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wedding FAQs

If you are here, well I'm sure that means you have some questions for us :)

We've tried to take some of the most commonly asked wedding photography questions and provide some information to help you along the process of finding the right photographer for you.  Of course if you have questions which I have not addressed below, please feel free to reach out through our contact page.

How can I find out more information about your prices and packages?
To obtain pricing/packaging info, we kindly ask that you visit the contact page and send us a request along with your name, number, email and wedding date.  We like to ensure we have availability to offer our services before we send along any information.  Wedding rates begin at $3475 without an album and $4000 with an album.

We love your packages and would like to learn more.  Do we need to schedule an appointment?
If there is one thing I can't stress enough, it is the importance of making a visit to our studio.  Not only do we get the opportunity to meet in-person but spending time getting to know one another is an invaluable experience.  You spend a ton of time with your wedding photographer on what is considered one of the most important days of your life.  Why not ensure that you will be 100% comfortable with him/her.  If you are uncomfortable, it will show in your photos...and that's not good. Studio visits are laid back and relaxed.  I'm not into sales, I'm into offering you fair value for exactly the types of services and products that you need in order to be happy.  Nothing more, nothing less.  I want to get to know you and your fiancé and you should get to know me too.  I'm an open book and don't believe in secrets so you're free to ask any questions you'd like about myself or my business.  In addition, while visiting the studio you will have an opportunity to look through several real wedding albums that we keep in-house.  You'll see some products up on the walls and a slideshow of images that will continue throughout our conversation. Studio visits are generally scheduled during weekday evenings anytime after 7PM. Contact us today to schedule your visit. 

How long have you been shooting weddings and is this your full time job?
As of June 2015, being a photographer and running the studio has been my full time job and my absolute passion.  I began my career working as a photographer in the wedding industry in 2011 and have been photographing weddings as a primary photographer since 2013.

Are there reviews of your Studio online that we can read up on?
Absolutely!  We take great pride in the feedback that our previous brides and grooms have left for us.  You may find reviews for the studio both on Wedding Wire and The Knot.  Visit our recognition page and scroll to the bottom for links to these reviews.

Will you travel for our wedding?
Absolutely!  We can discuss all of the specifics regarding required expenses and accommodations but we would love to be a part of your special day no matter where you decide on hosting it.

Our wedding will only require partial day coverage, is this something your studio offers?
Yes!  Although you will realize the greatest savings when booking a "full day coverage" package, we do also offer hourly rates.  However, a minimum of 4 hours of coverage will be required.  

Will you be there on our wedding day or will a different photographer be assigned?
This is a very important question.  If you meet with me and you decide to book my services for your wedding day, rest assured that I will be there with you from start to finish.  Your wedding day is never outsourced to other photographers.

How soon do you deliver the images from the wedding day, in what format and how many?
For each wedding, we create a private online gallery which will contain all of your wedding day proofs and any specially edited images that are to be delivered.  Some packages may also include a custom engraved Wooden USB Flash Drive. We promise delivery of wedding proofs within 60 days of your wedding.  All images will be color-corrected and adjusted for brightness/exposure and delivered as full-size/high resolution jpegs without watermarks.  As each wedding day is unique, we do not make any guarantees or promises with regards to the number of images that we will deliver.  On average, delivery of a full day wedding will typically include 800+ images.  We like to focus on quality over quantity but rest assured that we will not hold any images hostage based on a number.

Are we entitled to RAW or Unedited images?
Unfortunately we do not release any RAW or unedited images under any circumstances.

Will we be free to have prints made anywhere or will we be required to order through your studio?
Any image that you receive from us is yours to keep and do as you please.  You will receive a Print/Copyright Release which will entitle you to have your images printed at any lab without issue.  Your online gallery however comes fully equipped with a store feature which will enable you to place any print/product orders you'd like while taking advantage of the quality our Professional Labs offer.

Have you shot a wedding at our venue before and if so, would we be able to see sample photos from real weddings? If not, would you plan on visiting the venue before hand?
Although I have photographed weddings at many venues over the years, there are also many in which I have not yet visited.  Please share your venue name with me and I'll be happy to tell you whether I've worked there before and if possible provide some sample images as well.  In some cases, we may plan on visiting your venue prior to your wedding day if we feel it might be necessary and beneficial.

We are still undecided, can you hold our date while we consider our options?
We accept bookings on a first come/first served basis.  In order to secure our services for your wedding day, a non-refundable retainer of $1000 will be required.

What forms of payment do you accept and what are the payment terms?
We accept cash, check or credit.  Payments made by credit card will be subject to a service charge of 3%.  In addition to the $1000 retainer that is required to reserve your date, the remainder of your balance will be broken down into two payments.  Your final payment will be due 30 days before your wedding date.  Your second payment can be scheduled at anytime in-between the retainer payment and final payment.  We will work out a schedule that works for you.

If we pay our entire wedding photography balance in cash, will we be able to avoid paying sales tax or receive a discount?
Cash payments are always welcomed.  However, collecting your balance in cash does not exempt Jesse Rinka Photography from paying New York State sales tax on the portions of your package which include a physical product (ie; wedding album, USB drive, canvas wrap etc).  Although sales tax will not be required on any service based fees, it will be required on physical products.

Is your studio insured?
Yes, we are fully insured and can provide proof of insurance to your venue or any portrait location which requires it.

What equipment do you use?
At the moment, we use two Nikon D750 bodies as well as a Nikon D3S body.  Lenses include 14-24, 24-70, 35, 50, 60, 85, 70-200 and a bunch of different lighting equipment.  Although I am completely comfortable with natural light, I absolutely love to use lighting equipment to create truly unique images.  We will certainly use a mix of both natural and artificial lighting throughout the day.

If for some reason we need to cancel our wedding after booking, do you offer refunds?
While we sympathize with any situation which leads to the cancellation of your wedding day, it is important to note that your retainer payment and all other monies paid will be non-refundable.  The retainer payment guarantees that no one else will be able to book our services on your wedding day and once the agreement has been signed, we are forced to turn down all other commissions/bookings for that date.  However, if we are able to book another wedding on your date, we will gladly refund all monies paid minus the retainer.

If our wedding date is during the week, on a Sunday or during the winter, do you offer any discounts?
Unfortunately we do not offer discounts for off-season, mid-week or Sunday weddings.  The reason for this being that the amount of hours that we spend before your wedding day, on your wedding day and the weeks following are the same whether you are getting married in January or September.  We treat each and every wedding with the same amount of attention to detail and care and all costs associated with your wedding day remain the same throughout the year.