Event Photography

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Basics - what is included? what is not?

What is event photography?

A series of photos taken at the event tell the story of who were there, what they did and how they interacted and made the event possible. I capture the photos to tell a story that you can relive every time you see the photos. Here is a sample of event photos, please click here. 

What is covered?

A series of candid photos of the event as it happens (games, shows, dances, ceremonies etc.) , candid and posed group photos, some solo photos of people key to the event (right at the venue), and photos of things important for the event (cakes, wedding rings, decorations and other details). To see a sample of event photos, please click here. 

What's not covered?

Solo photo shoots, outdoor photos (if the event is being held indoors), any photos to be taken out of the venue of the event but not part of the event.

Following are only a few examples of shoots which can't be combined and always shot separately at a different date and time or charged separately. Let us talk about your plants beforehand to avoid misunderstanding and discussions in front of your guests. Please call me or message me.

  • Baby photo shoot and birthday party shoot

  • Maternity shoot and baby shower

  • Couple shoot or pre-wedding shoot and engagement shoot

  • Engagement, birthday, anniversary or any other event along with any kind of 'pooja', 'mata ki chowki', 'sundarakaand', or other spiritual events (I can make an exception in this specific case but additional charges apply)

  • Real estate shoot, property, product shots along with any event shoot

While I can make some exceptions, that needs to be discussed beforehand and charge extra. Please get in touch with me.

What is the resolution of your cameras? In what resolution will we get out photos?

Photos are shot on cameras with resolution of 24 to 36 mega pixels. However final photos are shared in 72dpi of 1mb size (approximately). If you have any specific requirements, please let me know.

 

Our home is not well lit, will you be able to take good photos?

I carry my own off camera flash equipment and use it as I deem fit - that is sufficient for photography. However that is not suitable for providing extra lighting for the event.

 

Parties at home or small spaces?

Yes, often ceremonies are held at home or in placed with limited space. That is not going to be a problem.

 

The party will be held at large banquet halls or large homes or resorts, will you be able to cover everything?

 

I shoot the main event wherever that is held. Hence the area of the property is not relevant.

 

I want to be photographed with some people who will be coming to the party. Is it possible?

 

Absolutely yes! you can let me know what is important for you, I will shoot that. If you have some important guests with whom you want to be photographed, let me know on the spot. Also let me know relations important to you so that I can take photos of those people with you. Please note that I don't know what or who is important to you unless you tell me.

Charges, Payments

When do we have to make the payment? Who collects the payment?

Payment is to be made right after the shoot. I collect the payment.

Can we get an invoice? What are the applicable taxes? Are the taxes included?

Taxes are not included in the price and are charged extra. Yes, you can get an invoice which will always be a tax invoice. As per GST Act, 18% is the tax on photography services. Please share your GST number beforehand if you are GST registered business, so that I can give you an invoice immediately at the time of payment.

How and when to make the payment?

Payment in full ought to be made before sharing the photos. To get your photos as soon as possible, please pay in full right after the shoot.

You can pay by cash or by UPI apps like BHIM, PayTM, Google Pay, PhonePe, FreeCharge, Mobikwik etc or bank transfer using IMPS or NEFT.

 

We are hosting a small party with a very few people. Do you offer discounts for smaller parties?

Basic event photography charges include coverage of parties of up to 100 people. 

All things, time!

Is there a time limit for event coverage?

Yes, typical limit is 2 to 2.5 hours, starts right when I arrive at the location - wait time is also included in 2.5 hours. Anything beyond 2.5 hours is chargeable at 30% of the base price extra per each additional hour. Please consult me if you want to plan the event timing.

 

How much waiting time included in the shoot?

 

A normal, reasonable waiting time of 30 minutes is included in the shoot duration (refer to 'Duration of a shoot' above). To maximize the number of photos you get, please tell me actual time you want me to be there. Asking me to arrive an hour before the shoot reduces the number of photos I can give you or increases the amount you need to pay. Both of these are wasteful and unnecessary.

We want you to arrive 30 minutes before the event to take some photos. Can you do that?

Yes, I can. As mentioned above, that also counts in 2.5hr time limit. Beyond 2.5 hours I would continue to shoot but charge extra for additional time. A shoot which is not part of the main shoot (as mentioned above) also attract additional charges. Please let me know your requirements so that I can give you a package that suits your budget.

 

Do you arrive on time? What happens if you don't?

I arrive on time because I start before hand planning to arrive by promise time. If there are unforeseen, exigent circumstances, I will let you know. If I arrive with a slight delay, the time starts when I arrive - I will stay as per the promised duration of the shoot. In years of experience, I never arrived too late to shoot, rest assured.

When are the photos shared?

I will let you know at the end of the shoot when you can expect the final set of soft copies. Albums take at least 20 days depending on time it takes to design and for you to finalize the draft design.

Photos - the crux of the matter!

How many photos can we expect?

You can expect at least 60 photos for each hour of shoot. A typical event of 2 to 2.5 hours will get you 120 to 180 photos. This is an indicative number, not a rule. Often you get more, rarely you do get less in unforeseen conditions are not suitable for photography (eg. rain during an outdoor event, event getting delayed or changed, changes in the venue at the last minute etc.)

Is there a limit to the number of photos you give?

No, there's no limit on the number of photos only the duration of the shoot. 60 photos per hour is only an indicative number. I would love to give you as many photos as I can.

Do you give all the photos you shoot?

I share with you all the good photos of the event. But there will be photos in which people blinked, or made awkward face or expression, photos where there is camera shake, flash misfire, accidental misfire, focus blur, or otherwise photos which didn't turn out to be good aesthetically - these photos are deleted, never processed and shared with anyone under any circumstances.

We want all the unedited (RAW) photos shared (including the bad photos). Is it possible?

No, as mentioned above, no matter what, bad photos are always removed and deleted. Sharing raw, unedited photos is also not possible. This is not negotiable.

How are the photos shared?

Through a link that you can use to download the photos. For easy access to photos, for sharing with friends and family, I can also upload them to your Google Photos, Dropbox, Evernote or any other app of your choice?

What happens to our photos after you share them with us?

After I share the final set with you, mostly delete them permanently at any time within one month depending on data store available with me.

Do you edit the photos? Can we make special editing requests?

 

Included: Basic editing is done for exposure correction, cropping, color correction as deemed necessary.

Not included:  Any special editing requests like retouching, making someone look leaner, fairer etc., blurring, adding or removing people or  elements from photo, special editing for Instagram, Tiktok etc. 

 

 

Will the photos be blurry, dark or having any other problems?

No, I never share such photos. Either they will be corrected if possible or I will have other identical photos to give you (I take more than one photo usually so that wouldn't be a problem).  However sometimes some shots are missed and that's the reality of life. It is not humanely possible to get everything 100% right. But I can assure you that they will be a very few exceptions like that.

Oh! Albums too!!

We want an album. Do you give albums as part of the package?

For the sake of transparency in pricing, I don't combine the charges for shooting and album making. Albums come in different sizes and qualities, you can choose what fits your needs.  The answer is Yes, you can get an album.

 

Do you make/design albums?

Yes, I do design albums of the photos and get them printed by professional printing services like Canvera. These albums will be shipped to you directly by courier. Get in touch with me to know the prices.

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