FAQ about wedding and engagement photographer

Dear brides, grooms and wedding planners. Please, go through the replies to most frequently asked questions. We did our best to collect them all so that you could learn better the way we work. All the answers are sincere, since we are convinced that any kind of collaboration should be based on faithful relationships. So, welcome one ARTURJAKUTSEVICH.COM and let’s get acquainted with you.

All the information given below is based on our experience. So far we’ve worked at more than 200 weddings and carried out about 500 photo shooting in 15 countries all over the world. Hence, it is useful and interesting reading for you.

Answers for couples

Why is so necessary to communicate with you before the photo shooting or wedding? Can’t you just give us the average price and your availability for the date we need?

My dear friends. If we are meant to work in a team in order to create something special for your occasion, we need to know each other well. From my side a lot of information is given and shared on the pages of this website. But the opposite side of the coin is that I don’t know anything about you. I consider any photo shooting to be a process based on mutual communication between photographer and you. Moreover any session: wedding, engagement or honeymoon (any other) is a big responsibility for me. Therefore I always communicate with my clients in advance.

And here we come to the question of personal comfort. You are sure to agree, that with an unknown person most of the people feel uncomfortable. But we need to see your feelings and emotions, because these are two basic columns on which wedding photography is based on. Just try to imagine that you will spend your big day or honeymoon trip (one day at least) with an unknown person. Will you feel comfortable?

My first free advice for the brides. Pay bigger attention to the issue of choosing a good wedding photographer, rather than a unique wedding gown. The latter you may always change or give back to the shop. But you will never be able to recreate the atmosphere of your big day celebration, which your photographer is meant to reflect in photos. In my experience I had several couples who went for a honeymoon trip with strong desire to have a professional photo shooting in certain area in wedding suit and dress, because they did have even a single photo from their marriage to hang on the wall. Believe me or not, but things happen.

Remember, that after the celebration there will be only your love, your rings and wedding photos, which will remind you and your kids of that day.

If you choice has stopped on me, I’m really happy and it will be my pleasure to start communication and planning. The first step is Skype/Facetime communication. We will discuss all the details from eye to eye. I’m sure, my fee will never be a problem for you, since I’m a realist and don’t overestimate myself. Moreover there are always ways out and variants.

You should mind that I don’t measure my work either in number of hours. No prices on an hour basis. My point of view towards the issue is that a professional photographer can’t work counting minutes. Therefore I consider myself to be a happy person, since photography is my hobby and my labor of love. I take photos and make people I work with happy. Of course after every project I can calculate the time spent: time for advanced communication usually, meeting the day before shooting, proper selection of raw shoots and of course processing will take five or even ten times more time, than the shooting itself. This is my method of work which helps to make every event unique and special for every couple.

I fully understand my couples and lots of questions they ask. Therefore I thoroughly describe how the shootings are carried out. Feel free to read some articles about Prague, Rome, Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris and other destinations where I have already been as a wedding photographer. The more I shoot the more I post. As you can see there is no classic portfolio on this website, which I consider to be fair towards you, since you can see not one or two the best photos from the shooting, but to have full vision of possible result.

To sum up. There is no chance to book Artur Jakutsevich as a wedding photographer for certain event and date without communication. Get ready to spend long-lasting 20-30 minutes in Skype/Facetime.

When will the photos be ready?

Keep in mind that beside shooting, photos should be processed. And it is really time consuming. That’s why, if a photographer promises you to give the photos rapidly, he must:

  • have few orders and a lot of free time;
  • process one or few photos;
  • pays not enough attention to processing;

In any other cases it takes from 2 to 8 months to process the material professionally. There we should mention one more peculiarity. The wedding season starts in April and ends in October. That why the photographer easily copes with processing at the beginning of the year, but he hardly has a possibility to do it in summer or autumn. Moreover, real professionals shoot all the year round: weddings, engagements, honeymoons, family photo sessions and so on. Personally I have a lot of destination shooting.

But event though you are sure to receive processed photos within 1-4 months maximum.

How many processed photos will we get?

At first we should clarify the meaning of processing process. Photographers and clients have different understanding of it. Some people consider it to be a magic, with help of which photographer replaces the background with an amazing Elf Tower view, for example. So let’s make it absolutely clear.

Processing for me is colour correction of all the pictures I select from a shooting. All the RAW files are processed in this way. The quality of photos which you will receive will be comparable with the photos in my blog.

Number of photos

There is no matter whether a photographer gives you 10 or 900 photos, if you don’t like any of them. I always give back only good ones.

That’s why the amount may vary:

  • after a 4-hour honeymoon or engagement shooting there will be about 100-150 processed photos;
  • after a full wedding day (12-14 hours) — from 400 to 1000 processed photos;

The final number can differ from the numbers stated above depending one how diverse the event will be.

In what format will we get the photos?

You will get processed JPEG files in their best and maximum quality with the size of about 4000 pixels on bigger side.

What camera do you use?

I’m sure that is the person, not a camera, who takes the picture

I work with 2 professional Nikon cameras: Nikon D700 and Nikon D600. I should say that I find D700 the best camera within last 5 years. And I would buy the third one, but unfortunately it is taken out of production and replaced by more mega-pixel one and not so heavy D600. For my personal shootings I use the camera in my iPhone.

In what countries (cities) do you shoot?

As you have already noticed, I do love to travel. As mentioned above I had shootings in 15 countries.

In all European cities my fees are almost equal. You should not bother with my trip planning or hotel booking for me. I will do it by my self.

Moreover I have quite wide touristic experience which I share with pleasure with my friends and couples. Provided there are any question about your beloved destination, ask them and I will give information.

Which month is the best for a photo shooting?

In order you feel comfortable navigating the pages and reports I share, we decided to split all the photo shootings according to the months they were carried out in. Choose your month and get inspired with photos: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, February. For example if you feel like going to Italy and having a photo shooting with Italian photographer, you may come any month. If your destination is France or Czech Republic, my suggestion is to consider dates between April and October.

Where do you live?

I live in Rome, Italy. But within a year I travel much and visit at least 10 countries.

When should we book the date and send the payment?

It depends on the certain date. Some of them are booked a year before, others may be free 2-3 weeks before the event. For example, in October I usually have some 10-20 bookings for the following year. If you are planning a 7-12-day honeymoon trip, I recommend you to book the date no later than 3-4 months before it. But if you are planning a wedding, you should do it as soon as possible, usually 6-12 months before the event.

To book the date you should make 50% prepayment. The rest of the sum is handled to me not later than 24 hours before the event

What is the price for your service?

How much does a wedding dress or a red car costs? Just think over this question. My fee depends on several things. That’s why I will give you the answer only after you’ll give me the following information:

  • The date and the place of the shooting (city, country);
  • Duration of the shooting;
  • Format of the shooting (wedding report, photo session, honeymoon shooting, engagement, love story);
  • Information about your event (number of guests, style, schedule, surprises);

As you can see, we do have things to discuss. To start with, please send me your request via contact form below. You will get reply either from me or from my assistant and manager Vladimir. We are easy people and run our work absolutely transparently. Please mind, that our communication is only possible via email, so that we don’t lose any details.

Our price rage varies from 550 Euros to 8000 Euros. Why? Ask this question in Skype/Facetime/Whatsapp.

Do you meet with your clients before the shooting?

Every client is my friend. And I do treat them like my friends. That’s why we do always meet 1-3 days before the event, to get to know each other better. Before the meeting we usually have 2-3 discussions via Skype. Shooting is a kind of cooperation, and it will be great if you and I understand what to expect and to feel comfortable.

I would like to surprise my beloved one, to organise my destination wedding etc: can you help me?

Yes, sure. I have contacts of different professionals in various countries: Spain, Italy, France, Czech Republic. Moreover, I know the industry from inside, that’s why I can recommend you reliable organizers and specialists. Here is a free idea for the future grooms. Have a look how to surprise your beloved lady and to have a stunning engagement.

Do you make wedding video?

I only take photos, and can sincerely recommend my colleagues, who create beautiful wedding video and work worldwide.

Can we have a discount?

As mentioned above, every client is my friend. With every my friends I’m absolutely sincere. It means that I have equal and the same prices for everyone with no difference what county you come from and what you background is. There is no difference between summer of winter term. Therefore no option to have discounts. If I give it, it means I cheat. And I’m not a cheater, I’m a professional photographer and do respect my clients and myself.

What about the figures?

My minimal fee for photo shooting is 550 Euros. Such variants are possible only on some of the dates when booking not early than 3 weeks before the event. Usual price for the shootings (engagement, honeymoon, love story, anniversary and so on):

  • Rome 800 – 1500 Euros;
  • Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna 1200 – 1600 Euros;
  • Prague 1000 – 1500 Euros;
  • Cannarian islands 1300 – 2000 Euros;
  • in all other location according to your request;

Full day wedding photo shooting prices:

  • Italy 1500 – 2500 Euros;
  • Czech Republic 1500 – 2500 Euros;
  • Spain 1500 – 3000 Euros
  • France 1500 – 3000 Euros

All detailed calculations can be done only according to your request, that is high expected in our contact form. All the wishes and preferences, dates and locations should be sent to us.

Why is it so expensive/cheap?

As mentioned above, I pay equal attention to every couple I work with. As a result every couple I worked with was satisfied with the method. And no money can satisfy me as a photographer more than reviews from my clients.

But for the money you will need:

  • 20-60 minutes in Skype/Facetime/Whatsapp to discuss the price, date, duration, locations and other details;
  • 10-30 minutes inSkype/Facetime/Whatsapp to discuss your individual plan of the shooting;
  • 1-5 minutes to make a prepayment and to book the date;
  • 20-30 minutes inSkype/Facetime/Whatsapp to discuss the final plan 2-4 weeks before the date;
  • 30-60 minutes for personal meeting with me 1-2 days before the event;
  • some time of expectations;
  • the rest of your life to enjoy the pictures;

If I didn’t manage to convince you that communication is an essential part of successful shooting or my way of cooperation seems complicated to you, don’t get upset. Nowadays you may find a person with a digital camera with easy and fast photography almost in any city. I believe in you!

If you are ok to work together in order to create something really special and to get photos that will be a part of you family story, I will be pleased to provide you with necessary time and attention.

Who is Vladimir?

Vladimir Novikov is my official representative, colleague photographer who we have been working together for many years. I absolutely trust him as a professional wedding, engagement and honeymoon photographer. We run our studio together, travel and complete international project worldwide. He is based in Prague, though works a lot in Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Rome, Vinece, Budapest and other amazing destinations. The examples of his photo shootings you can find in this website. Also, have a look at his Instagram.

Answers for wedding agencies and professionals

In huge correspondence we receive every week, there are lots of email from wedding planners and vendors. We do appreciate your trust and interest, dear colleagues. It will be very nice to work with you in new locations and to create new unique projects. Would you be so kind to continue reading and learn our answers to the most popular questions asked.

We are a wedding agency and would like to cooperate

We are open to cooperate with professional and reliable partners from any country or region. So far, we have worked with wedding agencies and coordinators from Czech Republic, Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Russia. To get additional information about us and to get acquainted you should contact Vladimir (I wrote about him above) via a very simple contact form below.

I am a professional willing to work with

We always recommend our clients real professionals, the ones we would order ourselves. So, if you are confident enough and your improve you style and work all the time, if you are positive and active, let’s be colleagues and work together. The first step you need to make as you can guess is to fill out the form.

Sincerely your,

Artur Jakutsevich and Vladimir Novikov

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