Wedding Photographer Jolyon Melville

 

BRIDAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PACKAGES

Bridal coverage would be the bridal preparation, images of the groom, portrait images of the bride, wedding ceremony, family group shots, bridal party and entourage, bridal couple, table settings and decor, reception, speeches, cutting of the cake, first dance and Family and Friends during the day.

Payment terms can be arranged to suit your budget. My view is that we should have a win-win relationship.

 

Investment 1

Wedding day coverage, excludes an Eshoot.

  1. This Investment includes 8 hours coverage by one photographer and an assistant on the day of the wedding.
  2. Unlimited digital capture during those eight hours.
  3. From the unlimited digital capture, a personalised DVD containing 300 edited low resolution images for viewing purposes.

R6,900.00


Investment 2

Engagement shoot.
From the EShoot digital capture, a personalised DVD containing a minimum of 100 edited high resolution images for viewing purposes.

Wedding day coverage.

  1. This Investment includes 10 hours coverage by two photographers and an assistant on the day of the wedding. The assistant has the important role of managing the Ranger lighting system.
  2. Unlimited digital capture during those ten hours.
  3. From the unlimited digital capture, a proof DVD containing low resolution images for album selection purposes.
  4. 1 x 20 page spread (40 pages) Classic Matt Album (300 x 400 millimeters) printed on archival Matt paper designed and created from your digital capture.
  5. Leather or Personalised Cover (Using prime images from the wedding day coverage)
  6. 2 X Gift Mini Classic Albums (100 x140 millimeters) for parents. Duplicate of the main album
  7. 1x high resolution DVD containing 300 edited images upon completion of your wedding album.

R11,850.00


Investment 3

This package contains maximum photographic options to your engagement and wedding day

Engagement shoot.
From the EShoot digital capture, a personalised DVD containing a minimum of 100 edited high resolution images for viewing purposes. The Eshoot may entail traveling in and about the environs of Johannesburg the Bride to be, nominates. Bearing in mind some venues may require permission from building owners, so planning will be important. A personal guard will accompany us as we visit your different venues.

Emphasis is on photographing the couple at different venues of significance to them as a couple.

Wedding day coverage.

  1. This Investment includes unlimited time coverage by two photographers and an assistant on the day of the wedding. The assistant has the important role of managing the Ranger lighting system.
  2. Unlimited digital capture on the Wedding day.
  3. Studio lighting set up, where Guests can have fun poses, props like fun hats, wigs, can be worn.
  4. 1x 25 double page (50 pages) Designer Matt photo book 300x400 millimeters printed on archival Matt paper.
  5. Leather or Personalised Cover.
  6. 1x low resolution DVD of images for selection 3-4 weeks after the wedding.
  7. 1x Hi Resolution DVD of 600-800 images.
  8. 2 X Gift Mini Classic Albums (100 x140 millimeters) for parents. Duplicate of the photo book.
  9. 8 x Friends booklets / keepsakes exact duplicate of your wedding album to hand out as gifts to your bridesmaid/s, family and close friends, which are also duplicates or the wedding photo book.

R25 900.00


Possible extras.

  1. Wedding day Guest Book, based on images taken during the Eshoot.
  2. Thank you Cards, based on images taken on the Wedding day.
  3. Parent Albums, each with a bias towards that Family.
  4. Additional Gift Friend Booklets, great for Family and Friends as well as your Entourage as thank you gifts.
  5. Additional photo book Spreads.
  6. Canvas Wall Art.
  7. For two consecutive day events such as the Hindu Naantak and Wedding.
  8. Photo booth, (Studio lighting set up, where Guests can have fun poses, props like fun hats, wigs, can be worn)
  9. Assorted Photo book Covers and Paper types.

Q&A

I accept a limited number of weddings, allowing for the utmost attention to my clients and their needs. My objective is to provide my clients with a fuss- and worry-free photographic experience where high attention to detail and service is paramount.

What is your photographic style?

How far should we book in advance?

How do we book you?

Do we need to meet before the wedding?

Do you shoot with an assistant?

Why do I pay a deposit?

Terms of payment

Our wedding has been cancelled/moved. Can we get our deposit back?

What time before the wedding will you arrive?

Will you and your team require a meal?

How much time do you need to shoot the Bride and Groom Portraits?

How much time do you need for group and couple shots?

How much time do you need to shoot our wedding group photos?

What time does the sun set, are we going to have enough sunlight for photos?

Will we get pictures of every single person at our wedding reception?

Do you supply hires digital images, and how many?>

Do you digitally edit your images?

Do you also shoot multicultural weddings?

Do you do engagement, or ‘trash the dress’ photo sessions?

Do you retain copyright for the photos?

 

What is your photographic style?

Our approach to Wedding Photography is all about quality and not quantity. We capture your special day in a ‘modern freestyle’ way, with a combined traditional and journalistic approach for those ‘once in a lifetime’ moments. As your special day unfolds, our images will capture the story, the emotions, the love, the romance and create memories that will last a lifetime. 

I will provide you with comprehensive coverage of your Wedding Day by two passionate Photographers, both using state of the art professional equipment & off course back-up equipment! 

How far should we book in advance?

Typically 6-12 months in advance or as soon as you have a date and venue. Check with me for availability.

How do we book you?

After viewing my portfolio on line, I prefer initially that you make e-mail with me as I am not always at my computer or phone to check my diary. When this is done we will arrange a date for a consultation at a mutually convenient time and place and commence the journey to make your photographic needs a reality.

Do we need to meet before the wedding?

Yes, most certainly, most of my of clients use an E Shoot as a way to get comfortable with each other and the camera, this makes for great add on photographs for a guest album to use at the wedding reception. I in addition will pay at least pre-wedding visits to your venue, ascertain photographic opportunities and lighting conditions. Value is added with me making contact with your clergyman to clear all issue of protocol.

Do you shoot with an assistant?

I always shoot with an assistant/2nd photographer. This frees me up to focus on shooting and looking for special moments while ensuring that between the two of us, we don’t miss the important ones. The 2nd shooter offers a different but complementary perspective and allows us to work efficiently throughout the entire day. Our assistant will manage the lighting and equipment.

Why do I pay a deposit?

Your deposit secures our services for your wedding day because we may have other requests for the same date! Your deposit gives you peace of mind that our services are booked and secured in advance. A Copy of our 'Standard Wedding Contract' can be viewed in MS Word format by clicking here.

Terms of payment

The calculated payment is divided in to thirds, on third is your deposit, 2nd third two weeks before the wedding and final third immediately upon hand over of your DVD or book.

Our wedding has been cancelled/moved can we get our deposit back?

The concept of a deposit is to secure my service for that particular day. If your wedding is moved to another date for which I am available you can transfer the deposit to that booking. If I am already booked for your new date the deposit is wavered. If your wedding is cancelled the deposit is wavered.

What time before the wedding will you arrive?

This will be finalised before the wedding, but I need +/- 30 min before make-up and the dress gets put on as a starting point to do the bridal preparation as well.

Will you and your team require a meal?

The short answer is, yes please, we'd kindly request a hot meal for the team. i.e. myself, second shooter and assistant. A wedding photographer works an average of 8 to 10 hours, so it's important to itemise expectations and considerations in light of non-stop work. Speak to your wedding reception manager or caterer. They usually have a vendors table for vendors to sit and eat. If this table is out of sight from the main table, we'd eat in relays so one photographer would always be on stand-by to capture those photo journalistic moments in time.

How much time do you need to shoot the bride and broom portraits?

I will need approximately 45-65 minutes to create beautiful atmospheric portraits of the bride and groom. Ideally these 45-65 minutes should be planned to occur before the sun goes down. I will pre-plan these portraits when I reconnoiter the venue so will have a pretty good idea of available locations and lighting conditions. I encourage you (the bride and groom) to bring with a small bottle of Champagne so that you can relax and enjoy each others company while I set up each shot. I also ask that you limit the amount of guests that will accompany you for these photos. I would suggest that we’d rather have just the bride and groom and one bridesmaid around when we shoot your portraits.

How much time do you need for group and couple shots?

A suggested time schedule where the entire wedding takes place at one venue is as follows.

  • 20 minutes for the decor at the reception
  • 30 minutes for details of dress, shoes, and getting ready
  • 30 minutes for bridal portraits
  • 15 minutes for people arriving at the church, Groom and Guests
  • 45 minutes – 1 hour for the ceremony and confetti
  • 30 minutes for family and group shots
  • 30 minutes for bridal party photos
  • 45-65 minutes for couple photos

How much time do you need to shoot our wedding group photos?

I request that you create a solid list of each group/family photo you want shot and appoint one person from each side of the family to be an official family ‘herder.’ Their task will be to get the required groups together so that I can focus on the composition and lighting for each image. This is necessary as a lot of time is wasted looking for family members that need to appear on certain group photos. This wasted time affects the amount of time we have to spend on you Bride and Groom portraits. I generally need only between 3 and 4 minutes per group shot – once each group is assembled.

What time does the sun set, are we going to have enough sunlight for photos?

If you are getting married in the afternoon, the hour before sunset is known as the “Golden hour” and can result in really beautiful images. We’d set that time in place in the days just before your wedding day.

Will we get pictures of every single person at our wedding reception?

If you have specific images you would like of yourselves with various guests, or of specific guests at the reception I ask that you accompany me for half an hour at the reception so that we can locate and photograph those guests or groups. I do endeavour to photograph everyone at the wedding, and generally do so, but as I am meeting a large group of people for the 1st time on the day I can make no guarantees. You could also create a list of reception group images you would like to have and appoint someone to accompany me for half an hour at the reception with the list so that we can lock down all those requested shots.

Do you supply hires digital images, and how many?

Yes, at least 300 images, or more, will be supplied to you on DVD as hire resolution jpeg files. This number is only the minimum you can expect but we always aim to deliver more.

Do you digitally edit your images?

Yes, I digitally edit to enhance the image, rather than manipulate the image. Images are checked for colour correctness, and enhanced with various techniques including mostly colour, black and white, and sepia. ‘Over-editing’ an image by adding in unrelated objects etc. is not a style preference of mine. Involved editing such as removing people from photographs is not included in the standard editing.

Do you also shoot multicultural weddings?

Most definitely! These weddings are always such a great cultural experience. Although I have experience with observing the protocol involved, please let me know if there will be any additional requirements.

Do you do engagement, or ‘trash the dress’ photo sessions?

Yes, these can be booked individually, can and also form part of my various wedding photography packages.  A Trash the Gown Shoot is fulfilled, brides are photographed doing any number of activities whist wearing their wedding dresses, for example horse riding, swimming in a river. On occasions I would recommend a post-shoot session to take advantage of the location. You may also consider a Treasure the Gown Shoot as well. A Treasure the Gown Shoot take place some weeks after the wedding at a formal venue using creative lighting.

Do you retain copyright for the photos?

Yes I do, though each package includes a designer box containing the DVD of your images, my contract allows you to make prints and enlargements from your DVD for personal and social networking use.


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