Having a Sunrise Portrait Session captured atop the world famous Charles Bridge in Prague is a truly unforgettable and magical experience.
The warmth of the rising summer sun illuminating the historic architecture as a couple embrace seemingly all alone and lost in time is the kind of artistic & ethereal images our couples (and we) absolutely love having and creating. Only a select few are lucky to have such gorgeous artwork hanging proudly on their living room walls or featured in a bespoke fine art album designed by our team.
In addition to creating those gorgeous atmospheric & artistic images, we also strive to capture real moments shared during that special moment in time.
If you are ready to have artistic and creative portraits that are lovingly created by a true artist - feel free to contact us today for our availability & pricing.
FAQ ABOUT OUR SUNRISE PORTRAIT SESSIONS
Sunrise Portrait Sessions focus on capturing couples in a unique and artistic way. Some couples wish to be photographed naturally while others wish to have a more art directed (posed) or editorial styled set of images in their wedding attire or evening wear. Irregardless of what you are wearing, capturing and creating highly polished and artistic images that will be cherished for a lifetime is our goal and one we excel at.
Our sunrise sessions start at sunrise and are typically 2 or 4 hours. The pace is set by you. The locations: 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. Please note if you wish to have a larger session that starts before sunrise a new timeline and list of locations can be created with your input.
HOW SOON BEFORE WE SEE THE RESULTS
Usually within 1-2 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 (there are always people on the bridge), distractions (our lighting gear and assistants), adjusting or recreating those dramatic skies and 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. We 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 WE CREATE OUR FILES?
As a professional we only use Capture One Pro running 5K resolution monitors across our work stations. Capture One Pro is recognized by professional and studio photographers worldwide as the best photo editing software.
HOW LONG BEFORE WE RECIEVE OUR FILES?
For smaller sessions we typically need 2-3 weeks to edit your session as well as create the look and style that we 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 DO YOU SHOOT DURING EACH HOUR?
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.
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.
As these sessions are an investment we can offer several tiers of products:
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 - we can 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.
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
We work with only the best ladies who are professionally licensed and certified. These same ladies also speak English fluently. Typically we will offer 3 options and you can chose your hair & makeup artist and discuss your needs directly with them or we will book their services on your behalf.
Will the hair & makeup artist be with us during the entire session or only the preparation? This is entirely up to you. As we are only interested in providing the highest quality and flawless imagery - having a hair & makeup artist on the session is always appreciated by our ladies.
How does it work with the hair & makeup artists? Once you have made your decision you should contact them to discuss your hair & makeup needs to ensure that your session is stress free. Photos of your outfits, your chosen hair styles are always helpful before meeting up. 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.
The session day. It is not uncommon for the hair & makeup artists to arrive to your hotel 2 1/2 hours before the session time. You will need to have plenty of sleep the night before so that you are fresh and ready for your sunrise session.
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 such as: candles, lamps, champagne flutes, balloons, flowers, champagne, parasols, musicians and etc. If you wish to discuss your ideas more in details please let us know as we are always happy to personalize sessions.
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.