FAQ

Koman Photography has been recognized for its dreamy photography and has been named Best Wedding Photographers in California by CBS Los Angeles. Their work has been featured in many publications including: Style Me Pretty, The Knot, Wedding Chicks, CBS Los Angeles, ModWedding, OnceWed, Wedding Whimsical and is proudly a Style Me Pretty Little Black Book member.

Wedding Photography FAQ

Q: I would like you to shoot my wedding, how do I start the process?

A: Reach us via our contact form along with your wedding date and venue, if secured. We prefer communicating by email as we can give you more details that way but we’d be happy to communicate by phone too. If possible, we would like to meet you both in person so you can get to know your future photographers and can ask us everything you need. Once you’ve decided to choose us as your photographers, we will send a contract for you to sign and return with a deposit. After that, you can check “find a photographer” off your wedding to-do list.

Q: What does a wedding session cost?

Please contact us for a full rate sheet and details. You’ll find that we like to keep things simple. If you are eloping, doing something very simple, or only need us for a few hours, shoot us an email and we can find something that will work for everyone.

Q: How much do I need to deposit?

A: We require a 40% of your wedding package initial deposit and the rest of the fee to be paid before the wedding day.

Q:What is your photography style?
We are fine art wedding photographers and we are fully involved in turning each photo into a piece of art. Our style is also combined with wedding photojournalism, or documentary photography – Capturing things as they unfold with no interference by the photographer while focusing on collecting images that tell a story.

When working with the couple, the wedding party and family formals, the emphasis shifts to more of an casual portrait approach – Placing subject(s) in a beautiful environment with the direction to be natural, or act in a manner than inspires or connects them with subtle direction from the photographer.

Q: How far should we book in advance?

A: Typically 12 months in advance, as soon as you have a date and venue.

Q: Where are you based?

A: We are based in Los Angeles, but we travel worldwide.

Q: Do you travel?

A: We love to travel and will generally arrive at least the day before the event to help ensure that unexpected travel delays do not make us late or miss your big day. Let us know where you are and we’ll figure out the best way to get us out to you.

Q: When should we do the wedding portraits?

A: This is mostly up to you, but usually a couple of hours before the ceremony or immediately following the ceremony. Shooting before the ceremony allows you to check one more thing off the day’s to-do list early on and, more importantly, to afford you and the wedding party a chance to enjoy the cocktail hour and mingle with your guests. Shooting after the ceremony, depending on the time, could allow you to take advantage of the setting sun and its softer light.

Q: Do you take getting-ready shots?

A: These are some of our favorite photographs to capture. The energy and excitement of everyone moving about is there, but we can also capture the calm and solemn moments when the bride and groom think about their wedding vows, the friends and family around them, and everything leading up to and away from this moment.

Q: Do you take dance shots?

A: That’s where the fun is. We are right there with everyone on the dance floor like ninjas with cameras. Harmless ninjas.:)

Q: Do you shoot film or digital?

A: We shoot both, for film we use Contax 645 medium format cameras and for digital we use Canon 35mm cameras.

Q: Do you shoot in RAW?

A: Yes. RAW allows us to get the best quality and image detail when we are processing the photos.

Q: Do you edit photos? What is the difference between editing and retouching?

A: We shoot all digitals in raw so all our photos will be edited. This means we color correct, adjust exposure, tones, vibrance etc. Retouching, is adding or taking away something from the image that didn’t exist. For example, taking a blemish away, softening the skin, enhance eyes,  thinning out arms or legs, adding a plant to cover up a trash can. Those are all things that are much more labor intensive and should be done to the images that you care about most, such as in a wedding album

Q: Do you shoot in B&W?

A: We love B&W photographs. There is something so timeless about them. Since shoot digital, this allows us to decide after the fact whether we want to process the image in B&W or Color. However, we generally shoot the image with a color preference in mind based on what we are seeing.

Q: Is your wedding package flexible?

A: Yes. Our goal is to help you find a wedding package that fits your needs and budget. Please contact us if you have questions about our wedding photography packages/services or don’t see what you’re looking for.

Q: How many photographs will we receive?

A: Generally 75-100 photographs per/hour of coverage.

Q: When is it best to schedule our engagement session?

A: Engagement portraits can be scheduled anytime in the months before your wedding. We shoot engagement portraits on location. We have scouted and shot in many unique locations around Los Angeles and Orange County, including outdoor, urban, warehouse, natural and other settings. We will work with you to design a session that fits your personality and desire.

Q: What kind of equipment do you use?

A: We use Canon Mark III digital SLR bodies, Canon professional speedlights and Canon L-series lenses. We also photograph with film and we use Contax645 medium format camera. We process all of our photographs on current Macintosh computers using Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and other professional photography software. We use a color-managed workflow for highly accurate color. We invest regularly to stay current on camera equipment, computer equipment/software and education to insure you receive very high quality photographs..

Q: When will I get to see my wedding photos?

A: Your photos will generally be ready within 6-8 weeks following the wedding. We go through a careful process of choosing the best images from the day and processing each of them with individual attention.

Q: Do you shoot video?

A: We focus our attention only on photography, but we can recommend some great videographers. Please visit our Vendor page

Q: Will we meet again before the Wedding?

About one month before your wedding day, we will contact you to schedule a planning meeting. At the meeting we will discuss, plan and outline a photography schedule and locations for your wedding day, which you can pass along to your wedding coordinator and family members. At the conclusion of this meeting, your photography-related responsibilities are complete and we will take care of the rest.

Q: Do you offer albums?

A: Yes. We offer custom-designed 8×12, 10×10, 12 x 12, 10×14 albums. We also offer a la carte items. Learn more about our Albums here.

Q: Who chooses the photographs in the album?

A: You will choose your favorite photos and we will create a design which you can review before we send to print.

Q: Where should I order prints?

Your online gallery-we  highly recommend that you order prints through this very professional photo lab. We are color calibrated with them and we can guarantee the pictures will look the same as on your screen.

Q: Do you charge for travel?

A: There is no charge for travel within Los Angeles. For weddings outside this area, we will work with you to determine the appropriate fee to cover our travel expenses.

Q:Do you charge Sales Tax?

According to the state of California “…Any labor and service involved in producing or fabricating the photograph is subject to Sales Tax if the client receives anything tangible”

If your collection has a downloadable link and there are no products (usb or album)  there is no sales tax.

 

"We're big fans of Koman Photography around these parts.
Not only are Marlene and John an uber talented duo,
but their love never ceases to shine through everything they capture."
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