Wedding Photography Services, Options, and Pricing

At the Reflecting Pool
Updated January 2, 2014.

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Retainer and Contract

To be fair to everyone, we book weddings on a first-come, first-served basis. A $500 non-refundable retainer payment is what guarantees your date and removes it from our availability calendar. The retainer is applied in full to your final balance. After you select a set of products and services, we prepare a contract that describes the agreement between us in detail. Payment of the final balance is due two weeks before the wedding date. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards.

Our Ala Carte Packages

To make it easy for you to get exactly what you want, we don’t offer preset wedding photography packages — instead, you just pick what you need from our menu of options. We have divided our services into three categories:

  • “Day of Wedding Photography, Post-Production and Digital Media“
  • “Proofs and Previews” (Optional)
  • “Books, Albums, and Presentation“ (Optional)

Each of these items are described below in detail.

Day of Wedding Photography, Post-Production, and Delivery

Perfect Wedding Package. We charge by the hour so you can have just the right amount of photography you need for your wedding. Each hour of of shooting time you purchase also includes the two to five hours of post production per hour of shooting that we spend on your photos back at the studio after your wedding day.

We provide two full-time professional photographers with years of experience (both Paul & Brenda — never an intern, junior, or associate photographer somebody found on Craigslist) to cover your wedding from “getting ready” to the last formal event of your reception (cake cutting, garter toss, etc.). This can include between three and ten consecutive hours on the day of your wedding at $349/hr (minimum four consecutive hours on Saturdays from June through October). Includes transportation and travel time, camera equipment (and backups), unlimited exposures taken and all the post processing. No travel fees for weddings within 75 miles of our Troy studio, and travel time to the first location, and from the final location do not count against your hours of photography. Travel time which is part of the wedding day (from church to reception location, for example, is considered part of the shooting time).

After the wedding, we spend an additional two to five hours processing and editing your photos, for each hour of shooting you purchased. So for example, if you purchase 8 hours of photography, this also includes 16-40 hours of postproduction work at no additional charge.  All the best images from your wedding (typically between 500 and 800) are professionally edited: cropped, adjusted for brightness and contrast, color corrected, and prepared for professional lab printing.1 We deliver these images to you on a USB thumb drive via Fed Ex, typically within two months of the event, in high resolution with no logo or watermark on the photos, suitable for printing, posting to Facebook, etc. Includes a usage license that lets you print, publish, and distribute your wedding pictures as you wish, without any need for further permission from, or payment to our studio. Finally, all the best images from your wedding are posted in a gallery on the internet – the perfect way for you and your guests to view, download and make prints of your images! Direct ordering of prints from our high-quality, fast, and inexpensive lab. Typically available within five weeks of your wedding and available for at least one year.

Simple Wedding Package. One photographer for up to two hours. Perfect for very simple weddings — on the beach, Mayor’s Office, NYC Wedding Bureau, Commitment Ceremonies, etc. Images are edited, cropped, straightened, color corrected and adjusted for brightness and contrast. Then we deliver them to you in an online gallery, and (optionally) on a USB flash drive. Generally not available on Saturdays during the May – October wedding season; some exceptions apply — ask for details. $499 in the Capital Region and within 75 miles of our Troy Studio, $799 in NYC and many locations throughout NY State.

Destination Weddings. We LOVE destination weddings! Depending on time of year, travel expenses or our fees may be significantly reduced, or even eliminated. If you’re getting married in another state or even another country, discover the advantages in terms of accessabillity, and responsibility to working with a photographer from “back home.” Contact us for details on our extraordinarily competitive destination wedding packages.

Video Services.  We offer video only for very specific types of weddings – weddings at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau and similar very small two-hour or less wedding bookings, and destination weddings outside of the northeast US. Other than that we do not offer day of wedding videography. There are many talented wedding videographers in the Capital Region, and we’d be happy to give you a referral to one or more of them.

Proofs and Previews

Proofs, previews, books and albums are available options for your wedding package.

Softcover Preview Book. All the best images from your wedding on 11 x 8.5” pages with six images per page, with filename beneath each image. Includes full-color, custom designed printed cover. Typically available within one month of event. Includes Fed Ex shipping: $249.

Hardcover Preview Book. Same as above, except in hard cover with dust jacket: $299

Box of Proofs. Up to 400 4×6 preview prints in an elegant black fitted box. (Order a second box if your wedding has more than 400 final images). Proofs are back-printed with filename for easy identification, and are yours to keep. Typically available within one month of event. $149

Books, Albums, and Presentation

A bunch of wedding photos on a disc or on the internet is just that — a bunch of photos. Don’t make the mistake of skimping on the final presentation of your wedding story! There is no substitute for a professionally-designed, custom-created wedding book. We offer a variety of book options, from very inexpensive to exquisitely crafted masterpieces designed to last more than a lifetime. Here are some of our many options:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Luxury Series

For couples who want a handcrafted, traditional-style album with a subtle modern twist, our new Classic Luxury album series is for you! Virtually every aspect of this album can be customized to your personal taste. Pictured below is a sample album we have at our studio; it’s a 40 page/side 10×10″ album with thick pages, a black tooled leather spine and chocolate crocodile main covers. We gilded the page edges with patterned gold – exquisitely beautiful!

Image quality is stunning since the photographs are printed on metallic photo paper (this is not a press printed book) and flush mounted to the pages, with an extremely narrow seam down the middle of the book — perfect for huge two-page spreads. Lustre paper is also available if you want a more traditional appearance.

The album is protected with a cloth envelope, placed inside a custom-fitted leatherette box with elegant stitching. Available in 8×8″, 10×10″ and 12×12″, up to 70 pages and sides. Truly an heirloom-quality album, hand crafted in the USA and available with just one week turnaround after you approve your preview layout! Lots of options available — many different leather colors and finishes, or if you prefer, environmental leather.

A 10×10″, 40/page side album similar to the sample shown here, with professional interior design, an beautiful sleeve and storage box, with handcrafted-in-the-USA assembly is $1199. Note: The Classic Luxury album has our fastest turn-around time — it can be in your hands in about a week after you approve the design and layout.

Contemporary Luxury Series

Our Contemporary Luxury Series of books offer an extraordinary level of customization, allowing us to craft a combination of features and elements that perfectly match your personal taste. From the cover and spine material, to the thickness and surface of the pages, to a range of sizes from 8×8″ square to the stunning visual statement of the 16×20″, to the choice of boxes and slipcovers, this is the book series for couples with a taste for contemporary design. Printed and bound in Italy. Includes artistic professional layout and design, plus one round of client edits and changes2 (additional round of changes are available for $50/hr). Approval copy typically available within four months of event; printing takes about five weeks after that. Fed Ex shipping included.

It would be virtually impossible to list all the available options in our Contemporary Luxury Series here; so here are two representative albums that we think are particularly beautiful. Keep in mind that all aspects of these books are customizable:

The New Yorker Album. 9.5×13″ with a varnished, metallized front cover in your choice of colors, with your name and wedding date engraved. Leather spine and back cover. 60 lay flat, thick laminated metallic glossy pages with full artistic layout. Printed in Italy. Boxed in a minimalist and elegant white box. $1500

The Manhattan Album. Awe-inspiring 16×20″ or 16×16″ with an acrylic front cover, leather spine and back cover. 60 lay flat, thick laminated metallic glossy pages with full artistic layout. Printed in Italy. Boxed in a minimalist and elegant white box. $2000

 

 

 

Contemporary Classic Series

Museum-Quality Coffee Table book. A hard-cover book with a custom professional layout and design, your choice of varnish or glossy laminate pages, supplied with a printed cover and dust jacket, and a fitted glossy black case with a personalized silver hot-stamped text line. Printed in Japan. Includes artistic professional layout and design, plus one round of client edits and changes2 (additional round of changes are available for $50/hr). Approval copy typically available within four months of event; printing takes about five weeks after that. Fed Ex shipping included.


10×10″ Museum-Quality Coffee Table Book:

  • 40 pages/side: $649, $349 for second copy (parents’ book)
  • 60 pages/side: $749, $449 for second copy (parents’ book)
  • 80 pages/side: $849, $549 for second copy (parents’ book)
  • 100 pages/side: $949, $649 for second copy (parents’ book)

11×12.5″ Museum-Quality Coffee Table Book:

  • 40 pages/side: $699, $399 for second copy (parents’ book)
  • 60 pages/side: $799, $499 for second copy (parents’ book)
  • 80 pages/side: $899, $599 for second copy (parents’ book)
  • 100 pages/side: $999, $699 for second copy (parents’ book)

12×12″  Museum-Quality Coffee Table Book:

  • 40 pages/side: $699, $399 for second copy (parents’ book)
  • 60 pages/side: $799, $499 for second copy (parents’ book)
  • 80 pages/side: $899, $599 for second copy (parents’ book)
  • 100 pages/side: $999, $699 for second copy (parents’ book)

Museum-Quality Lay-Flat Coffee Table book. Identical specifications to our Museum Quality Book, except the pages are designed so there is no “gutter” as in a traditional book, so two page spreads look absolutely gorgeous. Fed Ex shipping included.

12×12″ Museum-Quality Lay-Flat Coffee Table Book

  • 40 pages/side: $749, $449 for second copy (parents’ book)
  • 60 pages/side: $849, $549 for second copy (parents’ book)
  • 80 pages/side: $949, $649 for second copy (parents’ book)
  • 100 pages/side: $1049, $749 for second copy (parents’ book)

“Your Choice” Book. Our least expensive book still has high-end features like premium matte paper, printed cover, and high-quality printing. One photo per page/side; you choose the photos and the order they are in. Fed Ex shipping included.

12×12” Your Choice Book

  • 40 pages/side: $499, $349 for second copy (parents’ book)
  • 60 pages/side: $599, $449 for second copy (parents’ book)

 

Other Wedding-Related Photography Options

May be booked in combination with other day of wedding photography, or completely separately:

Quick and Easy Engagement Session. One or two looks shot in our studio, a CD with the best images from your session, posting on our website. Prints available at our normal low prices: $149

Romantic Engagement Session. Up to two hours of photography at up to three locations within the Capital Region, a USB thumb drive with the best images from your session, posting on our website. Prints available at our normal low prices: $299 (Romantic Engagement Session is included at no charge in some combinations of wedding services and products – contact us for details)

Rehearsal/Rehearsal Dinner. One photographer: $149/hr

Quick and Easy Maternity Session. One or two looks with just you or you and your partner, shot in our studio,up to 1/2 hour of photography;all the best images from your session posted at high resolution on our website $99

Standard Maternity Session. Three or four looks with just you, or you and your partner, shot in our studio or at any one location within the Capital Region, up to 1 hour of photography; all the best images from your session posted at high resolution on our website $199.

Reception Photo Station

Reception Photo Station. Spice up your reception and wow your guests with our Photo Station. It’s a fashion photo-style shoot with seamless paper, lights, camera, large-screen LCD for realtime display of all the action, and dedicated photographer for up to three consecutive hours during reception. Unlimited number of frames taken. All images posted to our website as a gift to your guests from you, and also delivered to you on DVD: $499

Reception Photo Station with Prints. Spice up your reception and wow your guests with our Photo Station. It’s a fashion photo-style shoot with seamless paper, lights, camera, large-screen LCD for real-time display of all the action, 4×6 color printer and dedicated photographer for up to three consecutive hours during reception. Virtually unlimited number of frames taken and prints made.3 Best images printed on the spot and delivered to your guests at no charge as a gift from you. All images posted to our website and delivered to you on DVD: $1199

Note: Engagement Sessions,Trash the Dress, and bpix may be booked independently from Day of Wedding Photography – in other words, it is not necessary to book us as your primary wedding photographers to book these services.

Notes:

All prices for wedding proofs, previews, USB thumb drives and books include shipping, with insurance, handling and delivery. No hidden costs or fees! Turnaround and delivery times are conservative estimates, but are not guarantees. Actual time depends on workload, time of year, and other factors. All offers subject to change and availability.

Please add 8% NY State Sales Tax to all prices shown for any packages which include tangible items, and are delivered to a NY State address. In the absence of a retainer payment or contract, all prices are subject to change without notice or obligation. Once we have a signed contract, your prices are “locked in” and will not go up, even if we raise our prices before your wedding day.

1 The “Day of Wedding Photography, Post-Production and Delivery” item includes photography the day of your event as well as professional editing and post-production for all the images we select to deliver in an online gallery and/or USB thumb drive. See “Proofs and Previews” and “Books, Albums, and Presentation”  for additional options.

2 We make best efforts to perform any reasonable “edits” you ask for in the book layout review cycle. However, edits are limited by technical considerations, and we reserve the right to decline to perform edits that are either technically impossible, extraordinarily time consuming, or which significantly impact the technical quality of the book. Light retouching is included in the definition of “edit;” extensive retouching, such as swapping heads, changing expressions, removing individuals may incur additional charges. In addition, edits which would require a change in contract terms, such as moving to a larger book size or different book type after the book has already been laid out are not considered “edits,” and may incur additional charges. In cases where edits would incur additional fees, we always obtain your written approval before proceeding with any work

3The number of Photo Station photos and prints made are practically limited by our physical ability to take and print photos during the contracted photo station “uptime.” To prevent individual guests from monopolizing the photo station, on rare occasions we may limit the number of photos taken and prints delivered to any single guest or couple to five photos.