Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the most frequently asked questions we receive from clients. Please take a moment to read through the list and email us if you have additional questions.
HOW MANY WEDDINGS DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH EACH YEAR?
Starting 2021, we accept one wedding booking per week, so that we can give our couples the best experience and photos possible. We focus on quality, not quantity in all areas of our professional and personal lives. By photographing one wedding per week, this also allows us enough time for a balanced lifestyle and quality time with our families.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE REACH OUT TO BOOK?
We book weddings up to a year in advance. We book pre-wedding sessions up to three months in advance, based on availability around our wedding schedule. If you’re starting your wedding planning early (over a year from the date) you’re welcome to connect with us, but we do not send booking information for wedding dates farther out than a year.
To keep the booking process fair, our policy is that we do not hold or secure dates without a signed contract and deposit. The one thing that breaks our heart the most is when we get to learn about a couple, fall in love with their stories, and find out we’re now booked for their dates. If you want to secure your dates with us, please contact us to arrange a consultation. Since we take on very limited weddings each year, we are usually booked 8-9 months in advance.
HOW DO WE BOOK YOU?
After looking through our portfolio on our website, Instagram, and Pinterest, please send us an inquiry through the contact tab. We respond within 24 hours, Monday-Friday. We offer in person or over the phone consultations to discuss the booking.
A 1/3rd non-refundable retainer fee for date reservation and both signatures are required to reserve our services for your date.
WHAT ARE YOUR RATES?
Please email us for the most up-to-date information on pricing.
In comparison to other photographers, our prices may be higher, but that’s because we produce the highest quality work for our clients. After all, these are some of the most important memories of your life and you want to invest in a team who is willing to put their heart and skill into crafting their best work.
DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS?
We don’t offer any sort of discount, since we promise fair pricing to all of our clients. This means that you will be paying the same as any other client and/or vendor currently booking their wedding with us.
The time, work, and effort associated with wedding photography goes beyond what you might imagine. The hours associated with prepping, shooting, and editing the wedding are staggering. We also use what we make towards purchasing new photography equipment each year to enhance our work. As a result, we have built our career cherishing the investment clients make in our wedding photography, and therefore we have priced our services in a way that allows us to produce high quality work for them.
HOW BIG IS YOUR TEAM?
We maintain quality and consistency in our work by having only one team of three photographers. With all three shooters trained in the same style and given designated roles, it allows us to document every part of the day and capture the wedding in its entirety.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED? DO COUPLES EVER TRAVEL TO YOU FOR SHOOTS?
We are based in Vancouver, British Columbia which is known for its wilderness and diverse backdrops of mountains, oceans, beach and greenery; therefore, many couples travel to us for shoots. In this way, they can make a little trip out of getting photos done. We grew up in British Columbia, so we know of tons of incredible locations for shoots, and we can help you choose the perfect spot for your dream shoot!
DO YOU DO DESTINATION WEDDINGS? WHAT ADDITIONAL FEES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH DESTINATION WEDDINGS?
While Amrit Photography is based out of Vancouver in British Columbia, we serve clients all around the world. Our destination wedding photography packages include the cost of travel and accommodations (flights, hotel, equipment and car rental).
HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL WE GET?
The number of photos delivered can vary based on different timelines, locations, activities, and so on; therefore, we don’t have a specific amount we deliver. It is typically between 1500-2000 photos for a traditional Indian wedding. We select the best images to edit from the thousands that we photograph. We include plenty of images of the different moments we capture. We don’t withhold any images from you to get you to pay more like some photographers may do. These are your memories, and we promise to capture them fully and give you more than enough images to remember this time in your lives, while still focusing on quality over quantity.
DO YOU DELIVER RAW PHOTOS?
We don’t give out RAW photos. Every photo you receive will be edited to ensure consistency in colours, brightness, and mood in a manner reflective of our style.
DO YOU PHOTOSHOP YOUR CLIENTS?
Our photography is about celebrating love and authenticity. We promote self-love and body positivity, so we don’t alter the way you look other than temporary blemishes like bruises and acne. We won’t photoshop to alter what is real and true for you. If you are especially self-conscious about something, please let us know, and we will be sure to be extra aware of that while we are posing you.
WHAT IS YOUR TURN AROUND TIME?
Since we take on such a limited amount of weddings per year, we have a faster turnaround time than most photographers! Our turnaround for weddings is 3 weeks. We try to get them back to you as soon as possible, while making sure we give time to each and every image.
DO YOU PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR PRE-WEDDING EVENTS?
Starting 2021 and for all new bookings for 2020, our wedding package does not include pre-wedding event coverage. Our couples hire an independent photographer for their pre-wedding events. We can offer recommendations for an independent photographer if needed. We have chosen to focus on providing the best experience and quality possible for the pre-wedding photo shoot, wedding day, pre-reception photo shoot, and reception coverage. Also by eliminating pre-wedding event coverage, we can meet our turnaround time of 3 weeks and have more availability during the weekdays for pre-wedding photo shoots.
HOW DO WE RECEIVE OUR PHOTOS?
When the editing is complete, we upload the images to a password-protected online gallery and send it to you via email. You can share the link with friends and family, so they can view your photos. You can also download the whole gallery to your computer. The images are stored online for a year, but we will also mail you the images on a USB as a back up.
WHAT RIGHTS DO WE HAVE?
You have all rights to download, print, and use your images for personal purposes.
DO YOU HELP WITH MAKING AN ALBUM?
We no longer act as a middleman between the album company and the client. When you receive your images, they are ready to be used for print. You may go directly to the album company of your choosing to get an album made. The album company will design a layout for you. We can definitely recommend a few album companies if you are having a hard time finding one in Vancouver/Lower Mainland. There are also digital options for wedding albums and photo frames that may be more appealing than the traditional selection.
WHAT IF WE NEED TO CANCEL/RESCHEDULE OUR WEDDING?
If you have already given a deposit to secure a date but need to move or cancel it, the deposit is legally non-refundable. A new deposit will be required to secure your new date.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO OUR WEDDING?
This would only happen if it were out of our control (act of god, illness, death, etc) but in this case, we would do our best to help find a replacement team that we trust with a similar style.
DO YOU HELP IN THE PLANNING PROCESS?
Absolutely! We have photographed hundreds of weddings, so we know the industry very well. Let us know what you need help with, if you need recommendations, and if there is anything we can do to make the process easier for you.
Once you book with us, we help with the planning process for the pre-wedding photo shoot and wedding day as well. We have created a pre-wedding photo shoot guide that we send to our couples at the time of booking, which covers topics such as concepts, outfits, locations, timeline, destination shoots, and resources for collecting ideas. Once our couples are ready to discuss their concept, we schedule a meeting to plan the shoot together. We have also created a wedding day guide that we send 2-3 months before the wedding, which outlines the ideal time frames to consider when planning the day. The guide also includes helpful advice regarding backdrops and ways to personalize the wedding day. We then meet with our clients a month before their wedding date to discuss their events. We talk them through the times for every step of the day, finalize unique locations for the post-wedding and pre-reception shoots, and set flexible goals for the day.
WE’RE AWKWARD. HOW WILL YOU GET GOOD PHOTOS OF US?
The couples we have worked with in the past were not models and for many of them it was their first experience being photographed by a professional photographer. Yet, if you look through our portfolio, they look so comfortable having been in front of the camera, and that’s because we have developed techniques to help ease our couples into feeling and looking authentic, so that we can create and capture genuine moments. We also attribute that success to the fact that we work closely with each couple to understand their relationship and help them choose a meaningful experience for the shoot. When a couple is engaged in an activity that they love to do together, they naturally forget that they’re being photographed. This is the goal for each shoot. On the day of the shoot, we meet on location 15 minutes prior to the start time to discuss posing. To be honest, we hate the word posing. We like to use “directing” because posing sounds so rigid. We don’t coach our couples into unnatural poses, but we will give them little prompts. Our directions are small and simple, as we like to allow you to interpret the prompts in your own way that feels natural. Our prompts are ways to get you to interact with each other. Some couples need more prompts than others, and that’s okay.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE GO OVER THE CONTRACTED AMOUNT OF TIME? DO YOU CHARGE FOR ADDITIONAL COVERAGE?
We understand that not everything goes as planned during a wedding. We don’t leave on the dot when the contracted time is up. Instead, we will ask you at the end of your contracted time whether or not you would like to extend. If you would like us to stay, we will charge the rates specified in your contract rounded to the closest 30-minute increment. We need to charge for additional coverage primarily because there are costs of having the team stay for additional hours. The shooters and lighting assistants all require additional compensation. Furthermore, the additional photos taken will need to be post-produced which adds to our overall costs.
I HAVE DOWNTIME BETWEEN EVENTS ON MY WEDDING DAY. WILL I BE CHARGED FOR THAT DOWNTIME?
For many reasons, we have to charge for the time in between events. The fact is, we’re never truly resting during the day, whether we’re backing up images, setting up for the second venue, traveling to the second location, taking venue shots, or making up for lost photo time because of unforeseen wedding day delays. In many cases, we use that “downtime” to take you and your significant other out for a photo session or more family portraits.