Pre Wedding & Portrait Sessions in Prague FAQ
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.
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. The only exception is during our long winter themed sessions where getting in and out of the cold is always a nice respite. However for those couples who prefer to be driven around we do work with several companies and can offer their services. Rates are roughly 25 EUR (with driver) per hour and there is a 4 hour minimum. Though in some cases smaller sessions can be ordered at a premium rate.
DO WE NEED TO ARRANGE TRANSPORTATION IF WE WISH TO GO OUTSIDE OF PRAGUE?
Yes, and no worries we can help arrange this on your behalf. Most day sessions are roughly 200 EUR and with a driver and you can pay the driver directly or we can add it to your expenses.
ARE THERE DIFFERENCES IN WHICH DAYS TO BOOK?
Absolutely, the ideal time frames are from Sunday – Thursday. Though some gardens may be closed on Monday’s. Usually the weekends are quite busy with tourists plus we still capture up to 20 weddings a year and are usually booked in advance Friday – Saturday’s.
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.
WHAT IS OUR BASIC RETOUCHING?
We have transitioned to Capture One Pro and are 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. Our standard image creation consists of: overall color balance, density, contrast. This process can take up to 2-3 weeks (high season) to create as we wish to provide you with an image that is nearly finished and not SOC files (images taken straight out of the camera without any adjustment). Once the color correction is finalized we will then present these images to you.
Upon receiving your list of selected files we will then proceed with creating a more finished look incorporating skin retouching (within reason) fixing and or removing blemishes (within reason) skin lightening (upon request) eyes and teeth brightening as well as remove any issues that we feel detract from the overall beauty of your images. These issues can be wrinkles under the armpits, strap and dress marks, wrinkles on the neck and shadows under the eyes. Our overall goal is to create a more natural look to your images and as such we do not do heavy glamour retouching. For our clients from Asia who wish to have a Glamour Glow filter - please contact us for rates on this extra procedure.
ARTISTIC ENHANCEMENT (PRE WEDDINGS & POST WEDDING SESSIONS ONLY - NOT VALID FOR ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS)
For select images (only at our discretion) we will artistically enhance certain images that we feel could benefit from this style. This may mean adding a bit of warmth, or removal of objects or distractions that we feel detract from the overall beauty of our imagery. As our time is quite limited this is entirely at our discretion. For clients who wish to have more artistic enhancements created after they received their completed files, we will arrange a consultation to discuss what exactly your wishes are and discuss pricing for the additional retouching time.
Please note that we do not slim thighs, shoulders, arms and etc, nor do we remove people, objects and cars as a part of our basic retouching. As this is very time consuming we would need to bill accordingly for our retouching services. Though in certain situation our retouchers may remove any issues that they feel detract from the overall beauty of the image – again this is at our discretion. Special requests will be considered but extra fees may apply.
HOW LONG BEFORE WE GET OUR FILES?
Typically we need 2-3 weeks to edit your session as well as create the look and style that we feel best suits your taste. Once we receive your list of selected images we will need another 2-3 weeks to finalize them as well as artistically enhance them. For our lifestyle couples the timeline may be faster.
DO WE OFFER EXPRESS SERVICE
For our couples who need express service we can provide this for an additional fee – please contact our team to discuss your needs. Please note that as we only wish to create polished beautiful images and this does take time.
Typically we do not need to shoot in RAW – only exceptions are in very tricky lighting situations. For our couples who wish to have RAW files from their collection, please contact us before hand so that we can make a notation to shoot in this format. For each hour of shooting there is an additional fee of 100-125 EUR to capture in this format.
HOW MANY IMAGES DO YOU SHOOT DURING EACH HOUR?
Truth be told I am not interested in shooting heavy volumes, I am more interested in quality first. This can be at times 30-50 images per hour depending on the situation and how outgoing each couple are.
CAN YOU SHOOT VIDEO OF US DURING THE SESSION?
I am only focused on shooting stills professionally as such I do not have the professional software to edit, color correct and upload video. If you wish to have a video during your session we can get you in contact with very talented and native English speaking crews who create music & fashion videos as well as capture our couples who desire this..
BOOK DESIGN AND IMAGE SELECTION
We believe in the more personalized approach and as such when it comes to creating a designer book we feel that you should chose the images for your book. 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 design fees will incur.
We believe that as your session is an investment having a beautiful, hard back, leather designer book that showcases your artwork is very important. Our basic books have environmentally conscious faux leather (though you can also chose a linen style), real archival photo paper available in lustre or semi-matte and lay flat pages. These books are lovingly created and have always wowed our couples. To view sample books on line please click this link. For many couples viewing these books in person is simply the best way to assess them. During our consultation meeting (if possible) we would be quite happy to show you our samples so that you can judge them yourself.
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 guaranteed full cooperation with 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 for 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. For our larger sessions it is best to take a comfortable pair of walking shoes.
WEDDING DRESSES, TUXEDOS, EVENING WEAR OUTFITS
We strongly believe that you should bring your own outfits so that you can enjoy your visit to Prague without spending hours trying to source the right outfits. However we do realize that this is not always practical. As such we can highly recommend the following Ateliers.
Salan Maya - www.Salonmaya.cz - they have English speakers on staff and it is best to contact them in advance or at least view their online offerings.
Kleinod Gentleman Store - high quality suits and accessories for every man - www.kleinod.cz - they usually have English speakers on staff as well as online offerings.
There are many others and you can find them online.
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 it is the center of where we will focus on.
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 40 - 80 EUR. We do have a new location (a very run down palace that is perfect for portrait sessions - the fee is 100 EUR. Sadly Churches in Prague are no longer allow 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 staff costs and the likelihood of us being booked the next day with a wedding or portrait session (or possibly flying out) it may not be possible for us to postpone the session for bad weather. In the rare cases we have cancelled the session we were able to move it to the next day. If the rain presents a problem we may pause the session (at our discretion) but additional fees for the crew must be agreed to as our crew is paid hourly. As a rain out in Prague is generally not an issue we simply work through it as well as visit 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. Also, 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 imagery is my priority. Having the right people who can handle any lighting situation and in any weather is very important. This is why I usually work with a lighting technician (some sessions we do not though). For many couples these sessions are an investment in not only time but considerable expenses so having a team who can provide professional and 1st class results is extremely important. Photographers who shoot only ‘natural light’ are either very talented and truly understand how to maximize the lighting in any situation or are simply photographers who are taking a short cut to maximize their profit and at your expense. Truly talented natural light photographers are highly sought after and as such they are expensive but they are not capable of crafting night time portraits – something which we specialize in. As a professional who has many years of experience I can provide both styles, but at the end of the day having an assistant who can create ethereal, dreamy & magical night time portraits is something that is not possible with natural light shooters.
Sometimes we are asked if we can provide a personal assistant to aid you during your session. Truth is having a large crew really stands out and attracts large crowds. However, if you wish to have a personal assistant to carry your items we can arrange this for an additional fee of 50 EUR as our team is not responsible for carrying your items during the session.
For our VIP clients who wish to have a personal assistant who can take you shopping and etc, we work with several lovely ladies who either manage or run their own wedding agencies who can be of tremendous help.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PRAGUE - OR HOW NOT TO GET BURNED
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A la carte
Removal of people, objects, general distractions, as well as glamour retouching (thinning of arms, necks, thighs and etc) are priced at an hourly rate of 500 KC. Please note that the fee must be agreed upon in advance. In some situations removal of all people (such as the Charles Bridge) may not be possible.
Personal assistants – useful for carrying your bags as the photographer and his crew will not be responsible is advised if you insist on bringing your own personal property. The fee is 1250 KC for up to 4 hours and 2500 KC up to 8 hours. The photographer and his assistant does not accept liability in case of your personal property is lost or stolen during the photo session.
Admittance fees for gardens, palaces and special locations are paid by the client.
Transportation (hotel pickup, session locations, hotel drop off) can be arranged for an additional fee dependent upon the hours needed.
A makeup artist to prep you before your session or to have on session can be ordered for an additional fee if your package does not have it.