Contact us today for our 2018 pre wedding & post wedding photography brochure

 

The Signet Collection

 An incredible package for couples desiring bespoke, creative, artistic portraits from your chosen locations around Europe. 2 days of portraits in 2 separate countries. Up to 2 separate sessions per day to ensure a relaxed and more enjoyable session capturing both the beautiful day time & romantic nite time images.

Ideally your session will start before dawn to capture those romantic beautiful night time images without the crowds. then we proceed with capturing the sunrise & the golden hour. after a break we will capture the late afternoon, golden hour, sunset and more creative, artistic night portraits which we excel at.

Day 2 can be a repeat of the same schedule or simply 8 hours of continuous shooting - your choice.

 - a 15 - 2 page spread designer book 11x14” (36x28cm) featuring real archival photo paper, rigid pages and a selection of your favorite 30-40 images, your choice of faux leather or linen designed with your input

 - 120 images chosen by you will be retouched & enhanced with a focus on creating signature art pieces  

- minimum of 300 digital negatives provided in high res professional retouching of selected close up portraits

- high resolution photos for printing - retouched images prepared for online and web viewing (1650x1100 pixels)

Please note that advance booking is highly recommended to ensure reasonable travel and accommodation costs which are covered by the client.

Kurt will be traveling with 1 lighting assistant to keep the costs down. hair & makeup will be arranged in advance and costs are tbd before a contract is finalized.

 

 

The Czech Collection

Featuring the incredible beauty of the Czech Republic. A wonderful package for couples desiring bespoke, creative, artistic portraits featuring Prague and a second day of locations of your choice.

- 12 hours of photography with kurt & his lighting crew

- Day 1 - 8 hours in Prague at locations of your choice - for example pre sunrise, sunrise, goden hour or late afternoon, golden hour, sunrise & night time (8 hours continuous).

- Day 2 - 4 hours at a location of your anywhere in the Czech Republic (up to 4 hours round trip travel free). Locations can be Cesky Krumlov, Cesky Raj, Castle Dobris or a combination (Cesky Krumlov & Hluboka Castle) or possibly dresden in Germany.

- 90 images chosen by you will be artistically enhanced and retouched (capture one pro)

- a 10 - 2 page designer book 8x8” (20x20 cm) featuring real archival photo paper, rigid pages and a selection of your favorite 20-24 images, your choice of faux leather or linen - all books are designed with your input

- professional retouching of selected close up portraits

- 200 digital negatives unedited in high res included - password protected online proofing gallery to review and select your favorite images for post processing

- hair & makeup preparation for both sessions included

- retouched images prepared for online and web viewing (1650x1100 pixels)

 

additional services - optional:

van transportation (180-400 eur) includes pick up at hotel, driving to locations, transfer back to hotel available for both days.

  

THE SIGNATURE ART COLLECTION

Our luxury series of art directed / magazine styled / posed portraits focus on creating stylized images that are curated with your input.

Beautiful, creative artistic portraits that will both amaze and blow away your family & friends. Ideally your session would begin very early in the morning to capture the night time romance at sites that truly showcase this beautiful city. Your session would end 2 hours after sunrise so that we have plenty of time to capture the sunrise & the golden hour.

- up to 8 hours of photography with kurt and his lighting assistants at locations of your choosing

- 60 images chosen by you will be artistically enhanced and retouched (capture one pro)

- a 10 - 2 page designer book 11x8” (28x20cm) featuring real archival photo paper, rigid pages and a selection of your favorite 24-30 images, your choice of faux leather or linen

- all books are designed with your input

- professional retouching of selected close up portraits

- 150 digital negatives unedited in high res included

- password protected online proofing gallery to review and select your favorite images for post processing

- hair & makeup included for the entire session

- retouched images prepared for online and web viewing (1650x1100 pixels)

- personal consultation prior to your session

additional services - optional: van transportation (180-200 eur) includes pick up at hotel, driving to locations, transfer back to hotel

 

The Elegancia

featuring Prague - one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. A stunning collection for couples desiring bespoke, creative, artistic portraits at prague’s most iconic locations. Your style of photography in your way. 8 hours of photography split in to 2 sessions (Sunrise & Sunset) your 1st session can begin before dawn to capture those romantic beautiful night time images without the crowds. Then we proceed with capturing the sunrise & the golden hour. After a break we will capture the golden hour before sunset, sunset and more creative, artistic night portraits which we excel at. Or you can create your own timeline to suit your needs.

- up to 8 hours of photography with kurt and his lighting assistant at locations of your choosing

- 60 images chosen by you will be artistically enhanced and retouched (capture one pro)

- professional retouching of selected close up portraits

- 200 digital negatives unedited in high res included

- password protected online proofing gallery to review and select your favorite images for post processing

- hair & makeup preparation for both sessions included

- retouched images prepared for online and web viewing (1650x1100 pixels)

- personal consultation prior to your session

additional services - optional:

van transportation (180-200 eur) includes pick up at hotel, driving to locations, transfer back to hotel

The Natural Light Art Series

 

Perfect for couples who wish to have a more relaxed natural light session at many of Prague’s iconic locations. This session focuses on capturing the two of you as you explore this enchanted city. Very little posing and or directing is involved unless you request to have a mixture of styles and looks. Ideally we would start 1 hour before sunrise to capture the Sunrise, the Golden Hour and then we would visit many of prague’s iconic locations and finish up at one of it’s famed gardens. Your photo session and at your pace.

- up to 6 hours of photography with kurt and his lighting assistant at locations of your choosing

- 60 images chosen by you will be artistically enhanced and retouched (capture one pro)

- professional retouching of selected close up portraits

- 150 digital negatives unedited in high res included

- password protected online proofing gallery to review and select your favorite images for post processing

- hair & makeup preparation included

- retouched images prepared for online and web viewing (1650x1100 pixels)

- personal consultation prior to your session

additional services - optional: van transportation (180-200 eur) includes pick up at hotel, driving to locations, transfer back to hotel

 

The Engagement Series

Because you deserve the best! Beautiful photos, artistically created perfect for couples who are on a budget. Start time can be after sunrise or during the Golden Hour up to sunset. Locations of your choosing.

- up to 4 hours of photography with kurt

- 30 beautifully created high res files chosen by you from our online private gallery

- 100 unedited digital negatives of your session will be provided upon completion

- professional retouching of close up portraits provided

- all images are provided in high resolution perfect for large format priting

- retouched and digital negatives prepared for online viewing created in 1650x1100pixels

- personal consultation prior to your session

additional services - optional:

- hair & makeup artist preparation 150 eur

- transportation 125 eur - includes hotel pick up, transport to locations, transfer back to hotel

- 10 2-page spread, designer Artisan book in 11x8” (28x20 cm), featuring real archival photo papers, rigid / layflat pages, your choice of linen or faux leather designed with your input 400 EUR

 

 

 

YOUR STYLE FOR YOUR PRAGUE PRE WEDDING SHOOT

As a trained magazine photographer & photojournalist I can capture any style that you wish. For many of our couples having a natural, yet curated styled session with some posed portraits are ideal as spending up to 8 hours posing is tedious at best.

As we believe in creating a style that fits your needs first and foremost we will speak with you before you arrive so that on the day of the session you can simply enjoy the creative process. No stress, no fuss, just beautiful award-winning fine art photography.

 

FAQ FOR A SUCCESSFUL PRE-WEDDING SESSION

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

 

When is the best time for a pre wedding 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 pre wedding 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 PRE-WEDDINGS

For those couples wishing to have a dreamy winter themed pre wedding 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!

 

WEDDING DRESSES & TUXEDOS

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. Please note that sizes for European woman tend to be taller and thicker and it is advisable to bring your own outfits as you will wish to enjoy your time in Europe without stressing over finding the right outfit(s).

 

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? 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 quite important. 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? 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

Do you wish to have a beautiful bouquet or perhaps some wedding decor for your more editorialized session? No worries we can recommend one of our fabulous Czech owned and operated companies where their website is in English and you can have everything delivered - no stress no worries.

 

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 999 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.

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