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 wide angle views showing the incredible landscape of the Charles Bridge we also focus on capturing real moments shared during that special moment in time. These sessions can start pre dawn to capture the magical atmosphere of the gas lamps on the Charles Bridge or near the riverside as the sky begins to change colors.
With a mixture of images and styles these mini love stories are perfect for couples wishing to showcase their time here in Prague and in an especially creative and artistic way where the focus is on them.
So if you are ready to have artistic and creative world class portraits that are waiting to be hung on your living room wall or in that fine art album we would love to hear from you. Please 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 or editorial styled set of images in their wedding attire or evening wear. Irregardless, capturing and creating highly polished and artistic images that will be cherished for a lifetime is our goal!
As these images take more time to create and especially in the post production - these collections are priced higher than our normal lifestyle sessions. The removal of people, objects, and any distractions (at our discretion) that we feel detract from the overall beauty is naturally included when you chose the files you wish to have as part of this collection. Additionally we are also quite adept at using creative lighting effects that are employed on the day of the session to create visually stunning portraits that truly stand out. By combining these creative portraits with our focus on capturing real emotions and moments - these sessions are in a class of their own.
Our sunrise sessions are typically anywhere 2-3 and sometimes up to 8 hours (your choice). Depending on the amount of time you order we will create the best routes for the most beautiful and creative set of images. You can also have up to 2 outfit changes if you desire during your session (minimum of 4 hours is recommended as you will need time to travel back and change outfits as well as retouch your hair & makeup). And yes, for our ladies from Asia if you really insist on 3 outfits during your 8 hour session we will do our best to accommodate your wishes.
We can start your session up to 90 minutes before sunrise to capture romantic night time scenes under the gas lamps or our very popular portrait of a sexy couple looking towards the Charles Bridge from the riverside before dawn is one that is very much in demand.
Or we can simply start 60 minutes before sunrise on the Charles Bridge under the gas lamps during the magical blue hour? After capturing the sunrise (and depending on the package you have chosen) we will usually visit the Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock and then we return to the Charles Bridge for more gorgeous natural light portraits with flare (literally and figuratively) and if time allows a few other locations to maximize your time with the best possible locations).
HOW SOON BEFORE WE SEE THE RESULTS
Usually within 2-4 weeks we will have an online gallery created where you can select your images for further artistic enhancing and retouching. This usually means removing people (there are always people on the bridge), distractions (our lighting gear and assistants at times), adjusting or recreating those dramatic skies as well as creating a more unique and polished Fine Art look to your images.
After this process is completed you will review the images to ensure that you are 100% satisfied with our results. If you desire additional retouching we can discuss options and additional costs.
WHAT DOES OUR RETOUCHING COVER AND HOW EXACTLY DO WE CREATE?
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.
Image Creation: standard image creation consists of adjusting overall color balance, density and contrast and this is what you will see when we present you your proofing gallery to review your images.
ARTISTIC ENHANCEMENT OF IMAGES
After you have had time to review and select your images we will then proceed to recreating the overall look and feel, remove people and objects (at our discretion) as well as create a final product that is ready to be printed and hung proudly on your living room walls. Please note that in some instances removing every single person from the background may not be possible or needed based on their size. As we believe in making our clients 100% satisfied, if after we complete our artistic and digital enhancing you feel that you wish to have more requests we will discuss options and rates for the extra services if this needs to apply.
GLAMOUR AND PORTRAIT RETOUCHING
Upon receiving your list of selected images we will 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.
Please note that we do not slim thighs, shoulders, arms and etc, nor do we enlarge busts. As this is very time consuming these services are not offered as part of our packages. However, these services can be ordered (50 EUR per hour for the retouchers time) and the total charges must be agreed to before we start the body modification.
HOW LONG BEFORE WE REVIEW OUR FILES?
Typically we need 2-4 weeks to edit your session as well as create the look and style. Once this process is completed we will send you files to review. 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. Please note that as we only wish to create polished beautiful images this does take time.
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, we cannot cancel the session for bad weather. We may pause the session (at our discretion) but additional fees for the crews time must be discussed in advance. 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. 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 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.
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.