No doubt proposal is a special moment and it must be captured. You need photos that tell the story of how you began as an engaged couple. Photos that can make you smile for many years to come. After all, what are proposal photos needed for? They’re for you and the special people around you to enjoy for years to come.
No doubt most of the couples who start researching wedding photography prices are going to get a price shock. After all, paying thousands of dollars just for few hours of work always seems to be steep. There are lots of articles describing why the wedding photography rates are (or not) justifiable. Some even include a detailed analysis of costs of running wedding photography business. I don't intend to write another article as in my personal view wedding photography is an investment and should be treated accordingly, however, I do want to share some of my thoughts on it. If you feel, you already know all about it, feel free to contact me directly.
It may surprise you, but wedding photography is an extremely risky business. Unlike pretty much any other type of photography, it can not be re-staged and re-shot. If the photographer makes a mistake of not showing up on time or at all, besides what happens to the poor couple, photographer's reputation will be forever ruined or at least severely damaged. How many businesses you know offer such a great "exit strategy"?
Most couples don't like cold and rain on their wedding days and their guests won't appreciate it either. Even here in the Bay Area guaranteed good weather season is from May to October. And most couples book only Saturdays so their guests don't have to leave the party early. This leaves typical photographer with a limited number of weddings to shoot.
The following information will help you understand the value of a proposal photography making it easier to make a decision. We have put together a page that goes into depth of planning a perfect proposal photography.
Unlike any other type of photography, proposal photography involves elements of secrecy, surprise and can not be fully controlled. Therefore, it needs to be carefully planned. Sometimes it goes to the extent of what exact angle and at what particular point your body should be aligned for a perfect shot. There are a lot of factors to consider. One is for the photographer to be near you without raising suspicions of your bride-to-be. Another is bystanders who can suddenly block the shot. Even how far you extend your hands or what are your height differences can be a factor. And these are just a few examples.
We charge $300 to capture the actual proposal on a weekday ($400 on a weekend). Images will be uploaded to a password protected gallery at no additional charge, so you can share the photos with your friends and family and download them in high resolution. You can also order albums, slideshows, prints, and other products. Most importantly, you will own the images. We may also take few additional (engagement style) photos after the actual proposal that can be ordered a-la-carte at additional cost.
We can shoot anytime, day or night, the sunshine, rain or fog. In fact, some unique photos we’ve shot have been taken on dark, rainy days. However, for proposals we recommend evenings. Anytime before sunset will work
As a San Francisco proposal photographers, we’ve covered proposal sessions all over the City. This gorgeous San Francisco keeps us inspired. Nearly any background you can imagine can be found here. Beaches, both modern and historical architecture, parks, quiet and busy streets, streetcars and cable cars, marinas, historic and modern neighborhoods and one-of-a-kind places like the Palace of Fine Arts, City Hall, Legion of Honor and of course the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Even with all of these wonderful choices, many of our clients still want to have the proposal at a specific place that is significant to their relationship. We’re happy to discuss your preferred location.
Typical proposal session lasts about 5 minutes. We, however, offer 30 minutes window to allow some last minute delays.
Yes. Please review the packages below.
We are usually booked on most weekends during high season but please inquire anyways. Please keep in mind that our fees are higher on a weekend.
Your expressions are more important to us than what you choose to wear. Your wardrobe choices are still important. Wear something comfortable so you don’t look stiff. For most situations, I recommend something that suits the location. Casual clothing for a beach, something dressier for city shots.
Packages start at $300. Scroll down for details.
We are usually available for proposal and engagement sessions on weekdays. This package is offered a-la-carte for clients whose weddings we won’t be shooting.
The actual proposal usually lasts less than a minute and as long as you are standing on your knee, we are shooting. The proposal ends at the time you are back on your feet. You may get 5,10 or 25 photos during this time but it's usually all about one single shot.
The history of wedding photography starts with a traditional approach. This is the timeless style that you’ve probably seen time and time again. The hallmark of this style is carefully posed photographs of the key moments. Benefits: The traditional wedding photographers usually use a planned “shot list”, which means you’ll get all the important images. Drawbacks: The photographer virtually becomes a “wedding official,” directing the wedding party and guests according to a pre-planned list. This approach is very time-consuming, and as a result, the bride and groom end up spending less time with their guests.
The contemporary style is also known as photo reportage and documentary approach, photojournalism has become a very popular style, used by many best wedding photographers, features a series of candid photos covering the entire day. Benefits: wedding photojournalism gives you a series of unique images aimed to “tell the story” of your wedding day. Drawbacks: There is no pre-planned “shot list,” only the photographer’s instincts; images are unpredictable. Low levels of available light may cause some pictures to look grainy. The couple may regret the absence of traditional, posed portraits in their album.
Unlike Wedding Photojournalists, the editorial style photographers place the subjects in certain settings to take advantage of good lighting, specific location or backgrounds. Then, once the scene is set, the couple and their party are free to be themselves, and this results in a more spontaneous feel. Unlike the photojournalistic style, editorial photography takes advantage of the photographer’s artistic judgment rather than capturing a series of moments. This style often used by the engagement photographers. However, when it comes to capturing decisive moments, this style can not be used.
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