Washington DC Pre-wedding
Q1: “What is a Pre-wedding session and how much does it cost?”
A Pre-wedding Session is also known as Hunsha（婚纱）in Asia, you can almost consider it as an "upgraded" version of the Engagment session. It’s a photo session where you dress in your white dress and black tux, and go out as bride and groom for a photo session before the wedding. We know it's not traditional, but if you’re someone who likes to stray from tradition and loves awesome photos, this may be perfect for you! As it becomes increasingly more common for couples to put on the wedding dress and shoot a session as “bride and groom” before or even after the wedding, I really have a blast each time we have one of these amazing shoots. While the Pre-wedding session does not replace your typical wedding day portraits, it is a way for you to get in all of the locations or props you want to represent the both of you that might not be feasible on your wedding day. It’s the best way to ensure you have amazing weather, the perfect locations, and plenty of time for portraits. It is a slightly longer session (3~4 hours) where we take you to some of the coolest places in DC for photos that will make all your friends and families go WOW. We also implement our own creative-retouching methods to make everything look like magic. For sample works please go to: www.carlelixirphotography.com/prewedding
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Q2: “What is the process for booking a pre-wedding session?”
We suggest that you contact us 2-3 month prior to your desired date, it will give us more time to prepare and give you more available dates to choose from. This is the typical Pre-wedding booking and shooting process：
1）Fill out a contact form above
2）Let us know your desired date/dates to shoot the Pre-wedding session.
3）Tell us about yourself, and the locations that you wish to cover in the shoot.
4）We can either meet in person or have a phone conversation about the shoot.
5) Once you are happy with our style and the way that we work, we will sign a contract with you. There is also a $1000 retainer fee.
6）We will provide you with dress rental information, as well as the makeup artist information.
7) Time and route will be finalized in the next couple of weeks.
8）On the day of the shoot: Makeup and hair in the morning, meet in DC, photoshoot in the afternoon.
9）Tell the photographer about your special ideas or poses.
10）Final payment is due at the end of the shoot.
11）3-4 weeks after the Pre-wedding shoot, we will provide you with a couple of retouched photos, as well as all the unedited jpegs.
12）4-6 weeks after the Pre-wedding shoot, we will deliver all the retouched photos.
Q3: “What does your creative-retouching method include?”
1) Background cleaning
2) Body height adjustment
3) Body shape adjustment
4) Facial feature adjustment
5) Skin smoothing
6) Hair adjustment
7) Professional coloring
8) Special effect such as "Starry sky"
10) Black and white conversion
Q4: “How many unedited jpegs do we get?”
Q5: “When will we see the photos and in what format?”
Our processing time is 4-6 weeks after the shoot. Alternatively you can also choose expedited service. All photos are full resolution jpegs with no watermarks, they can be printed into large format prints.
Q6: “How do we receive the photos and how do we pick that ones that we want retouched?”
Your photos will be uploaded to a secured online album in 3-4 weeks time, from there you can pick your desired photos and please feel free to provide us with your retouching instructions.
Q7: “Can I add additional photos for retouching? Can you give us the original RAW files?”
Yes, you can add additional photos for retouching at $25/photo。RAW files can also be purchased。
Q8: “How should we pick our locations?”
You can pick your favorite locations from the location list on our pricing guide, these are locations that we are very familiar with, and they will promise to yield you many high quality photos. However, if you wish to pick your own locations, then we are more than happy to explore them with you. Going to a new places always gives us new ideas!
Q9: “Do you provide wedding dress rental and makeup services?”
Yes we do, please contact us for more information.
Q10: “How many dress should I prepare?”
For bride, 2-3 dresses, one wedding gown, one or two evening gown. For groom, one dark suit and one lighter suit, bowtie/tie and square pocket.
Q11: “What should I prepare for the shoot?”
This is a great question, and an important one. Our suggestion is, try and treat this Pre-wedding shoot as a wedding day. You want your dress, makeup, hair, and props to be exactly like what a wedding day would be. Ladies please pick the dress that is most suitable for you, jewelries are always nice, bouquet is also a big plus. For boys, please go to the barber shop at least one week before the shoot to get some grooming done, shave, and pick a well-tailored suit. In terms of poses, we will be directing you a lot on the day of the shoot, but we still hope that you are more involved in this. You can follow our work and other photographer's work to learn and practice poses. Stand in front of a mirror and practice a little with your loved one, this will help a LOT and save us tons of time. On the day of the shoot please eat a healthy lunch and bring some snacks and water with you. After all, this is a 4-hour long shoot, so it can be quite exhausting. Just remember, getting great photos from your Pre-wedding session is not just a photographer's job alone, it's the result of everybody's teamwork.
Q12: “What if the weather doesn't cooperate?”
We will notify you 24-48 hours prior to the shoot if we are going to reschedule. We will reschedule if it rains or if there is a storm. The rescheduling time is going to be dependant on our schedule.
Q13: “We get quite nervous in front of the camera, what should we do?”
Please don't worry, you are not the only one! We will be providing you with very detailed instructions and guidance throughout the shoot. All you have to do is just enjoy the scenery, enjoy each other and laugh.
Q14: “How do we book you?”
Sign a contract with us and pay the deposit, then you will be all set!
Q15: “How do I pay for the deposit?”
We accept the following payment methods：Check，BOA transfer，VENMO，or PayPal. If you decide to use PayPal，please select “send to friends and family” to avoid additional charges.
Cell: (205) 218-4399
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