1. How many weddings do you book a year?
We only take a limited number of commissions per year. This insures that each of our clients receive the proper attention to detail from start to finish. Our goal is to finish processing and deliver final products within three to four weeks of the wedding.
2. Do you travel for Weddings & Portrait Sessions?
We are Raleigh based wedding photographers that travel all over the US and absolutely love visiting new places. We have had commissions in Ohio, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia just to name a few. For out-of-state weddings and projects, we provide a custom travel expense quote to the client that is incorporated into the final package value. Travel quotes cover two round trip airfares, car rental (if need be), gas/toll, and hotel rental (for each day we’re working). The travel quote can vary from $200 to $1,000 depending on the location we are required to travel to and the time of year we’re traveling.
3. What is the investment required for commissioning S2S Photography and how is pricing structured?
We have based our pricing on an “a la carte” system and packages are completely customizable. We realize that our clients are unique individuals and that their packages should fit their needs. Our collections start off at $3,100. For more information on pricing, please contact us with an official inquiry.
4. What is required to book my date?
We require a retainer of 60% of total package value to book your date. The final 40% is due 4 weeks prior to the wedding date. Please remember that dates are limited. They are first-come, first-serve – upon the receipt of a contract and retainer.
5. How many images do you end up with for most weddings?
We average around 250 to 450 final images per day. A lot of our weddings are multiple day affairs, so a DVD of a 3 day wedding would have anywhere from 750 to 1,350 final images. It all depends on the nature of the wedding.
6. Do we get the high-resolution files?
All packages include a DVD of high-resolution images. There is no proofing stage. Everything that meets our standards is fully processed and creatively developed. By skipping the whole proofing stage, we save our clients the headache of having to sit down to pick and choose. This also saves us time and helps expedite the final delivery process. Images are selected and edited at our discretion. We reserve the right to edit and release only those images deemed credible as professional in quality and within the Photographers’ artistic standards.
7. How many photographers are there at the weddings?
There are almost always two photographers at all events. This allows us to capture details, formals, candid moments, and other important compositions from multiple angles and minimizes the chance of us missing something important.
8. How are portrait and formal session timings handled during the wedding day?
For the couple’s private session, we highly recommend putting aside at least one hour. We provide very artistic imagery and to be able to do the work we do, we need time. Posing, moving around on location, dealing with lighting, and getting a variety of compositions requires us to have sufficient time with the couple. As far as family group formals, we suggest that the client leave ample time for them after the ceremony. When scheduling the day, take into consideration the size of the bridal party and family – larger groups take longer to photograph.
9. What can clients do to facilitate logistics in regards to photography running smoothly?
Taking the time out to make lists of who is important to photograph and what group combinations for formals are significant saves a lot of time on the wedding day. For clients having large weddings, it is a great idea to have one family member responsible for helping out with group formals by gathering all of the important guests and family members.
10. For South Asian weddings, some of the events are for women only. What do you do if the client wants these events to be photographed?
Usually, we exit these private moments if we are asked to as some clients choose total privacy. If the clients require photography during these events, then Mahroo stays and provides coverage. If photographed, pictures of these moments are handled and processed by Mahroo only. Moreover, out of respect for the clients, these images are never used in portfolio material, be it online or printed.