Punta Cana Wedding Photography FAQ’s

We, wedding photographers, have a big responsibility on our shoulders: to capture one of the most significant and heavily photographed occasions of your life. 

But shooting a lot of weddings means fielding a ton of requests from brides- and grooms-to-be — and sometimes, those requests are unrealistic and could leave you disappointed down the road so we want to take a step ahead and let you know a few things about our work style.

OUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE ?

“A wedding day is filled with unique, emotional, unexpected moments and for us, the most important thing on your wedding day is to be able to capture those as they unfold.  We believe that in 20 years when you are watching your wedding photographs, these precisely will be the photographs that will excite you most.

 We are attracted to moments,  so we consider that our style of photography changes accordingly to the kind of photography that the moment requires!!    We love to create images that tell stories  in a natural, true and fun way, we are  only interested in the real smiles, real expressions and real emotions. We think it is best to describe our images as glances  that capture the honesty and realness of your wedding day, we see our  work as a collaboration with our clients and our images are intimate and personal.  Our intention going into a wedding is to help create the space for our clients to be themselves amongst all the chaos and anxiety that takes part of wedding day, so when they look back on their photographs, they see an accurate depiction of themselves. But above anything and everything else, we want our brides and grooms to remember how they felt on their wedding day.

With that being said on your wedding day,  we will not shot from a very specific shot list that doesn’t leave room for unexpected moments, we will not copy other photographers shots or even our own prior work and we will not recreate Pinterests shot lists!! 

That’s why the best advice we can give you is to research until you find the photographer that best fits your style and establish a strong rapport with him/her.  The more we know, the better we can create images to your liking!  Once you have find him/her we would also encourage ‘photographer freedom’ to create images specific to your wedding. Rather than attempting to recreate something you’ve seen done before, and who knows your images may even become the new trend-setting photographs!”  

FILM PHOTOGRAPHERS?  WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT MEAN?

To better explain this, you will need a little more of background.   We are photographers born in the digital era, for us Film photography it was just a chapter in Basic Photography,  it was gone and we were the future!  We were  happy shooting digital, and our couples were pretty happy with the images that we were delivering so why to worry about anything else, but then there was our curiosity, we start digging around what  the best wedding photographers in the world were doing.   And then we discovered Jose Villa,  Erich McVey,  Elizabeth Messina, Jen Huang among others, and we were hooked!  Why their photography was so amazing?    
Why our photographs cannot  look like theirs, doesn’t matter that we had as beautiful brides as they had or  the amount of mindful posing or mindful editing, we were obsessed with these guys,  and so we decided to look deeper to find out what was that they do that we were not doing!    And we found film!

And so we started a journey,  I will not lie to you I was the most ignorant person about film and their endless possibilities but I was hooked and  Nikolay was obsessed  so we start  learning photography for real, all again!    Since then  we are utterly in  love with Film Photography!  

The look & feel of the photographs we create using film pairs perfectly with the moments we capture and stories we tell on a wedding day.  Our goal is to produce the best posible work that we can for our couples and , for so many reasons, film plays a huge role in that. Film photographs are timeless and romantic, soft and classic. We have all fallen in love while looking at wedding images of our parents & grandparents. Their photographs have stood the test of time, even after being shared over and over again. That’s the type of family heirloom and story we strive to create for our couples.

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it”

– Maya Angelou –

Beyond the connections we are privileged  to have with our couples, photography came down to absolutely loving what we’re doing and loving the process. We already knew that we loved photography and wanted the medium which we capture your once-in-a-lifetime moments on to be equally as special. For us, that’s film.

Photographing with film causes us to slow down and truly be present. We are more discerning and intentional with every single image we create. As a result, we are completely connected and in the moment with you.  This makes us feel and experience the artistry behind photography – Sometimes this is so often overlooked with how easy it is to fire away and take thousands of digital images.  Just like a quality piece of handmade furniture or the perfect piece of pottery, we fell in love with the process of photographing with film, and it has become a major part of who we are as artists.

The best part? Our clients fall in love with the warm & inviting feeling of their images! On your wedding day, you can expect a mix of both film & digital photography.  Whether it’s creating a beautiful portrait of documenting your gorgeous details with film, or creating digital images to capture all of the smiling faces at your wedding reception, with years of experience as full time wedding photographers, you can trust us to choose the best possible tool to authentically tell the story of your celebration!  

WHO WILL BE OUR PHOTOGRAPHER/S?

 That depends, if you hire our single photographer collection, we will always be one of us,  if two photographers then it will be one of us with one of our regular collaborators. In case of having only one wedding that date, we will go together.

WHAT IS A FIRST LOOK   

What is the “first look” you ask?  It is a time when the couple meets privately for a few moments to share a sweet and intimate time together before the wedding. Often they will exchange a gift, a note or sneak a few kisses.

Many brides and grooms feel that a first look allows them a more intimate, special moment together before the excitement of the ceremony.  If you have had your own wedding, you understand how quickly the day goes by. Once the bride and groom unite in marriage, there is hardly any time for the two of them to enjoy a moment alone. This is why the “first look” prior to the ceremony has evolved into such a precious moment for the couple. 

  Although most of our modern-day brides decide to say “I Do” to the “first look”, some choose to keep with tradition and wait until the ceremony, so the big question is “to look or not look?” What will you do?   Whatever you choose there will be no change in regards to us, we plan to deliver the same photographs and never intend to control your schedule. 

DO YOU MAKE FAMILY FORMAL PORTRAITS  DURING THE WEDDING DAY, WE CAN’T FIND THEM IN YOUR WEBSITE! 

Yes we definitely do, and we will do make sure to have a complete  shot list for your must-have family portraits!  “Let me tell you a little something about your wedding day. Your brain will be on overload!  You won’t remember exactly which photos you might want. You may not even remember who you want photos with! We will provide you with a Family shot list that you will be able to edit to provide us with all the family shots you may need.  This is one day that you cannot recreate!  You don’t want to look back and wish you had that photo with your two favorite aunts or with your college roommates. Ask your family what they want as well.  It’s just as important of a day for them as it is for you.”

WHAT ABOUT A ROCK THE DRESS or TRASH THE DRESS PHOTO SESSION?  

Few things represent a wedding better than a bride in a white dress.  And after all of the salon visits, fittings, and alterations, it’s no wonder that many brides opt to preserve their gown after the wedding day.  But some brides are taking a decidedly different approach: They’re wearing their wedding dress once more in a much less careful manner (no bridesmaids carrying the train here) for a dramatic photo shoot, better known as “Rock the dress” or “trashing the dress” (or TTD),  some brides shrink just to think about what can happen to their beautiful dress and others more adventurous think “Well if we are going to do this just once we better do it well” and of course the temptation is stronger if you are having a gorgeous wedding destination at a gorgeous Island in the Caribbean with it’s warm, wind, sun, sand and waters!

Is the wedding dress ruined?   Not necessarily.  Should you decide to give this trend a try, you (and your wedding photographer) should discuss beforehand just how badly you’ll trash your gown.   Particularly we promise, no wedding dress have suffered in our popular Rock the dress photoshoot!!  

Alive memories are those that capture not only the sheen, sleekly elegance of the receptions and ceremonies of a wedding, but also the wild part of you, the part in which you are the actor of your own life, in a real, natural environment.  The concept is to relax (finally!) and Enjoy.   

HOW MANY PHOTOS DO WE GET?

Each wedding is unique and typically delivers a different product every time. There is no end goal for a set number of images for your day. We want to capture as much of your day as we can and give you the best of the best. After an intense selection we will deliver you only the pictures that meet our quality standards.  For a full 8 hour day,  we normally guarantee around 600 but normally deliver more.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET MY PHOTOS AND FILM AFTER THE WEDDING?     

After an intense selection and within 6 to 8 weeks after the wedding, you will receive a wide selection of fully edited, ready to print, high resolution JPEG files, through a password­ protected online gallery to be viewed, shared or downloaded by you and your family  at your leisure over the next 6 months, same with your wedding film.

WHAT ABOUT THE PRICING? HOW DO WE GO ABOUT HIRING YOU AND SECURING OUR DATE? 

Starting at USD3,500.00 each one of our wedding collections is custom built for the people we are meant to work with.  We know that your wedding day is unique to you so it’s a true honor to be even considered to document your wedding.

In order to secure your date with us, a signed contract and a 35% retainer are required.   (3 Payments-Plan available upon request).  Wedding dates are booked on a first come first serve basis, we only accept a limited number of wedding commissions yearly in order to provide clients with the absolute highest level of service and attention. No dates are held without both a signed services agreement and a paid retainer.

But actually our favourite booking protocol is to have a Skype session with you, so we can know more about each other,  your story, how you envision your wedding day and how we can help  you to make true that vision etc…  From the first contact you’ll receive a prompt and friendly response from me and Nikolay to help you with the process to suit our services and your needs for the big day, through emails, phone calls and meetings, we are every time available to reassure you that every detail will be cared of.

AND IF YOU ARE JUST STARTING YOUR PLANNING AND ARE CLUELESS ABOUT VENDORS, WE HAVE SOME SERIOUSLY TALENTED PEOPLE IN PUNTA CANA, SO WE JUST PUT TOGETHER A SMALL LIST THAT SHOULD BE PRETTY HELPFUL TO START DIGGING AROUND.

Destination weddings are unique in every way. With beautiful, pristine, and breathtaking beaches unlike anything out there, a wedding in paradise is truly distinctive from anything else. Like all weddings, planning a destination wedding can be a tad challenging. Aside from organizing a wedding in a destination far from home, many couples end up being a little limited with the vision of their wedding (even if they do not need to)! Choosing the right vendors for your wedding is everything! We each have our roles and play such a huge part in making your day run smoothly. We have worked with some amazing vendors, and have put together our preferred vendors that we love to work with and who are professional and will make your wedding the absolute best it can be! Give them a call for your wedding and you won’t be disappointed! We currently only add vendors that we have personally worked with to this list.

VENDORS WE LOVE

PLANNERS

We highly recommend & love working with these event planners. They insure everything runs perfect and are also amazing stylists!

CLAIRE DURAN

http://www.claireduran.com | claire@claireduran.com

MAYTE MARIE

https://www.instagram.com/weddingsbymayte | mayteweddingdesignerpuntacana@gmail.com

VENUES

Off-site destination weddings are great for couples who are looking to go against the grain with their big day.  Unlike most beach weddings that are held on resort grounds, off-site weddings take the wedding party to locations beyond the typical resort zone.   Aside from unique and distinct locations, weddings that are done off-site also mean that each and every detail is custom tailored to your vision.  Whether you decide one or another venue an off-site destination wedding is truly one-of-a-kind.

HURACAN CAFE

Natalia Roldan | http://www.huracancafe.do | huracanweddingspc@gmail.com

JELLY FISH

Isaac Duran (Director of Events) | http://www.jellyfishrestaurant.com/

weddings@jellyfishrestaurant.com

KUKUA

Begoña Celaya | http://kukuarestaurantpuntacana.com 

email: info@kukuarestaurantpuntacana.com

LA PALAPA CALETON

http://www.edenroccapcana.com 

Aura Gonzalez – Groups & Wedding Planning | events@edenroccapcana.com

HAIR & MAKE UP ARTISTS

There are a couple of awesome stylists in Punta Cana , they always do a fantastic job. You cannot even compare them to resort stylists… We highly recommend you book one of them!

ANNA NUET

www.annanuet.com  |  anna.nuet@gmail.com

KRYSTIE ANN

http://www.krystieann.com/ makeup@krystieann.com

INDIRA SANCHEZ

https://www.facebook.com/indiramua indiramua@gmail.com

OFFICIANTS

JEHISON CABRERA  

https://www.facebook.com/jcmcoff/ Jehison.Cabrera@gmail.com  | +1-809-914-4060

PASTOR RICK YORK

ryork@claro.net.do

SHANNON DRYSDALE

https://www.facebook.com/endingsfairytale/?fref=ts

ENTERTAINMENT 

MC. JEHISON CABRERA  

https://www.facebook.com/jcmcoff/ Jehison.Cabrera@gmail.com

+1-809-914-4060

DJ. ARIEL

http://apcentertainmentdr.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ApcEntertainmentDr/

(829) 801-5900

EPC Enternaiments

https://www.facebook.com/EPCEVENTS

(809) 543-4501

HOTS PRODUCTIONS

http://hotsproductions.com/

info@hotsproductions.com |  https://www.facebook.com/hotsproductions/?pnref=lhc

AGUA AZUL

https://www.facebook.com/aguazulperformances?fref=ts