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F.A.Q.


WE ARE LOCATED IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK


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WEDDING PHOTO + VIDEO COVERAGE 

A Full Day - Big Shebang Weddings Includes up to 9 hours of consecutive photo coverage. “Up To” meaning this: We want to tell a story from beginning to end, starting with the anticipation of getting ready up until everyone is a bit slushy and tearing it up on the dance floor. This tends to happen somewhere between the 8th and 9th hour when the tequila kicks in. Once we got it and we feel complete, we put our cameras down and join the fun. With full day wedding packages, a portrait session is our gift to you. The sole purpose of this shoot is to get to know you two and for both of you to gain comfort with being photographed so there are no awkward camera feelings on your wedding day. And because for us, we want to know who's wedding were photographing. It's a great excuse to hang, get the feels of you two, and create some great photos together. Come wedding day, you won't even feel our cameras. 

Video: You get 9 hours of coverage with Emily. Her approach is very laid back, documentary style with some light direction. We invited her into our world because her work and positive vibe compliments ours and she doesn’t do any cheesy stuff! Lots of details on video here.

International + Destination Weddings  We are well-traveled and ready to go. All of our destination packages include our travel costs so it's one, flat rate.

City Hall, Elopements, and Intimate Weddings Yes and Yes. Typically you will only need one lead photographer for a few hours. We can also be your witness if need be.

Gifyyy: Gifyyy creates animated GIFs and can be set up anywhere in your venue. No backdrops, no props, all digital, and it only takes up 3x3 feet of space. Details are here!

Lit Lounge is our super sexy, dual toned colored light pop-up portrait studio that we can set up at weddings. More on this here.

35mm Film Coverage:  Excuse me, did you say film? YES PLEASE. We grew up shooting film so it’s dear to our hearts. Manipulated 35mm + Polaroid film are our jam. We are always happy to shoot a few rolls. We have lots of samples here. 

Prints: Please print your photos because they are supposed to be held, adored, and passed down to the next generation. Prints are available for purchase in your online gallery from a very nice lab that we have hand selected, or you can have them printed at your preferred professional lab. Up to you - just please do it!

Fancy Albums : We've spent many years searching for an album company that creates a product we love - and we have found them. Our Fancy Albums are a la carte starting at $800 and the quality is stunning. We have options in linen, suede to leather. 


Great Questions

What should we look for in a wedding photographer/videographer?  Experience, consistency, high quality products, professionalism, and that you vibe well. We don't shoot weddings because they are fun and pretty. We take our role in encapsulating your memories very seriously with a full heart and are always pushing ourselves creatively. We know that the photos we take for you will live on for generations so we work hard for it. Photographing weddings is not easy. It takes a lot of calm under pressure, creativity, and confidence in difficult situations such as lighting, rain plans, high emotions, etc.

How long have you been shooting weddings and how many have you done? 9 years baby and honestly, we lost count. Let’s just say LOADS.  We do limit ourselves to 20 weddings per year, per photographer to prevent burnout and we gotta say, it's working out quite nicely. 

When do we get our photos/video? 2 months after your wedding, everything will be delivered in an online gallery for you to download. Hi-res, no watermarking, the photos/video are yours to keep, share, and print as you wish.

Can we see a full wedding? Heck Yes! We highly recommend viewing a full gallery or two of any photographer you are considering to get a real scope of what you’re going to receive from beginning to end. 

How can we book you?  First, we want to meet you at our Brooklyn studio or Facetime if you are not local. We require a 50% deposit to lock us down with a signed contract and the final balance will be due 30 days before your wedding. There are instances when we have multiple couples with the same date courting us at the same time. In this case, we will fairly meet with everyone before sending out a contract. 

How many photos can we expect for a full wedding day? 600+

Do you take formal family photos?  By all means, yes! Your families coming together to unite is what this is all about. As your wedding day approaches we will ask you for a list of vip’s to make sure we get them photographed with you in a very organized, quick manner so you can all get back to celebrating.

What exactly is this Manipulated 35 mm film that you offer?  Oh boy, we love film. A lot. And we like to mess with it. A lot. Our digital photos are already edited by us to emulate film, so when we get our hands on the real stuff we like to have fun with it to give you something special that has a totally different feel to it. We create our own textures, color, leaks, and double exposed recipes by hand, using our stash of beloved, discontinued films, so no roll of film is ever the same.

Can we exchange the portrait session for the photos of rehearsal dinner or welcome party?  Nope. The whole reason for your portrait session is to get to know you two and to get you comfortable in front of our cameras before your wedding. It is incredibly valuable for all of us, especially if you’re not used to being photographed. This session completely dissolves these awkward feelings so that on your wedding day, you don’t feel us in the room. For us, this session shows how you two interact with each other and gives us a solid sense of what it’s like to photograph you. We like to know our couples because we don’t want to photograph a stranger’s wedding. So because of this, we do not allow for it to be exchanged.

What are your travel fees?  We travel enough to know how much our weekends away from home costs, so we have built our travel fees into our packages as one flat rate.

Is every single photo edited? And what does “edited’ mean?  One by one, each image is carefully edited and run through twice. For us, “editing” means to go through all of your photos and choose the best ones, discarding the double chin, blinky-eyed photos and then we process them in our signature tone and style that you see in our work. Most commonly you will receive a greater portion of color photos, sprinkled with some b&w. If you especially love b&w, please mention this and we will give you more.

How can we share our photos with family + friends and what if I don’t want to share specific, private photos?  Before you share the gallery with everyone else, you will be able to mark any image you like as private. When you share the gallery with your friends + family those private images will be hidden from them. Once you share your gallery, anyone with access can download and purchase prints from the shopping cart. The print lab that we chose to partner with makes really beautiful prints with lab options from all over the world so shipping wont hurt. We hand selected each lab and back them 100%. However, you may get your photos printed wherever your heart desires.

How would you describe your shooting style?  Emotive, poetic, genuine, documentary style with a dose of non-traditional portraiture, and rowdy dance party photos while having a damn good time.

What’s a “First Look “and should we do it?”  Look, we had never heard of this either until we became wedding photographers. A First Look is when the two of you see each other before the wedding, alone. It’s like walking down the aisle, but without the crowd. We scout a nice place for you to meet and we guide you to each other naturally, so it doesn’t feel staged, and we position ourselves away from you so we’re not intruding on the moment while clicking our cameras from a distance. No tapping on the shoulder, no peek-a-boo. Just go say hi. Hug. Make-Out. Hold each other. Relax. Get some butterflies calmed. Doing a First Look is a choice that we want you to make for yourselves. So please do what feels right to you. It makes no difference to us. The main reason couples are so often choosing to do this is so they can get all of their portraits and family photos taken care of before the ceremony, allowing them to immediately celebrate with everyone and to not be pulled away from cocktail hour to take photos, which can easily take up the entire hour. If you decide to go the traditional route, we do suggest having an extended Cocktail Hour. This way you can enjoy the first half, then we will take you away for portraits and family photos for the last 30-60 min depending on light, location, family size etc.