American styled E-Session & Lifestyle portraits

Our sessions focus on capturing the two of you as you explore this incredible city in a beautiful, intimate & artistic way. We do not believe in standing you in front of places of interest and simply snapping a picture. We believe in telling your story by creating a narrative of your time here in Prague. These love stories can simply capture two very outgoing people who are living life on their journey or we can simply create a more posed, stylized look - either way - your photos in your way.

For those who are camera shy, no worries, our focus is in creating a stress free and fun session without making it feel overly posed. After all when you look good we look good.

For those wishing to have a more polished American styled family portrait session on location - - we can certainly create this as well as a High School Senior Portrait Session. 

Locations & Timelines: you can chose the locations or we can simply create a route that takes in the most beautiful locations in the time allotted with your input in mind.

Books: everyone should have a beautiful book of their travels and especially a professionally photographed portrait session of this incredible time in your life. As such we are offering beautiful, hard cover books(linen or faux leatherette) with a choice of colors, rigid lay flat real archival photographic pages  - designed with your choice of your favorite images. These beautiful keepsakes will be created with your input  and will no doubt become a new family heirloom that you will be proud showing off to family & friends for years to come.

 

Lifestyle Silver

199 EUR - tax included

perfect for marriage proposals or a very small session at your chosen location (daylight hours only)

90 minutes of photography

30 beautifully captured & processed images

web-optimized images 1650x1100 of all images for you to share with family & friends

digital download link to retrieve your session files

password protected online proofing gallery provided within 1 - 2 weeks of your session

lab directions will be provided with your retouched high res files to ensure that your images are printed exactly as we envisioned and created them.

 

for a fee of 100 EUR we can create a  designer 8x8 inch 10-spread photo book: linen or leatherette (faux leather) hard cover, lay flat page, real photographic paper - created with your favorite images (selected by you) shipped directly to your home 

or chose a 11x14 hard cover (faux leather or linen) lay flat, rigid real photographic pages, designer book for 350 euro

up to 2 revisions on your design

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Lifestyle Gold

perfect for lifestyle & engagement sessions, family portraits and even high school seniors

399 EUR - tax included

a wonderful session encapsulating locations of your choosing or we can assist in tailoring your route

3 hours of photography at some of Prague's most beautiful locations

60 beautifully captured & processed images 

a designer 8x8 inch 10-spread photo book: linen or leatherette (faux leather) hard cover, lay flat page, real photographic paper - created with your favorite images (selected by you) shipped directly to your home

up to 2 revisions on your design

web-optimized images 1650x1100 of all images for you to share with family & friends

digital download link to retrieve your session files

password protected online proofing gallery provided within 2 - 4 weeks of your session to select your chosen files to be used for your book (10-20)

lab directions will be provided with your retouched high res files to ensure that your images are printed exactly as we envisioned and created them.

 

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Lifestyle Platinum

899 EUR - tax included

For those wishing to have a truly stunning session with a more editorial & stylized look

start time can be pre-dawn or at sunrise – or you can have a late afternoon and evening session

we tailor the session based on your style, taste & locations and at different times of days to maximize the beautiful light as well as create a magazine look & feel to your images

 

6 hours of photography at many of Prague's most beautiful locations

a lighting tech during the entire session

120 beautifully captured & processed images

a designer 8x10 inch 10-spread photo book: linen or leatherette (faux leather) hard cover, lay flat page, real photographic paper - created with your favorite images (selected by you) shipped directly to your home

up to 3 revisions on your design

web-optimized images 1650x1100 of all images for you to share with family & friends

digital download link to retrieve your session files

password protected online proofing gallery provided within 2 - 4 weeks of your session to select your chosen files to be used for your book (10-20)

lab directions will be provided with your retouched high res files to ensure that your images are printed exactly as we envisioned and created them.

 

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A la carte

extra hours priced at 100 euro

for those wishing to have a pre-sunrise or a night session please add 100 euro for the lighting techs time

express editing (files created within 24 hours (business days only) 100 euro

upgrade to a 11x14 hard cover (faux leather or linen) lay flat, rigid pages, book add 250 euro

a flash drive of your session 35 euro

personal assistant (useful for carrying your bags) 50 euro

 

canvass prints and regular sized or large format prints can also be ordered

admittance fees and or travel fees are paid by the client

a makeup artist to prep you before your session or to have on session can be ordered for an extra fee

glamour retouching as well as beauty retouching can be ordered for an extra fee (75-150 euro)

Shipping and Handling of all products are not included in the price

all prices include tax

terms: 50% to book and the remaining fee due the day of the session

outside of Prague coverage can be ordered - contact us for pricing and info

 

FAQ FOR A SUCCESSFUL PORTRAIT & LIFESTYLE SESSION IN PRAGUE

Interested in having a dream lifestyle session or portrait session in Prague and wondering what are the best times of year to visit? No worries, as we have been creating & capturing sessions since 2007  – we have the experience and knowledge and can assist you in planning your session.

When is the best time for a portrait session in Prague? 

For truly beautiful images with very little worries about the weather the period from April (this is when the Cherry Blossom trees start to bloom) through the end of autumn in early October is usually gorgeous for most parts of Europe. Personally, September to early October are the most visually stunning times of the year as this is when the fall foliage is at its most spectacular and a visit to a garden is a must.  The  bonus; shorter days with its late sunrises and early sunsets make for easier & faster paced sessions.  

Are there differences in what days work best for a portrait shoot? 

Absolutely, the ideal time frames are from Sunday – Thursday. Though some gardens may be closed on Monday’s. Usually the weekends are quite busy with tourists plus we still capture up to 20 weddings a year and are usually booked in advance Friday – Saturday’s.

When to book your session? 

As the summer months are always in demand it is best to book your session as much in advance as possible.

 

WINTER THEMED PORTRAIT OR LIFESTYLE SESSIONS

For those couples wishing to have a dreamy winter themed  session – the best months are December – February. Though we can not guaranteed full cooperation with the weather. Be warned that though these sessions are quite beautiful, the cold weather does slow us down considerably. Content provided by www.pre-weddings.com the leader in pre weddings photography in Europe!

 

OUTFITS AND WHAT TO WEAR

We do not provide outfits during the sessions as we feel that you should take the time to find the perfect outfit for your needs. We can recommend several on-line English speaking resources where you can rent your outfits during your visit. 

 

HAIR & MAKEUP

We work with only the best ladies who are not only certified but speak English fluently. After booking your session with us we will present you with a short list of our favorite ladies who we are confident will make you look your absolute best. Please note that if you hire a makeup artist who is not one of our preferred ladies we are not responsible for their work and we will not fix their mistakes. But no worries, with our short list you will not have to worry about that at all after all we only work with and recommend the best.

We are regularly asked about hypoallergenic makeup for our ladies who have special requests. As our hair & makeup crew are trained & licensed professionals they can use special makeup for those who have skin issues.

Will the hair & makeup artist be with us during the entire session or only the preparation? IF you wish to have one why not. Though it is completely up to you as we all have our budget limitations. In saying that, having beautiful, flawless images is key to a successful session. After all you will wish to look your absolute best. As such we believe that having a full-time hair & makeup artist attend to your needs during the entire session is important - though not a necessity. At the end of the day, the only thing you will have left are your photos. This is why we encourage our couples to invest a little bit more for peace of mind - after all you deserve the best!

How does it work with the hair & makeup artists? We can arrange on your behalf or you can hire your own. Our hair & makeup artists will also contact you in advance to discuss your hair & makeup needs to ensure that your session is stress free. As such we ask that ladies provide us with photos of their outfits, their chosen hair styles as well as a few photos of themselves before meeting up. For those ladies who have skin issues, no worries, please mention this to your hair & makeup artist before you meet up so that you have the right makeup for your session.

 

ACCESSORIES

Personalizing your session to your needs is something we recommend and encourage. For some of our couples creating a unique and special motif (upon request) can be arranged with certain props and themes. As such we may be able to provide you with candles, lamps, champagne flutes, champagne, parasols and etc. Generally speaking we always encourage our clients to personalize their portrait session to their taste and style – after all it is your session. If you wish to discuss options more in details please speak with our team member with your ideas.

 

FLOWERS, BALLOONS & MUSICIANS

Do you wish to have a beautiful bouquet, or perhaps a string quartet or a more editorialized  styled session complete with champagne, candles and etc? No worries we can recommend talented and creative vendors who can assist in any way. 

 

TRANSPORTATION

As Prague has a small city centre, it really does not make sense to waste up to a 1/3 of your session sitting in traffic. Though photographers will offer this service to waste your time and bill you extra as they most always run overtime (due to sitting in traffic and not making it to your location wish list). Prague with its small city centre and fantastic public transport is a perfect place for a session. And no worries, all of our ladies are encouraged to have a 2nd pair of walking shoes and if we ever need a ride (for example from Mala Strana to Prague castle) we can jump in a taxi or a tram.

 

ACCOMODATION

Where to stay to ensure a stress free session? Ideally you will wish to stay in Mala Strana as it is the center of where we will focus on.

 

ADDITIONAL FEES

Boat rentals, horse and carriage rides, as well as Old Timers (vintage cars) rentals, are always billed at cost. Many gardens do charge ‘wedding photography’ or ‘commercial photography’ admittance fees.  Churches in Prague typically do not allow interior shooting. If a church does allow it they will usually charge a fee and these fees are to be covered by the clients. Special interior locations such as Chateau’s and castles can be arranged but again any fees must be covered by the clients. 

 

RAIN POLICY

Due to the high costs of the staff and the likelihood of us being booked the next day or possibly flying out the next day, we cannot cancel the session for bad weather.  We may pause the session (at our discretion) but additional fees for the crew must be discussed in advance.

 

BOOKING POLICY

We require a signed contract and a 50% retainer to guarantee your date with us. The remaining fee(s) are due on the day of our before the session starts. Also, as we are a registered and licensed business we must issue you an official receipt so no worries, unlike many of our competitors we have been in business here since 2008 and plan on being here for a very long time.

CONSULTATION

Complimentary consultation prior to your session. Due to the high volume that we experience at certain times and or our travel needs, a complimentary consultation may not be possible. In this case, we can and will arrange a Skype chat (or WhatsAp) to discuss everything online before your session. As our goal is to ensure that you enjoy your time and not be stressed over the details, our staff (Martina & Dorota) will ensure that everything is arranged in advance before your arrival.

 

LIGHTING CREW

Do you work with a lighting crew or assistants? Creating flawless, beautiful images is my priority. Having the right people who can handle any lighting situation and weather changes is very important. This is why I usually work with a lighting technician (some sessions we do not though). For many couples these sessions are an investment in not only time but considerable expenses so having a team who can provide professional and 1st class results is extremely important. Photographers who shoot only ‘natural light’ are either very talented and truly understand how to maximize the lighting in any situation or are simply photographers who are taking a short cut to maximize their profit and at your expense. Truly talented natural light photographers are highly sought after and as such they are expensive but they are not capable of crafting night time portraits – something which we specialize in. As a professional who has many years of experience I can provide both styles, but at the end of the day having an assistant who can create ethereal, dreamy & magical night time portraits is something that is not possible with natural light shooters. words and text stolen from www.pre-weddings.com the leader in pre weddings photography in Europe!

 

PERSONAL ASSISTANTS

Sometimes we are asked if we can provide a personal assistant to aid you during your session. Truth is having a large crew really stands out and attracts large crowds.  However, if you wish to have a personal assistant to carry your items we can arrange this for an additional fee  of 50 EUR as our team is not responsible for carrying your items during the session.

For our VIP clients who wish to have a personal assistant who can take you shopping and etc, we work with several lovely ladies who either manage or run their own wedding agencies who can be of tremendous help.

 

WHAT IS OUR BASIC RETOUCHING?

We have transitioned to Capture One Pro – which working professional and studio photographers worldwide recognize as the best photo editing software. However for most people the term photoshop covers the retouching and creation of the images. Our standard image creation consists of: overall color balance, density, contrast. Our proofs usually take up to 2-3 weeks to create as we wish to provide you with an image that is nearly finished and not simply proofs (images taken straight out of the camera without any adjustment). We also edit our images to present to you only the best images and not many similar images. 

Upon receiving your list of selected files we will then proceed with creating a more finished look incorporating skin retouching (within reason) fixing and or removing blemishes (within reason) skin lightening (upon request) eyes and teeth brightening as well as remove any issues that we feel detract from the overall beauty of your images. These issues can be wrinkles under the armpits,strap and dress marks, wrinkles on the neck and shadows under the eyes. Our overall goal is to create a more natural look to your images and as such we do not do heavy glamour retouching. 

Please note that we do not slim thighs, shoulders, arms and etc, nor do we remove people, objects and cars as this is very time consuming and we would need to bill accordingly for our retouchers services. Though in certain situation our retouchers may remove any issues that they feel detract from the overall beauty of the image – again this is at our retouchers discretion. Special requests will be considered but again as our retouchers time is valuable certain fees may apply.

 

HOW LONG BEFORE WE GET OUR FILES

How long before we receive our images? Typically we need 2-3 weeks to edit your session as well as create the look and style. Once we receive your list of selected images we will need another 2-3 weeks to finish them. For our couples who need express service we can provide this for an additional fee – please contact our team member for the rate and availability. Please note that as we only wish to create polished beautiful images this does take time.

 

RAW FILES

Typically we do not need to shoot in RAW  – only exceptions are in very tricky lighting situations. For our couples who wish to have RAW files from their collection, please contact us before hand so that we can make a notation to shoot in this format. The additional fee for the RAW files is 500 EUR and they are offered after we complete your order.

 

BOOK DESIGN AND IMAGE SELECTION

We believe in the more personalized approach and as such when it comes to creating a designer book we feel that you should chose the images for your book. Based on your suggestions we will create the first layout and send it to you for review. If you wish to substitute other images and or change the page locations you can as you will have up to 3 free revisions before additional design fees will incur.

We believe that as your session is an investment having a beautiful, hard back, leather designer book that showcases your artwork is very important. Our basic books have environmentally conscious faux leather (though you can also chose a linen style), real archival photo paper available in lustre or semi-matte and lay flat pages. These books are lovingly created and have always wowed our couples. 

For our VIP couples, we can upgrade your book using what we feel are the worlds best wedding books: www.Queensberry.com as well as RedTreeAlbums please note that these books start out at 1200 EUR and go up to as much as 5500 EUR for the Musee Collection from Queensberry – and yes they are truly art pieces that stand out.

 

Routes, itineraries and additional information about your hair & makeup artist are not given out until we have received a signed contract and your deposit.

All prices quoted include applicable tax

*additional shipping and handling fees apply / overnight delivery may not be possible