PHOTOGRAPHY SERVISE FAQ
Firstly, it is hard to find anyone better than me. *smile* Jokes aside, Hiring a talented friend to handle catering, music, video or any other part of your wedding could be a good way to spare your budget. However, professional photography delivers more than just a chronological series of clips from your wedding. Professional photographers know how to set up artistic shots, shoot in challenging conditions, skilfully conduct important interviews, and remain unobtrusive so we don’t disrupt the natural flow of the day’s events. Friends treat your wedding day like a celebration and not a working day. It is easier and more comfortable to discuss the stages of the day, moments needed to be photographed with professional than with a friend who is making a favour. So, what you pay for is a professionally shot, as well as the peace of mind that no important moments will be botched or missed while you enjoy the Big Day.
There are plenty talented photographers that are absolutely awesome and if I would have to choose one for myself I would definitely be in troubles. The best way to decide if this person the right one is to ask for the whole portfolio of a full day wedding, starting from bridal preparation till midnight fireworks. Most photographers only show you the work they want you to see but you need to see all of the shots they take — not just their favourite ones. Almost every competent photographer is capable of making a great picture from time to time. What’s much more important is how consistently they take great pictures, not to mention how well they work under the pressure. So don’t start looking at their prices first (although it is also quite important) but pay attention at consistent photo quality, skilled technical composition, thoughtful storytelling and sociable personality. When choosing the photographer you need to take everything into consideration to see the whole picture: check IG account, Facebook, website, portfolio, check how often does the photographer shoots wedding or events of your type. It goes without saying, that you just need to like the style of pictures, the way he or she sees the world, the way he or she communicates (as you need to spend lots of hours together you need to feel comfortable), the way he or she composes the picture, the colour scheme. And maybe your gut feeling will also give you some important recommendation while choosing the right person to be a part of your day.
This is probably the most common question about wedding photography i guess. It is difficult to say how much do you have to invest in your wedding photographer as only few of them show their prices on public. This is because every wedding is different and most of us customise packages to suit every couple. Just don’t forget that a quoted price is very often just a start of coverage and you may get a lot of extras that will raise up the cost. The different prices between photographers reflect their qualification, experience, skill and style and of course the quality of a product and level of service.
It is true, wedding photography is a costly affair. I will try to explain why. Have you ever thought what is the price of a wedding photographer may include? Professionals use the highest quality equipment, materials and labs. For example, our cameras and lenses costs tens of thousands of CHF and need to be maintained and/or replaced regularly. Same as high powered computers, external drives and memory cards. As wedding photography is a highly skilled job, it requires the years of training and experience. For that we have to attend different workshops and masterclasses that are not cheap as well. You may only see your photographer for 10-15 hours before, during and after the wedding but this is usually a small part of the total time spent in creating your beautiful images. We spent hours, days or even weeks, editing, processing and retouching pictures, custom designing album layouts, preparing and manipulating photos for printing etc. The total time spent may end up being excess of 50-70 hours.
To eliminate this confusion i have combined the most desirable products into simple collections that start at CHF 990.- Packages are customisable so you can get just the right coverage for your budget, and every package includes the high resolution images from your wedding that you can print as much from as you like. Your images are displayed on a free on-line gallery and Full Hi-Resolution files are downloadable from any location and can be shared by your friends and family where ever they may be. All pictures are in colour and in black and white stored on a wooden USB in a handmade box with some of your favourite images printed and framed with some handmade passepartouts.
Successful photographers tend to fill their diaries quickly. For that reason, it’s sensible to get in touch with me around 12-18 months in advance to avoid any disappointment. If your wedding date has a magical touch and popular among couple (e.g. like October, 10 or similar) – it is better to reserve up to 2 years in advance. The earlier you book, the more chances to have the photographer you like and not to compromise choosing the one who is free.
So we have reserved our wedding with you, what are the next steps?
After you have decided for how many hours do you need me to cover your wedding day, we organise a personal get to know meeting (or alternatively a Skype session)
where I show you my photo galleries and answer all your questions regarding weddings. I have a huge experience in this area, not because I like my couples and to be involved in the planning process, I was a part of many beautiful wedding days and each had something special about it. I know a lot and I am happy to share my knowledge and experience with you. It is also helpful in case your wedding location is new to me, if our first meeting will take place there so I could have a proper look at the venue and evaluate the advantages and technical possibilities of the place. However, I am flexible and we can have a meeting at any other place of your choice.
I love simplicity, natural light and pure emotions and I think that those three factors make the photograph an unforgettable one. That is why I mainly focus on couples, weddings, families and portraits – they are always full of emotions, you just need to be ready to see it in every client. And I usually do… If we speak about weddings,I cover it in a journalistic style but as wedding day can be long and some parts of it are very different from each other, I do change my genre as well. For example, if a day starts with a “bride getting ready” part I will capture it in a very sensual and romantic way, preserving all the details. Posed family photos will be made as a quick and easy portrait session. The rest of the day I prefer to photograph discreetly the way it was, storytelling the most beautiful day for you and your generations in a journalistic manner, keeping all your details and emotions alive.
I specialise in all kinds of weddings different in size, colour theme, nationality, and confession. I do not discriminate in any way, and my goal is just to make sure you record the event with stunning photography. I am very curious myself so it is always a great chance for me to learn something new during multicultural and international events and I appreciate this experience very much.
I live in Switzerland since 2005 and based in Zug, so most of my clients are from the German speaking part of the country. Being a person who loves to travel and always get excited and inspired by new places and locations I am easy and flexible to follow my clients’ dream and will happily join you in any adventures route. Just let me know where are we going and I am already packing the suitcase!
Sure, I’m happy to send reviews and testimonials from my previous clients as I love to keep their “thank you cards”. However, the images published on this site or in my portfolio should speak for themselves.
We are living in the world of smartphones and I am totally fine with it. Ideally, people just need to make sure they don’t cause any disruption. If guests stay out of my way and don’t make my job difficult, they can do whatever they like! It’s your wedding!
I photograph with two full format cameras Nikon D800 with high end professional lenses: Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8, Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 and Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8.I am also a proud owner of a middle format analog camera Contax 645 with Carl Zeiss 80mm lens.
Yes, most of the time i do, but as a part of additional services i offer to people film (analogue) photography as well. No, film photography is not the same as videography (people tend to be confusing those two), it is old school photography with film rolls (yes, yes, like your grandfather did) that came back to trend and in a high demand in USA and Europe at the moment.
As i like this romantic and natural style, that is also aesthetically soft and dreamy, i found out that using film achieves the results i was looking for in my fine art portraits. Besides that magical quality of exposing an image on a negative and waiting for it to be developed into a tangible photograph, it possesses even more magic in the way it renders light. Simply, film creates the images i love. In addition, film photographers are automatically guaranteed to be expert image makers. We have to get it exactly right in camera, which means there is a great amount of knowledge and experience required. Basically, film photographers really know and understand their craft, whereas digital photographers can rely on looking at their images instantly to correct it.
I am able to understand and appreciate each format for its greatest strengths, and use them appropriately. Film is fantastic for the fine art portraits and details, and especially when there is an abundance of natural light. However, digital cameras are great for the faster paced scenarios and low lit scenes. I love to use my digital cameras in dark churches and indoor receptions because often those moments are going so fast, i don’t want to miss a beat.
As an experienced wedding photographer I usually know which details and what kind of pictures clients normally need, but of course there is always something special that you might want to have. So sure we could discuss that and I will happily follow your instructions!
Yes! My goal is to provide you with the best set of wedding photos imaginable. That usually includes everything from the moment you arrive at the ceremony or bride getting ready until you cut the cake, dance and enjoy the fireworks. So even if you have a smaller package it is always possible for me to prolong my services. And being a sweet tooth i like to stay till the end as i know i will get a little piece of wedding cake as well! 🙂
While your wedding ceremony photographs might become the most important, taking images of people dancing is one of the best things about the job for me. I always manage to capture some funny moments.
I usually photograph events on my own, but would suggest a second shooter for a larger weddings. Having a second shooter also ensures we capture every moment of your day. It helps me focus on specific moments while adding a different perspective.
If by any chance I couldn’t make it to the wedding and take the pictures due to a sickness or some other bad reasons, I have a network of wedding photographers I can call to in case of an emergency.
Fill in the contact questionnaire or send me an email with the date and telling me a little about yourselves and your wedding. I will be pleased to know what you expect from me and what idea you have in mind for your wedding. I will look into availability for your wedding date and I will get in touch with you. A 25% deposit and signed contract locks in your date.
Firstly, it is hard to find anyone better than me. *smile* Jokes aside, Hiring a talented friend to handle catering, music, video or any other part of your wedding could be a good way to spare your budget. However, professional photography delivers more than just a chronological series of clips from your wedding. Professional photographers know how to set up artistic shots, shoot in challenging conditions, skillfully conduct important interviews, and remain unobtrusive so we don’t disrupt the natural flow of the day’s events. Friends treat your wedding day like a celebration and not a working day. It is easier and more comfortable to discuss the stages of the day, moments needed to be photographed with professional than with a friend who is making a favor. So, what you pay for is a professionally shot, as well as the peace of mind that no important moments will be botched or missed while you enjoy the Big Day.
Once you have signed the contract, I will book the date for you only and I will not accept other events for that day. For this reason, the first deposit is non-refundable. Nonetheless, we can always change the booking to another date depending on availability.
After you have decided for how many hours do you need me to cover your wedding day, we organise a personal get to know meeting (or alternatively a Skype session)where I show you my photo galleries and answer all your questions regarding weddings. I have a huge experience in this area, not because I like my couples and to be involved in the planning process, I was a part of many beautiful wedding days and each had something special about it. I know a lot and I am happy to share my knowledge and experience with you. It is also helpful in case your wedding location is new to me, if our first meeting will take place there so I could have a proper look at the venue and evaluate the advantages and technical possibilities of the place. However, I am flexible and we can have a meeting at any other place of your choice.
I go home and get some rest! ))) Usually I ask my clients already at our “first date” if they would like to choose the images for final editing themselves or they would like me to do that. So depending on this decision the process of selection is starting. Normally you get your online password protected gallery with edited images in colour within 4-6 weeks (some images for your urgent needs like sending “thank you” cards I can prepare earlier). This web gallery is a very easy to use and share with your relatives and guests, all you have to do is provide the password and downloading PIN to anyone who you want to be able to view the images. Additionally I prepare all these pictures in black and white and you will get it on USB stick that I send as your own back up in a beautiful box.
Yes, absolutely. No single watermark. All pictures will be in “ready to print” size and in a high resolution (300ppi).
The quantity of taken photographs depends on many factors – the number of guests, hours of coverage, event’s type and so on. Usually it is between 75-100 images per hour.
You will get your pictures through a digital and password protected web gallery in a ready-to-print size without any watermarks. This gallery is made for professional photographers and has a possibility to download, share and choose images for you and your guests – they all can choose any picture they want. Unlike some other wedding photographers I don’t charge extra for that.
I would never post any images on my website or Instagramaccount without first getting your permission. But if I do post your pictures that is mean that I am proud of the result and happy to show how beautiful your wedding was, to give it as an example for my happy couples that might be in search of which style they like and how they want their wedding day to look like. You shouldn’t be worried about me selling you pictures somewhere it is just impossible )))
As I have said earlier, the investment in a good photographer and the right photographer is money well spent that is why a wedding album is important as well. You need to keep your memories that were prepared with a lot of love by you and captured by professional in a proper way. I have several companies for different budgets that I am working with so I am more than happy to help you with that choice.
No. I have plenty of other inquiries like maternity sessions, families and kids, corporate portraits, engagements, couple shoots, boudoirs and any other events and occasions.