FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How would you describe your photography style?
In one word PHOTOJOURNALISM. Our outlook is authentic, bold and creative. We shoot in an artistic documentary style for most of the wedding and always hunting organic moments. During the portrait sessions we do very little posing, we are not into props, rather we direct our clients to do activities or engage each other to create natural moments. We do take a handful of posed shots for your mom, because a wedding is about making everyone happy! We use light in a creative way in our photos so our work tend to be high contrast and moody. But in the end of the day what sets up apart from everyone else, is our storytelling ability to capture the in-between moments that makes your photos unique. We select your final photos based on our unique style.
How long have you been in business? What is the history?
Priyanca received formal training in fashion design at the London College of Fashion, London and has been working in the photography and fashion design industry since 2003. In 2013, Priyanca transitioned to full-time professional photography and established Priyanca Rao Photography, LLC. The company is registered in NYC and fully insured to provide photography services.
What packages you offer?
Here is a breakdown of our most popular packages and what is included. Please email us for our pricing.
Do you offer videography?
We offer limited videography packages based on your date. Please email us for availability.
What does the booking process involve?
For wedding photography, we will arrange either a phone consultation or meet in person to discuss your needs early on. Once you decide to book your wedding with us, we will send you a contract that includes the wedding schedule. We require a 50% deposit to book your date. The rest is due one month before the wedding.
What distinguishes your work from that of other photographers?
We are very involved right from the beginning to avoid any glitches on your wedding day. Our goal is to let you live in the moment on your big day, and let us capture the candid moments you will miss! We are very organized and communicative right from the start. We get you to fill out information sheets that will help us plan your wedding photography the way you envision it. Rest assured you will not have to micro manage on your big day, rather relax, talk to guests and look gorgeous in all your pictures.
Creativity is most important to us. We look for unusual angles, perspectives and compositions that will make your images pop. Our documentary style tells a visual story that marries the wedding venue with your personalities, be it a barn, the NYC skyline or colorful Brooklyn street art. We are the first ones to arrive at the wedding venue to scout out potential locations for pictures and prepare ahead of time.
We are all very laid back and humor is an integral part of our team. We know how to loosen you up to get those laughs and very natural looking pictures however camera shy you are.
What type of equipment do you use?
We use all Pro Canon and Fuji with prime lenses along with back up cameras. Our Pro lenses are very sharp and give a nice shallow depth of field that make your pictures look dreamy. We also carry professional lighting for indoor photography during the ceremony and reception.
Are you the photographer who will shoot my wedding? If so, will you have any assistants with you on that day?
Priyanca Rao will be the lead photographer at the studio. She will be at all the weddings in person unless contracted otherwise. Depending on your package your wedding services may include a second shooter.
Do you include engagement photos in your packages?
No. Because different people want different services. But we will gladly shoot an engagement session with you either in NYC or a destination of your choice. Engagement shoots are a great investment with Priyanca Rao Photography especially if you are having us shoot your wedding. This gives us some time to get to know you better and to direct you better on your wedding day. Plus they are really fun and colorful. We help pick the location, suggest outfits and art direction to help create some 'out of the world' pictures. Your photos will be completely different from your wedding photos and great additions to your walls at home. We develop a better understanding of your personalities, learn what makes you tick, what kind of angles and lenses work for best for you. You can book an engagement shoot on its own or design a package that includes coffee table albums or wedding guest signing books. Ask about customizing a wedding package with an engagement shoot.
What type of album designs do you offer? Do you provide any assistance in creating an album?
Our albums are all hand crafted designer albums with photo paper made in America at the top album supplier (probably in the whole world!). You can select the images that go in the album or leave it to us. We also offer parent albums with beautiful lab print photo paper. We also offer artistic wall art and canvases. All albums are designed by Priyanca.
Do you take family formal photos at the wedding event?
Yes family photos are your heirlooms and are very important. We plan these in advance by sharing a PDF document with a list of people that you want to include in your group photos. This also includes any 'must have' shots from your wedding. Remember the more detail shots you include, the lesser time we have to focus on real human connections and emotions. For example, we would encourage you to get photos when you are getting into your dress rather than having your dress hang from a hanger. Ask a close family member to help you get into the dress so we can capture your bond. Any details that have a 'human touch' are always more in line with our photojournalistic style. Download a copy of our PDF form here.
When will I receive a written contract? Do you require a deposit?
We have contracts for all our weddings to protect both parties and make all the details are clear. Our contracts will clearly state the duration of coverage, date, location, liability and copyrights. We also request a schedule for the wedding day which can be finalized closer to the wedding. We require a 50% deposit to save the date.The balance is due one month before your wedding. Photography is and art and is so subjective. We try to stay true to our style, and do not offer any refunds on any of our products and services. Please make sure our photography style is a good fit for you.
Do you provide retouching, color adjustment or other corrective services?
All your pictures within our studio team so we can check quality and provide the best product. Priyanca's strong graphic design background comes in handy with editing to create out of the world post production. All your images are edited with Lightroom. Additional re-touching like skin correction, body morphing, scars (any Photoshop work) is available at an additional fee. Contact us for details. Please make sure any additional re-touching requirements are made within 30 days of receiving your full gallery.
When will I receive my pictures?
Usually you will receive the final edited pictures 90 days from your wedding, unless stated otherwise. Engagement shoots and portraits take about 15-30 days.
Do you share all the raw files after an event?
No. When you book us you are paying for our professional set of eyes that is trained to only pick the best of the best. You will receive a well rounded gallery with a nice range of shots that fits our style. If there is anything missing just let us know and we will try our best to help you find any particular shots. We no not share a selection gallery to choose from, our format is that we pick the photos for you that most tell your story in a natural way and fall in line with our photography style.
Download a sample timeline for photography here.
Have a question? Email PriyancaPhotography@gmail.com.