Frequently Asked Questions & Investment Options
Our process of serving our couples is really exciting because it allows your values, wants and needs to be heard, understood and captured. With this process anchoring our intentional shooting style, we capture the unnoticed moments, otherwise forgotten memories, unexpected perspectives, and the unique personalities specific to each couple.
It is important for us to meet in person, to hear more about your day, discover what you value and guarantee that you have exactly what you need for your wedding day. We would love to have you by our little studio to learn how we can be the perfect match for you and your fiancé.
During our initial meeting with you we will go over an extensive list of questions and do our best to educate our couples to prepare them for the big day. Below are some of the most asked questions we have gotten in the past. Do you have a question that we didn't cover? Feel free to contact us, we would love to meet you.
WHAT ARE YOUR RATES FOR WEDDINGS?
We know that weddings can be stressful. We want to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible, not just in our mannerisms but in our business model as well. Our packages are extremely simple and do away with hidden costs, always including normally cost-inflating items like two super-experienced photographers and your full set of digital non-watermarked photos for viewing and sharing on social media.
Contact us about 2020 & 2021 starting prices. We would be more than happy to share what the collections include, our entire investment guide, and what other amazing products are available for you during our initial meeting. Let's meet up to talk through our entire price guide to answer any questions you may have about your investment options. Please contact us to book an appointment in order to learn more.
WHAT ARE YOUR RATES FOR JUST AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
Our "a la carte" engagement session is $750 and includes Low Resolution Digital Images for social sharing and an online gallery for ordering beautiful print products from our world class print labs. The social sized digital images will be included with any print collections ordered after the session. We offer substantial session breaks when you bundle your engagement session with either a wedding collection, engagement party coverage, a photo booth or an engagement guest signature album. Click here to learn more about your options
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WE ARE NOT SURE WE WANT AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION, WHAT IS IT?
Engagement sessions were originally a way of getting your photo together to announce your engagement in the local paper. While we still love a great photo to announce a milestone on social media, engagement sessions are much more than that. There is literally no better way for us to get to know each other and for you to feel confident and comfortable with your photographer than through an engagement session. We can’t count the number of couples who have told me they were so nervous about getting their wedding photos taken, but once they went through the experience of an engagement session and got their photos back, they were totally at ease for their wedding day. It gives you a chance to experience how we work and direct, it gives us a chance to talk and get to know each other, and it’s also a great opportunity to create whatever kind of images we want without the timing and location constraints of a wedding day. Further, we want these images to reflect this point in your lives and have an authenticity to them that will make them worth far more than a thousand words when your grandkids are looking at them in 30 years. We know it sounds cheesy, but we want to include these little pieces of your lives so that the photos have more meaning to them than a pretty background ( you can have that too! ). For some couples it means going to the place they always walk their dog, or where they love to run together in their running gear, or cooking dinner together at their home with their cat on the counter, or hanging out at a coffee shop or bookstore, or doing a puzzle or board game together at home. The only limitation is your imagination, and even there you can be sure that we are around to help out and give recommendations. We never force anyone to get an engagement session who doesn’t want to, but we 100% wholeheartedly believe it will make your wedding photos better, and that you will be thankful you did one with us.
WHEN SHOULD WE BOOK AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
Typically about 3-6 months before the wedding. Specially if you plan on sending save the date announcements or plan on having us create a guest signature album. But It can always be a lot earlier if needed.
WHAT IS YOUR POLICY FOR RESCHEDULING DUE TO BAD WEATHER?
While we have shot in every type of weather out there, our personal aesthetic definitely leans towards, sunny days with glowing backlight, crisp shadows and deep silhouettes. For this reason, we are always willing to reschedule portrait and engagement sessions due to unideal weather. Obviously this isn’t an option with wedding days but we will help you develop a game plan to make the most of your rainy wedding day should it happen. I got married on a pouring wet day in August several years ago and know first hand how unpredictable west coast weather can be, so it’s always good to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. This means ensuring you’ve got a tent(s) available if you’re having an outdoor reception, and can mean sending your cousin to the dollar store to pick up umbrellas on the wedding day. We’ll figure it out!
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK OUR WEDDING?
Some couples book as far as 2 years in advance to ensure they get the photographer and vendors they really want for their wedding as we sometimes receive as many as 5-8 inquiries for certain date. Generally speaking, most couples book 9-15 months in advance, and the further ahead you book the more likely we will be available for your date. If your date isn’t yet set, feel free to drop us a line and find out which days are still available before booking your venue!
WE ARE PRETTY AWKWARD PEOPLE, DO YOU INSTRUCT US ON HOW TO POSE?
Most of us aren’t models, so it’s no surprise that the vast majority of couples tell us when we first meet that they’re awkward on camera or they never look good in photos. These are the same people that you now see filling the galleries on our website in our portfolio images. The piece of feedback we probably received most over the years is that we were able to put everyone at ease and make them feel comfortable. Part of this is through our flexible, no stress and sometimes silly approach to direction, and part of this is through working with couples that we truly connect with. Yes we absolutely provide direction wherever needed, but that doesn’t mean your photos are going to feel stiff or posed; Sometimes giving great direction means letting you know where to go, getting you to do something silly and capturing a REAL moment of laughter between the two of you amidst the pre visualized composition we came up with. One of the most important and underrated aspects of wedding photography is choosing a photographer who you feel personally comfortable with; someone that you would actually want to invite to the biggest party you will ever plan, and hopefully someone who makes you laugh. This is why we try to meet in person or over video chat with allour couples who inquire, to give them a chance to see if we r for them, and vice versa!
HOW DO YOU PREFER TO COMMUNICATE?
We use everything available to us to keep in touch; email, phone, text, Skype, Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, you name it. However, if it’s for something important that we might need to reference for your wedding, email is the preferred medium.
ARE WE ALLOWED TO PRINT THE PHOTOS YOU DELIVER TO US?
We prefer that all printing be done through us as this allows us to make sure you have the best quality art work presented on the very best products available. You are hiring us because we are artists and print making is one of the most important parts of that art be a use that is how it will be seen and enjoyed by all.
DO YOU DELIVER RAW FILES?
We shoot and edit every wedding in RAW to ensure the maximum amount of exposure and colour information is available for our editing, however we deliver edited and finished web resolution JPEG files and do not include RAW files with our collections. If you are extremely interested in having the RAW files these are available with an additional fee and agreement.
WILL YOU BOTH, NAT AND BRYAN, BE THE ONES SHOOTING OUR WEDDING?
Yes, if you book us early enough in advance, typically about 10-14 months prior, you will get Nat & Bryan for your entire wedding day. If we are already booked for your event date you may opt for one of our talented associate teams of photographers to shoot your actual wedding day.
ARE YOU BOTH FULL TIME PHOTOGRAPHERS?
Yes, we have been professional wedding and portrait photographers since January of 2008. We would love to share more of our story with you.
DO YOU ONLY PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS?
While we consider ourselves mainly wedding photographers we also enjoy shooting family sessions, children's portraits, fifteens & sweet sixteens, social events, headshots, senior portraits, food items, products, and corporate events. Contact us to find out more about how we can be of service.
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH DESTINATION SESSIONS OR WEDDINGS?
Absolutely! We love to travel! We’ve photographed events in Costa Rica, Jamaica, India, Nicaragua, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia and Tennessee.
IS THE COVERAGE CONSECUTIVE?
Yes, all hours of coverage are consecutive. If you’ve hired us for 8 hours and wanted us to start at 1PM we would be finished at 9PM.
WHAT IS YOUR SHOOTING STYLE?
Honestly, we are a little bit of everything. We shoot a mixture of light & airy as well as dark & moody to best tell the story of your day. For the majority of your day we are photojournalists. Capturing the day as it naturally unfolds without being obtrusive or directing you, your families, or your guest's natural interactions with each other. However, when it comes to the actual portrait time of the day, we make sure you look perfect by giving plenty of direction for amazing, beautiful pictures of you and your loved ones.
DO WE GET EVERY SHOT YOU TAKE?
As much as we would like to, that would actually be a disservice to you. Through our culling process, we eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad or weird expressions and other images that may dilute the overall product delivery. For example, because we shoot with low apertures, sometimes as low as f1.2, we take a few extra shots to make sure we have nailed the perfect focus. We don’t expect you to have the expertise or frankly the time to zoom into each image to select the one with the sharpest focus, so we spend hours doing that on our end. Also, candid laughs and emotional tears are some of the best images from the day. Unfortunately, they can also yield some unflattering facial expressions. We might snap a few extras of any of these moments to make sure we have a great shot with the ideal expression for the moment. With our expertise of processing millions of images each year, we may eliminate ones that we feel are duplicates and only deliver the best ones.
HOW MANY PHOTOS DO WE GET FROM OUR ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING?
Engagement sessions usually get you around 100-150 final images for a full one and half hour session. For weddings, we’ve never delivered less than 800-900 edited images for a typical 8-hour wedding. Most weddings get around 1K - 2K final edited pictures in total depending on the events of the day. For example, if you do a first look, bouquet, garter, cake cutting, speeches, etc, you usually get more final images since we are shooting a ton of great candid moments and want to share as many of those moments with you.
ARE ALL OF OUR PHOTOS EDITED?
Of course. Every image you receive is individually edited for color, contrast, exposure and style. Some images occasionally require a little more finessing for temporary things like blemishes and pimples, but things like heavy facial retouching, wrinkle removal or body reshaping are not included with our standard wedding collections and are available for an additional fee.
DO WE NEED A SHOT LIST?
About one month or so before the wedding you’ll receive a questionnaire with everything we need to know about your wedding plans. Included in that is the only shot list we ask for – the groupings for family photos. There are recommendations about what groups we normally do and an area to fill in what’s unique to your family. While we work with every couple to ensure we know and understand their photo priorities for the day, including specific areas of extra attention and focus, and detailed family photo lists for those who require it, we do not work off pre-determined shot lists to look to mimic or copy other photographers’ work. What this means is that you can tell us that your relationship with your grandparents is extra important to you and you would love some photos that highlight that, or that you worked extra hard to hand craft all of your stationary yourself and would love some extra images of it, but don’t provide pre determined or contrived compositions for us to track and mimic throughout the day ( i.e. Full length shot of bride in front of mirror looking over shoulder with mother crying in background ). Many wedding magazines and websites like to provide these lists to help protect couples from inexperienced photographers who don’t know to get images of the flowers, and all the bridesmaids, and you and your mother, and your dance with your father etc. You’re hiring us not only for our technical expertise in creating images, but also for our creative judgement and expertise from over a decade of wedding experience in hundreds of weddings determining where to focus our cameras and energy. A detailed a contrived shot list or Pinterest board of photos does not allow us to take in and capture your wedding day as it unfolds, but rather creates a distraction from being present for the unique and unpredictable moments that fill each and every wedding.
HOW LONG UNTIL WE SEE OUR PHOTOS?
For engagement sessions about 1-2 weeks and for weddings it can take 10-12 weeks on average and as much as 12-14 weeks at the tail end of the wedding season. We are hard at work editing and making sure every image we deliver is beautiful and there are quite a lot of them. It will be worth the wait we promise.
HOW WILL WE GET OUR FINAL IMAGES?
You will get a personalized online gallery, where you may download your social sized-resolution jpeg format images that we optimize for web and social media sharing purposes. You can also share your gallery with your family and friends so that they may view and download the social media images or purchase their own custom art prints from our labs. We want you to have access to more than just the digital files; we need you to have something real at the end of all of this to preserve your memories. We would love for every couple to invest in a custom designed, museum grade, Memory Book to have as an heirloom for future generations.
DO WE OWN THE COPYRIGHT OF THE PHOTOS?
As the content creator, under U.S. copyright law we are the copyright owners of the images. However, you have the freedom to share, and use your images for personal use however you see fit. We do not watermark our images therefore we ask for photo credit when shared online or any public space. What you can’t do is provide them to any sort of commercial entity for commercial use, so if your wedding venue or makeup artist contacts you about using my artwork to promote their business, just send them our way and we would be happy to work out a usage agreement.
WILL OUR PHOTOS SHOW UP ON YOUR WEBSITE OR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS?
As photographers it’s important for us to be able to show our existing body of work to attract new clients and illustrate what we can do! Typically, you can expect to see highlights from my shoots with you to show up on my website, portfolio, blog and social media. You have the option with your complete galleries to create a password lock so that only people with the password can access your complete set of photos. Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances like for undercover police officers or people in witness protection programs that cannot have any images of them online, and of course we don’t want to get anyone hurt and will absolutely respect that.
ARE WE ALLOWED TO POST OUR PHOTOS ONLINE?
Of course! We know as well as anyone that the main way people like to share their images these days is online. We only ask that anywhere that you share my images that you would credit or tag us or our website to provide credit for the artwork we have created, and that if uploading to a service like Instagram that you would not apply filters overtop the carefully crafted edits I have provided for you.
DO YOU HAVE LIABILITY INSURANCE?
Yes, we are fully insured. Let us know if your venue needs a certificate of liability and who to send it to.
DO YOU HAVE ANY CLIENT REVIEWS?
Yes! Click here to check them out.
CAN WE SEE SOME ENTIRE WEDDING GALLERIES?
Yes, all too often we hear horror stories about some great work on a photographers portfolio then getting a completely different end product. During our meeting we will be sharing full engagement and wedding galleries with you so that you will know how we shoot, what we shoot , and what to expect from us for your final images.
DO YOU SHOOT NIGHT TIME OR INDOOR WEDDINGS?
Yes, we are more than happy to shoot your evening or indoor ceremony. Please keep in mind that if your wedding is outdoors at night you should make sure it is well lit for your guests to be able to experience your ceremony and reception in the most beautiful way possible. Need some great lighting suggestions? We know amazing event lighting companies.
DO YOU OFFER CINEMATOGRAPHY SERVICES?
No, we love photography and pour our hearts and soul into making sure we give our clients a world class experience , we leave videography to the experts. However, we do recommend the best videographers in Miami. They are amazing storytellers and we know you will love them as much as their work. Check out Motive Cinemas! Click here to read our advice for choosing a great wedding cinematographer (COMING SOON).
DO YOU OFFER A PHOTO BOOTH?
We sure do! Click here to check out The PhishBooth!
DO YOU GUYS TAKE A BREAK DURING WEDDINGS?
The only break we take on the wedding day is a short dinner break, typically no more than 20 minutes. This gives us a chance to refuel and recharge for the rest of the reception.This hopefully happens when you’re eating. That is why it’s important to communicate with your planner or catering captain to please feed us while you eat so we don’t miss any important moments for you.
DO WE NEED TO PROVIDE DINNER?
Yes and no, we ask that you please provide 2 meals like the ones your guests have for us to take our only break. Where possible, it’s best if we can eat at the same time as you and your partner, that way when you’re eating, we are doing the same and not taking photos of you chewing, and when you’re done and mingling and chatting with guests we will be able to get candid moments of you together with your guests. Keep in mind that if we are not provided a vendor meal our contract states we have up to an hour to secure a meal on our own. Sometimes this means having to drive somewhere.
DO YOU HAVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WEDDING DAY SCHEDULES OR TIMELINES?
Absolutely. In fact we prefer it if we can figure out the schedule together. We’ve seen weddings scheduled a hundred different ways and know how much time is typically needed for the various parts of the day and when the light will be best. Everything changes depending on the time of year and the number of guests and the style of wedding, so let’s sit down together and figure out a schedule that maximizes you wedding enjoyment and your photo time! Where possible, we always try to set aside some time for photos with our couples close to sunset on their wedding day for the best possible light.
WHAT DO YOU WEAR ON WEDDING DAYS?
We only wear black or dark grays like Batman. Seriously though we prefer to blend in and fade out. The day is about you!
HOW DO WE SAVE OUR DATE & PAY?
After our initial meeting, you will receive a custom proposal based on what you have stated that you would like to have us include in your perfect collection of services. Once you select the collection, you can read and sign the contract then make the deposit (and future payments) through a custom payment portal online via debit or credit card. We also accept personal checks if you prefer.
How far in advance can we book a date?
2 years is our maximum lead time for full wedding bookings.
DO YOU OFFER MONTHLY PAYMENT OPTIONS?
Yes, book a meeting with us to find out how we can make it easy for you to pay for our services on a month to month basis.
WHAT FORM OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
We collect payments via PayPal. (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover) It is very secure and if you choose to do monthly payments we require a credit/debit card authorization form to be filled out for the payments to be processed. You may also pay by check if you prefer. We do not accept more money than what is on our contract nor do we pay other vendors for you ever. No exceptions.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE WEDDING?
Once we finish editing your entire wedding we will have a reveal meeting where we present your pre-designed wedding album along with options for wall art and print collections. Afterward we will send the full gallery with the social media size images for you to enjoy, download, and share.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
Cancellations are a tough situation that nobody wants to encounter, but we need to have a plan just in case. Because of the nature of our weddings happening primarily on weekends during the drier parts of the year, those dates are valuable and limited, and most wedding bookings happen well in advance and dates cannot typically be filled with a late cancellation. Sometimes we will receive as many as 10-15 inquiries for a single date, and there’s no way to know from year to year which dates may be twice as popular as the weekend before or after. Once you’ve booked your wedding with us, we turn away all other inquiries for your date and as such we need to be protected in the event of a cancellation for the lost work and revenue. To accommodate all of this as best as possible, while aiming to be fair to both our couples and ourselves, the cancellation policy is as follows: In the event of a cancellation, if we unable to fill the date with another booking, no moneys already paid will be refunded.Every situation is different and we evaluate every case individually.
ANY GENERAL TIPS?
The best advice we can give you after having been a part of hundreds of weddings is to be authentic and to only do and include things that actually matter to you. What is a wedding? That means something different to each person, to us a wedding is a joyful party with those who matter most to you who will support you in your marriage. Figure out what a wedding means to you and use that as a starting point in your planning. When starting to plan a wedding, many couples think about the weddings they have attended and often make the assumption that there is a structure or format that must be followed for a wedding, but that’s totally not the case! Some examples include equal numbers of bridesmaids and groomsmen (Doesn’t matter! Not every couple has the exact same number of close friends or siblings to include in their wedding party. Some party members can simply double up if numbers aren’t even. There’s no point stressing out over excluding people or having to add someone who you aren’t that close to just to hit equal numbers) Every wedding party member having identical outfits ( Doesn’t matter! Not every bridesmaid feels comfortable wearing a strapless, not every groomsman can always get to the same suit store to buy an identical suit. Not every wedding party member can afford to drop $250 on an outfit.We have seen many couples pick a color palette for their wedding party and just tell them to pick something that fits within a complimentary color range or theme, and some couples just say, “Do whatever you want!”. You’re the boss, it’s up to you!) Doing a cake cutting, or having a wedding cake at all (Not everybody loves cake! Some people prefer cupcakes, or cake pops, or pie, or cheesecake. One couple I worked with hand made pies for everyone, and instead of doing a receiving line they personally served every guest a piece of homemade pie. Pretty cool right? And probably much more memorable for those guests than a traditional cake cutting) Having a sit down dinner (We’ve seen couple do all night appetizers for a less formal and more intimate vibe, or some couples do a lunch, or some do a small and intimate dinner with their closest friends and family, and have a much larger open invite dessert bar and dance party afterwards, it’s up to you!) The bottom line is, don’t design what will likely be the biggest party you will ever plan around obligations, do what you love with the people you love, and you will be thankful for it.
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Book a meeting with us so we can answer them in real time and see if we are the right photographers for you.
Choosing Your Miami Wedding Photographers
Miami Wedding Photographers Nat & Bryan offer Miami brides the very best in wedding photography.
Are you getting married in Miami? Who will be your wedding photographer?
Here is a list of some of the things you should consider when looking for a wedding photographer.
When selecting a wedding photographer you are selecting more than just a photographer for your wedding day. You are hiring a wedding photographer that will be with you, your family and your group all day on your wedding day. Personality is a huge part of the selection process and should not be overlooked or discounted in any way.
Your wedding photographer’s personality can set the tone for your entire wedding day and your bridal party. Ultimately it can impact your wedding photography altogether. You will more than likely be working with your wedding photographer for a year, or longer in some cases, by the time you factor in your engagement session and post wedding photography and albums.
"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten" While price is always a factor when selecting your Miami wedding photographer, it should not be the only thing that matters. All too often we hear horror stories from brides who made a decision for their wedding photography based purely on price. It turns out to be a huge mistake in the end. When its all said and done, your wedding photography will be all you have to remember your wedding day.
What will you do with all your images from your wedding photographer? Most people opt to place them in a beautifully designed wedding album that your wedding photographer should provide you with. Don’t underestimate the importance of a wedding album from your wedding day. This is your first family heirloom and your one keepsake you will have forever to remember your Miami wedding.
Something often overlooked when selecting a wedding photographer is the number of hours that will be offered during the coverage of your Miami wedding. Typically you will want your wedding photographers to be with you to document all the moments of your wedding day. After all, that’s what you are hiring them for. That being said, typical coverage requirements for your wedding day should be about 8-10 hours.
Be careful here. Some wedding photographers offer cut-rate prices by offering you less than adequate wedding coverage for your day. These become hidden costs and once you realize it, it’s often too late.
NUMBER OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS
How many wedding photographers will be at your event? Most events need at least two wedding photographers. This ensures that your wedding photographer is focused on working with your group and directing the day and allows the second wedding photographer to have coverage going on at the same time.
We find that by having two Miami wedding photographers at your event, your wedding photography needs can best be met all while ensuring that nothing gets missed from your big day.
Nat and Bryan Weddings is a wedding photography studio based in Miami FL, offering wedding photography in Miami-Dade, The Keys, Broward, Southwest FL, and The Palm Beaches, and destinations worldwide.
After you have booked the most gorgeous wedding venue in town, bought the prettiest gown in the world, got the priciest hair and makeup so you can look the loveliest you've ever been in your life. You also have to have the best wedding photographer to capture it all for you to look back on when your memories have faded! If you're getting married in Miami, you've got a lot of choices when it comes to wedding photographers. Whatever your budget and style preferences, there's a Miami wedding photographer that can customize a collection for you. Since you've got plenty of options, here are a few tips to help you narrow them down. First, decide on a photography style. Wedding photographers in Miami generally do photojournalism, traditional, or an artistic blend of both styles. In a nutshell, photojournalism means candid while traditional means posed. We specialize in a good mix of the two styles.To get a better idea of our photography style, have a look at our portfolio. Better yet, schedule a meeting with us. We have been Miami wedding photographers for over ten years we have seen a thing or two. By setting up an interview with us, you'll find out if we are a good match, not only in terms of style but also in terms of personality.
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