Wedding FAQs for Vivian Kereki
The abundance of information out there about wedding photography leads to many questions. Here are some answers to the most common questions I receive. Please take a moment to read through, it may give you a better idea if we are a good fit for each other!
Q: What do your wedding photography packages include?
A: All investments include edited, print-ready high-resolution images, as well as a selection of prints. A variety of packages are available with the following options:
• an engagement session
• second photographer on wedding day
• custom thank you photo cards
• DVD slideshow set to music
• custom designed coffee table style album- gorgeous!
Q: How long have you been doing what you do? How did you become a photographer?
A: A camera has been in my life for as long as I can remember (I received my first manual camera, a Pentax MX from my father when I was 12) and I have always been the creative-type, an art lover, and crafter! Photography steadily grew as a passion for me after high school and I decided to gain formal training. I received my photography diploma from Langara College in 2000 and have been photographing in a professional capacity since that time.
Q: What is your approach to photographing a wedding? Can you describe your style?
A: If you are looking for a laid-back photographer who you can be comfortable with, one who pays attention to detail, loves pretty things, and will appreciate and find the beauty in you, your special day, and the special relationships you have with your family, friends, and fiancé, you’ve just described me! I wholeheartedly dedicate myself to you before, during, and after your wedding day to ensure you have the best and most enjoyable experience possible, and that you will love the results of your photography. I have endless energy and enthusiasm for everything I do, and this includes capturing special moments on your wedding day. I know when I should blend in and when I should take charge and direct. I strive to create photographs that illuminate the emotion, intimate details, fast-paced moments and joy of one of your most memorable days. I come prepared with top of the line professional equipment, including multiple camera bodies and numerous lenses. Whenever possible, I visit the ceremony and reception location beforehand, check the lighting, and do location scouting nearby to find great spots for portraits. As for my style, well, if you are fond of the photos on this site, then you will be thrilled with the photos I can capture for you. I enjoy creating wedding collections that explore variety and love the story-telling aspect of photographing a wedding. There is a beginning, a middle, and an end and many pieces to the day. My coverage includes candid photographs throughout the day, creative portraits, details of all those pieces we love to drool over (the flowers, the décor the dress, the shoes, the jewelry!), group photographs, scene setters, and of course the key emotional moments.
Q: How many images will I get?
A: The number of wedding images you receive depends on a few things such as how much coverage you have requested, the size of the wedding, how many guests there are and the complexity of the day’s events. On average I deliver approximately 80-100 images per hour of coverage.
Q: How long after our wedding until we get our photos?
A: During peak wedding season (April to October) photos are delivered approximately 10-12 weeks from your wedding date.
Q: Do you use an assistant or a second photographer?
A: I regularly photograph weddings solo and am comfortable and confident navigating through the course of the day on my own while providing excellent coverage, however a second photographer may be added to any of my packages. A second photographer is able to capture scenes from different vantage points and can nicely supplement the photos I take. I work only with second photographers whose work I admire and who I would hire myself.
Q: What equipment do you use? Do you shoot film or digital? Do you have back up?
A: I use professional Nikon digital 35mm cameras and have multiple camera bodies, lenses, lighting, and memory cards as back up. I use digital cameras for their superior quality; Digital files also provide enormous creative opportunities through the digital development process.
Q: Will our wedding photos be retouched?
A: I edit each photo for exceptional colour correction, balance, and clarity. With regards to retouching skin, I retouch minimally and only things that wouldn’t normally be there (such as a cut, scratch, or blemish). I believe your wedding photos should look like you and not a plastic version of yourself! Alternatively, I believe in bringing out the best version of you with my attention to the natural light and positioning. That being said if there is something physical you’d like touched up or are self-conscious of, please feel free to let me know.
Q: Do you shoot engagement portraits?
A: Yes! Engagement sessions are a great way for us to get to know each other, offer you a chance to see how I work and let you get comfortable in front of the camera. I highly recommend them!
Q: Do you travel?
A: Yes! I am based in Victoria, BC, but love traveling and am happy to make my way to most any wedding destination you have arranged. Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and the Gulf Islands are my backyard. If you are planning a destination abroad I would love to join! Contact me and we can talk about it.
Q: I love photobooths. Can I have one at my wedding?
A: Of course! Photobooths have become a popular addition to weddings in the last few years, and for good reason! They offer a playful addition to your reception and provide guests with endless entertainment! I can provide the equipment, set up and props for a background and lighting style photobooth. If you are interested in closed-in mobile-type photobooth units let me know, I can recommend some suppliers.
Q: How do I book my wedding date?
A: Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-812-4466) to see if I am available for your wedding date. In order to maintain the highest quality photography services for my clients I accept only a limited amount of commissions each year. A 50% non-refundable deposit as well as a signed agreement are required to secure your wedding date and time. Once these things are done you are officially booked!
Q: I still have questions. How can I contact you?
A: I welcome your questions! Please feel free to email me your questions or give me a call (250-812-4466). We can chat in person, on the phone or Skype.