Why have a 2nd shooter and/or assistant?
-Everyone has heard the phrase "two are better than one." In photography, we at Studio Veil definitely subscribe to this philosophy. The obvious reason that having two photographers is beneficial is that we're able to get multiple angles of coverage during the main events such as the ceremony, toasts, and dances. It also gives us an extra set of eyes to make sure everything is just right when it comes to posing during group photos. Another reason we love shooting with multiple photographers is that our creativity is so much better! Our photographers work off each others' ideas and keep things fresh throughout your wedding day. The photo assistant is a position that is often under-valued. This person loads and carries equipment, perfects lighting in the ever-changing scenes we find ourselves in, serves as a personal attendant if veils need to be adjusted or messages delivered, and so much more. Photo assistants allow our photographers to focus on photographing your wedding day...that's why you hired us, right?
How are photographers picked for my wedding?
-At Studio Veil, we only take on photographers that fit a very narrow style and high standard so as to supply the best product possible for our clients. All images are edited by the same person to further ensure continuity across the company. With that said, photographers are placed by Studio Veil based on their availability and location of the wedding.
What's a good timeline for the wedding day?
-When it comes to photography and your wedding day, we stress the importance of not rushing the photographer or yourselves. It's difficult to produce high quality images when we're constantly behind schedule and all the family/wedding party are just trying to "get to the reception". Additionally, you don't want memories of your wedding day to consist of being stressed out due to time! Please plan to allow 3 hours for wedding party & family portraits. If any of the photos are happening off-site, please keep travel times in mind as well. For ease of flow in the schedule, we HIGHLY recommend doing photos before the ceremony. If you are not wanting to see each other before the ceremony, please consider setting up a "first look" beforehand where you can still have that experience. Many couples find they like that better because they can actually take in the moment together rather than standing still and quiet for the next 30 minutes as they would in a wedding ceremony AND it keeps guests from having to wait 2-3 hours after the ceremony for the wedding party to arrive at the reception. It's difficult to gather family and wedding party members after the ceremony to get pictures because everyone is ready for the party! A typical wedding day might look like this…
12:00 - Latest photo start time (couple photos, wedding party, family)
3:00 - Wedding Ceremony
3:30 - Receiving line
4:00 - Guests to the reception / Wedding party to a park or other location for more photos
4:45 - cocktail hour
5:30 - Wedding party arrival at reception / grand march
6:00 - Dinner
7:00 - Toasts
7:30 - Cake
8:00 - Dance starts
What about tipping?
-As with any service industry, tipping is encouraged but certainly not required. Your wedding vendors are with you all day and help create life-long memories. One industry article explained it this way…"if you tip a server for bringing you a meal, why wouldn't you tip the vendors bringing you the best day of your life…" Some people ask what a normal tip is. There's no right or wrong answer. Some websites state specific amounts while others state percentages. The point isn't the amount but rather the relationship between couple & photographer and that each couple feels like they WANT to show gratitude in that way by the end of the day.
Any hidden fees?
-Studio Veil aims to make your wedding planning simpler. There are no hidden fees or extras you will be charged for later (unless you add services to your contract). The only things to keep in mind beyond the stated prices are sales tax for uncle Sam and gratuity should you decide to tip your vendors.
How do the engagement sessions work?
-Our engagement sessions are up to 2 hours in length and on location anywhere in the Twin Cities metro area. We'll apply enhancement techniques to several photos and post them on Pictage for you to review and order if you wish. As often as possible, your engagement photographer will also be your wedding photographer. These sessions are a great opportunity for you, as a couple, to get to know how your photographer works and also for the photographer to learn how to get your natural personality to come out in the photos.
How may I use the images w/print release?
-An Image Disc from Studio Veil offers each couple certain printing rights. Studio Veil still maintains ownership of the images and all copyright laws are still in effect. However, Studio Veil grants printing rights to the couple for personal use. Images may not be published or used in any commercial manner without Studio Veil permission. Image Discs may not be copied either. Extra discs are available for $150 should friends & family desire a copy of all images.
How long until we see the final photos?
-After the wedding, Studio Veil begins going through all the images and editing the best of the best. The final images will be posted online using Pictage a month after the wedding. Wedding couples are encouraged to share the link to their online event with friends & family so that they may also be notified when photos are available. The couple will have first access to the photos and then can "release" the event allowing their guests to enjoy the photos as well.
How do I order my photo album, slideshow, and other products?
-Each photo package comes with various extras and add-ons. To select images for individual products (albums, wall prints, slideshows) simply create a folder on Pictage for each product and place images in the respective folders where you want those images used. You can use the same image in an album, as part of the slideshow, and as a large wall print. The quantity of images for each product may vary so check with Studio Veil on how many images you should select for your album and other products.