What are your rates?
We value your investment in preserving the memories of your special day. Our rates will generally take into account the scope of your event, time of year, your budget, the services you require and how they are presented. For photography, we always include all of your images on disk, no strings attached, along with online access and a bunch of free print enlargements. Our videography service always includes professionally edited DVD’s recorded in 16:9 widescreen format (Blu-Ray also available). We always arrive prior to your getting dressed and stay through to the end of your event, no overtime charges. Please fill out the Contact form above or give us a call so we can start a dialogue.
Do you use film or digital camera equipment?
We exclusively use digital camera equipment, we do not use film. Thankfully, professional digital camera technology has achieved a resolution that is at least as good as, if not better than film. There are many pros and some cons to using a fully digital work flow, however, the pros far outweigh any cons that might exist. One of the primary reasons for using digital is that in the widely varied lighting conditions encountered during an event, the photographer no longer needs to carry and load a different film stock for daylight, incandescent light and low light conditions. While some may think that a digital work flow costs less to implement than film, (no need to buy film anymore) in reality, digital can be much more expensive. There is a high cost associated with the equipment itself as well as the computer hardware and software required to process the images. Also, digital technology requires re-investment at far more frequent intervals than film ever did. And in the end, the images still need to be printed at a traditional lab, just like film.
Do you shoot in color or black-and-white?
Actually we shoot both. Because we shoot digital, we have the luxury of making this choice even after the photo has been taken. We might choose to make an image black-and-white because the natural light in the shot might not make for pleasing skin tones. In other cases, the color might be a distraction. Sometimes the lack of color in an image draws you closer to the emotion of the shot. Other times black and white can render an image with a more timeless or classic look. Conversely, some images really pop with highly saturated colors.
How many pictures do you shoot?
Over the course of a typical event day, with two photographers, we will end up with an average of 600 images. We may actually shoot more than that, but once we remove images wherein people have their eyes closed or some other hiccup, we arrive closer to the actual number.
Do you use flash?
If we could shoot without flash from here to eternity, we would. We absolutely love natural light. However, we will certainly encounter, over the course of your event, natural lighting conditions that are beyond the capability of any camera system. Cameras see about 1/8th the ambient light range that our eyes see. In these situations, we must use flash to ensure that we don’t miss capturing a significant moment. However, we have developed techniques that minimize the “deer in the headlights” effect you see from most point-and-shoot cameras. Rest assured, if we do use flash, it was necessary, and the result will be pleasing to your eye.
What if your camera equipment fails to operate?
We would love to tell you that this will never happen, but camera equipment is not fail safe. However, on your event day, you need not worry because we always carry at least two cameras per photographer. In addition, we regularly inspect and test our equipment thoroughly and prior to arrival. We use more than five memory cards per camera and would never consider putting an entire event on one card. Because we typically have two photographers on site at your event, we are just about assured end-to-end coverage. We also have a robust backup and archive system designed to protect the digital images once we return to the studio.
What type of albums do you offer?
Our main albums are basically available in two styles, flush-mount or matted. Flush-mount albums are available in 10×10, 10×14 and 12×12 sizes, while the matted is available in a 10×14 size. We also offer a 10×10 lay-flat coffee table album and a 10×7 matted album, both of which are typically purchased as a parent album. Please give us a call to arrange for a personal viewing at our studio; at such time we can discuss pricing and layout options.
What do I get and when? When is payment due?
Typically, within 3-4 weeks of your event day your proofs will be ready to post online. Through our online print ordering service, you and your friends and family will be able to view and purchase any of the images in a variety of sizes and also assign your favorites photos for album use. Next we will prepare a digital presentation of our vision for your album design. This interactive presentation will allow you to visualize your album design and layout and to share it with your friends and family. We prefer to work closely with you to attempt to finalize your album design within a few weeks of your seeing our presentation. You will of course have the option of adding or deleting pages or images at any time prior to finalizing your order. Once your album design is finalized, we will place your order. It usually takes up to three months for us to receive your albums and prepare them for delivery. As far as payment is concerned, you can book us for your event day with a retainer payable by cash, check or credit card.
Do you travel for destination events?
The straight answer is sometimes, yes, we do travel beyond the tri-state area. We are however very selective in choosing to accept a travel assignment. More often than not, destination events require us to block out three days from our calendar and typically during peak season. We may prefer to serve three clients over three days rather then block out all for just one. This does not mean that if the circumstances are right that we would not accept a travel assignment.
Do you shoot family portraits and group shots?
Absolutely, yes. However, we prefer to work out ahead of time what is essential, prior to your event. We also prefer that someone be designated to help us gather required family members to the shoot and to help us keep things moving. We prefer to not spend more than five minutes on each group shot and not more than 35-40 minutes total. Efficiency and a bit of forethought is the key to success. We want you and your guests to return the party as much as you do.
Why do I need photography and video coverage?
Most will agree that photography is essential and we couldn’t disagree, however not everyone agrees that video is important as well. It’s not a matter of need; it’s a matter of desire. You might not feel the desire today, but trust us, someday you will regret not having your event documented and preserved on video. While photography excels at capturing a fleeting moment and causes us to wonder and imagine the circumstances surrounding that moment, video displays everything that happened before and after the moment, with all of its intimate details. These moments are once-in-a-lifetime events that should be preserved for all generations to witness. Also, “wedding videos” and the like are not what they used to be, especially if you book our services. With Bliss Productions gone are the days of shaky camera movement, super-bright lights, tacky transitions and overdone graphics. Our video presentations are more like feature films. Also, because we deliver your video on DVD (or Blu-Ray), you can jump from scene to scene with intuitive menus and no longer have to sit through portions of the day that you’ve seen 100 times. On the other hand, if you wish to view a scene you absolutely love, you can jump right to it, and if you want, watch it 1000 times, because the picture quality will never degrade like VHS.