Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions page. Below we hope we’ve answered most of your wedding photography, wedding videography and wedding album design questions. We offer a wide range of services, so if you have more questions, or if you’d like to stop by our NYC wedding studio, drop us an email or call us at your convenience. We’re looking forward to meeting with you. It’s your special day and everything is possible!
Because every client and event are wonderfully unique, and because our clients have individual tastes and needs, we offer all of our services “A La Carte.” Our wedding and event packages are priced based on hours of coverage. Extras like engagement sessions, albums, treasure boxes, and retouched gallery prints can be added. To the advantage of our clients, all of our engagement sessions and albums are discounted by 20% when coupled with a photography or videography package. In addition, our videography packages are discounted by 10% when coupled with a photography package. Please fill out the short form on our Contact page and we’ll get back to you (usually within 48 hrs) to confirm we’re available for your dates and to arrange a phone call or meeting to find out more.
We work with a handful of exceptional associate photographers on both coasts and always choose the photographer who we feel is the best fit for each wedding. There are usually a minimum of 2 photographers (Joshua Lawrence Kogan and a Studio JLK associate photographer) and 1 photo assistant on most weddings. Events normally include 1 photographer (Joshua Lawrence Kogan) and a photo assistant. Depending on the size and demands of your wedding or event, additional photographers and assistant photographers may be recommended. For smaller more intimate weddings or events 2 photographers may not be needed. Once we understand more about your event, the number of guests, your budget and the logistical realities of the day, we will make our recommendations.
Family portraits are some of the most important photographs of the day. We usually suggest to our clients that these photographs are made before the ceremony because you, your family and bridal party will probably want to join everyone else at the reception once the ceremony and receiving line are over. This allows you and your new husband time to have a cocktail and make some fun newlywed portraits before making your big entrance at the reception. But whether you schedule these images before or after the ceremony, be sure to make time for these portraits because they are precious. We will work closely with your planner to make sure the schedule includes ample time, not only to capture these images, but to make sure everyone enjoys the process. Depending on the number of family and wedding party, as well as the number of shot variations requested, well-achieved family portraits usually take 45-90 minutes.
HOW MANY IMAGES
There’s no way to accurately predict exactly how many images will be included in your edit. Typically, for a wedding with 150 people, with 2 photographers, you can expect 800+ color corrected images from a 10-12 hour wedding. If there’s a rehearsal dinner the night before, that would add another 150-200 color corrected images to your edit. A destination wedding client with a 3 day event, 60 guests, can expect approximately 1,200-1,400 color corrected images. Number of guests, size of venue, weather, and activities planned are some of the factors that determine the number of images included in your edit.
RETOUCHING & COLOR CORRECTING
One of the things that really sets Studio JLK apart is the amount of time and expertise we invest in the editing, color correcting, and retouching process. A single wedding takes approximately 70 hrs of editing and post production work in Lightroom and Photoshop before the images meet our standards of excellence (most wedding photographers only invest 20-25 hrs.) Destination weddings and multi-day events can take 80+ hrs to edit and color correct. Our retoucher Michel is a Photoshop guru specializing in beauty retouching and I’m lucky to have him on my team. Every image is individually edited, corrected for color, saturation, tonality, density, vibrance, sharpness and overall image integrity. This work includes digital darkroom techniques like dodging and burning, masking, black and white transfers, and much more. A typical Studio JLK Weddings edit is 25-35% black and white and 65-75% color. Black tie events are closer to 50% black and white and 50% color.
GETTING THE IMAGE FILES
Once the post production work is done (usually within 30 days of your event) the images will be uploaded to your private online gallery. We’ll send you a link so you, your family, and your guests can relive the moments, make prints, and share images with friends on social media. 90 days after your event we’ll transfer all the high resolution color corrected images to you for your archives. All wedding and event packages include professionally retouched archival gallery prints in 8.5×11”, 11×14”, or 16×20” formats.
Our studio shoots exclusively in digital. While I was a film shooter forever, digital cameras and sensors have come a long way in a short time. The file quality I now get with my Canon SLR surpasses the quality and speed of my beloved Hasselblad 503CM film camera. Digital sensors allow me to shoot in lower light with less visible noise/grain than I would get with film. With a digital workflow we spend more time shooting and less time loading and unloading film. The result is extremely consistent image quality which is especially important when it’s time to layout your album.
Engagement sessions are the best way for a couple and their photographer to get to know one another before the demands of the wedding day. I really enjoy this time with my clients, it’s a chance for me to get a feeling for their personalities and to know more about their love story and their lives. This understanding plays a big role in how I eventually capture my clients’ wedding day. But most of all, it’s just a lot of fun running around making romantic and whimsical images that capture the love, connection, and humor that makes every wedding couple’s love story their own.
Before your engagement shoot we’ll discuss your ideas for the session. This includes concept, location, inspiration, wardrobe, and any props you might want to include. Once that’s decided, the next step is to book a date for the shoot. Hair and makeup artists are always recommended but not required. We work with many incredibly talented artists and are happy to make those arrangements for you. Within 30 days of the shoot you’ll receive an email with a link to your online gallery where you’ll find the color corrected edit of the best images of the day. Once we know which images you want, the retouching and printing process takes 14 days or so. 90 days after the shoot we’ll transfer high resolution color corrected images to you for your archives. Every engagement session comes with retouched fine art gallery prints.
HAIR & MAKEUP
A talented hair and makeup team is essential not only to allow a bride to achieve her vision, but to give her (and her girls) a confidence boost going into such an important day. So choose your team carefully. Working between the worlds of fashion, beauty and weddings we have access to some incredibly talented hair and makeup artists in NY, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris and London and are happy to make referrals.
By adding Studio JLK to your wedding registry, friends and family can help you realize the photography package and wedding album of your dreams. Skip the blender, the fruit bowl, and the monogrammed napkins; the pictures in your album will mean so much more to you in the years to come. It’s easy to set up and you’ll be surprised how excited your friends and family are to be a part of this most special of wedding gifts.
Payment by cash, personal check, bank transfer, and credit card are all accepted. A retainer of 50% of the total fee is required at contract signing with the balance due no less than 60 days prior to the event. Your date is reserved upon contract signing and receipt of the deposit.
We work with some of the best wedding film directors in the business and are happy to make recommendations.
Studio JLK Weddings carries ample liability insurance. If your venue requires proof of insurance please let us know at least 30 days before the date so we have enough time to forward the appropriate paperwork to our carrier.