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Pricing & FAQ

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How much do you charge for a wedding?

We feel each wedding in unique. You can always get in touch with us for a precise quote. Here is a rough idea of what you can expect for candid wedding photography packages

  • One day wedding shoot starts at Rs 70,000/-
  • Two day wedding shoot starts at Rs 1,20,000/-
  • Couple shoot starts at Rs 20,000/-

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What is your style of photography? What is candid photography?

You were a toddler or a teen at your favorite aunt’s wedding. Do you remember the pictures? Sure, you do remember that one odd picture that has you posing in a way that embarrasses you now – but do you remember the wedding albums? They were, barring very few exceptions, a visual attendance register. They tell a story too – but it’s like an unremarkable, mass-produced screenplay written in morse code – bride and groom arrive – dot – parents in attendance – dot dot – ties mangalsutra – dot. As the elderly Rose Dawson remarks wistfully in Titanic, “Thank you for that fine forensic analysis, Mr. Bodine. Of course, the experience of it was…. somewhat different.”

That is what I try to do in my work – to bridge that divide between the experience and the evidence. To me, it is the most important work that can be – capturing a lifetime experience, one that is unorchestrated even while being planned, one that is joyous and nerve wracking all at the same time to the bride and groom, one that makes your parents realize the weight of your coming of age moment even while they continue to look wistful (you were only a bawling, screaming baby, just yesterday! where did the years go?)

It is this, the stream of duality, that is so much a part of Indian weddings – from the joyous wedding to the painful vidai, it is a range of happy conflicts that appear for a moment and gone the next – one that a passionate professional with an inclination to candid pictures is sure to capture.

And therein lies my work, in that tiny infinity of time between here and gone. But I must also tell you this – all this talk is not against artful posing, or tastefully orchestrated images, as one is often wont to assume while on the subject of candid photography. So I’d say I’m a professional who takes care to unobtrusively capture all the moments that truly tell your wedding story, in a timeless, transporting way, while also devoting time to artfully created fun moments- this happy balance can and does exist!

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Do you also do Traditional photography/Traditional videography/Wedding Cinema? Do you do Couple shoot/Portraiture?

Yes, I offer all of the above. Couple shoots and Candid Wedding Photography continue to remain my favorite areas of work. However, on request, I work with teams or individuals that specialize in all of the above, so as to deliver a complete package to you.

Some couples engage me for candid and a couple shoot, while some families ask that I give a complete package taking care of all photography/videography needs.

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What is the size of your team?

I have covered a range of ceremonies – private, intimate weddings to weddings attended by tens of thousands of guests. I have shot alone and worked with a team of 11 – it truly depends on the wedding.

 

What are the Standard deliverables?

  • Web ready images uploaded in an online web gallery, easy to share with family and friends and on social media.High resolution images that are print ready, handed over in Hard Disk Drives, Custom DVDs or Blu-Ray. Number of images : 400+, in a typical one day wedding event, about 800+ in case of a two day wedding.A Designer Coffee Table Book specially designed with a stylish, fine art finish to create a story around the wedding/event as it happened. The book is handmade, and comes with a certificate of quality. The book will be about 60-80 pages and 12×12 (inches) in size, containing 100-120 images approximately.Wedding cinema / HD Video in a DVD or Blu-Ray (where applicable)Additional copies of coffee table books, DVDs photo frames, canvas prints are offered at additional cost.
 

What format of Images and Video do you deliver? Well RAW Images!

Images: High resolution images(.JPEG) that are print ready(Hard Disk Drive, Custom DVDs or Blu-Ray)Video: HD Video in a DVD or Blu-Ray.

At Light Story, Your images go through a rigid post production process with stress on aesthetics and story telling(no batch editing!) to deliver the best images that will truly remind you of how the most important day in your life unfolded. RAW images will not be given, for this reason – just as I would shy away from serving you raw ingredients if I were a chef!

 

Will you work with a different photographer?

Of course! If you have hired another person or team already known to you or whose work interests you for some aspects of traditional photography/videography, I’ll be happy to shoot with them.

 

Do you have a standard package? How customizable is your package?

Yes, details of which can be found here.  The standard package is customizable to suit your need. Each wedding is truly unique, and the requirements of couples vary too – it is only fair to let you do the choosing.

 

What is your pricing? Can the pricing be customized further?

The package can be tailored to the finest detail based on your requirements. However, it will not be possible to negotiate on pricing which is in line with quality of work delivered, technique and the value of art.

 

How do I do a booking with you?

A down payment of 75% of the total package cost has to be made to confirm the booking. The balance has to be paid within thirty days after the event. A contract has to be signed by the bride or the groom, in agreement with terms and conditions. It is an easy to understand and concise contract.

 

What mode of payment is available?

Cheque/Electronic Transfer/Wire transfer/Cash are acceptable modes of payment.

 

When can I expect my deliverables?

Images: 2-3 weeks of unhurried editing time after the wedding make for the best images I can deliver.Wedding Cinema: 7-8 weeks after the wedding.Albums: 2-3 weeks after a review from your end.Wedding video: Wedding video will be delivered 5-6 weeks after the wedding.In all of the above cases, additional customization will take longer. The timelines mentioned above are indicative.

 

Where are you open to shooting?

I’m open to shoot anywhere, location is not at all a constraint. My core photography charges remain the same irrespective of location. At present, I am based out of Trichy, but this changes often because I’m married to a Deputy Collector who has hoodwinked me into believing that moving cities(and to villages posing as cities) every year is the most exciting way to live.

 

Do I have to arrange for your travel/accommodation? Does the package include travel and accommodation charges? Any exceptions?

Travel: Travel to the city of shoot, local travel (ie. within the city of the shoot), food charges are charged at actuals. Travel to the city of shooting usually means travel by 3rd AC train or economy class air travel, depending on the distance.

Accommodation : I stay as a guest, and what’s good for the guests will work excellently for me – My only requirement would be privacy (no sharing of rooms, please!) which I need for my edits and storing equipment. If the location is Coimbatore or the city I’m put up in at the time of the shoot, the accommodation charges are waived.

Misc : If there is a location fee/permission fee levied by another body or Government for shooting, it has to be borne by the client.

 

What rights to the deliverables do I own?

You are free to print, share and display(home use) the images. Due photographer credit, while sharing images will be appreciated.

 

What is the photographer’s right limited to?

I will not sell your images for commercial purposes. I own the copyright and I reserve the right to selectively use them in my website, as art in exhibitions and social media for business promotion.

 

How do I cancel a booking? Would there be a refund?

A confirmation of your event also means that I have turned away other clients thereby losing potential business opportunities, so a full refund is not possible. However a partial refund will be allowed, based on other factors like getting another booking on the same dates you have canceled out and how close the event dates are at the time of cancellation. At the minimum, 50% of the total package cost is non-refundable in case of a cancellation.

I’d like to mention that this has not happened before with me :) What has happened, in fact, are couples who have rescheduled their wedding dates on learning that their original wedding dates were not available for a Light Story booking – I’m very proud of this, and think that this is an excellent indicator of the quality I deliver.

 

Can I reschedule after booking confirmation?

Yes, you can. If the rescheduling is done 90 days before the event date, an additional fee of 20%( of the total package cost) has to be paid. In other cases, 50%(of the total package cost) has to be paid.

 

Are partial Cancellations allowed?

Yes, they are. The fee will vary based on the total number of days for which you have booked me and cancelled.

 

More Questions?

If you have more questions, feel free to reach me at 95000 88632 or at vijesh@lightstory.in. You can also use the contact page to get in touch.