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?
We limit the number of weddings we photograph so that we can spend valuable time on each one and to ensure couples receive our best work. We do not overlap events; therefore, we will not be rushing from your event to photograph another client’s event. We focus on quality, not quantity in all areas of our work. We also do not photograph pre-wedding events (pertaining to Indian weddings) which means we have a quick turnaround time of 3 weeks for delivery, and we’re well rested physically, mentally and creatively for the wedding and reception.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE REACH OUT TO BOOK?
We book weddings two years in advance. Our 2023 calendar will open on June 1st, 2021. We book engagement photo shoots up to three months in advance, based on availability around our wedding schedule.
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 story, 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.
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 48 hours, Monday-Thursday. 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.
If you are just shopping around and looking for a bargain, that’s not us. We believe photography is one of the most important things to value for your wedding. Apart from the memories, all you have are photos past your wedding day, which only increase in value over time. It’s heartbreaking when couples come to us with wedding photos taken by an amateur and ask if we can salvage these poor images. We’ve had couples inquire for a session with us to redo their wedding portraits because of the bad experience they had with a photographer who failed to uphold high quality. Therefore, this investment is worth every penny. If you’re looking at cutting costs for the wedding, we highly suggest looking over other areas of expense, but do go with a credible photographer to save yourself stress and disappointment later.
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.
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 varies based on 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. 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 mindful of your concern when photographing you.
WHAT IS YOUR TURN AROUND TIME?
Since we take on such a limited amount of weddings per year and do not photograph pre-wedding events (pertaining to an Indian wedding), we have a faster turnaround time than most photographers! Our turnaround for weddings is 3 weeks. We deliver the photos while the excitement is fresh with each and every image professionally edited.
DO YOU PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR PRE-WEDDING EVENTS?
Starting 2021 and for all new bookings in 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 engagement 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 for delivery and have more availability during the weekdays for engagement 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 middle persons 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 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?
Every situation is different and we work with our clients to find options. Our COVID-19 policy is that clients may transfer the retainer fee towards a new date and if we are unable to accommodate the new date, the retainer fee will be refunded in full.
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?
We understand that planning a wedding – big or small – can be overwhelming, especially if you’re trying to create a personalized experience. We’ve been photographing weddings for over a decade; therefore, our knowledgeable, experience, and network of talented vendors can help bring your vision to life! Being a male-female duo helps to give you both perspectives, as we share the to dos, not to dos, locations, how to get the most out of your day, create memories with your friends and family, plan a timeline, etc. We’ve also styled successful editorial shoots that have gone on to inspire couples all over the world! We literally become wedding planners in the process, helping you in any way that we can to ensure this is a stress-free experience.
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 comfortable in front of the camera, and that’s because we have developed techniques to help ease our couples into feeling and looking authentic. We also attribute that success to our approach in working 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. 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.