FAQ ABOUT OUR SUNRISE PORTRAIT SESSIONS
Whatever style you wish to have (and no matter the budget) the most important thing needed in your photographer is: trust. Trust that he or she can and will make you two look fantastic!
While some couples love being photographed and are quite comfortable in front of the camera, most couples are not. I hear this nearly every week with couples who explain that they are not models or have never been photographed professionally and are simply nervous about investing in a professional photographer. Truth be told, I also hate being photographed and the few times I have been professionally photographed - I hated it. Learning from those experiences have made me a better photographer as I can totally relate. Photographers can be quite arrogant in their approach - instead of listening to their clients worries, the are too busy with ordering couples around or doing the same approach over and over.
My approach is to encourage couples to express themselves naturally and to ignore the camera and to let me do all of the work. If that is still not working, no worries, I will take over and illustrate what works best for your body type, your face types, your clothing and yes how to work with the best light and locations. Usually after a few moments of capturing and illustrating what is working and what is not everyone is able to relax and enjoy themselves. This is especially important in those pre-wedding sessions. So no stress, no worries - once you realize you are in good hands - the real magic begins.
Sunrise sessions usually start at sunrise and are typically 2 or 4 hours. As the pace is set by you the number of locations are dependent on how you two feel. Locations are: the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square (with the Astronomical Clock) and then a return to the Charles Bridge as the light is completely different at that time. Time allowing you can also visit the riverside (a favorite of many) a local garden as well as Prague Castle if you have a longer session. And yes, we are creating many sessions that start 90 minutes before sunrise to capture some romantic night time images with the gas lamps and the empty streets. With all couples I will create a timeline that is based hypothetically on the amount of time you have ordered for your session.
HOW SOON BEFORE WE SEE THE RESULTS
Usually within 1-2 weeks (in summer months it may be 2-3 weeks) we will have an online gallery created where you can review and select your images. Upon receiving your list of selects we may do additional artistic enhancing and retouching to create a more creative & polished look. This may mean removing people, distractions (our lighting gear and assistants at times), adjusting or recreating those dramatic skies - again this is done at our discretion. Please note we do not do body modification. If you wish to have body modification work done to your images a price will be agreed upon in advance of the work. And no worries, I do offer a 100% satisfaction with this kind of work.
After your images are finalized we will then send via Drop Box your images with a copyright transfer allowing you to print your files as you see fit.
HOW DO I CREATE THE FILES?
As a professional photographer I only use Capture One Pro running 5K resolution monitors across my work stations. Capture One Pro is recognized by professional and studio photographers worldwide as the best photo editing software.
HOW LONG BEFORE YOU RECEIVE OUR FILES?
For smaller sessions we typically need 2-3 weeks to edit your session as well as create the look and style that I envision for you. For our couples who need express service we can provide this for an additional fee based on the timeline; please contact our team member for the rate and availability.
HOW MANY IMAGES ARE CAPTURED?
As I am more interested in creating quality images there really is no magic number for the amount of files created. I am however more keen on capturing real moments and so there are differences in the amount captured for each couple. For some couples who are very outgoing this may mean up to 50 images per hour, while others who need a bit of directed it can be roughly 30.
CAN YOU SHOOT VIDEO OF US DURING THE SESSION?
Sorry, I only capture and create photos. If you wish to have a reportage video captured of your session we can get you in contact with several very talented English speaking crews.
I can offer several tiers of products and based on your geographical location:
1. Fine Art Prints of your chosen images delivered to your homes ready for hanging
2. A Fine Art Album featuring your session
3. High Res Files of your selects and the entire collection
Or you can opt for a combination
Prices and options are provided upon request
More questions? No worries, we have answers.
LOCATIONS & TIMELINES
You can chose the locations or we can simply create a route that takes in the most beautiful locations in the time allotted with your input in mind. As Prague is very busy with tourists I am also very happy to show you locations that only those of us who have been living here for a long time know. These locations are also quite beautiful and are close enough for us to maximize the amount of locations visited. Please note that we usually do not pause the session coverage for new hair & makeup styles or simply to take breaks due to our crew being paid hourly for their services. However, if this is something that you desire and wish to have - especially for a new hair & makeup look - I may be able to offer a pause in our coverage for 100 EUR per hour.
DO WE NEED A CAR TO GET AROUND?
Truth be told, Prague is such a small and compact city that you actually see and experience more as opposed to sitting in traffic which is quite bad here. As such we do not recommend having a car and this is especially true for the smaller sunrise sessions as it is not feasible to be driven from the Charles Bridge to the Old Town and back in a reasonable amount of time. It is actually faster to walk this route. However, for those who truly wish to have a car and driver we can arrange this with several rental as well as Antique car companies.
ARE THERE DIFFERENCES IN WHICH DAYS TO BOOK?
Absolutely, the ideal time frames are from Sunday – Thursday. If you wish to visit one of Prague's paid gardens they are usually closed on Monday’s and do not open until 10 am.
WHEN TO BOOK YOUR SESSION?
As the summer months are always in demand it is best to book your session as much in advance as possible. We do require a signed contract and a retainer to ensure your date with us.
WINTER THEMED PORTRAIT OR LIFESTYLE SESSIONS
For those couples wishing to have a dreamy winter themed session – the best months are December – February. Though we can not guarantee the weather. Be warned that though these sessions are quite beautiful, the cold weather does slow us down considerably.
WHAT TO WEAR
Dark clothes are always a bad idea especially for the night time shooting. Loud patterns are also not a good idea as they distract. As fashion is truly subjective it is up to you. For our ladies wearing high heel shoes in Prague can also be quite demanding so please keep that in mind as the cobblestones of the Charles Bridge have happily eaten up a Manolo Blahniks and lesser priced shoes. It is best to take a comfortable pair of walking shoes. For couples who are to wear their wedding gowns we also recommend having a bag to carry your high heels as it is uncomfortable walking on the cobblestones.
HAIR & MAKEUP
I not only work with certified hair & makeup artists who speak English fluently, but those who are wonderful people who care about their clients needs.
Eliska - firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda - info@lindathemakeupartist.
Mili - email@example.com
How does it work with the hair & makeup artists? Once you have finalized your date, you should contact them to discuss your hair & makeup needs. Photos of your outfits, your chosen hair styles are always helpful to provide them with valuable insights in to your styles and wishes. For those ladies who have skin issues, please mention this to your hair & makeup artist before you meet up so that you have the right makeup for your session.
Having beautiful, flawless images is key to a successful session. As such we believe that having a full-time hair & makeup artist attend to your needs during the entire session is important - though not a necessity. I
At the end of the day, the only thing you will have left are your photos. This is why we encourage our couples to invest a little bit more for peace of mind - after all you deserve the best!
Please note for our pre wedding packages where the hair & makeup artists is included in the package - they may have already been selected as part of your package due to their availability.
Personalizing your session to your needs is something we recommend and encourage. For some of our couples creating a unique and special motif (upon request) can be arranged with certain props and themes. As such we may be able to provide you with candles, lamps, champagne flutes, champagne, parasols and etc. Generally speaking we always encourage our clients to personalize their portrait session to their taste and style – after all it is your session. If you wish to discuss options more in details please speak with our team member with your ideas.
FLOWERS, BALLOONS & MUSICIANS
Do you wish to have a beautiful bouquet, or perhaps a string quartet or a more editorialized styled session complete with champagne, candles and etc? Or you are one of those young hip couples who prefers smoke bombs and lots of champagne? No worries we can recommend talented and creative vendors as well as personal assistants who can assist in any way.
Where to stay to ensure a stress free session? Ideally you will wish to stay in Mala Strana (and very close to the Charles Bridge) as you will appreciate being able to travel to and from the Charles Bridge on the morning of your sunrise session without losing valuable time traveling to our designated location.
Boat rentals, horse and carriage rides, as well as Old Timers (vintage cars) rentals, are always billed at cost. Many gardens do charge ‘wedding photography’ or ‘commercial photography’ admittance fees. Fees are anywhere from 20 - 40 EUR. Please note that Churches in Prague are no longer allowing interior shooting. Special interior locations such as Chateau’s and castles can be arranged but again any fees must be covered by the clients. Typically shooting on the castle grounds is free but interior shooting is an extra fee.
Due to the high costs of the staff and the likelihood of us being booked the next day or possibly flying out the next day, as a rule we can not pause or post pone the session for bad weather. However if the weather is such an issue we may pause the session (at our discretion) but additional fees for the crews time must be agreed to. Or we may create more artistic images or simply take use of some of Prague's most interesting interior spaces.
We require a signed contract and a 50% retainer to guarantee your date with us. The remaining fee(s) are due on the day of our before the session starts. As we are a registered and licensed business we must issue you an official receipt (after completion of all of the services).
Complimentary consultation prior to your session. Due to the high volume that we experience at certain times and or our travel needs, a complimentary consultation may not be possible. In this case, we can and will arrange a Skype chat (or WhatsAp) to discuss everything online before your session. As our goal is to ensure that you enjoy your time and not be stressed over the details, our staff (Martina & Dorota) will ensure that everything is arranged in advance before your arrival.
Creating flawless, beautiful images is my priority. Having the right people who can handle any lighting situation and weather changes is extremely important. This is why I work with lighting technicians. If you desire a more creative night time session before the sunrise feel free to let us know so that we can discuss the best package, locations and styles.
BOOK DESIGN AND IMAGE SELECTION
As we believe in the more personalized approach, when it comes to designing and creating your book we feel that you should chose the images. Based on your suggestions we will create the first layout and send it to you for review. If you wish to substitute other images and or change the page locations you can as you will have up to 3 free revisions before additional fees will incur for our designers time.
Depending on where your prints will be shipped to we work with labs in different geographical locations. Shipping and handling costs are borne by the client.