Wedding Photography FAQs
So Guys, We often get asked so many amazing Questions about Wedding Photography such as; about our work, our wedding packages, who we are, and so we thought it was time to pen down all those amazing Qs as and when we got asked throughout our wedding Journey. If you still find your Questions Un-answered, do get in touch with us, and we will be glad to help you out.
Q.1 What are you starting packages like
Q.2 Where are you based? Do you cover Wedding Photography also, and what Differentiates you from the rest ?
Q.3 What is your Photography Style?
Q.4 Can I see your wedding work from start to finish ?
Q.5 Do you deliver or can i have access to all the pictures from the event you shoot of my wedding ?
Q.6 Does North Water Star do Destination Weddings? What are the additional costs associated with it if there are any ?
Q.7 What does it mean when photographers say they color correct all images prior to delivery of wedding photographs ?
Q.8 When can we expect to see our photographs from our wedding session ? What about Coffee Book Delivery Timelines ?
Q.9 What about Coffee Books, whom do you vendor from and what are the Delivery Timelines ?
Q.10 Who chooses the photographs in the album ?
Q.11 How many images do you typically deliver from a wedding session ?
Q:12 Do you take getting-ready shots? Do you shoot in B&W ? Do you shoot RAW ?
Q:13 Who has the usage rights to my wedding images ?
Q.14 How many members are there in your team, will they be enough to cover a large scale wedding ?
Q:15 Are your wedding packages negotiable? I love your work but can’t seem to afford you.
Q:16 What are your wedding photography shoot times during a wedding? Do you work a certain number of hours or is there a maximum?
Q:17 My wedding is 6 months later or next year, why do I need to book you so early then ?
What are you starting packages like ?
A: We start at about INR 1,00,000 and it can go to as much as 4.5-5.0L which all depends upon number of Guests, number of coffee books requested, how many days is the wedding function, how many photographers will be required and so forth. The Average is about 1.8-3.5L exclusive of taxes.
Where are you based? Do you cover Wedding Photography also, and what Differentiates you from the rest
A: Well, North Water Star was born in Orlando, Florida. I was an Undergraduate studying and while I took up photography, I simply loved making people look good and those amazing likes they would receive on Facebook. More the Likes, More the Motivation to even do better. Guess, the desire just kept growing. We are based out of Bangalore, India. As a Founding Member of the company, I am also an Airline Pilot flying for DHL Blue Dart and I travel all over the world for many assignments. My assignments can be for Shoots, Travels, Wedding Gigs, EDM Festivals or Corporate Shoots. For your Wedding, our team is ever go ready to fly down and shoot your most beautiful day. We love to travel and we generally arrive at least the day before the event to help ensure that unexpected travel delays do not make me late or miss your big day. Let us know where you are and we’ll figure out the best way to get me out to you.
Yes; As Mentioned, we do cover Wedding Photography too. We believe that when you hire a professional wedding photographer, you deserve a professional that is able to use their technological expertise and creative vision to create a product that clients and amateur photographers could not on their own. With digital SLR cameras becoming more and more affordable, there are many amateur photographers out there posing as professionals. Our goal is to educate our clients on the differences, and provide artistic imagery that far surpasses other top notch wedding photography studios.
What is your Photography Style?
A: At North Water Star, we love darkness and its through darkness that we have created magic. Photography involves lighting, angles and thus we have developed that love towards it by fine-art and fashion photography. We love using creative lighting, angles, varied compositions and then our post production involves high degree of artistic value. We are blessed by some top notch photographers around the world that share their knowledge and help us become better. Great learning comes with sharing. We pride ourselves on not just being photographers, but rather artists creating unique and a worldly image. We shoot with Nikon Flagship bodies that are in built with superb low-light performance and nikon lenses with maximum apertures. We also have Profoto Lighting Tools – Used by Top Notch Fashion Photographers to create stunning images. Lighting is never a problem with us.
Can I see your wedding work from start to finish?
A: Absolutely, we love to. In fact we stress on all potential clients to check any photographer they hire their full wedding work because most of the time, the best of the best images are put up on their website and that sometimes may not be consistent to true imagery. This practice is highly recommended. We also want to stress that we do understand all photographers put up their best shots from each wedding on their websites so it’s hard to determine how well he or she will perform on the wedding day. If you would love to see our work, shoot us an email and we will send you a gallery link of any wedding we have shot and featured on our website.
Do you deliver or can i have access to all the pictures from the event you shoot of my wedding?
A: 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. For example, because we shoot with maximum apertures, sometimes we take a few extra shots to make sure we have the perfect focus. We don’t expect you to have the expertise or the time to zoom into each image to select the one with the sharpest focus, so we spend hours doing that on our end. In another example, candid laughs and emotional tears are some of the best images from the day. Unfortunately, they can also yield some unflattering facial expressions. We might snap a few extras of any of these moments to make sure we have a great shot with the ideal expression for the moment. With our expertise if processing millions of images each year, we may eliminate ones that we feel are duplicates and only deliver the best one.
Does North Water Star do Destination Weddings? What are the additional costs associated with it if there are any?
A. We serve clients all around the world. Our destination wedding photography packages are simply our standard packages plus the cost of travel and reasonable accommodations if necessary. Basically, we love shooting and we are only worried about the travel and stay, otherwise pictures shot at any destinations doesn’t matter. So the cost is simply a reflective of when you book us so can grab that amazing discounts on early bird tickets to your destination. Also, its important that couples that do go for such beautiful places came back with amazing images and that’s why we are here for you. We also do honey-moon destination wedding photography.
What does it mean when photographers say they color correct all images prior to delivery of wedding photographs?
A: It means every image we deliver is post produced with our unique style of post production inputs. This involves color correction, exposure adjustment, selective black and white processing, clarity adjustments, tone-mapping, and other corrections. Many photographers will not post produce any, or will only post produce “select” images from your wedding. This means that you may have pictures that are too dark, have strange skin tones, or other common photography flaws. We spend hours editing because we look at these pictures that will go on a coffee book and will remain with you for a lifetime. Its important that we put our thoughts to creating beautiful, well edited composed images.
When can we expect to see our photographs from our wedding session ? What about Coffee Book Delivery Timelines ?
A: Post production for engagement sessions are completed within four – eight weeks after the date of the shoot. If you require the images to be completed prior to four weeks after the date of the shoot, a rush-process fee of INR 20,000.00 will be charged. Timelines are based on the scale of weddings as some weddings are just a day, some are a two day affair and some go on to about four – five days. We will let you know exactly the delivery timeline before you book us if you have any Questions on that.
What about Coffee Books, whom do you vendor from and what are the Delivery Timelines?
Our Books are Published from Seattle (Blurb) or France (Kiss Books). Since we get huge discounts on shipping, and the Quality is far superior than at the moment coffee book production houses in India, we decided to use their services. Also we do present the album options to you after the edited images are sent out to you, and upon final payment, the album will take another 2-3 weeks to reach your doorstep.
Who chooses the photographs in the album ?
A: I offer you a chance to pick a selection of photos that you must have in the album. This can be anywhere from 0 to the entire album. However, I do advise that you let me choose the majority of the photos for the album since I will use my best judgment to select the best and more relevant photos to tell the story of your wedding day. One of the top reasons, couples often times say they haven’t ordered the albums from their photographers is because they haven’t gotten around to choosing the pictures for the album.
How many images do you typically deliver from a wedding session ?
A: That is a great Question. On average, we deliver anywhere between 300-600 images from a two day wedding, and between 500-800 images from a three day wedding. We end up shooting thousands but there will pictures which are badly lit, or there is an obstacle in the frame or even bad expressions. As a result, when we come back from a wedding, we put the images through a workflow system; a process of Pruning, Batching, Editing, Processing and then Organizing takes place. It’s a very refined process and the images that comes out are beautiful and to keep.
Plus, when there are good photographs in that bunch, we love to give it out. We in fact under-quote and over deliver so many times. So Many of our Clients have gotten more than what we had promised them. If for example, we promised you 600 images, and there are 10 really good ones additionally, we will not keep it away from you. We will deliver that extra 10. We just want you to trust us when you hire us for your wedding. We will deliver wedding memories that you will recommend us to many more.
Do you take getting-ready shots? Do you shoot in B&W ? Do you shoot RAW ?
A: These are some of my favorite photographs to capture. The energy and excitement of everyone moving about is there, but I can also capture the calm and solemn moments when the bride and groom think about their wedding vows, the friends and family around them, and everything leading up to and away from this moment. I love B&W photographs. There is something so timeless about them. Since I shoot digital, this allows me to decide after the fact whether I want to process the image in B&W or Color. However, I generally shoot the image with a color preference in mind based on what I am seeing.
Yes. RAW allows me to get the best quality and image detail when I am processing the photos.
Who has the usage rights to my wedding images?
You have the right to reprint images whenever you want, wherever you want. However you may not sell your images for a profit or publish your images without the written consent of North Water Star Photography. Basically, in other words to rephrase it better; you own the full usage rights to your wedding photos for non-commercial use which also means you can do whatever you want with your wedding photos (printing more coffee books on your terms, sending it out for prints, or to your family and relatives, or sharing it online). North Water Star will also use your wedding images for awards contest photography if your image stands out for award winning category and we will definitely intimate you if that happens. As the photographer, I will own the ‘copyright’ to the photographs, which means I own the author rights to the photograph.
How many members are there in your team, will they be enough to cover a large scale wedding ?
A. The Short answer is, we can bring as many as the wedding requires. We based this estimate on the number of guests coming to your wedding and accordingly decide how many are required. Sometimes, we do bring Interns on board as they may be new recruits for the North Water Star Team and they too can get a hand on exposure on Indian Weddings but be rest assured, Pulkesin will be there for your wedding with his team.
Are your wedding packages negotiable? I love your work but can’t seem to afford you.?
A: Thank you for the wonderful compliment. We do understand that there are so many things to take care of and some are more complex than the others. However, North Water Star is a luxury brand of art and we do bring the best work forward. It takes a lot of effort to deliver quality photographs like what you see on our Portfolio and I am sure if you would want to buy the best of everything for yourself and all of it does come at a price. And so does Photography. We have seen and heard numerous clients walk away from us or a few good photographers we know, hiring someone else who gave them a better deal for a lower cost and then come back to us months later regretting to go with them. As we stated earlier, have a look at the work of the photographer in detail, even if it means seeing their entire wedding album pictures and stress on it. Good Photographers never shy away from showing their work.
What are your wedding photography shoot times during a wedding? Do you work a certain number of hours or is there a maximum?
A: We do not believe in setting a limit on the number of hours We will be available to you during a wedding and delays can happen and as such from experience shooting Indian weddings, they don’t usually run on schedule (but we have experienced on time weddings too). We understand that is part and parcel of it and so we will stay back and be there for you. Of course you must appreciate that photography requires effort to create and human endurance does play a factor here for all of us. We do dedicate a lot of time resting prior to your big day so that we can counter delays with ease but grave yard hours (2am-5am) is a challenging aspect for many individuals as performances can dip so knowing prior that weddings are happening during these hours helps us prepare for them better rather than going into a long delay.
My wedding is 6 months later or next year, why do I need to book you so early then?
A: Wedding Photography like everything else is associated with Wedding Planner, the venue itself, the decorators, the planners and the caterers – which is a commodity that gets booked months in advance. The Months between November to February gets booked very quickly for Indian Weddings especially. There will be a photographer that so many people would love to work with and they get booked months in advance because they just KNOW that nobody else will do a better job than them. Booking your dates as early as possible guarantees you that. We definitely get booked 7 months in advance.
Where has your work been featured?
A: Over time, our work has been featured in magazines and publications and along the way media platforms. To name a few, we are listed on premium vendors website like wedmegood.com, shaadisaga.com and Plan your Wedding Magazine Publications. We have also been Featured on Tamron too. We believe great works will always be recognized over time and we just to have keep working hard to make amazing images.