Q. What is the most common photography session you schedule?
A. We specialize in couture wedding, engagement and styled wedding portrait sessions. We will work with you to artistically develop your customized photography collection. Being located in Florida is a blessing because we can utilize the beautiful landscapes to create amazing backdrops for your photographs. We are a destination wedding photography studio and will travel to your amazing location. Our couture style is best described as lifestyle infused with artistry, creating timeless and natural photographs. As a hybrid studio we photograph utilizing the lost art of film and digital photography.
Q. When is the best time to book a couture portrait session?
A. Your photography needs are very important to us and we would love to chat with you either in person or over the phone - whatever works best for you. Please send our creative principal photographer an email at marilyn@risinglotusphotography or call at 813.416.5302. It is never too early to contact us, we want to make sure we have your special date available.
To begin, we will have an initial consultation to discuss what you are envisioning for your wedding. We can meet for coffee, at your home, or chat over the phone. We will discuss your various options for collections or create a customized collection from our a la carte menu.
We will send you an electronic contract which will require your electronic signature. Changes can be made to the contract prior to signing, please just let us know what changes you prefer.
For wedding we require a deposit/retainer/initial payment at the time of booking. This initial payment secures your date by covering expenses associated with the securing this date which are difficult to ascertain (income lost if cancelled), covers the expenses associated with initial work for your photography collection and covers operating expenses associated with your collection leading up to your date. In the event the date is canceled by you the deposit/initial payment is non-refundable and will be paid as liquidated damages.
Q. When is the best time of day to schedule a engagement or style wedding portrait session?
A. The best lighting is during the "golden hour" which is one hour before sunset. However, as professionals we can beautifully photograph you at any time - day or night. During our complimentary consultation we will make recommendations on scheduling based on several factors such as light, time restraints, location and personal preference.
Q. How do we pick a location?
A. We recommend choosing a location that is special to you or has some meaning. However, there are so many beautiful places we can choose to best represent the style and artistic direction you prefer. We are willing to travel, however, travel expenses will be added to your collection if travel is over 50 miles.
Q. How can I make a payment?
A. We take cash or check. If you would like to pay by credit card we can create a Paypal invoice for you. We customize wedding payment installments based on what works best for you. Typically we require a 30% deposit/initial payment/retainer, 40% three months prior and the remaining 30% one month prior to the wedding.
Q. When will I receive my images and how?
A. You will receive all of your images edited, retouched and professionally mastered. For every hour of photography, we spend about 16 hours post-processing to get your wedding photograph collection ready for you. We plan to have your image proofs engagement, and style wedding portrait sessions within 60 days and wedding proofs within 90 days. During the wedding season we will try our hardest to have your images within this time-frame. Depending on the collection you choose, photographs will be sent to you via online client access image gallery, customized DVD and/or a custom USB drive. Your online client-access image gallery gives you the opportunity to share with family and friends. The gallery will be available for one year after your wedding date.
Q. When you edit what do you "change" about the image? Can you make me look skinny?
As professional photographers we believe in the natural beauty of the moment and of you. Our skilled and detailed editing is to enhance the natural beauty and provide artistry to the image to convey emotion. We want you to look your BEST while maintaining an authentic image. We shoot in RAW so every images goes through an editing process for sharpness, contrast, color correction, saturation and artistic affects. We will capture what the natural eyes sees and remove distracting elements/blemishes, smooth skin and whiten teeth on portraits or even brighten eyes. When we are photographing we are paying close attention to you and the scenery with the end image in mind. There are certain angles and positions to photograph which are most flattering. However, there is no skinny lens or skinny filter. You are naturally beautiful. We believe photography is capturing what is happening in the moment and our editing process is used creatively and artistically to depict that beauty. All editing and photographic processing is final upon image delivery. Additional editing is subject to additional fees per image due to the amount of time it takes to edit, render and professional master each image.
Q. What is your file safety and protection process?
Rising Lotus Photography is committed to image file protection to ensure your precious and cherished moments are delivered to you via a password protected Online Gallery and on a customized USB or Custom CD of high resolution images. RAW files from your special day are kept in a fire proof safe until your edited photography collection is delivered to you. Throughout the entire editing process your images are backed up three times. Once you receive your images we recommend you download them to your hard-drive, a cloud and make an additional copy for safe keeping. Your password protected Online Gallery is available for one year.
Q. Can I order prints or products?
A. Within your online gallery you have the ability to order beautiful professional print products ranging from prints, canvases, standout boxes, frames art pieces, prints on metal, prints on glass, various cards and much more. There are over 5,000 different print options to best display your photographs. In addition, we offer custom couture art pieces such as dimensional wall art and customs prints on wood. We recommend ordering prints from our website or placing a custom order. The quality of your photographs will be amazing and ensured. You have invested with Rising Lotus to produce high quality images our products are of the best quality.
Q. Do you design Albums or Books?
A. We offer customized couture albums that are specially designed for you to reflect your special day or your photography collection. The albums are very customizable from size, covers, thickness, number of pages and layout. We will ask you a series of questions regarding your preferences and provides you with examples. Typically, we recommend you choosing 20 of your favorite photographs and we will tell the story of your day using those images and others. Prior to print you will be able to proof the album and make changes. These albums are gorgeous and made with the highest quality of materials.
In addition, we offer a "Design It Yourself" option for books on our website. We have a series of templates which you can insert the images you desire. This is a less expensive option for books, however, the quality is still amazing.
Q. Do I get a print release and can I post photographs on social media?
A. We provide personal print release for you to use on all your images. For our professional clients, head shots and businesses photography, we offer professional print releases. We believe photographs should be fully enjoyed and shared. Please feel free to share on social media sites. If you remember, feel free to mention Rising Lotus Photograph to your friends and family. We ask that if you are submitted images for publication in a blog or magazine please request written permission from Rising Lotus Photography. We maintain full rights of the images and it is unlawful to sell photographs.
Q. What is my photography investment?
A. We offer several different Photography Investment guides featuring our most popular photography collections and a la carte menu of services and products. We realize every wedding is different and can customize to help meet your desires while being mindful of your budget. We always recommend scheduling an consultation to discuss the unique details of your wedding day so we can best help you select a collection that fits your needs, desires and budget.