Frequently Asked Questions
Do we receive full printing rights?
Yes! You will receive all printing rights and photos will be given without watermarks.
How many edited images do you typically deliver?
This number varies due to the session/ wedding but we always try and deliver our best, with no set limitations. Since there isn't a set number to ease your mind, you can expect 50-100 images per hour that we are hired for.
What is the deposit and when is it due?
We ask for a 50% non-refundable retainer. This is due upon booking with a signed contract.
Is there a travel cost?
We are currently located in Southern California, with plans on moving to Arizona by 2019. If your wedding or other session is outside of the LA/ Orange County area for the remainder of 2018, we ask for a small gas fee.
If your wedding is in 2019 we charge a small travel fee for California Weddings and Arizona. You would be expected to cover our travel expenses for 2 people and our gear. For this option we recommend booking as far in advance as possible to keep costs down. We evaluate each situation on a case by case basis, so please reach out for info on this as it pertains to your event.
*If your wedding is outside of Southern CA/Arizona please let us know and we will discuss the best travel cost option to make it work for you!
What is the average turn around time to receive proof/preview images and then the final images?
For weddings, our turnaround time is 6-10 weeks. An engagement shoot we try and turn around photos within 2-3 weeks. Family and Portrait sessions are usually about a week. *Video turnaround time is longer and varies from wedding to wedding.
How many shooters do you have?
We are a husband and wife duo. Ariel and Raul are a package deal with any photo and video session you book!
Is there an additional cost for engagements/is there a location you take engagements that does not have an additional cost?
We offer three different wedding packages. If you book Package 2 or 3 there is no additional cost for an engagement session. If you would like to do a cool destination for your engagement (i.e Yosemite), we will add a small travel fee to cover gas!
What gear do you bring with you?
We shoot with 3 cameras on wedding day. For photo we use a 5D Mark 3 + a Canon 6D. For videography we use a Canon 80D. We bring along out favorite Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens. Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 lens. Our Canon 85mm 1.8, and a Canon 24-70 mm zoom lens. We have a flash, two video lights, and our creative minds!
Do you have backup gear + liability insurance?
We have both of these! If your venue needs proof of liabilty insurance, no problem. Just let us know. We bring our back up gear to each event.
Should I get a wedding film/video?
The question here is really do you want to be reminded of what your wedding day was like only through photos or do you want to be able to relive those feelings and emotions of your wedding day with a film.
All of our options come with a short film that will help you remember the highlights of your wedding day in under 6 minutes. Please take a look at our past work to see if you think one is right for you.
If being able to remember and relive the reading of your vows or your first dance and all of the speeches from your loved ones is important to you we have a variety of options you can choose from in packages to make sure you can remember what’s important to you.
Why get a film?
You’ve already put months into designing the stage and the set so why not? Video helps you to relive the series of moments in context during your wedding. It allows you to watch the complete actions instead of isolated moments. You can see the moment when the ring was slid on your finger and the smile afterwards in the same shot.
Seeing those continuous moments does wonders for getting your mind back in the flow of that moment as it happened.
A wedding trailer allows us to create a short film about you and your wedding day to help you remember and relive the moments and emotions you felt that day in a way that unedited footage or photography never would.
It also allows you to star in your own film when you’ve already put months into designing the stage and set. It will be a unique day in your life, so why not remember it in a unique way?
Why is it a film and not a video?
We use the different words for different things. To us a video is unedited or sparsely edited footage. Somebody puts a video camera on a tripod and leaves it there, the figures out when to start and stop.
We use the word film to demonstrate the intention behind what we do. Our focus is on finding numerous quality small shots to make a much greater whole when they are all put together. Our highlight films are heavily edited by nature.
This takes both having an idea of what we’re looking for on your special day and responding and adapting to the individual differences in your wedding.
If you have any parts of your wedding that will vary from the norm please inform us beforehand so we are prepared to properly capture it. In order to give your wedding the film it deserves we need to be a step ahead of the events instead of reacting to them as they happen.
If you book with us this is something we will talk about beforehand so you do not have to worry about it on your wedding day.
Do you travel outside California for weddings?
Yes. We will travel out of the local area (75 miles) for intermediate and premium packages. You would be expected to cover our travel expenses for 2 people and our gear. For this option we recommend booking as far in advance as possible to keep costs down.
We evaluate each situation on a case by case basis.
If you are interested please fill out our travel form.
What will I have to do for my film on my wedding day?
We are there to capture your wedding, not to interfere with it. Getting ready and the first look are generally the times we will ask for your cooperation to get a specific shot (or sometimes encourage your bridesmaids/groomsmen to be a little more involved in the process), but otherwise we will be capturing your wedding as it unfolds.
The main exception to this will be if you and your spouse do a letter reading or do scripted messages to each other. (below)
What if we want to record a letter reading or other message to be used in our video? What will we have to do?
Write out a short message/letter to your spouse (generally under 30 seconds each when spoken slowly)
If you prefer you can also do how you met or the proposal (under 1 minute and usually less)
Each of you will need to set aside 5-10 minutes in a quiet place to record the audio
We highly recommend that you write out what you want to say so you can focus on reading it and not thinking about it. It will affect the quality of your video if you don’t.
Having it written out will allow you to focus on your tone, pacing and saying exactly the words you want to say and, um, like nothing else.
We have found that interjections like this are inevitable for those of us that are not accustomed to being recording or performing. Even those who are will still probably not say exactly what they want to say.
The more you can say with the least amount of words the more powerful it will be in your film, and your film will be a constant reminder of that and will last forever.
Once we get two solid consistent takes of your reading you can go back to what you were doing (usually getting ready).
We only recommend this to couples where they already have something in mind that they think is very important to have in their video and are willing to take the time to write and refine what they want to say.
That is to say it’s not for most people as they already have plenty going on for their wedding day. If you have any questions about this you can feel free to contact us with your questions.