Helen Makadia Photography » A mix of fine art, personal, wedding and portrait photography

Weddings FAQ

 

 

Boston_Wedding_Photographer_130928_1Searching for a photographer for your wedding is a little bit like finding the right wedding dress – there are so many nice options but it all comes down to the right fit.  I love photographing weddings – they are such a happy occasion for you as a couple as you celebrate with friends and family.  It can also be a stressful time, worrying that everything will go as planned, the last thing you want is to worry about any of your wedding vendors, let alone your wedding photographer.  Believe me, I have been there.  I am just celebrating my 10 year wedding anniversary and although that might reveal my age, I have not forgotten what its like to be planning a wedding and certainly bring this experience to the table.  Every time I prep and get ready to photograph a wedding, I almost relive a little bit of the stress that is involved and am reminded to take my job of documenting your wedding day very seriously.  That’s not to say I don’t like to have fun, I take the job seriously because I know how important this day is to you at present and will be to you when you look back through your wedding album.

If you would like to set up a consultation to meet in person or via facetime/Skype, please contact me via the inquiry button above.  Here are a few of the more common questions I am asked by couples.

Q: How would you describe your photographic style?

A: When capturing images throughout your wedding day, I look to capture private moments, smiles, tears, joy, happiness, emotions – all which will allow to tell a story through these images. When I digitally process your images I aim for a natural, classic and timeless end product.

Q: What does a general wedding day timeline look like?

A: Although every wedding is unique, the timelines tends to be generally similar. Usually the day begins with the bride and groom getting ready separately. I tend to focus on the bride getting ready and I recommend a second photographer if the groom is in a different location and capturing the groom is important to you. Many couples are opting to see each other before the ceremony, usually referred to as “the first look”. This can be a wonderful private moment for the two of you and can help take the edge of the nerves.  The ceremony soon follows and thereafter a cocktail hour and reception. Formal family portraits usually occur during the cocktail hour. The reception generally lasts about 4 hours and most key photographic events occur in the first 2-2.5 hours.

Q: How far in advance do you book weddings?

100828_184445_1026_HMA: I book 12-15 months in advance, but its never to early or too late contact me about my availability.  I take on a set number of weddings per year to provide the best service to you.

Q: What kind of equipment do you use?  Do you have backup equipment?

A: I use Canon cameras, lenses and flashes, and have back up equipment as well.

Q: Do you photograph weekday weddings?

A: Yes!  Weekend weddings occur on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I do not provide discounts to Friday or Sunday weddings, to keep things fair to all my clients.  Weekday weddings are generally priced on a case by case basis given their unique nature.

Q: What are your wedding photography rates?

A: I work with you to create photography coverage that will allow your images to tell a story of your day. Why? I strongly believe that every engaged couple and wedding day is unique. We start with my base package and modify it to your day’s needs.  My base package is $3500 and includes an engagement session, one photographer, six {6} hours of wedding day photography, and digital files with a print release.  The engagement session, which is complementary and cannot be switched out, is critical to the package, allowing us to make sure we are the right fit, a bit of a practice session.

Q: How many images should we expect to receive?

A: I provide unlimited coverage, meaning, I do not limit the number of images I capture.  I take test shots and multiples, especially of family formals (people blink!) and I only deliver the best images.  Every event is unique and so the actual number varies.  I have found the range to be 60-90 per hour but it can vary on both ends.

Makadia_100918_2874Q: Do you provide albums?

A: Absolutely!  I am a big believer that albums and enlargements should be part of every couple’s wall art collection.  Presently, we live in such a digital age, photos get shared on Facebook, or Instagram, but its really wonderful to have a tangible memory.  When we meet, I can share some albums and talk about other product offerings.

Please contact me to inquire about my availability and to set up a consultation. I look forward to getting to know you and learning about your wedding day plans!