Photo Studio FAQs - michel botman photography

What Photography services do you offer?

We offer a variety of Photography Services with an emphasis placed on simplicity and authenticity. Our aim is to candidly capture significant moments of your life and the lives of your loved ones in an artistic, unobtrusive and informal manner. Sessions can be booked for a variety of occasions; lifestyle portraits, engagements, family reunions, anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, corporate events, etc. Please email Michel at the following address for a quote or additional information: michel@n49x.com.

How do you photograph weddings?

This is your very special day. We want you to live it and enjoy it to its fullest. The last thing you would want is a photographer bossing you around or blinding you with flashes. Of course, there will be some required formal group shots. We will capture these simply, quickly and without fuss, but for the most part, we will attempt to remain as inconspicuous as possible.

Ahead of your special day, we will usually organize an informal engagement session. We welcome and encourage your creativity and playfulness. Sessions can be organized in a park or urban setting. If there is a place that is dear to your heart, that speaks to who you are, we can meet you there, have fun and create memorable images that you will cherish forever.

On your wedding day, we will usually start with shots of the bride dressing with the help of the bridesmaids, friends and sisters. If timing and location permit, we can take a few shots of the groom and best man as well. We will then move on to the church, temple, synagogue, town hall or celebration venue ahead of the ceremony, to take a few shots of the location and be prepared to welcome friends, family members, bride and groom as they arrive.

Our work is done almost exclusively with near silent cameras and bright lenses, allowing photographs to be captured mostly in natural light, very discreetly and with minimal disturbance to the wedding ceremony.

As the day unfolds, we will work with you in a friendly and unobtrusive manner, blending into the background, capturing memorable, spontaneous images filled with natural light, feelings and emotions.

Details, portraits, candid shots, flower girls, funny faces, tears, hugs, laughs, rings, kisses … we will build the story of your day one unique image at the time, for all to remember.

How many images should we expect?

For each event, the number of images will vary greatly depending on the duration of the photo session, the number of guests, the light conditions, etc. For a typical event, you should expect between 200 and 500 retouched and color corrected images.

After a wedding or event, when should we expect to get access to our images?

We will always attempt to post a few “teaser shots” on your personal gallery the very next day after the event. You can start sharing these images with your guests while the joy of the party is sill in the air. We will then spend a few days selecting, retouching, color correcting and enhancing all images. A week or two later, we will have all images loaded onto your personal gallery, ready for viewing, sharing and printing.

Do we receive all our digital images in high resolution?

Yes! Some photographers will hold you hostage forever and will never release their high-resolution files. Some will only provide watermarked samples in low resolution. Some will provide files that can't be enlarged beyond 8x10. Some will prohibit you from posting images on your personal blog or Facebook page. We don’t play these games. While, we ask you to print your first set of enlargements with our professional photo lab, you will be provided with professionally retouched digital images in non-watermarked, high-resolution format suitable for future printing, framing, social media sharing, web posting and archival. 

What about prints?

Prints are extremely important. Even the best images can look dreadful when improperly printed. In consideration and respect to the quality of our work, we ask that you print your first set of prints and enlargements through our professional photo lab in Toronto.

How long does it take to order prints?

Enlargements typically require 5 - 7 business days for delivery. Photo books and photo albums require 4 - 6 weeks for production, printing and delivery.

When printing a large number of images after a wedding or event, do we get a volume discount?

Absolutely! Depending on the event and the number of prints and/or enlargements, we will provide you with a 10% - 20% discount on all your prints. This discount will apply to all your prints as well as all prints ordered by your friends or family members. 

What picture size do you recommend?

Photographs are typically more “elongated” than typical mat openings and usually have a 1.5 height-to-width image ratio. The best approach is to order your prints based on the format of the photographs and order a custom cut mat to fit your images and frames. Standard dimensions best suited to photographic images are: 8" x 12" - 10" x 15" - 12" x 18" - 16" x 24" - 20" x 30" - 24" x 36"

What kind of photo album do you recommend?

Our style of photography looks best in what is usually called “coffee table” photo books. These types of books offer a look and feel that is more contemporary, more fun and far less formal than traditional photo albums. They allow for greater creativity in format and page layout in an exceptionally affordable package. Prices typically start around $350 per book. If you wish to offer copies of the book to members of your family or friends, volume discounts are available. Of course, if you prefer or would like to add a traditional photo album, deluxe hardcover or clamshell casing wedding albums come in a variety of forms and sizes at prices starting around $600.

What about posting on Social Media?

Feel free to post images on your Blog, Instagram or Facebook page.  Of course it is always  appreciated mentioning our name when publishing images on line.  It is a nice gesture, but certainly not an obligation. 

Are my images safe and secure?

We are paranoid about image sheltering. During photographic sessions, we will often work with two cameras, constantly alternating to ensure that if one camera fails, the other is ready to take over seamlessly. We also utilize multiple high-quality memory cards and swap them regularly. When we get back to our studio, we immediately back up all images on two independent local hard drives and on a third drive that is moved off-site the next day. When you receive your images, we recommend that you also create a back-up copy. 

How much?

There is a lot more to life than a little money. When it comes to pricing, we subscribe to our very own “Robin Hood approach”. We often offer FREE or highly discounted services to non-profit organizations and people who can’t afford to pay full price for professional photography. It is a way of volunteering, giving back to the community and building long-term relationships. What goes around comes around, and we would rather it be goodness and generosity than greed. If you need a photographer and genuinely can’t afford one, don’t hesitate. Availability permitting, it will truly be my pleasure and privilege. And if you like our work, please pass the word along. See our Value Proposition for details.


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