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You’ve got questions. I’ve got answers.

I’ve tried to answer all of your frequently asked questions below. But if these answers aren’t enough, or you want to learn more about my products and services, please do not hesitate to email me at brett@nyweddingphotos.com.  Or better yet, call me at (212) 810-2148.

● What is your photography style?

My tagline best expresses my approach: you have a love story, and I want to tell it. That’s the sum total of why I became a wedding photographer and why I love to shoot special events of all types, including mitzvahs and other family celebrations. In practical terms, I’m a documentarian (the facts), a portraitist (the characters) and most important, a photojournalist (capturing your story through its most compelling moments, both planned and spontaneous).

After nearly every event I shoot, someone compliments me by saying they hardly noticed I was there. Rest assured: I was firing away the whole time. But I try my best to be as unobtrusive as possible. Sure, sometimes I have to push my way through the dance floor to get a shot. But this event is about you and your guests, not me, so I promise not to try to be the center of attention.

I’m always working to be on top of any important happenings, even the ones that occur by surprise. I will coordinate with you, your planner, or your host/DJ/emcee to make sure I know the schedule of events. That way I’ll be in place when the first dance begins, when the cake is cut and when – it inevitably happens – the chicken dance makes its appearance.

What else can I tell you? I’m a friendly person, happy to chat with anyone who wants to chat with me. I’m easygoing, ready to take pictures of anyone who asks. I enjoy shooting events – I’ve shot enough of them to be really good, but I’m not an old-timer who is so jaded that he can’t appreciate the joy encircling him. Trust me; that matters.

● Why do you like to meet us before the event?

I want us to be comfortable with one another for when the big day comes, and I want to hear firsthand what you want: your “must-have” shot list, which photos in my galleries move you most, and anything else you’d like for me to know ahead of time.

And most importantly, if we get to know each other, you’ll be more comfortable with me; and a relaxed subject almost always makes for a better picture.

● If I hire you, am I guaranteed that you will be the one who photographs my event?

Absolutely. There is only one Brett Deutsch (actually, I know of at least one more, but according to her website she’s a real estate agent in Florida, and I promise that she won’t be shooting your event).

● How many pictures will you take at my wedding?

There’s no rule of thumb nor is there a practical limit. Typically I shoot around 100-150 shots an hour, but that number can vary greatly. Before I provide proofs to you, I edit them all to delete sub-optimal shots and near duplicates. You’ll still have far more than enough photos to choose from.

● Your website address is “NYWeddingPhotos.com.” Do you shoot events other than weddings?

All the time. You don’t have to be getting married to use my services. I regularly shoot bar & bat mitzvahs, quinceaneras, birthday parties, sweet 16s, anniversaries, baby namings and christenings. One recent favorite was a party thrown by a family to celebrate their mother’s 90th birthday. If you have a love story, I want to tell it (romantic love not required; I’m also a fan of familial love, filial love, fraternal love, brotherly love, and spiritual love.)

● Do you use a flash during the ceremony?

My preference is to be unobtrusive by using as little flash as possible during the ceremony.  Often I use a tripod or monopod (a one-legged tripod) or faster ISO speed on my camera to take pictures without flash.  In dim light, however, this method won’t insure perfectly sharp, crisp shots, so let’s talk before the event about precisely what you want.

● What happens after the event?

I make a back-up of your pictures to insure they’re safe and sound. This is a crucial first step that too many photographers omit. I don’t.

After that, I edit, deleting any that didn’t come out and adjusting the rest (cropping and color/density corrections). This usually takes about a week, though expedited service is available. After editing, I typically create a “best of” photo montage set to music which I post online. I also post the complete set of final photos to an online gallery for your viewing pleasure. You’re free to share these with guests and anyone else you want.

The next steps are yours. First, choose which pictures you want for your album(s) and prints. I’ll then retouch/Photoshop the final images, as needed, and design your album. Once you’ve approved the design you should have your album in 4-6 weeks.

● What are proof pictures?

I crop, color correct, and exposure-adjust all images before providing them to you as proofs, which are the first set of photos you’ll see online after the event and from which you’ll choose the final prints for your album as well as any print orders.

If you want to obtain printed proofs, they are available as 4×6 or 5×7 prints as well.  Just ask for details.

● Do you offer a CD or DVD of my images? Is this included in your base price or is there an extra fee?

Every event that I photograph includes a DVD or digital download with the complete set of high-resolution, photo-quality images from which you can print copies of your photos.  With the high resolution images you also receive a license to use the photos for your personal, non-commercial use.

● Will you post my pictures online?

Yes. I will provide an online picture gallery that can be shared with family and friends. All galleries can be password protected so that you control who can view the pictures.

● Can my friends and family buy prints?

Anybody to whom you provide the password can view and purchase pictures of your event directly from your online gallery. All photos are printed at one of the nation’s top photo labs and on Kodak’s finest Professional Supra Endura papers, the industry standard for print-life longevity.

● Are color and B&W photography included or is there an extra fee for B&W?

It’s easy for me to convert an image into B&W (or sepia) at no extra charge.

● Do you Photoshop the pictures?

At no additional cost to you, I tweak every single shot with Photoshop before you see the proofs. Not to bore you with technical mumbo-jumbo, but I shoot in RAW format (as opposed to JPG, for instance). RAW files are like unprocessed negatives, while familiar formats like JPG and TIFF are more like processed photos. There are many advantages to shooting RAW, perhaps the most important of which is that it gives me the maximum amount of control over the finished product. Before I make the pictures available to you, I convert them into JPGs, which involves adjusting various qualities including color balance, exposure, shadows, sharpness, etc. It’s a time-consuming, labor-intensive process, but I think it’s worth it to ensure that the final images are as beautiful as possible.

I do additional retouching as needed on every picture you choose for an album and on every 8×10 or larger enlargement that you order from me.

I can also do some pretty extraordinary picture manipulations with Photoshop. I do charge extra for this service, but if you want a picture modified, just let me know so I can give you an estimate. Modifications range from simple to complex (removing extraneous people, changing backgrounds, adding smiles, or even opening blinked eyes) to artistic (manipulating colors, turning a photograph into a line drawing or cartoon or “hand-painting” colors into a B&W image).

● Do you shoot engagement portraits?

Sure, all the time. You choose: my studio, outdoors, or somewhere else.

● Do you shoot same-sex weddings?

Of course. Remember, if you have a love story, I want to tell it.

● How far will you travel to an event before charging a travel fee?

Anywhere within 75 miles of Manhattan for no extra charge, including the 5 boroughs of NYC, Long Island, southern Connecticut, northeastern New Jersey and the Jersey shore. Beyond that, I’ll assess a fee depending on whether I’m driving or flying (or coming in on horseback).

● Do you offer only traditional albums or do you have a variety of options?

I offer lots of cool album choices: traditional leather, stylish crystal, metallic, varnished.. Also, small books to tote in your purse … big books … little books … green books … blue books …
And if I don’t normally offer what you’re looking for, just ask.  I’m sure I can get it.

● Do you offer parent albums?

Yes. I offer full-size discounted duplicate albums, as well as smaller copies of each type of album. One of my favorite options is the “pocket book,” a very small duplicate copy of your album. They make great gifts and are terrific “brag books” for parents, the wedding party, grandparents, godparents, etc.

● How long will you store the digital files?

I store your files for at least one year from the date of your event. Plus, you’ll have the high resolution files, which I recommend you backup to a secure system, like a cloud server.

● Do you have backup equipment available if something breaks?

Yes.  In addition to extra batteries and memory cards, I bring with me a complete extra camera setup, including extra camera body, flash and lenses.

● Do we have to provide you a meal during the event?

For longer events I appreciate it, but don’t worry if it’s a problem for you or your venue to provide a “vendor meal.”

● Do you work with a makeup artist or hair stylist who you can recommend?

Yes, I can recommend people I’ve worked with before.

● Enough already. Let’s get down to brass tacks. How much do you charge for an event?

For information about prices, click here or just call me at (212) 810-2148.

● Do we have to purchase a package?

No.  I offer all my event photography services and products “a la carte.”  That way you only purchase the products and services you want, not a package full of things you don’t need.  Plus, since each product is priced separately, you can decide how it’ll fit within your budget.  For complete details about my pricing, please click here, email me at brett@nyweddingphotos.com or telephone me at (212) 810-2148..

● How do I make a payment?

I accept cash, checks or credit cards (I charge a small service fee for credit cards).

● Is a deposit required?

Yes. To reserve a date, I require a 25% deposit. Then 30 days before your event, I ask that you pay an additional 25% of your total fee. The balance is then due within one week of your event.

● What happens to my deposit if I need to cancel?

If you cancel 90 or more days before the event, I will refund 50% of the deposit. If you cancel less than 90 days before the event but more than 7 days before, you forfeit the deposit. If you cancel within 7 days of the event, 50% of the total fee is due (less any deposit already paid).

● Are you really going to end these FAQs on such a bummer of a question?

No, I’m going to end it on this question instead.