I'm splitting my time between New York and Greece, and shooting weddings all over the world.
Where are you based?
Do you travel outside of your base?
I'm always eager to discover new places, work in unfamiliar locations and explore different cultures. I'm happy to travel for your occasion to a different state or country if my schedule allows.
As of now, I call both NYC and Europe (Greece) my home and I'm very much open to work on European weddings, elopements and couple sessions.
And since I'm originally from Russia, I travel there a few times a year as well, and can also take a few projects during my trips.
All my packages can be easily customized and, therefore, can work for any event. I have options of one- or two-photographer coverage, and sometimes for local NYC weddings also offer an option of a part-time second photographer. Feel free to give as many details about your event as possible so I can better assist you.
What packages do you offer?
I always insist on a meeting to feel if the flow between us is seamless and also to discuss your photo priorities and expectations. Before Covid (and baby) it would be a cup of coffee or a drink, but now Zoom made it easy to connect from anywhere.
Do we meet you before contract
To reserve a date for you, we need to sign a contract. Everything can be done online, including payments. A 30% retainer is required upon contract signing to reserve the date, and the remaining balance is due on (or before) the wedding day.
How does contract signing work?
On an average wedding day coverage, I deliver between 700-1000 images (roughly 100-120 images per hour of coverage). The number of images overall depends on the duration of the coverage, number of photographers, and intensity of your wedding day schedule. I don't limit myself to a certain number and always deliver the fullest gallery possible.
How many photos do we get?
No, I don't share RAW files for a very simple reason – they are not a final product and don't represent my work. I do spend the time each photo takes to make it saying the best about your day, to emphasize on important details, such as light, location details, face tones, etc.
Can you send us RAW files?
How long does it take to receive
On a busy season it takes up to 8-10 weeks to receive the full wedding gallery (3-4 weeks for the engagement gallery), but I'll send you few sneak peeks a couple of days after. The final photos are high rez jpegs and will be available in your online, password-protected gallery.
You can also order prints through the gallery (through me).
Absolutely! I'm on board from beginning to end, so please include me in the planning process if you feel like. I always encourage my couples to consult when planning the timeline and in general keep me in the loop.
Can you help us during the planning
Prior to the wedding, I always scout venues, sometimes even those who I worked with before in order to get familiar with my surroundings, pick the spots I like for the photos, check the lighting situation, and speak with the venue/your planner to get as much info as possible. All these help me to be way more prepared on your wedding day and don't waste time on running around to find a good photo opportunity. Plus it's a good way of making friends with other vendors, so on the day of it already feels like a cheerful collaboration.
How do you approach venues that you
haven't worked with before?
I do require a family shot list with all the possible combinations you'd like to have. This way we can get it done fast and smoothly. If you can assign help – someone who knows your family well (sibling, best man, made of honor, etc) – that would be best. Please also make sure everyone is aware that they are needed for photos.
Do you require a photo shot list?
Definitely! You can find the list of some vendors I enjoyed working in the past here.
Can you recommend other vendors?
Absolutely! New York is my playground and I'm always happy to show you my favorite places. I will help you plan the logistic and take you to the most iconic/ hidden/ instagrammable spots depending on your preference.
Can you recommend places in NYC
where we can elope and take photos?