charged at $200.00 per hour.

Is there an additional fee if we pay via credit card? Yes. The credit card processing fee is 1.5% of the total package price.

If we cancel the wedding will we receive our deposit back? Unfortunately no. Deposits are used to hold the date and chances of booking the date are slim.

If we change our wedding to a different date will we be able to use our deposit towards a future date? Yes, as long as our schedule permits.

Are there travel fees associated with the Engagement Session and/or Wedding Day shoot(s)? For all weddings and engagement sessions, the first 60 miles round trip of travel are included or thirty miles each way. All miles in excess of sixty miles round trip or thirty miles each way is charged at $2.00 per mile.

Do you offer any discounts on weddings during the offseason? Yes, off season is considered December through February. Please contact us for details.

When will we receive our finished video?  Three to four months is a pretty good estimate.

Can you explain what videos we'll be receiving? The first is the highlight reel, which is a cinematic portrayal of all the important details of your wedding day, condensed into a few minutes and set to music. This is the video that most couples post online to share with friends and family. The second is your entire wedding day condensed into 30-60 minutes and includes preparations, ceremony, edited from multiple cameras, with no music or effects added. You will also find your reception which includes (when applicable) Grand Entrance, First Dance, Toasts, Father-Daughter/Mother-Son Dances, Cake Cutting, and Bouquet/Garter Toss.

How long will the videos be? The length of the highlight reel is approximately 4-6 minutes. The lenght of the ceremony video depends on the hours of coverage and are usually between 30 and 60 minutes max.

Do you use licensed music in your videos? Yes. The music we use in the Cinema Reels is fully licensed. We have a variety of sources that offer affordable licensing packages.

Are you going to use lights? The equipment we use is well-suited for low light conditions. You can expect additional lighting at the reception to bring up the light levels that are common in these halls.

How many cameras will be recording at the ceremony? It depends on a few factors, but the minimum is two different cameras. When possible, we find three to be ideal. Aslo keep in mind that hiring two videographers allows us to cover various angles as well as offer drone service.

INVESTMENT

A photographer is one of the most important parts of your wedding celebration because you will have the photographs as your wedding memories for the rest of your life. There are many factors that determine the right wedding photography prices for our packages, so we believe it's best to set up a consultation to really know what all the numbers on a price list mean. As a guideline, photography packages start at $2000 and top out at $3500. If you require wedding photography and cinematography, we can combine services for percentage discounts.

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