FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here are the commonly asked questions from our clients that cover weddings, events and portraits!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
I photographed my first wedding in 2009 and started Laurentina Photography in 2011. Back then, it was a part-time photography business to complement my other career in education (full time Art and ESL teacher). As the business grew, I scaled back on my teaching hours in Fall 2016 to dedicate more hours to my business and better serve my clients. It's been an adventure since then and I am blessed to be doing what I do!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
My shooting style is a mix between photojournalism and posed photography. I love capturing the "in-between" moments where you dance like nobody's watching. I am vertically awesome (5' 1'' 1/2 to be exact) and do my best to stay out of your way so that you can enjoy whichever moment you find yourself in. I'm also support creative risk-taking in photos - such as dipping your fiancée for a sweet kiss on a rock in the middle of the James River! You may also find me standing on a step-stool to get the best angle! The way I edit my photos and videos can be described as "film-inspired", not bright & airy or dark & moody: I love bright, vibrant colors but also enjoy incorporating the overall feel of scene when I post-process my work.
HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION OR WEDDING WITH YOU?
To see if we are a good fit, please reach out to me via the contact form with as many details as you can provide about your wedding or event. I will then send you a proposal for your request and after signing the agreement, you will put down a non-refundable retainer to "save the date". This amount varies depending on how far in advance you book your session, but in general, it is 33% for weddings 6+ months out and 50% for all other photography and video services.
DO YOU SHOOT DESTINATION WEDDINGS?
Absolutely! I love to travel and have photographed clients in Italy, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Malaysia... and documented my first destination wedding in Austin, TX in 2017! If you would like to book a destination wedding with me, please email me to inquire about my travel schedule. I appreciate travel costs such as transportation, hotel and rental car to be covered for locations more than 2 hours of driving one way from Reston, VA. If it's an international location such as Italy or Iceland, please reach out and let's make it happen!
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON YOUR PRODUCTION TEAM?
Right now, it's a one-woman show! We hope to hire interns to help with administrative tasks in the future! While I do hire second shooters and assistants, all the post-production is done by yours truly to ensure the highest quality control and brand authenticity. In addition, you can also rest assured that unless otherwise stated, I will be at every wedding, event or photography session to shoot and make sure things go smoothly! Thank you in advance for your patience as I create your heirloom of memories for you!
WHAT IS YOUR TURNAROUND TIME?
I usually post a sneak peek on social media within 48 hours of your wedding, event or photo shoot. Turnaround time varies depending on the event, but it is usually 7-10 days for portraits/events, 3-4 weeks for full wedding galleries and 6-8 weeks for a wedding highlights film.
HOW MANY PHOTOS DO WE RECEIVE?
You will receive all the photos that make you look your absolute best! Trust me, you do not want photos of you with your eyes half open or awkwardly posed. This also varies depending on the event/shoot nature and the shot list requested, but in general, I average 40 final images per hour of shooting.
CAN WE GET THE RAW FILES?
I do not give out RAW files (photo or video) because I feel that is a disservice to the investment you made for your wedding, event or portrait photos. Giving RAW files is equivelent to a commissioned artist delivering a half-finished painting or a chef serving a half-eaten salad -- NO WAY, JOSE! However, if there are circumstances where something happened to the final photos or video, then we can definitely work something out!
ARE WE ALLOWED TO EDIT OUR PHOTOS?
When you hire Laurentina Photography, you are paying for the final carefully selected and creatively edited photos and videos that make up my brand. I spend more time in post-production than I do at your wedding, event or portrait session... over 20 hours in many cases! When you put an Instagram filter or crop on your photos, you take away from the finished product.
I AM NOT COMFORTABLE HAVING MY PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
We do use your photos for marketing purposes online from time to time -- after all, it's what makes the photography industry who we are! While we do use your photos, we respect your privacy as to not tag your name or location, and use aliases when applicable. Most people are comfortable with sharing images online that do not mention those specifics. However, if you need ultimate privacy, please contact us for a photo usage form and quote.
DO YOU OFFER PRINTS, DIGITALS OR WALL ART?
Yes! And I highly encourage you to #printyourphotos! We use only professional photography labs and can tell you (and show you!) the difference of quality between a consumer lab (such as Walmart) vs. our professional lab. Depending on your session, you are welcome to come for a Reveal Session to see samples and place your order there.
*WHAT ABOUT PHOTOSHOPPING ME TO LOOK (SLIMMER), etc.?
This is a question that I get asked from time to time. As an artist, I promote realism and the "beyoutiful" you that you were created to be. We are all perfectly imperfect and there is so much to celebrate about being human! If there is a part of your body that you would like to downplay, please let me know ahead of time and I will do my best to help. But there will be no digital manipulating of reality. And while I do not support photoshopping for aesthetic reasons, I do support capturing your essence in order to let your confidence and true self shine!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE LOCATIONS FOR A PHOTO SHOOT?
I love traveling around the DC Area and getting to know a variety of places for portrait sessions! Some of my favorite locations are definitely Old Town Alexandria, Theodore Roosevelt Island, Lincoln/Jefferson/War Memorials*, Meridian Hill Park, Dupont Circle, Georgetown Canals, Lake Anne - Reston and Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. I'm also open to traveling around the area to Annapolis and Baltimore as well.
**Please note that any location in the National Park Service requires a permit, and I am not able to photograph there without us getting one.
DO YOU OFFER A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER OR VIDEOGRAPHER?
Second photographers are included in the top packages of my wedding photography and video package. I am comfortable photographing a wedding of any size on my own but it is helpful to have a second if the bride & groom are getting ready in different locations and also for the cocktail hour + family portraits. The going day rate for second photographers and videographers is $50/hour for someone who is experienced if you would prefer that as an a la carte option.
WHO ARE YOUR SECOND SHOOTERS?
Your wedding, event and portrait session are extremely important to me! Your second shooters go through a lengthy interview process to make sure they are the right fit. On my Team, I have professionals that I have worked with many times in the past and always provide a brief bio upon request. I want to ensure that hiring a second is a positive experience for all and that your wedding/event matters!
WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
Since I get asked this question frequently, I thought I'd list my usual gear but kindly remind everyone that it is the person taking the photo, not the camera that they happen to hold! That being said...
- Primary Camera: Nikon D810 & Sony A6000
- Second Camera: Nikon D800
- Fun Cameras: GoPro Hero Session 5 (with accessories) | my Instax 10 Polaroid Camera
- Lenses: Nikon 35mm 1.8 | Nikon 50mm 1.4 | Nikon 85mm 1.8 | Nikon 24mm 2.8 (wide angle) | Sony 16-55mm | Sony 50mm
- Flash & Lights: Nikon SB5000 | GenRay LED lights | Younguo Speedlites
- Audio: Lavalier mics and various recorders, RODE shotgun mic
- Stabilizers: Zhiyun Crane M | Manfrotto Tripods & Monopods | Revo Stabilizer
ARE WE A GOOD FIT FOR EACH OTHER?