How many hours do you think we should hire you?
It really depends upon the size of your wedding and what you want to accomplish with your wedding photos. Some couples only need us for a few hours while others really value every moment being captured. We can stay until the very end, it's all up to you! What I recommend is that we start during the getting ready and end up to the cake cutting or bouquet toss - this is about 8-10 hours coverage.
If you are in a tight budget, please consider the one pro photographer package. A professional wedding photographer knows the ins and outs of their camera. They have the skills and knowledge to capture your memories in the best quality photographs possible. We will capture the mood of your big day and present it to you in a stylish and pleasing way. Something that you can enjoy for a lifetime. Remember, this is your wedding day. Please don't settle for less!
What locations do you service?
We can travel anywhere in the Bay Area and surrounding areas, at least within 2 hour radius from our location. We would also gladly accept weddings throughout California or any states, travel and accommodation expenses will be added to your package.
What is your pricing?
Our rates and packages vary by hours and location. For a customized quote, fill out this wedding photography inquiry or shoot me an email and I will send you the information and option of packages that you need.
How would you describe your style of photography?
I like covering weddings in a documentary style. This means, I will follow you throughout the wedding day to capture the beauty and emotion of the day-- in the small moment and personal touches, as well as the big, dramatic events. Something that is full of life, is not static or one dimensional. We hope to capture moments and memories, not a precisely composed image that is held in place. I also would like to have a 15-30 minutes alone with the bride and groom and capture their moments.
Do you pose us?
Casually yes. But there's a difference between posing and directing. There's no room for authenticity when someone is telling you to move your head this way or that, turn your body slightly, smile a certain way, etc. It makes you feel nervous and sometimes not good enough. But when we get to direct you, we're not trying to get you to look a certain way, we're trying to help you express your authentic selves so we can capture who you are. As you move into a hug or walk hand in hand, you feel confident and beautiful as you experience love authentically. It's more enjoyable for everyone!
Don't worry I am very calm, no need to fret in front of my camera! For me all couples look beautiful!
Do you include family photos too?
Of course! My aim is to capture your moments of togetherness! I am not the kind of photographer that will pose your family like in a studio, and our time is very limited. We do not shoot many overly posed photographs on the wedding day. However, we feel it is important to have some casually and fun posed images with close family and friends. We usually take this photographs immediately following the ceremony, unless the bridal couple chooses a First Look. I have a softer way of speaking and instructing, so what I'd like to ask is to please designate a family member or two (one from the bride’s side and one from the groom’s side) to assist the photographer with your "must take list" - this is to keep things moving quickly and smoothly for the sake of strictly following the timeline. Since your photographer will most likely not know everyone, this person is key to efficient photos because they are able to gather these people around during the casually posed family photos.This is about 30 minutes or sometimes even more depending on the size of your family members. If clients wish to add extended family into the formals, we recommend an average of 3-4 minutes per additional grouping. One thing we stress is that everyone in the families (both sides) be ready to begin at the stated time otherwise the show must go on. To avoid wasting time searching for missing individuals, please communicate to those they would like to participate, that way they don’t miss photos and voyage off to cocktail hour.
Do you edit all your images?
Absolutely! We edit and color correct every image in our gallery. Our photos are an expression of who we are as artists and individuals.Our edits are required to create an image that's truly indicative of our style.
What's your style of editing?
Light and airy, not too saturated, soft and dreamy but sharp! About 10% or less of the images would be in black and white. The images in our portfolio and on our website will give you a good idea of what our editing looks like.
How many photos do we get from our wedding?
It depends on the number of hours of shooting, how big the wedding etc. There is no standard number, with a long day of shooting around 500-800 edited images.
Can we get all the images even the raw files?
Sorry, NO.Raw files are simply "straight out of the camera images" .
These files will need to be processed with a specialized post-production software and put through an editing process before they become the artistic wedding photos.
Fact is, those are not the photos you paid for, they are the equivalent of a rough draft. I will only release the finished product (in JPEG) which I used my talent and skill to transform into the images you will be proud to display in your wedding album.
Professional labs also do not print from RAW files. The acceptable file format for print is high resolution JPEG. That being said, rest assured though that all your great images are delivered to you! We are very generous with the quantity of photos we give to our clients. We hand pick the best for you, even the outtakes for fun you will get them too. The awkward mid-stride, eyes blinked, picking of the nose, etc..
I don't think so you want them! ;)
Do you print our photos?
I have chosen a trusted photo lab for your pictures and you can order online through your gallery. Standard sizes are very affordable! BUT you are not oblige to order in our photo lab and free to use any photo lab of your choice; your contract with us will serve as your PRINT RELEASE - for personal use.
How do we get our photos?
You will have a personal online gallery on my website where all your edited high resolution quality wedding photographs will be placed. This is an unlisted link that I will send to you via email. You can share this link, download all photos, and order prints. If you prefer to have a password protected gallery just let me know, and I will put a password on your online gallery. This is already unlisted, so only the people you shared the link with, will have an access to it. Your images will stay in our website for only a year so make sure to save and back up your precious images!
When do we book you?
ASAP. Most of our clients booked us within a year of their wedding date, sometimes as close as one-two months prior.. To be fair, I can't hold a date without a retainer fee and a signed contract. I accept bookings on a first signed/first served basis.
Do you work with an assistant or a second photographer?
Not all the time! I am able to work by myself and if your budget don't allow you to have a second photographer then you can choose the option without a second photographer. Whenever we're available you will have me or my daughter as the lead photographer! :)
What is the advantage of having a second photographer?
Sometimes the second photographer may have the best perspective which the lead photographer might have missed, and 50% more images. It is recommended to have two photographers to document a big event--great to get more angles, details, cover more guests and have different perspectives of the bride and groom during ceremony! No two photographers are created equally. With a second photographer at your wedding, you really are getting the benefit of two different photographers. Twice the experience, twice the creativity... everything coming from that second photographer is different than what you get from me. :)
What kind of equipments and gears do you use or carry during the wedding event?
I carry at least 2 bodies of full frame Sony cameras. Lenses I use range from high end Carl Zeiss and Minolta G lenses; prime lenses are my favorites for portraits! And of course, lots of extra--camera batteries and chargers, memory cards, external camera flashes and batteries.. But remember, you should be hiring a professional not because of the gears they use or how expensive their cameras are, anybody can just buy an expensive camera, but do they have a good eye? The impact of an image will still depend on the subject matter, the composition, and the light and most important - the vision of the photographer. For me, photographer's vision and creativity first, and then tools follow.
Can our relatives and friends take pictures too?
Of course! I am there to document your special day, including people taking their own photos :) but I just have one request-- to please not interfere with our duties. We cannot be held liable for lack of wedding photos if guests taking their own photos of the Clients continually interrupt with the photographer's work. In other words, guests should not be on our way! You have the option also to have an unplugged ceremony meaning-- no cellphone pictures or videos during the ceremony so you can see your guests faces and not hiding in their cellphones. You can request your officiant to say something like -- "Due to intimacy of the ceremony, please put your cellphones away and refrain from taking pictures and videos so you can fully enjoy this special moment. They hired a professional(s) and would gladly share the pictures with you all."
How do you work with a videographer?
Photographer and videographer working together means that we will be conscious of one another’s shots, and not step in the middle or block the lighting. As a professional, I am always considerate of the videographer — and hoping they will return the kindness too!
Be rest assured that we are courteous and considerate when shooting, guests and church officials will remember us for all the wrong reason if we are a distraction.
Whenever I shoot a wedding especially during ceremony, I am always very aware of my surroundings (that includes the videographer).. Although I constantly look for photo opportunities all the time, I try to blend into the background as well! I respect the view of the people in the front row like the families of the bride and groom and I try to avoid stepping in front of them especially during critical moments like saying of the vows and exchanging of rings. I generally try to get a spot in the aisle for these shots and that way I don’t obstruct anyone’s view. I never want to distract from the bride & groom on their special day and always make the best effort to try and maintain a respectable distance during the ceremony and move around discreetly without attracting too much attention.
Can we give you a "shot list"?
You can, but I prefer not. Let me explain. I generally capture images without prompting. If you'll provide me with a long list of shots, this will result in a lesser documentary coverage and more time spent rounding up guests to check the groupings off of your list. We don't want you to be stressed on your wedding day. Just provide me a copy of your wedding timeline and relax and leave the coverage to us! The only time you will need to gather your immediate family members is after the ceremony for family posed photos.
Do you have insurance?
Yes, we have a general liability insurance which most venues require. If you need a copy to submit to your venue, let me know ahead of time, at least 2 months in advance.
Do you shoot events outdoors or indoors?
Both. I love natural lighting outdoors; in low light situation indoors, we usually use an external flash if allowed, if not then we can use whatever available natural light inside. Rest assured we can still produce an outstanding images even in the dark! (A good example of this is a Catholic ceremony where they restrict the use of a camera flash).
All photographers like good lighting. Of course, me too! But if there's a bad light we don't let it stand on our way. We know how to create it, shape it, direct it, and conquer it!
Do you offer engagement sessions?
Of course! I love engagement sessions! This is the time I get to know a little bit of you guys before your big day and established a relationship where you can be confident on me capturing your big day.
Do you take "first look shots"?
Yes, but this is all up to you though. It's your choice! A First Look is when a bride and groom see one another before the wedding ceremony in a very special moment. No words can describe the tender emotions and reactions of that instant when the couple sees each other for the first time on the most important day of their love story. I so love capturing these beautiful unforgettable moments..
How long you've been a wedding photographer?
I've been capturing precious moments for over 20 years. My daughter and I started commercializing our talents as wedding photographers mid 2014. Our images speak volumes! Please kindly check our website page section - "About Us".
How many weddings do you shoot in a year?
On average at least 2 weddings a month and on a very busy months --one - two weddings a week (during wedding season the most)! My max in accepting weddings is only 2 weddings a week! A back to back weddings only happen a few times.. Considering most wedding coverage averages 8 hours, and I'm on my feet - walking, running, squatting and finding myself in all kinds of strange contortions to get your moments. I don't think so I am physically capable of more than 2 weddings a week! And I will not accept anything I am not capable of doing physically & emotionally.
Is this your full time job?
Yes. I am passionate about this and this is my only source of income.
Do we get the full copyrights of our images?
NO. “Copyright-describes the rights given to creators for their literary and artistic works." It's a law. BUT you will be granted the permission to print our images to any photo lab of your choice and share your photos.All of these are stated in our contact.
What's your turnaround - time for our photos?
A sneak peek is given in 2-5 days for weddings. Images from a full day wedding are available in 2-6 weeks. Images from Individual, Family & Engagement Session are available in 2-5 days. I know how excited you will be to see your photos after the wedding, so I am passionate about getting them to you promptly!
Why do wedding images take so long to deliver to us?
Let’s face it, sometimes good things take time!
There are a lot of factors that go into amazing images, and while a picture straight out of the camera can be nice, an edited image can be breathtaking! For us, we quote up to 6 weeks, but typically deliver your photos in 3 weeks or less! Depending on the number of weddings I had on that month. Again, I am passionate in getting them to you promptly!
What is your payment schedule?
A signed contract and a retainer fee of 1/3 of the package amount is due to hold and save your date. Your final balance is due 1-2 weeks before your wedding date. I will send you an email reminder when your payment is due. I do require a full payment before the event so you will just be concentrated to your event and not worry about forgetting to bring your check book!
Is the retainer fee refundable in case I cancel my wedding?
The retainer fee is non refundable. The retainer fee guarantees that I'll hold your date exclusively for you! And once you've signed the contract, I'll turn down all other inquiries for your wedding date.
Can I see a contract?
Yes! I'll be happy to show you via email what my standard contract looks like, you will be able to thoroughly review before you sign and put deposit.
Do we need to feed you at the reception?
It would be really kind if you do, but it's not a contracted requirement. Feeding us ensures we stay cheerful, mobile and that we don't faint! :) We prefer to be fed when you are fed, not afterwards because when you are eating, you and your guests are not at your most photogenic. This is just a 15-30 minute break! :)
What if you become sick during our wedding?
This has not happened to me, hope not! There are two possibilities in this situation, both of which are explained in my contract. The first is that I will make every effort to find a suitable replacement. I have a wide acquaintance with the talented and dedicated photography community in my area, and I am confident that I could find a replacement who would do an excellent job, with the same style as us and I'll send them to you! Images will still be under Labra Photography and I will edit them personally. My daughter and husband can also back up for me. The second option is-- if you don't wish me to find a replacement, I will refund all your payments so that you can make an alternate arrangements.
Do you make a wedding album?
Yes! While many programs offer DIY options in designing your own album, let your photographer design a customized layout that's distinctive and unique!
What mode of payment do you accept?
Cash, check or credit card via Paypal only.
Why is wedding photography so expensive?
It's a luxury service that you will get to enjoy and cherish the captured moments in your lifetime.. Wedding photography seems like easy money — work for one day and rake in the cash, right? Nahhh... :) Aside from carrying very expensive wedding gear, often I work 60-hour per wedding. The many, many edited images you'll get from us take several full days to edit. Add travel expenses, education training, insurance, taxes, software, advertising, repair, shipping, and office expenses, day care ..and I honestly end up making less than what other people think. And don't forget our creativity and talents -- in my opinion is priceless! ;)
Do you shoot other kinds of photography aside from weddings?
Yes, occasionally lifestyles such as family & individual portraits, birthdays, anniversaries and corporate events.
Do you post our pictures on social networks like Facebook or Instagram?
My attention is mostly on editing your images after the wedding, so I can give them to you promptly! If I am not busy, and my schedule is not that hectic, sometimes I love to share my work and post some images on Facebook or Instagram!
Do you offer discounts for off-season or non Saturday events?
Yes, occasionally discounts are available depending on the time of the year, my travel schedule and availability. If you have concerns about your budget please kindly let me know.